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Sun rehashes Ops Centre

Sun Microsystems unveils new and improved version of its physical and virtual server management solution

Sun rehashes Ops Centre
Jim McHugh at Sun says that although virtualisation has helped large enterprises consolidate infrastructure it has not been a silver bullet.

Sun Microsystems has rolled out a new version of its Sun Ops Centre, its management solution for both physical and virtual systems.

The vendor says that in addition to allowing users to control their infrastructure, Ops Centre 2.5 now extends lifecycle management capabilities to Sun's built-in virtualisation technologies, including its Solaris Containers and Sun Logical Domains (LDoms).

"Companies tackling large virtualisation deployments are finding that although virtualisation has helped consolidate the number of physical servers in their data centres, it hasn't been the silver bullet," stated Jim McHugh, vice president of data centre marketing at Sun Microsystems.

"Successful virtualisation projects need automated tools that streamline management of both physical and virtual assets - a complex task in today's data centres. Ops Centre 2.5 is an end-to-end management tool that enables IT and systems administrators to reduce downtime, improve IT productivity, meet compliance and respond quickly to business changes."

The new features that end-users can look to gain if they open their budgets to purchase the Ops Centre include the ability to manipulate and modify Solaris Containers and LDoms from a single console. It also provides the ability to patch the Solaris OS using Solaris Live Upgrade software with minimal downtime and advanced, automatic data centre asset grouping to accelerate initiation of repetitive tasks. Full support for discovery, monitoring, provisioning and patching of servers running Oracle Enterprise Linux is also available under the updated version of the Ops Centre.

Sun offers subscriptions and perpetual licenses for the Ops Center. Commercial subscriptions are priced annually per system ranging from US$500 to US$1000.

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