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Making Clusters Easier With Sun InfiniBand Technology
A Standards-Based Interconnect for Application Scalability and Network Consolidation
The Sun white paper "Making Clusters Easier with Sun Infiniband Technology" explains the advantages to be found in using Infiniband technology for HPC implementations that need to scale. In its introduction to InfiniBand technology, the paper focuses on its ability to scale application performance and consolidate network infrastructure.
DTrace and the Linux bunker mentality
System Tap Just Doesn't Appear to Have It
Paul Murphy (for one) ponders the reluctance of the powers that be at Linux to provide a DTrace port, as Apple, QNX, and the FreeBSD project have done. He blogs on the subject, bringing in DTrace developer Brian Cantrel for backup. An open source Sun product that made its debut with Solaris 10, DTrace "has since been ported to MacOS X and various other BSD derivatives. IBM is reported busily copying it into AIX (along with containers, zones, and whole bunch of other things they ridiculed when Sun introduced them"), Murphy writes.
Using Wine to Run Windows Programs in OpenSolaris 2008.05
An Easy Solution to Use
Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. One might think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. This article introduces Wine and demonstrates how to use it to run Windows in OpenSolaris 2008.05.
LinkedIn Opts for 3-year MySQL Enterprise Subscription
SPARC Servers, Database Ensure Scalability, Availability
LinkedIn, the world's largest professional networking site, has chosen Sun technology -- specifically the Sun MySQL Enterprise database subscription -- to support its network that now numbers more than 25 million professionals in more than 170 countries and that requires a high-powered infrastructure to increase the speed and performance of the open source database that powers the company's public web site.
Managing Solaris Containers With Sun xVM Ops Center
Making Life Easier for Sys Admins
This blueprint describes how system administrators can use Sun xVM Ops Center to manage systems that are installed with Solaris Containers. It provides an overview of the software and technology used and includes pointers to additional information. The technology described in this blueprint covers Solaris Containers, Sun xVM Ops Center software, and JumpStart Enterprise Toolkit (JET) templates.
    Access Control Lists on Solaris OS with ZFS
    Blogger Ben Rockwood Provides Some Clarity
    If you're looking for Solaris ACLs, you might want to have a glance at Ben Rockwood's blog on the subject of when to use POSIX and when to use NFSv4 in your search. Ben's quick summary is:

    • There are TWO types of file ACL's in Solaris: POSIX and NFSv4
    • NFSv4 ACL's are very granular and powerful
    • ACL's are a pain
    • NFSv3 ACL support (POSIX) does not work when sharing a ZFS filesystem; Use NFSv4
    • GUI's are an ACL's best friend, sad but true
    • Avoid them if you can, but if/when you need them, they are there

    Read on for more details.

    Sun Java System Communication Suite 6
    New Java System Provides for all Business Models
    For secure and cost effective communication/collaboration capabilities, the Sun Java Communications Suite 6 is the program for a wide variety of businesses to pursue. Some of the ways the Suite 6 can bring a company to the next level of professional computing is by utilizing the new programs communication features.
    Sun Ray Remote Control Toolkit
    Overview of Sun's RCT Features on Sun Ray Servers
    The Sun Ray Remote Control Toolkit (RCT) is a set of scripts developed by a community that takes advantage of the open source tools to provide administrators of Sun Ray servers a set of tools that can help exceed the remote control functions of other systems with multiple users.
      A "USB Drive" Daemon for Sun Ray Sessions (V2)
      New Features for USB Drives on Sun Ray Platforms

      In a blog Daniel Cifuentes developed a script that he coined “A USB Drive daemon for Sun Ray Sessions (V2)”. Cifuentes was hoping to capture the reader interested in better presenting USB disks via the Sun Ray platform, or users of version one, which Daniel previously blogged. The first version allows users to see thumb drives and other drives attached to Sun Ray on JDS/CDE/Windows. The new version of this implementation includes many more features.

      Sun SPARC Enterprise Server Family
      The Key to High Availability and Lower TCO in the Datacenter
      The Sun white paper “High Availability in the Datacenter” considers the role of the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000 and M9000 servers in reducing TCO for IT departments while also delivering an end-to-end solution for helping organizations realize the most demanding availability requirements. With Sun SPARC Enterprise servers, Solaris Cluster software, XSCF Control Package firmware, Sun Management Center software, and an extensive line of enterprise-class services and training, minimizing TCO becomes a reality.
      Improved Versions of the Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers
      A 30-minutes NetTalk with Tom Atwood
      Tom Atwood, Group Manager at Sun had a Nettalk presentation that briefed Sun users on Improved Versions of the Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers. Atwood includes how the Mseries has broken world records and he included graphs and a scaling run down of the size of the different Mseries servers and their usage strong points.
      Sun Netra T5220 (AC/DC version) ATO Program
      High Throughput, Low Power Consumption in 2U Form Factor
      Sun offers the Sun Netra T5220 ATO (assemble to order) in both AC and DC versions. The server is based on the second generation of Chip Multi-threaded Technology (CMT) UltraSPARC T2 processor with up to 8 cores with 8 threads per core. This is the first processor to increase performance by scaling with threads, rather than frequency, minimizing power consumption. The Sun Netra T5220 offers extreme reliability and high throughput, at the same time offering processor core, memory and I/O densities to enable expansion and flexibility within a compact 2U form factor. All of this makes the Sun Netra T5220 the ideal platform for virtualization and a good replacement/alternative to the Netra T2000 or the Netra 240 and Netra 440.
      Making Use of Virtual Tape in a Disk to Disk to Tape (D2D2T) Environment
      Clipper Notes White Paper
      "A D2D2T infrastructure allows the archival and non-critical data to flow out to a lower cost and lower energy medium (tape), while delivering backup and recovery performance to meet enterprise SLAs for the VTL. A D2D2T environment also enables the data center to retain older back-ups for a longer period without a significant impact on the TCO," writes David Reine, an analyst for The Clipper Group, in a white paper about making Use of Virtual Tape in a D2D2T Environment.

      David concludes that, "a VTL alone cannot satisfy all of the demands of a modern data center, mall or large. A D2D2T solution, however, can provide your data center with all of the latest standards in data protection as it delivers high performance, high capacity, and reliability, while controlling the TCO of the IT infrastructure."

      Oracle 10g ASM Best Practices with Hitachi Replication Software
      Pairing Demonstrates Excellent Backup and Recovery Performance
      Hitachi Data Systems and Hitachi, Ltd., have tested and evaluated guidelines and backup and recovery best practices for using Automatic Storage Management (ASM), a new feature introduced in Oracle Database 10g, to simplify Oracle database file administration on the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform family of products while optimizing performance. Results are reported in the 42-page Hitachi-Oracle application brief "Oracle Database 10g Automatic Storage Management Best Practices...."

      "Oracle Database 10g ASM provides storage cluster volume management and file system functionality at no additional cost. ASM increases storage utilization, performance, and availability while eliminating the need for third-party volume management and file systems for Oracle database files. As a result, ASM provides significant cost savings for the data center."

      Open Storage: Wave of the Future
      Break Your Ties with Proprietary Architecture; Cut Storage Costs
      Are your licensing and maintenance fees for NAS costing you too much? Not happy with being locked in to a vendor's proprietary OS and protocols? Tired of paying for such standards-based tools as NFS, CIFS or NDMP? Then have a look at Anatol Studler's blog on how to bring those costs down.
      Sun Tape
      New Options for the Sun StorageTek SL500 Libraray
      SL500's New Capacity Licensing
      The Sun StorageTek SL500 Library has just been updated by Sun with the New Capacity Licensing Option. The SL500's new improvement provide a scalability, simplicity and now many other options via the capacity license keys for all Drive Expansion Modules(DEM’S).

      Based on the highly reliable, enterprise-class Sun StorageTek SL8500 Modular Library System, the midrange StorageTek SL500 maintains reliability regardless of the number of expansion modules, features redundant, hot-swappable components, and scales from 79 to 460 TB.

      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 4, were:

      • StarOffice 9 Beta Now Available - Mac Platform Support Added [20323]
      • LDOMS I/O Best Practices [20302]
      • Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000, AND M9000 Servers [20297]
      • Enterprise LAMP Stack for Solaris and Linux from Sun [20337]
      • 2,203 GFLOP Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 [20306]
      • Sun Microsystems Joins Olympics Team [20339]
      • Sun’s Preliminary Results for Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 [20325]
      • COMSTAR Team Shows How to Convert a Sun Server Into a Fibre Channel Storage Array [20262]
      • IBM Redbook Documents WebSphere Application Server V6.1 [19603]
      • Samsung, Sun Jointly Develop NAND Flash Memory Chip [20305]

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

        Education and Research
        White Paper: Moodlerooms and Sun Reference Architecture
        The Next Generation of Learning Management
        The experience today's students have had with such consumer web services as Google, Amazon, and iTunes has created high and demanding expectations among them in their transactions with various online learning environments. The Sun White Paper "Moodlerooms and Sun Reference Architecture: The Next Generation of Learning Management" explores these expectations and the response of the IT technology community.
        What's New on BigAdmin
        As of July 31sth, 2008
        Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

        • What Is the Solaris 10 5/08 Patch Bundle?
        • Benefits of Using Solaris 10 With Sun Java System Directory Server 6.x- Non-volatile Memory (NVM) Boot Optimization for the Solaris OS and OpenSolaris
        • Installation of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 on Sun Fire X4500 Server
        • Operating System Installation for Sun Blade T6300 Server Module
        • Disk Configuration for Sun Blade X6250 Server Module- Community Submission: Using OCSP With Apache mod_nss and Solaris 9 OS

        White Paper: Disaster Recovery with Solaris Cluster
        Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in a Single Package
        The white paper "Disaster Recovery with Solaris Cluster" explores how Solaris Cluster can help organizations recover quickly from a disaster by enabling application and data access continuity across unlimited distances.
        Solaris iSCSI CHAP and RADIUS Configuration - FAQ
        Blog Manages to Cover Pretty Nearly the Entire Gamut

        The wide ranging collection of FAQs on how to configure the CHAP and RADIUS security features on Solaris iSCSI pulls together some well-known and not-so well-known information on the subject. While the blog is relatively comprehensive on its announced subject, it does not claim to be the complete FAQ on other aspects of iSCSI configuration.

        Security Vulnerability in the DNS Protocol may lead to DNS Cache Poisoning
        Remote Unprivileged Users Can Return Incorrect Internet Addresses
        This Sun Alert, "Security Vulnerability in the DNS Protocol may lead to DNS Cache Poisoning," cautions against a security vulnerability in the DNS protocol that may allow remote unprivileged users to cause named(1M) to return incorrect addresses for Internet hosts, thereby redirecting end users to unintended hosts or services.
        Managing Security in an Open World
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        Leslie Lambert, Sun's chief information security officer, spoke with Al Riske for an article entitled "Managing Security in an Open World." Riske characterizes Lambert's job as "managing a paradox," and a worldwide one at that.

        With a community of users (including Sun resellers and partners) that numbers in the neighborhood of 80,000, Lambert and her staff have plenty of "friends," who need access in order to do their jobs.

        Riske reports that Sun has more than 4,000 bloggers, more than 6,000 Facebook friends, and no fewer than seven islands in Second Life, and that it has staged numerous public and private events on the site, including a virtual town-hall meeting involving Sun's top executives in avatar-to-avatar interactions with employees around the world.

        Solaris Trusted Extensions for Corporate Deployments
        A Primer for the Corporate IT Layman
        Deploying Solaris Trusted Extensions in a corporate environment is the subject of Robert Bailey's BigAdmin article written, he says, for the layman to promote an understanding of the interactions between systems with this technology and those that do not. Solaris 10 OS 11/06 and later is the version that figures in the article.
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