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December 2, 2009

Sun releases new version of Solaris Cluster software

Comes with built-in virtualization features of Solaris OS

By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems has released the Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09, a platform based on the Solaris Operating System (OS).

According to Sun Microsystems, the new release of Solaris Cluster enables increased use of built-in virtualisation features of the Solaris OS, allowing customers to run Oracle E-Business Suite, Siebel CRM 8, single instance Oracle Database and Real Application Clusters (RAC) inside Solaris containers. It also provides consolidation options for high availability and disaster recovery services with Oracle applications and databases.

The company said Solaris Cluster is extensible across server, storage, networking and software components, providing a disaster recovery ecosystem. The software extends Solaris’ virtualisation and single instance features into global disaster recovery offerings, providing faster failover notification and minimal application downtime in case of a failure.

In addition, the new release extends support for Automatic Storage Management (ASM) with Oracle RAC databases to single instance Oracle databases in different types of Solaris Container deployment. This extended integration utilises the performance of ASM in a virtualised environment, the company said.

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Jim McHugh, vice president of datacentre marketing at Sun Microsystems, said: “Customers using Solaris Cluster technology to achieve significant cost savings by optimising compute resource utilisation and consolidating multi-tier applications and databases are also finding benefits and cost savings from improved end-to-end system reliability, availability and serviceability.

“Customers can reduce software licensing fees, system management overhead and hardware costs, as well as get great investment protection with more than ten years of support for each product version of Solaris Cluster.”

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