In a recent study issued by D.H. Brown Associates, Inc., a prominent IT
research and consulting firm, Sun remote systems administration and
management software topped comparable software packages offered by
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Compaq and Dell. Sun Management Center software
nailed the top ranking due to its superior system availability features,
including dynamic reconfiguration, which minimizes downtime during
upgrades and system configurations; embedded performance management,
which collects system data and performs analyses; and application
monitoring, which allows easy GUI-based monitoring of applications,
whether off-the-shelf or home-grown.
The study, "Trends in Remote Systems Management From E-commerce to
Supply Chain," highlights how companies, when faced with explosive
Internet-driven growth and a shortage of system administrators, are
turning to systems management software for help. With the spread of
e-commerce and supply chain management broadening the base of users and
the number of potential problems, system administrators need a window
onto their distributed systems to diagnose and fix those problems
proactively and maintain system availability.
Systems management software frees up valuable human resources to address
other pressing IT needs, while also limiting the potential for human
error. In the case of Sun Management Center software, integration with
third-party applications and heterogeneous system management frameworks
is the key to greater efficiency and accuracy. Using the Sun Management
Center Developer Environment, IT departments can connect all of their
applications, databases, and hardware devices directly to the systems
management software, uniting thousands of disparate system
components under one common management console.
Single Consistent Interface Puts Sun on Top
Sun Management Center software got high grades for its ability to manage
Sun Enterprise servers, workstations, the Solaris Operating
Environment and Sun StorEdge systems with a single, consistent
interface. As the number of systems grows in a business, system experts
require a single point of management from anywhere on the network, an
essential feature of Sun Management Center software.
With more heterogeneous systems running across enterprises than ever,
Sun Management Center software, according to D.H. Brown, tackles the
broader issues of end-to-end connectivity, security, and capacity
planning by providing a solution that integrates with leading
third-party enterprise-wide management frameworks.
Industry Competition Lags Behind Sun
Limited by its reliance on add-on products and services, Hewlett-Packard
placed second in the study. IBM, which lacks a single-console product
to monitor and control multiple, distributed AIX systems, finished
Dell's and Compaq's less-advanced Windows NT solutions brought up the
rear. Both vendors fell short in the areas of application monitoring
and automation, as well as getting downgraded for depending on
third-party products and enterprise frameworks to handle basic event
correlation. Neither's solutions can customize views for individual
The study evaluated system-specific UNIX solutions from Sun,
HP, and IBM, along with NT solutions from
Compaq and Dell on their ability to provide remote
administration/management and proactive management.
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