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The New UltraSPARC T2 Systems: T5120/T5220 Servers and Sun Blade T6320
Get the Power of 64 Virtual Systems in a Single Unit
Sun released its first UltraSPARC T2-based servers - Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 servers and Sun Blade T6320 server module. These systems offer the power of 64 virtual systems in a single unit (theoretically 2500 systems in a rack) and are designed for virtualization, webscale and energy efficiency. The UltraSPARC T2 processor is Sun's second generation of chip multithreading technology.
Sun xVM Infrastructure Previewed: Sun xVM Server and Sun xVM Ops Center
Sun's Virtualization Server and Manageability Software
Sun introduced its Sun xVM Infrastructure consisting of the Sun xVM Server - an open, cross-platform server capable of hosting Windows, Linux and Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) guest instances.- and Sun xVM Ops Center - a tool to manage both physical and virtual environments. This end-to-end software is designed for virtualizing and managing the data center.
UltraSPARC T2 Servers and Sun xVM: The Ultimate Virtualization Combo
Find Out What These New and Upcoming Sun Products Can Do For You
The new UltraSPARC T2 servers [18776] along with the Sun xVM infrastructure [18756] are the "ultimate virtualization combo," says Marc Hamilton, vice president of Solaris Marketing at Sun. "Imagine virtualizing your environment with 640 hardware threads running on ten Sun Blade T6320 blades in a compact 10 rack units - only 17.5 inches of space."
Detailed System Overview of New T5120/T5220 Servers
Specs, Comparisons of Each System and UltraSPARC T1 Servers
Find out the differences and similarities between the newly announced Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers from Senior Staff Engineer Denis Sheahan, who has provided a detailed system overview of these UltraSPARC T2-based servers. He also offers comparisons between these new systems and the UltraSPARC T1-based Sun Fire T1000/T2000 servers.
Newly Formed Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group
Members to Share Best Practices for Digital Archiving
The new Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group, Sun PASIG, is a collaborative group focused on developing, sharing and instituting global standards for best practices in digital archiving. Sun PASIG will support organizations challenged with preserving and archiving important research and cultural heritage materials.
Sun's Second Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Shows the Company's Environmental, Economic, Social Progress

Sun's Second Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report demonstrates in concrete terms the company's actions in striving toward responsible practices environmentally, economically and societally during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

SNI Editor-in-Chief/CTO John J. McLaughlin's Blog Recap
Recent Blog Entries of Interest to Sun Users
SNI Editor-in-Chief/CTO John J. McLaughlin posts items of interest to Sun Users regularly on his blog. A quick recap of John's posts for the last week include: A Million Page Views per Year by 200k+ Visitors; Sun Java System Directory Server 6.0 as an LDAP Naming Service; BusinessWeek: Solaris Certainly Has a Future; and FileBench in OpenSolaris.
Winners Announced in Sun's 17th Annual Supplier Awards Program
Honored for Superior Technology, Quality Service and Excellent Value

Sun's 17th annual Supplier Awards Program winners have been announced and include Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Emulex Corporation, General Dynamics Information Technology, LSI Corporation and more. These companies are recognized for outstanding contributions to Sun’s technology and for delivering quality service and value to customers.

Open Versatility: Sun Blade Systems Live Q&A
Register for this Sun Expert Exchange Set for October 17
The next Sun Expert Exchange is scheduled for October 17, where your questions on Sun Blade Systems can be answered live by a Sun panel of experts that will include Jacques Bessoudo, technical marketing, Blade Server specialist; Larry Wake, Solaris group marketing manager; Francis Lam; and Chris Baker, senior technical product manager.
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The OpenDS Project - Not Just a Directory Server
Building a Free and Comprehensive Next Generation Directory Service.
The two-year-old OpenDS project is a directory service offering a full-stack roadmap, intuitiveness, platform portability and a large, experienced, full-time community. Written entirely in the Java programming language and fully compliant with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) version 3, the project is set to bring a production-ready directory server for a wide range of deployments soon.
The Ins and Outs of OpenOffice.org's Base
Basics on Creating Databases with This Open Source Application
With OpenOffice.org's Base, users can build quite powerful and complex databases if they know how. No Thick Manuals has posted an introduction to Base, covering the basic steps needed in creating Base databases with ease.
Benchmarks, Clustering, HA Features of GlassFish V2
All Addressed in Recent "Ask the Experts" Session
The Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 or GlassFish V2 truly is 10 percent faster than the BEA WebLogic 9.x when tested on the same hardware configuration, said John Clingan, who backed up this data in an "Ask the Experts" session focused on the updated application server.
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Latest Version of Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office Released
Get Additional Language Support; Import/Export Feature Improved
Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office allows users of Microsoft Office to read, edit and save to the ISO-standard Open Document Format (ODF). Recently updated Sun ODF Plugin 1.1 adds support for 17 different languages, improves the import/export of ODF files into Microsoft Office and also includes installation fixes and filter improvements.
Handy Guide to Sun's Software Portfolio
Info for Business Leaders, Developers, IT Professionals and General Users
A useful and convenient guide to Sun's software portfolio is "Hit The Accelerator with Sun Software," which summarizes Sun software solutions into nine categories and acts as a handy reference for any software user.
Setting Up Memcached on Solaris Zones
Tech Tip Demonstrates How to Start and Store Memcached on Zones

Memcached is a general-purpose distributed memory caching system often used to speed up dynamic database-driven websites by caching data and objects in memory to reduce the amount the database needs to be read. A recent blog shows how to set up memcached daemons on Solaris Zones.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 115 Issues 2, 3 and 4; Volume 116 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 the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 116 Issue 1, were:

  • Run Windows and Windows Apps on Solaris OS with Win4Solaris [18691]
  • Download Now Available for Solaris Performance Tools CD 3.0 [18654]
  • OpenSolaris Build 75 Supports xVM Platform on x86 and x64 Systems [18675]
  • Ian Murdock Tantalizes Recent Forum with Project Indiana Tidbits [18677]
  • Cheat Sheets Available for Sun Certified System Administrator Exam [18649]
  • OpenSolaris Zone Manager Project Aims to Simplify its Creation and Management [18670]
  • Sun Merges Storage and Server Groups into New Systems Team [18724]
  • Solaris 10 for Opteron Supported for Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.5 [18716]
  • Sun Completes Acquistion of Cluster File Systems [18744]
  • Sun Offering ClearSpeed's Advance Accelerator Boards [18704]
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    Privacy and the CIO: Part of the Territory?
    Sun's Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy Has Some Answers

    Michelle Dennedy, chief privacy officer at Sun, says the biggest challenge of her job is keeping on top of Sun's systems and the information they contain on both employees and customers. She shared a bit of insight on her position at Sun with InformationWeek's John Soat.

    X Font Server Vulnerabilities Detected in Solaris OS
    Disable XFS Until Patch Released

    Versions of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) are susceptible to X font server vulnerabilities by default, explains Alan Coopersmith, a member of the X Window System engineering team at Sun. Solaris 10 6/06 OS and older run xfs by default from inetd listening to the network, while the Solaris 10 11/06 OS and later ask for direction. Solaris Nevada/Express closes network services by default.

    Mutiple Security Fixes Issued for the Java SE Platform
    Two New Security Response Features to be Added to Platform

    Multiple security vulnerabilities in the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) have been patched within the last couple of weeks, and Sun plans on strengthening the platform even more with two new security response features: synchronized security fixes for all supported operating systems and advance notification of security updates.

    Sun Java System Identity Manager 7.0 Streamlines Administration, Auditing Tasks
    Solution Garners Information Security's 'Hot Picks' Award

    The Sun Java System Identity Manager 7.0 is a useful tool to help users "Prevent costly security breaches and regulatory violations with Sun's award winning identity management solution," as Chip Brookshaw writes in his report. He contends that, in addition, the solution streamlines provisioning tasks by offering flexible and unique management tools and auditing capabilities.

    Embedded Lights Out Manager Vulnerable to Unauthorized Access
    ELOM in Sun Fire X2100 M2 and X2200 M2 Susceptible

    A workaround has been issued to ensure remote unprivileged users cannot access the Embedded Lights Out Manager (ELOM) for the Sun Fire X2100 M2 and Sun Fire X2200 M2 servers. A vulnerability in the ELOM software could allow users to initiate unauthorized network traffic from the embedded service processor (SP), which could serve as a proxy to send unsolicited bulk e-mail (spam). This issue has also been resolved in SP/BMC firmware version 3.09.

    Two Vulnerabilities in Solaris 8, 9 and 10 OS Fixed
    One in Solaris Named Pipes (pipe(2)); Other with Thread Contexts in Solaris Kernel

    Two vulnerabilities affecting the Solaris 8, 9 and 10 Operating Systems (Solaris OS) have been fixed. The first is a vulnerability in the Solaris Named Pipes (pipe(2)) that could allow access to unauthorized memory locations, while the second involves the handling of thread contexts in the Solaris kernel that could result in a denial of service (DoS).

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