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Training
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New Java Web Services Courses
Covers Creating, Developing and Securing Web Services

Developers with advanced certification in Java technology earn 15 to 25 percent more than the average IT professional, according to Certification Magazine. To increase your earnings potential, Sun offers a range of Java training, including three new Java web services courses: Creating Web Services Using Java Technology; Developing Java Web Services; and Developing Secure Java Web Services.

Sun Training Guide - Handy Reference
Comprehensive Listing of Sun Courses, Sun Certification Program and Paths

Staying current on the latest technologies can enhance professional credibility and increase the possibility for advancement. Sun offers extensive training and certification courses on its software technologies and hardware products. For a comprehensive listing of Sun courses currently available, take a look at the Sun Training Guide.

Solaris Associate Seminar Course Introduces the OS and its Advanced Features
For Developers and Administrators New to Solaris Operating System

If you are brand-new to the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and want to learn more about it and its advanced features and capabilities, the Solaris Associate Seminar course could be the right next-step for you. According to Stacy David Thurston, the full course will consist of three days' worth of material with the first day spent on introducing the Solaris desktop and applications, the second introducing the Solaris Environment and the third covering advanced features of the Solaris OS.

Sun eLearning Certification Success Packages
Courseware for System Administrators and Developers

Certification advances professional credibility and can increase earnings potential for everyone in the IT industry. Right now, Sun is offering system administrators and developers a chance to become certified under its eLearning Certification Success Packages that makes courseware available to you 24x7 via your personal computer or online access.

Illumos
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FileBench Now Included in OpenSolaris
Someone Has Built a Better Benchmark

There's good news in Eric Kustarz's blog about changes in File Bench. He reports that there is now an updated version and that users will now find it included in OpenSolaris. The author describes FileBench as "...a framework of file system workloads for measuring and comparing file system performance that uses a simple .f language that allows you to describe and build workloads to simulate applications."

OpenSolaris Self-Service Testing Application
Application Nears Release Date

With the OpenSolaris Self-Service Testing application developers can run functional and performance tests on their code in a fully automated fashion prior to integration into the OpenSolaris code base. Binary code is uploaded, tests and benchmarks are selected, the tests are run and results are made available online for viewing. It's all pretty simple.

Storage
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What's in the Pipeline for Storage Products at Sun
Products and Predictions of Sun's Forthcoming Technologies
Chris Mellor kept his ear to the ground at Sun's Denver forum, where he gleaned plenty of information on the forthcoming releases of disk and tape storage products. He calls his Techworld report "Sun's storage product roadmap."
Programmer's Usage Model for the Sun StorageTek 5800 System (Honeycomb)
Introduction to the System's Programming Model
Read an introduction to the programming model for Honeycomb and the Sun StorageTek 5800 system in a recent Sun blog. This piece is part of the Sun StorageTek 5800 API Programming Guide. Content covers the 5800 Client API along with its data model, metadata model, query model and query integrity model. Information on deleting objects and the 5800 System virtual view model also are discussed.
Sun StorageTek IBM LTO4 SCSI for SL500 & L180-700-1400 Tape Libraries
Increased Native Capacity and Performance Over LTO 2 & 3 Drive Technologies
New Sun StorageTek IBM LTO4 SCSI drives are available for the Sun StorageTek SL500 Library System and Sun StorageTek L180/700/1400 Tape Libraries. LTO4 tape drives have a 800GB/cartridge native capacity to back up more data at twice the transfer rate as a single cartridge, and 120MB/sec native throughput for double the read/write speed of LTO3 tape drives.
Sun StorageTek SAM-QFS Wiki
Site for Documentation, Patches and Updates on Latest SAM-QFS Release

For the latest information on the Sun StorageTek SAM-QFS 4.6 release and future releases, check out the Sun StorageTek SAM-QFS Wiki that offers information on patches, the latest hardware qualifications and links to documentation. The wiki also hosts the SAM-QFS Weblog.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 116 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 116 Issue 4, were:

  • Solaris 8 Migration Assistant (Project Etude) Now Available [18803]
  • Sun Plans Countersuit Against Network Appliance (NetApp) [18882]
  • New Sun Ultra 24 Workstation Powered by Intel's Core 2 Duo and Quad Processors [18869]
  • Chairman's Office No Sinecure for McNealy [18840]
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 Beat All Single-Chip Results on SPEC CPU2006 [18820]
  • Deploying Sun Java System Directory Server 6.0 as Naming Service for UNIX Clients [18793]
  • Developing ZFS: A Chat with the Team Leaders [18846]
  • Sun Fire X4500 (Thumper) Setting World Record Price/Performance Results [18823]
  • Solaris OS and UltraSPARC T2 Processor [18782]
  • UltraSPARC T2 Server Deployment for Security and High Performance [18785]
    Service
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    Sun Message Security Solution for Brightmail Software
    Now Available for Sun Fire T2000 and Sun Fire T5120 Servers

    The Sun Message Security Solution for Symantec Brightmail Software is now delivered by the Sun Customer Ready program for the Sun Fire T2000 (UltraSPARC T1) and the Sun Fire T5120 (UltraSPARC T2) servers.

    IDC Report on Sun Developer Services Portfolio
    An Item-by-item Review

    If you've ever wondered about the scope of the Sun Developer Services Portfolio the answer is here in Darren Bibby's IDC white paper "Sun Developer Services Portfolio: The Whole Story," which reviews and analyzes Sun’s portfolio of developer support services.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    The Outlook for Open Source from Sun's Perspective
    Project Leaders Provide Updates on their Efforts

    Sun recently convened an Open Source Worldwide Panel hosted by Ian Murdock, the company's chief operating systems platform strategist, that considered the future of Open Source technologies. Panels were also held on PostgreSQL, Project OpenJDK, Sun's Image Package System and OpenSolaris.

    Downloads of OpenOffice.org 2.3 Reach for Million Per Week
    Sun Now Offering Suite with Java Auto Updates
    Since OpenOffice.org 2.3 was released in September, downloads have skyrocketed to nearly a million per week and this number could continue its rise with Sun offering the free download to users receiving regular Java updates.
    The Present and Future of Open Source
    James Gosling Shares His Views

    For James Gosling, the important thing about open source is community engagement. At least that's what he told Tim Scannell in an interview for InternetNews.com. "A lot of our customers and the people we work with are just really smart and really good people," he continued. Gosling was careful to position Sun as a "supplier to other technology companies," which puts the corporation squarely in the business of supplying the infrastructure that underlies numerous applications developed by others.

    Latest Available NetBeans Build: Version 6.0 Beta 2
    Released Under Both GPL2 and CDDL.
    NetBeans latest build, NetBeans 6.0 Beta 2, comes bundled with MySQL and PostgreSQL drivers, and adds improvements to Ruby code completion and Woodstock 4.1 Build 14. The Java-based integrated development environment (IDE) is now dual-licensed under GPL v2 with ClassPath exception and the Sun Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) license.
    Sun Report Builder (SRB) Extension Enhances OpenOffice.org
    Upgrades Base's Reporting Features; Documentation Lacking
    Dmitri Popov's article entitled "Sun Report Builder: Better reporting in OpenOffice.org" focuses on the improved utility provided to Sun Report Builder (SRB) in its new extension, which is a result of collaboration with Pentaho.
    McNealy Identifies Advantages of Open Source Technology
    Sharing Technology is Beneficial to All
    There are some distinct advantages for open source technology, said Scott McNealy, speaking at the NICSA Technology Summit 2007 in Las Vegas. The Sun Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of Sun Federal, Inc., said sharing of technology is beneficial to providers and users if it is done correctly.
    Project Open Provisioning Toolkit (OpenPTK)
    New Java.net Community Project for Identity Management
    Project Open Provisioning ToolKit (OpenPTK) is an open toolkit bridging specialized user interfaces and access points to identity solutions. This java.net community project launched earlier last month with the release of OpenPTK version 1.0 that comes with a consumer Java API, web services (.wsdl), HTML Taglibs and JSR-168 portlets with user self-service, administration and command line interface (CLI) examples.
    Sysadmin
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    Cost of Ownership: Solaris vs RedHat Linux
    Study Shows Solaris Advantage in Most Considerations
    Sun's Crimson Consulting Group reports on a comparison it made between the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems in "Cost of Ownership: Solaris vs RedHat Linux." The study involved detailed primary research with a dozen enterprise level companies representing over twenty unique and significant deployments of Solaris and RHEL, research that demonstrated the advantage belonged to Solaris.
    Using Solaris Live Upgrade
    Learn How to Upgrade and Patch with this New Sun Tool
    Solaris Live Upgrade is a useful tool and strategy for minimizing downtime and risk when upgrading or patching systems. To learn how to get started using this Sun recommended tool, two recent articles have been released recounting the particulars in upgrading, patching and installing patches with Solaris Live Upgrade.
    Sun Installation Assistant Easily Installs Linux, Windows OS on Sun x64 Servers
    How-To Guide Demonstrates in Just 12 Steps
    Installing supported Linux and Windows onto Sun x64 servers is easy with the Sun Installation Assistant (SIA). Just boot from the SIA CD or a local network copy of SIA, then choose the required OS from the list in the graphical menu and follow the installation instructions. The Sun SIA team has posted a brief how-to guide on using the installation tool so viewers can see just how effortless it really is.
    Creating a Diskless Setup for the Solaris OS on x86 Platforms
    Plus Setting Up TFTP/DHCP and NFS/root server in a Similar Environment
    The Diskless Setup for the Solaris OS for x86 Platforms is the subject of Vijay S. Upreti's BigAdmin article, which takes readers, step-by-step, through the process.
    New BigAdmin Resources: Wiki, Script Filter, Open Source Information
    Helps You Find the Information You Need More Efficiently
    Sun's BigAdmin website has been updated to help visitors find resources and information more easily. In the past couple of months, the site has added a wiki, a scripts filter and an open source resource page.
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