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Solaris 2.6 and 2.7 Applications – Urban Myth or IT Nightmare?

Virtualize legacy Solaris apps without re-compiling so that they can easily run in supported environments on current hardware

The jury's still out on the Loch Ness monster and alien abductions, but I can personally testify to the existence of Solaris 2.6 and 2.7 applications.  They are very real -- the stuff of IT nightmares.  Why?  Because, undocumented by app dev owners long since departed, these applications are chugging away on antiquated hardware that can not be replaced at any cost - when they fail.

And that's the key point here:  when they fail. In this case, "if" is an exercise in delusion and denial.

In a world filled with uncertainty, you can take it to the bank that the machines on which these version-locked applications run have far outlived their actuarial life expectancy.  Ever resourceful IT alchemists have exhausted the most exotic reaches of E-Bay and Craigslist.  There are no more spare parts for these machines anywhere.  They will fail .... are failing .... and with them, applications which can no longer be resuscitated with hardware.

You could argue, "Well, these applications can't be mission critical or no one would have allowed them to come to this precarious end."  Okay.  Let's say they are just "really important" rather than "critical."

Or maybe, in the case of telcos, these applications have woven themselves into the underlying infrastructure in that inextricable and mysterious way they have of working.  Or maybe they are a link in a larger corporate chain.  Or the lynchpin for a line of business......

Although they may not be worth the time and extensive $$$$$$$$ required for a recoded migration to a supported OS dating from this century, the fact remains that these applications are not disposable.  But they are old, predating any hint of ".... that woman, Miss Lewinsky ..."

I have the answer for apps that go bump in the night.  AppZero virtualizes legacy Solaris applications without re-compiling or change so that they can quickly and easily run in supported environments on current hardware. Fast.  Painless.  Inexpensive.  Effective .....

Maybe I should run an ad.  (Cue low, haunting music.) Pan to a recently badgeless CIO huddled against a closed security door.  A single tear rolls slowly down his unshaven cheeks as an off screen speaker intones, "For just pennies a day - the cost of a carmelato vente latte - this tragedy could have been averted.  Solaris 2.6 and 2.7 applications can effortlessly run alongside their brother Solaris 8 and sister Solaris 9 applications in a nice, modern Solaris 10 environment - in or out of zones - on hardware that is reliable and readily available."

If you've ever said, "Don't touch it.  We can't afford to cure it and we can't afford to have it break, because we don't know how to fix it," your nightmare is over.

Drop me a line or stay tuned for the next installment of this blog in which I look at the dollars and sense of how we do our magic with a special nod to SIs and Oracle VARs looking for fast, incremental revenue.

(Grab your ipod and cue something very upbeat.)

More Stories By Greg O'Connor

Greg O'Connor is President & CEO of AppZero. Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, he is responsible for translating Appzero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results.

O'Connor has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue.

At Sonic, he evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Follow him on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.

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