Sun hails change management on Solaris

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday introduced Sun Management Center Change Manager, which is provisioning software for installing, updating, and auditing software stacks on Sun Solaris systems.

The software dramatically reduces the time and expense of software upgrades and installations, according to Jonathan Han, senior product manager for systems management product marketing at Sun, in Los Angeles.

"Basically, this is a new installation and provisioning product that allows you to rapidly and easily provision Sun ONE software stacks or your own custom software stacks to various servers," Han said.

Users must first build a reference system for installs, which can take three to five hours. Then, it takes 15 to 30 minutes to upgrade multiple serves, Han said. "In the past, it would take a systems administrator on the average four to five hours to install or apply updates" for each server, Han said.

The product, which features a choice of either a browser-based or command-line interface, is based on Sun's Solaris Flash and LiveUpgrade technologies.

Key features of the product include:

* Archive Manager, for importing Flash Archives group into folders and deleting and searching for an archive.

* Target System Manager, to add a new server or group of servers.

* Configuration Writer, to manage server configuration profiles.

* Software Auditor, to create a software stack manifest of one or more deployed servers.

* Task Scheduler, to schedule service provisioning during offload hours.

The product costs US$250 for a Managed Solaris Image RTU (Right to Use) license for Change Manager; $5,000 for a single Change Manager management server RTU license; or $50,000 for a single Change Manager Server RTU license for managing an unlimited number of managed Solaris images from a single management server.

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