Trigence Virtualizes Solaris

Heeding the call from customers, Trigence Corp. has created software that virtualizes applications running on the Solaris operating system created by Sun Microsystems. Virtualization continues to be the main meat on the menu for Trigence: This time it's Solaris flavored.

Trigence's current software portfolio helps clients virtually shuttle several Linux and Unix applications across their servers and data centers, adding flexibility at a time when customers want to be able to move computing resources by pushing a few buttons or dragging and dropping from a single console.

Trigence CEO Chuck Colford said Trigence AE 2.2 will work well with Solaris because both Trigence and Sun design software using a "container" approach in which applications are boxed, or packaged in a container for easy transport across systems.

By placing an applications file stack into a container, AE turns the application into a movable object. Because it is separate from the server, it is possible for applications to be moved among servers and co-located on a single operating with a few keystrokes and a drag and drop function.

Solaris customers embracing Sun's N1 container approach can add Trigence AE 2.2 above N1, transporting applications using Solaris 10 containers. Also, customers that wish to continue using Solaris 8 and 9 will be able to use Trigence AE as they prepare to migrate to Solaris 10.

"We launched our Linux product in June and we had an awful lot of folks interested in whether we could bring the capabilities to Solaris as well," Colford told internetnews.com, noting that 75 percent or more of Trigence customers have installed bases of Solaris.

"The port to Solaris involved installing the infrastructure, adding additional capacity to the team and adding pilot customers to go through the activity with."

The Solaris-flavored version of Trigence's AE 2.2 software will be ready in 2005, with both Sun and Trigence throwing their marketing weight into the pact, according to Colford.

However, prospective customers will get to see demonstrations of the new software all week at the 2004 Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, he said.

Often used in server consolidation or in shuffling resources, virtualization software has become more attractive as clients are moving to more streamlined, less labor-intensive infrastructure options.

By adding such functionality for Solaris customers, Trigence should open up its market capabilities. Trigence competes with Veritas Software, which acquired application virtualization outfit Ejasent last year and now resells it UpScale virtualization product for Solaris systems.

Trigence also believes it competes with market giant and EMC division VMware, although that business' chief focus is virtualizing Intel-based servers, with virtualization support for Linux coming later.

This article was originally published on internetnews.com.

This article was originally published on Nov 30, 2004
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