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Training
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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.
Features
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Is Innovation Necessarily an In-house Phenomenon?
Not When It Pays to Buy It in the Marketplace
To buy or not to buy. That is the subject G. Pascal Zachary muses over in his New York Times piece "Thinking Outside the Company's Box," which concerns the virtues of innovation within the company walls versus innovation as something available in the marketplace.
France's #1 Radio Station RTL Relies on GlassFish
Open Source App Server Has Proven to be "Rock Solid"
France's number one radio station RTL relies on the open source application server for Java EE 5, better known as GlassFish, for internal and external applications. Fabrice Aneche of RTL answered a brief questionnaire regarding the station's real-world deployment.
Software
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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.

Events
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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.

Servers
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Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 Server Runs the Gauntlet
InfoWorld Finds It a Prime Candidate for Virtualization
The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 server was put to the test by InfoWorld's Paul Venezia, who attributes the performance of this server to the UltraSPARC T2 processor, a single CPU running four, six or eight cores. Among the improvements in the UltraSPARC T2 are increased bandwidth to mainline I/O, decreased latency, core-specific memory controllers, FPU, cryptographic accelerator, and 4MB L2 cache, plus x8 PCle and two 10G Ethernet controllers, all of which reside on a single CPU die.
Sun Netra T5220 (DC Version) with UltraSPARC T2 Processor
Good Candidate Server for Virtualization
The Sun Netra T5220 (DC version) is now available. This high-efficiency, ruggedized rack server platform is based on the second generation of the Chip Multi-threaded Technology (CMT) UltraSPARC T2 processor. The Netra T5220 server offers extreme reliability and high throughput, at the same time offering processor core, memory and I/O densities to enable expansion and flexibility with a compact 2U form factor. The Netra T5220 will be the ideal platform for virtualization. The Sun Netra T5220 (AC version) is coming in April 2008.
Look Twice, Maybe Three Times, at IBM's Claims for its z10 Mainframe
Sun Blogger Jeff Savit Thinks Some 'Benchmarketing" Might Be Going On

There's a good more than meets the eye in the claims IBM is making for its new z10 mainframe, for which Big Blue claims a 30 to 1 ability to consolidate software licenses, among other things. Sun blogger Jeff Savit asserts further that this claim is based on 760 X2100 cores to 26 z10. The 760 to 26 is based on 3845 RPEs at 10 percent = 384.5 RPEs, which is approximately equivalent to the number of z10 RPEs at 90 percent when you use 20 RPEs equal to 1 MIP where MIPS are based on the LSPR curve for the z10. Got that? Well, read on, in the Sun blog, which points out that these measures were not taken under load, the only true measure of system performance.

New Configuration for Netra T2000 Servers
Now To Be Built with 1GB DIMM; Retiring 512MB DIMM
There's something new in the wind for the Sun Netra T2000 eight core (8 GB) RoHS compliant server, which is being retired from the Sun product list and replaced by a new standard configuration based on a 1 GB DIMM rather than the 512MB DIMM, which is slated for EOL on September 5, 2008. Users of the Sun Netra product line will find in the newly configured Sun Netra T2000 server increased throughput with both footprint and power savings in a solution that meets the increasing demands of the network infrastructure using Sun's Chip Multithreaded (CMT) processor architecture.
New Configurations and Options for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000
Servers Now Offered with 8GB Total Memory or 4GB Options
You can now get Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 and M5000 servers with 8GB total memory which includes two half populated memory boards using 1GB DIMMs. Customers also have the flexibility of purchasing a 4GB memory module (4 x 1GB DIMMs) and 4GB memory expansion kit (4 x 1GB DIMMs) as options for a lower priced system configuration.
Storage
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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.

Top10
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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]
    Developer
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    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.

      Sysadmin
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      Upgrading to the Solaris 10 OS Provides Triple Digit Savings Potential
      Crimson Group Survey Reveals Striking Results
      The Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) has shown itself to be a source of extraordinary savings in a test conducted by the Crimson Consulting Group whose white paper on the OS reports ROI of 127% over five years for servers upgraded to the Solaris 10 OS. Crimson reports further that the potential exists for an additional 335% ROI if the upgrade was completed for all servers.
      Deploying MySQL on the Solaris Cluster
      Paper Covers Regression and Failover Testing as Well

      Sun engineer Krish Shankar has posted a detailed paper on how to deploy HA MySQL on a Solaris Cluster. Shankar also considered regression and failover testing of HA MySQL, and describes the tests performed. He found that the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) fully supports MySQL and the HA cluster application agent for MySQL. The multi-threaded MySQL Open Source database consists of an SQL server, client programs and libraries, administrative tools, and APIs.

      Why Use MySQL?
      The Top Reasons Users, CIOs and DBAs/SysAdmins Do
      See why CIOs, DBAs and SysAdmins, along with users in general, choose to use the open source database MySQL. Their top reason are cited.
      Free Download of "Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology"
      Look Beyond the 'Watts-Per-Square-Foot' Approach
      "Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology," Rod Snevely's 220 page book, is now available as a free download. The book attempts to walk readers through the design process, offering a method for creating a design that meets the requirements of your data center. But rather than being a simple book of designs, the book is rather a tool to work through data center requirements and to discover solutions to create the best design for those requirements.
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