Solaris udated with app server, partitioning

Sun Microsystems Inc. will release the latest update to its Solaris 8 operating system Tuesday, including a limited-use version of the iPlanet Application Server and more flexible partitioning tools.

The latest Solaris 8 release -- called Solaris 8 10/01 -- will be available via a free download for systems with 8 or fewer CPUs (central processing units) or with a US$75 media kit.

The Solaris 8 update will include a version of the Application Server from iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, which is partly-owned by Sun. The limited-license version of the application server allows users to test programs on it and decide if they want to pay for a full license and roll out the software, said Sanjay Sarathy, director of product marketing at iPlanet.

Sun has also expanded its partitioning tools, making it possible to slice up disk space in more flexible ways. The Solaris 8 update comes with DiskSuite 4.2.1, which lets users carve disks into over eight thousand partitions, up from eight partitions in the previous Solaris 8 version. This feature could help administrators who need to set up many user accounts and who want to assign part of a system to a specific group of users, said Bill Moffitt, a Solaris product line manager at Sun.

Sun also embedded version 1.3.1 of the J2SE (Java 2 Standard Edition) development kit into Solaris 8. The software has been tuned to work with Sun's UltraSPARC III processors and has improved memory features, Moffitt said.

Sun has presented both Java and iPlanet's software products as key parts of company's Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) framework for Web services. The company will hold an event Tuesday in Santa Clara, California to update the progress of Sun ONE -- a program platform often presented as a rival for Microsoft Corp.'s .Net strategy.

Sun, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at +1-650-960-1300 or at

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