“Solaris 8 is getting a little long in the tooth. It has been out and stable for more than a year. Most applications are certified and supported on it by the vendors. And yet many sites are still running Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, and 2.7. There are many reasons to move, and many reasons not to upgrade. A major hurdle to performing the upgrade is the sheer complexity (and risk) of system upgrades. This month, the Solaris Companion explores the reasons to stay put and the reasons to upgrade, and provides detailed how-to-upgrade instructions.” Read the article at UnixReview, while OnLamp features another Solaris-related article, titled “Optimizing Disk Subsystems for Random I/O”.
Upgrading to Solaris 8
2002-05-05 Solaris 5 Comments
My company is still stuck on Solaris 7 due to some compatibility issues with Solaris 8. I am not sure when we’ll make the step, but it wont be anytime soon I fear.
Same here, we have 40 Solaris server running Solaris 6. We are planning to upgrade this summer to Solaris 8. But our IT Manager don’t seem to like it. It does cost ressources, time, some new hardware, etc…
Some of the Solaris 8 features are indispensible for us.
When I said “a lot”, I meant about 100 quad-CPU Netra 1405, about 40 T100 and T200, about 40 R420.. wow, now that I think of it, Sun has a lot to thank us!
And we also have a few Blade 100s. Nice little things.
BTW, believe it or not, none of these machines has ever failed, once.
I must agree with mario, once the system is setup correctly, they just don’t fail. Solaris has been amazingly stable in our developpemnt shop. I never tough it would be possible to run around 30 Oracle’s database instace on one machine (E450, 3 cpu 400mhz, 4 gigs ram and over 600 gigs of drive). And this little baby never cries!
Can Linux do that? I don’t know but I doubt. Anyone try this on an intel linux machine? Another Unix such as AIX? HPUX?
>>And we also have a few Blade 100s. Nice little things.<<
Are these machines pretty quick at 500 MHz?