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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. A quick recap of posts for the last week includes: Video: Sun Distinguished Engineer Harriet Covertson on Object-Based, Intelligent Storage; Review: Sun Fire X4150 Sizzles in Performance; PCIe and PCI-X Cards Now Supported by Sun Blades; How to Mount NTFS/Ext2/Ext3/FAT 16/FAT 32 Partitions in the Solaris OS; and Sun BluePrints: Understanding the Sun xVM Hypervisor Architecture.
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Sun and Quest Software
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Sun and GigaSpaces
Optimize Excel applications with datacenter-class performance
  • Harness the power of the datacenter to increase productivity of high-end, Excel based applications

  • Leverage Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) virtualization features to support an unlimited number of Excel clients

  • Reliably handle virtually infinite amounts of data

  • Dramatically reduce Excel processing times by running computations on powerful Sun servers

  • Share data between multiple traders and analysts enabling better collaboration

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Sun Takes Right Approach to Virtualization Say Analysts
Solaris Containers, CoolThreads, LDoms, xVM Add Up to a Tough Competitive Stance
"Sun is offering server virtualization capabilities across all its hardware platforms," writes Deni Connor, principal analyst for Storage Strategies NOW in an article in CIO that reviews the evolution of virtualization concerns in the company. Sun's principal virtualization solution, she continues, is based on Solaris Containers, a virtualization or partitioning technology that has been part of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and available on x86-based and SPARC server platforms since January 2005.
Sun, University of Tokyo Sign Agreement for Collaborative Research
Projects on Fortress Programming Language and Ruby and JRuby Announced
Sun has signed a collaborative agreement with the University of Tokyo for two projects involving the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. One project will seek to develop a library based on skeletal parallel programming in Fortress, which is expected to significantly enhance the convenience of parallel programming. The second project has the aim of implementing an MVM environment, which is expected to make Ruby programs run more efficiently, on both Ruby and JRuby.
Cincinnati Bell Begins Move to Desktop Virtualization
Trades Windows PCs for Sun Ray Thin Clients
The move at Cincinnati Bell to desktop virtualization using VMware Infrastructure 2 and Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the subject of an InformationWeek article by Charles Babcock, who writes that the company is in the first stages of a move to shift certain call center, help desk, sales and service desk employees from Windows 2000 PCs to Sun Ray thin clients.
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Choosing the Right Virtualization Technology
Sun Fellow Tim Marsland Suggests Using a Combination
Sun Fellow Dr. Tim Marsland, VP and CTO in the Software Organization at Sun, says he is often asked to recommend a virtualization technology. Given the multiplicity of choices, he blogs on the subject in an effort to provide the answer users seek. He suggests that the answer lies in combining technologies.
Configuring and Installing Zones in OpenSolaris 2008.05
The Current Level of Zone Functionality for the OS is Outlined
A blog by Dan Price includes both some basic information on levels of zone functionality for OpenSolaris 2008.05 and the promise that zones support in the open source OS will evolve substantially in the months to come. He provides line-by-line code samples for the configuration and installation of an ipkg zone (non-native) using the CPU Caps resource management feature to establish some resource limits on the zone.
Software Subscription Offerings for OpenSolaris 2008.05
Ensures Stability, Security, Reliability and Timely Access to the Latest Features
The new binary release based on the open source OpenSolaris community project, OpenSolaris 2008.05 operating system, has two software subscription offerings - Production and Essentials - for customers whose time-to-market and timely access to innovation is important to their business needs as well as OS stability, security and reliability.
OpenSolaris and its Relationship with Intel and AMD
Interviews with Key Staff on Corporations' Interest in OpenSolaris

Listen to two recent interviews hosted on Barton's Blog that delve into the relationship OpenSolaris has with Intel and AMD. The first features Dave Stewart, the head of Intel's "Team Solaris," while the second offers the views of Margaret Lewis, director of Commercial Software at AMD.

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Logical Domains 1.0.3 Download
Supports UltraSPARC T2 Plus, UltraSPARC T2 and UltraSPARC T1
Get support for the UltraSPARC T2 Plus, UltraSPARC T2 and UltraSPARC T1-based servers in the latest download of Logical Domains (LDoms) version 1.0.3, which also offers a number of virtual I/O enhancements with the Solaris 10 5/08 Operating System (Solaris OS). It includes the optional LDoms Systems Management Tools: LDoms Management Information Base, libvirt for LDoms and LDoms Browser User Interface.
Solaris 10 Filesystems
What Are Your Choices?
One of the most enthusiastic responses around to the various file system choices in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) can be found in the OSNews article by John Finigan, who says, "Solaris 10 provides admins with more [storage] choices than any other operating system."
Importing VMDK Image Files into VirtualBox
Is It as Easy as We're Told? Yes and No

Never one to pass up a challenge, Jim Laurent decided to test the ability of VirtualBox 1.6 to import VMDK image files from VMware into itself using Solaris 10 Operating System 08/07 (Solaris OS). He reports the results in a recent blog.

Licensing Requirements for the Solaris 8 Operating Systems
BigAdmin Wiki Explains Updates for this Retiring OS

A recent BigAdmin wiki question requests clarification on support for the Solaris 8 Operating System (Solaris OS). Support and licensing requirements for the platform are addressed along with the offering of some helpful links for users of the Solaris 8 OS as it transitions into retirement.

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White Paper: What is Open Storage?
A Helpful Introduction to the Subject
Readers just getting introduced to the subject of open storage should have look at both a Sun white paper and a blog by Taylor Allis in Storage Intelligence at Sun. The primer-like quality of both documents makes for an accessible introduction to the topic that readers are sure to find helpful.
Sun's Modular Library Systems Hit Shipment Milestone, Begin Anew
Over 10,000 of SL500 in the Marketplace; SL3000 Starts Its Mass Production
On May 28th, Sun announced that it had shipped more than 10,000 Sun StorageTek SL500 tape libraries during the past four years, and it now has begun to ship in mass production the Sun StorageTek SL3000 midrange modular library.
How Does EMC DMX-4 Stand-up to Sun StorageTek 9990V?
Sun Blog Points Out Sun's Competitive Advantage

George Waterson, lead solutions architect in Sun Client Solutions, offers a comparison of sorts between the Sun StorageTek 9990V and EMC DMX-4. Most of the features detailed by Waterson regarding the DMX-4 have not kept up with the advancements in the industry, making the once viable contender an antiquated one.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 123 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Volume 122 Issue 5

The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 123 Issue 3, were:

  • Project Hydrazine Puts Sun into Competition with Microsoft's Cloud Entry [19979]
  • Solaris Performance Primer Offers Quick Tips for Improving Function [19893]
  • Sun Ray Clients Running Windows XP via VirtualBox [19943]
  • Best Practices for Architecting a Lustre-Based Storage Environment [19942]
  • World Record TPC-H Results with SPARC Enterprise M9000 and StorageTek 2540 [19973]
  • Features of the Sun Fire X4140, X4240 and X4440 Servers [19795]
  • Download OpenSPARC T1 and T2 Final Releases [19990]
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Sun Ray Clients [19941]
  • Improvements in ZFS Write Throttle Are On the Way [19988]
  • Intel Xeon-based Sun Fire X4450 Server Sets SPECjbb2005 Benchmarks [19971]
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    UPerf - Open Source Performance Measurement Tool
    Provides More Detail than Microbenchmarks, Real-time Application Tests
    Among its several virtues, open source network performance measurement tool UPerf can simulate all sorts of network traffic, which it can specify in XML format, and can gather comprehensive network performance data from both the System Under Test (SUT) and from remote clients as well.
    Open Source Directory Service and Server: OpenDS and Penrose
    Project Leads Introduced Each During CommunityOne Presentation
    The latest in directory services includes Sun's open-source project OpenDS and the open-source virtual Penrose, both of which were the subject of a CommunityOne presentation lead by OpenDS Community Lead Ludovic Poitou and Penrose Project Lead Jim Yang.
    Newly Available Sun Wiki Publisher
    Simplifies Publishing OpenOffice.org Writer Doc to a MediaWiki Wiki
    Work with MediaWiki servers without having to learn the syntax of the markup language with the newly available Sun Wiki Publisher, which simplifies the process of publishing an OpenOffice.org Writer document directly to a compatible MediaWiki wiki from OpenOffice.org 2.4 or later without the need for a Web browser.
    OpenMP.org Website Gets New Look
    Face-Lift Makes Finding Information More User-Friendly
    Anyone curious about the OpenMP Application Program Interface (API), which supports multi-platform shared-memory parallel programming in C/C++ and Fortran on all architectures, including Unix and Windows NT platforms, should take at look at the community's recently revamped website.
    Free GlassFish Training Course and Other Discounted Training
    Special Training Offer Runs Through June 30, 2008
    Sun's enterprise-class open source application server is gaining in popularity. If you haven't kept up with GlassFish technology or even been properly introduced, then you may want to look into spending some time learning more about it through free and discounted training offers from Sun.
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