E-Business Foundations

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Email Print this article Print

Sporting a raft of new features that are both intriguing and useful and offering a healthy embrace of industry-standard x86 and x86-64 platforms, Sun's Solaris 10 bested rival entrants to claim the top spot in the e-Business foundations category.

WINNER Sun Microsystems Inc.
Solaris 10

Sporting a raft of new features that are both intriguing and useful and offering a healthy embrace of industry-standard x86 and x86-64 platforms, Suns Solaris 10 bested rival entrants to claim the top spot in this years e-Business foundations category.

For a list of all the winners and finalists of the fifth annual eWEEK Excellence Awards, click here.
Excellence judges were impressed with the security and server consolidation applications of Solaris 10s Solaris Containers functionality, which promises to offer sites some of the benefits of products such as VMware Inc.s VMware without additional license costs.

Judges in this category also appreciated the performance and manageability of the systems Process Rights Management feature, which administrators can use to tighten system privileges—and can do so with a learning curve thats shorter than that of the Security-Enhanced Linux implementations weve seen so far.

Beyond the products new features, the judges also found impressive Suns new pricing scheme for Solaris—the operating system is freely available via download, with service sold separately. This places the onus on Sun to deliver real value with its services.

For more information, cruise to www.sun.com.


DB2 Universal Database

Autonomic computing, in which complex computer systems ease management chores by taking better care of themselves, promises to make life considerably easier for administrators.

Autonomic computing materialized impressively this year in the form of IBMs DB2 Universal Database 8.2. Excellence Awards judges were particularly taken with DB2s self-optimization functionality, which, as one judge pointed out, stands to shift the balance of power in the enterprise database market unless Oracle and Microsoft move soon to develop similar functionality in their own database offerings.

You can go to www.ibm.com for more information.

Novell Inc.
Open Enterprise Server

Novells Open Enterprise Server, in which a mature and thoughtfully implemented stack of network services can run on top of either Linux or NetWare, caught Excellence judges eyes for the migration options it offers for enterprises.

Open Enterprise Server promises to provide Novell shops with a path to the growing, actively developed and flexible Linux platform that preserves eDirectory.

In addition, Open Enterprise Server offers sites running the expiring Windows NT platform an alternative to Windows Ser- ver 2003 and Active Directory thats considerably more polished than the Linux-default OpenLDAP.

Additional information can be found at www.novell.com.

Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists:
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration & Messaging
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation
    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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