Monday, December 20, 2004

Sun Launches the first pure “service oriented operating system”

Sun Launches the first pure “service oriented operating system”

On January 1st of 2006, Sun Microsystems is scheduled to release the world’s first service oriented operating system called SunStorm. The operating systems will be released under an open sourced license agreement, free to the public.

SunStorm is based around a new model of computing known as “web services”. Early versions of operating systems were primarily developed in structured programming languages like C and were often exposed to applications using ‘objects’. According to Sun, the internals of the operating system will continue to use these highly efficient techniques for things like disk operations and memory management, but the top layer of the system will now be completely service oriented.

SunStorm also has incorporated most of the capabilities of their last generation computing platform known as “J2EE”. New web services are provided inside the operating system to provide messaging, management, database connectivity and other “enterprise grade” functions. When asked about potential performance concerns, Sun representatives showcased their dynamic web service optimization techniques. Similar in concept to the “HotSpot compiler” release years earlier, SunStorm has the ability to dynamically determine the most performant mechanism to enable services to interact and in certain cases to recompile themselves into a single service which is later cached or deleted.

Sun is also rolling out their new tagline, “The Network is the Application”. This tagline replaces the old line of “The Network is the Computer”. With the launch of SunStorm, Sun is initiating a new era of loosely coupled, network computing for the enterprise.

Interestingly, Sun has not decided to enter into the development market for this space. Having learned from earlier mistakes made in their iPlanet group, Sun is now focusing on building out the operating system and supporting it for their enterprise customers. New to the Sun organization will be an emphasis on professional services.

Apparently, SunStorm has been years in the work only recently emerging from it’s stealth status. As part of this effort, Sun has end-of-lifed both it’s Jini and JXTA technologies. The J2EE technologies have been placed in a ‘mature’ status and will continue to be supported.

This press release is 100% false. I completely made it up. However, it is really sad that it is 100% false.

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