Oracle unveils Sparc and Solaris 5-year plan

By Richi Jennings. August 11, 2010.

Oracle, owner of Sun Microsystems since January, has finally clarified roadmaps for its Solaris operating system and Sparc servers. Well, made them less uncertain, anyway. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers peer through the murk to divine the future.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention online dating pics...



James Niccolai reports Oracle's "five-year road map for Sparc servers":

Oracle will release regular updates to Sun's Sparc processors for at least the next five years. ... Sparc servers will scale from 32 cores and 4TB of memory today, to 128 cores and 64TB of memory by 2015. ... Solaris 11 ... will ship next year. It will include "major updates across almost every level of the stack," ... [and] scale to "tens of terabytes of memory and thousands of processor threads."


Analysts briefed on Oracle's hardware plans said they are more confident now of Sparc's future. ... Its biggest focus is building systems that tightly integrate Sun and Oracle technologies. ... Oracle is also vying for a bigger piece of the virtualization market. The company has products for virtualizing both x86 and Sparc-based servers.

Timothy Prickett-Morgan adds:

If the past decade has taught us anything, it is that Sun ... was a little too cavalier and ambitious with its roadmaps. ... Sun talked up its tech constantly ... in an effort to win business and pump up its stock price. ... Oracle will not be as foolish about product roadmaps ... and will present only the barest amount of data needed to make people believe that it is indeed investing.


Oracle is committing to the Sparc platform doubling its application performance every other year. ... it stands to reason that that doubling of performance will only come on the engineered systems variants ... with all the tweaks and tunings to make the Oracle stack sit up and bark.

Alan Zeichick stresses Solaris' importance:

It’s one of the most important Unix dialects. ... Yes, there’s IBM’s AIX and other versions of Unix, and yes, there are many flavors of Linux running in rack after rack of pizza boxes all over the world.


How important is Solaris to Oracle? ... It often seems that Larry Ellison has been channeling Steve Jobs, that’s how reticent the company is about its future plans. ... without some evidence of investment, my guess is that they're considered to be non-strategic assets and will receive minimal attention.

Mike Vizard notes a Linux datum:

While most of Oracle’s focus today was on Solaris and Sparc ... John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle ... also said that Oracle remains committed to Oracle Enterprise Linux ... a derivative of the Red Hat distribution of Linux that has been integrated with management tools developed by Oracle.


Fowler [also] said Oracle is committed to Oracle VM, which will allow IT organizations to run Windows, OEL and other Linux distributions on top of Sparc processors.

 Speaking of open source, here's Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier:

Consider ... the sad case of OpenSolaris. Since Oracle gobbled up Sun, it’s remained mute. ... Attempts to get someone at Oracle to comment have been fruitless. ... Oracle seems to have put OpenSolaris out to pasture.


Everyone would be better off if the Illumos/OpenSolaris folks would get on board and help make Linux and its ecosystem better. ... No doubt it will continue to plod along, but the odds of OpenSolaris ever attaining critical mass are poor indeed. ... Suck it up.


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