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DB2 Express-C on OpenSolaris
The latest version of DB2 Express-C v9.5 for Solaris 10 x64 has been released

In a Sun blog, Cherry explains how, DB2 Express-C on OpenSolaris is a free version of IBM DB2 database server. However, it is not a crippled or trial version of DB2. This program shares the same code as the other commercial DB2 editions and has a more generous license, which does not impose any limits on databases.

Features
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Webcast: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery by Hal Stern, SVP System Engineering
Webinar with Hal Stern, SVP System Engineering
This Webcast is delivered to educate the Sun MicrosystemsÂ’ sales force, partners, and customers about the criticality of having a solid plan in place to maintain business continuity in the event of any type of disaster. This topic needs to be considered from a policy and technological perspective to address compliance issues, high cost infrastructures, and the cost of doing business.
Sun X4600 Blazing Performance on SAP SD ERP 6.0 Benchmark
Leaves HP DL785 Behind
The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server is not the only Sun solution to have distinguished itself on SAP benchmarks. The Sun Fire X4600M2 Server set similarly impressive marks on the SAP SD standard SAP ERP 6.0 2005 application benchmark. With 8 Processors / 32 Cores / 32 Threads, Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor 8360 SE, 2.5 Ghz, 128 KB L1 cache and 512 KB L2 cache per core, 2 MB L3 cache per processor, the Sun Fire X4600M2 surpassed the HP DL 785 result using the same basic configuration (5800 users versus 5230), as reported by Daniel Powers in his blog.
The Future of IPTV
Sun Takes IPTV and Goes Beyond
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is a system where a digital television service is delivered using Internet Protocol over a network infrastructure, which may be delivered by a broadband connection. A general definition of IPTV is television content that, instead of being delivered through traditional broadcast and cable formats, is received by the viewer through the technologies used for computer networks.

Sun offers the most open, cost-effective, and massively scalable IPTV technologies. Sun solutions are comprehensive and reliable, reducing execution, technical, and business risk.

Illumos
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OpenSolaris Ignite Newsletter Volume 2
November 2008 Issue
The latest edition of the OpenSolaris Ignite Newsletter is now available. The lead story is about OpenSolaris 2008.11. Other stories include:

  • Watch cool ZFS screencast
  • NetBeans 6.1 now in IPS repository
  • Open source Innovation
  • Tutorials: Creating Roles in OpenSolaris with pfexec, How to install Sun Web Stack
  • Review: Find out why Linux geek chose OpenSolaris
  • Blogs: Preview time slider
  • Partners: Dave at Intel talks about OpenSolaris and Wireless

This is the second issue of Ignite.

MySQL
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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 Scalability...as 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.
Software
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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.
Servers
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Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 Single Processor, Quad-core Server
Entry-level Solutiojn Completes the M-series Enterprise Family
With the introduction of the Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 single processor server by Sun and Fujitsu, customers now have a full product portfolio to choose from: entry-level (M3000), mid-range (M4000/M5000), to high-end (M8000/M9000). The M3000 server inherits the mission critical DNA of the Enterprise M-Series family, bringing extreme RAS, and extreme performance, in an ultra dense footprint at an entry-level price point.
Sun Blade Intel Xeon X6450 4- and 6-Core Configurations for Sun Blade 6000 and 6048 Modular Systems
A Great Fit for Virtualization, Server Consolidation, HPC, Database and Enterprise Applications
There are now 4- and 6-core standard configurations for the four-socket Sun Blade X6450 server module with Intel Xeon 7400 series (Dunnington) processors. These configurations have up to 16MB L3 cache and help to support up to 192GB of memory. The 24 DIMM slots per server module deliver 50% more memory capacity than competing blade servers.
Sun Blade X6250 Server Module
Dual- and Quad-Core Standard Configurations and Processor Options
Sun has introduced a new tool for consolidating IT infrastructures and web service farms at less than half the cost of blade servers from the competition. That tool is the Sun Blade X6250 server module, a two-socket, enterprise-class datacenter engine based on Intel Xeon dual- and quad-core processors, and capable of providing major savings in cooling and power.
Refresh of Sun SPARC Enterprise
Sun Fire T5140 and T5240 Systems
Sun's range of CoolThreads rack and blade servers, based on the industry's first massive multi-core, multi-thread UltraSPARC T1,T2 and T2 Plus Chip Multi-Threading (CMT) processors, delivers a unique combination of world record performance, power and space efficiency and price/performance without compromise.
Storage
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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.

OpenStorage
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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.

Top10
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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.

    LibreOffice
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    OpenOffice.org Achieves Ten Million Downloads
    Just Four Weeks After the Launch on October 13th
    Early on Sunday 9th, the OpenOffice.org Community achieved an historic milestone. when the ten millionth person clicked on the "Download OpenOffice.org" button since the Community announced version 3.0, just four weeks ago. The week also saw the first time the OpenOffice.org 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.)

    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of November 13th, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • High Performance Computing Resources for System Administrators
    • Updated: Solaris OS for x86 Installation Check Tool
    • Community Tech Tip: Adding xVM DomU Support to a Solaris Live CD Distribution
    • Community Script: Which Files Are in boot_archive?
    • Community Script: Sar Mem Monthly Report
    • Community Script: Sar CPU Monthly Report

    http://www.sun.com/bigadmin

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