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What Can DNA Teach Us About Datacenter Administration?
Project Live Aims to Find Out
How to make administration of a datacenter as easy and flexible as the use of a consumer device such as a mobile phone, wireless router or TV set-top box is the current challenge that Olaf Manczak, principal investigator of Project Live, has taken on. Al Riske reports on the venture in his article. There is no denying the complexity of the functions performed by the computers embedded in today's consumer devices. Yet, despite that complexity, users never have to do anything more than occasionally update firmware, if that.
Virtualization: Driving Greater Data Center Efficiency
"Virtualization: Driving Greater Data Center Efficiency" is the subject of a net talk featuring Dermot Duggan and Subodh Bapat, both of Sun, and John Humphreys of IDC and Steve Guntly of netINS. The panel covers market trends in virtualization; end-to-end virtualization and solution set, tips and best practices and the experience at netINS with virtualization.
Interview with Kunle Olukotun (founder, Afara Websystems)
Ashlee Vance Interviews Head of Stanford's new Pervasive Parallelism Lab
When Kunle Olukotun asked Stanford's president, John Hennessy about the route to tenure, the answer was, "You have to do some really good work and become famous." Now a tenured professor and head of Stanford's Pervasive Parallelism Lab, Olukotun quickly set to work on multi-core processors, making contributions of sufficient importance to warrant being labeled by Ashlee Vance as " of the fathers of multi-core chips," in the introduction to a recorded audio interview.

Olukotun's company, Afara Websystems, was acquired by Sun in 2002. Their technology became Sun's UltraSPARC T1 product.

(40 minute podcast)

More on Enhanced Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers
Increased Storage Capabilities Available
A featured product on Sun’s website this week is the new version of the Sun SPARC Enterprise: Sun SPARC64 VII with quad-core processors. With this new version users can increase server performance by 80 percent for business applications, and 100 percent for high performance computing applications. Each core will also use less power to run. Or the new M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000 servers can be purchased for the same performance benefits.
Java Technology
Using the Scene Graph to Present Visual Objects in JavaFX Script
Demo Application Illustrates Data Binding, GUI Components
This article by Irina Fedortsova entitled "Using the Scene Graph to Present Visual Objects in JavaFX Script" describes a demo that uses the scene graph features in JavaFX. The demo provides nodes with three different types of contents and enables the user to apply animation and translucency effects. The user can select any combination of nodes to make them visible. The data binding mechanism is extensively used in this demo, providing an automatic synchronization of GUI elements and application data.
Hadoop Primer
Java's Hadoop Feeds High Traffic Website Developers' Needs
When large companies, such as Google and Yahoo, need to manage large databases that are used to process 10,000 or more nodes and/or have a need for several hundred gigabytes of email log data, the software they use is Hadoop. Hadoop is a component to the JAVA software, and its current release, 0.17.1, is a computing platform that can manage vast amounts of data.
Free and Open Source S/W
x Community Choice Awards Winners
2008 Community Choice Awards
SourceForge, Inc. announced the winners of its second annual Community Choice Awards. "The awards recognize open source projects which not only have the most supportive community following, but also those which the community's members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity. "

44 projects were nominated in 12 categories. 25 projects were nominated two more more times.

Read on to see the winners.

Open Source from the Viewpoint of a Believer
Hayardeny Foresees the End of Proprietary Solutions
Amiram Hayardeny leave no doubt about it: He's a fan of open source solutions, as his blog makes clear. He blogs here to dispel some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding open source:

  • The Open-Source Cult Myth
  • The Open-Source Free Myth
  • There's No Free Lunch Myth
  • The Open-Source Poor Quality Myth

This blog was inspired by this comment from European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes: "No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one, through a government having made that choice first."

IBM Redbook Documents WebSphere Application Server V6.1
Running on the Solaris 10 OS
The Solaris 10 OS comes in for some generous praise in Albert Leigh's weblog on the IBM Redbook entitled "WebSphere Application Server V6.1 on the Solaris 10 Operating System," which covers how to virtualize and manage WAS installation, deployment strategies and scenarios, the advanced features of Solaris 10 (e.g. SMF, Resource Management, Process Rights, Containers and Zones, ZFS, DTrace), and the differences of WAS on Solaris from other platforms.
AppLogic 2.3 Beta Is First Step Toward Complete Solution Stack
Designed for Solaris 10 OS, OpenSolaris
3Tera has released the 2.3 Beta version of its AppLogic grid operating system, designed to work with the Solaris 10 OS and with the OpenSolaris operating system as well. The company announces that this release is the first step in delivering a complete web services solution stack based on Sun products and ready for incorporation into the Cloudware architecture.
Webcast: Sun Modular Datacenter S20
First Datacenter in a Shipping Container
During the podcast learn how innovative customers take advantage of the The Sun Mobile Datacenter 20's mobility and space saving compute density. The Net Talk web cast also shows how the Sun Datacenter S20 can be set up in one tenth the time, consume one eighth the space, and use forty percent less cooling than a general purpose datacenter.

This is such an innovative product that other vendors will create similar products.

Server Snapshots: Sun Netra T5220
Enthusiastic Response from
Drew Robb from gave quite a bit of recognition to the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220. In his article, dedicated to giving a few bits and pieces about leading servers, he summarized the Sun Netra T5220 server. Sun calls this server their fastest design for virtualization.
Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000, AND M9000 Servers
White Paper Examines Architecture
The white paper "Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000, AND M9000 Server Architecture: Flexible, Mainframe-Class Compute Power" explains Sun's response to the need of its customers for greater levels of scalability, reliability, and manageability in the datacenter with infrastructures that provide ever-increasing performance and capacity while becoming simpler to deploy, adjust, and manage. These are the Sun SPARC Enterprise servers, equipped with dual-core Fujitsu SPARC64 VI and SPARC VIII processors.
System and Resource Management
White Paper on Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers
A 65-page white paper has been released by Sun explaining the system and resource management of the Sun SPARC Enterprise servers. This very detailed guide offers walkthroughs on:

COMSTAR Team Shows How to Convert a Sun Server Into a Fibre Channel Storage Array
The Solaris Nevada B90 build
Sun’s COMSTAR team is constantly looking for ways of improving storage using the COMSTAR software which is the framework that uses a Solaris host as a SCSI Target platform. They use multiprotocol SCSI target mode framework to increase the list of things that can be done with their builds, rapidly, every day.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 125, Issues 1, 2 and 3 ; Volume 124 Issue 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 3, were:

  • Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Unveil Next-Generation SPARC Enterprise Servers [20295]
  • Automatic Data Migration (ADM) with ZFS [20253]
  • Tech Tips for the Solaris 10 Operating System [20029]
  • Tomcat Today, GlassFish Tomorrow? [20260]
  • A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools (II) [20244]
  • Microsoft : New Kid on the Virtualization Block [20223]
  • Storage J4200, J4400 and J4500 Arrays [20289]
  • Open Storage Adoption [20141]
  • Four-Socket Sun Blade X6450 Server Module with Intel Tigerton Processors [20074]
  • Sun Team Counts on Photonics to Optimize Interconnects [20144]

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

    Cloud Computing Takes Shape
    InformationWeek Surveys Developments in the Field
    Cloud computing, no idle, vaporous dream, becomes an increasingly solid reality in the world of IT, as Richard Martin and J. Nicholas Hoover note in their InformationWeek article that considers the subject from the perspective of eight of the most prominent practitioners and/or vendors of the technology.
    Social Application Program To Offer Free Web Hosting For Facebook And OpenSocial Developers
    From Sun Microsystems And Joyent
    Sun and Joyent Inc. have collaborated on the development of social applications for Facebook and OpenSocial environments. The collaboration will provide, "up to 12 months free web hosting on Joyent's Cloud, a flexible first-class infrastructure powered by OpenSolaris on Sun's ultra-scalable servers, as well as training on web-scale application development, the program lets developers deploy their social applications on an entirely open infrastructure at no initial cost."
    LDOMS I/O Best Practices
    Data Reliability With Logical Domains
    The purpose of Peter A. Wilson's Sun BluePrints series article is to address reliability techniques using Logical Domains and the internal disk resources of the Sun servers on which they run.
    Configuring Sun Storage J4000 Arrays and the ZFS File System in Ten Minutes
    ZFS Article by Dominic Kay
    In a July 2008 article by Dominic Kay, “Configuring J4000 and ZFS in Ten Minutes”, you can see how powerful the combination of low cost JBODs and ZFS can be. Dominic shows how easy it is have ZFS handle the management of two arrays each containing 12 x 136.72 GB disks - approximately 3.2 TB.
    Sun OpenSSO Express
    Open Source Identity Management and Web Single Sign-on Software
    Sun announced the industry's first enterprise support for open source identity management and web single sign-on software. OpenSSO Express is the world's largest program of its kind, and it provides highly scalable, high-performance and secure web service capabilities. Sun plans to continue the releases of a new version of the OpenSSO software every three months to provide access to the latest technology available at any given time.
    Solaris 10 Achieves Most Complete Global Security Certification for x86 and SPARC Systems
    Makes the Grade for Evaluation Assurance Level 4+
    The Solaris 10 11/06 Operating System (OS) with Solaris Trusted Extensions has achieved Common Criteria Certification for the Labeled Security Protection Profile (LSPP) at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+, the highest commonly recognized global security certification, it has just been announced. Completion of this certification allows Solaris 10 to be deployed by customers requiring Multi-Level Security (MLS) protection and independent validation of an OS security model.
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