Sun to acquire Aduva

Yesterday, Sun announced its intent to acquire Aduva.

I've been fortunate enough to have been able to take a close look at Aduva's product offerings and can safely say that their technology is very exciting and offers Sun's customers the prospect of significant gains in managing software packages and patches deployed on their networks - both for Solaris and Linux.

If you are a System Administrator (Solaris or Linux), you'll know the nightmare that is managing software dependencies for both application packages and patches or maintenance releases: your user wants package X installed, so what else do you need to make this both functional and up-to-date as far as patching is concerned ?

Well, Aduva's technology takes care of all of that for you. You tell it that you want the system to have package X installed, and the On-Stage software takes care of figuring out what works with that package, what doesn't, and what (if any) patches you might need to also install. All within seconds! No more trial-and-error. No more searching Linux/Sun patch sites for required patches and then finding that they have dependencies on other patches. It's all done for you - even the installation!!

This is quite the coolest technology I've come across in a long time, so if you're a Sys Admin or IT Manager, I suggest you have a read through the On-Stage literature and see how it could help improve the management of your systems.

P.S. I can't tell you anything about how this technology will fit into Sun's offerings until after the deal is closed, so please don't ask me. Just watch this space!

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