Sun Microsystems has launched a new program of infrastructure management services called Sun Connection.
The company believes that its new service provides customers with smarter technology options, more control over their data centres and the ability to maximize economies of scale throughout their IT infrastructure. Sun say that the managed service allows for continuous benchmarking of IT health and performance and lets customers save time, money, and resources by providing them with real-time access to sophisticated remote servicing and predictive diagnostic services, availability status, software updates, and other features.
The first new Sun Connection service is Sun Update Connection, which delivers latest fixes and features for Sun software through a utility model that, says Sun, simplifies and reduces the cost of keeping Sun systems and software up to date by offloading the task of managing updates to Sun. Sun Connection portal will aggregate intelligent software updating, availability monitoring and reporting, remote servicing and collaboration, automated risk assessment and remediation, asset tracking and reporting, configuration management, community access, self-support tools and online training.
In addition to Sun Connect, Sun has also launched Sun Java StorEdge Software, a new managed storage subscription offering that is intended to remove the complexity of licensing storage software and support services. Customers will be able to purchase the appropriate bundle of Sun storage software to manage their environments. For the complete Java StorEdge Software package, customers can pay either $350 per employee per year, or purchase storage capacity, starting at $400,000 for five terabytes (TB) per year.