Jonathan Schwartz is too excited about this:
Tomorrow morning in Washington, DC, Sun's going to draw a line in the sand - on behalf of the entire IT industry. It's time we all started taking responsibility for not only the quality of our hardware and software products, but the integrity of those products after they're put into operation. We'll be announcing a new service to the Sun Grid, an Update service for all hardware and software delivered by Sun. It's the seeds of GM's OnStar for the IT industry, and puts Sun one step closer to taking active responsibility for all the technologies we deliver - even when they're running on our competitor's platforms.
Yes, it is nifty that they are rolling this out as a competitive service. Why do I say he's too excited? Because his marketing gnomes have been spamming RSS feeds far and wide about this stupid rollout. I've long since lost interest, simply because the marketing people have - through complete over-saturation - told me that this is all hype.
He may well have something interesting here (mind you, I manage client and server systems this way in Smalltalk, and it took just me, a Product Manager, to roll it out - there's the power of Smalltalk for you). Whatever he has has been partly damaged by over-zealous advertising.