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1-Day OpenSolaris Training
Learn OpenSolaris Using VirtualBox
Sun has released the OpenSolaris distribution which is a brand new way of distributing Solaris using a live CD with even more software available on network repositories.

A self-directed, one-day, self-paced, OpenSolaris training course by Roman Strobl is now available.

During this training participants will learn how to get started with OpenSolaris and get a good understanding of its benefits. It also offers a unique hands-on experience with many of the advanced technologies which come with OpenSolaris.

Sun xVM Server Software and Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 Target Windows, Linux UNIX Virtualization Markets
State-of-the-art web GUI Gives Sun xVM Server Software Built-in Management Through a Browser, Enterprise-class Scalability reliability and security.
Sun's recently announced open, Internet-scale xVM Server Software and xVM Ops Center 2.0 are significant additions to the company's virtualization portfolio, targeting the Windows, Linux and UNIX virtualization markets.
Patching Solaris Using Sun xVM Ops Center
Big Admin Paper Shows How to Do Patching and Updating on both x86 and SPARC Platforms

Patching the Solaris OS by using Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1 is the subject of Shanthi Srinivasan's BigAdmin article that shows how to accomplish this on both x86 systems (for the Solaris 10 OS) and on SPARC systems (for Solaris 8, 9 and 10).

Sun Certifies Microsoft Windows for xVM Server, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Support for Sun Ray
Cross-platform Virtualization Collaboration Grows Between Santa Clara, Redmond
With the certification of Windows for the Sun xVM Server and of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V support for Sun Ray Thin Clients, the collaboration on cross-platform virtualization technology between Sun and Microsoft has intensified, making it easier to integrate and interoperate with Sun's xVM portfolio. Reciprocally, Solaris has become a certified guest OS on Windows Server 2008.
Sun Java System
New Release of Sun Java System Content Delivery Server (CDS)
Single Content Catalog Supports Multiple Storefronts on Phones, PCs
A new version (5.1) of Sun Java System Content Delivery Server (CDS) is a market leading product that allows mobile operators, service providers and enterprises to deliver a variety of content to mobile users. CDS provides a single content catalog that can support multiple storefronts on phones and PCs, as well as content pricing, promotion, preview, payment and delivery services.
Free Download of Logical Domains (LDoms)
Increase Server Utilization, Efficiency, and ROI; Reduce Power and Real Estate Costs
Now it is possible to increase server utilization, efficiency, and ROI while at the same time shrinking server footprint. And users can do this at no cost by adopting Logical Domains (LDoms), one of the enabling technologies for Sun xVM, and the most open virtualization technology available. Unlike proprietary virtualization technologies, LDoms can save users over $3,600 per system without the need for additional hardware to manage or control virtual machines. It's true: The more servers you virtualize, the more you save and benefit.
Sun Fire X2200 M2
Changes to Standard Configurations
The Sun Fire X2250 server demonstrates Sun's commitment to deliver one of the most compelling entry-level HPC 1U rack-mount servers in the industry. The Sun Fire X2250, with no redundant PSU & fans, is a 2-socket server based on Intel's "Stoakley" platform.

Within its 1U form-factor, the Sun Fire X2250 supports leading operating systems and applications, the fastest processor speed grades available, and the fastest memory available. All of this makes the Sun Fire X2250 ideal for companies with massively parallel technical computing workloads.

Sun has changed the memory supplier manufacturing process. Systems now need to contain only single-rank or all dual-rank memory. However, If single-rank and dual-rank memory are mixed in a Sun Fire X2200 M2 server, customers will experience performance degradation by up to 10 percent.

Sun Fire X4600 M2 with up to 512Gb of memory
With Single-Rank Memory DIMMS
The new Sun Fire X4600 M2 servers are identical to the existing standard configurations with the exception that they now use registered single-rank DDR2-667 memory. 4GB (2x 2GB) memory kits, registered single-rank DDR2-667, new XATO and X-options and 16GB (2x 8GB) memory kits, registered DDR2-667 DIMMs, new XATO and X-options are all also available.

The Sun Fire X4600 M2 now can have an unprecedented 512GB memory capacity for processing the most memory intensive workloads.

Hitachi USP V (Sun StorageTek 9990V) SPC-2 Benchmark Results
Top Benchmark 2 Performance Result of Any Storage System in its Class
Hitachi Data Systems announced that its Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V (Sun StorageTek 9990V) attained the highest Benchmark 2 performance result, topping all storage systems in its class by an eight-fold factor. The USP V achieved an aggregated average of 8,724.67 SPC-2 MBPSTM using a single storage controller.
Sun Tape
Video: OpenSolaris Tape Enhancements
11min Video
Scott Tracy spoke to the June 2008 meeting of FROSUG on OpenSolaris Tape enhancements. With Scott were Randy Ralphs, who has been working on tapes for almost 30 years and is the primary developer the Solaris tape drive for many years, and Dan Maslowski, manager in charge of their group.

Scott started by stating that, contrary to popular opinion, tape is not dead and that much of our data is out there, somewhere on tape. Compliance, backup and DR continue to drive the need for tape.

Most developers just expect tape to work. Scott jokes that they only get noticed when stuff does not work.

Scott addresses two topics for OpenSolaris:

Sun StorageTek T10000B FICON Tape Drives
1TB native capacity, doubled from 500GB, on existing T10000 media
The Sun StorageTek T10000B FICON Tape Drive with a native capacity of 1TB on existing T10000 media are available for the SL8500, SL3000, and L180/L700/L1400 Tape Libraries. Some new features of the T10000B FICON Tape Drive are:

  • 1TB native capacity, doubled from 500GB, on existing T10000 media.

  • Supports legacy read of existing T10000-written media.

  • 4Gb/s FICON interfaces.

  • Ability to re-purpose T10000B drives from FICON to Fibre Channel and from Fibre Channel to FICON.

Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 127 Issue 1; Volume 126 Issues 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 127 Issue 1, were:

  • Sun & Mitel Produce World's First Unified Voice / Data Ultra Thin Client Desktop [20494]
  • xVM VirtualBox 2.0 and New Enterprise Support Subscription [20545]
  • Why you should avoid placing SSDs in traditional Arrays [20525]
  • Sun xVM Virtualization Portfolio [20544]
  • Less Known Solaris Features: CacheFS [20495]
  • Monitoring CMT Servers with perfbar [20372]
  • White Paper: The Solaris Operating System And The New Intel Core Micro-architecture [20516]
  • IDC: Sun is #1 UNIX in Storage Units shipped for the 19th consecutive quarter [20546]
  • What's New on BigAdmin [20551]
  • Virtualize Everything, Manage Anywhere: xVM Webinar [20515]

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
    Stésud Deploys MySQL Enterprise and GlassFish Solutions to Serve ERP Customer Base
    Leading ERP Software Company Adopts Open Source Application Server and Database Platform as Best Solutions
    The MySQL database and GlassFish application server are the choice of the Belgian company Stésud, a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendor. With this deployment, Stésud becomes one of the most recent companies to adopt these Sun products as a lower-cost, higher-performance alternative to traditional database and application server software. 3.0
    Release Candidate 1 (build OOO300_m5) available
    OpenOffice 3.0 Release Candidate 1 (build OOO300_m5) is available for developer critique through the website. The software is not recommended for production deployment at its current stage. It is recommended for new users to chose one of the previously released more stable versions such as OpenOffice 2.0. The new OpenOffice 3.0 Release Candidate 1 (build OOO300_m5) will contain some updated features
    Sun Studio Express 07/08 Available For Download
    This release contains support for OpenMP 3.0 API
    The latest preview release of Sun Studio compiler and tools suite for C, C++, and FORTRAN users, Sun Studio Express 07/08, is now available for download.

    This latest release marks an important advance for HPC developers and for anyone interested in extracting high performance from today's multi-threaded and multi-core processors. This release contains support for OpenMP 3.0 APIs, which offers developers a more general approach to multi-threaded programming with task queuing and also integrates with Sun HPC ClusterTools, providing support for performance analysis of MPI applications. Based on the NetBeans 6.1 IDE, developing parallel applications for the multi-core era has never been easier!

    Introducing NFS Fundamentals for the Solaris OS
    NFS Server Daemons in the Solaris 10 OS and Other Tech Tips
    In a Community-Submitted Tech Tip on the Bigadmin portal, the NFS Fundamentals for the Solaris OS are organized into bullet lists to get users up to speed using NFS. Network file system (NFS) is a client-server application that lets users view, store, and update files on a remote system as though the files were on a local system. An NFS environment consists of two components:

    • The NFS server, which contains file resources that are shared with other systems
    • The NFS client, which mounts file resources that are shared over the network and presents the resources as if they were on a local system
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of September 11th, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • Community Tech Tip: How to Move Old Files with Directory Structure in a Large Directory

    • Community Tech Tip: How to Cancel a Print Job When You Don't Know the Name of the Printer

    • Community Tech Tip: Creating and Burning a DVD or CD With Solaris 9 OS on SPARC Platforms

    • Community script: zfs.roll.snapshot

    • Third-party resources submitted by the community

    Sun Netra X4450 Intel Xeon 4RU based x64 Carrier Grade Server
    Standard Configurations (AC and DC) and Options
    The Sun Netra X4450 server is a high capacity x64 carrier-grade server. It combines the proven ruggedness and reliability of Sun Netra servers with industry-leading performance, efficiency, and expandability. The Netra X4450 server delivers stunning performance and expandability in a 4RU 20-inch deep compact form factor. This carrier-grade server can expand up to a 16-way configuration with four quad core Intel Xeon processors, up to 128GB of memory, and over 1TB of internal storage for consolidation and virtualization.
    Financial Services
    Germany's apoBank Implements Implements Sun Information Lifecycle Management Solution
    Increases Efficiencies, Reduces IT Tech Staff to a Single Person
    apoBank, Germany's largest cooperative bank, has implemented a Sun StorageTek information lifecycle management (ILM) infrastructure that includes a Sun enterprise disk storage system with remote replication, tape libraries and management software, all connected via a storage area network (SAN).
    Sun White Paper: The Road to Mobile Banking
    Sun Solutions Point the Way
    The Sun white paper "The Road to Mobile Banking" explains how the climate has changed to make mobile banking seem a viable option for financial services.
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