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Sun plans "self-healing" software

Sun Microsystems says it has acquired Redcape Policy Software in an effort to bolster its storage management software systems.

Sun Microsystems today said it has acquired Redcape Policy Software in an effort to bolster its storage management software systems.

Terms of the agreement were not released, but Sun said it plans to integrate Redcape's Policy Framework with its StorEdge software family, creating intelligent, self-healing software systems that work to automate manual operations used for enterprise storage.

Boulder, Colorado-based Redcape develops Java-based automated policy software for the enterprise. Policy management software is an emerging technology that enables the enterprise to manage desired results or goals through automated policies. The company calls its policy management applications "self-healing" because they can respond to conditions and events automatically, taking corrective action without human intervention.

In addition, the Redcape Policy Framework includes an application development environment for creating management applications, prebuilt components, and usage patterns to simplify the creation of management applications for the user.

"With today's acquisition, Redcape, Sun, and Sun's strategic allies now have the storage management solutions with features that offer unparalleled value to the enterprise," Janpieter Scheeder, Sun's president of Network Storage, said in a statement. "Together, we can leverage our...product strategies and capitalize on the rapid growth of the global storage market."

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