Sun Connection aligned for one-stop technology updates

Sun is planning to deliver system updates for its own and partner technologies through a single system: Sun Connection.

The first step was made today at its Network Computing ’05 event, launching the Sun Update Connection service to support Solaris 10 running on any platform. The service scans the system and compares it against a database of more than a million Solaris configurations and decides how it should be updated. Updates can be downloaded direct or to an in-house repository.

The service will later be extended to other Sun technologies such as Java, and eventually to the products of its partners such as Veritas, providing a single point of reference for all Sun solutions.

This need for a one-stop shop appears to be a big selling point for Sun, especially in competition with Linux rivals. Chris Cartledge of the University of Sheffield said that one of the factors involved in the decision to buy Sun kit was ‘we know who to go to when there’s a problem’.

At the company’s last quarterly launch, a representative from BetFair said that they chose Solaris over Linux because if they ran into a problem, they needed to be able to talk to the person responsible for that bit of code.

For Sun, this is another opportunity to hook its customers up to the Sun Grid – its global grid network – and to push the idea of utility computing. Sun Connection adds to Sun’s existing $1/cpu-hour and $1/GB-month offerings that support this strategy.

Also on the update front, Sun launched Sun N1 System Manager, for issuing remote updates to Sun products from within the network. It is currently available for Opteron, but will support additional chip architectures with time.

The company is also making its StorEdge software and solutions available under a subscription-based pricing model, so that customers can order either a complete suite or choose a la carte, as best meets their needs.

Sun also unveiled Sun Network Service for SAP, allowing users to have secure, remote access to the software with a single-sign-on authentication.

Finally Sun is now allowing customers to have both V40 and V20 servers in a single Sun Grid rack system.

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