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IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for Q2CY07 Results
Sun Server Revenue Grew
The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for Q2CY07 states that server shipments have grown by 6.1 percent year over year in 2Q07, with Sun maintaining its lead in the UNIX market.
Beating Wall Street's Estimates, Supporting Solaris OS on Other Vendor Hardware
Good News from Sun
The recent "Good News from Sun" report states Sun beat Wall Street's estimates by delivering 8% profit for the 4th quarter, and the report lists success stories and other recent wins.
Software
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Version 6.0 of N1 Service Provisioning System Now Available
Version 5.1 Issued Last Order Date
Version 6.0 of the N1 Service Provisioning System (SPS) is the latest edition of the software that offers an SPS Modeler, improved usability, UI enhancements, upgrades and more. Additionally, Sun Software Support is available for the Master Server and Remote Agent components of N1 SPS 6.0.
Questions Answered About Sun & IBM Solaris OS Announcement
Support, Patches, Certification and More
Since Sun and IBM announced their joint agreement to have the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) supported on IBM System x servers ([18517]), many people have questions. A new FAQ list posted on the Solaris OS site answers: "Why would Sun want to do a deal with a direct competitor to its hardware business?"
Solaris 8 and 9 Join 10 in Access to Sun Connection Update Manager
Tech Tip Shows How to Optimize Sun Connection Cache

Sun Connection Update Manager, which notifies users of the latest updates like patches and features, is now available for versions 8 and 9 of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), and will continue to be an option on the Solaris 10 OS. Download is free from the Sun website.

Storage
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ZFS Snapshot to Amazon S3
Using a Storage Utility vs Building One Yourself

Paul Monday provides an example of the planning process he went through when considering using a storage utility or building his own. He selected the ZFS file system and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for a storage utility.

Manage Many Multi-pathing Instances with Sun StorageTek HiCommand Global Link Availability Manager
Load balancing, Path Failover, Failback, Path Health Checking

Version 5.7 of the Sun StorageTek HiCommand Global Link Availability Manager (GLAM) includes new features such as enhancements to usability, IO Count and IO Error Display, Host Tree Path Status Icons and network scan with scheduling feature. Also new is version 5.9 of Sun StorageTek Dynamic Link Manager (SDLM) Advanced for Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Windows, AIX, HP-UX and Linux.

300GB 15K Hard Disk Drives for the Sun StorageTek 9900 Series Systems
For High Performance at a Higher Capacity

New 300GB 15K Drives for the Sun StorageTek 9990, 9985 and 9990V systems provide high-speed retrieval for archives. These drives can be optimized with the storage system for high performance at a higher capacity for applications that require high performance and reliable high availability.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 114 Issues 1, 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 114 Issue 4, were:

logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last 4 issues.

Top Ten Articles for Vol 114 Issue 4

  • Transactional Memory in Sun's "Rock" processor [18516]
  • The Art of System Profiling -- Using the sys_diag v.7.04 Solaris Utility [18525]
  • Sun Type 7 Keyboard - Guide to Special Keys [18510]
  • Using JumpStart Enterprise Toolkit (JET) [18526]
  • Three New, Energy-Efficient Sun Data Centers in US, UK and India [18533]
  • Using ZFS for File Compression [18502]
  • Updated Curriculum Guides for OpenSolaris [18528]
  • IBM Redpaper: How to Install Solaris 10 OS on Supported IBM BladeCenter Servers [18519]
  • Sun Microsystems to Change Stock Ticker Symbol to JAVA [18547]
  • Evaluate Solaris 10 Appliance for VMware and VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VI3) Software on the Sun x64 Platforms [18515]
    Developer
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    Internationalize and Localize Your Portlets
    Technical Article Explains The Basics
    Find out how to internationalize, localize and deploy portlets using the Sun Java System Portal Server in a recent Sun Developer Network article that explains how to display portlet content in different languages and add new language support to existing portlets.
    Using Watchpoints in Sun Studio dbx Debugger
    Learn to Set Watchpoints and Monitor Watchpoint Traps with DTrace
    If you ever wondered how watchpoints in the Sun Studio dbx debugger actually work, then you should see Nasser Nouri's recent article that attempts to demystify this debugging feature. This article also shows how you can trace internal steps of the Solaris kernel by using the DTrace facility and a simple D script.
    Get Focused on Linux - New Video on SDN Channel
    Discussion of Ubuntu 7.04 and Sun's Contributions to Linux
    Sun Developer Network (SDN) Channel TV's Kuldip Oberoi interviewed Sun's Linux Strategist, Barton George, regarding Sun's substantial contributions to the Linux OS. Watch the 12-minute video on SDN TV, where they discuss Ubuntu 7.04, Sun's Java Stack and more.
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    Vulnerabilities in ata(7D) Disk Driver May Lead to DoS
    x86 Systems Affected, Patches Available

    A local unprivileged user could cause a Denial of Service (DoS) condition due to security vulnerabilities in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), specifically certain ioctl(2) functions in the ata(7D) disk driver.

    Lightweight Crypto Accelerator of the UltraSPARC T2 Processor
    Modular Arithmetic Unit (MAU) Details and Accessing the Accelerators
    The single, integrated cryptographic unit of the UltraSPARC T2 processor provides the advantage of lower cost because a separate cryptographic processor is not needed and there is no high-performance penalty previously associated with secure operation. Learn more about the processor and its crypto accelerator.
    Vulnerabilities in Solaris 8 rbac(5) May Allow Unauthorized Remote Access
    Solaris 8 OS Without Patches Can Be Affected

    A remote user who knows the passwords for certain roles could gain unauthorized access to a system due to two security vulnerabilities in the Solaris 8 Role Based Access Control (RBAC) mechanism. These vulnerabilities are on hosts with RBAC (5) roles. A workaround is online.

    Vulnerability in JRE Font Parsing Code
    An Untrusted Applet Could Elevate its Privileges

    According to SunSolve, "a vulnerability in the font parsing code in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) may allow an untrusted applet to elevate its privileges." See the SunSolve site for links to the releases not affected.

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