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Illumos
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ZFS is Topic for OpenSolaris User Groups in Florida (FLL, TPA, ORL)
Ft. Lauderdale (Mon, April 16th), Tampa (Tue, April 17th), Orlando (Wed, April 18th)
Three Florida Open Solaris User Groups (OSUGs) will meet this month. Scott Dickson (see Scott\'s blog), a Sun Microsystems' OS Ambasssdor, will speak on Monday April 16th in Ft. Lauderdale, Tuesday April 15th in Tampa and Wednesday April 16th in Orlando. There will also be discussions about the groups, how to organize, future topics etc. After the main meeting, networking may continue at a nearby restaurant.

The Florida Open Solaris User groups offer a great ROI for guest speakers with customers in FL and appropriate topics for the OSUGs. Click on the OpenSolaris/Florida graphic for a poster for this month's meeting.

Software
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"Sun Virtual Desktop Access Kit for VMware" Sun BluePrints Document
Effective, Elegant Desktop from Anywhere for Mobile Workforce
The Sun BluePrints document "Sun Virtual Desktop Access Kit for VMware" (March 2007) by Dirk Grobler of Sun Engineering and Warren Ponder of VMware Desktop Technical Marketing covers virtual desktop access kit architecture, concepts and components. They emphasize that the migration from a distributed, fat client-based solution to thin clients can be done easily and inexpensively with a phased adoption approach that begins with desktop virtualization.
Setting Up a Demo Based on the Sun Virtual Desktop Access Kit for VMware
Installation of Hardware and Software and Post-Installation Tips
A new guide by Dirk Grobler (March 2007) for installing a demo for the Sun Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Kit for VMware provides a step-by-step guide to a complex task. Once the demo is set up, it can be transferred for use as customer proof of concept (POC). Steps explained include setting up the ESX server, the Sun Ray server and Sun Secure Global Desktop software and configuring Web access.
Download of Sun HPC ClusterTools 7.0 Software Available
For Parallel Program Development and Resource Management
Version 7.0 of Sun HPC ClusterTools software is now available. The software is designed for developers who create and tune MPI applications that run on SMPs and clusters of SMPs.
How Views are Shifting Concerning Solaris OS
Ashlee Vance offers a revised opinion of Sun and Solaris
The Register's Ashlee Vance offers a revised opinion of Sun since sales have increased at Sun. The resurgence of Sun is also because of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS).
Servers
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Sun Fire E2900 Servers with 1.95GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Processors
Six Percent Faster than the 1.8 GHz Processor
Sun Fire E2900 servers have been renewed by adding the new 1.95 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processor to them. This faster processor enables the server to handle increasing workloads and to meet the demands of new services up to 6 percent faster than the 1.8 GHz processor.
Netra X4200 and Sun Fire V125 Servers Can Now Deploy in Sun Cluster Environment
Results in Higher Service Levels at Lower Service Costs
Users can now operate their Netra X4200 and Sun Fire V125 servers in the Sun Cluster "Service Level Management" platform, resulting in delivery of higher service levels at lower service level costs and reduced risk. Sun has made Sun Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 support available for this hardware.
Storage
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Announcing Sun StorageTek QFS and Sun StorageTek Storage Archive Manager New Version 4.6
Enhanced File System, Archiving, Retention, Scalability and More
Sun StorageTek QFS and Sun StorageTek Storage Archive Manager (SAM) 4.6 are being announced; the 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5 versions are being transitioned. Version 4.6 has more management tools, more features related to availability, retention, scalability and performance, and archiving. More Linux versions are supported and storage are supported. There are also file system enhancements.
Sun StorageTek 9900 HiCommand Protection Manager 5.5 Software
Features Disk-to-disk based Rapid Backup and Recovery

Sun's Sun StorageTek 9900 HiCommand Protection Manager 5.5 Software enables "disk-to-disk" based rapid backup and recovery operation for Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft NT File System(NTFS), taking advantage of the Sun StorageTek 9985 and 9990 storage system replication technologies.

Additional Support Added to Sun StorageTek 9900 Replication Monitor 5.6 Software
For Automated Reporting of Sun StorageTek 9900 Systems
Version 5.6 of Sun StorageTek 9900 HiCommand Replication Monitor software has some new features for the automated reporting of replication system status, configuration and status reporting, and replication trouble reporting.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 110 Issue 1; Volume 109 Issues 2, 3, and 4

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 the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 110 Issue 1, were:

  • VMware and Sun Microsystems Webinar: The Virtualized Desktop [17819]
  • New World Records on Sun Fire Servers with Faster UltraSPARC IV+ Processors [17909]
  • What's Driving the Multicore CPU Race? [17882]
  • First Time Set Up of ZFS: How-To Article [17908]
  • Sun Virtual Desktop Solution Gets a New Website [17911]
  • Community Linux vs. Commercial Linux [17916]
  • Boeing and Sun Microsystems Federal Collaborate on a 10 Gigabits per Second Architecture [17913]
  • PostgreSQL, Apache Derby and Java DB Compared [17892]
  • New Sun Blog Focusing on Security [17887]
  • Updates to OpenSSH and OpenSSL Available [17860]
    Service
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    Upgrade Wisely: Get the Solaris 10 Evaluation Service
    Learn Impact to Your Systems, Benefits
    Are you considering upgrading from versions 8 or 9 of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) to Solaris 10 OS? Look into a new service from Sun called the Solaris 10 Evaluation Service. You will get a workshop, lab and demo.
    Enterprise Disk Hardware and Software Integration Services
    Fixed Pricing to Improve ROI

    Professional Services Enterprise Disk Hardware and Software Integration services enable customers to achieve faster ROI. These services are offered at a fixed price, based on the number of TB's purchased and other factors.

    Sun's Dynamic Infrastructure Workshop & Architecture Services Shifts to Standardized Offering
    Becomes Part-numbered, Repeatable Technology

    Sun now offers its once custom Dynamic Infrastructure services as a part-numbered, repeatable service offering to address each phase of the Dynamic Infrastructure process. The Dynamic Infrastructure offering provides a complete set of automated and virtualized technology and services that assist in the creation of an agile and secure web services environment.

      Developer
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      Developer Project "FISHworks" from Sun
      IDC Opinion Paper Assesses Market Opportunity
      A February 2007 IDC Insight opinion paper analyzes the market opportunities for a development project from Sun code-named "FishWorks" ("Fish" refers to "fully integrated software and hardware"), a NAS appliance that uses the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) as its base.
      Get Your Sun SPOT Development Kit
      On Sale Now
      Sun SPOT development kits are now available for sale from the Sun SPOT website. The kit includes two Sun SPOT devices with demo sensor boards, a base station Sun SPOT to connect to your development machine and software development tools and cables.
      A Quick How-to on Setting Up a Portlet Development Environment
      Satya Ranjan Provides Everything You Need to Know in this Blog
      In a recent blog Satya Ranjan provides information on Easy Steps to Set up Portlet Development Environment.
      Education and Research
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      Promotion for Education Market on Sun Ray 1G Ultra-Thin Clients
      Promotion Ends June 30, 2007
      Through the Education Essentials Program, Global Education and Research customers can get the Sun Ray 1G Ultra-Thin Client (US and APAC only Non-RoHS) at special education pricing. The promotion ends June 30, 2007.
      Singapore's SIM University Implements Sun IT Infrastructure
      System Ensures Availability, Scalability, Ease of Management
      Since its founding in 2005, SIM University (UniSIM) in Singapore has grown to serve 6,300 students in 40 academic programs. The learning environment is available 24/7 to its students, who are working professionals and adult learners. Sun provided the IT infrastructure for UniSIM.
      Sun StorageTek 6140 Array Pricing from Education Essentials Program
      Performance, Flexibility and Data Reliability
      The Education Essentials program is offering selected configurations of the Sun StorageTek 6140 array at special educational pricing until June 30, 2007.
      Sun Offers Three Promotions to Education and Research Communities
      Take Advantage Before June 30, 2007

      Sun is offering the education and research communities three promotions, all of which expire on June 30, 2007. All three promotions feature special worldwide Education Market-only pricing. The featured items include the Sun Fire X4100 M2 and Sun Fire X4200 M2 servers; the Sun Fire V445 servers for Education Essentials Program; and the Sun Fire V215 and Sun Fire V245 servers in the Extension for Education Essentials.

      Financial Services
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      Server Purchases Up in Financial Services Industry in 2006
      More Purchases Projected, Survey Indicates
      Two recent surveys provide a barometer on the financial services sector and its IT spending. Grant Thornton’s 14th Annual Survey of Bank Executives indicates that 73 percent of bankers plan on increasing their technology spending in 2007. Gartner has gathered statistics that show the financial services industry accounted for $13.2 billion in server purchases in 2006, up 3.2 percent from the prior year.
      Germany's apoBank Implements Sun ILM Infrastructure
      Results in Improved Service, Reduced Administrative Costs
      Germany's Deutsche Apotheker und Ärztebank or apoBank is the country's largest cooperative bank with more than 300,000 customers and assets of 31 billion EUR (41 billion USD). apoBank serves individuals and organizations involved in social welfare occupations, including pharmacists, physicians, dentists and veterinary surgeons.
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