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Features
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High School Competitors Take Command of Robots
Sun SPOTS, Java Become Tools of Discovery for the Young
Robots all but took over the Del Mar Fairgrounds near San Diego in late June as Sun, Wintriss Technical Schools and the San Diego Java User's Group partnered in sponsoring the inaugural International Autonomous Robot Contest (iARoC). "All but took over" is an overstatement because these robots were well behaved, having been programmed to perform specific tasks by the contestants, students from grades five through 12. At the heart of each robotic application was the Sun SPOT hardware platform, a small, battery operated, wireless device running the Squawk Java Virtual Machine (VM). The VM acts as both operating system and software application platform.
Testing the Waters on Open Storage
Taylor Allis Blogs on Early Adopters' Feedback
In a recent blog, Taylor Allis recounts the experiences of some early adopters of Open Storage. He refers readers to his earlier "Open Storage Adoption White Paper," which also included customer reactions to Open Storage.
MySQL
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High Performance MySQL, Second Edition
Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More
High Performance MySQL is the definitive guide to building fast, reliable systems with MySQL. Written by noted experts with years of real-world experience building very large systems, this book covers every aspect of MySQL performance in detail, and focuses on robustness, security, and data integrity. Learn advanced techniques in depth so you can bring out MySQL's full power. The second edition is completely revised and greatly expanded, with deeper coverage in all areas.
MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification Study Guide
The authoritative study guide to prepare for the Certified MySQL Cluster Database Administrator exam
For those interested in becoming MySQL certified, the new MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification Study Guide can be a useful tool in preparing for the Certified MySQL Cluster Database Administrator exam.
xVM
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Virtual Strategy Magazine Interviews Sun xVM Chief Architect Mike Wookey
Looking at the Origins, the Current State and the Future of Virtualization at Sun
Sun's Chief Architect for xVM, Mike Wookey, spoke with Virtual Strategy Magazine about the evolution of virtualization at Sun. Virtualization, as Wookey sees it, is largely an issue of resource management, bringing the best available resources to bear on the applications a user might be running. He suggests that the Solaris OS, even in its early iterations, represented that kind of thinking, which has now matured and continues to evolve in the virtualization efforts that Sun pursues with such solutions as xVM.
Sun Java System
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Web Server 7 Update 3 released with another SPECweb'2005 world
Free download for Solaris and Linux (both 32 as well as 64-bit) , Windows, AIX and HP-UX
The release of is the subject of a recent blog by Sriram Natarajan. This release includes new features, more performance enhancements and as usual bug fixes, he writes, adding that with these enhancements the solution retains the focus on the reliability and scalability that customers have come to expect from Sun.
Hardware
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8Gb/Second High Performance Fibre Channel Switches from Brocade
Brocade 300, 5100, 5300 FC Switches
Sun announced the availability of 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel Switches from Brocade including the Entry-level Brocade 300, Mid-Enterprise Brocade 5100 and the Enterprise Brocade 5300 switches.

These switches double the throughput over Brocade's current 200E, 5000, and 4900 4Gb/sec switches.

The 32-port and 48-port 8Gb/sec blades are now qualified and available for the Brocade 48000 Director.

The new family of Brocade 8Gb/sec SAN switches include:

  • Brocade 300 Entry-Level Switch, scaling from 8 up to 24 ports
  • Brocade 5100 Mid-Enterprise Switch, scaling from 24 up to 40 ports
  • Brocade 5300 Enterprise Switch, scaling from 48 up to 80 ports

Brocade Products from Sun

Workstation
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Securing the Sun Ray 270 with VPN
Step-by-step Approach to Wireless Security
Wanting to show off the capabilities of the Sun Ray 2 with the embedded VPN feature to customers requiring wireless networking, Frank Wickham devised a series of steps that enabled the Sun Ray as the users wished, which he reports in his security blog.
Sun Ray myths and Costing Sun Ray vs Wintel
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ZDnet columnist Paul Murphy looks at the cost of acquiring 1000 desk top systems in a recent blog post, “Costing Sun Ray vs Wintel“. He compares the Sun Ray thin client to a popular low-cost Dell desk top and concludes that the hardware costs are lower for the Sun Ray solution.

However, the big savings are in the lower costs of administration and the lower power consumption (8 watts + screen for Sun Ray vs 180 watts + screen for Dell Optiflex 755).

Servers
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Sun Fire X4540 Server: 8 Cores, 48 TB Storage in 4RU
Speed, Compactness, Low Cost
The Sun Fire X4540 storage server is useful when it comes to enhancing data access speeds. It offers the ability to speed up access time in a very compact package. The Sun Fire X4540, a 4RU server, has eight cores of AMD Opteron processing and 48TB of storage. Sun makes this product available at $1.20/GB. The competition offers about half the capacity at about twice the cost.
Sun Fire X4600 M2 Now Supports Two AMD Barcelona Models
AMD Opteron Model 8356 and 8347HE Quad Core Processors
The Sun Fire X46000 M2, which supports two quad core processor models, can now scale up to 32 cores in one 4U server.

With support for the new quad core processors, the Sun Fire X4600 M2 server now supports the following features, in addition to supporting the existing capabilities:

  • 2, 4, 6, or 8 quad core processors in a single system.
  • 2.3GHz quad core with average power of 75W.
  • Up to 256GB of memory (when fully populated with 8 processors).
  • Processor modules support Dual Dynamic Power Management ("split plane").
  • AMD Balanced Smart Cache (with L3 cache on each processor).
  • Rapid Virtualization Indexing ("nested page tables").

Many operating systems are supported, including Solaris 10, Windows 2003 SP2, Windows 2008, Linux and VMware.

Sun x64 Servers: Built with Consolidation in Mind
Virtualization is the Key; Sun IT Technology is the Means
Doing more with less has become the mantra of IT departments. Fortunately, the words express more than a mandate or mere wishful thinking. Doing more with less is entirely possible by employing consolidation through virtualization on Sun's x64 servers.
Storage
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Sun StorageTek Dual 4Gb FC Dual GbE ExpressModule HBA
Network and FC in sing;e HBA for Sun Blade Servers
Each blade in a Sun Blade 6000 or Sun Blade has two dedicated PCI Express Modules. The blade servers allow for additional I/O with 2 or 4 PCI Express Network Express Modules per chassis.

By combining two FC and two GbE onto a single ExpressModule HBA, Sun offers customers more flexibility and expandability.

This HBA is full duplex. With 4 lanes at 2.5Gbps, the max throughput 800 MB/sec half duplex, 1600MB/sec full duplex.

Sun StorageTek 1U Autoloader with LTO3 and LTO 4 Half Height SAS
A Tape Backup System For the Cost and Space Conscious Consumer

With the Sun Storage Tek OEM 1U Autoloader’s up to 12.8 TB of backup available its 2:1 Compression makes a small footprint for very high capacity. Also the need for IT resources can be cut, due to web based remote management feature.

16GB High Density Cache Memory Modules
Boost Sun StorageTek ST9990V and ST9985V Storage Systems

Sun has released the 16GB High Density Cache Memory Modules for Sun StorageTek ST9990V and ST9985V storage systems that utilize higher density memory chips maximizing Cache Memory. With this increase, systems can be sized to support greater workloads.

Sun Disk
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1TB 7200RPM Low Cost Fibre Channel Hard Disk Drive
Low Cost Efficiency Where It Is Needed When Archiving

Now available from Sun is a 1TB 7200 RPM Fibre Channel Hard Disk Drive (HDD) priced lower than expected. It is compatible with the StorageTek ST9990V and ST9985V storage systems. The new Fiber Channel HDD can be applied to your system to add capacity for applications requiring optimized reads for large files.

Sun Tape
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Tape Has Its Place in the Storage Scheme of Things
Chris Wood Explains How Tape Can Pay for Itself
Chris Wood, Sun's CTO for Data Storage Management Practice, has some ideas about the role of tape in current enterprise settings, and he shared those in a Sun Inner Circle newsletter that examined "the allure of tape." The three forces Wood sees as driving the increasing need for long-term data archiving are increased regulatory compliance requirements, the need for good corporate governance, and the realization that historical information can be a competitive weapon. Each year, the volume of archived data doubles because of these three influences, he said, adding that it is critical for managers to distinguish between material that is backed up as opposed to material that is archived.
Sun StorageTek T9840D tape drive
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Sun offers the 5th generation T9840D tape drive in the L700e, L1400, SL3000, and SL8500 tape libraries. The T9840D has the ability to read legacy T9840A, B, and C written media. The T9840D can also write on write on the old media in the new format.

At At Glance

  • Fourth-generation tape drive using same media greatly reduces TCO
  • Available with FICON, ESCON, and Fibre Channel interfaces
  • Uses encryption technology to secure data onsite, offsite, and in transit
  • Moves data at 30 MB/sec
  • Stores up to 75 GB on a single cartridge
  • Accesses data in 16.5 seconds
  • Fast, cost-effective alternative to disk

The T9840D tape drive can be used in both Open Systems and Mainframe environments.

First One Terabyte Tape Storage Drive
Sun StorageTek T10000B Tape Drive

Sun has again made a name for itself by releasing the World’s first one terabyte Tape Storage Drive. For better datacenter efficiency and also cutting the cost per Gigabyte, the Sun StorageTek T10000B Tape Drive offers customers an entire terabyte of capacity. This new storage device works with open or mainframe systems and stores on a single cartridge.

Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 125, Issue 1; Volume 124 Issue 2, 3 and 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 125 Issue 1, were:

  • Sun-NetApp Litigation Continues [20221]
  • Gartner Vendor Rating for Sun Microsystems: Positive [20234]
  • Migrating Solaris 8 and 9 Systems to Solaris 10 OS Containers [20083]
  • Japan's Underground Datacenter [20176]
  • Can Flash Memory Become the Foundation for a New Tier in the Storage Hierarchy? [20231]
  • What's New on BigAdmin [20232]
  • New GlassFish and MySQL Offering Starting at $65K / Year [20230]
  • Sun's Advanced Datacenter (Santa Clara, CA) [20168]
  • Top Things to Know if New to MySQL on Solaris [20086]
  • Million-Messages-per Second Barrier Surpassed by Sun-Intel Collaboration [20229]

The longer version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last four weeks.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Worried About the Reliability and Cost of Open Source Applications?
    Perhaps These Reasons for Adopting GlassFish Will Ease Your Mind
    Budget-minded CIOs and CTOs will perhaps find their anxiety over the cost and capabilities of GlassFish Application Server (and open source solutions in general) in Sriram Lakkaraju's blog that explains the industry's enthusiasm for that particular solution. He lists 10 reasons.

    The recent announcement from Sun, "New GlassFish and MySQL Offering Starting at $65K / Year" [20230], makes for a very strong business proposition for GlassFish.

    Reduce Total Cost of Ownership With OpenSource
    Glassfish and MySQL Unlimited
    Glassfish and MySQL combined is perfect for cutting total cost of ownership. They enable you to take full advantage of the open source initiative, and maintain a reasonable software budget. Together they significantly reduce deploying costs and time managing application platforms and database software. The Unlimited Glassfish and MySQL Enterprise allows clients to play a flat fee for support that depends on the size of their staff rather than on the size of their datacenter.
    Vote for you Favorite Open Source Project
    SourceForge.net 2008 Community Awards
    SourceForge, Inc. announced the finalists of its second annual SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards. "The awards recognize open source projects which not only have the most supportive community following, but also those which the SourceForge.net community's members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity. "

    44 projects have been nominated in 12 categories. 25 projects were nominated two more more times. The 4 projects nominated most frequently, with the number of nominations, were:

    • Portable Software/USB - 10
    • XBMC media center - 7
    • OpenOffice.org - 5
    • Drupal - 5

    The categories are:

    • Best Project
    • Best Project for the Enterprise
    • Best Project for Educators
    • Most Likely to Be the Next $1B Acquisition
    • Best Project for Multimedia
    • Best Project for Gamers
    • Most Likely to Change the World
    • Best New Project
    • Most Likely to Be Accused of Patent Violation
    • Most Likely to Get Users Sued
    • Best Tool or Utility for SysAdmins
    • Best Tool or Utility for Developers

    Vote for your favorite by July 20th, 2008.

    Developer
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    The New and Improved Next-Gen Java Applet Plug-in Technology
    Included in Java SE 6 Update 10
    Next-Generation java Plug-in Technology (available in the java SE 6 Update 10, has breathed renewed life into Java applet technology for delivering programs over the web. At least that is what Dana Nourie and Kenneth Russell contend in their article entitled "Next Generation in Applet Java Plug-in Technology." Nourie and Russell write that the next-generation Java Plug-in offers a completely redesigned architecture that provides powerful new capabilities to applets in the web browser, while improving the overall reliability and functionality of applets in a backward-compatible manner.
    NetBeans: The Ultimate Linux IDE
    The NetBeans IDE runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris
    NetBeans has evolved considerably since it was acquired by Sun in 1999 and open-sourced in 2000. The NetBeans IDE is an open-source integrated development environment written entirely in Java using the NetBeans Platform. The NetBeans IDE runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris. NetBeans IDE is open-source and free. NetBeans supports many languages, including C, C++, Java, Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl and JavaScript.

    Sun Blogger Kunal, in a recent post, lists some of the NetBeans features that qualify it to be the "Ultimate Linux IDE".

    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of July 10th, 2008
    Articles have been posted to BigAdmin in the last couple of weeks include:
    Sysadmin
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    Amazon Simple Storage Service, Elastic Compute Cloud and OpenSolaris
    ZFS snapshots to and from Amazon S3
    The Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a "storage for the Internet". A web services interface can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

    Sun and Amazon are collaborating to offer OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2. The two supported releases are OpenSolaris OS 2008.05 and Solaris Express Community Edition. Saving and Restoring ZFS Snapshots to and from Amazon S3.

    Sean O’Dell has posted a blog entry that shows how to use ZFS snapshots to save and restore filesystems from one Solaris EC2 instance to another.

    A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools, Part I
    Creating, Exporting, Importing Pools
    Sun Technology for Partners provides a three-part hands-on tutorial that introduces readers to ZFS Pools. Part I, summarized here, involves "Getting Started (Pool Creation, Export, Import)." One of the virtues of this tutorial is that it approaches the subject so as to be useful to users with limited resources. Only two extra components are involved: a single 7-port USB 2.0 hub and six 1GB USB 2.0 memory sticks.
    Java Technology
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    Sun Java CAPS
    Composite Application Platform Suite 6 Release
    The Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (CAPS) Release 6, aligns with Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 UR2 and NetBeans 6.1, providing a pluggable architecture based on Java Business Integration.
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