Oracle Solaris Review

The compliance command simplifies how complex security audits are performed.


What is most valuable?

Too many features to count, the built in, low overhead integration is a huge plus, as is the ease of patching, the ability to use DTRACE to real time troubleshoot issues, the integrated security and most of all the performance.

How has it helped my organization?

The compliance command simplifies how complex security audits are performed, saving time. Also the patching is better than Linux, just as easy to patch, but with the integrated snapshots easier to back out of a patch. This saves hours of patch prep each time you patch a server. Enabling admin/server rations exceeded any linux or windows solution.

What needs improvement?

One cool feature with Oracle Linux, is the ability to patch without a reboot. Getting this working on Solaris would rock! With the new M7/S7 chips, better DTRACE visibility into the hardware acceleration offloading would be nice. Difficult to explain a server that is 90% idle but doing the workload of 4 Intel servers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Solaris since the early 90s.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No major issues, the biggest challenge is retraining older Solaris 10 admins. The Linux admin shave no issues switching over.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues, recovery from patching is simple and I have yet to have a Solaris 11 system core dump. Troubleshooting RCA on a core dump is very easy though.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues scaling this, you can scale to over 1024 cores using the Fujitsu M10-s servers. I don;t think any Intel system can do that.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service is what you would expect from a large multi-national company... but I rarely call support. The online tools are great.

Technical Support:

The online tools are great, but the phone folks could use a little more training. But I rarely call them, as the online tools work %90 of the time.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Linux, Windows, AIX and more. With Solaris 10, I stopped using AIX for any solutions, and focus on Solaris for larger systems, Linux for smaller systems and Windows when I need Microsoft. The new S7 is having me take a second look at using Solaris for the smaller systems as well.

How was the initial setup?

Install is simple, the OS is preinstalled on the servers. Installing from ISO is simple,and Oracle also has several VMs you can download and deploy.

What about the implementation team?

We use in-house staff most of the time. As I said, Linux admins can easily transition over. Patching is a great example.. linux is "yum update" and Solaris 11 is "pkg update"

What was our ROI?

The ROI is higher than Windows, due to the ease of patching and troubleshooting issues with DTRACE. Running down issues is wickedly fast, as you can use dtrace while the problem is happening.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is a core feature, as you can use zones and LDOMs to reduce the number of core you need to license Oracle product for. This is a huge saving for anyone using Oracle Database of Middleware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we look at all options, and pick the OS that is the best match for the application. Solaris is more often or not the choice.

What other advice do I have?

Have an open mind when looking at a new OS. Many things have changed in the last five years, you can not compare Solaris 11 to older versions.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarDiego E. Aguirre
TOP 5LEADERBOARDReal User

Very agree with Scalability Issues

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