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SOA Is Ready to Knock Down Some Information Silos
The Technology Is at Hand; Only the Mind Set Needs to Change
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) writes Michael Hardy, Washington Technology associate editor, is entrenching itself as the model for future IT networks, and open standards are playing an important role in the move away from proprietary solutions. With the current and developing technology, there is no longer a reason to stash data in information silos rather than allowing it to flow down to personnel at the operational level.
Sun Secures US Army Records
Speeds Up Annual Personnel File Updates
It used to be the case that the soldiers in the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, all of whom are responsible for annually reviewing his or her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), did so by relying on the mail to perform the updating and correcting of their personal information, an expensive and time consuming operation. Now, the Army has moved to an interactive Personnel Electronic Record Management System (iPERMS) that uses clustered Sun SPARC Enterprise T1000 and T2000 servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) as web tier servers.
Sun SPOTs Feel Their Way Through the World
Sun's Roger Meike Sees Them Turning Up Just About Everywhere
In its effort to stay ahead of the market, Sun inaugurated the Sun Small Programmable Object Technology (Sun SPOT) project, a hardware and software platform designed to overcome the challenges that currently inhibit the development of the emerging network of things. Project Director Roger Meike sees the field as promising, saying, "These little devices may be something where you have hundreds of them in your car and thousands of them in your home and office and they're just surrounding you every day. Al Riske writes about the Suns SPOT project.
Java Technology
Products That Improve the Life of the Java ME Developer
Subversion, NetBeans IDE and the Sun Java System Web Server and WebDAV

According to Richard Marejka, the life of a Java ME developer can be greatly improved with support for source-code management and application deployment. In a SDN article, Marejka shows how using the NetBeans IDE, the open source source-code management (SCM) product Subversion (SVN) and the Sun Java System Web Server give developers real benefit by simplifying these tasks.

Book: Java EE 5 Development using GlassFish Application Server
GlassFish Insider Says Good for Novices, Quick Overview of Major Components
The book "Java EE Development using GlassFish Application Server" by David Heffelfinger was well-received by GlassFish insider Ken Paulsen, who says this well-written tutorial shows novices how to build applications and schools readers on each of the app server's major components.
"Beyond Cell Phones in the Micro-Embedded Space"
Podcast Discusses Java, Project Squawk and Beyond
Eric Arseneau, principal investigator of the Squawk virtual machine, and his team are working on pushing Java as far as it can go in the micro-embedded space, looking beyond Sun SPOTs to targets devices like SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) cards and similar devices running approximately 16K of Flash and 2K of RAM.
Features Which Could be Introduced in Java SE 7
Closures, Beans Binding, Superpackages, to Name a Few
Lana Kovacevic with BuilderAU reported on the Sun Tech Days presentation "Java SE 6 Top 10 Features and Java SE 7" given by Chuk-Munn Lee, who alluded to some of the features that could be included in version 7 of the standard Java platform. Keep in mind that these are still proposals, Kovacevic noted, but if ready by Java SE 7's release, these could help simplify many developer tasks.
Sun StorageTek T9840D Tape Drive
Delivers Build-in Encryption to Protect Sensitive Archive Data
Sun StorageTek T9840D Tape Drive is the 4th generation of the platform since its introduction in 1998. This latest release boasts 75 GB native capacity, 30 MB/second throughput and, for the first time, the T9840D is encryption-capable.
Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library Plus System 2.0 for 1200 Model
Hardware and Software Parts Released
Software and hardware parts for the Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library Plus (VTL Plus) System 2.0 were to be general available on March 29th. This VTL Plus 2.0 availability is for the VTL Plus 2.0 1200 model, which is replacing the VTL Plus 1140.
Sun Completes Open Sourcing Storage Stack
Storage Solutions at a Very Attractive Price Point
Bob Porras has an idea he'd like to share with you, which concerns A Completed Open Source Storage Stack, the storage code base recently posted at opensolaris,org in the area of hierarchical storage management (HSM). And this is not just standard backup, he asserts, but rather a solution that addresses automated data management via policies driven by data and metadata. HSM drives some of the largest data repositories out there in the industry today, he added.
Sun StorageTek 5800 Brings New Approach to Fixed Content Storage
InfoWorld Test Finds Solution Resilient, Easy to Manage
Project Honeycomb, a.k.a. Sun StorageTek 5800, receives the scrutiny of Mario Apicella, senior analyst at InfoWorld Test Center in a recent test. The findings are very positive --InfoWorld
Sun's Enterprise Class Data Storage Solutions Support New IBM System z10 Server
Video: Schwartz Talks About Sun's Mainframe Storage Portfolio

IBM System z10 server will now be supported by Sun's Virtual Storage Manager (VSM) family of virtual tape, tape libraries, access and capacity tape drives, the Sun StorageTek 9990V and 9985V disk systems, and the Shared Virtual Array (SVA) family of Virtual Disk.

Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 121 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4

During the last quarter (Dec 07, Jan 08, Feb 08), the web site for this newsletter had 130k unique visitors who viewed 281k pages.

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 121 Issue 4, were:

  • Open Source and Profit, Put in Plain and Simple Terms [19664]
  • Cheat Sheet for Picking the Right Solaris OS Installation for You [19596]
  • Learn to Create Web Apps Using MySQL Database in 30 Minutes [19647]
  • Sun Wins $44.29 Million Department of Defense Research Contract [19701]
  • Sun and Blu-ray Technology [19644]
  • Step-by-Step How-to for Optimizing MySQL Server on Sun x64 Servers and Storage [19670]
  • U.S. Navy to Acquire Only Open Source Technologies, Standards [19669]
  • Quick Tips on Setting Up the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 2.0 [19685]
  • Open Source Virtualization and Project Indiana [19683]
  • Resource Management with the Solaris OS [19676]
    Security Engineers Turn DTrace into Reverse Engineering Tool
    Re:trace Can Find Flaws in Both the Stack and Heap

    Security researchers Tiller Beauchamp and David Weston with the engineering firm Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) have developed a way to turn DTrace into a rootkit-like, reverse engineering tool that can be deployed to quickly locate application vulnerabilities and create exploits.

    What Does the MySQL Acquisition Mean for Developers?
    More Options and More Support
    What will the acquisition of MySQL mean for developers? Rick Palkovic decided to present what he believes developers can expect from this open source database joining the Sun team in a Sun Developer Network article.
    GlassFish and MySQL Software Bundle
    Leading Open Source Versions of Enterprise Java and Database
    Developers were expected to be able to download GlassFish V2 with the MySQL Community Server 5.0 (5.0.51a) and MySQL JDBC driver 5.1.6 in a software bundle beginning March 26. This open source bundle will be made available for all the major software platforms including Solaris, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
    Maximizing Performance of MySQL on the Solaris Platform
    Tuning Storage Engine InnoDB for Optimal Performance
    Now that MySQL is part of the Sun team, many are interested in trying out the database. For Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) users, Luojiia Chen has written an article that explains how you can maximize the performance of MySQL on the Solaris platform through configuration and tuning of the database server, along with optimizing the Solaris OS for MySQL.
    Handy DTrace Shell Commands
    Brendan Gregg Offers Scripts

    Robert Weeks has posted a summary of handy DTrace shell commands created by Brendan Gregg called one liners. These script commands can show you each time a new process is started (with arguments), when files opened and by which process, syscall counts by program, syscall counts by syscall, syscall count by process, read bytes by process, and many more.

    Security Is More than Just an Afterthought
    Sun's Jamie Nelson on Federated Identity Management
    When Marina Sum interviewed Sun's Director of Engineering for Access and Federation Management Jamie Nelson, one of his most striking observations was that " developing Web applications...identity is often an afterthought." Worse yet, he added, too often, the security portion of an application is typically built in a rush, sometimes with boilerplate community code. The implications for single sign-on (SSO) in such a case are not good, he said.
    What Are the Top Five Threats to the Security of Web 2.0 Operations?
    A List from Glenn Brunette and Rafat Alvi

    Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette and Principal Engineer Rafat Alvi, members of the Sun Inner Circle, shared their views on the security threats to success in web scale enterprises, examining the subject of asset protection as connectivity expands geometrically. According to Brunette, "because Web scale deployments reach so many people through constantly evolving delivery methods, long-standing security matters can take on new dimensions.”

    Adapting Sun's Culture to the Realities of the Open Source Community
    Pat Patterson on OpenSSO
    Pat Patterson, a member of Sun's access and federation management team and community manager for Open SSO, identified the transition from traditional proprietary development to open source as the biggest challenge OpenSSO faces, as he answered questions put to him by Marina Sum. This situation is caused by the need for Sun engineers to be "up front" in their work, out in the open, so to speak, working within the community of outside contributors and with their colleagues at Sun as well.
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