As if the continuing feud between Microsoft and Linux isn't enough, the open source OS now has competition from within the ranks. Sun announced today that it will be enhancing its UNIX-based Solaris 10 operating system's features.
Solaris 10 11/06 includes Solaris Trusted Extensions, which protect sensitive data and allow customers to add apps or users without writing new security policies. Moreover, Solaris 10 now has the highest level of security certification for an OS, according to company information.
Virtualization functionality is also among the enhancements, including Logical Domains, with which customers will be able to provision and run as many as 32 instances of Solaris 10 on each UltraSparc T1-based server system. The company also plans to add the Xen hypervisor to Solaris 10 later this year.
According to an internetnews.com story, the enhancements are the first steps in a plan to go head to head with Linux in the x86 market. More apps support Solaris than Linux, the piece says, and the company will offer robust support, management and integration services at about half what comparable services from Red Hat would cost.
Assuming all else is equal, we agree with the experts quoted by internetnews.com that the 24/7 commercial-grade support Sun is touting may be the key to giving Solaris 10 the teeth to give Linux a run for its money.