Will Sun Be Able to Pull Off Its N1 Strategy?
The problem is one of influence. Sun clearly can't do something like N1 alone.Sun is toying with the number 1. Whether that number is indicative of leadership or aloofness is not a bad question to ask. Building on the success of the Sun ONE (Open Net Environment) campaign that kicked off last year, Sun has at least two other singular strategies: S1 and N1, the latter being a quasi-secret Sun project that, as far as I can tell, is the closest the company has ever gotten to hypeware. While Sun ONE is about Suns vision for network development and S1 is about storage, N1 is perplexingits about the network infrastructure and better ways of managing it. Sun started discussions of it in February during an analyst call. Two months later, the company actually retreated from talking about N1. Instead, Sun prefers to talk about the surrounding problems that IT administrators face, which led to the idea of N1.
The problem, in general, is that there are so many discrete components on the network, each one with its own management scheme, that IT administrators are forced to manage the components and not the network. Its a sort of penny-wise and pound-foolish scenario for networks. The goal of N1 is to enable administrators to manage the network instead of the components.