In 2010, Sun was acquired by Oracle; Solaris support has been in demand ever since.
Solaris first hit the market in 1993 as a proprietary operating system (OS), and since then, it has been known for its scalability (Oracle Solaris allows a developer to deploy a cloud environment).
The resurgence of Solaris began in 2010 with the advent of Solaris 11 Express, which was released soon after the Sun acquisition by Oracle. Since then, Oracle has release Solaris 11.1, 11.2, and 11.3. The last update, 11.3, was released in 2015. As software advances, availability of support for older versions varies.
How Long Can You Receive Oracle Solaris Support?
- Version 10, released in 2005, will receive support until January 2021.
- Version 11 Express, released in 2010, will receive support until November 2034.
- Version 11, released in 2011, will receive support until November 2034.
- Version 11.1, released in 2012, will receive Oracle Solaris support until November 2034.
- Version 11.2, released in 2014, will receive support until November 2034
- Version 11.3, released in 2015, will receive support until November 2034.
I’m New to Oracle Solaris – How Do I Learn?
Oracle has provided numerous resources for you to learn the program, whether you aspire to become an Oracle systems administrator or you are just learning for the sake of your own business. (For a little perspective on the overhead of support, Oracle systems administrators generally earn more than $80K annually.)
Oracle provides several courses for learning Solaris, from guidance on migrating into the cloud for the first time to an overview of the various security features available with Solaris. If you prefer to learn on the go, tune into the Oracle podcast.
You can also subscribe to two different learning plans through Oracle–the basic plan (which includes a year of access to a variety of courses and modules), and a premium annual plan with additional features.
You can also sign up for two separate advanced certification programs, the Associate Level Certification, and the Professional Level Certification. Again, certified Solaris administrators generally earn more than $80K. This is important to keep in mind the expectations if your business is looking to hire a full-time Oracle Solaris support administrator.
Where Do I Find Oracle Solaris Support?
If you’d like to get support directly from Oracle, you can sign up for one of the following three plans:
- Oracle Premier Support for Oracle Systems
- Oracle Premier Support for Operating Systems
- Oracle Solaris Premier Support Subscription for Non-Oracle Hardware
Try visiting the Oracle Frequently Asked Questions for more info.
Should I Consider Third-Party Solaris Support?
Here’s the short answer – Yes.
Official Oracle support is helpful for IT professionals and Solaris users already familiar with the OS, but if you’re new to Solaris or need an expert to help you out, you should invest in 3rd party support. Solaris is an expansive and powerful tool; unfortunately, with its power comes difficulty. After all, there’s a reason certified Solaris experts are valued so highly in the workforce!
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