Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta Is Out for Testing Purposes

With the latest release, Solaris has been made more than what it is, the OS now allows its users to build simple, compliant, efficient and secure clouds that are both affordable and open.
 
Oracle Solaris is one of the most popular UNIX operating systems, deployed around the world. The official announcement says, “Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta is being released to allow developers, administrators and architects to evaluate the latest version of the #1 platform for enterprises” The recently released version 11.2 Beta, capable of delivering simplified software Lifecycle management, private, and hybrid cloud environments, critical cloud infrastructure with built-in virtualization, advanced protection for the public and cloud scale data management, will surely contribute in widening its horizon.
 
The new Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta has landed with a large number of new features and changes, following the trends of the previous versions. Once the final version is out for grabs, the customers will easily be able to upgrade from the previous build.
 
Highlights of the new features include:
  • Centralized cloud management with Oracle's OpenStack distribution. Integrated at the core of Oracle Solaris 11.2, deploy a private cloud instance in minutes instead of weeks.
  • No compromise virtualization with Oracle Solaris Zones enhanced. Oracle Solaris 11.2 brings an even greater level of flexibility with independent and isolated Kernel Zones.
  • Secure Agile application provisioning in the cloud with Unified Archives, a new archive format that allows total portability between bare metal and virtualized systems. Instant cloning in the cloud when you need it, to scale out or for reliable disaster recovery in emergencies.
  • Maintain SLAs with application driven Software Defined Networking, extending the network virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris. Elastic Virtual Switching ensures dynamic networks across your cloud environment with unprecedented agility.
  • Lower the effort of meeting compliance with an integrated and automated checking and report generation tool, reducing the time needed for compliance review by as much as 10x.
Download the Oracle Solaris 11.2 Beta here. But remember that it has been released for the testing purposes only and one should refrain from installing this development version on the production machines.