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Sun Aims To Simplify Solaris Deployment For SMBs

Sun Microsystems is seeking ways to make its Solaris operating system easier to deploy for solution providers serving smaller enterprises.

Tom Goguen, vice president of software marketing at Sun, said Monday that one goal for future updates to Solaris 10 is adding tools that assist with the setup and management of the platform, particularly as the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company works to spread its products beyond large enterprises.

"The challenge is that Solaris is a very sophisticated beast, and it lacks easy-to-use tools," Goguen told a small group of reporters gathered in San Francisco to hear about updates to Solaris 10, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this week.

Goguen wouldn’t say when the updates would be released but noted that additional binary-compatible updates will be coming out for Solaris 10 over at least the next year.

Sun also is working on additional software tools designed to make it easier for solution providers to roll out specific solutions on Sun infrastructure and bring them closer to Sun's management service offerings, Goguen said.

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