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Sun Microsystems Updates Systems Management Solution with Ops Center 2.5

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a new release of Sun(TM) Ops Center, its comprehensive and highly scalable management solution for both physical and virtual systems. In addition to managing Sun's x86 and SPARC® servers, Ops Center 2.5 now extends lifecycle management capabilities to Sun's built-in virtualization technologies, including Solaris(TM) Containers and Sun(TM) Logical Domains (LDoms). Ops Center 2.5 is designed to help customers regain control over system sprawl, reduce IT costs and make datacenters more flexible, laying the foundation for managing private cloud environments. For more information, visit:

“Companies tackling large virtualization deployments are finding that although virtualization has helped consolidate the number of physical servers in their datacenters, it hasn't been the silver bullet,” said Jim McHugh, vice president of Datacenter Marketing, Sun Microsystems. “Successful virtualization projects need automated tools that streamline the management of both physical and virtual assets – a complex task in today's datacenters. Ops Center 2.5 is an end-to-end management tool that enables IT and systems administrators to reduce downtime, improve IT productivity, meet compliance requirements, and respond quickly to business changes.”

By using advanced technologies and built-in automated workflows, Ops Center 2.5 allows users to maintain consistent deployment of firmware, OS, and applications across physical and virtual resources, speed deployment time, as well as improve business continuity by quickly provisioning new systems and dynamically allocating resources. From a single and intuitive browser-based console, Ops Center 2.5 automates and controls Sun infrastructure as well as heterogeneous environments running the Solaris(TM) Operating System (OS), Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), and Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL).

“Ops Center provides us with a comprehensive overview of our open infrastructure - both virtual and physical servers. Having a single interface makes it easier to manage resources and deploy patches and updates across our network, saving the organization time and money," said Ted Archambault, director of Unix Engineering, Wyndham Hotel Group.

"We are pleased Sun is introducing lifecycle management for Oracle Enterprise Linux environments with this latest release of Ops Center,” said Wim Coekaerts, Oracle vice president of Linux Engineering. “We believe this support not only recognizes the importance of Oracle Enterprise Linux in the datacenter, but gives customers running both the Solaris OS and Oracle Enterprise Linux a true cross-platform solution for automating and streamlining their systems environment."

New features in Ops Center 2.5 include:

-- Ability to create, delete, configure, monitor, and migrate Solaris Containers and LDoms from a single console.

-- Ability to patch the Solaris OS using Solaris(TM) Live Upgrade software with minimal downtime.

-- Cutting-edge virtual storage library management using Fiber Channel, NFS or ZFS(TM) software.

-- Advanced patching for Microsoft Windows via integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, giving customers a single pane to patch Solaris, Linux and Windows OSes.

-- Full support for discovery, monitoring, provisioning and patching of servers running Oracle Enterprise Linux.

-- Advanced, automatic datacenter asset grouping to accelerate initiation of repetitive tasks.

Pricing Information

Sun offers subscriptions and perpetual licenses for Ops Center. Commercial subscriptions are priced annually per system starting at $500 for the Premium Management Pack, which includes patching and provisioning, and $1000 for the Enterprise Management Pack, which includes full virtualization management. Enterprise Management Pack subscriptions are only sold with Premium Management Pack subscriptions. For additional information, visit:

Sun at Oracle OpenWorld

Sun's Systems Management team will be showcasing Ops Center at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference October 11-15, 2009, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. At the show, Sun will highlight new bridging technology that links the functionality of Ops Center and Oracle Enterprise Manager. Attendees will see how the combination of Ops Center's deep functionality in hardware, OS and virtualization management complements Oracle Enterprise Manager's strong capabilities in application, middleware and database management, delivering significant value to mutual customers. For the latest information about Sun at Oracle OpenWorld, visit

Published Tuesday, September 29, 2009 6:10 PM by David Marshall
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