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Oracle
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Growing Green databases with Oracle on the UltraSPARC CMT processor
Presentation from Oracle Open World
Glenn Fawcett of Sun and Andrew Holdsworth of Oracle have put together a really well done presentation that was given at Oracle Open World. Entitled "Growing Green Databases with UltraSPARC CMT," the presentation contains some surprises.
Features
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Core Services Corporation
ASP Doubles Capacity While Reducing Footprint and Costs with Sun M-Series
A leading provider of consulting and outsourcing services for Oracle applications, Core Services Corporation, found it was possible to double capacity with both a reduced footprint and reduced power and cooling costs by implementing the Sun M-Series Server solution. Further gains noted by Core Services were improved application availability and increased CPU power and speed.

Core Services' upgrade included Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 and M4000 database servers, along with the Sun Fire T2000 server as application servers and migrating from its Linux-based systems on Dell to Sun Fire X4100 and X4200 M2 servers.

Energy-Efficient Datacenters: The Role of Modularity in Datacenter Design
Economy and Adapatibility in a Datacenter from Day One
"Energy Efficient Datacenters: The Role of Modularity in Datacenter Design" is a Sun BluePrints On-line document by several staff members of the Sun Global Lab and Datacenter Design Services that explains the rationale underlying the modular, pod-based approach to datacenter design that Sun has adopted.
Illumos
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COMSTAR - Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target
Blog by Ben Rockwood - Intro and discussion on iSCSI
The OpenSolaris COMSTAR project is one of Sun's leading Open Storage initiatives. It separates and abstracts back-end storage however access is allowed. Through COMSTAR's SMTF users can allocate some raw disk and then provide it to SAN through an FC Target, iSCSI Target or SAS Target etc. Users can now, with 100 percent open source software, turn a white-box PC with a bunch of SATA disks and a Fibre Channel HBA into what appears to a SAN to be an enterprise grade Fibre Channel array.
Interview with Jim Grisanzio - Sr. Program Manager - OpenSolaris Infrastructure Engineering Team
The OpenSolaris Global Community
Interview with Jim Grisanzio focalized the synergy of OpenSolaris with the global community. "I think that the focal point, to kind of tie these things together," said Grisanzio, "is the OpenSolaris binary distribution, and the fact that it’s surprisingly good... because Solaris is so strong technically, but, people seem genuinely happy with it."
xVM
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Sun xVM - a Slice of Virtualization with a Side of Management
Hal Stern Interviews Mike Wookey on Virtualization at Sun
Innovating @Sun recently featured an interview on "Sun xVM - a slice of Virtualization with a side of Management" with Mike Wookey, CTO and distinguished engineer for xVM at Sun. Host Hal Stern and Wookey discuss the technology innovations behind Sun's new xVM Virtualization Portfolio, and how Sun is revolutionizing the software market...again.
VirtualBox Update Brings Improved Performance and 64-bit Support
Review in linux.com
Sun released the first update to its open source desktop virtualization program, Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0, which brings improved performance and 64-bit operating system support. VirtualBox, in Sun's xVM series, runs on host operating systems: 32- and 64-bit versions of Linux, Mac OS X, OpenSolaris, Solaris, and Windows.
Software
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What's New with Solaris 10 10/08
Delivers Performance, Stability and Security
The Solaris Operating System—supported on over 1000 x86 and SPARC platforms—delivers performance, stability and security. The latest update to the Solaris 10 OS includes significant enhancements to the innovative Solaris ZFS file system as well as virtualization enhancements and support for the latest systems from Sun and other vendors.
Sun Java Communications Suite 6 on a Single Host
How to install Sun Java Communications Suite 6 software on one computer for a functioning deployment
Sun’s Wiki site has a deployment example on how to install Sun Java Communications Suite 6 software on one computer for a functioning deployment. This instruction wiki/document is intended for any evaluator, system administrator, or installation technician who wants to install and evaluate the services delivered by these components. The deployment example now uses Directory Server 6.3 instead of Directory Server 6.2, which is no longer available due to database integrity problems.
VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM)
Partnership Delivers Choice for Virtualization Deployment
Sun Ray Technology users can now select either the Sun Virtual Desktop Connector or VMware's Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM) as their preferred broker for virtual desktop deployments. With the addition of VMware Virtual Desktop Manager, VMware VDI now delivers an integrated solution for centralized virtual desktop computing.
Workstation
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Sun Ultra 24 New Standard Configurations and Options
Features Intel E8600, Q9650 and Q8200 Processors, NVIDIA Graphics
The Sun Ultra 24 Workstation is the first Sun workstation in more than 20 years to feature an Intel processor, as well as the first ever with both a quad core processor and PCI-Express Gen2 graphics bus that supports top-end NVIDIA graphics. With the best of Sun, Intel and NVIDIA under its cover the Sun Ultra 24 Workstation is one of the highest-performance single-socket workstations on the market.
Servers
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Sun Fire X4100 M2, X4200 M2, and X4240
Servers with 2GB Single-Rank DIMMs
The Sun Fire X4100 M2 server is a one or two socket x64 server in a 1 RU form factor. It contains supports one or two quad-core or dual-core AMD Opteron processors, and is a compact power-saver which can run Solaris, Linux, Windows, or VMware.

Sun Fire X4100 M2 and X4200 M2 Standard Configurations that are newly available are similar to the existing Sun Fire X4100 M2 and X4200 M2 Standard Configurations with the exception that many configurations now use 2GB DDR2-667 Single-Rank DIMMs providing larger memory capacity.

White Paper: System and Resource Management
For Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers
A recent 65-page, Sun white paper, "Sun SPARC Enterprise servers - System and Resource Management", explains how the software and hardware features of the Sun SPARC Enterprise servers can be used to maximize business value by consolidating applications.

The Sun SPARC Enterprise servers are the most powerful and innovative enterprise-class systems available from Sun today. With the ability to partition the system into sub-board level domains, isolate applications into containers, and manage resources with fine-grained and dynamic control, the systems are ideally suited for consolidating applications and optimally utilizing resources.

Storage
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Sun Customer Ready Infinite Archive System (IAS)
A multi-tiered storage data archiving and Information Life Cycle platform
Sun's Customer Ready Infinite Archive System (IAS) is a preconfigured, multi-tiered storage data archiving and Information Life Cycle platform, that provides capacity improvements, flexible configuration options, and increased system performance. The IAS is the renamed, third generation of Sun's Content Infrastructure System (CIS).

IAS comes preconfigured and ready to run with all the complicated work already done, resulting in an efficient implementation and faster time to production.

Policy-based, tier-to-tier migration lowers the cost of an IAS system which can scale from 9.6 TB to 180+ TB in a single configuration.

IAS meets SEC compliance requirements for document storage, retention, and retrieval.

Sun Storage J4400 Array as Disk Storage for Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.5 Software
BigAdmin Paper Shows How to Achieve Backup Throughput Rates of more than 1TByte/hour
Ryan Arneson's BigAdmin guide, "Sun Storage J4400 Array as Disk Storage for Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.5 Software," is an introduction to configuring the Sun Storage J4400 array as a disk cache for the Symantec Veritas NetBackup 6.5 application.
pNFS - Parallel Network File System
Strong Contender to Replace NFS as Standard
Given the phenomenal growth in networks, storage and the hunger for bandwidth, NFS is becoming eclipsed as a standard and may well be replaced by parallel NFS. At least that is the contention of Thijs Stuurman in his paper on the subject.
Sun Tape
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Consolidate Storage Infrastructure and Create a Greener Datacenter
Cut Operating and Administrative Costs, Boost Employee Productivity
As data volumes grow and budgets continue to shrink, datacenter managers are looking for ways to scale storage infrastructure and reduce operating costs. Sun’s latest tape drive and tape library solutions can help companies grow automated tape environments without disruption, and consolidate mainframe and open system operating environments while minimizing power, floor space, and operating costs. Solutions are available, as the Sun white paper "Consolidate Storage Infrastructure and Create a Greener Datacenter" demonstrates.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 127 Issue 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 127 Issue 4, were:

  • Sun Microsystems' Menlo Park Data Warehouse Featured in 2009 Guinness Book [20634]
  • High-Performing, Space-Saving Sun Solution Helps Physics Research Organization Meet Massive Data Analysis Need [20605]
  • The McNealy Minute #17 and #18 [20543]
  • Tour Sun xVM OpsCenter [20592]
  • Fox, Sun and Greenplum Enterprise Data Warehouse [20649]
  • Tour Sun xVM Server [20593]
  • 1.3 Million-Messages-Per-Second Benchmark on Sun Server with CoolThreads Technology [20643]
  • Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology [20613]
  • Sun and Force10 Networks[20538]
  • New Geo-Replication Add-on, MySQL Cluster Support Offerings Available [20625]

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Simon Phipps on OpenOffice.org Power Tools
    High Praise for a Quartet of New Add-ons
    OpenOffice.org version 3 has a fan in Simon Phipps, whose blog SunMink reports on a quartet of new features. He first remarks on the Add-On Manager and platform-neutral UNO API that makes dealing with the new slew of add-ons in v.3 much simpler. Then Phipps turns to the four features themselves:

    • Presenter Console
    • PDF Importer
    • Presentation Minimiser
    • Template Packs
    OpenOffice.org 3.0
    Release Candidate 3 (build OOO300_m8) available
    OpenOffice 3.0 Release Candidate 3 (build OOO300_m8) is available through the OpenOffice.org 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 contains many updated features and Native support for Mac OS X.
    OpenOffice.org 3.0 New Features
    OpenOffice.org 3.0 is easier and more fun to work with

    The OpenOffice.org 3.0 release brings new core features: It is now able to run on Mac OS X; supports the upcoming version 1.2 of the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF); and is capable of opening files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X.

    Developer
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    A Lab on Your Laptop
    The Value of VirtualBox on The Desktop
    In a recent blog entry, Markus Weber describes the demo he helped create for the launch of the Sun xVM portfolio.

    He quips, "who would have thought a few years ago that we'd have such offerings, and such a launch, including representation from both Microsoft and Intel?"

    He continues to describe the demo for xVM VirtualBox: "The idea is to be able to do cross-browser and cross-platform application testing, such as to test how certain web pages or web applications render on those different browser and operating systems."

    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of October 2nd, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • Using Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software With Sun Storage J4400 Array
    • Sun Storage J4400 Array as Disk Storage for Symantec Veritas NetBackup
    • Sun Storage Solutions for Microsoft Exchange 2007
    • Community Submission: Building a Secure FTP Server
    • Community Submission: Creating a RubyGems Mirror With HTTP Basic Authentication

    http://www.sun.com/bigadmin

    Sysadmin
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    Best Practise In Firmware Patching for the T1000/T2000/T5X20
    Updating and Patching Firmware and LDoms
    As part of a users Solaris Patch Policy it is recommended to always include updating the Firmware and LDoms stack as well as the Solaris Patches.

    In a blog Damien Farnham explains why Sun SPARC Solaris system administrators favor the OBP, which was on SPARC platforms as far in the past as the SPARCstation 1. OBP allows sys admins to rapidly boot net or boot disk1 to boot from a different OS image from the default. The firmware did little after the OS booted and in general most users never really needed to upgrade their OBP. Now that firmware stack on T1/T2 based systems has advanced to include the OBP and also features only found in the operating systems in the past such as as a Hypervisor with Logical Domains software.

    LDOMs or Containers, That is the Question
    An Essay by Bob Netherton

    In an essay blog, Bob Netherton of Sun explains how to put applications in a container (zone) or an LDOM. The two technologies are not mutually exclusive, and in practice their combination can yield some very interesting results. All virtual machine technologies are similar enough to treat them as a class, so it is easy to generalize zones vs virtual machines.

    Java Technology
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    Start the New Year with Java Mobile, Media & Embedded Developer Days Conference
    Sun Santa Clara Campus Auditorium, California, USA January 21-22, 2009
    Registration is open for the Mobile, Media & Embedded Developer Days, which will take place January 21-22, 2009, at the Sun Santa Clara Campus Auditorium in California.
    Telco
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    Sun Carrier-Grade Servers Designed For Extreme Scalability, Performance And Density
    Sun Netra X4450 Server is the Industry's Highest Density Four-Socket x64 System; Sun Netra T5440 Server Offers Industry's Highest Throughput
    Sun announced additions to its Sun Netra carrier-grade server family, driving new levels of performance, efficiency and scalability in the datacenter for telecommunication service providers. Sun Netra servers are the only carrier-grade servers in the industry that give customers a choice of DC or AC power options and a variety of operating systems, including the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), Linux and Windows.
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