IBM, Sun Microsystems and Sine Nomine Associates have showcased the OpenSolaris code base running on an IBM mainframe at the Gartner’s Data Center Conference. In addition to this, IBM has also endorsed Sun’s xVM initiative virtualization and management initiative.
Building on the innovation, flexibility, and product improvements happening within the OpenSolaris community, IBM said that this demonstration is an example of a port of this flexible open source operating system to run on yet another architecture. The work is being undertaken by Sine Nomine Associates, a research and engineering firm based in Ashburn, Virginia.
In the demonstration, OpenSolaris runs within the mainframe’s z/VM, a virtualization technology that enables more than 1,000 virtual images on a single hypervisor, allowing customers to further optimize their infrastructures. The Solaris Operating System offers a feature set, including Solaris ZFS, and Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) to help customers improve uptime, cut costs and speed time to market.
Rich Green, executive vice president, software at Sun Microsystems, said: Broadening our collaboration with IBM expands the reach of Solaris and Sun xVM to the mainframe marketplace, and brings the benefit of open source operating systems and open source virtualization to the highest scale datacenters in the world.