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Sun Secure Application Switch RoHS Compliant Models and Options
Features Include Virtualization, Data Protection, High Performance

RoHS-compliant models of the SunSecure Application Switch and Options have recently been announced, along with the phase-out of non-RoHS conforming models of the Sun Secure Application Switch in the U.S. and APAC markets only.

Prices Reduced on Select Remanufactured Sun Products
New Product Warranties Apply

Sun has announced the repricing of selected remanufactured mid-range and high-end servers and uniboards, along with a price adjustment for the UltraSPARC III Cu 1.2 GHz-based Sun Fire V480 and Sun Fire V880 systems and their associated CPU/memory boards. Also announced was the transition of selected Sun Fire 15K server configurations.

Sun Offers New and Repriced Spare Parts
Great Buys for Stockpilers of Mission-critical Spares

System administrators and support engineers working with OEMs or companies performing self maintenance on Sun systems, as well as companies that require on-site spares to support critical applications with demanding system availability and uptime requirements, will be interested in the newly repriced and spare parts available from Sun, ranging from wrist straps to graphics cards to power supplies.

    RoHS- compliant Serial Port Cable for the Sun Fire V890 Server
    Now Available as X-option

    An RoHS-compliant serial port cable for the Sun Fire V890 server is now available from Sun. This cable is used to connect to a Sun Fire V890 server from a console for debugging purposes.

    McData 4Gb 4400, 4700 Fibre Channel Switches Available
    OS-Agnostic Switches are Useful Tools for Building SAN Solutions

    Two new 4Gb fibre channel (FC) edge switches are available from McData. The McData 4400 and 4700 switches are designed to provide FC connectivity for building SAN solutions. The 16-port-capable McData 4400 is aimed at the entry-level market. The McData 4700 was designed with enterprise-level users in mind and comes with 32-port capability and options for FICON support. Both switches are agnostic of operating systems.

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    Sun StorageTek StreamLine SL500 Modular Library System Voted MVP
    Most Valuable Product List from InfoStor and ASNP

    One of the Sun StorageTek products made the Most Valuable Product (MVP) list compiled by InfoStor and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP). The Sun StorageTek StreamLine SL500 modular library system was the finalist in the Backup Hardware category.

    Sun Withdraws from IBM's Aperi Initiative and Joins SNIA's SMI-S
    Supporting Customer Need for Interoperability Between Storage Solutions

    Last year's decision by Sun to join ABM's Aperi project has changed. Sun has withdrawn from Aperi and will join the SMI-S run by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). The goal of SMI-S is to create improved storage management software that will further reduce the costs of storage administration and align storage resources more closely with business needs.

    Sun StorageTek Business Analytics Version 5.0 Service Pack 1
    Reports Detail Over- and Under-Provisioning

    Sun StorageTek Business Analytics Version 5.0 Service Pack 1 (previously known as Global Storage Manager) contains bug fixes and additional device and application support such as support for Windows 2003 R2 and Veritas Netbackup 6.0. This software identifies improperly configured or over-provisioned disk capacity and unallocated and orphaned storage.

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    Top Ten Articles for Last 4 Issues
    Vol 99 Issue 5; Vol 100 issue 1, 2 and 3

    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:

    • 100.3: Ubuntu on UltraSPARC Processor-based Server Available to Download [16596]
    • 100.2: Gartner Weighs in on Effect of Sun's Job Cuts [16545]
    • 100.1: Sun's Growth Plan Announced [16517]
    • 99.5: Solaris ZFS Administration Guide [16356]
      Sysadmin
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      Services Brief: ControlTower Appliance
      Scalable Tool for Monitoring Operations

      The Sun ControlTower Appliance is an integral component of the Sun Managed Operations solution. It is based on the transfer of non-guaranteed protocols (SNMP/UDP) over the public Internet and on-demand private networking for the execution of management support. The appliance features receptors that can be coded to monitor nearly any piece of infrastructure, anywhere in the world.

      Workload Generation Tools for Testing Java EE Web Applications
      Open-source Solutions Provide Metrics for Developers

      Testing Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) web applications that use an n-tier architecture with two open-source based tools is the subject of Thierry Manfe's BigAdmin System Administration Portal article. The two tools are the SLAMD Distributed Load Generation Engine and Sun Java Studio Enterprise software.

      Scaling Software to Keep Up With Improvements in Architecture
      Understanding the Implications of Chip Multiprocessor Designs

      The need to for software to keep pace with developments in system architecture is the subject of Richard McDougall's article "Extreme Software Scaling," in which he discusses the implications for software scaling of chip multiprocessor (CMP) design.

      UltraSPARC T1 Utilization and Corestat
      Comparing SMP and CMT Designs

      "UltraSPARC T1 processor is best perceived as a system on the chip," writes Ravindra Talashikar in his Sun Weblog "UltraSPARC T1 utilization explained." The author discusses software and hardware thread scheduling as it is done on the UltraSPARC T1 processor. The blog also includes a link to "Corestat," a tool by the author that monitors the core utilization of the T1 processor.

      Making the Most of the Service Management Facility in Solaris 10 OS
      A Tool That Simplifies the Management of System Services

      Videhi Mallela discusses the Service management Facility (SMF), a feature of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) in a Sun BigAdmin article entitled "Best Practices for Using Service Management Facility (SMF)."

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