I admit it: I was a huge fan of Solaris as recently as two years ago. Solaris is really a great operating system, and when developers at Sun were given free rein they created some amazing components, notably ZFS and DTrace. Great or not, recent events should be worrying. Will Solaris continue to evolve and provide new and useful tools? Or will it stagnate and become a niche OS like the other two corporate Unix versions (HP-UX and AIX)?
Solaris's PlaceSimply put, its place is: big servers running Oracle software. This nicely results in one-stop shopping for Oracle customers. Get your hardware, OS support, and database software from one place, and have only a single place to call when support is needed. It's a nice idea, if you can afford it.
Here are a few reasons to seriously reconsider your relationship with Oracle-Sun products:
- No more free security patches.
- 150% fines when a support contract lapses.
- No more hardware-only support.
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