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Sun and ASG-Mobius
Insurance Agent Portal Solution
ASG-Mobius enterprise archiving and records management solutions enable organizations to cost effectively store, use, and dispose of all the digital information in the enterprise.

ASG-Mobius solutions manage the entire life-cycle of information -- in any format, from any source -- and guarantee its long-term integrity and availability, both to meet the operational needs of the business and to ensure legal and regulatory compliance.

Sun and Creative Healthcare
Improving patient care and simplifying information access
  • Create an affordable and easy to manage health information system that ties patient data together electronically

  • Improve patient safety by simplifying the documentation process and moving access to critical information closer to the point of care

  • Facilitate better organization of medical and administrative records

  • Adopt a centralized computing model to minimize acquisition expenses and IT staffing requirements

  • Realize a quick return on investment and low total cost of ownership

  • Take advantage of affordable Sun platforms to ensure the creation of a reliable, scalable, and costeffective health information system

View a PDF version of this Solution Brief.

EZStack Offering Allows ISVs and Startups to Test AMP on Solaris OS
Sun Looking for Candidates to Evaluate Pilot Project
Sun is launching a pilot project for ISVs and startups developing on Apache, MySQL and PHP (AMP) who would like to test and evaluate the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and virtualization. Known as the EZStack offering, this demonstrator will give interested users access to an AMP stack that is up and running on a virtual server.
Fujitsu Siemens to Distribute Solaris 10 OS on its PRIMERGY Servers
Multi-Year Agreement Helps Answer Demand for Sun's OS on x86 Systems
Fujitsu Siemens Computers will be offering pre-configured Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS)-based PRIMERGY systems and related support services direct from its factory for the first time under a new multi-year OEM agreement between itself and Sun. The two companies plan to work together to certify solutions based on the Solaris OS and PRIMERGY hardware.
Features
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How Flash, ZFS and System Innovation Will Revolutionize Datacenters
Schwartz Shares Why Sun Solid State Disks Are a Big Deal
Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz states in his June 10th blog why Sun has chosen to incorporate Flash technology into its product portfolio and how ZFS is making this move a real opportunity for the enterprise.
Sun CIO Bob Worrall Weeds the Garden
Application Rationalization and Consolidation Are His Tools of Choice
Sun CIO Bob Worrall is leading the charge to cut in-house IT costs and discover efficiencies. The key to his approach is application rationalization and consolidation. Worrall shared the experience with Forbes' Ed Sperling in a recent interview.
Synopsys VCS on Solaris OS x64 Servers
A Winning Combination for EDA Verification
The path to reliability and stability in the job of EDA verification is at hand, according to Kat Rollin, and it leads to Sunopsys VCS with the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) on multicore x64 systems. The dual- and quad-core Intel Xeon processors in the Sun Fire X4150 and X4450 servers and the ability of Synopsys VCS to deliver faster verification performance through its ability to take advantage of multiple cores in the compute farm makes for an attractive combination, she writes.
Illumos
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Solaris Administrator's Perspective on OpenSolaris 2008.05
Answers Questions About the Open Source OS Other Reviewers Didn't
In something of a polemic, Solaris administrator Robert Escue responds to the reviews published after the release of OpenSolaris by ArsTechnica and phoronix.com. His aim, he writes, was to produce a piece that examines more than simply whether OpenSolaris is a worthy rival to Ubuntu or Fedora as a desktop OS. Escue examines the use by OpenSolaris of ZFS, reported network problems, the use of bash and differences between OpenSolaris and Solaris Express.
ArsTechnica Takes a First Look at OpenSolaris 2008.05
Could Become a Rival to Linux Desktop Distributions
Skeptical at first, Ryan Paul of ArsTechnical found himself impressed, for the most part, with OpenSolaris 2008.05, which he reviewed recently. Considering the solution's announced aims, Paul concludes that, "...the first release of OpenSolaris definitely delivers on much of what it promises." Work remains to be done, however, he writes, since OpenSolaris isn't quite ready to replace desktop distros of Linux, he says, noting some significant problems with configuration and hardware support in this release [20101].
VMware Fusion and OpenSolaris 2008.05
Runs Comfortably on the Macbook Pro
How does OpenSolaris 2008.05 run on the Macbook Pro? A Sun blog gives readers some idea, and the assessment is generally favorable.
Sun Java System
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Sun Java CAPS 6 Released
Sun Also Debuted Sun Master Data Management (MDM) Suite
The latest version of Sun's service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business integration software, Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) 6 has been released along with the new master data management (MDM) suite, Sun MDM, that gives users a single view of their customer data and helps them more effectively manage customer relationships.
Sun Java System Identity Manager 8.0 Released
Includes Role Enhancements, Updated Reporting with Data Exporter
The Sun Java System Identity Manager merges comprehensive provisioning with identity auditing capabilities to prevent and detect compliance violations. Version 8.0 of the identity management software suite is available for download, offering expanded Role support, enhanced reporting capabilities and updated resource adapter support.
Sun Java System Portal Server 7.2
First Distribution Release Based on OpenPortal
The free download of the Sun Java System Portal Server 7.2 brings with it multiple new features, including Visual Desktop Design Tool, DesignView (Dreamweaver Plugin) and Microsoft Sharepoint Integration, plus updates to the overall product. The Sun Java System Portal Server provides identity-based content delivery, which enables enterprises to define portal pages and provide users with access to content specific to organizations, suborganizations, roles and even user-defined communities.
Storage
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White Paper: "Open Storage Adoption"
Sun Points the Way to More Affordable, Flexible Storage Solutions
The Sun White Paper "Open Storage Adoption" defines open storage systems as those built with an open architecture using industry-standard hardware and open-source software. With this approach, today's changing market dictated by the demands of Web 2.0, eco-responsible IT, high-performance computing (HPC) and virtualization can be successfully addressed, the paper suggests. Sun believes that open storage products and services will represent just under 12 percent of the total storage market by 2011.
Sun's Open Source Storage Solutions Challenge the Competition
Analysts See Disruptive Possibilities in this Approach to the Market
Open source storage is receiving a great deal of emphasis at Sun, reports Paul Weinberg for eChannelLine, who writes that the company is promising current and prospective customers that they can have storage systems on Fibre Channel or iSCSI without relying on proprietary storage arrays.
Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library Plus System 2.0
Doubles the Number of Virtual Libraries / Drives Compared to V1.0
Improve the performance and reliability of existing backup and recovery application processes with the Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Plus 2.0, which is now generally available. This Sun solution is the answer to a shrinking backup window, too much data, slow one-tape-at-a-time transfers and backup failure delays.
Next Version of Automated Cartridge System Library Software (ACSLS)
Version 7.3 Adds Support for Sun StorageTek SL3000 and More
Sun StorageTek Automated Cartridge System Library Software (ACSLS) is for customers who require comprehensive and scalable monitoring, management, sharing and data protection. Version 7.3, released earlier this spring, supports the Sun StorageTek SL3000 Automated Tape Library, offers new statistical reporting features and new customizable features supporting some dynamic variables.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 12 Issue 1; Volume 123 Issues 2, 3 and 4
The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 124 Issue 1, were:

  • Flash Solid State Disks to be Integrated in Sun Storage Systems, Servers [20099]
  • Solaris vs. Linux in Web Infrastructure [19905]
  • ZDNet Pits xVM VirtualBox 1.6 Against VMWare Server 2.0 Beta 2 [20027]
  • Sun Fire X4150 vs. Dell 2950 [20044]
  • Sun Fire X4440 - Best Opteron Multi-JVM Performance on SPECjbb2005 [20012]
  • Can Sun Make Money with OpenSolaris? [19965]
  • Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 Released [20091]
  • Sun xVM Hypervisor, LDoms, CoolThreads, Sun VDI and More [19999]
  • Recent Content on BigAdmin [20125]
  • Sun Establishes Emerging Markets Sales Territory [20097]
    Sysadmin
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    Installing Sun Studio or GNU Developer Tools onto OpenSolaris
    Tips to Help Users Through Set-Up Assumptions Until Fixes Are Complete
    Installing Sun compilers and developer tools or the GNU developer tools on OpenSolaris 2008.05 can be a bit daunting since the compiler packages were not categorized appropriately. This error will be fixed, but in the meantime, Sun's Josh Simons has taken it upon himself to post instructions on how to set up Sun Studio - Sun's compiler and tools suite - and GNU tools to ease users' minds.
    Creating a 2GB USB Rescue Stick for OpenSolaris and Linux
    BigAdmin Community-Submitted Tech Tip Demonstrates How
    Bernd Schemmer wanted to create a USB stick for rescue tasks in Linux and in OpenSolaris for x86 platforms that would include a bootable OpenSolaris OS, bootable Linux OS and be able to boot in a virtual PC environment. The USB stick should also be usable in Microsoft Windows to save files on the stick, and all components used must be open source or at least freeware. See his results in a BigAdmin article.
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