Sun xVM Ops Center 1.0

With the stroke of midnight, Sun xVM Ops Center 1.0 is launched to a joyous world.

So what is it? It's a highly scalable datacenter management platform that runs across cross-platform Linux and Solaris OS-based x86 & SPARC systems to help customers improve efficiency, and save time & money by:

  • Better managing datacenter consolidation, keeping guest OSes up-to-date and monitoring for virtual assets on a network
  • Automating provisioning & updating OS instances (Solaris & Linux) to increase availability & utilization & minimize downtime
  • More effectively deploy, manage and monitor security and compliance in IT operations, either locally or remotely

You can see the features here, click the image for a bigger version.

There's a huge amount of cool stuff in here, but one of the enhancements we've put in place that I'm most excited about is the new network architecture. It's cool for a few reasons:

  1. Firewall friendly. All communication is up and out, and it's all XML over HTTPS. So what? This means that the agent talks to the proxy, the proxy to the satellite. And it's all over the same ports that your network admin already has open, and is managing. No custom firewall rules, no custom network config, no painful installations!
  2. Scalability. You can now have hundreds of agents talking to each proxy, and hundreds of proxies talking to each satellite. Put a different proxy in each location, or use multiple in one location to really scale into the thousands of nodes.

So go ahead, check it out!


Where's the documentation?

Posted by Mika on December 03, 2007 at 07:27 PM PST #

The 'check it out' link to gives me a page not found error.

Posted by William Hathaway on December 03, 2007 at 08:20 PM PST #

Is this to replace or run alongside WBEM? Which according to it's blurb from 1999 says:

Solaris WBEM Services software and the associated developer toolkit enable IT developers and managers to create and modify system information stored in the standard CIM format. The software eases the administration of the Solaris Operating Environment, and provides management software interoperability.


This management information will in turn be made available to management applications via the new open communication standard eXtensible Markup Language (XML) over the common Web protocol HyperText Transport Protocol (HTTP).

Whilst the poor old WBEM sourceforge site is gathering dust like Miss Faversham's wedding cake:

Note the quaint Web 1.0 Gimp template at the bottom.

Anybody remember Admintool, Symon, Solstice ????

Sorry to be so bitterly sarcastic about this "new" product but this is just more cruft Sun will be putting into the base operating system that we do not want or need.

Posted by dave on December 03, 2007 at 09:43 PM PST #

Mika - the docs team is working on some amazing new docs, including flash demo's, wiki pages, and a whole lot more. They're going to start putting those up later this month, and continuing to post more and more over the coming weeks. We'll link them up as soon as they are available.

William - thanks for noticing the broken link. Fixed now.

Dave - Let me try addressing each point:
WBEM: This is very different. This product focused on patch management and HW provisioning.
YAMT (Yet another management tool): Sun certainly has had quite a few management tools. You didn't even list the other existing ones - Sun MC & N1 SPS. We're going to need to win people's trust again, and the only way to do that is by delivering. Sun xVM Ops Center will be around for a while, has great support inside, and has a great roadmap and team working on it. I hope that by delivering good quality product, we'll be able to convince you a year from now that we're for real
More cruft in Solaris: Ops Center isn't actually a part of solaris. This isn't embedded in Solaris, and is only for people asking for it. In fact, your very point about slimming down solaris and focusing on the right customer value is the whole reason we started Project Indiana ( Go check it out!

Posted by Oren Teich on December 03, 2007 at 11:58 PM PST #

The interviews mention some parts of the software being GPL'd.

Could you elaborate on that?

Posted by Mikael Gueck on December 04, 2007 at 02:07 AM PST #


Rather than considering this project as "running alongside WBEM" and/or "replacing WBEM", I choose to look at this project as representing an opportunity to work with the DMTF standards to provide a strong standards-based agent. I would like to see an effort ramped up to consider the CAC used as the container technology for realizing an object manager for CIM entities. As I mentioned in a comment on another blog:

"I continue to believe that a key factor in a candidate solution must be adherence to open standards and open technologies - e.g. standard information models like CIM and the associated CIM Profiles, standard export protocols like WS-MAN and SNMP, and open container technology like Common Agent Container (of course), Spring, etc."

Posted by Brandon E Taylor on January 01, 2008 at 02:52 PM PST #

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