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New World Record-Breaking Servers and Workstation Introduced
Powered by New 1.8 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Processors or Next-Generation AMD Opteron Processors
Ten new products were added to the Sun Fire server and Sun Ultra workstation families that run the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS): new midrange Sun Fire V490, Sun Fire V890, Sun Fire E2900, Sun Fire E4900, Sun Fire E6900 servers, and two new high-end servers, the Sun Fire E20K and Sun Fire E25K servers. Sun also introduced entry-level x64 servers: the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, Sun Fire X2200 M2 server, and an x64 workstation, the Sun Ultra 20 M2 workstation.
PG&E Offers First Rebate for Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 Servers
Up to $1000 In Savings from New Non Residential Retrofit Program
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is offering a rebate program called the Non Residential Retrofit Program for California PG&E customers who upgrade to Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers with CoolThreads technology. Apply now to receive cash savings between $700 - $1,000 per server.
New Generation of Modular Storage from Sun's StorageTek Acquisition: Two Arrays
Introducing the Sun StorageTek 6140 Array and Sun StorageTek 6540 Array
The first new products from the Sun StorageTek acquisition have been released: Sun StorageTek 6140 array and Sun StorageTek 6540 array. Key features are heterogeneous service and support expertise from StorageTek and end-to-end systems expertise from Sun. A new SPC benchmark shows the StorageTek 6140 array set the world record for SPC-2 price/performance and delivered the best performance in its class.
Data Centers Get Automatic Refresh with Sun Refresh Service for the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System
Subscription Service Provides the Latest and Fastest AMD Opteron Processors
Sun announced this week (August 15, 2006) the Sun Refresh Service, which enables customers to have the newest and fastest compute modules in the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System. Customers who subscribe to the service will get an automatic refresh of server modules equipped with the latest and fastest AMD Opteron processors as soon as they become available.
EnterpriseDB to Provide PostgreSQL Support to Sun
Deal underscores the increasing enterprise viability of PostgreSQL
Sun selected EnterpriseDB, an open source database vendor, to provide technical support and related professional services and training for Sun's PostgreSQL offering. Sun recently integrated PostgreSQL into the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS).
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Hardware Certification Test Suite, Solaris 10 OS x86 Drivers Available
Users Can Download These Products

Several new hardware-related downloads are available from Sun that include the Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS) 3.0, Solaris Audio Drivers 1.0 for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) for x86 platforms and the Solaris Device Driver for the LSI MegaRAID Adapter.

Hardware Briefs: LOD Extensions for Switches and HBAs
New FC Channel Cable Also Introduced

Sun has issued revised Last Order Dates (LOD) for several hardware products. In some cases, price reductions have been included as well to reduce inventory. These items include the Sun FC 2Gb Fibre Channel switch; selected non-RoHS compliant FC and SCSI Host Bus Adapters for sale to the US/APAC markets only. A new RoHS compliant .4 meter LC-to-SC FC Channel Cable is also part of this announcement.

Sun Consolidates Sun Fire Server Board Upgrade Program
Discounts Set at 25 Percent

Sun is transitioning its Sun Upgrade Advantage Program (UAP) for the Sun Fire Server Accelerated Board Upgrade, which offered up to a 40 percent trade-in allowance for single-generation processor board upgrades. The standard Sun UAP board upgrade program, which offers up to a 25 percent trade-in allowance for all Sun Fire enterprise server board upgrades, replaces it.

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Sun StorEdge 9900 8-Port iSCSI Blade Introduced
Enables SCSI on TCP/IP Ethernet for Sun StorEdge 9990 and 9985 Arrays

The newly released Sun StorEdge 9900 8-port iSCSI (SCSI over TCP/IP ethernet networks) Blade for the Sun StorEdge 9990 and Sun StorEdge 9985 systems expands the connectivity and consolidation options for these arrays and gives the customer the option to add Gbit iSCSI ports in standard feature form factor with as many as eight ports per feature.

Sun Releases Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Device Manager (HDvM) 5.1 Software
New Release Includes Numerous Improvements and Enhancements

Sun is making available the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Device Manager(HDvM) 5.1 Software for the Sun StorEdge[Tm] 9910, 9960, 9970, 9980, 9985, 9990 and T3 Systems. This new version includes a large number of improvements in a variety of areas.

Get Sun StorEdge 3000 Family Software and Documentation on CD-ROM
Includes Installation, Configuration and Diagnostic Programs

Sun has released the CD-ROM version of Sun StorEdge 3000 Family Software and Documentation version 2.3. This CD contains Sun StorEdge Configuration Service Management and Diagnostic Reporter Software, installation and configuration documents, along with documentation for the Sun StorEdge 3000 product family.

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Top Ten Articles for Last 4 Issues
Vol 101 Issues 3 and 4; Vol 102 Issues 1 and 2

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 from the last issue - Vol 102, Issue 2 - were:

  • Animated Film "Barnyard" Gets Better CGI with Sun Fire Servers and Sun StorageTek Data Management Systems [16830]
  • DTrace to be Included in Next Mac OS X [16842]
  • McNealy Continues Mission to Eliminate Digital Divide with New Educational Initiative [16831]
  • Creating Highly Available Database Solutions: Oracle RAC and Sun Cluster 3.x Software Book [16826]
  • OpenSolaris Announcements: Xen Project, Wireless UBS, XEN and Other Projects [16769]
  • Maintain Your Solaris OS with the Sun Update Connection [16832]
  • Online Training Offered for Sun Fire T2000 Server [16785]
  • Try and Buy: Sun Ultra 20 or Sun Ultra 40 Workstation [16840]
  • Get the Most out of Your StarOffice Purchases for Your School [16834]
  • Three-tier Solaris Service Plan Announced [16773]
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