Sun Microsystems is due to preview technology that will enable disparate applications to use the same storage systems, reducing cost and easing management.
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The first version of Jiro, Sun's storage management technology, will be shown next week at the JavaOne developers conference in San Francisco.
Jiro is a Java-based middle layer of components and services that facilitate connectivity between managed resources and management applications. Its main use is as a management tool for storage area networks.
Sun claims Jiro will enable IT systems on a corporate network to be connected to any combination of routers and hubs using any standard management protocol, such as the Web-based Enterprise Management Protocol or Simple Network Management Protocol.
Speakers at JavaOne will include Sirl Davis from Deutsche Bank, who has been working on Java-based development mixing XML, Cobol and Oracle with Java applets and servlets.
Toni Merschen, director of chip card and access technology at Citibank, is presenting a technical session discussing how to deploying multi-application Java cards for securing enterprise IT.
One of the key concerns of Java is the strength of its cross-platform portability. This is expected to be an area Sun, IBM and other companies supporting Java will address at the conference.