Sun puts on Redcape

Sun Microsystems wants to automate storage systems management. To that end, Sun recently acquired Boulder, Colorado-based Redcape Policy Software for an undisclosed sum. Sun now intends to fold Redcape's Java-written policy-based management products into its own StorEdge storage software and server line. The result is that users will soon enjoy uniform self-governing and self-healing storage administration, reducing time-consuming manual operations, Sun says.

Sun Microsystems wants to automate storage systems management.

To that end, Sun recently acquired Boulder, Colorado-based Redcape Policy Software for an undisclosed sum. Sun now intends to fold Redcape's Java-written policy-based management products into its own StorEdge storage software and server line.

The result is that users will soon enjoy uniform self-governing and self-healing storage administration, reducing time-consuming manual operations, Sun says.

Sun plans to target users in enterprises that have data warehousing, data mining and online transaction processing applications.

A key piece of Redcape's technology offering is the Policy Framework tool, written in Java, says Howard Alt, director of architecture and technology for Sun's network storage division.

The Policy Framework comes with preset management components and a took kit for individual development. These components allow users to establish their own preset thresholds in the network that will automatically trigger an alarm in the case of a malfunction.

Once notified of a problem, the system corrects the malfunction and everything reverts back to normal, Sun says.

For instance, the Policy Framework can be used to monitor data distribution levels or to ensure service levels for particular users, Sun said.

The package Sun intends to roll out will give users a bird's eye view of their storage system, Alt says. The Policy Framework lets you step back from the small details of the system and dictate how it is to be administered, weighing things such as price and reliability.

"The software figures out how to deliver the combination," Alt says.

Sun has declined to release product availability information.

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