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M3000: New Entry-level Server Powered by the SPARC64 VII Processor and Solaris 10
SPARC Enterprise M3000 Server Delivers Enterprise Performance and Mission-critical RAS in Ultra-dense Footprint
Sun and Fujitsu have expanded the SPARC Enterprise server family by adding the entry-level SPARC Enterprise M3000 server, powered by a single quad-core SPARC64 VII processor and Solaris 10. The SPARC Enterprise M3000 server inherits the mission-critical features of the SPARC64-based SPARC Enterprise server family, delivering mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) in an ultra-dense open system at an entry-level price. The new systems are ideal platforms for single-threaded enterprise applications including databases, BIDW, ERP and CRM.

"The SPARC Enterprise M3000 server provides a perfect balance between mission-critical features, compact form factor and power efficiency," said Masami Yamamoto, corporate senior vice president of Fujitsu. "The new SPARC Enterprise server offers excellent performance for a broad range of application areas and will facilitate innovation in customers’ business processes."

Sun Reports Final Results for the First Quarter Fiscal Year 2009
On A Non-GAAP Basis, Net Loss For The First Quarter Of Fiscal 2009 Was $65 Million
Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 were $2.990 billion, a decrease of 7.1 percent as compared with $3.219 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Total gross margin as a percent of revenues was 40.2, a decrease of 8.3 percentage points, as compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 on a GAAP basis was $1.677 billion, or $(2.24) per share on a diluted basis, as compared with a net income of $89 million, or $0.10 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. GAAP net loss per share includes a $1.445 billion non-cash charge for goodwill impairment.

Understanding Sun's Business: Q1FY09 -- the Bottom Line
Blog by Jonathan Schwartz
Sun CEO and President Jonathan Schwartz characterizes Q1FY09 as "...a tough quarter for Sun and our customers - but we're emboldened by the progress we made in our emerging markets and technology areas, investments we plan on amplifying and accelerating." His thoughts on the quarter are contained in the latest installment of Jonathan's Blog.
Save the Date! Change Your Storage Economics: Web Event
November 10, 2008

Change Your Storage Economics

Join Sun Microsystems on November 10, 2008 for a live webcast and live chat and see how Sun is helping to change storage economics for your business with the benefits of Open Storage. Enjoy increased performance and scalability without costly downtime, while reducing power consumption and operational costs to meet your business's storage challenges and needs.

Change Your Storage Economics

  • Date: November 10, 2008
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. PT

Mark your calendars! Formal invitation with details coming soon.

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Open Learning Center
An Interactive Environment For Technology Professionals And Students To More Easily Obtain Certification Preparation Content
Award-Winning Programs Help Sun Surpass 500,000 Sun-Certified IT Professionals Worldwide

Sun launched its new Sun Open Learning Center, an interactive environment for technology professionals and students to more easily obtain certification preparation content. In addition, Sun released findings from a new IDC white paper showing that certification on relevant Sun technologies and processes results in enhanced operational performance.

Free and Open Source S/W
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OpenOffice.org 3.0
PC Magazine Review
OpenOffice.org released its new 3.0 version, a free, open-source replacement for Microsoft Office, says Edward Mendelson in his PC Magazine review. The OpenOffice.org, 3.0, sleek and fast, retains the essential look and feel of Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier versions, which is a plus for many users switching to a new application.
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Solaris 10 10/08
Latest Enhancements to Award Winning Solaris 10 Operating System
Sun announced the latest version of the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) - Solaris 10 10/08. The new version builds on the core strengths of the Solaris 10 OS to help customers maximize asset usage and systems performance, manage datacenter complexity, preserve business continuity and reduce costs. Solaris 10 10/08 includes numerous product updates and enhancements, several of which were done through the OpenSolaris community. Solaris 10 10/08 is available now on Sun systems and will be available for download in early November at: http://www.sun.com/solaris.
Solaris Exec Touts Unix Platform's Strengths
Interview with Jim McHugh, VP of Solaris Marketing at Sun
In an interview with Jim McHugh, vice president of software infrastructure marketing, Sun Microsystems, the VP describes the state of Solaris in today’s marketplace to Paul Krill at the company's California campus. Solaris, Sun’s Unix platform maintains it has the technological advantages and accommodations for open source to keep Solaris in the game versus Linux.
Hardware
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Three Phases Of Datacenter Management: Strategy, Design And Build
Suite Of Professional Services From Sun
Sun offers a comprehensive suite of professional services intended to help customers strategize, design and build datacenters optimized for energy, space, and cost efficiency. Continuing Sun's broad eco leadership, Sun consultants can now retrofit existing datacenters to meet minimum power and efficiency needs, or develop new modular datacenter design concepts that can maximize space utilization, increase power and minimize operating costs, based on customers' specific business needs.
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Mike Shapiro Speaking at the Open Storage Summit
53 Minute Talk
On Wednesday Oct 15, 2008, Mike Shapiro gave a 53-minute talk at Sun’s first Open Storage Summit. In his overview of Open Storage, he described Sun’s Open Storage Economic Model, including its architecture, performance, capacity, and keys for change.
The Solid State Storage Revolution (Video: 45:00)
Andy Bechtolsheim speaking at SNIA SDC, Sept 2008.
There has been growing interest in using Flash memory for storage applications. Flash offers significantly higher IOPS performance than traditional hard disks, although it is also significantly more expensive in terms of cost per capacity. This talk discusses ways of combining Flash and hard disks to achieve optimal storage performance and the implications of using Flash for the storage interconnect.
FCoE, OSC, pNFS: Disruption in the Making
Three Acronyms That Could Change the Storage World, Writes Henry Newman
While he does not apply the label "disruptive" to the three technologies he writes about, Henry Newman does consider Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Object-based Storage Device (OSD), and Parallel Network File System (pNFS) as possible worthy candidates for the distinction once they become standards.
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Volume 128 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. For last week, Vol 128 Issue 4, the top 10 articles were:

  • Southeastern Asset Management Now Owns 21% of Sun [20773]
  • Goodbye to Physical Fibre Channel [20771]
  • Is the Linux community afraid of Opensolaris? [20778]
  • Sun's Preliminary Results for the First Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 [20764]
  • Dennis Sheahan Blogs on the Architecture of the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 [20753]
  • Review of Final OpenOffice 3: Why buy Microsoft Office? [20766]
  • LDoms Community Cookbook [20731]
  • Sun Ray Software 4 [20750]
  • Enhancement To Sun Blade Servers [20768]
  • Java SE 6 Update 10 [20767]

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

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