Friday Nov 16, 2007

Sun MC Video

Here's a little video the marketing folks asked me to do describing the features of Sun MC.  I recorded this about a month ago, but production on it only finished this past week.  They posted it up on sun.com, but I thought I'd put it up on youtube as well.  Let me know what you think.

Monday Nov 05, 2007

Sun MC 4.0 Ships!

Sun MC 4.0 (including a new Container Manager) is out, and there is a bunch of fresh content up on the web.  Please go check it out.

Many thanks to Harish and the rest of the SunMC team for pulling together this release.  It's simply amazing how much new, cool stuff you've managed to get in here.

Wednesday May 30, 2007

Sun Systems Management Demo

Steve Stelting has a great note over at the Sun Connection blog about the demo his team constructed to show off our management products in a booth at JavaOne.  I got to see the demo during the show, and it was quite impressive.  Steve's posting includes a bunch of screen shots so you can get an idea what it looked like.  JavaOne is really a developer show (not focused on SysAdmins), but the demo does show how these products fit into a development life cycle and the booth got a large amount of traffic.  You should go check it out.

Wednesday Jan 24, 2007

Solaris Container Migration Made Easy

Migrating Solaris containers is one of the most exciting recent additions to the most recent Solaris 10 releases.  You can read about the feature here.  However, if you look at that article, you realize that there are a fair number of manual steps involved.  Fortunately, there's a better way to do this!

While I was in India this week, the Sun MC team gave me a demo of the latest additions to the Solaris Container Manager.  One of the major updates is support for Container migration.  Here's a screen shot (click to enlarge).

 

The great thing about this is that all those manual steps are totally automated for you.  Just click the Migrate Zone... button and supply a few parameters.  BANG!  You're done. It's almost instant. 

Monday Nov 27, 2006

Solaris Container Manager

Yesterday I started writing about virtualization.  This is a topic I'll be covering a lot more here as we bring Connected Systems and Systems Management together.  In my last entry I mentioned that SunMC has great support for managing containers.  The feature of SunMC that does this is called the Solaris Container Manager. Some folks from the N1 team were nice enough to send me some screen shots.  Here's one.

 

Looks slick. The team has promised me live demos this week, so I'll write more after I've had a chance to check it all out.  Anyone out there using this feature?  How do you like it?  Also, if you're using Xen or VMware for virtualization what do you use to manage them?  How do you like it?

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Sunday Nov 26, 2006

IT Pet Peeves

Network Computing has an interesting article that shows the results of a recent poll on IT Pet Peeves.  In other words, what do vendors do that really ticks off folks running IT shops?  It's pretty eye opening.  One set of results really hit home from my time working in marketing at Cassatt.  The section on marketing asked about the buzzwords that people most hate.  The two most hated buzzwords are Service Oriented Architectures and Virtualization!

With respect to Virtualization, 26 percent said they'd like to punch the next salesperson who mentions it.  Now that's love!  Of course this reaction has little to do with Cassatt (in fact what they're doing is surely more real that most products that use that buzzword). 

I'm starting to get more involved with Virtualization-related work here at Sun and it's cool to be back in that space.  Sun's agenda around Xen and Solaris Containers (along with really cool stuff in hardware coming soon) is really heating up.  Update Connection can already update Xen virtual machines, and Solaris Container support is coming soon.  Also, SunMC comes with great facilities for managing Containers.  Stay tuned for more.

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