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Why Customers in Emerging Markets Choose Sun
Success Stories
The Sun Inner Circle reports on several success stories that demonstrate the appeal to customers in the emerging markets who chose Sun solutions in the construction of their IT infrastructure. Users worldwide choose Sun for its reputation as a company that delivers a technology capable of ensuring reliable service delivery to a rapidly growing customer base.
What IT means to me: Eco-nomical and Eco-logical
Scott McNealy Explains the Priorities at Sun
Sun has it right when it comes to the cost of things, or so Scott McNealy told Stephen Pritchard in a recent interview headlined "What IT Means to Me: Eco-nomical and Eco-logical." The current financial crisis presents Sun with an opportunity, McNealy says, because the company is positioned to sell to customers who are trimming their budgets.
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:
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.
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.
Sun Ray Software 4 10/08 Enhances Multimedia Playback Capabilities on the Sun Ray 2
Provides Improved Avenue for Corporate Communication

Sun recently introduced Sun Ray Software 4 10/08 with enhanced multimedia playback capabilities on the Sun Ray 2 family of clients for H.264 (MPEG4) and VC-1 (Windows Media Video 9) streams using Windows Media Player on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This is an optimal solution for server resource conservation and network bandwidth consumption, ideal for corporate communications and training videos. Also released with this announcement is the Sun Ray Connector for VMware Virtual Desktop Manager.

Sun T6340 Server Module for Sun Blade 6000 and 6048 Modular System Chassis
Features the Largest Memory Footprint in Its Class Plus Extreme Core/thread Density
The Sun T6340 module and options, recently announced by Sun, is the latest and the most powerful CMT server blade based on UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor. Boasting the largest memory foot print in its class and extreme core/thread density, T6340 is ideal for large scale data center virtualization and consolidation.
Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers Score New Wins
Financial Services, Gaming and Education

Demonstrating the tremendous momentum behind its SPARC Enterprise M-series server family, Sun announced five new customers have selected SPARC Enterprise M-series servers to power mission-critical deployments in key industries including financial services, gaming and education. Based on the quad-core SPARC64 VII processor and the Solaris Operating System (OS), Sun's SPARC Enterprise servers deliver a highly scalable enterprise-class virtualization and consolidation platform, ideal for high-availability, mission-critical enterprise applications including large-scale databases, BIDW, ERP and CRM.

14,000-user Siebel 8.0 on Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
IBM, HP Entries Outdone by Sun Solution
Sun has released the results of the 14,000-user Siebel 8.0 PSPP benchmark on its Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server. An Oracle white paper with Sun's 14,000 user benchmark results is available on Oracle's Siebel benchmark web site as well. The content in this blog post complements the benchmark white paper.
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server and Options
Power Plus in a 4RU Form Factor
The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server, the first modular, quad socket CMT-based, blends the scalability and performance of traditional mid-range servers, with the openness, economy and efficiency of CoolThreads technology, making it ideal in the creation of virtualized infrastructure to support the most demanding web scale environments as well as OLTP database and related multi-threaded enterprise applications such as ERP, CRM, data analysis/mining, transaction processing and modeling. Sun launched this solution on October 13, 2008.
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.
Sun Disk
Sun Blade 6000 Disk Module and Sun Blade 6000 Multi-Fabric Network Express Module
Easy Scalability with Direct Attach Storage
Each module of the Sun Blade 6000 Disk Module and the Sun Blade 6000 Multi-Fabric Network Express Module (NEM+) just announced by Sun can provide up to 1.17TB of direct attach storage space for the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System, conveniently and cost effectively without either the cost or the management overhead that comes with external storage. The Sun Blade 6000 Disk Module supports such storage-hungry applications as file service, MySQL and many other web infrastructure applications.
250Gb SATA Disk Drives for Sun Fire and SPARC Enterprise T1000 Server
Boosts Hard Disk Storage Capacity; 160GB SATA Hard Disk Drive Being Transitioned
Sun offers standard configurations for the Sun Fire and SPARC Enterprise T1000 Server with CoolThreads technology that feature 250GB 3.5" SATA hard disk drives. Sun will transition existing Sun Fire and SPARC Enterprise T1000 standard configurations utilizing the 160GB SATA hard disk drive, as well as 160GB SATA X-option parts.
15K Drive Supported with Sun Blade T6300 Server Blade
73GB 15K SFF Drive Now Supported
The (X)RA-SS2CD-73G15K 73GB 15,000 rpm disk drive in Nemo bracket is now supported on T6300 server module. The 15,000 rpm drive is a step up from the usual 10,000 rpm drive in terms of random and sequential performance. The increased performance is especially beneficial for boot disk and interaction with database tables.
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.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    x 3.0
    PC Magazine Review released its new 3.0 version, a free, open-source replacement for Microsoft Office, says Edward Mendelson in his PC Magazine review. The, 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.
    Education and Research
    Sun Social Networks to Connect Global Education Communities and OSUM Provide Great Platforms For Knowledge Sharing and Community Building
    Sun launched two social networking portals especially designed to connect and empower the global education community. The new community serves Sun's education sector customers, while Open Source University Meetup (OSUM, pronounced "awesome") caters to students interested in open source programming tools and platforms.
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of October 30th, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • Sun Storage J4400 Array as Disk Storage for Zmanda's Amanda Enterprise 2.6 Software"
    • Using Sun Fire X4540 Server With Zmanda Recovery Manager 2.2 for MySQL Software
    • Installing Solaris 10 5/08 OS on the IBM LS42 Blade Server
    • Updated: Solaris on x86 Device Support and Third-Party Solaris Device Drivers"
    • Solaris Tip of the Week: Two forms of Apache Redirect

    Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager (CAM) Version 6.1.2
    New Release Available

    The Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager (CAM) software provides an easy-to-use interface from which you can configure, manage, and monitor Sun StorageTek and Sun Storage arrays. To obtain the most current software release and related information, navigate to the "Get It" tab which contains the latest information and version available.

    Solaris Cluster Support for the Sun Fire X4540, Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440, and Sun Blade T6340
    Enables Users to Leverage These Architectures for Deployment of Mission-critical Solutions
    Solaris Cluster is a multi-system, multi-site disaster recovery solution that manages the availability of applications services and data across local, regional and vastly dispersed datacenters.

    Sun has announced Solaris Cluster 3.1 8/05, and 3.2 2/08 support for the Sun Fire X4540, Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 and the Sun Blade T6340.

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