SunSoft Launches Solaris 2.1
New Features For Business Market
The Right Box For Rightsizing
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 4, 1992 -- SunSoft today introduced a new version of the Solaris 2.0 distributed computing environment. Called Solaris 2.1, the software boasts new installation, administration, security and internationalization features, providing commercial users with the industry's most powerful 32-bit software environment for the corporate enterprise.
Based on extensive customer input and testing, the Solaris 2.1 computing environment incorporates more than 1,000 product improvements, delivering up to a 40% increase in areas of network performance and up to a 50% increase in user interaction performance over Solaris 2.0. The Solaris 2.1 software includes full symmetric multiprocessing and multi-threading capabilities, dramatically increasing system performance. In addition, the new version offers major enhancements in the graphics area, providing users with 2D-3D capabilities critical to the technical and high-end commercial markets.
Today's announcement adds to the momentum for the Solaris computing environment. Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. (SMCC), the leading UNIX system supplier, will make Solaris 2.1 available for all existing SPARC systems, including its multiprocessor workstations and servers, by the end of the year. Solbourne, CompuAdd, Toshiba and Hyundai will use the software in their systems targeted for shipment next year.
More than 5,000 32-bit applications -- the largest base in the world-- are available for Solaris today. Already, more than 800 of the top applications are being ported to the Solaris 2.X environment including products from Oracle Corp., Sybase Inc., Lotus Development Corp., Computer Associates International, Electronic Data Systems, Autodesk Inc. and Adobe Systems, Inc. In addition, the Solaris 2.1 environment is binary compatible with Solaris 2.0 allowing applications to run without modification.
"Major corporations worldwide are rightsizing their business today, requiring CIOs to select optimal solutions for running their corporations efficiently and cost effectively," said Edward J. Zander, president of SunSoft, Inc. "Solaris 2.1 with its robustness and performance is clearly the `Right Box For Rightsizing' for global businesses in this decade and beyond."
"The new capabilities introduced with Solaris 2.1 and ORACLE7 fit hand-in-glove to form a solid foundation for the most demanding high-end commercial and technical applications," said Joe Vassallo,vice president of Oracle's Sun products division. "Both Oracle and Sun are investing heavily to ensure that Solaris 2.1 with ORACLE7 will deliver industry leading OLTP performance and unparalleled heterogeneous networking of applications."
SOLARIS 2.1 FEATURES
The Solaris 2.1 software environment offers several new features to make system management and security easy and cost-effective across the enterprise. These include:
JumpStart - a feature that automatically installs and configures hundreds of systems across the network simultaneously with no user interaction required.
Upgrades - the foundation for automatic network upgrades to future Solaris releases. Upgrades can be tailored for highly customized systems using interactive menus.
Online: Backup - the industry's first product available for restoring and backing up Solaris 2.X data across the network. A fully automated tool, it enables system administrators to safely back up data while machines are active, allowing users to continue work without interruption.
User Manager - a graphical tool enabling users anywhere in the world to add new accounts and build user directories on remote servers.
Database Manager - a powerful tool for system managers to review and change information in the central administration database, enabling easy system updates and management across global networks.
Print Manager - a graphical interface for users to set up the print servers and easily connect their client systems to a variety of printers anywhere in the enterprise.
Host Manager - a desktop tool for connecting and configuring client systems onto the network in the three most popular profiles: stand-alone systems, diskless clients and dataless clients.
Software Manager - an icon-based product that allows users to browse, install and manipulate third-party applications regardless of whetherthey are on a CD-ROM, hard disk, or across the network.
Solaris SHIELD - a product that brings C2-level security to the Solaris 2.1 environment, a requirement for government contracts and demanding commercial environments.
ASET - a tool that allows system administrators to automatically audit and enhance workstation and server security across the network.
XGL Graphics Library - a foundation providing software vendors with the features required to develop 2D-3D geometry-based graphics applications, critical to the technical market. The library consists of a software programming interface, hardware device driver interface, and a run-time environment.
Symmetric Multiprocessing/ Multithreading (SMP/MT)
The symmetric multiprocessing and multithreading capabilities included in the Solaris 2.1 environment greatly increase the performance of multiprocessor systems such as the new SPARCstation 10. Multithreading also speeds up I/O processing and concurrency, improving the performance of mission-critical commercial and technical applications.
Solaris 2.1 comes bundled with the AnswerBook hypertext-based on-line documentation facility that contains information from end user manuals. Users customize their search by calling up a summary for a brief description or entire product pages for more detailed information using interactive menus at their desktop.
Solaris 2.1 is fully localized for the worldwide commercial market, providing users with a consistent desktop environment in their native language. The product is localized in German, French, Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean and two versions of Chinese: PRC (People's Republic of China) and ROC (Republic of China).
Future versions of the Solaris software will incorporate additional features to address the changing needs of the business market. Solaris will include high availability features, enabling users on a corporate network to maintain access to their NFS and DBMS data even in the event of server failures. The Solaris high availability software will be modular, allowing system managers to tailor the software for individual needs.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The Solaris 2.1 environment for the desktop is priced the same as Solaris 2.0 at a suggested retail price of $795 in single quantity. Volume discounts to system manufacturers are available. The software environment will be generally available for the SPARC platform in 30 days and for the X86 early next year. Current users of Solaris 2.0 can upgrade to the new version at no cost.
Solaris SHIELD will be available as an unbundled product priced at $50 in single quantity. Online: Backup, priced at $795 in single quantity, is also available as an unbundled product.
Product inquiries should be directed to SunSoft at 1-800-227-9227 in the United States and to local SunSoft offices in Europe and Asia.
SunSoft, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc. The company has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. SunSoft is a leading supplier of 32-bit system software solutions for SPARC and Intel 80386/486-based computers. The products are licensed by SunSoft and distributed through major computer manufacturers and resellers worldwide.
(c) 1992 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Sun, SunSoft, Solaris, AnswerBook,JumpStart, NFS, SHIELD, XGL and SPARCstation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc. SPARC is a registered trademark of SPARC International, Inc. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. All other products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.
The Florida SunFlash Solaris 2.1 SunFLASH Vol 47 #26 November 1992 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***************************************************************** * * * Available on December 7 for ALL SPARC platforms! * * * * The new SPARCclassic(TM) and SPARCstation(TM) LX(TM) * * and ALL currently available SuperSPARC(TM) * * multiprocessor configurations will only run the * * Solaris 2.1 operating environment * * * * Provides symmetric multiprocessing support on * * SPARCserver 600MP Series (SPARC(R) and SuperSPARC * * processors) and SPARCstation 10 and SPARCserver 10 * * (Model 41) multiprocessor configurations * * * * New JumpStart(TM) feature enables customized * * installation of users' operating environments and * * application software; this feature will be preinstalled * * on the internal disks of: * * * * - SPARCclassic systems * * - SPARCstation LX systems * * - SPARCstation 10 and SPARCserver 10 * * (uniprocessor and multiprocessor * * configurations) * * * * Platforms with JumpStart as the default (SPARCclassic, * * SPARCstation LX, SPARCsystem 10 Models 30 and 41) MUST * * have access to a Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM (ordered * * separately) to perform automatic installation. * * * * SPARCstation ELC(TM), SPARCstation IPC(TM), * * SPARCstation IPX(TM), and SPARCstation 2 ordering * * procedures are UNCHANGED - they will continue to be * * preinstalled with Solaris 1.1 SMCC Version A. * * * * Administration Tool provides an easy to use graphical * * interface that helps administrators set-up and * * administer printers, user accounts, hosts and NIS+ * * databases * * * * New localized versions of Solaris 2.1 will be available * * in January and February of 1993 * * * ***************************************************************** Introduction ------------ Solaris 2.1 is the second, and most important release in Sun's transition to SVR4. It is the first SVR4 release to support all SPARC platforms and the first to be the default operating environment on Sun's high volume desktop platforms. The new SPARCclassic and SPARCstation LX systems and ALL SuperSPARC multiprocessor configurations will, in fact, ONLY run Solaris 2.1. Solaris 2.1 is now the hub of Sun's distributed computing strategy. It contains important new functionality and significant quality and performance enhancements over Solaris 2.0, making it the most robust and complete SVR4 based operating environment in the industry. What Changes After December 7th? -------------------------------- Before 12/7 12/7 and after OS Supported ------------ - SPARCclassic, SPARCstation LX n/a Solaris 2.1 - SPARCstation 10 Model 30 and 41 (1 cpu module) Solaris 1.1 Solaris 1.1, 2.1 - SPARCstation 10 Model 41 (2 cpu modules) n/a Solaris 2.1 - 4c machines Solaris 1.0, 1.0.1, Solaris 1.0, 1.0.1, 1.1 and 2.0 1.1, 2.0 and 2.1 - SPARCserver 600MP Model 120 and 140 Solaris 1.0.1, 1.1 Solaris 1.0.1, 1.1 and 2.1 - SPARCserver 600MP Model 41 (1 cpu module) Solaris 1.1 Solaris 1.1, 2.1 - SPARCstation 600MP Mod 41 (2 cpu modules) n/a Solaris 2.1 What's Preinstalled on the Disk ------------------------------- - SPARCclassic, SPARCstation LX n/a JumpStart - SPARCstation 10 Model 30, 41 Solaris 1.1 Solaris 1.1, JumpStart (1 cpu module) - 4c machines Solaris 1.1 Solaris 1.1 Notes: * Desktops with JumpStart must have access to a Solaris 2.1 CD (ordered separately) to do automatic installation. Solaris 2.1 is NOT preinstalled on the disk. * SPARCserver 600MP Series machines are NOT preinstalled with anything. * The SPARCstation 10 will have BOTH Solaris 1.1 and JumpStart on the disk THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER to give customers maximum flexibility. Starting in January, these systems will ONLY have JumpStart. End User Documentation ---------------------- all SPARCstation 10, SPARCclassic, SPARCstation LX and SPARCserver 600MP Series hardcopy owners must order end user set included set separately SPARCstation ELC, docs included docs included SPARCstation IPX, SPARCstation IPC, SPARCstation 2 Hardware Support ---------------- Specifically, Solaris 2.1 supports: Sun-4c architecture SPARCstations 1, 1+, 2, IPC IPX, SLC and ELC Sun-4m architecture SPARCclassic, SPARCstation LX, SPARCstation 10, SPARCstation 600MP Series Sun-4(TM) architecture Sun-4/100s, -4/200s, -4/300s and -4/400s Sun4e architecture SPARCengine(TM) board What's New in Solaris --------------------- Sun is "cutting over" to Solaris 2.1 as the default operating environment. Preinstalled systems will feature JumpStart software, a new SunSoft value-added enhancement. JumpStart software enables administrators to define and automatically install a customized environment (both system software and application software) perfectly suited to each user's predetermined profile. Future releases of Solaris can be installed automatically with very little involvement from the system administrator. The reduced time, expertise and effort required to install or upgrade software environments benefits users and system administrators. Also new in Solaris 2.1 are several Administration Tool components. The Administration Tool is a GUI-based tool that automates many tasks that previously took a great deal of time and effort of system administrators. The tool has four components: Printer Manager helps setup and administer printers on the network; User Account manager helps create a logon and a home directory (complete with NIS+ credentials and statup files); Host Manager installs and net configures diskless and dataless clients and net configures standalone clients, allowing the administrator to bypass the installation screens; Database Manager is an interface to the NIS+ databases, allowing the administrator to manage all entries in the databases. Solaris 2.1 adds the XGL(TM) 3.0 Graphics Library runtime environment as the foundation library for all graphics applications. Solaris 2.1 also supports the Open Graphics initiative, a set of open, standard graphics interfaces, allowing third party graphics drivers to be easily integrated into customers' environments. Solaris 2.1 marks the first release from Sun that provides symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support (all current SPARCserver 600MP Series and SPARCstation 10 multiprocessor configurations). SMP increases system throughput and allows customers to take full advantage of their hardware. ALL current and future SuperSPARC multiprocessor configurations REQUIRE Solaris 2.1 or a later release. Full support for the SPARCcenter(TM) 2000 Series is contained in a future release of Solaris 2.x. Localized versions of Solaris 2.1 will also be available (see Availability section below for dates), providing a user environment that is completely internationalized and localized in eight different languages: German, French, Swedish, Italian, Taiwan Chinese, PRC Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Internationalization facilities in Solaris 2.1 also facilitate the internationalization and localization of customers' existing and new applications. NOTE: The features listed above are all new to Solaris, above and beyond the features already in Solaris 2.0. For a list of those features, please refer SunFlash 43.06, "Solaris 2.0" Performance ----------- Solaris 2.1 exhibits significant performance improvements over Solaris 2.0! In uniprocessor configurations, Solaris 2.1 provides superior CPU performance and equivalent interactive performance to Solaris 1.x, positioning Solaris 2.1 as the ideal desktop environment for the vast majority of applications. In multiprocessor configurations, Solaris 2.1 provides outstanding performance and scaling for CPU-intensive applications and approximately equivalent performance in other areas (averaging performance over the suite of benchmarks - CPU, I/O, database, timesharing, networking, interactive). Therefore, Solaris 2.1 is very well positioned for compute-intensive applications that can harness the power of Sun's multiprocessor hardware. In subsequent releases of Solaris 2.x, Sun will incorporate performance enhancements that will provide superior performance throughout the operating environment and not just at the CPU and interactive levels. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- FEATURES BENEFITS -------------------------------------------------------------------------- SVR4 Application Binary Interface Provides source compatibility and portability across architectures and binary compatibility within an architecture DDI/DKI Device Driver Interface (DDI) provides binary and source compatibilty of drivers in successive Solaris releases; Device Kernel Interface (DKI) provides source compatibility among different SVR4 implementations JumpStart utility - NEW! Allows for fully automated, customized installation of system and application software Administration Tool - NEW tools! GUI-based tools for setup and easy administration of printers, user accounts, hosts and NIS+ databases Multithreaded Kernel and Symmetric Increases system throughput and Multiprocessing (SMP) builds foundation for future multi- threaded applications ToolTalk(TM) software Provides networked interapplication messaging Fixed Priority Scheduler Enables running realtime applications with guaranteed response time Internationalization Facilities Enables porting and development of existing and new applications that are fully internationalized and localized Localized Versions - NEW! End user environment is completely localized in German, French, Swedish, Italian, Chinese (Taiwan and PRC), Japanese and Korean HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE CONSIDERATIONS ------------------------------------ Configuration requirements: -------------------------- Memory 16 MB minimum Disk 200 MB NOTE: The requirements are for the full end user cluster including the OpenWindows(TM) environment. Platform Support: ---------------- Sun-4c architecture SPARCstations 1, 1+, 2, IPC, IPX, SLC and ELC Sun-4m architecture SPARCclassic, SPARCstation 10* and SPARCserver 600MP Series* Sun-4 architecture Sun-4/100s, -4/200s, -4/300s and -4/400s Sun-4e architecture SPARCengine 1e board NOTE: The SPARCcenter 2000 Series requires a future release of Solaris 2.x. It is not supported by Solaris 2.1. The following products REQUIRE Solaris 2.1: SPARCclassic systems SPARCstation LX systems SPARCstation 10 multiprocessor configurations SPARCstation 600MP SuperSPARC multiprocessor configurations * The following table lists specifically which configurations of the SPARCstation 10 and SPARCserver 600MP Series are supported: Model SPARCserver 600MP SPARCstation 10 ----- ----------------- -------------- 30 N/A 1 SuperSPARC CPU 41 1 SuperSPARC CPU (1 SM41) or 1 SuperSPARC CPU (1 SM41) or upgrade to upgrade to 2 SuperSPARC CPUs (2 SM41s) 2 SuperSPARC CPUs (2 SM41s) 120 2 SPARC CPUs (1 SM100) N/A 140 4 SPARC CPUs (2 SM100s) N/A Hardware and Documentation Transition Issues: -------------------------------------------- On December 7th, SPARCclassic and SPARCstation LX systems will begin shipping with JumpStart software on the internal disk. THE FULL SOLARIS 2.1 IMAGE WILL NOT BE PREINSTALLED ON THESE SYSTEMS. JumpStart software allows the customer to automatically install a fully customized Solaris 2.1 operating environment on the target system. The software is installed from either a local CD-ROM, CD-ROM on the network, or from a software server on the network. Therefore, customers with SPARCclassic systems and/or SPARCstation LX systems must order at least one Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM to install Solaris 2.1 on their systems. (However, you do not need a 1-to-1 CD-to-workstation ratio. You just need access to one CD.) PLEASE REFER TO THE JUMPSTART CARD IN THE COUNTRY KIT FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON USING JUMPSTART. The SPARCstation 10 (Models 30 and 41 single CPU) will have BOTH JumpStart functionality AND Solaris 1.1 preinstalled on diskfull systems. Therefore, customers who order a SPARCstation 10 prior to December 6 and want to run Solaris 1.1 will be "Solaris 2.1 ready." They will have the option of running Solaris 1.1 (aleady on the disk) or Solaris 2.1 (installed using JumpStart). After December 7, if a customer wants to run Solaris 1.1 on their SPARCstation 10, they MUST have access to the Solaris 1.1 CD-ROM separately. If they want to run Solaris 2.1, they must also have access to the Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM. PLEASE REFER TO THE "INSTALLATION FOR EVERYONE" MANUAL FOR INSTRUCTIONS. Hardcopy format of the Owner's doc set will no longer be bundled with the Country Kits. However, hardcopy of the Owner's doc set can still be ordered standalone for $100 -- it is now called the End User Documentation Set. The software portion of the Install manual is in Answerbook(TM). The hardware portion of the install manual and the hardware product notes are part of the System Accessory Kit. The Country Kit will now consist of the System Accessory Kit only. Starting 12/7/92, when you order a SPARCstation 10, SPARCstation LC, SPARCstation LX, or SPARCserver 600MP series Country Kit or buy a standalone System Accessory Kit, you will get the following: * Type 5 keyboard * Mouse * SunMicrophone * Power Cords * Hardware Manual * Hardware Product Notes * Jumpstart Card * On-line Documentation Note * Type 5 Keyboard Product Notes * Type 5 Keyboard Layout Card * Mouse Labels * Customer Card * Ergonomics Card SPARCstation ELC, SPARCstation IPC, SPARCstation IPX, and SPARCstation 2 Country Kits will remain the same. They will still ship with Hardcopy Owner's doc set. They will also continue to ship with Solaris 1.1 preinstalled as long as they are on the price list. To run Solaris 2.1 on these systems, the customer must order it separately. Solaris 2.1 Supported Options ----------------------------- "Supported" means that the product or option will be supported by the Answer Centers in Solaris 2.1 configurations. The following options have been tested and are supported with Solaris 2.1. SCSI Disk: 104MB 141MB 207MB 327MB embedded 327MB non-emb. 424MB 669MB 1.3GB LC 207MB 1.05GB 3.5" 2.1GB IPI Disk: 911MB, 6MBps 1.3GB 1.0GB, 3MBps SMD Disk: 280MB 575MB 688MB 892MB CD Drives: CD-ROM drive Tape: 1/4" 60 MB SCSI 1/4" 150 MB SCSI 1/2" Front Load Tape (800/1600/6250 bpi) 2.3 GB 8mm SCSI Tape 5.0 GB 8mm SCSI Tape Floppy: 3-1/2" Floppy Drive Tri-density Floppy Drive Controllers: VME-SCSI Host Adapter VME to Multibus XY450/451 SMD XY7053 SMD-4 ISP-80 SBus-SCSI Host Adapter (Sport8) SBus Graphics: cg6 (GX and GXplus) bw2 (mono) cg3 8-bit color cg8 24-bit color VME Graphics: cg2 8-bit color cg3 8-bit color cg5 8-bit double-buffered bw2 (mono) P4 Graphics: bw2 (mono) cg4 8-bit color cg6 (GX) cg8 24-bit color tty: SunDials(TM) utility SunButtons(TM) utility Networking/Communications: FDDI/S PrestoServe(TM) (SBus) NFS(R) Accelerator SBE/S (SBus Ethernet Controller) Second Ethernet Controller (VME) SunNet(TM) Ethernet Controller (VME) SPC/S (SBus Serial Parallel Controller) 8-bits Fast SBus-SCSI Host Adapter Fast Differential SCSI Host Adapter Keyboards: Type 3 (all native language versions) Type 4 (all native language versions) Type 5 (all native language versions) The options listed below will not be supported (by the Anwer Centers) in Solaris 2.1 configurations for one or more of the following reasons: 1. The product was EOLed sometime ago 2. The product was not fully tested 3. The SVR4 version of the product and/or its driver will not FCS until March or later. SCSI Disk: 71MB (EOL) Tape: 1/2" Drive, XY472 Controller w/ 1600/6250 bpi (EOL) 1/2" Drive, Tapemaster Controller w/ 1600 bpi (EOL) Controllers: SBus Expansion Subsystem SBus Graphics: cg12 (GS, GSXR) GT VME Graphics: GP (Graphics Processor) (EOL) GP+ (Graphics Processor+) (EOL) GP2 (Graphics Processor-2) (EOL) cg9 24-bit color (EOL) TAAC-1 Application Accelerator (EOL) CXP (GP2/cg5 Graphics Accelerator) (EOL) GXP (GP2/cg9 Graphics Accelerator) (EOL) VX/MVX (EOL) Networking/Communications: ALM-1 (EOL) ALM-2 MCP (Multiprotocol Communications Processor) FDDI/DX (EOL) HSI/S High Speed Serial Interface HSI VME PrestoServe (VME) NFS Accelerator TRI/S (Token Ring Interface) ISDN SCP (Sun Communications Processor) (EOL) NC-400 (Network Coprocessor) Channel Gateway (VME) Keyboards: Type 2 (all native language versions) (EOL) 101A (EOL) Other: SPARCprinter(TM) VideoPix(TM) Image Capture Board Unbundled Product Summary ------------------------- The following products are/will be available on Solaris 2.1 as separately orderable unbundled products: Product Availability ------- ------------ SPARCworks(TM) Professional Family * SPARCworks Professional C 2.0 now * SPARCworks Professional C++ 3.0 now * SPARCworks Professional FORTRAN 2.0 now * SPARCworks Professional Pascal 3.0 now SPARCompiler Family * SPARCompiler C 2.0 now * SPARCompiler C++ 3.0 now * SPARCompiler FORTRAN 2.0 now * SPARCompiler Pascal 3.0 now DevGuide 3.0.1 11/92 Online: Backup(TM) utility 11/92 XGL Graphics Library 3.0 12/92 TeamWare 12/92 C2 Security 12/92 XIL 2/93 SunLink(R) X.25 8.0 networking 3/93* SunLink CG3270 8.0 3/93* SunPHIGS 3.0 3/93* NeWSPrint(TM) 2.5 software 3/93* * These products may only be available on the next release of Solaris 2.x. Availability ------------ - English media and AnswerBook December 7, 1992 (two separate CDs) - English documentation December 7, 1992 - European localizations (1 OS CD) January 27, 1993 (German, French, Swedish, Italian) - Localized system accessory kits and documentation January 27, 1993 - Japanese localization February 8, 1993 - Korean localization February 12, 1993 - Chinese (Taiwan) localization February 17, 1993 - Chinese (PRC) localization February 23, 1993 - Solaris 2.1 Source February 3, 1993 - Solaris 2.1 Encryption Kit December 7, 1992 Questions and Answers on Section 1 topics ----------------------------------------- Q. What are the differences between Solaris 2.0 and Solaris 2.1? A. Solaris 2.1 includes all the functionality in Solaris 2.0 PLUS additional platform support (outlined above), JumpStart software, the Administration Tool, the XGL 3.0 Graphics Library runtime environment, bugfixes and performance tuning. Q. Why doesn't Solaris 2.1 support the SPARCcenter 2000 Series? A. The SPARCcenter 2000 Series has a target availability of April 1993; therefore, it will not FCS with Solaris 2.1. All bugfixing and performance tuning for SPARCcenter 2000 Series support is centered on the Solaris release that will run on that platform. Q. What third party applications will be available on Solaris 2.1? A. Independent software vendors (ISVs) will announce the availability of approximately 100 applications at the Solaris 2.1 introduction. An additional 250 are expected to ship on Solaris 2.1 by the end of the third fiscal quarter. These applications are listed in the Catalyst catalog "A Guide to More Than 350 Software Applications, Summer `92" (literature distribution part no. 801-2879-01). Q. What Sun unbundled applications will be available on Solaris 2.1? A. See list above. Q. Now that Solaris 2.1 is the default OS, how long will Sun continue to ship Solaris 1.1? A. Solaris 1.1 remains the default operating environment on all currently shipping Sun-4c platforms (SPARCstation ELC, SPARCstation IPC, SPARCstation IPX, and SPARCstation 2) and we will continue to preinstall these systems with Solaris 1.1 as long as they are on the SMCC price list. Several of the Sun-4c platforms will continue to ship at least through the end of fiscal year 1993; hence, there are no plans to announce the end of Solaris 1.1 prior to the end of the fiscal year and probably not before the end of calendar year 1993. Once Solaris 1.1 is transitioned off the price list, Sun will support it for five years, with support diminishing over the five year period. Q. How well does Solaris 2.1 perform compared to Solaris 1.x? A. In uniprocessor configurations, Solaris 2.1 performance is excellent compared to Solaris 1.x performance. CPU performance is superior to that of Solaris 1.x and interactive and I/O performance is equivalent. Database and networking performance exhibit degradation of approximately 10-15% and timesharing degrades by about 26%. In multiprocessor configurations, CPU and NFS performance and scaling are better than that of Solaris 1.x. I/O, multiuser and database performance exhibit some degradation. Therefore, Solaris 2.1 is best suited primarily for CPU-intensive applications. Q. What are Sun's plans for performance improvements in future releases? A. Performance has improved significantly over Solaris 2.0. The next Solaris release, scheduled for the first half of calendar year 1993, will incorporate significant improvements in performance beyond that of Solaris 2.1, particularly in multiprocessor configurations. I/O, database and multiuser performance, in particular, will exhibit significant increases in performance and scalability. Q. When will the Solaris for x86 platforms be available? A. The Solaris for x86 Early Access Program for ISVs began in September, 1992. The Solaris for x86 End User Release is expected to be released in the first half of calendar year 1993. Q. What about C2 security? A. Solaris 2.1 provides hooks for an UNBUNDLED C2 Security product. the C2 features will be bundled into a future release of Solaris 2.x. Q. Will contract customers receive Solaris 2.1 automatically? A. Yes. Solaris 2.1 will by "pushed" to all contract customers. U.S. PRICING AND ORDERING INFORMATION ------------------------------------- Ordering Instructions --------------------- ELC, IPC, IPX, SS2 - Continue to ship with pre-installed Solaris 1.1 Version A images until EOL - Country kits unchanged. - Order the same as you do now. SS10 Models 30 and 41 - Both JumpStart and Solaris 1.1 Version A pre-installed. - After Dec 7-- Order separate 2.1 CD-ROM if customer desires 2.1 - After Dec 7, order Owner's Set as it is no longer bundled in Country Kit. Order separately if customer desires. SPARCclassic, LX - Diskfull systems contain JumpStart only. - Order must allow at least Solaris 2.1 CD for installation - After Dec 7, order Owner's Set as it is no longer bundled in Country Kit. Order separately if customer desires. PLEASE REFER TO THE HARDWARE AND DOCUMENTATION TRANSITION ISSUES SECTION ABOVE FOR MORE DETAIL. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS APPEAR ON THE END USER AND RESELLER PRICE LISTS Short Order List Discount Description Number Price Category ======================================================================== Default Marketing Part Numbers ------------------------------ Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM: US English SOL-C $50 A US English 10-pack SOL-C10 $200 A Encryption Kit SOLE-P $100 A Notes: * Solaris 2.1 CD-ROMs include the Solaris 2.1 End User Docs(SOL-ED) in on-line AnswerBook format, at no additional charge. * Solaris media does not include a Solaris license authorizing the use of Solaris. Media needs to be purchased for systems Solaris 2.1 Documentation: AnswerBook CD-ROM, Single-User SOLA-P $395 A license, and documentation Note: Solaris 2.1 AnswerBook includes the full Solaris 2.1 documentation set (SOL-D) in online format. Solaris AnswerBook does not include the OpenWindows Supplemental Docs (OWN-D). AnswerBook Single-User License SOLA-L $295 A (no media or documentation) Full Documentation Set SOL-D $995 B Note: SOL-D does not include the OpenWindows supplemental docs (OWN-D) OpenWindows Supplemental docs OWN-D $595 B End-user docs SOL-ED $100 B Note: Included in the Full Documentation Set (SOL-D) and on-line in AnswerBook format on the Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM. Single-System Solaris Unlimited User License -------------------------------------------- An unlimited user license is required increase the number of Solaris users licensed to run on a system. A user is each tty, Xterminal, and wyse terminal connection, or rlogin from a system not licensed to run Solaris. A Single System Unlimited User License authorizes the use of Solaris by an unlimited number of users on one system for the release of Solaris for which the system is currently licensed. Single-System Unlim User Lic, SOLU-UN-L $1200 A for Uniprocessor systems System-System Unlim User Lic. SOLM-UN-L $2900 A for Multiprocessor systems Note: The old part number for Unlimited User Licenses, SYSLUN, will no longer be orderable, effective immediately. Outstanding quotes will be honored. Single-System Solaris Multiprocessor License -------------------------------------------- Single processor systems ship with a Solaris uniprocessor license. To add one or more processor to a uniprocessor system already licensed for Solaris, one Single-System Solaris Multiprocessor License is required. A Single-System Solaris Multiprocessor License authorizes the use of the Solaris release and number of user on a multiprocessor system, for which the system was currently licensed. SPARCstations licensed for one or two Solaris users requires a Solaris Multiprocessor Client License. SPARCservers requires a Solaris Multiprocessor Server License. SPARCstations licensed for more than two Solaris users require a Solaris Multiprocessor Server License. Solaris Multiprocessor Client SOLD-M-L $300 A License Solaris Multiprocessor Server SOLS-M-L $2000 A License Upgrade Marketing Part Numbers ------------------------------ Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM: Notes: * Solaris 2.1 CD-ROMs include the Solaris 2.1 End User Docs(SOL-ED) in on-line AnswerBook format, at no additional charge. * Solaris media does not include a Solaris license authorizing the use of Solaris. Media needs to be purchased for systems or boards already licensed for Solaris 2.1. US English SOL-CF $50 A US English 10-pack SOL-C10F $200 A Solaris 2.1 License: Server Upgrade SOLS-LF $350 A Note: * Solaris server upgrades are required to upgrade SPARCservers to Solaris 2.1. * Solaris server upgrades are required to upgrade SPARCstations and SPARCengines licensed for more than two Solaris users, to Solaris 2.1. Desktop Upgrade SOLD-LF $250 A Client Upgrade Note: * Solaris server upgrades are required to upgrade SPARCstations licensed for one or two Solaris users, to Solaris 2.1. Solaris 2.1 Documentation: AnswerBook SOLA-PF $250 A AnswerBook License SOLA-LF $150 A Full Documentation Set SOL-DF $995 B OpenWindows Supplemental docs OWN-D $595 B Release Minibox SOL-DP $195 B Note: Release Minibox provides the release specific changes between Solaris 2.0 and Solaris 2.1. This is not listed on the End User or Reseller price lists. Specifications are subject to change without notice. (c) 1992 Sun Microsystems, Inc. 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