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Jonathan Schwartz talk at Bank of America's 38th Annual Investor Conference
25 Minute Audocast from Conference
Jonathan Schwartz was delivered a brief presentation then answered questions from financial analysts at the Bank of America 38th Annual Investment Conference. The questions asked about how Sun sees its competitors in different market segments, if hardware competitors who are now doing vis-a-via Solaris are helping (or not). There were questions on restructuring, cost structure, gross margin, gross margin pressure, and the large investment from KKR.
"j14z" Blogs on Wine, Virtualization and xVM
That Would Be Jonathan Schwartz, in the Language of Virtualization
Jonathan Schwartz reminisces about an evening in the days before cloud computing that he spent in the convivial company of some individuals responsible for the health and welfare of high value, high scale data centers. The discourse was made all the more pleasant, he writes, by the availability of some of the Napa Valley's finer wines.
Software Freedom Day 2008 Set for September 20th
Sun Promotes Awareness Among Organizations and Consumers on Benefits of Open Source Software
September 20, 2008 has been declared Software Freedom Day (SFD) by Sun in an effort to persuade consumers to adopt open source software and to participate in a global education program designed to improve awareness around the importance and benefits of open source technologies.
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The Role of Serious Games in Learning Situations
Chris Melissinos Interviews Sharon Sloane of WILL Interactive
Chris Melissinos, Sun's chief gaming officer, interviewed Sharon Sloane, president and CEO of WILL Interactive, producer of Virtual Experience Immersive Learning Simulations (VEILS), so-called "serious games" that are designed for training purposes in military applications, among others.
Sun x64 Systems - Microsoft Windows Compatibility
Sun Expands Relationship with Microsoft, Becoming Windows Server OEM
The latest information on "Sun x64 Systems -- Microsoft Windows Compatibility" features four tabular presentations that outline Sun certifications and support for Microsoft® Windows® on Sun x64 systems.
Data Center Pulse: A Community for Data Center Professionals
A Chance to Share on What's Really Happening in the Data Center
Data Center Pulse, an exclusive group of global datacenter owners, operators and users, was just inaugurated by Dean Nelson, senior director at Sun in his regular blog, Geekism. The declared goal of Data Center Pulse is to track the pulse of datacenter trends through discussions and debate.
Software
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Sun Brochure Outlines Benfits of Software Portfolio
Don't Think of Sun as Just a Hardware Vendor: It's Much More
Get to know Sun's software offerings. A great place to start is the new Sun brochure on the company's software portfolio. As an indication of just how broad the range of Sun software solutions is, consider that more than 6600 applications on over 1000 platforms are available for the Solaris 10 OS.
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Provisioning with iSCSI and Solaris ZFS in 10 Minutes
Sun Blueprint provides a streamlined set of instructions for provisioning an iSCSI array
Dominic Kay has written a Sun BluePrint entitled "Provisioning with ISCSI and Solaris ZFS in 10 Minutes that offers a solution to the long-standing problem of using ISCSI interfaces to create configurations that are easy to administer. Kay shows how low-cost devices can be combined with the Solaris ZFS file system to take advantage of file system robustness and ease of administration. The article provides a streamlined set of instructions for provisioning an iSCSI array with the Solaris ZFS file system. Kay includes instructions for both the Solaris 10 OS and the OpenSolaris OS, which uses the COMSTAR framework.
SSD at Sun
By Jörg Möllenkamp
Joerg Moellenkamp, a Senior Systems Engineer at Sun and the author of the "Lesser Known Features of Solaris" tutorials, has posted a excellent presentation called "SSD at Sun" that asks "Why Solid State Disks?"

The 67-page slide presentation is designed to be read on-line. We have also included a link to a technical review on SSDs at anandtech.com by Anand Lal Shimpi.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 127 Issue 1 and 2; Volume 126 Issues 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 2, were:

  • Open Source and Storage Combine to Foster Revenue Growth for Sun [20562]
  • Sun xVM Server Software and Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 Target Windows, Linux UNIX Virtualization Markets [20573]
  • 1-Day OpenSolaris Training [20542]
  • Introducing NFS Fundamentals for the Solaris OS [20512]
  • Sun Certifies Microsoft Windows for xVM Server, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Support for Sun Ray [20569]
  • Free Download of Logical Domains (LDoms) [20508]
  • Sun Fire X4600 M2 with up to 512Gb of memory [20554]
  • Patching Solaris Using Sun xVM Ops Center [20548]
  • Sun White Paper: Virtualizing the Dynamic Datacenter [20506]
  • Sun White Paper: The Road to Mobile Banking [20550]

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

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    Getting The Best AMD64 Performance With Sun Studio Compilers
    By Stanislav Mekhanoshin, Sun Microsystems, May 23, 2006; updated August 22, 2008
    Stanislav Mekhanoshin is the team lead of the Sun Studio Opteron Performance team, which is based at the Sun Saint Petersburg Development Center in Russia. His article entitled "Getting The Best AMD64 Performance With Sun Studio Compilers" brings developers completely up to date on the means to employ in optimizing the performance of this processor and compiler combination.
    Sun Studio 12 Compilers and Tools: An Overview and Some Compelling Reasons to Use Them
    Designed with the Contemporary Developer in Mind
    Given the decreased emphasis on faster processor speeds and the increasing number of multithreaded parallel programming applications being developed to run on multicore hardware platforms, along with the diverse open-source solutions that are now available, it is fortuitous that Sun Studio 12 software is available because it was designed for the current development scene.
    GlassFishESB: Open Source Distribution and Support
    All the Features You're Accustomed to in an Open Source Package
    GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and its open source counterpart, Open ESB, have a staunch fan in Sébastien Stormacq, senior software architect at Sun Microsystems. In a recent blog he informs readers of the availability of and support for GlassFishESB.
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    Crypto Activation CD for UltraSPARC T2 and T2 Plus-based Servers
    Download Contains Latest Revisions
    There is now a download available that provides the latest revision of the Crypto Activation CD for UltraSPARC T2 and UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor-based Sun servers. The UltraSPARC T2 and T2 Plus processors support 10 industry-standard security ciphers, including those approved by the NSA, via the on-chip, integrated cryptographic accelerators.
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