"The future of Solaris is in question. Oracle certainly wants to
keep is alive, as many of its database customers run on Solaris,
but what about everything else Solaris is used for? The important
question is one of strategy: you need to quickly decide if your
Solaris usage should be reserved only for the essentials, if it
should be eliminated, or if it should grow.
"I admit it: I was a huge fan of Solaris as recently as two
years ago. Solaris is really a great operating system, and when
developers at Sun were given free rein they created some amazing
components, notably ZFS and DTrace. Great or not, recent events
should be worrying. Will Solaris continue to evolve and provide new
and useful tools? Or will it stagnate and become a niche OS like
the other two corporate Unix versions (HP-UX and AIX)?"