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Sun Assumes a Distinctive Posture in Virtualization Market
xVM VP Steve Wilson Says 'Choice' Will Give Sun an Edge
Steve Wilson, VP of Sun's desktop and data center virtualization initiative, identified three distinguishing factors of the company's virtualization strategy in an interview with eWeek's Peter Galli. "Data-center-grade solutions, openness and interoperability," said Wilson, are what make Sun different in the virtualization field.
NaviSite Offers Software as a Service Through Solaris on Demand
Enables ISVs to Shift to On-Demand Model
NaviSite now offers software as a service (SaaS) to ISVs through Sun's Solaris On Demand program. The program enables ISVs to quickly develop and deliver their software applications in an on-demand environment hosted and supported by NaviSite in the US and the UK, using Sun products and technologies. Using the technology and infrastructure provided by NaviSite, ISVs can now develop software applications that meet the availability, security and scalability needs of their own customers while cutting down their overall costs.
Sun and Joyent Partner to Offer Free Hosting for Apps
For Open Social's Platform
Developers creating applications on the OpenSocial platform can receive up to a year of free hosting on Sun servers through Joyent. Sun and Joyent have partnered to make this offer available through Joyent's Free Accelerator program.
InfoVista Joins Sun Partner Advantage Program
Integrates VistaInsight for Servers with DTrace
InfoVista has joined the Sun Partner Advantage Program for Independent Software Vendors as a Principal Partner. InfoVista, which provides proven solutions for proactive service assurance, qualified for this level of membership by meeting the stringent criteria for excellence as a supplier of Solaris Operating System (OS) solutions, and by committing to tight strategic and technical alignment with Sun.
Free and Open Source S/W
x 3.0 Beta Release
Native Support for Macintosh, ODF 1.2 Standard
The community is looking for regular users of to test and evaluate the just released 3.0 public beta release, which is immediately available in US English for MS-Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and OpenSolaris platforms.
Sun and AppVoyage
Virtualization technology for mobile applications
  • Customize existing Web applications for the mobile environment rapidly and without software programming

  • Minimize capital expenditures and the IT resources required to mobilize existing applications

  • Improve workforce productivity and reach customers in new places

  • Increase revenue and customer satisfaction by gaining access to critical information and applications when and where needed

  • Realize complete return on investment in as little as six months

  • Take advantage of Sun platforms to ensure the exceptional scalability, performance, and stability of a mobile application environment
Sun and Aunigma Network Solutions
Fast, secure, next generation networks
  • Secure Internet communications through innovative technology that provides dynamic protection at the individual packet level

  • Tune network transmission for increased efficiency and quality of service (QoS)

  • Accelerate and optimize WAN functionality

  • Ease administration through features such as a real-time probing and attack detection dashboard and facilities for implementing honeypot forensics

  • Leverage the speed, efficiency, stability, and scalability of Sun platforms for running Aunigma¬ís Universal VPN Gateway

  • Combine the Solaris 10 Operating System with identity-based Aunigma technology for an economical security breakthrough

  • Use Sun servers to help improve available bandwidth for secure communications
Intel's Threading Building Blocks Available for Sun Studio, Latest Solaris Releases
Will Ease Building Threaded Apps in C++ for Multi-Core Processors

Intel's open source Threading Building Blocks (TBB) technology is now available for the Solaris 10 5/08 Operating System (Solaris OS) and the Sun Studio software toolchain, the latter of which can be used with the Solaris OS and Linux on x86/x64 platforms, as well as with the Solaris OS on SPARC processors.

Sweden Is Newest Sun Startup Essentials Locale
Program Provides Free Guidance to Startups

An overview of the Sun Startup Essentials program discusses the nature of the program, designed to provide assistance to companies new to their respective businesses. The global program, which has already seen over 2,300 applications since the initial launch in the U.S. in November of 2006, has also launched in Canada, China, India, the UK, France, Germany and Israel. Sun now has launched a Startup Essentials program in Sweden, one of the largest venture capital investment bases in EMEA and one of the most connected countries worldwide.

    22 Entries from
    Briefs on Recently Released Solutions, Partnerships
    Some of the latest partner activity at Sun over the last few weeks includes: Sun Expands its x64 Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Server Line; Developers Offered Free Hosting on OpenSocial Platform; Sun Third Party System Management Integrations; Webcast: Sun Virtualization Technologies; Solaris On Demand - SaaS Program for ISVs; Sun x64 Server Platforms to be Supported by Upcoming Ubuntu Release; Kickfire Database Appliance Based on MySQL Breaks Data Warehousing Price-Performance; Sun Expands Sun Streaming System Product Portfolio; and more.
    SAS 15K 73GB Hard Disk Drive for Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220
    Offers Customers an Additional 15K Speed Option

    The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 servers can now be ordered with an X-Option or ATO option specifying a SAS 73 GB hard disk drive for an additional 15K speed for users.

    PLX PCI Express Switches Support UltraSPARC T2 Plus Servers
    PEX 8548 Chips Features Low Latency, Power Efficiency, Reliability

    The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers, powered by the Sun UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor, are now supported by multiple PLX PEX 8548 PCIe switches for high-performance PCIe fanout and slot expansion.

    Videos on Open Storage Community and Projects
    Find Out What Sun's Open Storage Movement is All About
    If you are interested in learning more about Sun's Open Storage platform and the OpenSolaris storage community, then take a few minutes to watch a couple of videos that highlight Sun's latest move into the open source world.
    Ask The Experts: JRuby Support in NetBeans IDE 6
    Pose Your Questions Between May 19th - 23rd
    Do you have questions you'd like answered regarding JRuby and its support in the NetBeans IDE 6? Well beginning May 19th, you may pose those queries to a knowledgeable panel at "Ask The Experts" where just that topic will be addressed.
    UltraSPARC T2 Processor Scores Well on SPECweb2005 Banking
    Beats the Competition by a Factor of 2.7
    Lawrence Spracklen was impressed by the SPECweb05 performance of the UltraSPARC T2 processor, as he reports in his blog, especially its performance on the 100 percent HTTPS banking workload. What he discovered was that a single-socket UltraSPARC T2 processor provides equivalent performance to 4-socket x64 systems containing Quad-core processors, which means that, on a per socket basis, the UltraSPARC T2 outperforms the competition by over 2.7X.
    More Throughput, Lower Costs
    It's All Possible with Sun's UltraSPARC T2 Processor with SMT
    Sun's first response to the IT dilemma of needing to do more with fewer resources was to introduce the UltraSPARC T1 processor with four cores and 32 threads. Next came the UltraSPARC T2 with eight cores and 64 threads, to which Sun recently added symmetric multiprocessing (SMT), enabling multiple CMT processors to be used within a single system. The impact on energy costs and throughput has been enormous, Chip Brookshaw reports, freeing the processor from the limits formerly imposed by clock speed.
    Top Ten Articles for last Issue
    Volume 123 Issue 1; Volume 122 Issues 3, 4 and 5

    The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 123 Issue 1, were:

    • On2 Technologies to Add Video Capabilities to JavaFX Family [19946]
    • Sun CEO Offers Perspective on Company's Fiscal Third Quarter [19921]
    • VirtualBox 1.6.0 [19890]
    • OpenSolaris Operating System's Official Release [19919]
    • Series of Tutorials on Lesser Known Solaris Features [19879]
    • OpenSolaris and MySQL Support Now on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud [19920]
    • Just Who Was the 500,000th Sun Certified Professional [19926]
    • Big Plans Set for JavaFX [19933]
    • Redmonk Analyst Sees Third Quarter As Merely a Glitch for Sun [19917]
    • GlassFish Community Delivers Two New Servers, Partner Initiative Program [19944]
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