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Diego E. Aguirre
Real User
Oracle ACE - Specialized in Systems Technologies at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Sep 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for me are: Virtualization (Containers, Zones, Security, PDOM's, LDOM's) Performance, ZFS, 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 hardware. I've worked with servers E10k, E25k, T7-2… 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 systems, but the number of non-Oracle x86 systems… 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 www.oracle.com.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I worked on various Unix systems, but I feel very comfortable working on Solaris. I'm aware of the evolution of Linux systems in the world because of the cost, but I don't… more»

What other advice do I have?

I always recommend Solaris because of its robustness, high availability, scalability, virtualization, excellent support, security and very good hardware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I always evaluate other options with Sparc. I analyze if one server is more convenient than another or what cards to add. At my company, one specific area evaluates the… more»
Daren Ferreira
Real User
Infrastructure as a Service Manager
Aug 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the Zones, ZFS, UAR, ABEs, pkg and the entire network stack. I love the way you can create virtual NICs in the local zones and maintain all… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to use zones to reduce the hardware footprint by seventy percent in my time at one company. Using zones, we're also able to automate our entire DR process… more»

What needs improvement?

Marketing and communication efforts need to be improved. Many in this world think Solaris is dead or dying. This idea has to be stopped and even reversed in order for… more»

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

Just look into it. You'll find that this is one of the lower-cost solutions out there. There is no OS licensing cost if you use their hardware and purchase hardware… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I did not work with another solution prior to choosing this one.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that you test it in your environment. Start small and see what it can do, and reach out to me for any help. You'll see it is a solid solution that more… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not evaluate other options.
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Marcel Hofstetter
Consultant
Oracle ACE "Solaris " / CEO / Enterprise Consultant at JomaSoft
Sep 19 2019

What is most valuable?

Solaris includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to create private clouds. Solaris Zones is ideal to separate applications and 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 environments very flexibly between our servers.

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 costs. We like the long life cycle of Solaris and the SPARC servers. There's no… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Used Solaris 10 before, but Solaris 11 is much easier and faster with patching. Based on BootEnvironments and ZFS Solaris 11 always offers 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 create a standardized environment.
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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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 like five years, we have to follow the trend. At that time we had Sybase and we had SQL Server… 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. That's so we can have, in the next decade or two, have reliability. I think I'd follow the majority… more»
Giacomo Ferrara
Real User
Interim CTO at a tech services company with self employed
Aug 27 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Oracle's technology are the use of Kernel Zones and a ZFS file system, which is the best choice for a shared file system.

How has it helped my organization?

* It offers zero-overhead virtualization. * It's an application-driven software. * Its networking has helped me combine the power of a neural network with the benefits of virtualization to improve the… more»

What needs improvement?

Needs NTFS support and VMware compatibility. To install Solaris as a VMware virtual machine, I need to convert the VirtualBox image to a VMware image. I would love to see improvements in SVM, so file… more»

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

It is more expensive, but very complete and worth enacting.

What other advice do I have?

Best choice for professional workers: I personally suggest Oracle Solaris. I'm happy to test the Oracle Solaris 11.4 Beta.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, because I've been an Oracle developer for 10 years, and I perfectly grasp the power of Oracle Solutions.

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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

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