Sun Microsystems (SUNW)
wants to offer users a hands-off approach to management
software while sharpening its focus on Java-based software features.
A new set of Java-based management tools from the company's SunSoft subsidiary will be offered
this week at the Fall
Internet World 97 trade show in New York, according to sources. The
tools are intended for use on huge telecommunications networks.
The debut will be part of a larger Java-based push at the show. As reported
by CNET's NEWS.COM, Sun will release a Java specification to facilitate the
construction of server-side applications.
Java proponents such as Sun, Oracle, IBM, and Novell are expected to display a united
front in New York in support of the new Enterprise JavaBeans specification,
with delivery of new
tools and strategies from the companies focused on the server-side Java
Telecommunications monolith Alcatel
Alsthom and wireless specialist Qualcomm are among the companies working
with the new tools, sources said.
What server-side Java brings to the management software table is the
ability to distribute administrative intelligence across a network, with
management elements running on numerous systems. According to sources,
Sun will facilitate this
through the Java Dynamic Management Kit, a toolset
will enable management administrators--specifically in spread out
telecommunications networks--to build management "intelligence" into each
system and offer push capabilities to spread the functionality across local
and wide area networks.
Administrators can use the kit to build applications based on the
forthcoming Enterprise JavaBeans specification. The kit will be offered as
an add-on to Sun's Solstice Enterprise Manager 2.1 network management
software, according to sources, with predesigned Enterprise Beans for
Management included. The kit will be available next month for $5,995,
Sun will also release a "Java Supplement" for its Solstice Enterprise
Manager platform, bringing customizable Web-based interfaces to Sun's
management software tools, sources said. The new Java-based functionality
also allows an administrator to view network topology and alarm information through a new application.
Also included in the rollout will be a Bandwidth Allocator software tool
that allows a manager to provision and account for network bandwidth,
according to sources. Real-time statistics can also be gathered using the
tool and then fed up to Solstice Enterprise Manager, Domain Manager, or Site
Sun executives refused to comment on the announcement.
Use of JavaBean technology also means administrators will be able to view
any Java-based management "agent" through a Web browser. The agents can be
as small as 200K, according to sources.
The base kit will include a base runtime agent. An additional agent package
costs $4,995, according to sources.