Sun plans N1 developer kit

Sun Microsystems plans to release a developer toolkit tailored to Sun's N1 architecture for IT infrastructure management.

Sun Microsystems plans to release a developer toolkit tailored to Sun's N1 architecture for IT infrastructure management.

The N1 toolkit is intended for use with Sun's N1 architecture, which is Sun's virtualising and provisioning technology intended to provide for unified management of datacentre resources.

"We're working on an N1 software developer kit, which would greatly extend an IT developer's ability to interact with components of the system," said John Fowler, Sun's chief technology officer for software.

The kit would, for example, enable a customised control system to be implemented within N1, he said.

No date has been set yet for release of the kit.

Company officials have also defended the process for submitting improvements to the Java programming language.

The Java Community Process came under fire last month from Bob Sutor, director of WebSphere infrastructure software IBM.

"What we would hope is to get to a point where there's no single company that has main control over it," Sutor said during the IBM developerWorksLive conference in New Orleans last month.

But Fowler said Sun's control is limited to the trademark of the word Java. "The reason we control the word is we want to be sure when we use the trademark, Java, it's compatible."

He said Sun could not offer Java under an open-source format because this could result in a fracturing of the language, with multiple versions arising. "It would be very difficult to maintain compatibility," he said.

Sun does not want to see 20 incompatible flavours of Java, as has happened with the Unix operating system, he said.

"We have not chosen to go do a direct open-source development model with Java. However, we allow anyone to develop compliant implementations," Fowler said.

He also said IBM and Microsoft have been putting forward web services specifications to the industry without seeking input from other suppliers.

"IBM [and Microsoft have] participated in more than a dozen specifications in which nobody participates. They don't go to anybody's standards committees," Fowler said.

IBM and Microsoft in April did submit the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) specification to the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (Oasis), eight months after announcing the web services proposal.

Fowler said it was disappointing that BPEL was not submitted to World Wide Web Consortium.

BPEL and Sun's own Web Services Choreography Interfaces (WSCI) specification are intended to provide automation of back-end interaction of web services, considered critical for e-business via web services.

WSCI has been submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium, but BPEL has much greater industry support.

Sun recently joined the BPEL web services working group at Oasis. In joining, Sun is looking for a compromise on the issue, Fowler said.

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