Sun's JavaStation network computer received a welcome boost last week when Computer Associates announced it was working with Sun on the development of Java-based systems management technology.
At the CA-World conference in New Orleans, CA announced plans to deliver agent technology written in Java to monitor and manage the Java Virtual Machine (VM) and Sun's JavaStation via CA's Unicenter TNG integrated enterprise management product.
The deal will accelerate the adoption of Java-based enterprise management, according to CA and Sun. It is a particularly welcome development for JavaStation, which has lacked third-party system management tools.
Scott McNealy, chairman and chief executive officer of Sun, said: "By combining the strengths of Unicenter TNG with Java, management applications can now be written once and run on any (Java) platform."
McNealy also attempted to put the record straight on Sun's JavaStation, which Microsoft claims can only be connected and managed by Sun servers.
"This is not true," said McNealy, claiming that JavaStation could even be connected and managed from an NT Server.
In his keynote address at CA-World, McNealy added to his Microsoft bashing with scathing remarks about Windows' system management capabilities. "The only computer you need an administrator for are Microsoft computers," he said.
McNealy drew on an analogy to emphasise the inherent complexity of the PC over the NC model: "Do you need to know how to work (the) Three Mile Island (nuclear power station) to turn on a hairdryer?"
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