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Rated 4 out of 5 by 6reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by The DTrace feature offers performance and fault analysis. With fewer faults, we reduced maintenance fees. Valuable Features:* ZFS: It is very stable and scalable. It provides excellent security, and cool deduplication, compression, encryption and recovery capabilities.* DTrace: It is the best for performance analysis and fault analysis.* Zone containers: The feature is stable and can provide the service with fewer resources.Improvements to My Organization:* Improved transaction processing performance* Fewer faults (reduction in maintenance fees)Room for Improvement:* GUI or menu configuration support* Management tool visualizationUse of Solution:I have more than 15 years of experience with Solaris, including three years of experience with Solaris version 11.Stability Issues:I have never encountered any stability issues; stability is perfect.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues. Scalability is powerful and very simple.Technical Support:I rate technical support in Korea very high.Previous Solutions:We used Linux on x86. Linux is very good, but this project is very important from the security, stability and scalability points of view.Initial Setup:Initial setup is very simple and clean.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated Linux. The issue was cost.Other Advice:The Solaris Unix platform is very powerful, simple, and scalable. The on-premise environment is optimized, but the cloud environment is not.If you need a Unix platform, I recommend Oracle Cloud. Oracle Cloud only supports Unix platforms.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Review about Oracle Solaris Valuable Features:the osImprovements to My Organization:our database is fast nowUse of Solution:5 yearsDeployment Issues:nopeStability Issues:NOPEScalability Issues:NOPECustomer Service:4 starsTechnical Support:5 starsPrevious Solutions:Yes, linuxInitial Setup:straughtImplementation Team:in houseROI:n/aCost and Licensing Advice:great pricingOther Solutions Considered:yes, linuxOther Advice:noDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 23, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The compliance command simplifies how complex security audits are performed. Valuable Features: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.Improvements to 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.Room for 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.Use of Solution:I have been using Solaris since the early 90s.Deployment Issues:No major issues, the biggest challenge is retraining older Solaris 10 admins. The Linux admin shave no issues switching over.Stability Issues: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.Scalability Issues: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.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.Previous Solutions: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.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.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"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.Cost and Licensing Advice: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.Other Solutions Considered: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.Other Advice: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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to create private clouds. Valuable Features: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 migrate from older to current hardware. LDoms is very efficient because it uses the hardware hypervisor of the SPARC servers.Improvements to 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.Room for Improvement:The new LDoms feature, vHBA (Virtual HBA), doesn't support MPxIO disk devices yet. I hope to see this in the next release.Use of Solution:I've been using Solaris for 15 years, and have been using the current version since it became available in 2011.Deployment Issues:Updating Solaris to newer versions can be done in minutes using the powerful ZFS and BootEnvironment with the Failback option if troubles occur.Stability Issues:We had no issues with the stability.Scalability Issues:Solaris is very robust and scalable. No issues so far scaling it.Technical Support:Oracle offers a good online support portal called "My Oracle Support", which includes a big knowledge base. Because Oracle is a very large organization, it sometimes takes a bit too much time for support requests to reach the right support engineer.Initial Setup:The initial setup is straightforward. Oracle has in-depth admin manuals. To speed up deployments, we implemented our own deployment and management framework.Implementation Team:We implemented it with our in-house team based on Oracle's best practices documents. With virtualization, we recommend to first define a standard on how to deploy and then to deploy using that standard, avoiding any variation. There are so many options, but our favorite is the fully-virtualized LDom with applications installed into Solaris Zones.Cost and Licensing Advice: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 need to replace the hardware every two to three years, and we have a life cycle of five years and more.Other Advice:Use deployment tools for automation and avoid doing everything manually. Deployment tools help to create a standardized environment.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're an ISV Partner of Oracle. I'm nominated as an Oracle ACE Associate for Solaris. May 5, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by By using Solaris Zones, I have consolidated big environments into just a few hosts. Valuable Features:Undoubtedly, Solaris is a very stable, extremely fast, and secure operating system. I have worked as a Solaris instructor for 16 years, and certainly I can assure you that it is incomparable.An interesting point is that Oracle has been constantly introducing new features for Solaris, and this crucial fact makes Solaris a reference product in the market.Improvements to My Organization:Fantastic features are contained in Solaris, such as Zones and LDOM, which have given solutions to companies for which I have provided consulting services. By using Solaris Zones, I have consolidated big environments into just a few hosts. Additionally, by using the built-in resource manager feature from Solaris, it's possible to control and set up limits for CPU and memory consumption. Finally, installing packages and patches into a virtualized system are very simple tasks.Solaris has made the administration simpler, easy and intuitive. Its innumerable security and performance features provide conviction to companies that they're moving forward in the right direction.Room for Improvement:During my many years of use, I've suffered with small problems while implementing the advanced features of Solaris. They were always, however, resolved by referring to the old and legendary Sun Solve and, today, to the excellent Oracle documentation website (http://docs.oracle.com).Use of Solution:I've worked with it for exactly 16 years since version 5.7 (Solaris 7). I've had the opportunity to follow dozens of features being implemented during this long period of time. Better yet, I have a good perspective about next new features which will be introduced in the near future, so I am sure Solaris will continue alive and strong for many years.Deployment Issues:I've had the small problems in the Areas for Improvement section, but other than that, I haven't had issues with deployment.Stability Issues:I've absolutely never had any issues with stability. Solaris is a very solid and stable operating system, and its release schedule ensures that all potential stability problems are resolved as soon as possible. Additionally, the Solaris kernel is one of most interesting and featured kernels that I have ever seen because almost everything is made and implemented by taking into account security and stability.Scalability Issues:One of the more remarkable advantages of Solaris is the fact that it scales almost linearly. New SPARC processors introduce more cores and Solaris' performance responds proportionally. In particular, I have observed a huge performance gain while processing mathematical applications.Customer Service:They're straightforward. Honestly, I don't have constant contact with customer services, but the few contacts that I have had were fair enough. Oracle professionals always had a suitable behavior and an appropriate attention to problems.Technical Support:When my clients needed technical support, the level of customer service was excellent because most field engineers are ready to solve any problem almost instantly.When critical problems come up and the first level of engineers is not able to solve the issue, the problems are forwarded to more experienced specialist and it is enough to solve the issue quickly.Previous Solutions:A long time ago, an open Linux distribution was the main option for running most hosts, but raw performance and security problems forced us to migrate most critical systems to Solaris.Initial Setup:The initial setup was not complex in any way. All Solaris implementations are extremely straightforward, easy to install, and well documented. Most Solaris commands are kept from older versions, which is a big advantage because we can reuse past knowledge.Implementation Team:I always implement solutions by myself because have enough knowledge about Oracle solutions. Nonetheless, most vendors team that I could work together have an appropriate knowledge about all Oracle products.ROI:The ROI of my customers have been very high. As Oracle Solaris provides a total integration with the remaining Oracle portfolio, the necessary time to implement any Oracle solution is very short. Furthermore, as Oracle Solaris is very solid and stable, usually the downtime is insignificant and all investment is recovered by keeping their business working well.Cost and Licensing Advice:Before thinking about pricing and licensing, we should try to understand whether the return of investment will be enough and fair. For example, I have provided technical consulting services for several companies that, at first, chose another operating system, but after some time, they implemented Oracle Solaris because they understood the importance of an operating system which provides security, performance, and total integration.Other Solutions Considered:No, I didn't. Usually, I try to understand the customer's environment before making any choice, but most of the time I can use Oracle Solaris and part of its features as the more suitable solution.Other Advice:Before implementing Oracle Solaris, my best recommendation would be to know all its available features for making the right choices. I have seen several implemented solutions which are working, but they could have implemented better techniques and methods if more appropriate features had been chosen for the specific project.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:I'm a paid instructor for Oracle. May 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and hardware. Valuable Features:The most valuable features for me are:Virtualization (Containers, Zones, Security, PDOM's, LDOM's)Performance, ZFS, Debugging with DtraceImprovements to 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 E25k, T5, M5, M5-32 and some other older servers. All of them have excellent performance in virtualization, zones, and LDOMs.Solaris lets you isolate zones and migrate them to other servers. You can also move old releases of OS's from obsolete hardware to containers installed in new hardware.Room for 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 certified up to this point is less that with the previous version. In spite of that, you can still install Solaris 11 on a varied number of systems as 'bare metal' or you can resort to virtualization via many of the softwares available for that in the market. The certification of third-party hardware is usually a lengthy process and requires a lot of resources, so it would be understandable if this takes a long time.Use of Solution:I've used it for more than fifteen years. I started working on release 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8, 9, 10, up to the latest version 11, which I currently use.Solaris 10 had the largest number of changes in the area of administration, particularly services (FMRI), but Solaris 11 really changed everything or almost everything about how to write commands in the OS administration.Deployment Issues:I've never had big problems with the implementation of any releases. Solaris guarantees its binary compatibility with previous releases for each version.Clusters are more complex, but after finalizing the configuration, they don't require too much attention.Stability Issues:Solaris is very stable, and most of the "panics" are caused by third-parties, generally when information security applications add modules into the kernel or when some hardware failure occurs.Scalability Issues:Oracle Sparc servers are the best for scalability. With Solaris, for example ZFS, it's a filesystem of 128 bits that allows storage of 256 trillion zettabytes, metadata are assigned dynamically, so it's not necessary to assign nodes beforehand or to limit the filesystem scalability when it's created. The directory can have up to 256 billion entries and there isn't a limit to the number of filesystem or file that may be in ZFS.Customer Service:Customer Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone and web service where you can open a case, upload files, and an engineer can be assigned in less 3 hours depending on severity of the case.Technical Support:The technical staff and field engineers who interact with customers are really professional, capable, have very good dispositions and they work with a high level of excellence.Previous Solutions: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 feel the need to change for the time because this OS offers me compatibility and scalability that the company needs where I work.Initial Setup:When I decided the work on the Solaris platform, it was a personal decision. I didn't stop other Unix systems becuase of the complexity of these OS's, but rather by a timely challenge I had to build a cluster between 2 nodes of SunFire 6800. After that the E25k servers arrived and then the virtualization, and I liked working on Solaris more each time.Implementation Team:When we do an implementation, we work together with an Oracle team and my colleague, Nicolas, and I start by connecting the power cords to the installation and configure the OS. We also provide support to development teams to this applications.About the level of technicians, the level is excellent and they all provide great value with their experience.ROI:The economic investment is not my area of expertise, but I can talk about investment if I think about everyday learning working on this OS which return me the invest time on the initial installation and the low administrative maintenance, so I can spend less time to solve problems that software and hardware can have.Cost and Licensing Advice: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 ( http://www.oracle.com ).Other Solutions Considered: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 costs of an implementation and then it decides the direction to take, so when the road leads to Solaris, my evaluation can help them to make a decision.Other Advice:I always recommend Solaris because of its robustness, high availability, scalability, virtualization, excellent support, security and very good hardware.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. April 19, 2016
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