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ZFS Second Level ARC - L2ARC - Testing Show 8x More Throughput
Technology that allows ZFS to exploit Flash
A blog posting by Brendan Gregg, co-author of "Solaris Performance and Tools", explains an exciting new ZFS feature L2ARC - the second level ARC.

ARC - Adaptive Replacement Cache - is the algorithm that ZFS uses to keep pages in memory to improve performance). Think of the ARC as that section of DRAM reserved by ZFS for buffering. Brendan observers, "An ARC read miss would normally read from disk, at millisecond latency (especially random reads). The L2ARC sits in-between, extending the main memory cache using fast storage devices - such as flash memory based SSDs (solid state disks)."

Chill-Off! SVLG Data Center Energy Summit: Modular Datacenter Cooling Systems
Demo Project Tests Datacenter Cooling Technology of 7 Vendors
Dean Nelson blogs about the results of a demonstration project on comparing cooling products for datacenters, the results of which were presented in May 2008 at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Dean's blog also includes some videos taken during a data center tour. It's impressive how quickly and easily Dean's setup allows him to provision power and cooling for racks or large servers.
Project Hydrazine: Looking for those Silver Linings (and Finding Them)
Out of the Cloud and Onto the System
In this podcast edition of Innovating@Sun, host Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, interviews Bob Brewin, VP, Sun Distinguished Engineer, to discuss Project Hydrazine--a back-end infrastructure service that offers a new and open approach to application development and deployment.
An Update on xVM Server: Starting Early Access
Sun is very close to shipping
Steve Wilson, Vice President, xVM and Connected Systems, writes in a recent blog entry that Sun is approaching the release of version xVM Server 1.0. Steve says, "today I'm announcing that we're starting the first part of our early access program for the product. We've signed up companies from sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, high-tech and government who will be the first to start using xVM Server. We will be sending Sun engineers on site with each of these customers to collect first-hand feedback. I expect we're about one month away from a publicly downloadable version of xVM Server (including binary and source code bundles!) so that anyone can start to work with the full product."
Sun Java System Web Server Open-Sourced
Web and Proxy Source Code Set to Be Available in CY08Q3.
Sun has announced that it is open sourcing the core components of the Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 and Sun Java(TM) System Web Proxy technologies under a BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) license in the Web Stack sub-project of the OpenSolaris community. The Web and Proxy source code will be available in CY08Q3.
Sun Identity Manager 8.0 Net Talk
A Look Inside the Latest in Identity Management Solutions from Sun
Craig McDonald, senior product manager for Sun Identity Manager 8.0, discusses the solution on a recent nettalk in which he considers the key challenges (user entitlements; incongruities between IT terminology and business terminology; changes in and costs of provisioning and auditing/recertification.
Sun Datacenter Switch 3x24
Connect from two to 288 blade servers in cohesive clusters
The Sun Datacenter Switch 3x24 (Sun DS 3x24) is designed for smaller and mid-size commercial HPC deployments. This ultra-dense single rack unit Infiniband switching platform binds Sun's blade servers and storage systems into a highly scalable, space-efficient, flexible, high-performance supercomputer. Using the Sun 12x-12x cable it connects directly to the Infiniband Switched Network Express Module complimenting the Sun Blade systems.
Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 and 3x24 Architecture
White Paper Identifies Economies in Interconnect Technology

Among the issues facing designers of supercomputers, choosing the most appropriate interconnect technology -- one that can connect thousands of processors without also introducing severe latency problems -- looms large. Sun's innovative Datacenter Switches, the Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 and the Sun Datacenter Switch 3X24, offer lower acquisition costs, lower latency, very high compute density, greatly reduced cabling and management complexity, reduced real estate needs, and more teraflops per dollar with lower power consumption than with other solutions. The Sun white paper "Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 and 3X24 Architecture" enumerates the virtues of these two solutions.

Ask the Experts: JavaFX Preview
August 18-22
The JavaFX family of products includes the tools and platform SDK that developers, web scripters, and designers need to create dynamic applications for the next generation of web-delivered content. Sun recently released a JavaFX Preview designed to help early adopters become familiar with JavaFX.

If you have a question about the JavaFX Preview, post your questions during this session and get answers from three key members of Sun's JavaFX engineering team: Josh Marinacci, Martin Brehovsky, and Larry McDonough.

Mitel and Sun Webcast
Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 1:00PM EST
Sun Microsystems and Mitel, two leaders in the field of IT and enterprise communications, have increased their momentum in delivering on their global partnership to provide an innovative and complete unified voice and ultra thin client desktop. The joint solution introduces a new paradigm in voice and data applications, and drives new levels of user simplicity, flexibility and integrated mobility. The benefits include cost reductions through high availability, reduced capital expenditures and desktop support, and lower power consumption.

Attend the August 21st web event to learn more.

Sun Fire X4100 M2 Quad Core Server
Includes AMD 2356 Processor Repricing
There is now a new standard configuration available for the Sun Fire X4100 M2 Quad-Core with AMD 2356 2.3 GHz Processor that includes the repricing of the processor X-option and ATO option parts. This is the first Sun Fire X4100 M2 Quad-Core Standard Configuration to be offered. This reprice sets a 15% lower processor price on the Sun Fire X4100 M2 and Sun Fire X4200 M2 Quad-Core configurations.
Sun Modular Datacenter S20
A revolutionary way to add datacenter capacity
The Sun Modular Datacenter fundamentally changes the way in which customers increase datacenter capacity. Previously, customers had to endure long waits and very large investments to expand or build new datacenter capacity. The Sun Modular Datacenter changes all of this by enabling customers to rapidly increase datacenter capacity with what, when, and where they want it.

The key benefits of the Sun Modular Datacenter include:

  • Rapid Deployment
  • Game-changing Economics
  • Mobility Enables Flexibility
  • Very High-density Computing
  • Eco Value

and more....

    Sun Disk
    Sun Storage J4000 Arrays Resources
    Secure Daua Availability and Breakthrough Performance at $1 per Gigabyte
    The open Sun storage J4000 array family combines high performance hardware and open source software. The J4000 family supports Solaris, Red Hat, Linux, Suse Linux, and Windows. This article has links to:

    • Documentation
    • ZFS Resources
    • Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager (CAM) Resources
    • Solution Briefs & White Papers

    See also: main page for the J4000 family

    Sun Tape
    Sun StorageTek T10000B Fibre Channel Tape Drive
    Brings Highest Capacity, Reliability, Performance, Data Security Enterprise and Mid-market Users
    Availability of the Sun StorageTek (TM) T10000B Fibre Channel Tape Drive with a native capacity of 1TB on existing T10000 media has just been announced. The same announcement also includes T10000B, T10000 and T9840 conversion bills, media and encryption part numbers.
    Top Ten Articles for last Issue
    Volume 125, Issues 2, 4 and 5
    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 5, were:

    • Using Wine to Run Windows Programs in OpenSolaris 2008.05 [20220]
    • Good News from Sun - July 2008 [20356]
    • Sun Reports Final Results for 2008 Full Fiscal Year and Q408 [20359]
    • DTrace and the Linux bunker mentality [20340]
    • Managing Solaris Containers With Sun xVM Ops Center [20327]
    • Oracle 10g ASM Best Practices with Hitachi Replication Software [20319]
    • Access Control Lists on Solaris OS with ZFS [20113]
    • Update on the Lustre Roadmap (1.8 through 4.0) [20281]
    • Sun Java System Communication Suite 6 [20330]
    • JavaFX Preview [20360]

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

      Solaris 8 Vintage Patch Service
      No Solaris 8 patches After April 1, 2009 without this service
      As of April 1, 2009, the Solaris 8 Operating System (Solaris OS) will enter Phase 2 of its End of Service Life (EOSL), after which customers whose systems are running the Solaris 8 OS will no longer be able to receive patches -- including security patches -- developed after this date unless they purchase the Solaris 8 Vintage Patch Service.
      Sun Studio 12 Compilers and Tools
      Power Up with the dbx Debugger and Library

      Available for free download, Sun Studio 12, provides users with high-performance, optimizing C/C++ and Fortran developer tool chain for Solaris, Open Solaris and Linux even when supporting the newer multi-core models. The new update of NetBeans-based IDE lightens the load of developing and debugging applications for the multi-core era.

      What's New on BigAdmin
      As of July 31sth, 2008
      Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

      • Sun Fire X4500 Server as a Magnetic Library for CommVault Simpana Software
      • Installing HA Containers With ZFS Using the Solaris 10 5/08 OS and Solaris Cluster 3.2
      • Use Solaris Cluster 3.2 software and the Solaris 10 5/08 OS to install high availability (HA) Containers with ZFS
      • Installing Branded Zones in Solaris 10 OS From a Flash Archive
      • Funzionalita di base per la creazione dei domini in Sun Java System Application Server
      • Sun Java System Application Server consente di creare vari domini, con molte funzioni

      Coding Apps to Leverage UltraSPARC Hardware Accelerators
      Using UCF to Access Cryptographic Accelerators
      In a Sun blog by Lawrence Spracklen, users of UltraSPARC with T1, T2 processors and up can find how to use hardware cryptographic accelerators. His article focuses on the Userland Cryptographic Framework (UCF) which is used by Solaris to access cryptographic accelerators for non privileged applications. The Userland Cryptographic Framework exposes a PKCS#11 [2] compliant API to non-priv userland applications.
      O'Reilly's 'Learning the vi and Vim Editors' -- 7th Edition
      Text processing at maximum speed and power
      The text editor is held sacred by the users of Unix and Linux. Vi is the usual editor of choice, as it has been for almost 30 years, and it is now growing popularity with the Windows community. There is a guide to vi that has been keeping up with the times. The 7th edition of "Learning the Vi And Vim Editors" by O’Reilly will teach text editing basics and other tips that many people might find quite useful
      Java Technology
      Sun Java System Mobile Enterprise Platform 1.0
      Provides out-of-the-box access to many enterprise application platforms, including Siebel and SAP
      Sun Java System Mobile Enterprise Platform (MEP) is a comprehensive mobility solution that enables offline data access, data synchronization and secure access to applications. MEP has out-of-the-box support for a variety of backend systems including Siebel, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP and is device agnostic with support for Blackberry, PalmOS, and Windows Mobile devices.
      Java Real-Time System, Version 2.1 Available Now
      Available Now - Cool demo given at Java One
      The Sun Java Real-Time System (Java RTS) is Sun's commercial implementation of the Real-Time Specification for Java (JSR-001). Implementations of the Java RTS make standard Java technology more deterministic and enable it to meet rigorous timing requirements for mission-critical real-time applications.

      After several months of testing, the Sun Java Real-Time System version 2.1 (Java RTS 2.1) is now available. The Java RTS gives users unprecedented control over their Java code execution including thread priorities and whether or not an activity should be interrupted by garbage collection.

      JavaFX Script Tutorial Series
      Provides the Basic Tools You Need to Get Started
      JavaFX Script is a new scripting language that developers can use to create dynamic graphical content. While the language provides libraries on the desktop to help you use the Swing user interface (UI) toolkit and Java 2D APIs conveniently, it doesn't replace either Swing or Java 2D; the goal is to make those APIs more accessible to rich content developers. In other environments, such as mobile systems, JavaFX Script makes use of user interface technologies other than Swing. This tutorial series on JavaFX Script enables you to write visually rich applications that run across platforms and operating environments.
      Solaris 10 Security Deep Dive Presentation
      By Glenn Brunette
      In a recent blog, Glenn says, "Way back when, I posted an update to the original Solaris 10 Security Deep Dive presentation that included support for Solaris 10 Update 3 (11/06). Well, it has been entirely too long since the last update, so I am happy to say that the wait has ended! A new version of the talk is ready for download! This has been quite a journey and a lot has changed in Solaris since it was first released back in 2005."

      Glenn has now posted an updated 93-page presentation that covers:

      • Solaris Security Goals
      • Solaris 9 Security Review
      • Solaris 10 Security Deep Dive

      Glenn covers many Solaris 10 related security topics ...

      Financial Services
      Sun Awarded SWIFTReady Financial EAI Label for the 10th Consecutive Year!
      Award Comes Despite Increasingly Demanding SWIFT Standards
      For the tenth consecutive year, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) has awarded the SWIFTReady Label in the category of Financial Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) to Sun Microsystems for its Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS). SWIFT has been raising the bar annually for EAI vendors, asking them to fully adopt the SWIFT standards in order to enable SWIFT participants to achieve better straight-through processing (STP) rates over the SWIFT network. The imposition of increasingly demanding standards makes this tenth consecutive award to Sun no small accomplishment.
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