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Sun Pours Java Into Solstice Enterprise Manager

Aimed at arming telephone companies, Internet providers and network developers with the tools needed to develop service-driven networks, Sun Microsystems Inc. Tuesday announced a new Java technology-enabled version of its network management product, Solstice Enterprise Manager 3.0.

The latest version of Solstice incorporates the Java dynamic management kit to provide service providers with a way to manage current technologies, increase their use of Java and speed application development.

"The rollout of new voice, video, and data services and their accompanying billing and customer care solutions escalates performance and scalability requirements for telcos and ISPs," said Jack Collins, director of network management products at Sun Microsystems.

"The introduction of Java into Solstice Enterprise Manager 3.0 capitalizes on an efficient development environment to reduce deployment times and total cost of ownership as carriers rush to beat their competition to market," Collins said.

Solstice Enterprise Manager 3.0 has several new features and enhancements, including:

  • improved user interface to provide users with intuitively titled windows and dialog boxes, a common menu structure, and simplified error messages.

  • a suite of Java tools providing rapid application development and cross-platform support and a 100% Pure Java graphical installation wizard.

  • integration of the Java Dynamic Management Kit to bridge the gap between existing standards and the growing use of Java for agent implementation, reducing traffic on the network.

  • improved implementation of new services offering flexibility and scalability for future growth without modification of existing applications.

Sun expects pricing to be finalized in the next two months. Other enhancements will also be announced soon, the company said.