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Sun's Growth Plan Announced
Cost-Cutting Combined with Operating Income Goals
One of the first orders of business for Sun's new CEO and president Jonathan Schwartz has been to assess the company's global operations. To align expenses with its core business strategy and drive the company's operating income goals of at least 4 percent of revenues for Q4FY07 and of at least 10 percent of revenues long-term are the goals.
Changes Made to Sun's Corporate Governance Policies
Goals: Maximize Shareholder Value, Enhance Sun's Reputation
Sun made changes to some of its corporate governance policies based on Sun's 2005 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. "The changes are consistent with our fiscal year 2007 goals and priorities and will help us better align our corporate governance practices with the long-term interests of the company's shareholders," said Jonathan Schwartz.
Sun CoolThreads Technology Creates Impressive Performance
Benchmark Demonstrates Increases in Performance
David Dagastine, Senior Performance Engineer at Sun has recently posted some interesting charts on his blog that show how much performance the Sun CoolThreads technology is producing. The benchmark test SPECjbb2005 performance increased by 17 percent on the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000. "If you thought the competitive positioning of these systems was impressive before, take a look at them now," Dagastine asserts.
Ubuntu, version 6.06 to Support SPARC
New Release is Enterprise Ready
The next release of Ubuntu, version 6.06 LTS, will include a dedicated server edition and SPARC will become one of Ubuntu's officially supported server architectures. Ubuntu 6.06 Long Term Support (LTS) is a GNU/Linux distribution. It will support the UltraSPARC T1 processor on Sun Fire T1000 and Sun Fire T2000 servers.
Sun's RFID Testing Consolidated in Colorado Labs
Extreme Conditions Testing

The RFID testing Sun had been doing in Texas and Colorado will be combined into the Sun Advanced Product Testing (APT) environmental test laboratory in Longmont, Colorado, with additional operations in Sun's nearby Louisville campus in suburban Denver.

    Tim Marsland Appointed Sun Fellow
    CTO's Contributions to Solaris OS Honored
    Sun has appointed Dr. Tim Marsland as the newest Sun Fellow, one of only 12 people who have received the honor at Sun.
    Sun Labs Open House Celebrates 15 Years of Innovation
    Smart Dust, Trend Analysis and Robust Programming Language Featured
    This year's Open House at the Sun Labs celebrated 15 years of research and development. The research and development creates innovation that is crucial to keeping Sun at the leading edge of technological advances.
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    Sun Ups the Ante on Its Data Storage Product Line
    StorageTek Acquisition Seen as Vital to Sun's Profitability
    With the data storage market projected to grow to as much as $US65 billion by 2010, Sun is counting on its acquisition of StorageTek as a critical element in its strategy to exploit that market. eWeek's Chris Preimesberger reported on Sun's marketing plans for NAS in a recent article.
    Integrating SeeBeyond Technology with Sun's Open Source Position
    Mark Bauhaus, Sun VP of SOA, Shares his Views on the Process
    Mark Bauhaus, senior VP of Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) software at Sun shared his views on the integration of SeeBeyond middleware with the Sun Java Enterprise System with Rich Seeley, who published the interview on SearchWebServices.com.
    Texas Advanced Computing Center, Sun Collaborate on Maverick
    Solution Enables Remote Analysis of Very Large Datasets
    The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and Sun have collaborated on the development of a new remote visualization solution called Maverick, Faith Singer-Villalobos of the center reports. Remote visualization, she writes, "enables researchers to interactively analyze very large datasets by using powerful, high-end visualization systems located at advanced computing centers."
    Sun Adds Plans for Dealing with Flu Pandemic to Recovery Measures
    Sees Technology, Telecommuting as Important Elements of Plan

    Sun has extended its emergency operational plans to include recovery from a possible avian flu pandemic. Maggie Fox, health and science writer for Reuters, reports on some aspects of the Sun plan. According to Fox, Sun is relying on both technology and on widespread use of telecommuting to enable its 38,000 employees working productively in the event of a pandemic.

    Highlights of the 2006 JavaOne Conference
    Speakers Urge Attendees to Get Involved, Make a Difference
    The recap of this year's JavaOne Conference, the 11th so far, includes mention of the appearances by such Sun notables as Jonathan Schwartz, Scott McNealy, James Gosling, John Gage and Sun alumnus Ed Zander.
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    OpenSPARC T1 Version 1.1 Released as Free Download
    64-bit, 32-thread Chip Multithread Design Features Floating Point, Cross-bar
    OpenSPARC T1 Version 1.1 is now available for free download. This release is the 64-bit, 32 -threaded processor, chip multithreading design developers have been waiting for.
    OpenSolaris and NetBeans Win Codie Awards
    Software & Information Industry Association Honors Outstanding Achievements
    This year's Codie Award winners are OpenSolaris from Sun and CollabNet Subversion from CollabNet for Best Open Source Solution, and NetBeans 4.1, also from Sun, for Best Software Development Solution. The awards are presented annually by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and are designed to "showcase the software and information industry's finest products and services."
    Porting Solaris Dynamic Tracing Tool to FreeBSD
    John Birrell Shares His Thoughts on this Work in Progress
    Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) tool is making its way, following its open source debut, in the direction of FreeBSD. This tool for advanced performance analysis and debugging of server software is the focus of an ongoing effort to port it to FreeBSD, an effort that was taken over from FreeBSD developer Devon O'Dell and is now being led byFree BSD developer Joh Birrell.
    Migrating Under Cover: Dealing with the Fear of Change
    Making OpenOffice.org Toolbars, Menus Resemble Microsoft Office

    Is migrating software really as difficult as it looks to users? Solveig Haugland addresses this intriguing question in his SearchOpenSource.com blog, where he suggests that a large part of the resistance to this sort of change comes from anxiety over the issue of change itself, no matter what is being changed.

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    Sun's Data Management Group Marketing VP Whitemore Interview
    More than Storing Data in Vaults - Manage Active Data Well
    Chris Mellor of Techworld talked with James Whitemore, Sun's marketing VP for the Data Management Group (DMG). Mellor clarifies his impression of what Sun is doing with storage. Sun is not just focusing on storage resources but managing data, not data stored in vaults but data that is actively needed.
    The Best Storage Products Combined with the Best Staff Reduces Costs
    Interview with Eulas Adams, VP Sun's Data Management Group
    Eula Adams, vice president of Sun's Data Management Group (DMG), sees opportunities for growth ahead. Sun formed the Data Management Group in late 2005, after acquiring StorageTek in June of that year. DMG aims to support the entire data management stack with superior products and superior software, operating on a network.
      New Sun StorageTek Enterprise Class 4Gb FC PCI-X HBA
      Capable of Up to 800 MBps Maximum Data Transfer at Full-Duplex
      Sun is introducing a new low profile form factor HBA for the enterprise-level SAN storage market -- Sun StorageTek Enterprise Class 4Gb FC PCI-X HBA. This HBA is powered by Emulex technology and is RoHS 6 compliant. With the combination of PCI-X and 4 Gb Fibre Channel, these HBAs exhibit exceptional performance, making them the perfect fit for SAN environments that need to perform to today's most rigorous standards.
      Sun StorEdge L500 Tape Library Touch Screen Operator Panel
      Announcing a New Trade-in Allowance for the Sun StorEdge L500 Tape Library
      A new touch screen is available for the Sun StorEdge L500 tape library. The touch screen is a user-friendly GUI for day-to-day operations that allows for local operating access to the library, with minimum configuration access. Also, the Sun Upgrade Advantage Program has a new trade-in allowance: Trade in disks for disks or Sun and non-Sun tape libraries for additional disk drives.
      Sun StorageTek C4 Tape Library Meets RoHS Directive
      High Rack Density and Low Cost per Gigabyte
      Sun has made the Sun StorageTek C4 tape library and the native fibre attach C4 RoHS compliant. The Sun StorageTek C4 now offers native fibre attach with LTO3 and SDLT600 drives, in addition to the existing SCSI offering.
      Sun StorEdge 9900 TrueCopy Remote Replication Suite Now Available for the Sun StorEdge 9985 System
      All Features Consolidated into a Single Suite

      Looking for a reliable and dependable Disaster Recovery solution that involves both synchronous and asynchronous remote replication? Evaluate Sun StorEdge 9900 TrueCopy Remote Replication Suite. In the event of an outage, the replication suite duplicates data from one Sun StorEdge 9900 storage system to another, across any distance.

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      Top Ten Articles for Last 4 Issues
      Vol 99 Issue 3, 4 and 5

      Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last three issues. The Web version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last four issues. The top articles for the four most recent issues were:

      • 99.5: Solaris ZFS Administration Guide [16356]
      • 99.4: Sun Desktop Manager 1.0 Installation & Configuration Guide [16394]
      • 99.3: Guide to Managing Solaris ZFS in Solaris 10 Containers [16355]
      • 99.2: Sun Fire T2000 Server's Database Performance [16372]
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