Sun Microsystems is due to preview technology that will enable disparate applications to use the same storage systems, reducing cost and easing management.
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.