Articles about Solaris

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Oracle targets Windows workloads with virtualisation manager update

Oracle VM has received an upgrade that makes the free tool better at managing Windows virtual machines and handling SPARC workloads. Oracle's VM Server for x86 is free, but Big O isn't exactly throwing the kitchen sink at the product as evidenced by the fact it this week it released version 3.3, more than two years after January …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jul 2014
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Oracle tunes Solaris for Intel's big Xeons

Word is trickling out of Oracle that is recently acquired Solaris has been heavily tuned to support Intel's new eight-core Nehalem-EX Xeon 7500 beasties. Pity, then, Oracle does not yet seem to have a Nehalem-EX box in the field. But the indications are that Oracle is working on an eight-socket box. First, said eight-socket box …
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IBM reneges on Solaris GPFS promise

IBM has a love, hate, love, hate, hate, hate relationship with Solaris, Sun Microsystems' Unix variant. And becoming an OEM partner of Sun's to distribute Solaris has apparently changed none of that. Back in August 2007, IBM and Sun inked an OEM deal that would see IBM distribute Solaris 10 on selected models of the company's …
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Oracle tag teams Solaris and Linux

If you want to know what Oracle's roadmap is for Linux, just watch what Red Hat does. Oracle Enterprise Linux is just a clone of RHEL. Getting a sense of what Oracle really has planned for Solaris - aside from deploying it in SMP systems and clusters - is going to take some time. Oracle's plans for virtualization and system …
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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

The OpenBSD project has released the first portable version of LibreSSL, the team's OpenSSL fork – meaning it can be built for operating systems other than OpenBSD. The LibreSSL project, which aims to clean up the buggy and inscrutable OpenSSL code, was founded about two months ago by a group of OpenBSD developers, so it only …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jul 2014

Oracle working on at least 13 Heartbleed fixes

Oracle has emitted its formal advice about Heartbleed, revealing it has 13 products that need a patch and 14 more “which may be vulnerable”. Detailed here, Oracle points out that all its cloud services should be Heartbleed-proof, and that six of its products – including Oracle Linux 6 and Solaris 11.2 – were vulnerable but can …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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Sun packs out Solaris developer support

Users running Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system are getting something a little extra thrown into their contracts: developer support. Sun is wrapping extended support for its Solaris Express Developer Edition, previously only available to application developers, into existing and new Solaris customers' contracts without …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2007
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HP and Sun in Solaris bear hug

HP and Sun Microsystems have entered into an agreement designed to simplify sales, service, and support for customers who run - or can be coaxed to run - Sun's Solaris 10 operating system on HP's x86 hardware. Under the new partnership - discussed on Wednesday morning in a joint conference call hosted by HP and Sun execs - HP …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2009
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Solaris 11 due mid-2010

The number and gee-whizness of features Sun Microsystems is putting into updates to both the Solaris 10 commercial operating system and the related OpenSolaris development release of Solaris are slowing. That's the best indication that Nevada - the code name for Solaris Next or Solaris 11 or whatever you want to call it - is …

Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you

Oracle has released a hefty load of security updates that address a total of 104 different vulnerabilities across its product lines. The database giant said its latest Critical Patch Update includes fixes for its middleware and database platforms, as well as the Hyperion, Siebel, and PeopleSoft platforms and a number of former …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Apr 2014
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Sun kicks out 10/09 Solaris update

Oracle minion Sun Microsystems has rolled out its 10/09 update to the commercial Solaris 10 operating system. If you were expecting a lot of neat and new features, forget it - but the operating system has been tweaked to support new processors and to add useful capabilities, such as support for various flash-based solid state …

Intel gives Solaris a telco squeeze

Intel and Sun Microsystems have found some telco-filled fruits to go with their labor. The former mortal enemies and now partners have revealed a pair of Intel-based boxes certified to run Sun's Solaris x86 operating system. Customers so inclined can turn to Intel's TIGW1U Carrier Grade Server to handle their telecommunications …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2007
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Solaris SPARC to x86 software highway opens

Sun Microsystems has gone totally native. Customers can now run unmodified SPARC/Solaris applications on x86 systems thank to a partnership with Transitive. The two companies also plan to craft a new package for running native x86 applications on SPARC machines. Transitive this week announced that the long in beta QuickTransit …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Mar 2008
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Zero-day vuln hits Solaris

Updated Solaris users who enable telnet are about as secure as a fortress with a screen door, according to reports that claim cyber crooks can use the protocol to easily gain root access. The Internet Storm Center is urging system administrators to disable or restrict telnet functionality to contain the zero-day vulnerability, which, …
Dan Goodin, 12 Feb 2007

Docker: Sorry, you're just going to have to learn about it. Today we begin

Sysadmin Blog Docker, meet hype. Hype, meet Docker. Now: Let's have a sit down here and see if we can work through your neuroses. For those of you who don't yet know about Docker, it is a much-hyped Silicon Valley startup productising (what a horrible unword) Linux containers into something that's sort of easy to use. Containers aren't a new …
Trevor Pott, 28 Nov 2014

Sun's top Solaris sellers bail out

Exclusive A pair of Sun's top Solaris executives have scurried right on out of the company, The Register can reveal. Solaris VP Tom Goguen will leave the company for "personal and family reasons," and Sun's director of Solaris marketing Chris Ratcliffe has also departed for "family reasons." Those damn families sure do take a toll on the …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Feb 2007

Oracle forging Exa server virtualization appliance

It looks like Oracle is getting ready to roll out another in its line of so-called "engineered systems" – stacks of hardware and software tuned for very specific workloads. This one, which Oracle is getting set to announce in a webcast on August 13, will be aimed at "enterprise virtualization." Presumably it will have a name …
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Sun freshens Solaris 10 for new iron

Sun Microsystems came in just under the wire with its Solaris 10 10/08 update, squeezing it out on the last day of the month. The company had intended to do the launch a few days ago, but pushed it out to the other side of its Q1 financial results. The 10/08 update is not a major release, something that Sun has not put into the …
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Company without a name unveils mainframe Solaris

The OpenSolaris project and Sine Nomine Associates have announced that Sirius - a Solaris port for IBM mainframes - is ready for action. The Sirius variant of Solaris runs atop IBM's z/VM operating system, which is also one of the pioneer virtualization environments for servers. The Sirius code is a 64-bit implementation of …
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Son of Solaris raids Linux for KVM hypervisor

In the summer of 2008, Google flipped the switch on its App Engine, letting outside developers build applications atop its state-of-the-art online infrastructure – and it soon got a lecture from Jason Hoffman. Hoffman – the founder and chief technology officer of Joyent, a San Francisco outfit offering a (somewhat) similar …
Cade Metz, 15 Aug 2011

Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists

TV Review My favourite moment in Bitter Lake – Adam Curtis' new two hour film about Afghanistan – is a clip of a posh British graduate teaching conceptual art to a class of Afghan women in traditional dress. She shows them Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain. You know – the dirty urinal. One shakes her head. The others just stare politely. “It was …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2015
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Solaris offers fix for zero-day vuln

Sun Microsystems has urged users to update and secure their Solaris 10 installations after a recently discovered zero-day vulnerability was found in the wild. Sun has posted an online workaround to disable the Solaris 10 telnet service, while advising users to apply patches or protect user accounts using firewalls or IP …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2007

Oracle releases July patch batch... with 27 fixes for remote exploits

Oracle has pushed out a quarterly patch batch of 89 updates that mean almost all of its enterprise software products need updating for one reason or another. Craig Young, a security researcher at Tripwire, noted that most of the vulnerabilities were picked up by third-party researchers. “The constant drumbeat of critical Oracle …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013
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Joyent spins up ZFS object store

Joyent has spun-up an object store in its cloud that spans multiple data centers as it tries to specialize in one area where its technology may draw developers away from the black hole that is Amazon Web Services. The Manta Storage Service was announced on Tuesday. It sees Joyent erect an object storage layer with strongly …
Jack Clark, 25 Jun 2013

Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

After Symantec published its report on the Regin super-spyware, there were many questions raised. Who coded it? What can it do? And – above all – why did it take so long for security vendors to notice it? Regin is a sophisticated piece of software. It can be customized for particular missions by inserting into its framework …
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2014

Amazon loads Docker app containerization into its cloud

Although admins have been free to run Linux containerization technology Docker on top of Amazon Linux running on its rentable EC2 servers for some time, the company on Thursday announced that Docker had been integrated with Elastic Beanstalk. Elastic Beanstalk is a platform-as-a-service technology from Amazon which lets …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014

HP smacks Sun with Solaris stick

It appears that HP's fondness for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system has returned. The hardware maker today announced quick support for the latest version of Solaris across a number of its Intel-based servers. HP now supports the November 2006 release of Solaris on the HP ProLiant BL20p G4, BL460c, BL480c, DL360 G5, …
Ashlee Vance, 06 Feb 2007
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Four years and 1000 promises land Solaris at Dell

SC07 By our count, it has taken Sun about four years and 1,000s of promises to bring Dell over to the Solaris camp in a proper fashion. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz assured us of a Dell win so many times in the past that the discussion started to lose all meaning. "When will you line Dell up?" we'd ask. "Stay tuned. It's on the way," …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Nov 2007
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Dell's Anti-Solaris site no longer on Solaris

Dell's direct model has paid big dividends once again as the company decided to host an anti-Sun Microsystems campaign directly on its own servers instead of Sun systems. It's either crow or dog food, but something unwholesome is being eaten this week in Round Rock. Last week, we reported on Dell's quite well-done web …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Oct 2005
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Oracle swallows Corente, hopes to kick rivals in software networking bits

Oracle is buying software defined networking specialist Corente, upping the stakes in telecoms and cloud. Corente makes software to manage and provision applications and services regardless of IP network, transport type, access, security or provider over a wide area. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014
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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

Analysis Containers are all the rage with Linux sysadmins these days, and now Microsoft and Docker say they're going to bring that same virtualization-beating goodness to Windows. But just what will that look like and how will it work? First things first. One thing Microsoft's new partnership with Docker won't let you do is take any of …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2014
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Hic! Storage upstart DEY bought out by Australian wine merchant

Software-defined storage startup DEY Storage has been bought by CloudCentral, an Australian cloud service provider, which has had a DEY storage co-founder as a board advisor for a few months. And it's being bought by a winery. Are we making this up? No, but perhaps we might have drunk too deeply from the Hippocrene. Let's go to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014

Solaris dials domain zero with Xen

Sun Microsystems will release sample code next month giving Solaris 10 its first injection of virtualization on Intel and AMD hardware, finally expected in 2007. Sun will release a snap shot of code to the OpenSolaris community, which runs on the community's Xen virtualization technology and provides domain zero support for …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jun 2006

Oracle spoils your day with NEARLY 150 patches

Systems administrators who decided it would be a quiet week were wrong: Oracle has flicked out more than a hundred security patches, and when you're finished, it'll be time to round up any Blackberry useBs in the company and apply some patches for them. Let's start with Oracle, which among other things is taking another stab at …
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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

A BBC FTP server ftp.bbc.co.uk was compromised by a Russian hacker and access to it touted online, say computer security researchers. The miscreant behind the attack on the internet-facing file store tried to sell access to the infiltrated system to other crims on Christmas Day, we're told. Hold Security – which this year has …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2013

Fujitsu to push 28 nanometer limits with Sparc64 X+

Hot Chips Fujitsu wants to squeeze more performance out of its homegrown Sparc64 X processor for commercial and supercomputing workloads, and it can't wait until Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp, its foundry partner, gets 20 nanometer processes into the field and ramped. So the engineers at Fujitsu have gone back over the design …
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Sun dims LAMP, AMPS up Solaris

Sun Microsystems has come up with its own version of the certified LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) software stack. It won't take you too long to spot the difference. The company today announced Solaris + AMP, featuring Solaris 10 certified for interoperability with Apache, the MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, and Perl, PHP and …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2007
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Sun talks up Solaris 10 for Nehalem

Nehalem Day For reasons that Sun Microsystems has yet to explain, late last week the company decided to pull its briefings on Galaxy servers based on Intel's new Xeon 5500 (née Nehalem EP), and focus instead on how Solaris 10 is being tuned for the new chip. Sun did put out a statement about its server launch slated for April 14, and …
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Customer sues Nimbus Data for 'breach of contract' over arrays

Updated Flash array vendor Nimbus Data is being sued by a customer for breach of contract over two Gemini arrays that the purchaser alleges failed to meet "four conditions of sale". The customer is Maximus Inc, a publicly traded company headquartered in Reston, Virginia. It is an operator of government health and human services …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
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Solaris ships across IBM's x86 server line

Sun Microystems and IBM have failed to reach a board agreement around shipping Solaris x86 on IBM's Xeon- and Opteron-based servers. So, a much smaller company has stepped in to help out customers. Electronic Business Solutions (EBS) today announced that it has received the go ahead to outfit IBM's entire x86 server line with …
Ashlee Vance, 07 Sep 2006
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Sun Solaris upgrade snuggles with Linux

Sun Microsystems upgraded the Solaris 10 operating system today, most notably enabling its OS to run Linux and its applications on x86 systems. The company has also announced virtual desktop software that can transform desktops and laptops into thin client devices. With the Solaris 10 8/07 update, Sun accommodates for the …
Austin Modine, 11 Sep 2007
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Actifio and the curious affair of the AIX copy reduction tech

Actifio seems to having a few problems getting its virtualised file copy reduction technology working with AIX, support for which came with its v6.0 software release. Here's a note from a customer: We are attempting to use Actifio here at -----. Unfortunately, we can't get it to work on AIX, nor can Atifio, apparently. They …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
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Oracle crashes all-flash bash: Behold, our hybrid FS1 arrays

Welcome back to SAN array land, Oracle. Larry Ellison's company has reinvented its Pillar Axiom 600 SAN array as a hybrid flash/disk array, the FS1-2, with auto-tiering and noisy neighbours sorted. It is a general-purpose hybrid array but tuned for Oracle software. Calling its new storage box the Flash Storage System (FS1), the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2014
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Solaris ported to Itanium?

Sun Microsystems has turned "good cop" in its campaign against Hewlett Packard's UX by offering the prospect of porting Solaris to Intel's dreaded Itanic. Sun chief executive Scott McNealy has invited HP to work with Sun, combine R&D and "converge" the company's UX operating system with Sun's Solaris 10 in an open letter …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2006

IBM wants Solaris to Linux converts

The kind engineers at IBM have delivered a new tool for moving customers off Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system and onto Linux. The Migration Kit for Solaris to Linux arrives at no charge and can be picked up by business partners, ISVs and customers. Those interested in the kit will likely use it to shift Solaris C/C++ …
Ashlee Vance, 30 Nov 2005
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Code dandy Transitive adds laptop, legacy Solaris/SPARC plays

Software shifting specialist Transitive continues to better define its magical play. In recent weeks, the company has reworked its product portfolio to go after Legacy, Sever and Workstation segments, while also strengthening ties with blade server maker Egenera and AMD. These days, Transitive leads with its Quick Transit …
Ashlee Vance, 27 Sep 2007
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IBM embraces - wtf - Sun's Solaris across x86 server line

Sun Microsystems has nailed its biggest Solaris x86 win to date by lining up IBM as a firm backer of the operating system. The two companies today revealed that IBM will offer Solaris x86 as an option on a number of its Xeon- and Opteron-based servers by year end. This arrangement provides Sun with its first real Tier 1 OEM …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Aug 2007
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Sun finally ships StarOffice for Solaris x86

At long last, Sun Microsystems has delivered a version of StarOffice for its own Solaris x86 operating system. Big Solaris x86 fans have been searching for StarOffice 7 for several months. Sun's open source productivity suite has only been available for Solaris/Sparc, Linux and Windows, making the x86 clan feel a bit left out. …
Ashlee Vance, 04 Feb 2004
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Oracle rides AAPT into the cloud

AAPT has reportedly signed a deal with Oracle to launch an infrastructure-as-a-service offering based on the Solaris operating system. The carrier, owned by New Zealand Telecom, has previously concentrated on voice-based services for its hosted offerings, most notably in the hosted IP-PABX, IP centrex and SIP trunking markets. …
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DTrace ready to leave Solaris nest for FreeBSD

DTrace, considered one of the finest features in the Solaris 10 operating system, is being ported to FreeBSD following Sun Microsystems' decision to open source its software. Developer Devon O'Dell has committed to port Sun's Dynamic Tracing tool, used by systems administrators to debug applications and optimize performance of …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2005