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Sun Storage 7000 Family: World's First Open Storage Appliances
Employs Flash Hybrid Storage Pools in Solaris ZFS
Sun's Unified Storage Systems, the Sun Storage 7000 family (aka Amber Road) is now available. The innovative storage family delivers breakthrough diagnostics and troubleshooting capabilities, optimzed performance, one-fourth the energy consumption, installation and configuration in under five minutes and up to 75% cost savings.
The Bubble? There Was a Bright Side
Jonathan Schwartz Blogs on the Experience and Its Effects
In this week's blog, Jonathan Schwartz quotes the old saw, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Still up on its feet after the bursting of the bubble, Sun is among those stronger survivors, taking on the competition and breaking new ground with its innovative solutions.
Replay of Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems Launch
"Change Your Storage Economics"
John Fowler, EVP Systems, and Mike Shapiro, Distinguished Engineer (DE)-Fishworks, unveiled the new Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System live at Sun's CEC event in Las Vegas. The video from that event is available on-line.

The running time for the launch is about 1hr: Time to change your storage (2:27); Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems Technology Demo (15:23); Breakthrough Performance and Web Economics (6:07); Customers Evaluate Ease of Use, Performance, Analytics (10:50); How to Get Started (4:56); and Q and A (21:25)

The launch site also features a 4:46 video in which Sun Group Mgr., Sr. Product Management, Ray Austin delivers a summary of the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems and its value proposition.

Sun Aligns Business with Global Economic Climate and Amplifies Growth Opportunities
Improving Cost Structure and Streamlining for Growth

Sun announced a series of changes designed to align its cost model with the global economic climate and accelerate the introduction of compelling open source innovations. As part of this effort, Sun is announcing a global workforce reduction and alignment of its Software organization into new business groups - Application Platform Software, Systems Platforms, and Cloud Computing & Developer Platforms - with a focus on boosting open source momentum and growing new sectors of the market who view technology as a competitive weapon.

Sun's Board of Directors has approved a restructuring plan aimed at reducing costs by approximately $700 to $800 million annually.

Sun Enhances
Helps Members Track and Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduce their Environmental Impact
As part of the its continued commitment to sustainability, Sun unveiled significant enhancements to, a global online community that provides free, easy-to-use tools to help members calculate, compare and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Net Impact conference at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where Sun held its second annual OpenEco Energy Camp on Saturday, Nov. 15.
GlassFish and MySQL, Part 1: A Perfect Combination for Web Applications
A Low-cost, Easy to Use Combination for Developers
MySQL 5.1 Community Server and GlassFish v2 Release 2 (UR2) are perfect companions, writes Ed Ort in the first of several articles on the advantages of using MySQL with GlassFish. "When used together, MySQL and GlassFish provide an excellent, low-cost solution for quickly developing and deploying web applications that are not only secure and reliable, but also scale to meet increasing demand and are highly responsive to user requests," Ort declares.
MySQL Database Scale-Out and Replication for High Growth Businesses
A Review of Techniques for Improving Application Performance and Required
Nick Kloski explains "MySQL Database Scale-out and Replication for High-growth Businesses" in his Sun BluePrints Online paper. Kloski defines scale-out as the ability to improve "...application performance and scalability on an incremental, as-needed basis by adding multiple replicated database servers on low-cost commodity hardware." He makes a distinction between scale-out or horizontal scaling and scale-up or vertical scaling, in which users add server hardware.
Sun Positioned in Leaders Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products
Company Exhibits Completeness of Vision, Ability to Execute
In an article entitled "Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products, 2008" Gartner staffers David Gootzit, Gene Phifer and Ray Valdes positioned Sun in the leaders' quadrant. According to Gartner, evaluation is based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period, depicting Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace. Other companies in the leaders' quadrant include IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Vignette.
Report on Data Corruption at CERN
Hardware, Software, Firmware -- All Part of the Problem
Bernd Panzer-Steindel's paper on "Data Integrity" reports on investigations done at the CERN computer center into the causes of data corruption. The research employed a program that writes a ~2 GB file containing special bit patterns and afterwards reads the file back and compares the patterns. This program was deployed on more than 3000 nodes (disk server, CPU server , data bases server, etc.) and run every 2h. About 5 weeks of running on 3000 nodes revealed 500 errors on 100 nodes.
Brocade Entry Level 300 8Gb FC Switch with No E-Port Connectivity Announced
Brocade 5100/5300 8Gb FC Switch Longwave Port On Demand Licenses Also Available

There is now a new Sun entry level port switch, the Brocade 300 24-port switch, with 8 ports activated and No E-port connectivity. Also announced is the longwave length 8 and 16 port upgrades Port-On-Demand (PODS) for the Brocade 5100 and 5300 in both 4GB and 8GB configurations.

Deploying Hybrid Storage Pools With Flash Technology and the Solaris ZFS File System
Balance Both System Performance and Cost
Roger Bitar's Sun BluePrints Online paper, which he entitles "Deploying Hybrid Storage Pools with Sun Flash Technology and the Solaris ZFS File System," provides an overview of Flash technology and discusses its introduction into a new tier of storage infrastructure. Bitar explains how companies can utilize Flash technology and the Solaris ZFS file system to take advantage of the high performance of enterprise solid state drives (SSDs) and the low cost of high-capacity hard disks to create hybrid storage pool solutions that help balance system performance and cost.
Sun Microsystems Extends World's First Open Storage Platform
Provides New Services and Developer Tools in OpenSolaris

The Open Solaris Storage Community is a new initiative by Sun to enable developers better leverage the growing open source communities that are fast changing the economics of the storage IT landscape. The initiative includes the addition of powerful developer tools and expanded professional service capabilities.

An Economic Approach to Maximizing Data Availability - by Mike Shapiro
The Many Benefits of Implementing the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems
In the introduction to his Sun BluePrints Online paper "An Economical Approach to Maximizing Data Availability: Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems," Mike Shapiro writes that the new Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems meet the industry requirements for reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) that enable the line to preserve customer data and meet enterprise requirements.
Innovating@Sun Radio, Episode with Host Hal Stern
Interview of Mike Shapiro About Amber Road
In an episode of Innovating@Sun, host Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, interviews Mike Shapiro, Distinguished Engineer for FISHworks, live from CEC 2008 in Las Vegas, NV to discuss the new Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems also known as "Amber Road," the industry's first open storage products.
Fishworks: Now it can be told
Bryan Cantrill Tells The Inside Story
Bryan Cantrill, one of the key developers of DTrace, has posted a blog entry that tells the story of the origin of the project that has just produced the new NAS appliances from Sun: the Sun Storage 7110, Sun Storage 7210 and Sun Storage 7410.

Bryan tell hows he and his "longtime partner-in-crime", Mike Shapiro, pitched an idea to Sun's CTO, Grep Papadopoulos. His blog includes a link to the original PDF presentation that was delivered to and accepted by Greg Papadopoulos.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 129 Issue 1; Vol 128 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 127 Issues 3, 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 129 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Zebra, Zamboni, Zen and the art of ZFS [20806]
  • What's New in Solaris 10 10/08? [20834]
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet Virtual Data Center Architectures (11-Page White Paper) [20841]
  • Good News from Sun [20838]
  • The UltraSPARC T2 Processor and the Solaris Operating System [20824]
  • IBM, Sun Microsystems Launch ODF Toolkit Union [20845]
  • Save the Date! Change Your Storage Economics: Web Event [20844]
  • Sun Rack II: A New Generation of Data Center Optimized Cabinets [20791]
  • Minimizing Downtime in SAP Environments with Solaris 10 OS [20835]
  • ERP, the Open Way: Hugo Rivero Weblog [20813]

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

    x Achieves Ten Million Downloads
    Just Four Weeks After the Launch on October 13th
    Early on Sunday 9th, the Community achieved an historic milestone. when the ten millionth person clicked on the "Download" button since the Community announced version 3.0, just four weeks ago. The week also saw the first time the Annual Conference has been held outside Europe, with over four hundred people attending the Conference in Beijing, China from Wednesday to Friday.

    (Note: that's 10 million direct downloads. With torrents, mirrors and distro repositories, the effective number of installs is much higher.)

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