Oracle Solaris as the best managed service in Birmingham and The West Midlands from WTL

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Solaris has been the number one UNIX operating system for over 25 years, and while it might not spring to mind as the enterprise OS of choice today, there are many reasons why it still rates very highly by users. Most enterprises are using Oracle Solaris in their business somewhere, but if you are considering a data centre modernisation project, looking to simplify your virtualisation environment, moving to the cloud or are running critical Oracle databases and applications, then Solaris should be your number one choice.

Why Oracle Solaris?

Well, with every new release of Solaris, Sun and now Oracle, have always ensured backwards compatibility to protect your investment in existing applications. In fact, Oracle even offers an application binary guarantee to ensure you can run legacy applications on the latest infrastructure.

In many publicly available reviews Oracle Solaris is hailed as a stable, scalable and super speedy platform. It has been designed with the enterprise and their needs in mind and offers advanced security features on premises and in the cloud, with anti-malware protection from the hypervisor to the application. Oracle Solaris is cloud ready and natively uses ZFS, having been developed by Sun in the early 2000’s, is still in operation and still one of the most popular features. The zones or containers are also commended for being lightweight and simple, so, what are the downsides?

The Future of Oracle Solaris

The biggest issue surrounding Solaris is its image and the speculation around its future and longevity. If customers aren’t sure that their investment is future-proofed, they will be wary about investing. To counter this Oracle have guaranteed that they will deliver binary compatibility until 2034 at least, so any current and future investment will be secure for a minimum of 14 years, and doubtless much longer.

Specialist Skills and Resources

Another issue faced by users is that because Oracle Solaris is a proprietary OS, with different and unique commands to those used to administer other Linux systems, it requires additional skills which may make it more difficult to recruit and retain experienced technical expertise. A quick trawl online Indeed found 209 current jobs requiring Solaris skills, which suggests an immediate skills shortage in this technology. It can even be tricky for organisations to find outsourced support services that have the necessary skills. Not every MSP or IT Support firm has the expertise to best manage an Oracle Solaris environment.

WTL is a Solaris and Linux specialist, with the skills and knowledge required to support all customers’ heterogeneous environments, both on and off premises. We don’t just keep the lights on with your Oracle databases, Solaris and SPARC infrastructure, we optimise your environment, proactively managing your whole estate, improving service levels, efficiencies and availability, driving down costs and suggesting ways of making even more savings.

We also offer a Solaris Heath Check that is designed identify and address configuration, updates, security, and performance problems you might be experiencing.

IT Infrastructure

Getting Your Infrastructure Ready for Cloud?

Businesses everywhere and in every industry are under constant pressure in today’s highly competitive environment to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve their business processes.

In fact, Gartner’s annual global survey of CIOs at the end of 2017 showed that the CIO role is transitioning from delivery executive to business executive, from controlling cost and engineering processes, to driving revenue and exploiting data, rapidly scaling their digital businesses to keep up. The survey found that growth is the number one CIO priority for 2018, as stated by 26% of CIOs. The use of digitised products and services is expected to drive new forms of revenue, business value and engagement of customers and citizens. The challenge for CIOs is how to grow it to deliver economies of scope and scale and how to optimise their infrastructure in order to meet these demands. In addition, increasing security threats and shrinking budgets are making it more challenging for businesses to achieve its goals.

Legacy infrastructure can hinder application performance and push operational costs up as a result, they aren’t designed to meet the emerging innovations and they can pose a security risk, with upgrades, unsupported systems and gaps in patches.

The cloud is developing at a rapid pace and is going a long way to meeting the demands of the modern business, providing agile, scalable, anywhere digital services that businesses and consumers want and giving organisations the ability to analyse and exploit data for better decision making.

It doesn’t mean that organisations have to shift wholesale to the cloud however, but by modernising infrastructure and moving to Oracle SPARC and Solaris, they can ensure they are cloud-ready, which is notably different to being entirely cloud-based. Oracle SPARC servers use the same technology in the cloud and on-premise, so when the planning has been done and businesses have a clear idea of what applications and workloads would benefit from being moved to the cloud, it is an easier prospect to move them now or in the future, when circumstances change.

Whether on premise or in the cloud, Oracle SPARC servers are incredibly scalable and highly performing, with fast response times and acceleration of analytics and Oracle databases. They’ve been designed to meet the needs of modern businesses today and in the future, if as outlined in LogicMonitor’s Cloud Vision 2020 survey, 83% of enterprise workloads will be in public, private or hybrid cloud environments by 2020.

In addition to meeting performance, scalability and efficiency goals, infrastructure powered by Oracle SPARC servers and Solaris meets head-on the increasing threat of cyber attack with advanced security capabilities, including data encryption and decryption, application memory protection, one step patching and user access features.

Businesses that are modernising and getting cloud-ready, need look no further than Oracle SPARC and Solaris. Further reading is available by downloading the Oracle Solaris for Dummies Guide.

Useful Links

Gartner Survey of CIOs

Cloud Vision 2020: The Future of the Cloud