Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:08 UTC
Oracle and SUN "Several of the concerns about Oracle's acquisition of Sun have revolved around how Unix technologies led by Sun would continue under the new ownership. As it turns out, Solaris users might not have much to worry about, as Oracle executives on Wednesday affirmed their commitment to preserving the efforts. In the case of Solaris, Oracle had already been a big supporter of the rival Linux operating system. Oracle has its own Enterprise Linux offering, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the idea that Linux and Solaris are mutually exclusive is a false choice."
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Laggard AIX has something truly "enterprise" that trendy Solaris hasn't: good virtualization.

I suppose you are talking about capabilities of System p hardware, not AIX. Btw SPARC machines have virtualization capabilities too.

SUN changed their virtualization plans every year!

Citation needed.

Containers/Zones and LDOMs are good but can't compete with AIX's LPARs (or VMware ESX or even Xen).

First of all, you are totally confusing hardware virtualization and OS-virtualization. Technologies you named are different tools for different purposes. Second, with zones you can have hundreds of virtual environments on single server, how many can you have with VMWare, LPARs or Xen? Third, Solaris does run on Xen as dom0 and domU.

You have to do black magic to run RHEL or Solaris 8/9 using "Branded Zones"... that's not "high end", that's not "Enterprise"... that's a complete joke.

That's not a joke, that's how OS-virtualization works.

ZFS and Dtrace are amazing, I love 'em, but They're pretty new technologies! You don't have ZFS in every Solaris box out there! (in fact VxVM and SVM are much more common).

What? Solaris 9 was EOLd long time ago, and there is already eighth update of Solaris 10 (which includes ZFS) available. You expect ZFS to be backported or what?

AIX have LVM since 1991 or so, and Linux since 1998.

What's yor point? Solaris has Disksuite a VxVM for very very long time. (I'm not going to google for exact time.) Btw. Linux's LVM is practically useless.

Solaris is really good, but It isn't more "high end" than RHEL, AIX or any other Enterprise *nix. That's a complete marketing bullshit.

Linux on servers is x86 (== low end) OS, that's all. Term "enterprise Linux" is an oxymoron and is not in the same category as Solaris and AIX.

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