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the New Solaris Migration?

by Zsolt Kerekes, editor - first published October 2003

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the New Solaris Migration?

or most of the 1990s - the term "Solaris Migration" meant "migrating to Solaris" from another operating system. Nowadays the new use of the term is mostly for migration away from Solaris to something else.

The main options can be divide into 2 groups
  • migrating to another OS - still hosted on SPARC such as Linux.
  • migrating to another OS on another hardware platform.
If you're migrating to reduce your risk of being locked into a similar situation which now faces SPARC/Solaris users then you may want to avoid solutions like HP's HP-UX, or IBM's AIX which could be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. But this new resource page (created in October 2003) will include all options which are suggested to the editor.

The migration process is not without risks. For example - MigraTEC - a company which in 2001 announced with Dell that it was offering automation software to move Solaris and other Unix applications to Microsoft Windows and Linux - went bust in October 2003.

I was surprised to find that articles on Solaris to Linux migration, which were previously on Linux vendor Red Hat's web site have been removed. This is possibly because Red Hat is now a supplier to Sun's x86 server business and doesn't want to upset an important customer. The two companies concluded a number of cross promotion and distribution agreements in 2003 related to Linux and Java.

Vendors and service companies who are involved in Solaris to Linux, or Solaris to other types of OS transitions are encouraged to contact the publisher by email with details of their services.
Red Hat Simplifies Migration from Solaris to Linux

LINUXWORLD, BOSTON - February 15, 2005 - Red Hat announced plans to extend the functionality of Red Hat Network to manage software distribution and configuration for systems running Solaris.

The cross-platform support in Red Hat Network will ease the transition from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Network is the service which makes the management of thousands of systems as easy as managing a single system. Featuring one-click Provisioning, quick set-up and flexible implementation with a simple Interface, Red Hat Network makes Linux deployable, scalable, and manageable. The Red Hat Network Management Platform , which is being extended to support Solaris, allows for increased management capabilities and scalability of Linux deployments in the enterprise. The Management Module features functionality needed to help IT organizations lower costs and increase productivity immediately, including systems grouping, systems permissions, scheduled actions, systems search and package profile comparison tools.

Customers with both Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployed will be able to leverage the benefits of a single, unified systems management system with Red Hat Network. Customers will save time, money and administrative resources. The complete transition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux is made simple and pain-free with an established management system already in place.

"After realizing significant performance gains while being able to cut costs, customers are asking how they can complete their company-wide transitions from proprietary Unix to Red Hat Enterprise Linux," said Paul Cormier, Executive VP of Engineering at Red Hat. "Red Hat Network for Solaris makes the management of this transition efficient and cost effective."

Red Hat expects the Red Hat Network Management Module for Solaris to be available by the end of the second quarter of 2005. ...Red Hat profile

Editor's comments:- I doubt if Sun will lose much sleep over Red Hat's new product. A much bigger problem for Sun is that after all the hoopla about opening up Solaris x86 nobody in the commercial world (including most Sun VARs) seems to care very much and enthusiasm for it is less than for catching a cold.
Sun Expands HP Away Program, Migrates 50 Customers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - November 10, 2003 - Sun Microsystems today took significant steps to help end-of life Alpha/Tru64 customers by adding key resources to the Sun HP Away migration program.

Six new Migration Solution Providers-Datamatics, EvolveWare, IrisLogic, Transoft, Treklogic and Relativity Technologies-will provide customers with automated tools and professional services to assist in porting applications from Alpha/Tru64 to a Sun environment.

In addition, two new ISVs, Ulticom and Sysix, have joined the program. They will each bring their installed base and a commitment to work with Sun to migrate these customers from Alpha/Tru64 to Sun. Sun also announced today that the HP Away program, initially only available in the U.S., has been extended to Europe, with plans to expand to the rest of the world by the end of 2003.

To date, over 50 customers have opted to migrate from HP's AlphaServer/Tru64 to Sun. The catalyst for this migration was created when HP announced the end of life for the estimated 400,000 Alpha/Tru64 installed systems. HP is forcing customers to Itanium based systems, but despite HP's best efforts Itanium has yet to gain broad industry support-either with customers or ISVs.

See also:- article:- Out of the Alpha Frying Pan into the Sun Fire? - It ain't necessarily so
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New name for migrating old Solaris apps off ancient hardware

Editor:- April 28, 2010 - AppZero has published a whitepaper which describes how their virtualiation tools can migrate old Solaris apps (2.X) to Solaris 10 (pdf).

The authors say this enables users to run apps much faster on modern supported hardware.

They've been blogging about Solaris migration since 2009.

The roots of this technology appear to go back to 2004 - when it was launched as a migration tool - under the earlier company name - Trigence.

Novell Automates Hardware Migration for Solaris 10

Waltham, MA - July 14, 2009 - Novell today announced the addition of physical-to-virtual migration support for Sun's Solaris 10 OS in the latest version of PlateSpin Migrate.

"We expect PlateSpin Migrate 8.1 to make it even easier for customers to take advantage of the power and versatility of Solaris Containers," said Jim McHugh, VP of Data Center Software Marketing at Sun. "Using PlateSpin Migrate 8.1 to perform physical-to-virtual migration will also help minimize the risk of introducing errors into new configurations and speed the completion of virtualization projects."

PlateSpin Migrate 8.1 is available later this month priced at $1,495 for a one-time Unix license.

Solaris Migration - New Theme for SUSE 11

Editor:- March 17, 2008 - Novell today announced its development plans for the next generation of its enterprise Linux platform, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11.

Solaris Migration is one of the 11 key themes listed in the press release about this.

To eliminate the expensive lock-in that comes with traditional UNIX installations, customers are migrating to Linux on multiple hardware platforms. SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 will focus on meeting or exceeding performance benchmarks of Solaris and providing best-in-market toolsets and features from the kernel on up.

Novell anticipates that advances in the Linux kernel and the supporting toolset will establish SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 as the industry-standard platform for UNIX migrations.

Novell will focus on an upgrade to the latest Linux kernel (currently planned to be 2.6.27), leading-edge storage management technologies such as the OpenAIS cluster communication infrastructure, a fully POSIX-conforming cluster file system (Oracle* Cluster File System 2) and distributed replicated block device (DRBD) support.

Diagnostic and system management features such as improved kernel instrumentation, enhanced crash dumping and hardware monitoring, and support for embedded service processors are expected to distinguish SUSE Linux Enterprise as a reliable and robust operating system for mission-critical computing. ...Novell profile

Transitive Demos Solaris/SPARC Apps on Intel Architecture

VMworld 2006, LOS ANGELES, Calif. - November 7, 2006 - Transitive Corp today announced the availability of a virtual appliance that provides an evaluation release of QuickTransit for Solaris/SPARC-to-Linux/x86-64 pre-installed within a VMware Virtual Machine.

The virtual appliance provides data center managers with a quick and easy evaluation of Transitive's innovative hardware virtualization solution by allowing them to execute their Solaris/SPARC applications inside a VM on a 64-bit x86-based system, running either the free VMware Server or the high-end VMware Infrastructure 3 platform. No software installation or configuration is required.

The Transitive virtual appliance with QuickTransit for Solaris/SPARC-to-Linux/x86-64 pre-installed within a VMware VM is a limited offering available at no cost to qualified enterprise data center managers. Solaris Migration

Clerity Acquires Sun's Mainframe Rehosting Business

Chicago, Illinois - August 17, 2006 - Clerity Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sun Microsystems' mainframe rehosting business.

On June 30, 2006, Clerity acquired the intellectual property assets and hired Sun employees directly involved in the mainframe rehosting solution business. This assures support and product continuity for all current and future Sun rehosting customers worldwide.

Effective immediately, Clerity will directly market and license the online and batch application execution environments known as MTP (Mainframe Transaction Processing) and MBM (Mainframe Batch Manager) software, as well as 3270 Pathway, mainframe migration tools, and associated services. Supported platforms include Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX and Linux.

Clerity will continue its collaborative alliance with Sun and will establish new relationships with Sun's partners who are involved in the support of MTP/MBM.

Whether customers are looking to rehost, migrate and/or modernize applications to meet new business demands, Clerity offers customers the means by which to reduce costs, protect investments, and optimize data center functionality. ...Clerity profile, ...Sun profile, Sun VARs in the USA , Acquired storage companies, Solaris Migration

Running SPARC / Solaris Apps on Intel Hardware

Editor:- July 11, 2006 - an article today in paints an interesting portrait of a company called Transitive.

The company, which designs emulation software, will soon launch a package which will run SPARC / Solaris applications on Intel / Linux servers. the article

Microsoft Publishes IDC Research on Unix Customers' Attitude to Migration

Editor:- March 23, 2006 - Microsoft today published an IDC report which looked at issues related to Unix migration.

IDC interviewed 400 Unix/RISC customers about their attitudes to migration. The average interview time was 30 minutes. It makes very interesting reading. The report says Sun is the main target for migration and the clock is ticking. Here are some extracts...

"Sun Solaris continues to be the most popular Unix variant for Unix servers running Web infrastructure. While this is not surprising given the dot-com success that Sun enjoyed in the late 1990s and into 2000, it does continue to represent a challenge for Sun because these workloads have been frequent targets for migration over the past five years."

"IDC believes that the server life-cycle issues are driving much of this change, because the systems in the Unix installed base have aged in recent years, and this is compounded by the fact that many dot-com era installations with Web enablement of business workloads, are coming of age and will require replacement. In addition, many Unix/RISC servers were deployed in preparation for Y2K and many of these systems are now nearing the end of their useful life cycle." the article (pdf), ...IDC profile, Solaris Migration Resources
Sun Offers "Safe Haven" for HP's PA-RISC Users (Again)

Editor:- March 3, 2006 - I thought that maybe a month had flashed by without me noticing and that it might actually be April 1st already - when I saw the following phrase in an open letter this week from Sun's Scott McNealy to HP's CEO and President Mark Hurd.

"Solaris is a vendor-neutral OS..."

This was part of yet another new snake-oil charm offensive / marketing program aimed at HP PA-RISC users - which Sun announced earlier this week.

McNealy's letter helpfully proposes that Sun and HP should converge HP-UX with Solaris 10.

My guess is that HP will not rush to accept this charitable offer. HP's server business has been growing in revenue recently (unlike Sun's).

If we temporarily disregard the impact of anti-trust legislation which would prevent this - then consider for a moment how Sun would react if it got a hypothetical fantasy open letter from Microsoft's Steve Ballmer - suggesting that Sun should migrate all its Solaris users onto Windows?

For extra impact - Steve might want to borrow that phrase - and remind Scott that "Windows is a vendor-neutral OS..."

Cynics might say that such a letter (from Steve) is superfluous - because the user migration from Solaris to Windows is well underway. Windows has recently overtaken all forms of Unix in worldwide server revenue according to a recent report by IDC.

Joshing aside, I much prefer Sun's former openly aggressive competitive style (as exemplified in its dotcom fantasy days) to the newer polite - but implausible style evinced in its latest anti-HP campaign. the letter
IBM and Red Hat Launch New Sun Away Programs

IBM Claims over 3,000 Solaris Customer Scalps

SOMERS, NY - May 17, 2005 - IBM in conjunction with Red Hat today announced the introduction of a Solaris-to-Linux server migration program that includes a "Solaris to Linux Migration Factory," and additional solutions and support offerings designed to help customers migrate from Solaris to multi-platform Linux servers.

The service includes for the first time a pre-funded, pre-sales migration assessment from IBM Systems & Technology Group for qualified customers that will result in no charge to the customer for the assessment, and will help them answer difficult questions and determine the right migration strategy to Linux. Once the assessment is completed and the customer decides they want to continue with the migration, then IBM's Migration Factory is engaged.

IBM has completed more than 500 HP/UX and Solaris-to-AIX customer migration engagements since early 2004 and is now bringing that knowledge and expertise to an extended customer set focused on migrations to Linux with this announcement. The service will enable customers in all industries to more quickly migrate to a Linux environment, including those in the Wall Street and financial services sectors.

IBM also announced today that another wave of 22 financial services ISVs have committed to porting 48 Solaris applications to Linux on IBM's eServer platform since last year, of which 33 are already available as of today. Last year, IBM identified a total of 24 ISVs and 58 applications in interviews with 23 of the top Wall Street companies as the most critical applications to target for Solaris-to-Linux porting. The adoption of Linux by formerly Solaris-exclusive ISVs is expected to expand even faster with the recent introduction of IBM eServer Application Advantage for Linux, also known as the Chiphopper offering, the IT industry's first combination of support and testing tools that is helping to deliver on the promise of a cross-platform Linux solution for ISVs. Since its introduction in February of this year, the Chiphopper offering has resulted in more than 100 new applications being available on IBM eServers running Linux.

"A Solaris-to-Linux migration is nothing new at IBM. In fact, since IBM began its Linux journey several years ago, we estimate that more than 3,000 of our approximately 12,000 Linux customer engagements have been with customers moving from a Solaris environment to Linux," said Scott Handy, vice president of worldwide Linux for IBM. "With volumes like these, we really needed a factory approach. And based on our experience, the number-one issue is that customers don't know just how easy a UNIX-to-Linux migration is, which is why we are offering to cover the cost of the initial assessment for qualified customers. The credibility of our migration specialists working with real customers wanting to get to Linux, combined with our cost effective Linux solutions and capabilities, usually results in a customer either embarking on a successful migration with us or with one of our business partners."

"Enterprise migration from Solaris to Linux is inevitable. Working with IBM we will make the transition from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux as efficient and easy as possible," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. "The Chiphopper and Migration Factory programs offer clear concise plans to both customers and ISVs to make the move." ...Red Hat profile, ...IBM profile, Linux Portals
HP Lands More than 200 Sun Server Customers in Sun Eclipse Program - A Mere Fleabite of an Irritant to Sun

PALO ALTO, Calif. - September 21, 2004 - HP today announced that in the past 18 months more than 200 customers worldwide have chosen HP servers over Sun systems to help improve agility in the datacenter and adapt rapidly to changing business needs.

By offering a portfolio of services and incentives with the broadest industry standard-based server line, HP has gained new customers in financial services, manufacturing, retail, aerospace, bioinformatics, telecommunications and the public sector. In financial services alone, HP has won more than 40 significant deals from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

The 200 HP customer wins include Bank of Bolivariano of Ecuador, Belkin Corp., Dynamic Net, and The University of Hong Kong.

"Numerous Sun customers looking for more choice, lower total cost of ownership, better investment protection and a consistent long-term roadmap have chosen HP for industry-standard enterprise solutions," said Mark Hudson, vice president of marketing, Enterprise Storage and Servers, HP. "HP is winning business from Sun by addressing critical customer needs, offering a choice of operating systems and delivering the right technology at the right price. In just the past three months, we've increased the number of migrations to HP from Sun by 50%, moving customers to HP Integrity and ProLiant servers."

According to a 2004 META Group study, the top business drivers prompting application replacement on Sun servers are the need for improved agility and adaptability, which align closely with HP's Adaptive Enterprise strategy.

The Sun Eclipse Program, a comprehensive portfolio of services and incentives from HP, helps Sun customers move to Adaptive Enterprise solutions. In the Americas, HP has augmented the migration services it offers Sun customers with special incentives and system trade-ins across its industry-standard servers, with the choice of HP-UX, Linux or Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Other specific HP assurances to Sun customers in the Americas include proof-of-concept and migration assistance for qualified customers, as well as attractive incentives for education, mission-critical services, financing and hardware trade-ins. HP also introduced a special introductory offer to qualified Sun customers who are interested in HP's industry-leading blade solutions and is offering incentives in proof-of-concept services to transition to the HP BladeSystem infrastructure. ...HP profile

Editor's comments:- I can cast some more light on the Sun Eclipse issue and its real significance in the market. In October 2003 - I set up a resource page Solaris Migration - migrating away from Sun's OS - on the SPARC Product Directory. During the last 12 months, this has received only 1,522 pageviews out of 254,532 unique visitors - which is indicates a very low interest in this subject of 0.6% of SPARC readers. So I don't think this is more than a fleabite of an irritant to Sun's own marketers.
Solaris to HP Linux

PALO ALTO, Calif. - October 3, 2003 - HP today announced a comprehensive migration program to help move customers from Sun Solaris to HP's market-leading industry-standard platforms running Linux.

The new sales and service program offers customers at no cost a combination of assessment, porting and migration services, valued at approximately $25,000, for moving applications from Sun Solaris to Linux.

The program enables qualified customers to take advantage of the cost savings of open source Linux and the power and choice of industry-standard computing. HP's Sun migration program provides qualifying customers in the Americas with a free assessment of porting and migration needs for up to three applications; porting of one application at no charge; use of an industry-standard HP ProLiant server for up to 30 days for proof of concept testing; and an HP StorageWorks storage area network assessment at no charge to improve storage utilization.

HP has established a hotline at +1 800 HP ASK ME (+1 800 472 7563) and a Sun eclipse website for customers to take advantage of this offer, which is available through Dec. 31, 2003. ...HP profile
Solaris to Linux porting guide - article by IBM

IBMers Malcom Zung and Brian Thomson take a look at why you might want to port your application from Sun Solaris to Linux, and present guidelines, suggestions, and resources to help. ...IBM profile
Solaris to Microsoft Windows 2000

Microsoft has lots of resource pages and articles on this subject

How to Migrate Linux and UNIX Web Sites to Windows and Internet Information Server - includes technical information and case studies of organizations which have moved from Solaris to to Windows 2000.

How to Migrate Your Platform Infrastructure to Windows from UNIX - includes links to articles which compare the features of Solaris with Windows 2000 and practical checklists for the migration process itself. ...Microsoft profile