Hey Waldo! You Can Run, But You Can't Hide!
By dr156914 on May 24, 2007
Steve Wilson and Oren Teich have recently posted blogs on the challenge of discoverability in the data center (and Oren has identified why his clothing is often wrinkled, but does not address issues of ring around the collar).
I can't tell you how many times I've talked to large, Fortune 500 companies and learned that they have very little transparency around what they have deployed in their datacenter versus what they have licensed. My experience in the systems management space is that it's a very crowded market with very complex offerings, but there are some very simple problems that have yet to be addressed.
Oren and Steve highlight this gap very clearly and talk about a new technology that Sun will be freely providing that allows sys admins to use standard discovery protocols such as Apple's Bonjour/Zeroconf and SLP to discover assets on their local networks.
To learn more about this technology, called Sun Service Tags, please check out our newly released faq.and stay tuned for some upcoming announcements regarding Sun's implementation of this technology to conquer the "Goliath" called discoverability.