CA Supports Solaris 10 with Unicenter and BrightStor
- By John K. Waters
Computer Associates is set to port its Unicenter Database Management System
to Sun Microsystems' Solaris 10 operating system, supporting both Oracle and
IBM databases. CA also plans to make its BrightStor storage management solutions
available on the OS.
CA's Unicenter solutions will exploit several features of Solaris 10, including
Solaris Containers, which isolate applications and services using virtualization
and software partitioning technologies, and the DTrace dynamic tracing framework.
Initially, CA will build a management platform for Sun's UltraSPARC and AMD
Opteron processor-based systems running the Solaris 10 OS, based on its Unicenter
and BrightStor product lines. Sun and CA have worked together to integrate Sun
Management Center software, a key systems management product in Sun's N1 software
portfolio, with Unicenter Network and Systems Management (NSM), so that Sun
platforms can be managed in heterogeneous environments through the Managed Command
Center for Unicenter.
Under the expanded relationship:
- CA's Unicenter NSM will provide increased support, such as load balancing
and diagnostics, for the Solaris 10 OS through Sun's Solaris Container capabilities.
- Unicenter AutoSys Job Management will include support for scheduling applications
running on the Solaris 10 OS for x86 platforms.
- Unicenter Database Management Solutions for Oracle and DB2 UDB distributed
databases running on the Solaris 10 OS will provide database performance management
and administration capabilities. CA's Unicenter Database Management Solutions
for Distributed RDBMS are also being certified on the Solaris 10 OS.
- CA is extending support in BrightStor ARCserver Backup, BrightStor Resource
manager, and BrightStor SAN Manager for the Sun StorEdge 6130 system. All
three currently support the Solaris 10 OS and Sun StorEdge 6920 system.
CA is expected to launch Unicenter r11 at its user conference in Las Vegas.
This major overhaul of the network management suite is designed to provide a
common data repository and user interface, making it easier to manage storage
and security under a single enterprise infrastructure.
The announcement was one of several from Sun's latest "town hall meeting"
with reporters and analysts. Sun's EVP for software, John Loiacono, reported
that the source code for OpenSolaris, released in June, is doing better than
expected. More than 90,000 developers have signed up for the open-source program,
he said. Most of the 40 contributions filed by those developers have been bug
fixes, Loiacano said, but 12 have been integrated into the OS. The company has
distributed more than three million registered licenses for Solaris 10 since
the software became available on January 31, he said, and customers and partners
continue to download the OS at a rate of about 80,000 licenses per week.
"The innovation in the Solaris 10 OS coupled with our decision to open
source the code, has made it the best operating system running on AMD x64, Intel
or SPARC processor-based systems," Loiacano said.
Sun is also set to announce a version of the Java Enterprise System (JES) for
HP-UX and Windows 2000 Server. The JES is a suite of integrated enterprise network
services software (identity services, Web and application services, communication
services, portal services, and security and availability services). The system
began shipping last week, Loiacono said, and support for Windows Server 2003
is coming in January. The JES currently supports Red Hat Linux and Solaris for
SPARC and x64 processors.
The company also announced that IBM will soon support Solaris 10 for its blade
servers running on x64 possessors.
The Solaris 10 OS is available as a free download here.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached