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18 Feb 2010
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What is Flash Memory and Where Will Flash Technologies Lead? [22828]
One Suggestion: Filesystem Cache Centric Directory Service Architecture

The basics of flash memory are the topic of a blog entry in The Zone Manager. Engineer Brad Diggs attempts to explain why flash through the ZFS secondary cache, or L2ARC, and ZFS Intent Log (ZIL) can improve overall directory performance. He also asserts the use of flash memory and ZFS will enable "radical" new directory services architectures, and explains further in a secondary posting.
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22 Jan 2010
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Choosing SPARC or Intel Processors [22702]
Here Are Some Issues to Ponder

Are the advances in Intel processor design edging SPARC processors out of the marketplace, asks Karim Berrah in a recent blog entitled "SPARC or Intel?" He offers some points of comparison that result in a necessarily ambiguous conclusion, as each processor has advantages in its favor, according to him.
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23 Dec 2009
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Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card [22674]
Delivers I/O Performance Equaling up to 300 Disk Drives

The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card is a Flash PCIe card with an integrated disk controller that increases server storage I/O and application performance. Targeted at I/O intensive applications, such as databases with 4K block aligned workloads, the Sun Flash Accelerator delivers I/O performance equaling that of up to 300 disk drives, Sun reports.
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22 Sep 2009
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Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card [22375]
Storage-server Integrated Solution for I/O-intensive Applications

The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card is part of the Sun's FlashFire product family. It delivers up to 96 GB of solid-state disk capacity and 100K IOPS without consuming any disk slots. It also provides 87,000 write IOPS at 4k. The card contains a super-cap to ensure that there is power to write down the caches to the flashes.
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03 Apr 2009
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Hardware Upgrades for Select Sun Blade Systems [21513]
Includes Memory Upgrades, Processor Options

New solutions are available for the Sun Blade Server Product Group: 16GB (2X 8GB DDR2-667, Dual Rank DIMMs) Memory Kit; Enhanced AMD Opteron Processor Options -- Model 2376 HE for Sun Blade X6240 Server Module and Model 8376 HE for Sun Blade X6440 Module; Support for 300 GB (10K RPM) SAS drives on Sun Blade X6240 and X6250 Server Modules; Sun Blade X6240 and X6440 Server Module Solaris preinstall.
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16 Mar 2009
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Sun Ultra 24 Supports Intel PRO/1000 PT (PCIe) Desktop Adapter [21359]
Maximizes System Performance and Increases End-user Productivity

The Intel PRO/1000 PT (PCIe) Desktop Adapter is available as an XATO option for the Sun Ultra 24 Workstation. This adapter can maximize system performance and increase end-user productivity through the use of auto-negotiation technology, which allows the adapter to run at the highest available network speed (10, 100 or 1000 Mbps) while maintaining full bandwidth capacity with the dedicated 2.5-Gbps bandwidth of a PCI Express (PCIe) input/output (I/O) bus.
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