Oracle is showcasing Oracle Solaris 11 at Oracle OpenWorld this week, ahead of its planned release in November.

The new version of the enterprise operating system has been designed for cloud computing and Oracle says it enables secure and fast deployment of services in a large-scale cloud environment.

It is also optimised for both Oracle and third-party applications, and is a core component of Oracle Sun ZFS storage appliance.

The Oracle Solaris 11 Early Adopter Release, a feature-complete preview of Solaris 11, is now available to Gold Level Oracle Partner Network (OPN) members and above on the Oracle Solaris Knowledge Zone.

Solaris Remote Lab, also part of the OracleExastack Labs programme, provides qualifying OPN members access to SPARC and x86 Oracle Solaris systems, enabling partners to test and verify their applications on the latest release of Oracle Solaris.

Key features of Oracle Solaris 11 include:

* Secure, flexible, built-in virtualisation services that allow customers to maximise system, network and data resources in their data centres with zero virtualisation overhead.

* Built-in data services for storing, managing and protecting data.

* New software provisioning and maintenance infrastructure, designed for cloud and large enterprise deployments to rapidly deploy new data centre software images across thousands of machines.

* End-to-end security to protect data assets, harden OS startup and secure system access with default system security features.

* Performance and scale, able to support future hardware that will scale to tens of thousands of hardware threads, hundreds of Terabytes of system memory and hundreds of Gigabits per second of I/O.

* Increased Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware11g and Java-based application performance, availability, security and manageability through jointly engineered improvements such as optimised memory management, I/O enhancements, integrated resource management and crypto off-load.

“Oracle Solaris 11 was engineered to solve the most challenging issues customers face when deploying and managing a modern data center infrastructure. Oracle has accelerated development of Oracle Solaris technologies and with Oracle Solaris 11, we will introduce our most innovative product release to date with features that will help customers move toward agile, efficient and secure business clouds,” says John Fowler, executive vice-president: systems at Oracle. “We are excited to preview Oracle Solaris 11 at Oracle OpenWorld and demonstrate how Oracle Solaris 11 solves customer problems that no other operating system has been able to address.”