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Sun's Q1 Report Seen from Jonathan Schwartz's Perspective
On the Whole, More Positives than Negatives
If you'd like to read between the lines of Sun's recent Q1 earnings report, Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz blogs on the subject to help with that effort. Among the issues he addresses are what went well; what didn't; and why Sun didn't grow.
Sun's HPC Portfolio Adds Sun Constellation System and Sun StorageTek 5800 System
Open Compute and Storage Platforms in an Extremely Scalable Architecture

Sun announced the addition of the Sun Constellation System and Sun StorageTek 5800 System to its HPC portfolio at the Supercomputing 2007 Conference held November 10-16 in Reno, Nev. The Sun Constellation System is the first open petascale computing environment that combines ultra-dense, high performance compute, networking, storage and software into an integrated general purpose system. Sun StorageTek 5800 is designed for long-term preservation, protection and integrity of massive data stores with extensive metadata facilities.

Sun Netra Multi-Core and Multithreaded 10G ATCA Portfolio
Includes First Carrier Grade Server Powered By UltraSPARC T2 Processor
Sun plans on releasing a new Sun Netra multi-core and multithreaded 10G ATCA portfolio in December. These soon-to-be released products include the Sun Netra CP3260 ATCA blade server, powered by UltraSPARC T2 processors, Sun Netra CP3220 ATCA blade server, powered by AMD Opteron processors, and Sun Netra CP3240 10 GbE ATCA switch. The company also introduced the Sun Unified Network Platform (SUN-P) that consists of contemporary multi-core processors, virtualization technology, fast-path packet processing software, robust system management and High Availability (HA) middleware.
Oracle Optimized Warehouse For Sun
A Complete, Out-of-the-Box, High-Performance Data Warehouse Solution
The new Oracle Optimized Warehouse for Sun is a complete, out-of-the-box data warehouse solution. It consists of Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Partitioning on a Sun Fire E20K server, the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and Sun StorageTek 6540 arrays.
Sun to Acquire Vaau, Inc.
To Strengthen Sun's Identity Management Portfolio
Sun announced it plans on acquiring Vaau, Inc. and has entered into a definitive agreement with the enterprise role management (ERM) and identity compliance solution provider. The acquirement is expected to be completed during Sun's fiscal third quarter 2008, which begins on December 31, 2007.
Solaris OS/OpenSolaris to be Offered on Dell Rack and Blade Servers
First Time Ever that Dell Customers Have Choice to Install the Sun OS
Dell customers will soon have a choice of installing the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) or OpenSolaris on Dell rack or blade servers, reports eWeek's Chris Preimesberger. This is the first time Solaris OS has been authorized for use on any kind of Dell hardware.
Shareholders Approve 1-for-4 Reverse Stock Split at Sun
Move is Expected to Lift Lagging Stock Price
Approving what some call a "cosmetic move," Sun shareholders passed a 1-for-4 reverse stock split in the hope of bolstering the company's persistently lagging stock price despite having turned the corner on earnings. Overall valuation of the company, which is in the vicinity of $18 billion, is not expected to be affected.
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 on a regular basis on his blog. A quick recap of John's posts for the last week, include:

Sun Awarded Two HPCwire Editor's Choice Awards
For Sun Fire X4500 Server and as a Company to Watch in 2008
HPCwire honored Sun with two Editor Choice Awards at the Supercomputing 2007 conference. Sun was picked as one of the top five companies to watch in 2008, and its Sun Fire X4500 Server was awarded Best Price/Performance HPC Storage Technology or Product.
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Red Hat Joins OpenJDK
Signs Sun's Contributor Agreement and OpenJDK Community TCK License
Red Hat has signed Sun's broad contributor agreement and its OpenJDK Community TCK License Agreement, allowing the open source solutions provider to participate in all Sun-led open source projects and help determine whether an implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) platform, derived from the OpenJDK project, complies with the Java SE 6 specification.
New Version of Cool Stack 1.2 Now Available for Download
Collection of Common Open Source Applications Optimized for Solaris

The release of CoolStack 1.2 comes with updates in its packaging like decomposed CSKamp to CSKapache2, CSKphp5 and CSKmysql32; components, which offer upgraded versions of Apache and MySQL; build that offers ease in customization with a top-level script; and bug fixes.

73GB 15K Disk Drive support for Sun Fire X4100 M2, X4200 M2 and X4600 M2
Available as an X-Option and XATO

There is now internal 73GB 15K RPM 2.5-inch SAS hard disk drive support for the Sun Fire X4100 M2, Sun Fire X4200 M2 and Sun Fire X4600 M2, available as an X-option and XATO. The 73GB SAS drive is an enterprise class drive that is ROHS compliant and offers increased rotational speed for improved performance.

Get Higher Density Per RAID Controller or Expansion Unit Tray for 5320 NAS Appliance
New 400GB 10K-rpm Drive RAID and Expansion Unit
You can now get a 400GB 10K-rpm drive RAID and expansion unit for the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS appliance for higher density and increased Fibre Channel raw capacity. Along with this new product, Sun also is ending the life for the 300GB 10K-rpm drive RAID and expansion unit options for the Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS appliance.
New Array Configurations for Sun StorageTek 6140 and 6540
1,000GB 7.2K rpm SATA-II Drive Configuration Added
Sun is making a 1,000GB 7.2K SATA-II drive available for the Sun StorageTek 6140 and Sun StorageTek 6540 storage arrays. The 1,000GB 7,200 rpm SATA-II configurations allow dynamic expansion to a maximum capacity of 224TB for the 6540 array and 112TB for the 6140 array while requiring no increase in air-conditioning and power requirements compared to the arrays with the 500GB or 750GB SATA-II hard disk drives.
Sun StorageTek 6540/6140 Array Configurations Using 400GB 10K FC Drives
EOL for Configurations Using 300GB 10K FC Drives
Sun has announced the end of life for the 300GB 10,000 rpm Fibre Channel drives from its Sun StorageTek 6140 and Sun StorageTek 6540 storage arrays and recommended 400GB 10,000 rpm Fibre Channel drives as replacement products. The last order date for the 300GB drives is January 11, 2008 and the last ship date April 11, 2008.
Sun StorageTek T10000 Tape Drive Recommended Replacement for T9940
Sun StorageTek T9940 Last Order Date Set for January 11, 2008
Sun is recommending customers consider its Sun StorageTek T10000 enterprise tape drive with Fibre Channel interface with the end of life of the Sun StorageTek T9940 tape drive program. This next-generation of StorageTek tape drives is an ideal complement to Sun's premier StorageTek automated tape libraries.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 116 Issues 3, 4 and 5; Volume 117 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 117 Issue 1, were:

  • Don't Underestimate ZFS [18871]
  • Myth Buster Jim Laurent Takes on Solaris 10 OS Detractors [18831]
  • 'Best-Ever' Internet Security Practices for Solaris 10 OS [18937]
  • Sun xVM Hypervisor: A Panacea? [18920]
  • Solaris Still a Strong Contender in the OS Market [18917]
  • New World Record Sales and Distribution for SAP on Sun T2 Processors [18919]
  • Sun's Q1 FY 2008 Earnings Report Posts Profit [18780]
  • New Riser Cards for Sun Fire V215 and V245 Server [18816]
  • 10GbE Ports on Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 [18862]
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 and GCCfss Tops Competitors on SPEC CPU2006 [18938]
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