The Net Effect is here. It's causing an explosion in the growth of
network-connected users, wired and wireless devices, applications, and
data. And it's forcing organizations to rethink how they create,
manage, extend, and ultimately deliver information technology (IT)
services. For more than 15 years, Sun has been telling the world that
The Network Is The Computer, and has led the way in helping customers
harness the transforming power of the Net Effect.
As the foundation for Sun systems, the Solaris 8 Operating Environment
enables your IT organization to deliver on the promise of massive
scale, continuous real-time computing, and secure systems -- while
increasing service levels and decreasing costs.
It's time to make the move to the Solaris 8 platform, so you can
realize the benefits of the best 64-bit operating environment
available-combined with the innovative technology of UltraSPARC III
systems. Make it the driving force behind your enterprise's power and
productivity -- and make the most of the Net Effect.
Top Ten Reasons To Move to Solaris 8 Today
- Number 1: Massive scalability
- Number 2: Reduced cost of ownership
- Number 3: Reactive scalability
- Number 4: Lower downtime due to planned events
- Number 5: Highly available system and network resources
- Number 6: Secure and predictable operations
- Number 7: Connectivity to the world
- Number 8: Manageability
- Number 9: High-performance application services
- Number 10: Universal Operating Environment
Number 1: Massive scalability ... Solaris 8 defines massive
scalability. Its multithreaded design delivers fast performance for key
applications and core system functions that your enterprise depends on.
The Solaris 8 platform scales to handle heavy network traffic, huge
data sets, and compute-intensive processes to meet growing business
needs. It provides the foundation to easily expand a computing
environment in every direction -- from processes and users, to IP
addresses and data sets.
Number 2: Reduced cost of ownership ... Solaris 8 offers data
center-class reliability, availability, and serviceability at a
fraction of the cost of a mainframe. Solaris 8 software is the leading
UNIX operating environment, combining power, stability, and
predictability with complete backwards compatibility. Moving
applications to the Solaris 8 platform is so straightforward that Sun
offers a Solaris Application Guarantee compatibility program. Existing
applications written to the Solaris Application Binary interface will
move to the Solaris 8 platform without a recompile or rebuild,
improving system reliability and saving time and money. No other
operating system vendor can make this claim.
And, Solaris 8 is available for free. Through the Free Solaris Binary
License Program, the Solaris 8 Operating Environment -- the dot-com
platform -- is available for use at home or at work without paying a
license fee. For only the cost of the media ($75 U.S.) plus shipping,
you can use the software on an unlimited number of computers with a
capacity of eight or fewer CPUs.
Number 3: Reactive scalability ... Solaris 8 lets system administrators
write and execute scripts to quickly address peak load situations -- as
they occur -- and dynamically move system processes from one domain to
another. Dynamic System Domains enable system administrators to divide
a server running Solaris software into several partitions, allowing
multiple applications to run in isolated environments on a single
server. Resource allocation across individual domains can be done on
the fly, without rebooting any of the partitions, driving cost and time
savings. Dynamic System Domains are crucial to maintaining a
mission-critical computing platform in IT environments that are
expected to deliver higher levels of services.
In addition, Automatic Dynamic Reconfiguration (ADR) enables
administrators to automate -- and run automatically -- the domain
reconfiguration process with a simple script.
Number 4: Lower downtime due to planned events ... Because downtime
means your company loses productivity and profitability, the Live
Upgrade feature of the Solaris 8 platform lets system administrators
build a new upgraded operating environment image -- while the system is
still running a full application service load. There is no need to
take the system offline and interrupt processing or productivity. Plus
hot patching greatly reduces system downtime required to diagnose,
test, analyze, and correct problems, by allowing patches to take effect
in the operating environment -- without rebooting.
With Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR), a feature unique to Sun and the
Solaris 8 Operating Environment, system administrators can add, change,
and remove system components such as memory and CPU boards, I/O
controllers, network interface cards (NICs), disk drives, and other
SCSI devices without shutting down the system. While you work, systems
reconfigure themselves to use available resources.
Number 5: Highly available system and network resources ... In order
to remain productive and profitable throughout the new millennium, your
enterprise requires systems and networks that are highly available.
With Sun Cluster 3.0 software, system administrators can deliver higher
service levels at a lower cost, because Sun Cluster software enables
servers and storage devices to be managed as a single entity within
your network. Additionally, Dynamic Multipathing technology in Solaris
8 software handles load spreading and failovers with multiple network
interface cards, enhancing connection reliability and service times
when processing and transferring information. As a result, if one
connection is broken, redundancies built into the system ensure overall
connection is not lost and data continues to flow.
Number 6: Secure and predictable operations ... As more and more
mission-critical operations move online, security and predictability
increase in importance. The Solaris 8 platform has many built-in
features that protect your valuable networks. IPSec provides system
authentication and data encryption, with the ability to create virtual
private networks. Solaris 8 software includes Kerberos, the industry
standard for authenticating users, as an integral building block to
implementing single sign-on capability. Other security features
- Role-based access control to assign superuser commands.
- SunScreen software provides comprehensive firewall protection.
- Smart card support for increased physical access control.
Number 7: Connectivity to the world ... More users than ever before
are connected to the Net, using more types of devices. With
standards-based networking built into the software, Solaris 8 offers
proven interoperability and includes the leading-edge features that
optimize networking across a range of platforms. The following
technologies are implemented by the Solaris 8 platform to
simultaneously support millions of users across the globe, anytime,
anywhere, with any device.
- The iPlanet Directory Server (LDAP) for unlimited entries
- PC NetLink to connect to Microsoft Windows networks
- Mobile IP to ensure stable connections for mobile/wireless devices
- Java 2 Platform
- Legacy connectivity to systems including SNA, OSI, and X.25
- New kinds of clients, such as PDAs and cell phones
Number 8: Manageability ... Today, IT organizations are faced with
managing the increasing complexity of multitiered infrastructures, with
hundreds, even thousands of servers. Reducing complexity requires
simplifying and automating as many system management tasks as possible.
Through a series of management tools; Solaris Management Console,
Diskless Client Management, and Sun Management Center 3.0 software, you
can easily manage systems running the Solaris 8 platform.
Number 9: High performance application services ... Your system
performs multiple processes at high rates, but sometimes you need more
power. With Solaris 8, the Network Cache Accelerator dramatically
increases your web server performance. And Solaris software leads the
industry as the premier, mission-critical platform for deploying
applications based on Java technology. In fact, Java technology is
tightly integrated into the Solaris Operating Environment to
efficiently leverage its multithreaded capabilities, and the Solaris
platform improves Java server-side performance and stability for large
In many networks, the problem is not one of available power, but of
using what's available in the most efficient manner. High-performance
computing (HPC) is a requirement for today's demanding IT
infrastructures, but most networks do not fully utilize its resources.
Sun Grid Engine software aggregates available compute resources and
delivers compute power as a network service.
And the Number 10 Reason To Move to Solaris 8 in 2001: Universal
Operating Environment ... Solaris 8 is universal, delivering
technologies that connect billions of users and devices over the
Internet. Solaris software also provides extensive support for 37
different languages and 123 locales. Your enterprise can concurrently
support multiple language environments concurrently on a server or
desktop system with just a single install, and can conveniently add and
remove any language environment at any time.
Countdown to Success in 2001
With 10 outstanding reasons to move to the Solaris 8 Operating
Environment, isn't it time? It's going to be easier to execute, and far
more rewarding, than any other New Year's resolution you've ever made.
As you go forward in 2001, build your dot-com success on the Solaris 8
Operating Environment -- and deliver on the promise of the Net Effect,
while increasing service levels and decreasing costs.
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