Sun Microsystems has launched a number of network management applications based on Java which it claimed would enable network managers to offer component-based services across a network.
The Service Driven Networks initiative is targeted at telecomms companies and large corporate networks, offering what the company said was a modular and more responsive way of managing multivendor networks.
The Java Dynamic Management Kit is written in Java and combines push and component technology to develop services. By creating Java Beans, accessible from a central repository, specific network management functions can be created and extended at will by the network manager.
According to Steve Wilcox, enterprise networking product manager, these Beans are accessible via any SNMP compatible management application but can be developed six times as fast as traditional functionality within SNMP applications.
The Solstice Enterprise Manager 2.1 provides a set of Java APIs for development of larger customised network management applications, accessed centrally via the browser-based Java Management Console. Using Java and stand APIs means developed applications are compatible with different protocols and vendors' software.
Finally, Sun's Bandwidth Allocator 1.0 enables network managers to divide up the bandwidth on their Lan. Wan and Internet gateways, prioritising mail for example or limiting the proportion of bandwidth available to particular types of traffic.
Telecomms companies and ISPs can use it to charge for individual services running across a network. This application only runs on Solaris servers.
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