Sun Microsystems Announces Sun N1 System Manager; Updates Sun N1 Service Provisioning System

New Software Simplifies Management of Data Center Servers and

Business Services



May 03, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- During its quarterly
 Network Computing '05 (NC05Q2) launch today, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   SUNW) announced two new software releases within its Sun N1(TM)
 product family:  Sun N1 System Manager, an easy to use tool for managing large
 and small installations of Sun systems, starting with Sun's x64 servers and
 broadening out to include more systems in the future and the latest version of
 Sun N1 Service Provisioning System, which introduces bare-metal operating
 system (OS) provisioning of:  Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
 (J2EE(TM) platform) application servers, Web servers and databases.
     "MCI is adopting new technologies that deliver next generation services
 for our customers," said Tim Muilenburg, vice president of MCI IT
 Infrastructure. "The equipment and software behind these technologies must be
 best in quality so our services meet the expectations of our enterprise and
 government customers. We expect Sun's N1 tools to help us achieve our goals by
 automating application provisioning and increasing our data center efficiency.
 Also, as we utilize the N1 Service Provisioning System, we will be able to
 accelerate the delivery of business services from several days to a few
 hours."
 
     Sun N1 System Manager offers customers an efficient way of managing large
 and small numbers of Sun systems. Core capabilities include:
 
     -- Discovery -- users are able to automatically discover their systems
        from bare-metal and logically organize systems into user defined
        groups.
     -- Provisioning -- enables users to remotely install their operating
        systems onto bare-metal systems or to re-provision existing systems.
     -- Remote Monitoring -- offers administrators detailed hardware monitoring
        for attributes such as temperature, fan and disk usage, as well as OS
        monitoring for attributes such as memory, CPU, and file systems.
     -- Remote Management -- provides users with secure lights out management
        capabilities, such as powering systems on and off with role-based
        access control that grants access privileges to specific users.
 
     The Sun N1 System Manager also features a hybrid user interface that
 integrates both the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Command Line Interface
 (CLI). With the hybrid interface, operations performed in the GUI are
 simultaneously reflected in the CLI and vice versa.
     "Sun's N1 software tools are making it easier for organizations to manage
 the complex systems that deliver their business services," said Tom Goguen,
 vice president of product marketing, Operating Platforms at Sun. "With Sun N1
 System Manager and Sun N1 Service Provision System, companies can now control
 the entire stack from bare-metal system through OS to applications and
 business services."
     The Sun N1 Service Provisioning System simplifies application lifecycle
 management by rapidly provisioning business services that span multiple tiers
 -- J2EE application servers, Web servers, and databases -- across
 heterogeneous environments. It offers organizations a standard method for
 deploying business services and tracking changes throughout the deployment
 process and includes an audit trail to help customers meet regulatory
 compliance. New features include:
 
     -- Application Library -- delivers pre-built models for deploying industry
        leading J2EE application servers, web servers, or database servers from
        Sun, Oracle, BEA and IBM onto the Solaris OS, including Solaris
        Containers, and other operating systems, including:  Windows Server,
        Red Hat Enterprise Linux and AIX.
     -- Bare-Metal OS Provisioning -- allows system administrators to remotely
        install, configure and rapidly provision operating systems such as the
        Solaris(TM) OS, Microsoft Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
        Through built-in procedures, customers can also rapidly deploy Solaris
        OS packages and patches, Red Hat Linux package manager files, and
        Microsoft Windows-based applications, eliminating the need to
        individually update systems.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Sun N1 System Manager pricing will start at $299 (USD) per managed server
 and will be available for download on at:  www.sun.com/n1, in late summer
 2005. The N1 Service Provisioning System pricing starts at $1400 (USD) per
 managed server and is available now for download at:  www.sun.com/n1.
 Alternatively, customers can purchase N1 Service Provisioning System as part
 of the Sun Java(TM) Enterprise System.
     Sun's NC05Q2 Web event is available at: www.sun.com/nc/05q2. More
 information on today's announcements, including full press releases and
 product details, can be viewed at Sun's online press kit:
 www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/presskits/networkcomputing05q2/.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading
 provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the
 Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Net:
 http://www.sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Java, J2EE, N1, Sun
 Fire, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks
 of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:
      Terri Molini
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      +1-408-404-4976
      terri.molini@sun.com
 
      Jessica Bookach
      Citigate Cunningham for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      +1-201-499-3581
      jbookach@citigatecunningham.com
 
      www.sun.com/news
      allpress@sun.com
      +1-650-788-7737
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.