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UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processor Servers Introduced
Third-Generation CMT SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 Servers
Sun is introducing the third-generation CMT SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers based on the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor, which offers up to eight-cores and 64 threads like previous releases, but is compatible with multi-socket servers such as the two-socket T5140 and T5240 servers. The two UltraSPARC chips means users can access a total of 128 instructional threads and up to 16 processing cores within each machine.
Sun Modular Datacenter S20 Wins 2008 Best of FOSE Award
Noted as a Best New Product Showcased at the FOSE Conference and Expo
The Sun Modular Datacenter S20 (Project Blackbox) was awarded a 2008 Government Computer News (GCN) Best of FOSE Award during the annual FOSE Conference and Exposition held April 1-3 in Washington, DC. Potential winners were selected from FOSE 2008 exhibiting companies that were showcasing a new product to be used in the public sector.
Sun Files Another Patent Suit Against Network Appliance (NetApp)
Claims Newly Acquired Onaro SANscreen and NAS Insight Infringes Patents
Sun filed patent infringement charges on March 26th in another lawsuit against Network Appliance (NetApp) with claims that the storage vendor's newly acquired Onaro SANscreen and NAS Insight storage management software violates Sun's patents for device discovery, remote monitoring, event filtering and remote rebuilding of computer, noted court papers filed in U.S. District Court for Northern Calif.
Sun Extends Support for Java SE Platform Up to 15 Years
Under Newly Released Java SE for Business
The newly available Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) for Business is designed for large enterprise customers looking for longer, more predictable support for the platform with up to 15 years per family. It is available via a company wide license with three levels of support - standard, premium and premium plus - and is priced per employee per year, ranging from $10 to $12.50.
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 3D Visualization Tool WireFusion 5 for Solaris, Third-Generation CMT SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 Servers with UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processors; Performance Improvements Cited in Newly Released JRuby 1.1; Java SE for Business Extends Support for the Platform; and New Sun StorageTek VTL Prime with Data De-Duplication.
Sun Hot Topics Offers Information on Some of the Latest Sun Technologies
Keep Abreast of Developments with These Videos
Sun's "Hot Topics" site is designed to keep customers updated on the latest developments involving Sun technologies. Some of this training site's latest featured video topics include xVM Ops Center, virtualization at Sun, multi-thread coding, Solaris Trusted Extensions and the Java Desktop System, Identity Federation, among others.
Free Solaris Express Developer Edition DVD for x86 Platforms
Just Fill Out a Simple Form to Have it Mailed Directly to You at No Charge
Under a limited-time special offer, Sun is offering a Solaris Express Developer Edition DVD for x86 platforms that will be sent directly to requesters absolutely free.
Solaris Cluster Now Supports More Servers
Including Sun Fire X4140, X4240, X4440 and Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 Servers
Solaris Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 support Sun Fire X4140, X4240 and X4440 servers as well as the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers, allowing these servers to be deployed in a Solaris Cluster environment so customers can manage service levels and bring increased availability to deployments.
Download of Solaris Cluster 3.2 2/08 Now Available
Physical Media Expected April 14th

The latest version of Sun's multi-system, multi-site disaster recovery solution - the Solaris Cluster 3.2 2/08 - is now available, bringing with it increased flexibility, ease of use benefits and virtualization support to customers. Solaris Cluster can help deliver disaster recovery and best-in-class HA to business services. The download is currently available, while the physical media version is expected April 14.

Startup Camp San Francisco and CommunityOne Conference
Set for May 4-5, 2008 in San Francisco
Sun will be hosting a Startup Camp event May 4-5, 2008, in conjunction with the second annual CommunityOne conference scheduled for May 5, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Visit Second Life for a Talk with Solaris Application Programming Author
Darryl Gove Set to Speak April 17th

The Sun Pavilion in Second Life will be the site for an author talk featuring Darryl Gove, a senior engineer in Sun’s Compiler Performance Engineering group, who will discuss his book "Solaris Application Programming." The talk is scheduled for April 17th at 9 am (PT) at the Cygnus Theatre in the Developer Playground on the Sun SIMS.

New Sun StorageTek VTL Prime Offers Data Deduplication Features
Incorporates FalconStor's Single Instance Repository

Sun has added data de-duplication into its new virtual tape library solution, the Sun StorageTek VTL Prime, which can be used as a stand alone VTL or may be implemented with Sun StorageTek VTL Plus.

The Software Approach to Fixed Content Data Management
Sun's Project Honeycomb
Forget about relying on traditional file system technology to deal with the demands of the burgeoning fixed content data issue. The answer is the Sun StorageTek 5800 System (a.k.a. Project Honeycomb), which was architected for just such an application. What's more, Project Honeycomb meets the needs of this situation with open source software technology, which is a first in storage.
White Papers on the Brocade Data Center Fabric
Learn More About this Solution, Its Architecture and Adaptive Networking

Three Sun White Papers on the Brocade Data Center Fabric have been published for readers interested in a general overview of the solution, a more detailed examination of its architecture, and its adaptive networking.

Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 122 Issue 1; Volume 121 Issues 2, 3 and 4

During the last quarter (Jan 08, Feb 08. Mar 08), the web site for this newsletter had 140k unique visitors who viewed 312k pages. (For the past 12 months: 416k visitors and 1.0 million page views.)

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 122 Issue 1, were:

  • Sun's April Fools Pranks [19726]
  • Handy DTrace Shell Commands [19594]
  • The Lustre File System and the Sun Constellation System [19521]
  • OpenSolaris in Review March 2008 [19727]
  • Sun Completes Open Sourcing Storage Stack [19695]
  • Maximizing Performance of MySQL on the Solaris Platform [19557]
  • BigAdmin Articles and Article Recommendations [19728]
  • Features Which Could be Introduced in Java SE 7 [19645]
  • Security Engineers Turn DTrace into Reverse Engineering Tool [19538]
  • Good News from Sun [19652]
    New Ruby Developer Resource Center
    Offers Access to Reference Materials, Downloads, Communities and More
    There is a new Ruby Developer Center on the Sun Website designed to assist developers in obtaining basic and advanced resource information on Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JRuby, RubyGems, the NetBeans IDE, the Cool Stack Solaris AMP, the GlassFish application server, Java DB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, as well as others.
    Extended Persistence Context in Stateful Session Beans
    Handling Long and Intermediate User Interactions

    The Enterprise Tech Tips blog has an interesting entry by Mahesh Kannan on extended persistence context in stateful session beans. In his tip, Kannan presents an application that uses a stateful session bean and an entity manager with an extended persistence context.

      "Debugging a JVM Level Hang Using dbx "
      How to Access Information Needed to Debug

      Find out how to use the Sun Studio tool dbx to debug a JVM crash on a Solaris x86 system in a recent SDN article. Poonam Bajaj explains how to work past the lack of product build information from the JVM by utilizing a dbx feature that allows you to 'load' and 'use' an alternate shared object rather than the one that was used in the process run.

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