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World's First Hybrid Data Server Sun Fire X4500 Server Ideal for High-bandwidth Applications
Highest Storage Density Available in a Server
Sun introduced the world's first hybrid data server, the Sun Fire X4500 server. It combines high data throughput with highest storage density available in a server and AMD Opteron processors in this 4-way server. These capabilities serve companies that host high-bandwidth applications such as HPC, data warehousing/business intelligence, digital media streaming, digital surveillance and data analysis.
Sun Blade 8000 Modular System Supports Linux, Windows or Solaris OS
Puts Sun Back in the Blade Server Race
The new Sun Blade 8000 modular system is designed to reduce complexity by not requiring new or custom systems management tools or proprietary network switching. This modular blade server provides up to twice the system longevity and I/O throughput but uses 25 percent less space than comparable blade servers.
Sun Fire X4600 Server: 4-Way Server Provides Huge Consolidation Benefits
Comprising the 7th Fastest Supercomputer in the World
The new Sun Fire X4600 server is the industry's only 4-way server that can scale to 16 ways in a single 4U chassis. Sun introduced the server along with the Sun Fire X4500 server and the Sun Blade 8000 modular blade server system this week (July 11, 2006). The Sun Fire X4600 server is powered by AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture and delivers more than twice the performance of Intel Xeon MP-based systems.
Sun Fire X4100 Server Benchmark in Decision Support/Data Warehousing
Lowest TCO of any TPCH Configuration at 100 GB
Results are available for a TPC-H benchmark of the Sun Fire X4100 server that used a Sybase IQ as the database manager. The server achieved the lowest $/QphH ($4.61) of any reported system at the 100 GB scale factor.
Sun and Imation to Jointly Develop Sun StorageTek T9840 Tape Drive
Native Capacity to Increase to 75 GB

Sun and Imation Corp., a data storage company, will expand the Sun StorageTek T9840D drive platform to increase the native capacity of tape cartridges to 75 GB. The planned release of the tape drive will be in 2007.

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Do Your Company (and the Environment) a Favor
Try the UltraSPARC T1 CoolThreads Processor
With energy costs at their current levels, no corporate entity can afford to be indifferent to their impact on the bottom line. There are solutions and Sun Microsystems has helped lead the way in developing and promoting these eco-responsible technologies with its CoolThreads UltraSPARC T1 processor.
Enterprise Mobility: A New Technical Report from Sun Labs
A Focus on Solutions to the Connectivity of Devices Changing IP-networks

In their Sun Labs technical report on Enterprise Mobility, Samita Chakrabarti, Erik Nordmark and Danny Cohen consider several aspects of the subject, especially as it involves the corporate environment. These aspects include user, device and application mobility, as well as device mobility and application connectivity, the user environment and ease of use across both different campuses of the corporate network and on the Internet.

Sun Products and Services for Disaster Recovery
Now Is the Moment to Put Those Recovery Plans in Place

Remember Katrina and her friends Wilma, Rita and Dennis, natural disasters that got up close and personal in 2005? According to FEMA, there were 48 disaster declarations in the United States last year. In 2006 there have already been 33 disaster declarations, and hurricane season is only a month old. If your company hasn't given some thought to disaster recovery, perhaps it's time to have a look at what Sun has to offer in that area.

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Improving Single-threaded Web Server Performance Using Zones in the Solaris 10 OS
Horizontal Scaling Eliminates Bottleneck

By Ashutosh Kumar and Nagendra Nagarajayya of Sun and Dmitry Isakbayev of TransNexus explain in their technical article "Horizontal Scaling on a Vertical System Using Zones in the Solaris 10 OS" how Solaris Zones technology was used to solve scalability and performance problems relating to a single-threaded web server.

Installation Guide for Solaris 10 OS 0/06
Planning Checklist, Solaris Live Upgrade Details

There are a few new features in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) 0/06 that relate to installing and upgrading. These include GRUB, the new Solaris JumpStart Software's Flash Archive Support (mirrored volume support is an existing feature), Solaris Flash Software and Solaris Live Upgrade 2.x Software. This article covers the Solaris 10 6/06 Installation Guide: Solaris Live Upgrade and Upgrade Planning guide.

Halogen's Hosted Software Handles Spiking Web Traffic Sucessfully with Sun Solution
Sun Fire Servers, Sun StorageTek Arrays and Solaris 10 OS
Halogen Software Inc. of Ottawa, Canada, recently reached its one-year mark of using a Sun solution of Sun Fire servers, StorageTek arrays and the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) which has helped them manage their growth of over 150 percent year over year.
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Top Ten Articles for Last 4 Issues
Vol 100 issues 2, 3 and 4, Vol 101 Issue 1

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:

  • 101.1: Enter the Sun Fire CoolThreads Server Performance Contest [16668]
  • 100.4: Solaris 10 6/06 Released with New Enhancements: Solaris ZFS [16661]
  • 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]
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    Using Sun Java Studio Creator 2 to Build Interportlet Communication Portlets
    A Step-by-step Guide

    Ed Chen and Marina Sum offer a how-to for developers interested in creating an Interportlet Communication (IPC) portlet for Sun Java System Portal Server 7 using the Sun Java Studio Creator 2 IDE in their Sun Developer Network article "Building IPC Portlets for Sun Java System Portal Server 7." This portlet, the authors assert, can subscribe to all IPC events and display the events in a table.

    Simplifying Data Access Using Java Studio Creator 2: Webcast Q&A
    Sun Engineer Jim Bisso Takes Questions from Developers

    In a post-webinar Q&A entitled "Simplifying Data Access Using Java Studio Creator 2," Sun staff engineer Jim Bisso fielded questions on the features of the IDE that gives developers a tool for rapid visual web application and portlet development.

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