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Uniboard X-Options Available with 1.95GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Processors
For Sun Fire E4900, E6900, E20K and E25K Servers
Uniboard X-options with 1.95GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors are now available for Sun Fire E4900, E6900, E20K and E25K servers. The UltraSPARC IV+ processor is a 64-bit chip processor that delivers over 5 times the throughput of UltraSPARC III technology and over two times increased throughput over UltraSPARC IV systems on commercial applications.
UltraSPARC T1's New Fault Management Features; Microparallelism in Multithreaded Apps
Sun Blogs Cover These Performance Enhancing Capabilities
Learn more about the new fault management capabilities associated with the UltraSPARC T2 processor and how they will work retroactively with the UltraSPARC T1 processor in handling core offlining, as well as how chip multithreaded processors allow for "micro-parallelization" to avoid previous performance issues in multithreaded applications that are the subject of two different Sun blogs.
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Capacity on Demand for Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 - M9000 Servers
Pre-configured, On-Demand, CPU/Memory Resources
Now get Capacity on Demand (COD) on the SPARC Enterprise M4000 through M9000 servers. Capacity on Demand is a "pay when used" model that offers organizations needing extra capacity the ability to meet those needs as they arise. There is also a "Headroom" option available that provides instant access to COD resources while RTU licenses are being purchased.
The Latest on Sun Servers from Sun Blogs
Information on Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000, T2000 and Sun Blade 6000 Modular System
New information on Sun servers covered in a few of the company's blogs include datapoints on the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 compared to Sun Fire E25K; devices and PCI buses on the newer version of Sun Fire T2000; a technology start-up's experience with Sun Fire T2000 replacing multiple servers cheaply; and a technical brief on the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System with comparisons to HP's BladeSystem c7000 System.
Sun Fire E2900 Server with 1.95GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Processors
Available with Sun System Performance Packs
The Sun Fire E2900 server now offers 1.95GHz UltraSPARC IV+ x-option CPU/memory boards. The 1.95GHz UltraSPARC IV+ 64-bit chip multithreading (CMT) processors provide up to five times the throughput of UltraSPARC III technology and up to two times increased throughput over UltraSPARC IV systems on commercial applications.
Remanufactured Servers and X-Options: Sun Fire E4900 and E6900 Servers
Other Servers and Configurations Available

Sun announces certified remanufactured products that offer significant cost savings with the same reliability, quality and industry-leading performance as new Sun products. All Sun remanufactured products come with the same warranty as a new product and legal Solaris Right-to-Use licenses. Configurations include Sun Fire E4900, Sun Fire E6900 and others.

Storage
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Sun Storage's Role in the Sun Eco Innovation Initiative
Breaks Down to Balance, Innovation and Being Part of Sun Systems Family
The Sun Eco Innovation Initiative announced this past August is aimed at providing customers with technological innovations built to be more energy efficient, eco-responsible and cost effective. Sun Storage's role breaks down into three basic areas: balancing its approach to storage, building better products and being a part of the Sun Systems family, remarks Nigel Dessau, vice president of Storage Marketing & Business Operations, Sun.
Sun Beats IBM By Over 2X in Price/Performance in SPC-1 Benchmark
Sun StorageTek 6540 Best-in-Class in Performance and Price/Performance
BM Seer reports the Sun StorageTek 6540 achieved a price/performance of $6.62 $/SPC-1 IOPS, thereby lowering the total cost of ownership among higher midrange systems to $307,710. These results were two times better in price/performance than IBM's $16.03 $/SPC-1 IOPS.
Sun StorageTek Backup Manager Software, Version 1.0
Failure Analysis with Detailed Error Codes Grouped by Master Server

Sun StorageTek Backup Manager (SSBM) software version 1.0 improves reliability and efficiency of tape and backup applications. With it you can obtain detailed reports on backup applications such as Symantec NetBackup, EMC Networker, which is also known as Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software, and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).

Sun StorageTek VTL Value Software Replication & Tape Caching
Asynchronous Data Replication for Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Value Software IP Replication, designed for small-to-medium businesses, provides asynchronous data replication for backup, disaster recovery and business continuity safeguards.
Fundamentals on Storage Area Networks
Two BigAdmin Articles Address Fibre Channel and IP-based SANs

Get the fundamentals on Storage Area Networks (SAN) in two articles by Tim Thomas hosted on BigAdmin: "SAN Fundamentals: How Fibre Channel SANs Are Built, Secured and Managed" and "IP SAN Fundamentals: An Introduction to IP SANs and iSCSI." Both have been updated as of April 2007.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 114 Issues 4 and 5; Volume 115 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 the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 115 Issue 2, were:

  • Update Now Available: Solaris 10 8/07 OS [18625]
  • New Sun Desktop Virtualization Software Improves Desktop Security and Ease of Management [18622]
  • Sun to Acquire Cluster File Systems, Inc. [18623]
  • What's new in the Solaris 10 8/07 OS Release [18597]
  • Sun to Sell Microsoft Windows Server on Sun x64 Systems [18624]
  • MPK20 - Sun's Virtual 3D Work Environment [18617]
  • AMD Opteron Processor based Sun Blade Server Module X8440 [18621]
  • Interview with Sun's Chief Security Officer Whitfield Diffie [18578]
  • Manage Escalating Data Growth with the New Sun StorageTek 9985V System [18620]
  • Sun Distinguished Engineer Brian Wong on High Semantic Storage [18619]
    Sysadmin
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    Etude: The Solaris 8 Migration Assistant
    Virtualization Technology to be Available Later this Year
    Solaris 8 Migration Assistant (or Etude) can do a number of things: it can migrate legacy Solaris 8 environments onto modern, environmentally friendly, cost effective hardware and onto Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS). It can perform a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) transformation of existing Solaris 8 systems into containers running on a Solaris 10 host.
    Solaris Containers for Linux Applications Released
    Available Free for Solaris Customers

    Solaris Containers for Linux Applications released at the end of August, allowing Linux applications to run unmodified on the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS). It is available for free for existing Solaris OS customers.

    Installation Guide on the Solaris 10 8/07 OS on x86 Systems
    For Novice Users

    Sun recently posted quick installation instructions of the Solaris 10 8/07 Operating System (Solaris OS) on a Sun-supported x86 System. These instructions are written for novice users and those who have no prior experience with Solaris 10 OS installation.

    ZFS Enhancements in Solaris 08/07 Update
    Automatic Log of Successful zfs and zpool Commands that Modify Pool State Information
    ZFS enhancements to the new update of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) (Solaris 08/07 Update) include ZFS command history, Improved storage pool status information, ZFS and Solaris iSCSI improvements, ZFS property improvements and more.
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