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Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Unveil Next-Generation SPARC Enterprise Servers
New Quad-Core SPARC64-Based Servers
Sun announced new quad-core SPARC64 VII CPUs for its Enterprise servers Β— M4000, M5000, M8000 M4000 and M9000. With the new CPUs the Sun SPARC Enterprise Server M9000 and Sun Studio delivers more that 2 TFlops.

On the SAP Standard Application Sales and Distribution benchmark which represents tasks performed in real-world ERP environments, the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 64 processors 256 cores, and 512 threads, supports 39,100 users, which beats the IBM Power 595 (35,400 SD users) by more than 10 percent, and the HP Integrity SD64B (30,000 SD users) by over 30 percent.

The news CPUs extend the server family from 16 cores to 256 cores with 32 to 512 DIMM slots:

  • M4000 - 4 CPUs, 16 cores, 32 DIMMs
  • M5000 - 8 CPUs, 32 cores, 64 DIMMs
  • M8000 - 16 CPUs, 64 cores, 128 DIMMs
  • M9000-32 - 32 CPUs, 128 cores, 256 DIMMs
  • M9000-64 - 64 CPUs, 256 cores, 512 DIMMs

With 4 GB DIMMS, the support memory ranges from 128 GB for the M4000 to 2 Tb for the M9000.

Feature
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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 SearchEnterpriseLinux.com) 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.
    MySQL
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    Marktplaats.nl 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. Marktplaats.nl, 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.

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    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.
    Top10
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    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.

        Developer
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        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."
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