OmniTI announces second 2016 release of OmniOS

OmniTI, a leading provider of web infrastructures and applications for companies that require scalable, high-performance, mission critical solutions, today announced its newest stable release of OmniOS, the open-source operating system built on illumos. OmniOS r151020, the second of 2016's two-per-year releases, brings Linux-emulating LX Branded Zones to OmniOS, along with its usual updates from the larger illumos community.

This release is the next in a series of twice-yearly stable updates to OmniOS. Compared with the previously-released Long-Term Support (LTS) version, this release of OmniOS provides more up to date changes from the illumos community, with a shorter support lifetime. OmniTI offers affordable OmniOS support packages at several levels and discounts are available for educational and non-profit institutions.

Key highlights of the release include:

  • LX Branded Zones. Developed at Joyent, LX Zones allow Linux applications to run on top of a native OmniOS environment. This best-of-both-worlds approach allows Linux applications to run, while having the underlying robustness of OmniOS's illumos-based kernel.

  • The full adoption of OpenSSH as the default and only Secure Shell implementation.

  • Several improvements to hardware support including:

    • Intel I219 ("Kaby Lake") ethernet chip support.

    • ACPI Version 6 support.

    • Initial support for NVMe version 1.1

"As developers and operators of highly scaled solutions, we're excited to see LX Zones introduced into OmniOS, giving us even more options for building new web services for our customers." Robert Treat, CEO of OmniTI says. "This also helps bolster support of the LX model within the greater illumos community; while other operating systems continue to play catch-up, illumos continues to innovate."

The newest version of OmniOS is immediately available for download at, and additionally will be made available through third party systems such as AWS and Atlas.

Official release notes are available here.

About OmniOS

OmniOS is an open source operating system built upon the illumos code base, providing a truly secure container system, native ZFS filesystem, the dtrace diagnostic tool set, and software defined networking via Crossbow. With its advanced set of technology, OmniOS allows users to take advantage of next generation technology without that wait.

About OmniTI

For companies experiencing issues associated with growth and scalability of their customer-facing websites, OmniTI is the leading Web Scalability and Performance provider using a cross-disciplinary approach to achieve unparalleled levels of web and database performance, to enable revenue growth, outstanding customer experience, underlying infrastructure reliability and faster time-to-market.

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