Sun Microsystems announced today the availability of the fourth update of the Solaris 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.
"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.
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