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Mark Hurd Proclaims Solaris 11 as First ‘Cloud OS’

On Wednesday, almost after a decade, Oracle finally launched the biggest updates for their Solaris Operating System. In an event held at the Gotham Hall, New York the announcement was made by Oracle.

The press was not invited to be a part of this event as the company is following their regular company policy under which no executive communicates with media for a period of six-weeks after the end of every quarter. This is to prevent accidental leak of any market-moving information.

A video replay of the event has been posted on Oracle's official website (opens in new tab), in which, Mark Hurd, Oracle's President addressed Solaris 11 as "the first cloud OS" and also added words like, "With this OS: Game over."

On the nature of the software update Hurd said that it, "reflects our R&D commitment, long run, to this very important part of our portfolio", reported Wired (opens in new tab).

Hurd calls Solaris 11 the first ‘Cloud OS', but it actually doesn't stand as a player against high-quality systems that manage the cloud data centres of Amazon, Google or even Facebook.

Principal IT adviser with Illuminata, an industry research firm, Jonathan Eunice, said Solaris simply increases the speed of Oracle's database on Oracle's hardware. He said, "Solaris' pitch, especially as Oracle has spun it, is, 'We're a superior enterprise play ... so our competition is the mainframe; it isn't the cloud.' And that's colored everything they do."

Ravi Mandalia

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