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Oracle tells us a bit more about the future of Solaris

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January 27, 2017

It looks like Oracle wants to talk a bit about the immediate future of the Solaris operating system, quietly revealing a roadmap that replaced a planned version 12 with version 11.next.

Oracle will then be offering more detail at a later date about another planned move to adopt the continuous delivery of new updates on the OS.

However, Oracle didn't say when the continuous delivery would start, what it would mean for users in terms of the update frequency or even their cost.

So IT Direction asked and the company updated us on the matter to include the following statement: ``The Solaris OS continuous delivery model has been silently in place for some time now and is the official delivery mechanism going forward. Oracle Solaris customers under Premier Support receive regular innovation, bug fixes, and security vulnerability updates through both dot releases and Oracle Solaris 11 Support Repository Updates, as well as 24/7 access to Oracle systems specialists and online access to knowledge, proactive tools and communities. There are no changes to Oracle Solaris licensing or Premier Support pricing associated with this model.``

Oracle's roadmap depicts version 11.next with “Cloud Deployment & Integration Enhancements” as starting to appear some time in the middle of this year and then completing the whole thing in late 2018.

The roadmap will probably refer to a wide range of planned new functionality to be continuously delivered in the coming months. We will most likely know more in May or June.

For now, Oracle hasn't responded yet to our three questions about the roadmap's mention of “@Customer Dedicated metered and non-metered cloud services”, which it suggests will debut in late 2017. We'll keep you posted.

Source: VMware.


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