November 30, 2007 09:37 ET
OpenSolaris Runs on IBM Mainframe
IBM Outlines Benefits of Virtualization on System z and Endorses Sun's xVM Virtualization and Management Initiative
LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - November 30, 2007) - Gartner Data Center Conference -- IBM (NYSE: IBM), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) and Sine Nomine Associates showcased
a milestone demonstration on Wednesday at Gartner's Data Center Conference,
showing the OpenSolaris™ code base running on an IBM mainframe,
illustrating the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) and the mainframe's
powerful ability to virtualize the data center.
Complementing this news, IBM also endorsed Sun's xVM initiative. IBM and
Sun believe in an open, comprehensive virtualization and management
platform that increases customer value and choice.
Today's news demonstrates important progress for Solaris compatibility
between IBM and Sun, since the companies announced in August that IBM was
expanding support for the Solaris OS. To see the complete press
announcement from Aug. 16, 2007, visit
"Momentum surrounding Sun's Solaris Operating System and Sun xVM
virtualization continues to grow, and we're thrilled to be able to reach
new customers and market opportunities alongside IBM," said Rich Green,
executive vice president, Software, Sun Microsystems. "Broadening our
collaboration with IBM expands the reach of Solaris and Sun xVM to the
mainframe marketplace, and brings the benefit of open source operating
systems and open source virtualization to the highest scale datacenters in
OpenSolaris on System z Mainframe Demonstrated
Earlier this week, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Sine Nomine Associates
demonstrated for the first time ever, the OpenSolaris code base running on
an IBM mainframe. The demonstration for customers, Gartner analysts and
press follows Sine Nomine's announcement last year of an independent
project to do the port and August's announcement that IBM and Sun would
investigate a project to port OpenSolaris to the System z mainframe.
Building on the innovation, flexibility, and product improvements happening
within the OpenSolaris community, this demonstration is an example of a
port of this flexible open source operating system to run on yet another
architecture. The work is being undertaken by Sine Nomine Associates, a
research and engineering firm based in Ashburn, Virginia.
"The future of the data center lies in virtualization's ability to reduce
skyrocketing energy and maintenance costs," said James Stallings, general
manager, IBM System z. "Corporations around the world have for years relied
on the IBM mainframe -- which pioneered virtualization -- to run their
businesses. The Solaris Operating System is similarly prevalent in data
centers. It makes perfect sense to marry these two stalwarts in a
virtualized mainframe environment."
David Boyes, president and chief technologist at Sine Nomine, commented,
"For Sine Nomine, the ability to add Solaris to the menu of options for
massive-scale virtualization on multiple platforms formed an almost
irresistible challenge. We had to apply learnings from our work on the
original Linux enablement on the mainframe to other shared resource
environments. We also needed to cooperate closely with IBM and Sun to
ensure that we preserved the best parts of both environments and the skills
that enterprises have built around Solaris. We are very pleased to be a
partner in this cooperative effort. This is a strategic step for all three
companies to present an even more compelling argument to enable production
scale virtualization across the enterprise."
In the demonstration, OpenSolaris runs within the mainframe's z/VM, the
industry's most powerful virtualization technology. z/VM enables more than
1,000 virtual images on a single hypervisor -- allowing customers to
further optimize their infrastructures. The Solaris Operating System offers
a powerful feature set, including Solaris ZFS, and Solaris Dynamic Tracing
(DTrace) to help customers improve uptime, cut costs and speed time to
z/VM already provides the foundation for running Linux on the mainframe. In
recent years, many mainframe customers have selected Linux for a variety of
new workloads, such as Web serving and virtual worlds.
Unique among servers, the mainframe was designed from the beginning to
incorporate processors that handle a variety of specialized tasks. For
example, so-called "specialty processors" are designed for processing
eligible Linux, Java™ software and data workloads as well as encrypting
and decrypting certain data.
For more information about OpenSolaris, visit http://www.opensolaris.org
and for Sun's virtualization offerings, Sun xVM, visit
http://www.sun.com/xvm. Sun has also announced that it will release the
source code used to build Sun xVM Ops Center, a highly scalable datacenter
automation tool, under the General Public License version 3 (GPLv3). For
more information on the open source community for developers building
next-generation datacenter virtualization and management technologies,
For more information about IBM, please visit www.ibm.com.
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