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Sun Modular Datacenter To Power GreenLight Project
MD20 to Provide Power for Photonics Research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the award of a $2 million grant over three years to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to fund its GreenLight project, which will connect scientists and their labs to more energy-efficient "green" computer processing and storage systems using photonics -- light over optical fiber. The NSF infrastructure grant allows UCSD to purchase two Sun Modular Datacenter S20s (Sun MD), one which has already been installed; the second will be installed in the third year of the GreenLight project.
Scalable, Energy-Efficient Modular Cooling Systems
More than One Way to Chill a Goose (or a Datacenter)
At the recent 2008 Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Sun Microsystems hosted a comparative demonstration of four commercially available, energy efficient modular cooling systems for data centers [20368]. Each was designed with different goals, which made direct comparisons of the systems difficult and that each assessment used system-specific inlet air temperatures, supply water temperatures, and server loads. The goal was not so much to compare the modular systems against one another but rather against conventional cooling systems.
Video: OpenSolaris - Coined an Ultimate Development Platform
Sun's Roman Shaposhnik Presents on OpenSolaris and Its Benefits
At the OpenSolaris Developer Conference in Prague on June 25, 2008, Roman Shaposhnik presented OpenSolaris as an ideal development platform. In a video, Sun's Roman Shaposhnik presents on OpenSolaris as an ideal development platform. Also featured in the video are Adriaan De Groot from Project KDE. Here de Groot explains the use of Solaris as the platform for development on the KDE project. Furthermore, Dennis Chemoivanov from Tocarema AB explains a more commercial style of using OpenSolaris.
OpenSolaris in review July 2008
By Tim Foster, Sun Microsystems, Solaris Engneering Ops
July's (slightly shorter than usual?) news report - as always, please add missing stuff to the comments section. Topics include:

  • Project Sierra - more Intel wifi chipsets
  • OSDEvCon presentations and videos online
  • Integrated Load Balancer project
  • OpenSolaris development build nv_93-based available
  • Milax 0.3.1 for SPARC
  • OpenSolaris Trademark Policy 1.0 - Wed Jul 16 "]
  • Belenix 0.7.1
  • Community Governance simplification conversations
  • PSARC 2008/393 zfs primarycache and secondarycache properties

See also the OpenSolaris Trademark page.

OpenSolaris Storage Summit, San Jose, September 21st, 2008
To be followed by SNIA's Storage Developer Conference.
Ben Rockwood says that, "The first annual OpenSolaris Storage Summit is coming on Sunday, September 21st, to San Jose, to be followed by SNIA's Storage Developer Conference. This is really exciting. SNIA SDC is one of the best storage conferences in the world (along with USENIX FAST), and OpenSolaris is undoubtedly the most powerful storage platform on earth... this is an excellent opportunity to get a lot of excellent and rewarding information in a week and get to meet the minds behind the technology in OpenSolaris."
Leading Online Advertising Firms Selects MySQL Database
Gorilla Nation Media and Other Leading Vendors Rely on MySQL
Leading online advertising representation firm Gorilla Nation Media has selected a MySQL Enterprise database subscription to help power its business intelligence platform. With more than 66 million unique visitors per month, Gorilla Nation turned to Sun to help support the exponential growth of its business by improving performance and lowering costs. MySQL is the world's most popular open source database.

Free downloads of MySQL are available.

Sun xVM VirtualBox OEM Agreements
Avanquest Software, Q-layer and Zenith InfoTech Among Leading Partners Delivering xVM Virtualization Solutions
Sun xVM VirtualBox is a high performance, small footprint virtualization platform enables users to create "virtual machines" into which they can install whichever operating system and application stack they choose. Users benefit from the ability to run multiple operating systems on the same computer at the same time, while OEMs gain the added benefit of using virtual machines as a self-contained distribution mechanism for their solutions. Sun xVM VirtualBox is incredibly compact and modular, making it suitable for use as an embedded component and ideal for OEMs.

Sun has entered into new multi-year original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreements with Avanquest Software, Q-layer and Zenith InfoTech Ltd.

Sun Grid Engine 6.2 and Transitioning Sun Grid Engine 6.1
Sun Grid Engine 6.1 Transitioned
Sun Grid Engine software is a highly scalable distributed resource management (DRM) system that allows administrators to accurately model compute resources and business policies in order to achieve optimum utilization of resources and a higher level of productivity for users.

Bob Porras - Vice President, Solaris Data, Availability, Scalability & HPC, says, "What is really exciting is the new Service Domain Manager capability of Sun Grid Engine 6.2, click here to see a demo of managing elastic resources. Totally applicable to your cloud including and other cloud resources. Dynamic, on the fly and transparent to your workload. Check it out! "

Vendor Focus for Sun Microsystems' Software
Gartner Analysts Scrutinize Sun's Sofware Offerings
Considering an software solution from Sun? Then you might find it useful to have a look at "Vendor Focus for Sun Microsystems' Software," a review of the company's offerings by Gartner Research. In overview, the authors make the following points: Through acquisitions, Sun is rapidly growing into a multi-product vendor that uses an open-source technology base; Sun is a leading supplier of open-source software and contributor to many additional open-source project; and Sun has struggled in the past with software acquisitions and has to prove itself successful with its recent acquisitions.
Sun Ultra 24 with Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Processor
Sun Workstation with dual or quad core Intel Processor
The Sun Ultra 24 Workstation by Intel with the Core 2 Duo E7200 Processor that is XATO compliant, with its 1TB disk drive, provides storage for increasingly larger data sets. It broadens the processor speed offerings and price points for the Sun Ultra 24 Workstation.
Sun Blade X8440 Server Module With Quad-Core AMD CPUs
With DDR2-667 Single-Rank DIMMs
The Sun Blade X8440 Server Module supports up to 4 quad-core AMD CPUs, with up to 128GB of memory and up to 192 GBb/s of I/O.

  • X8440: Up to 4 AMD Opteron Dual-Core (8200 Series) or 4 Quad-Core (8300 Series) Processors
  • Up to 4 sockets/16 cores/16 threads per Server Module (using quad-core processors)
  • Up to 128GB memory, 32x DIMM slots per Server Module
  • Up to 192Gb/s I/O per Server Module

The Sun Blade X8440 Server Module Standard Configurations are similar to the existing Sun Blade X8440 Server Module Standard Configurations with the exception that they now use DDR2-667 Single-Rank DIMMs.

Sun StorageTek ST9900 TrueCopy Async software
For ST9985V and ST9990V

TrueCopy asynchronous software enables replication with full data integrity beyond the distance limitations of synchronous copy to ensure data at a secondary site is safely beyond a wide-area disaster's impact zone. Moving data to a secondary site for switchover of primary processing can eliminate scheduled downtime and is critical when an unexpected event compromises your primary site.

Unlike traditional data recovery processes that are labor-intensive and can span several days, recovery based on TrueCopy software can help businesses resume operations rapidly, almost from the point where they broke off.

TrueCopy Asynchronous is complemented by TrueCopy Synchronous.

NFS v.4 Ushers in a Parallel Universe
Drew Robb Reviews New Features, Performance of an Updated Stalwart
Drew Robb, writing for, declares "NFS Enters a Parallel Universe," claiming that Version 4.1 of NFS (network file system), having undergone a profound overhaul, promises higher than ever levels of performance and security, particularly in enterprise data centers. For corroboration, Robb refers readers to Henry Newman's article, "The Future of NFS Arrives".
Sun Tape
Tape -The Digital Curator of the Information Age
Paper by Fred Moore, President Horison, Inc
Sun has made available an eleven page paper by Fred Moore, President of Horison, Inc, entitled "Tape: The Digital Curator of the Information Age." In the paper, he claims that tape is far from extinct and he explains that tape's role is expanding. Tape drives are now being considered premier long-term storage technology, rather than a pure backup solution.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 126 Issue 1; 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 126 Issue 1, were:

  • An Update on xVM Server: Starting Early Access [20415]
  • ZFS Second Level ARC - L2ARC - Testing Show 8x More Throughput [20355]
  • Solaris 8 Vintage Patch Service [20332]
  • Operating System Concepts, 8th Edition [20374]
  • Solaris 10 Security Deep Dive Presentation [20417]
  • Sun xVM Ops Center (video) [20383]
  • Sun Fire X4600 M2 Server Is Industry's Fastest x86 Java Server [20409]
  • Facebook Application for Fans of the 2008 Summer Games [20411]
  • Chill-Off! SVLG Data Center Energy Summit: Modular Datacenter Cooling Systems [20368]
  • Sun Java System Mobile Enterprise Platform 1.0 [20399]

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

    Top 25 Articles for July 2008
    Volume 125 -June 30th - August 3rd - 5 Issues
    We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. In Volume 125, July 2008, 66k distinct visitors viewed 166k pages on the website for this newsletter. Here is a list of the 25 most viewed articles:

    • Sun-NetApp Litigation Continues [20221]
    • Sun's Niagara 3 to Feature 16 Cores and 16 Threads per Core [20254]
    • Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Unveil Next-Generation SPARC Enterprise Servers [20295]
    • Gartner Vendor Rating for Sun Microsystems: Positive [20234]
    • Migrating Solaris 8 and 9 Systems to Solaris 10 OS Containers [20083]

    • A Hands on Introduction to ZFS Pools, Part I [20243]
    • Using Wine to Run Windows Programs in OpenSolaris 2008.05 [20220]
    • Tech Tips for the Solaris 10 Operating System [20029]
    • Automatic Data Migration (ADM) with ZFS [20253]
    • New GlassFish and MySQL Offering Starting at $65K / Year [20230]

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

      Support for Solaris 7 Terminated
      EOSL was August 16, 2008

      The Solaris 7 EOL (End of Life) last ship date was August 15, 2003. Per the January 23, 2003 Solaris 7 EOL announcement the EOSL (End of Service Life) Phase 2 exit date was announced as August 15, 2008.

      Per the above and per the longstanding Sun EOSL policy, upon reaching EOSL on August 16, 2008, except through custom agreements, all support for Solaris 7 will terminate. SunSpectrum and Solaris subscriptions will no longer include Solaris 7 support. Support calls regarding Solaris 7 will no longer be accepted and all patch access for Solaris 7 will terminate.

      Free and Open Source S/W
      Open Office Enterprise Subscriptions
      Support is More Reliable Than Ever
      StarOffice software is supported under Sun Software Service Plans, which include two levels of support that cover extended business hours or around-the-clock service for mission-critical deployments. With this support, you'll always have access to the latest software functionality with upgrades and patches included for covered software.Sun aims to increase the support available to customers using OpenOffice, an open sourced word processing program.

      The new software subscription part numbers for and change of support and services associated with them provide a revenue opportunity to Sun and Sun Resellers while the list pricing for customers remains the same. The price is now per user per year while the previous support part numbers were listed per user per month.

      Dual Head Presentations with StarOffice 9 and Sun Presenter Console
      StarOffice 9 Beta better known as OpenOffice 3 Beta 2 are now available as free downloads.
      The OpenOffice Presenter Console extension supports presenters by showing information that is not visible to the audience. A typical environment would be a laptop showing the Presenter Console and a connected beamer showing the actual presentation to the audience. Initially the Presenter Console extension shows a live preview of the current slide, a preview of the next slide and tool bar with navigational buttons and the current and elapsed time
      Sun Studio Express 7/08 Now Available on Solaris 10, OpenSolaris, Linux
      Download and Provide Feedback to the Developer Team
      A download of Sun Studio Express 7/08, which is now available on Solaris 10, OpenSolaris and Linux (RHEL and SuSE), is available. User comments are invited at the Sun Studio Forum.
      Sun Configuration Diagram Templates
      Quickly Document a System Configuration
      Sun BigAdmin has a site devoted to Sun Configuration Diagram Templates to help system administrators quickly document a system configuration like rack placement, internal details, and connectivity of a complete system.

      Most recently updated diagram templates include Sun's blades, volume servers and M-Series servers. Also listed are x64 servers, enterprise, Sun Fire 20K/25K, workstations & Sun Rays, storage, Sun StorEdge 9970, Sun StorEdge 9980, Sun StorEdge 9990, Sun StorEdge L180, and Sun StorEdge L700. There are diagram templates available for EOL storage and servers, and one that includes hardware presentations.

      What's New on BigAdmin
      Community scripts
      Community scripts which have been posted to BigAdmin include:

      • zone-clone Script
      • checkdisk Script
      • checkpatch
      • checkmessages Script (for Logs)
      • dfalert Script
      • WhereIsFile Script

      Solaris + AMP: Open Source and Support for all 12 SAMP Components
      Scalability and Performance for the Web Tier
      SAMP, Sun's AMP stack, bolstered by the Solaris OS, Apache HTTP Web server, MySQL, and the PHP/Perl/Python scripting languages, is drawing kudos as a premier open source platform for web tier development and deployment. Adopters are finding the solution easy to use, familiar and cost effective, as well as offering the greatest possible performance, scalability, reliability and security for web application security.
      Operating System Concepts, 8th Edition
      Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne
      Open-source operating systems, virtual machines, and clustered computing are among the leading fields of operating systems and networking that are rapidly changing. With substantial revisions and organizational changes, Silberschatz, Galvin, and Gagne’s Operating System Concepts, Eighth Edition remains as current and relevant as ever, helping you master the fundamental concepts of operating systems while preparing yourself for today’s emerging developments.

      Beyond the basics, the Eight Edition sports substantive revisions and organizational changes that clue you in to such cutting-edge developments as open-source operating systems, multi-core processors, clustered computers, virtual machines, transactional memory, NUMA, Solaris 10 memory management, Sun’s ZFS file system, and more. New to this edition is the use of a simulator to dynamically demonstrate several operating system topics.

      Intellectual Property and Open Source
      A Practical Guide to Protecting Code from O'Reilly
      Intellectual Property and Open Source, written by Van Lindberg, is for readers who want to understand how the law views intellectual property rights in code and other content. As an attorney and a programmer, Lindberg provides a clear look at these issues from a developer's point of view, along with practical advice for situations likely to be encountered including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and open source licenses.
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