Welcome to the Ops Center blog

Welcome to the new Ops Center blog! Sun Ops Center is our systems management tool, which lets you discover physical and virtual assets in your data center, manage and monitor them, provision OSes and firmware, and update OSes. This blog will contain news, interviews, features, and clever uses of Ops Center.

As you may know, we're just rolling out version 2.5 of Ops Center. (The story is on Sun.com, along with a video from Steve Wilson.) Ops Center 2.5 adds a bunch of features, including but not limited to:

  • Support for Solaris Containers and Sun Logical Domains - You can create, clone, and migrate guests in Ops Center 2.5, and can automate management actions for them. (This is really too big a thing for a bullet list - it'll get its own post soon.)
  • Streamlined install and configuration
  • Streamlined upgrade process
  • Support for Oracle Enterprise Linux (To install Ops Center on, as well as to discover and manage)
  • Smart Groups
  • Windows patching
  • Solaris Live Upgrade software
  • Notification enhancements

I'll be talking about these features in more detail in the coming days and weeks. There are also other resources for Ops Center information: the Information Exchange; the 2.5 documentation, and the official training.

Comments:

Great to see this up. Looking forward to more entries.

Posted by Steve Wilson on September 30, 2009 at 06:49 AM MDT #

Thanks, Steve.

Posted by Owen Allen on September 30, 2009 at 07:05 AM MDT #

Just a brief question your hack for old xVM, that enabled CentOS provisioning is dead, or is there any plan to work this further?

Posted by Jan Paul on October 01, 2009 at 07:16 AM MDT #

Congrats on the release!

Can Ops-Center be used in the small-business and start-up environment? If so can you do a blog on this?

eg. I have < a dozen workstations, running solaris, linux, windows. A single primary SUN (openSolaris) applications/storage server, and another SUN/OSol server for running virtual-machine test-environments.

Very small, mixed environment, I have to "manage" in my "spare time". We have no uniform method for backup/recovery, bare-metal-recovery, or re-provisioning of these systems. Most competing solutions don't support solaris.

So can Ops-Center scale-DOWN and help us little-guys?

Posted by Steven on October 04, 2009 at 06:04 PM MDT #

Jan Paul,

We're dropping the xVM label, but Ops Center 2.5 is still an evolution of prior Ops Center releases. The past functionality is all still there.

Since CentOS isn't officially supported, I can't say for certain if provisioning it would still work, but Ops Center is still the same product.

If you're interested, I can ask the engineers and see if they know about the hack you're referring to.

Posted by Owen Allen on October 05, 2009 at 03:40 AM MDT #

Steven,

As long as you have a system that could support an Ops Center Enterprise Controller with a co-located Proxy Controller, you could manage a small environment like that. It would certainly have the advantage of scaling up easily.

I'll look into how the pricing works and get back to you.

Posted by Owen Allen on October 05, 2009 at 03:56 AM MDT #

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