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Stanford Lineal Accelerator Center Happy with Sun Modular Datacenter
Blackbox Provides the Answer for Datacenter Expansion
Stanford's Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has acquired the increased computing capacity it needed with the purchase of a Sun Modular Datacenter (Sun MD), formerly Project Blackbox [19365]. James Niccolai of IDG News Services reports on Stanford's success with this Sun solution, with which Stanford was sufficiently pleased enough to order a second one.
Electrofilm Digital Studios Eliminates Analog Video Tape Operations
Implements Sun Infrastructure for Digital Video File Management
Media services provider Elektrofilm Digital Studios has implemented the Elektrofilm Digital Media Environment (DME). Key to the implementation was Elektrofilm's decision to eliminate analog video tape from its system. Collaboration with Sun enabled the company to realize its goals efficiently.
Kuwait Oil Company Implements Sun High Performance Cluster
Increased ROI, Processing Power Provide Excellent Results
The Kuwait Oil Company has opted for a Sun Linux-based High Performance Cluster to run its reservoir simulation software, as well as to increase processing power in general and to accelerate the pace of business decision-making.
Survey of Sun ISVs Reveals Solaris 10 OS Critical to Business
Partners Identifiy Performance, Availability, Security as Top Capabilities of OS

Sun ISV partners from the U.S., China, Germany, Italy and Australia were questioned about their use of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) in their solutions. Key in their reasoning for choosing the Solaris 10 OS was its performance, availability, and security, with over 80 percent of respondents identifying these aspects of the Sun OS as the most important.

Sun Startup Essentials Program Expands to Canada, France, Germany
Sun Fostering Global Startup Community; Next Startup Camp Set for London

Startup companies in Canada, France, and Germany will now be able to leverage the resources within the Sun Startup Essentials program to help get themselves up-and-running quickly and within budget. These three are the latest countries now eligible for the program, joining China, India, Israel, U.K., and U.S.

JDA Software Enterprise Planning Suite on Sun Blade 6000
A Winning Combination for Retailing and Manufacturing Operations
JDA Software's Enterprise Planning Suite, a multi-tiered application developed to run on UNIX systems and Intel processors, can run comfortably on a Sun Blade 6000 system that hosts a back-end Oracle database and Windows application servers. A recent article examines Sun and retail tech giant JDA's joint solution.
Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) 1/08
Get the Very Latest in Solaris Technologies, Developer Tools
Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) 1/08 is available for download. This freely available release of Sun's next generation Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is built from the source code repository at and targeted at developers running on x86 systems. This release includes features such as Sun xVM Server, CIFS Server, integrated Web stack (Apache, MySQL, Ruby, Php, PostgreSQL), and much more.
Time to Upgrade to Solaris 10
Benefits of This Latest OS Outweigh the Costs of Upgrading

Solaris 10 has now been shipping for three years. In addition to the initial release, which began shipping January 2005, there have been four more releases. The current release, "Solaris 10 8/07&#8243; or "Update 4&#8243;, has been in production for 5 months. Most of the new hardware platforms that Sun is now shipping requires the Solaris 10 OS.

Using LDOMS I/O Domains With Sun Cluster Software
Blog Reviews Several Sun Fire T2000 Configurations
Ashutosh Tripathi of Solaris Cluster Engineering and Alexandre Chartre of LDoms Engineering discuss using a guest Solaris Logical Domain (LDOM) to exploit the Sun Cluster availability features that are now supported by LDOMS/IO domains.
Cloning Solaris Zones
Script Offers a Fast and Easy Way to Duplicate Zones

In just five steps, you can clone Solaris Zones thanks to Bernd Finger, who has submitted a script to BigAdmin that makes the creation of tens or hundreds of zones fast and easy.

Sun Management Center 4.0 Version 2
Replaces Sun MC 3.6 Version 7
The latest download for the Sun Management Center (MC) is 4.0 version 2, which is now accessible from the Sun Download Center. This new release replaces Sun MC 3.6 version 7. This software update contains add-on software and added support for Sun Blade T6320 Server Module and Netra T5220.
Deploying GlassFish in Solaris Containers
Get Minimal Application Disruption
Sun IT Architect Sonny Hastomo systematically explains how to deploy the GlassFish v2 application server in a Solaris Container in a featured article for SOA World magazine.
Redbook: WebSphere Application Server V6.1 on Solaris OS
Draft Author Invites Readers to Add Comments
Sun IBM WebSphere Architect Albert Leigh's Weblog currently draws attention to a draft of a new Redbook, "WebSphere Application Server V6.1 on Solaris," which was written during the IBM Redbook Residency in late 2007. Comments are invited.
Sun x4 PCIe Quad Gigabit Ethernet ExpressModule for Sun Blade Servers
Increased Server I/O Utilization for Network Connectivity
The new Sun x4 PCIe Quad Gigabit Ethernet ExpressModule for Sun Blade Servers provides cost savings to customers through increased server I/O utilization for network connectivity and four high speed ports with a single low Profile PCI Express slot operating over existing Ethernet infrastructure.
Updated Options Offered for QLogic 9000 and 5000 Series
Hyperstacking, Fault Tolerance, and Enterprise Fabric Suite Software
The QLogic 9000 Directors and 5000 Switches now include options such as QLogic Hyperstacking license kit and QLogic Fault Tolerant License for the QLogic 9000 Directors, and QLogic Enterprise Fabric Suite 2007 for both the QLogic 9000 Directors and 5000 switches. QLogic SANbox 9100 and 9200 FC Directors offer 99.999 percent availability with fault tolerant CPU failover, and the 9000 Directors scale to 256 4Gb ports through Hyperstack configuration of multiple technologies and protocols.
Sun Hardware Spare and Repriced Parts
Includes Parts for Sun Fire, Sun StorEdge, Sun SPARC Enterprise Systems
System administrators and support engineers working with OEMs or companies performing self maintenance on Sun systems, as well as companies that require on-site spares to support critical applications with demanding system availability and uptime requirements, will be interested in Sun's spare and repriced parts, ranging from Sun Fire, Sun StorEdge, Sun SPARC Enterprise systems to motherboards and director switches.
Retirement of Select UltraSPARC III Uniboard Bundles
UltraSPARC IV+ Uniboards Suggested Replacements

Select UltraSPARC III uniboard bundles and unique x-options are being retired. The last order date is set for May 02, 2008 with the last ship date scheduled for August 01, 2008, and the end of service life designated as August 01, 2013. The UltraSPARC IV+ uniboards are the suggested replacement product as is the ROHS version part number for the select x-options.

Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 119 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5

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 119 Issue 5, were:

  • Gartner on Sun's MySQL Acquisition [19372]
  • A Comprehensive Overview of Sun xVM [19271]
  • Solaris OS Patch Management with Patch Check Advanced (PCA) [19208]
  • Sun Modular Datacenter (Project Blackbox) Available for Customers' Orders [19365]
  • Service Management Facility for the Solaris OS: A Quickstart Guide [19207]
  • Datacenters Go to Sea [19276]
  • Sun Wins $141 Million Contract from European Commission [19373]
  • Why Reinvent the Wheel? Use a Script Template Instead [19228]
  • Technical Paper on the UltraSPARC T2 Processor [19268]
  • Webcast: UltraSPARC T2 and its Architecture [19340]
    Chronicling the Installation of Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE)
    Author Discovers Surprisingly Welcome Results
    Although the Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) 1/08 [19423]was just released, Senior SDN Writer Robert Eckstein's chronicle of his experience in installing SXDE 09/07 may still be of interest. He prefaces his piece by acknowledging that the greater part of his experience has involved work as a Java programmer rather than as an IT administrator.
    How to Write Pluggable Authentication Module Service Modules
    And How to Use Them for Authentication and Security Services

    Rich Teer has written a tutorial on writing Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) service modules for authentication and security services. He includes an example module and abundant code. The article's contents include service modules, service module requirements and the above-mentioned example service module.

    New Products Page on Sun Developer Network
    Sun Resource Offers Links to Updates, Solutions, Forums, and Training Opportunities
    This Sun Developer page provides a helpful summary of recent developments in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS); Java technologies; database solutions; developer tools; and infrastructure software. There are links as well to developer forums; a section on recent updates; a spotlight on three Sun solutions; a section on featured products and links to training opportunities.
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