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Sun Steadies its Sights on 10% Operating Profit Margin for 2009
Sun CFO Michael Lehman Confirms Goal During Sun Analyst Summit
Sun is on target to reach its stated goal of a 10 percent operating profit margin during 2009, as well as this year's financial targets, said Sun CFO Mike Lehman this past week during the Sun Analyst Summit 2008 in San Francisco. He referred to strong sales growth in emerging markets and a shift toward more expensive server and storage setups as positive indicators toward reaching these marks.
Sun VP of xVM Talks About Sun xVM Server and Ops Center Q&A with Steve Wilson is hosting the article "Sun xVM Server and Ops Center Q&A with Steve Wilson", Sun vice president of xVM. Wilson makes a few key points in the interview including Sun as a player in the virtualization space, features borrowed from the Solaris Operating System give xVM Server a set of highly unique attributes such as predictive self healing, xVM Ops Center is designed to manage up to thousands of servers (physical and virtual), along with others.
Sun Java Real-Time System Software Wins Reuters
Early Access Preview of Version 2.1 for Red Hat, Suse Linux Offered to SDN Members
The Sun Java Real-Time System (RTS) will be helping Reuters, PLC address latency and unpredictable temporal performance of Java applications in the development and deployment of market-facing services. The Sun Java RTS provides a high-level development platform offering absolute execution predictability in applications, and keeps critical latencies as low as 20 microseconds, Sun reports.
Good News from Sun
Monthly Sun Marketing Update - February 2008
The "Good News" from Sun for February 2008 includes seven straight quarters of growth with the Q2FY08 financial results and an agreement to acquire MySQL AB, which marks one of the most significant recognitions of the importance and power of open source as a disruptive force in technology, writes an industry CEO. Multiple customer wins and reported business results from customers also highlight this month's "good news".
System News For Sun Users Blog Recap
Recent Blog Entries of Interest to Sun Users
System News posts items of interest for Sun users on a regular basis on the System News For Sun Users blog. Some of those items will become detailed articles in this newsletter. A quick recap of posts for the last week includes an update on "Rock", the Sun Analyst Summit, Sun Joins SOA Consortium, Sun Java Real-Time System Wins Reuters; Early Access for Version 2.1 Available, and Sun xVM Server and Ops Center Q&A with Steve Wilson.
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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