Oracle has announced plans for an express edition of the next major release of the Solaris operating system at the Oracle OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco.
The company said it is preparing to launch Oracle Solaris 11 in 2011 by releasing Solaris 11 Express to give customers access to the latest Solaris technology.
Oracle said the latest version of the operating system, acquired from Sun Microsystems, represents an investment of more than 20 million hours of development and over 60 million hours of testing.
"Solaris 10 set the bar for operating system reliability, scalability and security, and Oracle Solaris 11 is now raising that bar," said John Fowler, executive vice-president of systems at Oracle.
Oracle Solaris 11 is expected to increase application throughput, improve platform performance, and maximise reliability and security through joint engineering and integration testing with the Oracle software stack, the company said.
Oracle Solaris 11 is also being engineered to make it easier for companies to build, deploy and maintain cloud-based systems, Oracle said.
The first Oracle Solaris 11 Express release is planned for the end of 2010 to help users of earlier versions of Solaris prepare for the next major release.