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OpenSSO Enterprise
Next-Generation Access Management, Federation and Secure Web Services Solution
Sun OpenSSO Enterprise software is the first open, high-performance and unified solution for access management, federation and secure Web services capabilities to address the core single sign-on (SSO) problems that organizations face today. OpenSSO Enterprise was built in collaboration with OpenSSO, the world's largest open source, identity management project. With the addition of OpenSSO Enterprise, Sun's comprehensive identity portfolio provides easy-to-use, flexible and scalable solutions that streamline and simplify the process of managing user identities across a variety of applications.
Update on Sun/Netapp Litigation
Order Construing Claims in the NetApp v. Sun litigation
Mike Dillon, (EVP , General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Sun) has been blogging about the on-going litigation between Sun and NetApp.

On August 27th, 2008, the Court held a "claim construction hearing to construe the disputed terms". After reviewing the order he says, "we were very pleased", and "the court agreed with Sun's interpretation on six of the disputed terms (two of which the court adopted with slight modification) and with NetApp on one."

Mike also states that, "the Court found each of the asserted claims in NetApp's 7,200,715 patent relating to RAID technology to be 'indefinite' ... In effect, unless NetApp appeals and this finding is reversed, the '715 patent is effectively invalidated in this case and against others in the future."

Good News from Sun
Monthly Sun Marketing Update - September 2008
The "Good News" from Sun for September 2008 includes:

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.
Free and Open Source S/W
Simon Phipps on Power Tools
High Praise for a Quartet of New Add-ons 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 3.0
Release Candidate 3 (build OOO300_m8) available
OpenOffice 3.0 Release Candidate 3 (build OOO300_m8) is available 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 contains many updated features and Native support for Mac OS X. 3.0 New Features 3.0 is easier and more fun to work with

The 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.

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.
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.
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.

    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."

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