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Sun Operates with Sharp Market Focus
Enterprise and Web Scale Computing Is the Name of the Game
"Enterprise and Web scale computing" -- that's the heart of Sun's business, at least according to Bill Vass, president and COO of Sun Microsystems Federal. Contrary to the assertions of some that Sun tries to be all things IT to its customers, Vass asserts that the company's focus is really quite sharp, enabling Sun to deliver solutions that provide "security, high availability, high performance, dynamic scaling, open architectures, at the best value."
Former Defense Intelligence Agency CTO Shares His Sun Ray Experience
Sees Exponential Potential for this Innovative System
Few people have the experience with information security that Bob Gourley, former CTO for the Defense Intelligence Agency, brings to the subject, which makes his blog on the Sun Ray 270 a topic of interest to a wide range of readers. Gourley sees adoption of the Sun Ray 270 as having an exponential potential with its range of features, which includes a high-level of security.
Sun Recognized by InfoWorld's Green 15 Awards
Datacenter Redesign, Consolidation Deemed Praiseworthy

Sun Microsystems is one of 15 organizations recognized by InfoWorld as practitioners of sustainable technologies that cut waste and reduce carbon footprint even as they achieve significant business goals. Leon Erlanger reported the for InfoWorld.

Illumos
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OpenSolaris in Review April 2008
ByTim Foster, Sun Microsystems, Solaris Engneering Ops.
Tim Foster recently summarized what the OpenSolaris community has been talking about:
  • 100,000 registrations on opensolaris.org
  • Nemo driver for Hydra, a shared 10 Gbit network interface
  • ZFS boot
  • Brussels - enhanced network driver config
  • OpenSolaris release candidates roll out, comments roll in
  • Belenix 0.7
  • OpenSolaris.com design discussion
  • NICDRV Test Suite Released
  • easySMF - web-based tool to build manifests
  • MilaX (a small size Live CD distribution which runs completely off a CD or a USB pendrive)
  • DTrace IP provider getting closer
Events
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General Session Speakers and Details Announced for Upcoming Conferences
JavaOne, CommunityOne Free and Open Developer Conference
Speakers are set for the upcoming Community One and JavaOne Conferences scheduled for the first full week in May at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, including music legend and pioneer Neil Young, who will be joining Sun executives during the JavaOne opening keynote session on May 6. If you are unable to attend the conferences in person, Sun will be webcasting the CommunityOne general sessions as well as streaming the technical sessions, and hosting live webcasts of all the 2008 JavaOne conference general sessions.
Defense Information Systems Agency Partnership Conference
Set for May 5-8 in Orlando, Florida
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Partnership Conference is set for May 5-8 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. Sun Federal will be demonstrating some of the company's advanced technologies for desktop virtualization, security, identity management, etc. at booth 331. Partners expected to join Sun at the booth are Mitel, BlueSpace and Dynamic Systems.
Sun Engineering Webcast Series: Virtualization Technologies
Range of Virtualization Solutions Discussed
Learn more about Sun virtualization technologies in a webcast with an accompanying slide presentation by Hugo Rivero, senior staff engineer in the Partner group at Sun, who discusses problem issues in the data center and how virtualization can resolve many of today's challenges.
Video: Sun Labs Proximity Communications
Sun Labs Dave Douglas Gives Brief Explanation, Demo
Proximity community is a revolutionary chip-to-chip communications technology that allows two devices to swap data by just being near each other. Still under development, this technology was conceptually demonstrated during this year's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo by Sun Labs David Douglas, and is now the subject of a ZDNet video clip, in which Douglas briefly explains the technology and how it works.
Sun CTO Presents "Getting to the Service Oriented Enterprise"
Podcast Covers Open Source Software, Open Standards, SOA
Sun SOA and Business Integration CTO Ross Altman presented "Getting to the Service Oriented Enterprise," which was recorded during the SOA Consortium meeting in Washington, D.C. in March, and is now available as a podcast and slide presentation. Two main topics are covered in the 53-minute presentation: 1) the benefits of open source software and open standards and 2) the challenges and benefits of SOA.
Servers
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Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 and T5140/T5240 Servers
Datacenter Tools for the Web 2.0 Era
A recent Sun white paper on the SPARC Enterprise T5120, T5220, T5140 and T5240 servers -- the first massively Systems on a Chip (SoC) -- that employ the UltraSPARC T2 and UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors describes how these solutions offer datacenter managers the tools they need for eco-efficient, scalable storage and retrieval of the dynamic databases typical of Web 2.0 infrastructure.
Comparison Chart of SPARC Processors Architecture, Physical Features
From the UltraSPARC IV+ to the UltraSPARC T2 Plus
All PTO configurations and X-options for the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 Servers were to be generally available on April 30. These UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor-based servers are the latest in an extensive family of SPARC processors. To help users understand the variances between these processors, Tim Cook created a comparison table outlining their physical features and architecture.
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 122 Issues 1, 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 4, were:

  • Details on the Solaris 10 5/08 Operating System [19815]
  • OpenSolaris Becoming Serious Competitor to Linux [19768]
  • OpenProj Now Included in European StarOffice Boxes [19844]
  • Sun Considered a Disruptive Force in the IT Industry [19769]
  • Sun Shared Visualization Software Version 1.1 - Free Download [19745]
  • New UI Expected with Sun xVM Server, xVM Ops Center Releases [19783]
  • Questions Answered About Virtualization on Solaris Containers and Zones [19432]
  • Tutorials on Access Control and Auditing in the Solaris 10 OS [19805]
  • New Content on BigAdmin [19855]
  • OpenSolaris Community Gears Up for an Exciting May 2008 [19807]
    Java Technology
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    Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04 Including OpenJDK-based Implementations
    Linux Distribution Opens Up New Market for Java
    Developers using Fedora 9 or Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) can now count on free software implementations based on Java technology as a standard element of an open source developer stack since the OpenJDK has been included into the latest releases of the two open source softwares. This move now opens the door for numerous Java technology-based offerings to be included in the core of these GNU/Linux distributions.
    Sun to Demonstrate Java FX at JavaOne 2008
    Scripting Language Promises to be Easier to Learn, Use Than Java Itself
    Users who have struggled to learn the Java programming language will be pleased with the news reported by InformationWeek's Charles Babcock, which is that Sun is working on the release of Java FX, a scripting language based on a byte code that can run in the standard Java Virtual Machine (JVM) but that will be much easier to learn and to use than Java itself. Sun plans a demonstration of Java FX during the upcoming JavaOne 2008 Conference.
    Java and the iPhone - Will Ever the Twain Meet?
    A Resounding Yes, Sun Hopes
    Sun and Innaworks have been collaborating on bringing Java applications to Apple's iPhone, even with the Cupertino, Calif.-based corporation's reluctance to publicly support the programming language on its popular mobile phone device. Sun also has not given up its pursuit of having a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) placed on the iPhone through the iPhone SDK.
    Security
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    Daniel Raskin Outlines Sun's Current Goals in Federation, Access Management
    Simplification Is a Major Factor
    The simplification of federation and identity management tasks for enterprises is one of the chief goals of Daniel Raskin, senior product line manager for Access and Federation Management at Sun, who explains his aims and discusses some of the key features of the soon-to-be-released Sun Federated Access Manager in an interview with Marina Sum.
    Using the Solaris Security Toolkit to Harden Your System
    Brief Tutorial Explains the Process to Secure Systems
    Deploy a baseline of security configurations to all your systems with the Solaris Security Toolkit (SST), formerly known as the JumpStart Architecture and Security Scripts (JASS) toolkit. In a brief tutorial by Joerg Moellenkamp, learn how to install the SST and use it to harden a system.
    Sun Managed Operations for Identity
    Provides 24x365 Remote Management & Monitoring of Sun ID Management

    The Sun Managed Operations for Identity released in mid-April offers customers Managed Operations Remote Monitoring and Management of Sun Identity Management (IDM) solutions. This solution is an added capability to the existing Sun Managed Operations offering.

    User Attributes in Securing Applications with Identity Services
    Demonstrates How to Fetch User Attributes With Attribute Service

    In Part 3 of their series on Securing Applications With Identity Services, Lakshman Abburi, Aravindan Ranganathan and Marina Sum turn their attention to User Attributes. The authors describe how to fetch user attributes by means of the attribute service with IdSvcsClient, an example application built with the NetBeans IDE.

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