Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Sun, BMC, Gartner

Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Sun, BMC, Gartner

Sun announces Solaris 8 system update

Sun Microsystems has released an update to its Solaris 8 operating system, adding several tools designed to simplify the management of a large numbers of servers. One of the new features is Web Start Flash technology for transferring one-server configuration to other machines. Administrators can replicate a reference server configuration onto multiple servers in less time than is now required, Sun says. The base configuration can include not only Solaris, but also an application stack and system configuration. The Web Start Flash tools let users roll needed updates or changes across a number of servers into one action. The new version of Solaris also comes with tools for working with mobile IP. Users can download the Solaris software free for eight or fewer CPUs.

BMC makes Cupp the chair

Enterprise systems management vendor BMC Software has announced the appointment of a new chairman.

New chairman Garland Cupp was plucked from the company's board of directors, replacing Max Watson, who stepped down as president and chief executive officer in January. Watson is due to remain with the company until April 2001 in an "advisory capacity", the company said in a statement.

Watson was replaced in his capacity as president and CEO by Robert Beauchamp.

The new team is expected to strengthen the company's position, which some analysts have seen as solid, but see-sawing in the unpredictable economic climate. BMC upgraded expectations for the 2001 fiscal third quarter while others posted profit warnings, and reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results for 2001, showing a 10 per cent revenue increase over the previous quarter to $US422.8 million. Nevertheless, the company is still slumping over past performance.

Gartner: NZ IT market to double by 2005

The New Zealand IT market is set to double to $US7.51 billion by 2005, says Gartner Research, a unit of Gartner Group.

Despite a flat PC market, the researchers say the growth is being fuelled by a rapidly expanding IT services sector. Gartner estimates the New Zealand IT market at $US4.10 billion in 2000, which compares with a $NZ11 billion ($US4.5 billion) estimate released by Statistics New Zealand last month.

Gartner says the New Zealand PC market slumped from $US444 million in 1999 to $US384 million in 2000, rising slowly to $US434 million by 2005. After a dip last year the overall hardware market stays comparatively flat, rising from $US636 million in 2000 to $US738 million in 2005.

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