Open source is valuable and viable
Valluri, Director, Client Services Organisation,
Sun Microsystems India, talks about the benefits of open source OSs and Solaris
Do you think that CIOs who are comfortable with a proprietary
OS will want to migrate to an open source product?
The pressure to deliver bottom-line results is leading businesses to look for
new ways to drive costs down in their operations. Open source is a way of creating
valuable, viable software in an environment of shared intellectual property.
The central premise is that no single vendor will have all the necessary resources,
or find it strategically viable, to build all of the functionality that a wide
range of users will need. So open source creates a collaborative effort based
on the notion of community property. Open source economics are particularly
effective with platform software such as OSs, browsers and Integrated Development
Environments (IDEs) that are hard to create, but for which no rational customer
would be willing to pay the true costs.
What are the challenges during migration from Solaris 9
to open source Solaris 10, and how can they be resolved?
Migration from Solaris 9 to open source Solaris 10 is completely hassle-free
since Sun assures binary compatibility between the two versions.
What are the advantages that Solaris 10 gives a CIO?
Solaris 10 offers a number of benefits. The developer community gets more of
the features it wants without any commercial clutter. The technology evolves
faster as more developer effort can be applied to the features, and stability
is achieved sooner as every beta tester can be a bug fixer.
Development costs can go down since it will be possible to harness global talent
pools. User populations are higher as the software is free in binary and source
form. A number of new features such as predictive self-healing and Zetabyte
File System ensure continual availability.
DTrace, a real-time system diagnostic engine built to run on production systems,
gives organisations performance and operating data and allows them to pinpoint
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