Sun Improves Server Manageability With New Additions to Solaris 8 OE

Enhancements Allow Administrators to Easily Install, Instantly

Add or Effectively Manage Change in Just Minutes



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced today the availability of the fourth
 update of the Solaris (TM) 8 Operating Environment (OE).  This new version
 helps administrators of large numbers of systems by enabling the rapid
 installation and maintenance of the complete server software stack.
     These enhancements address one of the key concerns of system
 administrators, the need to stay on top of their server environment when
 dozens, hundreds or even thousands of servers need to be managed.  The
 technologies in the new update of the Solaris OE will allow administrators to
 manage more servers with their given resources while increasing server
 utilization.
     In today's world, change is a constant.  Managing change effectively is
 vital to delivering consistent service levels.  Yet the need to change at
 Internet speed and to propagate these changes across hundreds to thousands of
 systems makes change management one of the great challenges faced by IT today.
     "Once again, Sun has added substantial technology improvements to the
 Solaris OE that help customers solve real-world problems as part of the
 company's regular improvement process," said Andy Ingram, Sun's vice president
 of marketing for Solaris Software.  "We are continually enhancing the
 capabilities of Solaris 8 to enable our customers to achieve higher service
 level and lower operating costs.  We believe the new flash technology provides
 a major breakthrough for our customers, by allowing them to more effectively
 provision new servers and manage change in their environments.  Flash is one
 vital step in addressing the demand for provisioning and change management."
     At the heart of the improvements in the Solaris OE is the addition of the
 provisioning technology, Web Start Flash.  This new feature lets
 administrators replicate a reference server configuration on to multiple
 servers in a fraction of the time currently required.  This reference
 configuration can include, not only the Solaris OE, but application stack and
 system configuration.  In addition, it can be used to provision complete
 systems at initial install or to roll out needed changes and multiple upgrades
 into a single consolidated update.
     Internal Sun tests have shown that a complete Web server can be set up
 using the network install feature of Web Start Flash in under three minutes
 rather than the 30 to 40 minutes normally required.  This technology can
 dramatically reduce planned and unplanned downtime by reducing the effort
 associates with installing, deploying and changing a number of systems.
     "Taken together, this new update continues to deliver on our goals of
 enabling massive scale, continuous real-time computing and secure systems
 while increasing service levels and reducing risk and decreasing cost," added
 Ingram.
 
     IP Multipathing:  Continuous access to data even if a network connection
 fails.  IP Multipathing's built-in redundancy ensures highly reliable network
 connection and provides load balancing and failover.
     Web access during installation:  Users installing the Solaris OE can
 access Internet resources such as online documentation and Web pages while the
 install is underway.  The System ID Default Router allows for setup of an
 available route to the Internet during Solaris OE installation.
     Mobile IP Enhancements:  The new version provides mobile IP enhancements
 including secure wireless access for mobile end-users such as salespeople and
 telecommuters.  Users can remain productive anywhere on the Internet,
 especially on wireless connections.  Reverse tunneling technology
 automatically ensures correct address tracking and translation for mobile
 devices.
 
     A full list of product features and enhancements can be found at:
 www.sun.com/solaris.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The Solaris 8 4/01 software can be downloaded for free for eight or fewer
 CPUs.  It's available for use on an unlimited number of systems with eight or
 fewer processors for the cost of $75 and shipping.  The Free Solaris Binary
 License Program Web site is located http://www.sun.com/solaris/binaries .
 
     About Solaris Operating Environment
     The Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE) is the leading operating system
 for UNIX servers and is the highest ranked UNIX operating environment by
 D.H. Brown Associates.  With better than a 30 percent share of the worldwide
 UNIX server operating environment shipments in 2000, Solaris leads with double
 the market share of the next most popular UNIX operating environment.  The
 Solaris 8 OE combines new levels of availability and reliability with support
 for massive scalability, sophisticated manageability and advanced security.
 It is available for both SPARC(R) and Intel Architecture platforms and
 supports more than 12,000 applications. Integrated with iPlanet's LDAP
 Directory, Solaris 8 OE enables enterprises adapting to the Internet age, and
 dot-com businesses adopting the disciplines of the data center, to increase
 service levels while at the same time reducing service costs and risks.
     Sun's BigAdmin portal is the focal point for system administrators to
 access Sun knowledge and services. This portal includes discussion boards,
 newsgroups, FAQs, news and helpful hints. BigAdmin integrates the latest on
 software updates, patches, downloads and services related to the Solaris OE,
 including Solaris applications and tools.  The site is located at
 http://sun.com/bigadmin .
 
     About Sun ONE
     Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML, to
 take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services and beyond. Smart
 Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of intelligence based on
 context, span multiple networks beyond the Web, and provide a richer
 experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun ONE will simplify the way
 in which both Web and open smart services are created, assembled and deployed
 -- benefiting enterprises with better business-wide productivity, developers
 with faster time-to-service and increased market opportunity, and consumers
 with an enriched user experience. More information about Sun ONE can be found
 at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, iPlanet and "The
 Network Is The Computer," are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
     All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries.  Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an
 architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries,
 exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.
 
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SOURCE Sun Microsystems
    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced today the availability of the fourth
 update of the Solaris (TM) 8 Operating Environment (OE).  This new version
 helps administrators of large numbers of systems by enabling the rapid
 installation and maintenance of the complete server software stack.
     These enhancements address one of the key concerns of system
 administrators, the need to stay on top of their server environment when
 dozens, hundreds or even thousands of servers need to be managed.  The
 technologies in the new update of the Solaris OE will allow administrators to
 manage more servers with their given resources while increasing server
 utilization.
     In today's world, change is a constant.  Managing change effectively is
 vital to delivering consistent service levels.  Yet the need to change at
 Internet speed and to propagate these changes across hundreds to thousands of
 systems makes change management one of the great challenges faced by IT today.
     "Once again, Sun has added substantial technology improvements to the
 Solaris OE that help customers solve real-world problems as part of the
 company's regular improvement process," said Andy Ingram, Sun's vice president
 of marketing for Solaris Software.  "We are continually enhancing the
 capabilities of Solaris 8 to enable our customers to achieve higher service
 level and lower operating costs.  We believe the new flash technology provides
 a major breakthrough for our customers, by allowing them to more effectively
 provision new servers and manage change in their environments.  Flash is one
 vital step in addressing the demand for provisioning and change management."
     At the heart of the improvements in the Solaris OE is the addition of the
 provisioning technology, Web Start Flash.  This new feature lets
 administrators replicate a reference server configuration on to multiple
 servers in a fraction of the time currently required.  This reference
 configuration can include, not only the Solaris OE, but application stack and
 system configuration.  In addition, it can be used to provision complete
 systems at initial install or to roll out needed changes and multiple upgrades
 into a single consolidated update.
     Internal Sun tests have shown that a complete Web server can be set up
 using the network install feature of Web Start Flash in under three minutes
 rather than the 30 to 40 minutes normally required.  This technology can
 dramatically reduce planned and unplanned downtime by reducing the effort
 associates with installing, deploying and changing a number of systems.
     "Taken together, this new update continues to deliver on our goals of
 enabling massive scale, continuous real-time computing and secure systems
 while increasing service levels and reducing risk and decreasing cost," added
 Ingram.
 
     IP Multipathing:  Continuous access to data even if a network connection
 fails.  IP Multipathing's built-in redundancy ensures highly reliable network
 connection and provides load balancing and failover.
     Web access during installation:  Users installing the Solaris OE can
 access Internet resources such as online documentation and Web pages while the
 install is underway.  The System ID Default Router allows for setup of an
 available route to the Internet during Solaris OE installation.
     Mobile IP Enhancements:  The new version provides mobile IP enhancements
 including secure wireless access for mobile end-users such as salespeople and
 telecommuters.  Users can remain productive anywhere on the Internet,
 especially on wireless connections.  Reverse tunneling technology
 automatically ensures correct address tracking and translation for mobile
 devices.
 
     A full list of product features and enhancements can be found at:
 www.sun.com/solaris.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The Solaris 8 4/01 software can be downloaded for free for eight or fewer
 CPUs.  It's available for use on an unlimited number of systems with eight or
 fewer processors for the cost of $75 and shipping.  The Free Solaris Binary
 License Program Web site is located http://www.sun.com/solaris/binaries .
 
     About Solaris Operating Environment
     The Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE) is the leading operating system
 for UNIX servers and is the highest ranked UNIX operating environment by
 D.H. Brown Associates.  With better than a 30 percent share of the worldwide
 UNIX server operating environment shipments in 2000, Solaris leads with double
 the market share of the next most popular UNIX operating environment.  The
 Solaris 8 OE combines new levels of availability and reliability with support
 for massive scalability, sophisticated manageability and advanced security.
 It is available for both SPARC(R) and Intel Architecture platforms and
 supports more than 12,000 applications. Integrated with iPlanet's LDAP
 Directory, Solaris 8 OE enables enterprises adapting to the Internet age, and
 dot-com businesses adopting the disciplines of the data center, to increase
 service levels while at the same time reducing service costs and risks.
     Sun's BigAdmin portal is the focal point for system administrators to
 access Sun knowledge and services. This portal includes discussion boards,
 newsgroups, FAQs, news and helpful hints. BigAdmin integrates the latest on
 software updates, patches, downloads and services related to the Solaris OE,
 including Solaris applications and tools.  The site is located at
 http://sun.com/bigadmin .
 
     About Sun ONE
     Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) is one of the industry's most
 comprehensive offerings to deliver Web services today and includes an
 architecture and roadmap based on open standards, such as Java and XML, to
 take advantage of the new generation of smart Web services and beyond. Smart
 Web services are enhanced Web services with a level of intelligence based on
 context, span multiple networks beyond the Web, and provide a richer
 experience for both enterprises and end-users.  Sun ONE will simplify the way
 in which both Web and open smart services are created, assembled and deployed
 -- benefiting enterprises with better business-wide productivity, developers
 with faster time-to-service and increased market opportunity, and consumers
 with an enriched user experience. More information about Sun ONE can be found
 at www.sun.com/software/sunone.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, iPlanet and "The
 Network Is The Computer," are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
     All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries.  Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an
 architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries,
 exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.
 
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