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Oracle Solaris is #8 ranked solution in top Operating Systems for Business. PeerSpot users give Oracle Solaris an average rating of 8 out of 10. Oracle Solaris is most commonly compared to Oracle Linux: Oracle Solaris vs Oracle Linux. Oracle Solaris is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 64% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 25% of all views.
Oracle Solaris Buyer's Guide

Download the Oracle Solaris Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: June 2022

What is Oracle Solaris?

Oracle Solaris is a trusted business platform that provides consistent compatibility, is simple to use, is always secure, and is designed to help you run your modern and legacy enterprise applications. The solution is the most recommended enterprise operating system for Oracle Database and Java applications and is engineered for large-scale enterprise deployments.

Oracle Solaris Features

Oracle Solaris has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

  • Application binary guarantee
  • Unified archives
  • Rich selection of DevOps tools
  • REST-based configuration and monitoring
  • Software security assurance
  • Automated installer
  • Image packaging system and ZFS boot environments
  • Simplified system life-cycle, application life-cycle, and cloud capabilities
  • Constraint packages
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Service management facility

Oracle Solaris Benefits

There are many benefits to implementing Oracle Solaris. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

  • Portable and scalable
  • Interoperable and compatible
  • Simple to use
  • Infrastructure designed to scale on large systems without code
  • Supports a wide range of hardware
  • 24 x 7 support from Oracle
  • Portability across different architectures
  • Supports tools optimized for Oracle hardware devices
  • Guarantees binary compatibility for your applications across various Oracle Solaris OS releases
  • Supports programming languages such as Perl, Ruby, and Python
  • Mitigates risk and easily proves compliance
  • Reduces costs
  • Helps reduce planned and unplanned downtime

Reviews from Real Users

Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Oracle Solaris solution.

A CEO at a computer software company says, “The most valuable feature is virtualization. They have attained virtualization and it's quite simple to create the Oracle Solaris zones. The solution is quite powerful. Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers. The high availability is great. You can clone and you can do quite a number of things with them. There's also the ZFS File system which is very good. Is one of the best file systems that there is.”

Diego A., Oracle ACE - Specialized in Systems Technologies at Telecom Argentina, mentions, “The most valuable features for me are virtualization (Containers, Zones, Security, PDOM's, LDOM's) and Performance, ZFS, Debugging with Dtrace.”

A Service Manager at a tech services company expresses that the solution is “Stable, scalable, and has easy installation.”

PeerSpot user Marcel H., Oracle ACE Director "Solaris," CEO, Enterprise Consultant at JomaSoft, explains, “Solaris includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to create private clouds. Solaris Zones is ideal to separate applications and to migrate from older to current hardware. LDoms is very efficient because it uses the hardware hypervisor of the SPARC servers. Both technologies increase Security, because they separate the applications from each other. Using the Security Compliance Framework we are sure the systems are set up properly.”

Shafiq K., Senior Manager IT Operations at a financial services firm, states, “The reliability of the solution is excellent. The security has been very good overall. We've found the solution to have good availability. The backup capabilities are quite good. The solution has proven to be quite stable so far. The product can scale. The solution is 100% free to use. It doesn't cost a company anything as it's embedded in the hardware.”

Oracle Solaris was previously known as Solaris 11, Solaris.

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What users are saying about Oracle Solaris pricing:
  • "If you buy Oracle hardware it's supported free with the hardware. If you're putting it on non-Oracle hardware, that is when you buy the support license, which is also very reasonable. It is $1000 dollars per year, so it's not overly expensive."
  • "The price is not good and needs to improve."
  • "This solution needs a license to use it."
  • "There are no licensing fees but you can opt to pay for support."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis."
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    CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Powerful with high availability and very stable
    Pros and Cons
    • "Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers."
    • "Currently, there are two variants, there's SPARC and there's x86. I would have wanted a scenario where they're all just one product."

    What is our primary use case?

    Clients mainly use the solution as a database operating system in many environments. Most who are using it are financial institutions, telecoms, or companies in the energy sector. 

    What is most valuable?

    Of late the most valuable feature is virtualization. They have attained virtualization and it's quite simple to create the Oracle Solaris zones. The solution is quite powerful. Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers.  The high availability is great. You can clone and you can do quite a number of things with them. There's also the ZFS File system which is very good. Is one of the best file systems that there is.

    What needs improvement?

    Most of the product is still command-line, despite the fact that they've got a graphical user interface in some areas. For some reason, core administration is still done via command-line. The manufacturer can put most of those command-line environments into classical use like other operating systems. With Solaris the administration part is through command-line which may be difficult for some people who may not be used to that way of working. Currently, there are two variants, there's SPARC and there's x86. I would have wanted a scenario where they're all just one product. I would have loved if the clustering data was a bit simpler. Currently, the clustering data is a product on its own. It would be great if there was higher availability data with that.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been an Oracle Solaris consultant for over 20 years.
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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is the most stable operating system compared to other operating systems that I know. If you look at it, it's rarely attacked by viruses and it rarely fails due to its reliable hardware. SPARC is normally very stable. It rarely fails. Even if it fails, it gives you a lot of warnings in the logs. The log warnings are very clear. If you follow along you really get to the crux of the matter. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    When it comes to scalability, it's even more scalable than other competitors given the fact that it's a high-end operating system. It ranges from one single processor to over a hundred cores. It's a very scalable operating system. I'd say it's more scalable than any Linux and Windows environment - in vertical scaling, that is. The SPARC servers are extremely powerful. You can put a very huge database on it or even a very big application.

    How are customer service and support?

    Oracle support is good. The only this is that it is expensive. At the end of the day, if you are on Oracle support you are sorted out quickly. They are very responsive and knowledgable. If you are not on Oracle support you have to support it yourself and figure out what the issues are without their assistance. With Oracle, everything is together and it comes nearly with all the patches and it's really great. If you put it on Oracle hardware, everything is there and it still works with Oracle. Once it's in installed the only issues that may arise are performance issues, and that may be a configuration problem on your end.  At the end of the day, Oracle support will support you, and they will sort you out. They normally release patches on a regular basis. It used to be a monthly basis, however, I think now it's a quarterly basis. Those patches can help you if there's a new hardware release, which is not on your old Solaris environment.

    How was the initial setup?

    In the latest versions, the initial setup is not very complex. Solaris is normally of two variants. There is the SPARC variant and there is the Intel variant.  With the implementation, the steps and procedures are very clear. You just install more if you're installing in SPARC or if you're installing it on an Oracle hardware. It's very easy to install due to the fact that all the patches are there, unlike other products where you have to put apart from this other side of all these. With this solution, everything is there, so it's very straightforward. The implementation is very, very straightforward, and simple by the way.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    This is a free product. It doesn't cost anything. What you can purchase is support.  If you buy Oracle hardware it's supported free with the hardware. If you're putting it on non-Oracle hardware, that is when you buy the support license, which is also very reasonable. It is $1000 dollars per year, so it's not overly expensive.  If you compare what it can do with how much Oracle charges for support, it's more or less free.

    What other advice do I have?

    In our company, we don't use Oracle Solaris. As a person, I was employed as a Solaris System Administrator. I'm just a consultant. We don't use Oracle Solaris, because we're not big enough to use the solution ourselves.  Overall, I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. I would highly recommend Oracle Solaris. It's a stable operating system and it's been around for a long time. If you're planning to have an Oracle Database, the best operating system for the Oracle Database is Oracle Solaris. If anybody is implementing a new solution or a new environment and thinks of putting in Oracle Database, the first option would be Oracle Solaris, then they can look at other OSs like Windows and Linux.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
    Diego E. Aguirre - PeerSpot reviewer
    Oracle ACE - Specialized in Systems Technologies at Telecom Argentina
    Real User
    Top 5
    I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and hardware.

    What is our primary use case?

    I work with Solaris Operating systems since a lot of years, every day, as technical support specialist 

    How has it helped my organization?

    I've worked with different flavors of Unix, but I chose Solaris. I like the constant innovation in the software and hardware.

    I've worked with servers E10k, E25k, T7-2, T5, M5, M5-32 and some other older servers. All of them have excellent performance in virtualization, zones, and LDOMs.

    Solaris lets you isolate zones and migrate them to other servers. You can also move old releases of OS's from obsolete hardware to containers installed in new hardware.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features for me are:

    Virtualization (Containers, Zones, Security, PDOM's, LDOM's)

    Performance, ZFS, Debugging with Dtrace

    What needs improvement?

    There are some areas that could use some improvement. As with Solaris 10, you can install Solaris 11 on SPARC and x86 systems, but the number of non-Oracle x86 systems certified up to this point is less that with the previous version. In spite of that, you can still install Solaris 11 on a varied number of systems as 'bare metal' or you can resort to virtualization via many of the softwares available for that in the market. The certification of third-party hardware is usually a lengthy process and requires a lot of resources, so it would be understandable if this takes a long time.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    More than 20 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Solaris is very stable, and most of the "panics" are caused by third-parties, generally when information security applications add modules into the kernel or when some hardware failure occurs.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Oracle Sparc servers are the best for scalability. With Solaris, for example ZFS, it's a filesystem of 128 bits that allows storage of 256 trillion zettabytes, metadata are assigned dynamically, so it's not necessary to assign nodes beforehand or to limit the filesystem scalability when it's created. The directory can have up to 256 billion entries and there isn't a limit to the number of filesystem or file that may be in ZFS.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Customer Service:

    Customer Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone and web services where you can open a case, upload files, and an engineer can be assigned in less 3 hours depending on severity of the case.

    Technical Support:

    The technical staff and field engineers who interact with customers are really professional, capable, have very good dispositions and they work with a high level of excellence.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I worked on various Unix systems, but I feel very comfortable working on Solaris. I'm aware of the evolution of Linux systems in the world because of the cost, but I don't feel the need to change for the time because this OS offers me compatibility and scalability that the company needs where I work.

    How was the initial setup?

    When I decided the work on the Solaris platform, it was a personal decision. I didn't stop other Unix systems becuase of the complexity of these OS's, but rather by a timely challenge I had to build a cluster between 2 nodes of SunFire 6800. After that the E25k servers arrived and then the virtualization , and I liked working on Solaris more each time.

    What about the implementation team?

    When we do an implementation, we work together with an Oracle team and my colleague, Nicolas, and I start by connecting the power cords to the installation and configure the OS. We also provide support to development teams to this applications.

    About the level of technicians, the level is excellent and they all provide great value with their experience

    What was our ROI?

    The economic investment is not my area of expertise, but I can talk about investment if I think about everyday learning working on this OS which return me the invest time on the initial installation and the low administrative maintenance, so I can spend less time to solve problems that software and hardware can have.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I can't talk about prices. Solaris is free for final users, and in the case of OEM licenses, you should visit www.oracle.com.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I always evaluate other options with Sparc. I analyze if one server is more convenient than another or what cards to add. At my company, one specific area evaluates the costs of an implementation and then it decides the direction to take, so when the road leads to Solaris, my evaluation can help them to make a decision.

    What other advice do I have?

    I always recommend Solaris because of its robustness, high availability, scalability, virtualization, excellent support, security and very good hardware.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Service Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Stable, scalable, and easy installation
    Pros and Cons
    • "The stability of the solution is good."
    • "When we switch over to Solaris it was not easy because we had some troubles with the performance. Solaris is from Oracle and you would expect that it would run flawlessly, but we had some issues in sizing the previous Linux environment to the Solaris environment."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using Oracle Solaris for an external data center. We switched to Oracle Solaris because we outsourced Oracle to a third party and they went from Oracle Linux to Solaris because of license issues with Oracle Linux. We had to then go over as well for some functionality reasons, such as to do hard partitioning. We were able to minimize the number of CPU cores available for Oracle Linux which help save money because we did not have to pay full price.

    We do not use Solaris in general terms because we are end-users, we are an application service provider. We have an external party that delivers us an Oracle database and the platform underneath the Oracle database is agnostic to us. We do not care about it as long as we have an Oracle database running. My team, which are technicians, is completely not involved in the Solaris platform. We just have an Oracle database running where a third party takes care of it, and they choose Solaris because of license issues.

    What needs improvement?

    When we switch over to Solaris it was not easy because we had some troubles with the performance. Solaris is from Oracle and you would expect that it would run flawlessly, but we had some issues in sizing the previous Linux environment to the Solaris environment.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for approximately one year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of the solution is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Oracle Solaris is scalable. However, this depends on the hardware that is running in the environment but this is not the fault of the solution if the hardware is not adequate.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Our standard platform is VMware and Oracle Solaris runs fine on VMware, but if you have VMware running on it, you do not get support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I have used Oracle and Red Hat Linux previously.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    If you have a 20 or 30-core CPU underneath Oracle, they expect you to pay for all the cores, although the VM only has assigned a couple of them. They are very difficult license-wise and that is the reason why we went to Oracle Solaris. We were presented this option by our external advisor to prohibit extensive Oracle Linux costs.

    We have a lot of government organizations here in Holland leaving Oracle. It is not a bad solution, it is a perfect solution because we have used it for more than 25 years and have never lost one record. It is technically a good solution, but the licensing and sales issues, people are really annoyed about and many Dutch organizations are going over to other solutions. For example, Postgres databases or EnterpriseDB, which is a commercial version of Postgres. They are more cost-efficient if you speak to sales teams.

    The price is not good and needs to improve. What was surprising to us was that our Oracle databases run better with fewer resources on Linux than they did on Solaris. We found that strange because if Oracle brings out the new version of their database it is almost always firstly brought out on their own platforms, such as Solaris. You would expect that Solaris would work the best. However, in our case, it did not, there is something wrong with the resources in Solaris.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I have evaluated the Postgres database and Enterprise database.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would prefer Linux then Oracle Solaris because it is more open. If you are in a commercial environment, then use a commercial Linux version, not a free version. We have seven customers using Red Hat, the support is very good, and there are hardly any issues.

    I will not recommend Solaris because of the attitude of Oracle, what we have experienced in the database, how they handle licenses, and legally. They are not a company that is fair and are very aggressively trying to get money. However, they provide a solid solution.

    I rate Oracle Solaris a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
    Marcel Hofstetter - PeerSpot reviewer
    Oracle ACE Director "Solaris " / CEO / Enterprise Consultant at JomaSoft
    Consultant
    Top 5
    It includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to create private clouds.

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Oracle Solaris to develop and support our VDCF (Virtual Datacenter Cloud Framework) management software. Several virtual machines (LDoms and Zones) are used on SPARC and x86 Servers.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We are able to deploy new environments very quickly and securely. Using the virtualization features, we can migrate the environments very flexibly between our servers.

    What is most valuable?

    Solaris includes two virtualization solutions: LDoms for SPARC and Solaris Zones. Both solutions can be combined to create private clouds. Solaris Zones is ideal to separate applications and to migrate from older to current hardware. LDoms is very efficient because it uses the hardware hypervisor of the SPARC servers.
    Both technologies increase Security, because they separate the applications from each other. Using the Security Compliance Framework we are sure the systems are setup properly

    What needs improvement?

    Patching without downtime would be nice.

    Update 08/2021: Live Paching of Kernel is now available. We applied IDRs successfully on several servers.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    More than ten years!

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We had no issues with the stability.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Solaris is very robust and scalable. No issues so far scaling it.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Oracle offers a good online support portal called "My Oracle Support", which includes a big knowledge base. Because Oracle is a very large organization, it sometimes takes a bit too much time for support requests to reach the right support engineer.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    Used Solaris 10 before, but Solaris 11 is much easier and faster with patching.
    Based on BootEnvironments and ZFS Solaris 11 always offers a failback.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. Oracle has in-depth admin manuals. To speed up deployments, we implemented our own deployment and management framework VDCF.

    What about the implementation team?

    We implemented it with our in-house team based on Oracle's best practices documents. With virtualization, we recommend to first define a standard on how to deploy and then to deploy using that standard, avoiding any variation. There are so many options, but our favorite is the fully-virtualized LDom with applications installed into Solaris Zones.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    When buying a server from Oracle, all the software is included -- OS, virtualization and patches. There are no hidden costs. We like the long life cycle of Solaris and the SPARC servers. There's no need to replace the hardware every two to three years, and we have a life cycle of five years and more.

    What other advice do I have?

    Use deployment tools for automation and avoid doing everything manually. Deployment tools help to avoid errors and create a standardized environment.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Other
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're an ISV Partner of Oracle. I'm nominated as an Oracle ACE Director for Solaris.
    Senior Manager IT Operations at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Great security and reliability with responsive technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "The backup capabilities are quite good."
    • "It would be helpful if the solution offered backend management. In the 11.4 version, Oracle added a management console. It would be great if we maybe had a user management tool to go with it."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using the solution for multiple purposes. We are using it, for example, for our local environment, and we are using it for our core banking. We even use it for our database and a lot of other things.

    What is most valuable?

    The reliability of the solution is excellent.

    The security has been very good overall.

    We've found the solution to have good availability.

    The backup capabilities are quite good.

    The solution has proven to be quite stable so far.

    The product can scale.

    The solution is 100% free to use. It doesn't cost a company anything as it's embedded in the hardware.

    What needs improvement?

    I haven't had any big issues with the solution. Largely, I've been very happy with it. 

    Sometimes we get stuck for security reasons. There's an issue with either the filing or use management. However, largely it just comes down to a lack of experience and over time, users get the hang of it. 

    It would be helpful if the solution offered backend management. In the 11.4 version, Oracle added a management console. It would be great if we maybe had a user management tool to go with it.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for a long time. It's been about 11 years. It's over a decade at this point.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability has been very good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's very reliable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale, however, it depends on the need. Whenever we require an extension we go for that.

    Our whole IT department is currently on the solution.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We're quite satisfied both with technical support and the product itself. Support, for example, is responsive, however, we have a very low number of calls with Oracle due to the fact that we find this application very stable.

    How was the initial setup?

    We have a pretty complex environment and therefore had a pretty complex setup.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    You don't have to pay a licensing fee. The solution is free to use. It's bound with the hardware.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are just customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with Oracle.

    I would 100% recommend the solution to other organizations. The solution has been quite reliable and secure. For an enterprise environment, it's a great product.

    I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    High database performance, effective containers, but better application integration needed
    Pros and Cons
    • "Oracle Solaris was the preferred operating system for their customers to run their databases on and to get the best performance. It performs well with Oracle applications. Additionally, there are some features inside that are called zones which are Linux containers."
    • "I believe before Oracle was using Oracle Linux, they were using Oracle Solaris for their customers who are using Oracle databases. This was because it was more optimized for the hardware built for it. It has good performance for the database only. However, if you take it out of the Oracle applications, it will not do well compared to other operating systems, such as Linux or even Windows can have better performance."

    What is our primary use case?

    I used Oracle Solaris in business. There are customers that need to backup their Oracle Solaris servers. I would help integrate a solution, such as Veeam, which has an agent for Solaris to backup the Solaris operating system.

    What is most valuable?

    Oracle Solaris was the preferred operating system for their customers to run their databases on and to get the best performance. It performs well with Oracle applications. Additionally, there are some features inside that are called zones which are Linux containers.

    What needs improvement?

    Oracle Solaris is a Unix-based operating system. People used to call it Slowaris because it was very slow. However, they have different CPU architectures. You can use Solaris also on a normal server x86. Additionally, they have their own CPU architecture, which is called Oracle SPARC architecture. I believe before Oracle was using Oracle Linux, they were using Oracle Solaris for their customers who are using Oracle databases. This was because it was more optimized for the hardware built for it. It has good performance for the database only. However, if you take it out of the Oracle applications, it will not do well compared to other operating systems, such as Linux or even Windows can have better performance.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Oracle Solaris for a couple of months.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I have used Oracle Linux.

    How was the initial setup?

    You either buy Oracle Solaris to install it on your hardware, or you get the hardware. Most of the people making the right decision would get the hardware with the SPARC-based architecture.

    I did the installation of Oracle Solaris in a lab at home. I did some very small tests. It installs similar to a Linux or Unix installation, they all have the same procedure. It was not complex for me but it would be for others without experience.

    What about the implementation team?

    I did the implementation of the solution.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    This solution needs a license to use it.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you downloaded Oracle databases you could use this solution but there are better solutions, such as Oracle Linux. Linux has proven to be better performance than Solaris in many aspects. If you approach Oracle and ask them, which one you should use Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux, they would say Oracle Linux.

    I rate Oracle Solaris a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    KYC Quality Assurance at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Easy to set up, good database support, but other products have better flexibility
    Pros and Cons
    • "This product handles databases well; they run on top of the operating system."
    • "This product is not as flexible as other similar solutions on the market today."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use Solaris for compute storage. It is a server product that runs databases.

    Our current equipment that Oracle Solaris runs on is approximately five years old and I only deal with it occasionally. This is a legacy product for us now and times have moved on.

    What is most valuable?

    This product handles databases well; they run on top of the operating system.

    What needs improvement?

    This product is not as flexible as other similar solutions on the market today. Times have moved on and there are newer operating systems that are better to use and more compatible with current technology.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I began working with Oracle Solaris between 15 and 16 years ago.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    This is a stable product.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We've moved to other products recently, so scalability is no longer an issue for us. That said, the legacy version was slightly fixed.

    We had approximately 25,000 end-users in some form or another.

    How are customer service and support?

    We used to deal with technical support for this product. However, because it's older and things have not been changing, we have not had any recent experience with them.

    How was the initial setup?

    When we were installing this product, it was straightforward. We haven't installed one in a while. It used to be maintained by our network team but as it's now a legacy product for us, we do not have dedicated staff to take care of it.

    What about the implementation team?

    We were implementing this product with our in-house team.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    There are no licensing fees but you can opt to pay for support.

    What other advice do I have?

    The suitability of this product depends on the use case. There are other products that are more flexible and better to use these days. It was stable, so I would recommend it for some cases but more often than not, we wouldn't use it anymore.

    I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Very stable and safe, but needs specific hardware and not easy to use
    Pros and Cons
    • "It works well. It is very stable and very good. It is also very safe. It cannot be easily infected by viruses or attacks."
    • "It is not easy to use. It doesn't have a user-friendly interface. It should be easy to use. We are planning to move from Solaris to Linux because Linux is more flexible and user-friendly. Its installation should also be easier. Solaris also needs specific hardware to work well, which is another reason why we are moving to Linux. It should be more flexible in terms of hardware. It should have better integration with other hardware platforms."

    What is our primary use case?

    It is used for Oracle applications and Oracle Database.

    What is most valuable?

    It works well. It is very stable and very good. 

    It is also very safe. It cannot be easily infected by viruses or attacks.

    What needs improvement?

    It is not easy to use. It doesn't have a user-friendly interface. It should be easy to use. We are planning to move from Solaris to Linux because Linux is more flexible and user-friendly. Its installation should also be easier. 

    Solaris also needs specific hardware to work well, which is another reason why we are moving to Linux. It should be more flexible in terms of hardware. It should have better integration with other hardware platforms.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Oracle Solaris for ten years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is very stable. We didn't have to do any maintenance on it.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We have approximately 120 users.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We are also using Windows Server 2012.

    How was the initial setup?

    Its installation is not easy. It was installed a long ago. It didn't take a long time.

    What about the implementation team?

    We get external support for installation, implementation, or maintenance. They have a team of three or four technical people.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Its licensing is on a yearly basis.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution. It is stable and safe but not easy to use. It is very good for Oracle applications.

    I would rate Oracle Solaris a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.