OmniOS builds on Illumos to make a complete operating system.
Provides users with a familiar, installable operating system with a minimal package set to ease regulatory compliance
Delivers a self-hosting, environment with simplified processes for ongoing maintenance
Third-party software components that are delivered with the core are up-to-date (gcc/4.7.2, OpenSSL/1.0.1e)
A more consistent, dual instruction set support (x86 and x86-64).
A simple and supported environment for managing custom repositories with your software packages.
Lightweight virtualization: zones provide a combination of system resource controls and the boundary separation provided by zones.
Hardware virtualization: KVM provides full hardware virtualization for running safe and isolated guests such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and many others.
Network virtualization: Crossbow provides the building blocks for network virtualization and resource control by virtualizing the stack and NIC around any service (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, NFS, etc.), protocol or container.
ZFS file system: combined file system and logical volume manager with superior data integrity protection and scalability.
DTrace: provides increased visibility and aids in troubleshooting on any level of the application stack.