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Sun "Try and Buy" Program Helps Benton, WA Utility Boost Server Performance
Cuts Customer Service Response Time by 50 Percent
The Benton Public Utility District in Kennewick Washington practices a strong public service ethic and, as part of its continuing dedication to providing its 45,000 customers the best possible service, the utility has migrated its Oracle PeopleSoft applications to browser-based versions. The result was a disappointing degradation in the performance of certain key applications. Benton Public Utility turned to the Sun Try and Buy Program for a solution.
Dow Corning Achieves Major Cost Reductions Using Solaris 10 OS
Three-member IT UNIX Team Delivers Services to this $4.4 Billion Company
Virtualization has really paid off for Dow Corning Corporation, where a three-member IT UNIX team using the Solaris 10 Operating System manages to deliver all the IT services this $4.4 billion multinational company requires at a substantial savings. Dow has been able to virtualize and manage servers quickly and efficiently by exploiting the Containers and ZFS features in the Solaris 10 OS as a key part of its adaptive computing model.
Case Study: CopperEye Greenwich Server Software on Sun Fire X4540 Server
Performance Analysis vs. RDBMS on Phone Call Surveillance
Rainer Walter's case study entitled "Phone Call Surveillance With CopperEye Greenwich on Sun Fire X4540 Server" describes the results of using the CopperEye Greenwich Server software, v2.1.0.6 designed for the fast retrieval of records from flat data files, on a high-density storage Sun Fire X4540 server with 2x AMD Opteron quad-core CPU, 2.3 GHz, 32 GB RAM and 48 X 500 GB SATA disks running the Solaris 10 Operating System. This case study describes the results of a usage test for phone call surveillance under storage and analysis requirements defined by a directive of the European Parliament and Council.
Free and Open Source S/W
Open Source Project Now Powered by Sun
New release of Open Source TWiki with improved usability
TWiki version 4.2, from TWIKI.NET, includes a new WYSIWYG editor that is easy to use and can significantly reduce the learning curve for first time users. It also offers support for a SQL like query language to aide the end-user in building wiki applications.

This software release coincides with the open source project migration to a new Sun Fire T5220 server, a Sun Fire X4450 server and a Sun StorageTek 5320 NAS Gateway System contributed by Sun Microsystems.

"The development community and TWiki users everywhere are benefiting from Sun's support and participation of the project. The improved performance we are delivering is very helpful to the open source developers and TWiki users around the world who are working on this Web 2.0 project," said Peter Thoeny, Community Leader, Founder and CTO of TWIKI.NET.

Setting Up MySQL Cluster Software Using Solaris Zones Partitioning Technology
Sun BigAdmin Paper
"Setting Up MySQL Cluster Software Using Solaris Zones Partitioning Technology" is a Sun BigAdmin paper by Hashamkha Pathan that describes how to set up MySQL Cluster software in a Solaris Zones environment, as if it were running on independent physical servers. This setup is useful for replicating an environment in-house without using multiple physical systems. Pathan shows that it is also possible to extend the setup to use Solaris Zones on different physical systems.
Sun Secure Global Desktop Software Version 4.41
Provides Secure, Remote Access to Virtual desktops or Server-based Applications from a Browser or SGD-enabled Device.
Sun Secure Global Desktop Software provides secure access to centralized Windows, UNIX, Mainframe and Midrange applications from a wide range of popular client devices, including Microsoft Windows PCs, Solaris OS Workstations, thin clients and mobile devices.

Sun Secure Global Desktop Software 4.41 is available for download with such features as new new command for securing an SGD server; pull-down header for kiosk mode applications: service tag support; active directory authentication log filter; and active directory SSL security without client certificates.

Top Sun Software Downloads
See which Sun dowloads are most popular
Top Software Downloads

  • MySQL Database
  • xVM VirtualBox 1.6
  • Solaris 10 Operating System
  • Sun Download Manager 2.0
  • Sun studio 12
  • Solaris Express Developer Edition
  • Services Tools Bundle (STB) 3.1
  • Sun Device Detection Tool 2.0
  • Directory Server Enterprise Edition
  • Web Server 7.0 Update 3

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From the Trenches at Sun Identity: Access Management for Web Applications
Marina Sum Interviews Sun's Jamie Nelson
Sun staff writer Marina Sum interviewed Jamie Nelson, director of engineering for access and federation management at Sun, to learn his views on security as it pertains to application development on the web. This interview is part 1 of six, each with a different individual and all part of the From the Trenches at Sun Identity series.
Top Sun Java Software Downloads
See the list of popular Java Downloads
Top Java Downloads

  • Java Software for Web Browser
  • Java Platform, Standard Edition
  • Java SE and NetBeans Cobundle
  • Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) SDK
  • Java Cryptography Extension (JCE)
  • J2ME Wireless Toolkit 2.5 First Customer Ship
  • JavaMail API
  • Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 Tools Bundle Update 4

  • Java Application Platform SDK
  • Java Media Framework (JMF) API

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Sun Java System Identity Management Portfolio
Delivering End-to-End Identity Management
Sun has posted a new 6-page data sheet that describes the Sun Java System Identity Management software, including role manager.

One of the big challenges facing IT managers is how to provide access to their employees, their customers and partners in a secure fashion. Sun’s™ identity management portfolio includes everything an organization needs to manage, protect, store, verify, and share identity information throughout the enterprise and across extranets.

Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3
The Leading Directory Solution for High-Scale Environments
A directory is a directory is a directory...well, er, sorry Gertrude Stein, but not any longer. Sun has posted a new 4-page data sheet that describes Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition, 6.3. Identity-enabled applications need more than a directory that is only a repository for identity data. Instead, the new directory must provide secure access to numerous repositories while maintaining the highest possible levels of availability and demonstrating the ability to scale to keep pace with ever changing groups of internal and external users.
White Paper: The Solaris Operating System And The New Intel Core Micro-architecture
Two Robust Solutions Designed to Deliver Optimal Performance in Combination
"The Solaris Operating System and the New Intel Core Microarchitecture" is the title of a white paper that offers a high-level overview of key features of the new Intel Core Microarchitecture (formerly code-named Nehalem), and the advantages of running the Solaris Operating System (OS) in this environment. The intended audience includes business decision makers, developers and IT professionals.
Sun Dual 10GbE SFP+ PCIe ExpressModule Incorporating the Intel 82598EB Controller
Designed to meet the throughput and latency requirements of bandwidth-hungry applications
The Sun 10 Gigabit Ethernet Networking Cards which incorporate the Intel 82598EB 10 Gigabit Ethernet controller, are designed to meet the throughput and latency requirements of bandwidth-hungry applications such as High Performance Computing, database clusters and video-on demand. In addition, these Sun 10 GbE cards offer advanced features for higher throughput, lower CPU utilization and virtualization. Ideal for slot-constrained environments, the Sun 10 Gigabit Ethernet Cards provide a simplified alternative to multiple 1 GbE cards for Sun's portfolio of x64 servers and Blade Servers.

The new ExpressModule, X1108A-z, is a dual 10GbE port ExpressModule supporting SFP+ Transceivers. customer can change available SFP+ transceivers to create any combination as needed.

Sun Blade Wiki
Sun has made a wiki available for the all blade information and needs. Here you will find the Modular Solutions Community, How-To Interactive Videos, and other useful content to learn more about the Sun Blade Systems. On this wiki, you can:

Sun Blade 6000 10GbE Multi-Fabric Network Express Module
Deliver up to 234 Gb/s of I/O to the Sun Blade 6000
The Sun Bade 6000 Multi-Fabric Network Express Module (NEM) is designed for enterprise-level connectivity environments. The Muti-Fabric NEM connects to some of the popular switches from Cisco, Force 10, Foundry, Extreme, Fujitsu, and HP.

It comes with 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 10 unpopulated SFP+ (10G) ports. It also includes four mini SAS ports.

Up to two of the NEMS can be added to a Sun Blade 6000 chasis.

Explore Your Storage with FileBench
A Tool for Tailormade Benchmarking Operations
FileBench has kindled the enthusiasm of Ben Rockwood, who writes on how to "Explore Your Storage with FileBench," which he calls one of the most powerful and flexible benchmarking tools around.

Unlike such micro-benchmarking tools as Bonnie++ or IOzone, he writes, FileBench [19937] is an application simulator or workload generator that results in benchmarking results that more nearly approximate the results in an actual production setting.

For all of that, FileBench, which is still in development, is somewhat non-intuitive, Rockwood maintains. His aim is to make using the solution easier through example.

Why you should avoid placing SSDs in traditional Arrays
Read about another approach
Sun blogger Anatol Studler makes that case in a recent blog that you should avoid placing SSDs in traditional arrays.

A traditional array has a controller with a certain fixed amount of compute power and I/O capability. Placing fast SSDs into an array designed for traditional disks is, "is quite surprising to me, as it is comparable to place a 8-cylinder bi-turbo engine with 450HP into an entry level car."

Anatol continues, "Traditional midrange arrays are developed to handle hundreds of traditional (15k RPM) harddisk drives. A traditional harddisk is capable of running about 250 IO/s. Now if we compare this with the actual enterprise class Solid State Disks available on the market, a single solid state disk can do about 50k IO/s read or 12k IO/s write. So in fact it is about 100x faster than a 15k RPM harddisk."

A fast array controller capable of delivering 500k I/Os would hard pressed to keep up with just 10 SSDs.

Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 126 Issues 1, 2, 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 126 Issue 4, were:

  • Rock: A SPARC CMT Processor [20513]
  • Fujitsu Readies Eight-core SPARC64 Chip ("Venus") [20502]
  • Sun's GNU/Linux Offerings [20469]
  • White Paper: MySQL Workbench: A Data Modeling Guide for Developers and DBAs [20498]
  • Sun Ray Connector for VMware Virtual Desktop Manager [20453]
  • SPECjbb2005 Sun Fire X4600 M2 X86 [20481]
  • Extremely Fast Pattern Matching on Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220/T5240 [20457]
  • White Paper: MySQL Enterprise Monitor: Technical Overview [20499]
  • Eco Innovation in the Datacenter [20497]
  • Podcast: Towards Cloud Computing with Sun Grid Engine 6.2 [20479]

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

    Monitoring CMT Servers with perfbar
    version 1.2 (beta)
    Perfbar is a visual tool that is very valuable when determining bottle necks on SMP servers. It serves as an indicator for single threaded applications. Such tools as mpstat are much more precise but far from less intuitive. Removing this bottle neck of a single thread which is CPU bound in an application is very important to exploit all CPU resources of a SMP server.

    Ralph Bogendörfer, Solaris Performance Engineer, is currently working to extend the perfbar. Version 1.2 allows the monitoring of massive parallel CMT servers through an improved layout. The traditional look showed bars for all CPUs in a row like the one for a 16 way server below.

    Less Known Solaris Features: CacheFS
    8 Part Tutorial by Joerg Moellenkamp
    CacheFS is a hidden feature deep inside of Solaris. It is considered similar to a caching proxy, but it doesn't cache web pages, it caches files from another filesystem. Joerg Moellenkamp has a series of tutorials on hidden features of Solaris, and his latest edition is an 8 part walk through of CacheFS and how it works.
    Sun Installation Assistant
    Helps install Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems on Sun x64 servers

    Sun Installation Assistant (SIA) helps install supported Linux (Red Hat and SUSE) and Microsoft Windows operating systems on Sun x64 servers. SIA also makes firmware updates automatic on some servers. SIA makes OS installation easy. With SIA, all that is needed to begin is a licensed copy of Linux or Windows OS distribution media supported for a particular server. All Sun software and required server-specific drivers are supplied by SIA. With a graphical wizard interface and flexible installation options, SIA brings simplicity, speed and reliability to server deployments.

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