Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) today announced that eWeek Labs selected the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) and Java Studio Creator 2 as two of the "Top Products of 2005" in a December 19, 2005 article. Solaris 10, the most advanced operating system on the planet, has also recently been recognized by other IT publications, such as InfoWorld and InternetNews.com.
Since its release in January 2005, the Solaris 10 OS has set 49 world performance benchmarks and granted more than 3.6 million registered licenses. The software is also available as open source code through the OpenSolaris project community. This open development has contributed to Solaris 10 support on more than 500 SPARC(R), x64 and x86 platforms from vendors as diverse as Sun, Dell, HP and IBM. Many publications, customers and partners have recognized the innovative new operating system, Solaris 10, and its key features such as Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) and Solaris Containers, which Jason Brooks of eWeek calls, "the system's extremely cool...quasi-virtualiziation functionality."
Brooks also points out that with the Solaris 10 OS, "Sun smartly re-embraces the x86 architecture, thereby making the operating system relevant for mainstream servers and workstations. What's more, Sun has madeSolaris 10 freely available, with for-pay services available as an option--a shot across the bow of Red Hat, which requires service subscriptions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux whether you require them or not." Solaris 10 is available as a free download. Customers can purchase competitively priced support contracts for Solaris starting at $120.00 U.S Dollars per year.
More information about the Solaris 10 OS can be found at: www.sun.com/software/solaris/
Java Studio Creator 2, which also is part of the Solaris Enterprise System, is planned for free download and has been hailed by eWeek editor Peter Coffee as, "the most attractive developer product this year." Coffee went on to say that Java Studio Creator 2, "... gave me the kind of drag-and-drop convenience that developers expect .... It not only worked well when used as intended but also resisted my attempts to confuse its cooperating tools." Coffee also points out that, "Java Studio Creator 2 gave me the same ease of visual construction, navigation and linkage among the HTML pages of a Web application that it did among the UI components of a single page, with an HTTP monitor tool that sped my investigation and debugging of behind-the-scenes details. Its data provider components offered me convenient and powerful abstractions; its lower-level code editing tools had the kind of power that today's developers demand."
More details on Sun's Java Studio Creator 2 web application development tool will be announced within the next 30 days, for the latest information on Java Studio Creator, please go to: developers.sun.com/jscreator.
According to the article, "Every year, the analysts at eWEEK Labs evaluate hundreds of enterprise products. The goal is to provide technology decision makers with a strong sense of direction as they navigate IT waters made choppy by hype, regulatory mandates, security concerns, competitive issues, budgetary and personnel constraints and, well, the list goes on and on. This year we found much to recommend, as vendors continue to innovate and to listen to their customers' (and potential customers') concerns. Products that pushed the technology envelope, made it easier to comply with various regulatory mandates and that heeded enterprises' desire for more interoperable solutions were just some that rose to the top of the analysts picks for the best products they evaluated in 2005. Here's to even better things in 2006." For more information and to read the story titled, "eWEEK Labs Picks the Top Products of 2005," please go to: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1901684,00.asp.