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    Question Solaris 10 Dedicated Hosting

    Hi,
    Is there any body knows any solaris (10) dedicated hosting provider ?


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    is there a reason you'd want to run Solaris 10? Sun charges a huge licensing fee for their OS in many cases AND, anybody with their head on straight would never run Solaris on the x86 platform. Sparcs are extremely expensive and thus aren't the best of choices for servers when competing in this cut-throat market.

    Is there something Solaris has that any of the Linux clones or BSD clones don't offer?

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    I read a little while ago that Solaris 10 has been OpenSourced and is free. From their website - it seems you only need to sign up for a free account to get the ISOs.
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    ok, that's fine but you still have to run it either on a Sparc or x86 platform and Solaris x86 has always been slow, buggy and problematic. Buying a sparc is not cheap.

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    As s/he is specifically asking for a Solaris 10 server, I assumed he would know what he wants in terms of hardware, and know the checkered past of Sun + x86 offering. It might be more expensive to me, but not knowing his budget, can't say it's expensive or not to him.

    mfree : If you are going for a x86 server, I'm sure most hosting companies in the offerings section will get you the operating system you need. Caveat might be that they let you chose the hardware to run it, and you need to be sure the server will work with the OS. There might be some higher end datacenters that do Sun - you may want to have a talk with sales reps at the big players like : Planet , Ev1, RackSpace... etc. The smarter idea would really be to look for a Sun partner in hosting.
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    Use CentOS. Redhat Enterprise clone, with an average production lifespan of 5 years. Why exactly do you need Solaris when a standard distro will offer you the same, for much cheaper, run on standard hardware and use readily available modules with increased support.

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    However, Linux does not scale as well as Solaris does, does not have the same level of tools available to it e.g. dtrace. Solaris certainly has its advantages over Linux. I'm afraid that saying that a standard distro will offer you the same as Solaris is to really not know what you're comparing very well IMHO.

    Depending on the workloads you're processing, Sparc boxes actually aren't all that expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CiscoMike
    ok, that's fine but you still have to run it either on a Sparc or x86 platform and Solaris x86 has always been slow, buggy and problematic. Buying a sparc is not cheap.
    Solaris 10 runs on fine on x86 hardware (personall experience). It is also free for commercial use. They sell x86 based servers. I bought one of their cheaper ones for testing and so far I don't have any complaints (http://www.sun.com/servers/entry/x2100/).

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    I once ran some pretty large data centers in the dot com era prior to working at Cisco. Trust me when I say x86 Solaris is garbage (and yes, I've tried it since then). Most of the x86 platforms Sun sells they put Linux on because Sun knows that x86 Solaris is bad news.

    Does x86 Solaris work? yes
    Does x86 Solaris run "ok"? yes
    Is Linux on x86 better than x86 Solaris? without question

    I'll spare you the history of where x86 solaris came from but it's an afterthought for Sun. It was them throwing a few customers a bone w/ the understanding that no special treatment would be given to a ported version. Solaris is a good OS, don't get me wrong but it just doesn't run nearly as well as other platforms on x86 and just wasn't optimized for that platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff - Exceed
    Use CentOS. Redhat Enterprise clone, with an average production lifespan of 5 years. Why exactly do you need Solaris when a standard distro will offer you the same, for much cheaper, run on standard hardware and use readily available modules with increased support.
    whats a standard distro?

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    Webhosting Standard Distributions of Linux. From the popularity of the server orders - the free ones are usually : CentOS, debian and FreeBSD. Generally any set of linux /freebsd operating systems offered by most datacenters. One of paid ones is : Redhat Enterprise Linux.
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    There's always GNU Solaris, aka Nexenta OS. Its the Open Solaris kernel with the GNU tools ported over it. It is supposed to support Zones as well. Maybe it would be an option?

    I can't really comment on the performance of Nexenta OS, I've downloaded the iso but haven't run it outside of qemu yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImZan
    Webhosting Standard Distributions of Linux. From the popularity of the server orders - the free ones are usually : CentOS, debian and FreeBSD. Generally any set of linux /freebsd operating systems offered by most datacenters. One of paid ones is : Redhat Enterprise Linux.
    right. got it.

    so the standard:

    linux, freebsd

    aka anything free ?

    bit broad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroftx
    10 GB/month and 9 GB disk space for $199/month?

    I thought even Rackspace had left that era behind.

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    Recheck iws-hosting.co.uk seems also to be offering gbit line.

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