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Diego E. Aguirre
Real User
Oracle ACE - Specialized in Systems Technologies at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
May 28 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for me are: Virtualization, Debugging with Dtrace

How has it helped my organization?

I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and... more»

What needs improvement?

There are some areas that could use some improvement. As with Solaris 10, you can install Solaris 11 on SPARC and x86... more»

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

I can't talk about prices. Solaris is free for final users, and in the case of OEM licenses, you should visit... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I worked on various Unix systems, but I feel very comfortable working on Solaris. I'm aware of the evolution of Linux... more»

What other advice do I have??

I always recommend Solaris because of its robustness, high availability, scalability, virtualization, excellent... more»
snrunixa3848
Real User
Snr Unix Admin at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 22 2016

What is most valuable?

Backwards compatibility and stability are the most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

The product is really good in and of itself. It does need more third-party support and applications. What needs to be improved is the documentation. That's not an issue with the... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Probably more than half of the companies where I worked used Solaris, but not all of them. There were a few companies where I worked that were strictly Linux shops; no Solaris. The... more»

What other advice do I have??

I don't know if I would recommend this solution. It depends on what and how they want to implement it. I definitely would not advise against it, but a lot depends on, not only on... more»
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Chris Jones1
Real User
Chief Operating Officer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Jan 02 2017

What is most valuable?

The following features are most valuable to me: * General stability of platform in terms of day to day running... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Aforementioned stability simplifies ongoing maintenance.

What needs improvement?

The total cost of ownership of SPARC vs. x86 will always be a consideration. There is a lack of general availability of... more»

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

Oracle licensing is very complex, so don't make any assumptions that could come back to bite you.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used x86 Linux equivalents.

What other advice do I have??

Implementing this product is a no brainer if you are using Oracle databases on SPARC.
Marcel Hofstetter
Consultant
Oracle ACE "Solaris " / CEO / Enterprise Consultant at JomaSoft
Jun 11 2018

What is most valuable?

Solaris includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to deploy new environments very quickly and securely. Using the virtualization features, we can migrate the... more»

What needs improvement?

Patching without downtime would be nice. It seems this is planned for the next Solaris Update.

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

When buying a server from Oracle, all the software is included -- OS, virtualization and patches. There are no hidden... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Used Solaris 10 before, but Solaris 11 is much easier and faster with patching. Solaris 11 always includes a failback.

What other advice do I have??

Use deployment tools for automation and avoid doing everything manually. Deployment tools help to avoid errors and... more»
StevenWilliams
Real User
Platform Architect at Ally Financial Inc.
Nov 22 2016

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... more»

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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»

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... more»
Hailong Chen
User
IT Specialist at Bureau of labor statistics
Nov 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* Its portability is most important. We can move our database from platform to platform. * The database itself is fast and reliable and secure.

How has it helped my organization?

I think it's more industry an standard and, as a result, we're able to have the right people, the right skill sets, to work on our solution.

What needs improvement?

Right now, we don't have any difficulties.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I think right now everyone talks about the cloud. I think we were falling behind. I would say in, perhaps, not 10 years, maybe less, something... more»

What other advice do I have??

Regarding selecting a vendor, we are public sector, so we need to have a vendor that has been an industry leader for a long period of time.... more»
it_user321234
User
Director at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 20 2017

What is most valuable?

The facility to work between database and the equipment. The facility to integrate with other platforms. Our customers use our cloud. They know the importance of Oracle. They have... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our strategy is to sell the Oracle cloud because it's easy to configure and to increase demand. And most important for us is the security. We have the biggest customers in... more»

What needs improvement?

It's good. To me, it's better than other products. For example, Power AIX. I think Solaris better.

What other advice do I have??

To me, the perfect vendor provides reliability, that's the big one. And security. That is the other big one.
qaenginef02e
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 15 2016

What is most valuable?

It's stable. It scales.

What needs improvement?

It’s hard to say where I think Solaris can improve. I feel like Solaris is getting more and more into a niche. The problem Solaris has is, it's fighting against open source. Open source is taking more and more of the market. It's for free.... more»

What other advice do I have??

It's scalable. It's stable. You have service for it. If you have a problem, you call and there will be somebody coming and helping you with it. I can't live without Solaris, because that’s my job. Solaris has a big customer base, compared to... more»
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What is Oracle Solaris?

Oracle Solaris is a complete, secure, enterprise-grade cloud platform. From built-in, near zero-overhead virtualization and application-driven Software Defined Networking, to scalable data management and high availability clustering, we give you everything you need to build your enterprise cloud.

Oracle Solaris 11.3 is the world's most advanced enterprise operating system. It delivers security, speed, and simplicity for enterprise cloud environments and DevOps

For more information on Oracle Solaris, visit Oracle.com

Also known as
Solaris 11, Solaris
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Siemens, IVV
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