Oracle Solaris Review

It provides flexibility in virtualization and in dynamic reallocation of resources.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its flexibility in virtualization, flexibility in dynamic reallocation of resources and security.

How has it helped my organization?

It's an integrated stack for us, so hardware, software, OS and platform all work together, because they all come from Oracle. It easy with the Oracle databases, WebLogic and so on; it's an integrated stack, so we have one vendor to go through.

What needs improvement?

Live migration of kernel zones would be the biggest improvement for us; the ability to migrate that from one hardware platform to another on the fly without downtime.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is extremely stable. Of all our OS platforms, it's the most stable we have.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've scaled it up to the very large systems, the E25Ks in the past. We've rolled in 5000s in the past. We're just now getting T7s, so we're working on those now.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been very good. We've had very good success with it, better than we've had with other vendors. They're very fast; good resolution time; good escalation in the hierarchy also.

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

We had a solution that was going out of support. It was dying off, so we needed to move to a newer platform. Because Oracle already had the database, it made sense to use that platform.

How was the initial setup?

It was a new technology. Some learning curve was involved, but after we understood how to deploy it and how to use, it worked out quite well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also looked at IBM. That was the other major player. They were cost prohibitive and they didn't seem to have a very good roadmap, as far as their processors and OS.

When I’m choosing a vendor such as Oracle, the important criteria for me are responsiveness, good sales, good after sales, good long-term technical support, and a breadth of technologies; not just siloed on one technology, they've got the entire stack.

What other advice do I have?

When you're doing a TCO analysis, you have to take all factors into consideration, such as migration cost, training cost, back line support cost, professional service cost and to the entire solution. A lot of the vendors just wanted us to pinpoint one area without thinking about the wider-range impact. It makes a big difference.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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