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Sun Announces Plans to Buy VirtualBox Software Maker innotek
Open Source VirtualBox to Complement Sun xVM Portfolio
innotek's open source VirtualBox product is on its way to becoming apart of Sun's product line as the company announced a stock purchase agreement to buy the Germany-based software company. VirtualBox is a developer desktop virtualization platform enabling desktop or laptop PCs to run multiple and different operating systems side-by-side such as Windows, Linux, Mac, or the Solaris Operating System.
Introducing the Sun Netra T5220 Server
First Carrier-Grade, 64-Thread Rackmount Server
The industry's first carrier-grade, 64-thread rackmount server has been introduced by Sun as the Sun Netra T5220 server. Based on UltraSPARC T2 processors, the Sun Netra T5220 server offers 64 virtual systems in a 2U, 20-inch-deep form factor and is the industry's only Network Equipment Building Standard (NEBS) Level 3 Certified Rack Server.
Sun MD S20 Bests Dell Servers in Web Performance
Provides Superior Performance by Watt and by Square Footage
The prolific BM Seer has written a blog about Web Processing Performance on Sun Modular Datacenter (Sun MD) S20. His findings are that the Sun MD S20, configured with Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 servers, demonstrated performance per watt and performance by space superior to Dell servers using Xeon quad-core processors. The benchmarking exercise Seer reports on demonstrated that a Sun MD S20 fully configured with the 102 Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120, each with a single UltraSPARC T2, and requiring only 160 square feet of space, can deliver nearly 455,000 web processing operations per second.
Rock Release Now Expected in Latter Half of 2009
ISSCC Paper Covers Technical Aspects of the UltraSPARC Multicore Processor
Sun has been developing a high-end SPARC processor with the codename Rock. One of Sun’s top engineers Marc Tremblay, delivered a paper at the ISSCC 2008 conference where he confirmed that Rock-based systems would ship in the "second half of 2009."
News from System News Blog
Briefs on Recently Released Solutions, Partnerships
Some of the latest partner activity at Sun over the last few weeks includes Network.com Adds Applications, New Partner Program, More International Availability; VirtualBox Basics; The Ins and Outs of Desktop Virtualization, Sun Vietnam to Open Offices This Year, Solaris 10 on SPARC Now Supported by Layer 7 Technologies, Innovating@Sun Podcast: Building with Fortress, World Class Storage from Sun Microsystems, Sun's Reference Architecture for Oracle 11g, Federal Trade Commission Oks Sun's Acquisition of MySQL, Understanding Variations in Solaris OS Versions, and SugarCRM Stack Installers for Solaris, OpenSolaris.
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Jonathan Schwartz Explains Sun's Interest in MySQL
Profitability, Business Model Made for an Attrractive Acquisition
Jonathan Schwartz explained his enthusiasm for MySQL to the audience at Sugar CRM recently, saying that the company's rapid growth rate and its revenue model made it an attractive candidate for acquisition, even at the price of $1 billion.
Sun Shines for MySQL
CEO Mikos Likes What He Sees
Marten Mickos, MySQL CEO, is happy with the acquisition of his company by Sun and explains why going to work for Sun had compelling attractions.
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Linuxworld Picks Top Leaders in Open Source Business
Who Will Matter Most in 2008
IDC is forecasting that the Open Source business, "reached $1.8 billion in 2006 and will grow to reach $5.8 Billion by 2011." LinuxWorld has published an article listing open source business leaders who they think will matter the most in 2008, which includes Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz.
PostgreSQL 8.3 Released
Major Performance Enhancements, New Features and Options
The release of PostgreSQL 8.3 earlier this month brings major performance enhancements to the high-performance object-relational database management system, including Heap Only Tuples (HOT), spread checkpoints and background writer autotuning, and an asynchronous commit option for faster response times on some transactions.
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Solaris 10, RHEL 5, MS Windows Compared
Laurent Updates Comparison Chart, Adds Windows 2003
In December, Sun Microsystems Federal's Jim Laurent created a comparison chart between the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and Red Hat EL 5, highlighting important aspects of the two open source development models. The chart has since been updated with new information on the operating systems, and Microsoft Windows 2003 Datacenter Edition added as an additional OS to compare.
Solaris is One Top Three Strategic OSes for European Financial Services Market
Forrester Reports Findings on Surveyed Financial Services Companies
A Forrester report issued last month shows the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is one of the top three strategically positioned OSes in the European financial services market. Authored by Jost Hoppermann with Gene Leganza and Olesia Klevchuk assisting, the 16-page PDF's results are based on surveyed enterprise architects, IT planners, and strategists within financial services firms in 13 European countries.
How-to Set Up JumpStart with the Solaris 10 OS for SPARC Platforms and ZFS
Lucas Williams Reports on a Trouble-free Install Experience
Lucas Williams reports on "Setting Up JumpStart With Solaris 10 OS for SPARC Platforms and ZFS" in his recent BigAdmin piece. He used a single Sun Enterprise 3500 server running Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and a single client machine, a Sun Netra X1 server. Although he used the Solaris 10 08/07 release, Williams writes that this procedure will work with versions going back as far as 03/05.
Moellenkamp on Less Known Solaris Features
Role-Based Access Control, Privileges, and the Solaris OS
Joerg Moellenkamp has written an extensive tutorial on Role-based access control (RBAC) and privileges. To ease readers into the learning piece, the author divided his "course" entitled "Less Known Solaris Features" into four parts: Introduction, RBAC, Privileges, and Epilogue.
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 119 Issues 3, 4 and 5; Volume 120 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 120 Issue 1, were:

  • Sun VP of xVM Talks About Sun xVM Server and Ops Center [19416]
  • Cloning Solaris Zones [19331]
  • Using LDOMS I/O Domains With Sun Cluster Software [19335]
  • Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) 1/08 [19423]
  • Sun Management Center 4.0 Version 2 [19412]
  • Stanford Lineal Accelerator Center Happy with Sun Modular Datacenter [19368]
  • Sun Steadies its Sights on 10% Operating Profit Margin for 2009 [19422]
  • Sun Java Real-Time System Software Wins Reuters [19415]
  • Kuwait Oil Company Implements Sun High Performance Cluster [19265]
  • Survey of Sun ISVs Reveals Solaris 10 OS Critical to Business [19337]
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