Last week I introduced you to some of the features of SunMC. This time I'd like to introduce you all to the N1 System Manager (aka N1SM). We all know the N1 brand has been subject of a lot of hyperbole over the past several years. However, when you set that aside, this is one really slick piece of software. I got my first live demo of it from the engineering team today and I was really impressed.
Many of the N1 products (and a lot of the team) came from acquisitions (e.g. CenterRun, Terraspring). I was surprised to learn today that some of the cool technology in N1SM actually comes from the Cobalt management product (remember the Qube?). It's good to see something great actually came out of that after all. So that you can all see what we're talking about, here's a screen shot of the UI for the product.
The UI is all browser-based. However, it has a slick interaction model that includes a lot of rich-client-like behavior. For example, the interactive shell allows administrators to work on systems with a rapid-fire set of command line operations where appropriate. Also, operating systems can be provisioned by dragging and icon that represents an image template to a machine. It's very slick.
The product is designed and tested to allow a single admin to manage hundreds of systems from a single location. The product interfaces deeply with service processors for a range of hardware allowing for real remote management. The product even includes push-button firmware provisioning and patching.
As we combine these features with our connected management capabilities (like those that come from Update Connection) the product will only get stronger.