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Sun Team Counts on Photonics to Optimize Interconnects
Photons: The Strong, Silent and Fast
Ashok Krishnamoorthy has a dream, one that he shares with the other members of his team at work on microelectronics at Sun. Krishmanoorthy, a Sun distinguished engineer, and his team are hard at work on a project that has caught the attention of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which has awarded Sun $44 million to fund research on applying photonics to the problem of optimizing interconnects in computer circuits. Al Riske reports the story.
    Better Throughput, Ease of Use Make Solaris OS the Choice
    Real Time Matrix Shifts from Linux
    Real Time Matrix Corp., which provides content delivery technology and aggregation services for websites, always thought of itself as a dyed-in-the-wool Linux shop. That is, until it attempted to install Ubuntu on its SunFire T1000 Server. Megan Santosus reports (for that founder and CEO Jeff Whitehead complained, "...we found Ubuntu to be very difficult to install on the T1000." As a result of this difficulty, Real Time Matrix adopted the Solaris 10 OS for many of its production systems.
    Corporate Express France Gets the Jump on Competitors
    Sun Solutions Provide the Edge
    Corporate Express France, wanting to improve the responsiveness and productivity of their sales team, which had been providing customers information on such things as price quotes, checking on orders, retrieving client information and assigning tariffs manually, moved its catalogs to the internet and equipped its sales personnel with laptops, which enables them to respond to customers using either 3G wireless or EDGE cards for anywhere, anytime response capability. Corporate Express France found the solutions it sought with Sun. With the new system in place, customers of Corporate Express France, such as IT professionals, purchasing staff and selected suppliers, are able to access the business network from remote locations.
    Sun Remote Operations Management – Identity Service
    On-Demand Webcast
    Carl Benefiel, Product Manager with the newly renamed Managed Operations for Sun Identity Management Solutions" offers a view of the services available in a brief on-demand nettalk.
    Java Technology
    Tomcat Today, GlassFish Tomorrow?
    Using Grizzly For Good HTTP Performance
    GlassFish vs. Tomcat: Alexis MP mulls over the virtues of both, noting that, with the advent of Grizzly -- the http frontend of the application server -- one no longer requires the use of Apache web server in front since Grizzly is Java-based and integrated into the application server. (Already easier to use.)
    Microsoft : New Kid on the Virtualization Block
    Hyper-V Virtualization Server Ships...Finally
    The virtualization field has become more crowded with the addition of Microsoft's newly released Hyper-V virtualization server. John Fontana reports for Network World that Microsoft has joined VMware, Citrix, Oracle, Red Hat, Sun and Novell in the virtualization marketplace. Hyper-V is being offered free to users with a Windows Sever 2008 license.
    eZ Publish 4.1 Supports Solaris 10 and Oracle's DB
    Features Online Editor, Multi-file Upload, Password Expiry Extensions
    EZ systems has announced two new versions of some of their existing software. In a Developer Day conference, eZ developers from around the world met. On this day the new version of eZ Publish, the web content management system, was released. This version, 4.1, has many new back-end support features and new enhanced user experience features.
    x Grows Its Business With MySQL
    eBay Subsidiary is largest E-commerce platform in The Netherlands
    Many MySQL customers start by using the community edition and support for the community. As they grow and become successful, they then look for a guaranteed level of support., the largest E-commerce platform in The Netherlands and part of eBay since 2004, is such a customer.

    To enable their fast growth, protect site uptime, and contain IT expenses, the company is using a flexible and scalable infrastructure based on open source technology such as MySQL - backed by Sun's 24x7 global database support team.

    Sun Blade X8440 Server Modules with 3G AMD Opteron Quad-Core Processors
    Market's fastest AMD Opteron Quad Core Blade Servers
    The Sun Blade X8440 Server Modules feature as many as four third-generation AMD Opteron quad-core processors with integrated DDR2 memory controller and HyperTransport links, creating breakthrough modular server architecture, making them the fastest AMD Opteron quad core blade servers on the market. These blades are also the only ones offering four-socket quad-core processors with 32 DIMM slots (four per populated CPU socket). Sun Blade X8440 Server Modules are for use with the Sun Blade 8000 and 8000 P chassis and may coexist with, or replace, Sun Blade X8400, X8420, X8440 (dual-core) or X8450 server modules.
    Faster Quad Core Processors for Sun Fire X4100 M2, X4200 M2
    AMD Opteron Quad Core Processors Available
    For the Sun Fire X4100, and X4200, M2 Rack Servers there are new AMD Quad Core Processors now available from Sun. Available through X-Option and ATO configurations, the 75W ACP quad core processor option is the fastest quad core processor available for the X4100 and X4200 M2 Rack Servers, running with 2.3GHz and 2MB L3.
    BigAdmin Papers Cover Sun Fire X4500 as Backup Disk Cache
    With Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup and Symantec Netbackup Softwares
    To manage some real life problems that a customer may encounter while building a database, Sun users should consider looking into the blog of Ryan Arneson. In one of his potentially helpful blogs, he mentions how the Sun Fire X4500 can be used as a large disk cache for disk-based back ups. This can be done by using Sun StorageTek Enterprise backup software.
    Four-Socket Sun Blade X6450 Server Module with Intel Tigerton Processors
    Comes With Intel Xeon 7000 Series and Up to 192 GB of Memory
    Sun has introduced a new four-socket Sun Blade X6450 server module with Intel Xeon 7000 series (Tigerton) processors and up to 192 GB of memory (24 DIMM slots per server module for 50% more memory capacity than competing blade servers). As compute nodes for the Sun Constellation system, Sun Blade X6450 server modules push the limits of performance, providing up to 7.37TFLOPS of peak performance per fully populated Sun Blade 6048 chassis, offering 768 cores per rack for up to 71% more compute power than competing blade servers. The Sun Blade X6450 is also available with the Sun Blade 6000 modular system, making it an ideal fit for virtualization and server consolidation, HPC, database and enterprise applications.
    Automatic Data Migration (ADM) with ZFS
    OpenSolaris HSM for Solaris File Systems, Including ZFS
    ADM, Automatic Data Migration, is an OpenSolaris HSM (hierarchical Storage Management) system for Solaris file systems. With ADM, files can be moved to archive storage (disk or tape) to free up space on primary devices. ADM will recall data from the archive storage when needed. The process of capturing, releasing and recalling data to/from archive storage is based on policies set by the administrator derived from file characteristics.

    ADM is being built initially for ZFS to provide many of the functional characteristics of SAM-QFS.

    Open Storage Adoption
    Open Storage Increases with Volume of Data
    In the past storage was closed, very proprietary, not to mention very expensive. With todayΒ’s rapid growth in volume of data, expanding companies need affordable, scalable storage options. ThatΒ’s where Sun believes open storage will come in. Supporting innovation and marketing choice, Sun has opened the storage market using industry leading server and operating system technologies.
    A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools (II)
    Mirrors, Disk Failures and Spare Disks
    Part II of "A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools" deals with Mirrors, Disk Failures and Spare Disks. It continues the limited-resources approach to the subject begun in Part i, which dealt with creating pools [20243]. Readers will learn in Part II how to create a mirror in ZFS; how to expand it; and how to replace broken components.
    Top Ten Articles for last Issue
    Volume 125, Issues 1 and 2; Volume 124 Issue 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 2, were:

    • Sun's Niagara 3 to Feature 16 Cores and 16 Threads per Core [20254]
    • A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools, Part I [20243]
    • Sun Fire X4540 Server: 8 Cores, 48 TB Storage in 4RU [20277]
    • Open Storage and JBODs [20280]
    • Virtual Strategy Magazine Interviews Sun xVM Chief Architect Mike Wookey [19877]
    • Debut Demonstration for Project Wonderland [20217]
    • Sun Fire X4600 M2 Now Supports Two AMD Barcelona Models [20073]
    • Testing the Waters on Open Storage [20245]
    • Sun StorageTek 1U Autoloader with LTO3 and LTO 4 Half Height SAS [20267]
    • Worried About the Reliability and Cost of Open Source Applications? [20202]

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

      Top 25 Articles for June 2008
      Volume 124 -June 2nd - June 29th - 4 Issues
      We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. The top 5 articles for last month, Vol 125, were:

      • ZDNet Pits xVM VirtualBox 1.6 Against VMWare Server 2.0 Beta 2 [20027]
      • Flash Solid State Disks to be Integrated in Sun Storage Systems, Servers [20099]
      • How Flash, ZFS and System Innovation Will Revolutionize Datacenters [20140]
      • Solaris vs. Linux in Web Infrastructure [19905]
      • Sun Fire X4150 vs. Dell 2950 [20044]

      The longer version of this article lists the top 25 articles for last month.

        When 20 ms Latency is Too Much, Swedish Developers Look to Sun
        Sun Studio 12 Speeds Up Automated Trading Process
        Twenty milliseconds' latency is too much time? Well, yes, if you are building an automated trading system where the trading is done by software and the job of the trader has become to manage the software itself. That narrow window of execution is the parameter Swedish software developer Tocarema had to meet in creating its ground-up solution for an automated trading environment, as reported by Jeffrey Burt in eWeek.
        Beyond LAMP: SAMP… LGPJ… LAMJ…
        SDN Article by Rick Palkovic
        In a recent SDN article, Rick concludes that, "Today's developer has many open-source choices for filling out the web development software stack commonly called LAMP. The combination of Solaris/OpenSolaris OS, Cool Stack tools (including MySQL), and the NetBeans IDE, lets you develop productively in your language of choice with technologies that can scale to large deployments."
        Less known Solaris Features Offers More Tips, Tutorials
        Joerg Moellenkamp on Crash & Core Dumps and On Passwords
        Joerg Moellenkamp has written a pair of blogs on some of the less well known features of the Solaris OS. In the first he considers an essential feature of an operating system, which is that it have some mechanisms to stop a process or the complete kernel immediately without allowing the system to write anything back to disk and thus manifesting the corrupted state. In the grimmest possible language, he writes, "This tutorial will cover the most important concepts surrounding the last life signs of a system or an application." In the second blog, "On Passwords," Moellenkamp argues for the importance of robust passwords and advises sys admins to ensure their use.
        Solaris Containers: An Alternative to Type-1 Hypervisors
        99% of Applications Run Just Fine in Non-global Zones

        Using lightweight Solaris Containers rather than taking the hypervisor route enables Solaris OS users to deploy applications safely without having to install, license and manage multiple complete OS stacks, particularly when there is no need to support other OS types on a given server. This is the recommendation in Michael O'Connor's blog "Are You in the Zone?" An initial caution suggests the use of a qualification process to identify those applications that are unhappy running in a non-global zone.

        Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit
        Less Known Solaris Features by Joerg Moellenkamp
        When a developer has dozens of servers that need operating systems installed, Solaris can be a helpful tool in kneading human error out of the configuration equation. There are features that make it so you can let a computer take over the job, making sure that every system has exactly the same operating system configuration.
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