Sun Microsystems has unveiled version 3.0 of its Sun Easy Access Server to try and make a mark in the market for $10-100,000 workgroup file and print and application servers.
The hardware supplier has long been attempting to penetrate this sweet spot in the market, but hopes the new offering will help it do this by making its Solaris operating system (OS) easier to install, configure and administer, and interoperate better with Microsoft’s Windows NT, which has the most mindshare in this space.
Jeff Bernard, Sun’s director of Solaris marketing, said: “The aim is to grow the size of the Solaris market by adding more applications. This creates a viable longterm future for Solaris and our own hardware in the departmental space and should help Solaris be more broadly accepted.”
The offering includes version 1.1 of Solaris PC Netlink, formerly known as Project Cascade, which, Bernard claims, enables Solaris to run native NT services such as file and print and directory, but is more robust than NT.
As a result, he hopes the offering will encourage users to consolidate multiple NT servers into one Solaris server, particularly because unlimited client access is free in contrast to the $39 per seat it costs to access NT from a client.
PC Netlink also enables Solaris to adopt the same look and feel as NT and adminstrators can use their NT tools, unchanged, to look after the system. Sun licensed the NT services from AT&T and modified them to run on Solaris.
But the supplier has also rewritten its Solstice Adminsuite 3.0 and Solaris Web Start wizards in 100% Pure Java and added support for the emerging Web Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) standard from the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) to make Solaris easier to administer in heterogeneous environments.
Developers can download the Solaris WBEM software developers kit from http://sun.com/solaris/wbem to build applications immediately.
Sun Easy Access Server version 3.0 is due to ship next month for Solaris 2.6 and 7 running on either Sun’s Sparc chip or Intel and starts at $595 per server.
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