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Sun Microsystems Solaris
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The Solaris operating environment is based on industry-standard UNIX System V Release 4. It has been optimized for distributed network environments, and performance enhanced for running database and Web applications. It is designed for multiprocessing (up to 128 CPUs on a single system) and 64-bit computing; and with built-in Solaris Network Cache Accelerator, it optimizes Web server performance. Solaris is Java enabled and includes support for the Java VM (Virtual Machine). The HotJava browser is also included. Centralized administration features allow administrators to control the operating system remotely.
The latest release includes CDE (Common Desktop Environment) as the default desktop. CDE is based on the X Window System Motif desktop and provides a consistent look and feel across UNIX platforms.
The operating system is designed for Web networking (intranets) and enterprise networking. It includes WebNFS, a version of the popular Network File System that is designed for use on the Web and intranets. Network computing features in Solaris include ONC (Open Network Computing) technology-a TCP/IP-based set of services, facilities, and APIs that include file and printer sharing, data exchange, RPC (remote procedure call), and distributed naming services. NIS+ Global Directory Services provides a secure, high-performance, distributed data repository for network and system management information. The operating system also includes DCE (Distributed Computing Environment).
Sun Cluster software increases the availability and capacity of the Solaris Operating Environment by enabling core services, such as devices, file systems, and networks, to operate seamlessly across a cluster.
Solaris runs on SPARC, Intel, and PowerPC platforms. Multiprocessor systems are supported, and Solaris uses symmetrical multiprocessing techniques to take full advantage of these systems. Multithreading is supported, which allows applications to be broken into segments that execute simultaneously on each processor.
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