CloudSigma has announced the launch of a SPARC and Oracle Solaris-driven infrastructure-as-a-service offering leveraging Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones. Bringing the power of Oracle Solaris to its cloud platform makes CloudSigma one of the first major public clouds to support Oracle Solaris natively on SPARC. Oracle Solaris supports more than 11,000 third-party enterprise applications across a wide range of industries and was engineered specifically for cloud environments. Now, with CloudSigma's new service, customers can benefit from Oracle Solaris' advanced security, compliance, efficiency, scalability and performance in a public cloud, offering on-demand capacity elasticity, a high degree of control and unprecedented flexibility.

"We've been excited to see the recent developments in the Oracle Solaris offering and have worked closely with Oracle to demonstrate the unique power of this platform for the enterprise," said Robert Jenkins, CloudSigma CEO. "This new service will allow customers to engage with a SPARC - Oracle Solaris environment in new ways, as well as bring the benefits of the cloud paradigm to existing Oracle Solaris based workloads. We are fully committed to supporting the full range of customer computing requirements in the cloud and Oracle Solaris is an important part of that. After all, why should enterprises have to change their infrastructure or preferred operating system when they move to a public cloud? CloudSigma eliminates the restrictions other cloud providers impose and allows users to fully design and customize their cloud deployments. We offer a true virtual data center."

The CloudSigma cloud represents a neutral platform to migrate legacy systems or set up testing and production environments. Now, customers can not only deploy across the full range of x64/x86 compatible operating systems unmodified, but can also drive powerful SPARC - Oracle Solaris-based environments from the same unified interface and platform.

"The recent release of Oracle Solaris 11.2 has turned it into a full cloud platform with OS, virtualization and Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities as well as a full distribution of OpenStack - all in one product," said Markus Flierl, vice president of Solaris Development at Oracle. "Oracle Solaris offers customers industry leading performance, efficiency, security and compliance. We are excited to see the Oracle Solaris ecosystem grow through partners like CloudSigma."

The CloudSigma offering for Solaris Kernel Zones allows customers to choose the version of the kernel they wish to run, enabling them to keep their public cloud Oracle Solaris environment in line with their existing private environment. This is combined with an ability to freely size each virtual machine to be tuned to the customer use case.

"Enterprise customers care not only about feature sets, but also about efficient environment management, particularly at scale," Jenkins continued. "That's why we've worked hard to integrate our new Oracle Solaris-based offering into our API and WebApp for a virtually seamless experience. We can offer 100 percent automation via our API of all cloud management features, making it ideal for a wide range of use cases, including very dynamic environments. We are especially interested to see how customers expand their Oracle Solaris usage to embrace the elasticity and automation we can offer them."

CloudSigma's IaaS offering with Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones is currently in closed beta and will be launching shortly into full production across the range of CloudSigma locations, including San Jose, Washington DC and Miami in the U.S. and Zurich, Switzerland in Europe.


This article was originally posted “CloudSigma Launches Native Oracle Solaris-Based IaaS Offering” from Cloud Strategy Magazine.