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ATTEMPTING TO PLUG a critical hole exposed by the development of Web services, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard have joined forces to create a management platform for Web services environments.
The initiative addresses a key operational issue that other vendors, including Microsoft, Computer Associates, and a handful of startups, are rushing to fill.
Labeled SPINE (Service Provider Infrastructure Network Environment), the Sun ONE (Open Network Environment)-enabled prototype automates the event and transaction monitoring, performance, and usage measurement services of HP OpenView across networks, applications, and services.
"[SPINE] deals with …