A lot of Solaris boxes still around
In the telecom sector, you will find a LOT of big HP-UX and Solaris big boxes around.
Once I recall doing an endless 'df -h' in one of them.
Containers are nothing new.
Oracle has given Solaris 10 users an easier way to migrate their apps – to a more modern version of Solaris. The help comes in the form of sysdiff – a Python script that Big Red states will analyze a Solaris 10 rig to find the "binaries, libraries, modified data, and configuration files that are not part of Oracle Solaris 10 …
And just like those near forgotten boxes, people can be forgiven for forgetting that Solaris is still developed. Honestly, the way Oracle treated the Solaris base after the takeover, I thought Solaris was supposed to die off.
BTW with this migration and considering "old" Sun software is many years gone, after this there maybe almost nothing left of old Sun hardware, thus finally putting an end to that whole era nearly 15 years after take over.
Still using them where I am albeit much reduced from many years ago. Still using containers, which do work very well to lock down the number of CPU cores you use and thus keep Oracle off your case for licensing as it's their system and therefore their audit data.
11.4 won't run on anything we owned so it was off to FreeBSD for us. 11.3 had finally fixed the security issues I didn't like from 10 and ZFS was a game changer. Oddly enough there were still patches to Solaris 9 hiding on the solaris 10 container stuff the last time I checked a bit over a year ago. That still runs on SPARCstation 20 from 1994. That means you could have a nearly 30 year old computer that meets security compliance regulations if you could keep your applications patched.
We deracked a V100 last week. The thing was older some of our staff. It was removed because one of its original disks was going bad and we were pulling out a bunch of far newer systems. We still have one X1 in our internal R&D DNS cluster and will remain there until it fails which might be a while since it has flash IDE disk emulator.
I've got a tadpole Sparckbook 2 from 1993 that still works except for some of the keys are a bit of a problem.
We had an old SPARC machine that ran with virtually no issue for around 15 years when it was finally retired around 5-10 years ago. After age around 10 if it ever was rebooted you had to use the cheat-sheet to get it to boot off the correct partition as the (soldered in) CMOS BIOS battery had gone. Sun hardware was really good then.
Last hardware we had was one of the Sun-turning-into-Oracle storage appliances, poor software that was not properly developed or bug-fixed and unresponsive support. Really, we would have been better with FreeNAS/TrueNAS on some cheaper hardware!
After then we ran down the Sun stuff as no intention of getting in to Oracle's grasp and Linux did everything well enough not to need it.
My first job in 1993 was working on supporting desktop SPARC boxes with those fricking huge CRT monitors for CAD work. Moved to DEC, then SPARC as an Oracle DBA around 1997 and still working with SPARC boxes to this day supporting Oracle databases but now I'm doing more on the Windows/Linux front but something solid about Solaris, it just sits in the racks doing it's thing and very rarely bothers anyone.
Love linux, great O/S, doing more all the time but there's not much can beat the rock solid stability of a SPARC server. Once took one offline that had been up 921 days without a reboot. You just know when to log on to a SPARC box, you're standing on rock solid ground, I'll be sad when we shut down our last SPARC box in a year or two but ever onward and upward.
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