Oracle has unveiled a plan to integrate Docker with Solaris Zones to establish the platform as an attractive choice for enterprise cloud customers. Oracle says Solaris 11.3, released as a beta, lets users set up network and attached devices through a Live Zone Reconfiguration support system.
Oracle says it has updated its Linux 7 for enterprise platforms, including the use of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 3. Oracle says Linux 7 is "the only major enterprise Linux distribution that publishes all bug fixes and security errata publicly, providing more flexibility and choice than other commercial Linux distributions."
NetApp says it has installed thousands of Cisco Systems' FlexPod configurations for computing, data storage and networking, and Oracle is embracing the offering, Simon Sharwood writes. FlexPods combine Cisco's UCS servers and NetApp storage, Sharwood writes. Oracle Linux will be bundled with three of Oracle's FlexPod offerings, Sharwood writes, while another will include Oracle's JD Edwards applications.
A number of enterprise-software developers are marketing free and easy-to-use applications to consumers and leaving it to them to sell the benefits to their bosses. Companies such as Zoomdata and Dropbox offer limited versions of their analytics and file-sharing software as free downloads with the goal of penetrating corporate networks with premium versions of the same tools, but analysts say the tactic comes with the risk that IT won't bite.