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NBCOlympics.com On Sun Fire Servers
Sun Fire Servers with Intel Quad-core Technology Provide Reliable Hosting Infrastructure
NBCOlympics.com serves as the online home of the Olympic Games, including the recent 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China, and the upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. A destination for millions of fans of the Olympics, the site provides streaming real-time video coverage of Olympic events, television listings, athlete biographies, and breaking news stories.

To support its Web infrastructure, NBCOlympics.com implemented 160 Sun Fire servers, split between its California and New Jersey datacenters. In addition, the site received end-to-end technical support and services from Sun.

SWCC Choses Sun to Power Their High Velocity IT Department
Saudi Arabian Utility Company Invests in the Sun SPARC M5000 Servers
Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has signed a deal with Sun to upgrade their IT infrastructure. This "Saudi utility giant" faces challenges many corporations encounter including global expansion and privatization. The SWCC has undertaken an IT infrastructure overhaul following its Electronic Transformation program (e-TP Program) to benefit from the latest technology and international expertise.

Sun has equipped SWCC's datacenter with its SPARC Enterprise M5000 server designed with unique built-in mainframe-class virtualization capabilities, making it ideal for consolidating and computing large shared memory applications.The datacenter is housed at SWCC's Riyadh headquarters and will power applications at all 30 plants. The M5000's consolidation platform of up to 4 dynamic domains will support thousands of Solaris containers that is also part of the deployment.

A Look at JavaFX Media with Lead Engineer Tony Wyant
Janice J. Heiss Writes About What's Now and What's New with this Rich Client Platform
In her interview with JavaFX Media Lead Engineer Tony Wyant, Janice J. Heiss inquires into the current status of JavaFX and attempts to discover where this versatile rich client platform might take us. The article is imaginatively entitled "Encode Once, Play Anywhere."
Java Technology
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Sun Releases JavaFX 1.0 with Immersive Media Capabilities
Developers, Web Designers Will Find It Simpler, Faster to Deploy on Screens from Large to Small and Mobile
New among the tools for building rich internet applications (RIA) is JavaFX 1.0, just released by Sun and which extends the capabilities of the Java platform to rich applications on screens from the desktop to the mobile device. Design Lead Tony Wyant discusses the release elsewhere in this issue [20971].
Java SE 6 Update 11
Release Addresses Security Vulnerabilities

The general release notes for Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 Update 11 (which is included in the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 6 Update 11) reports that the release provides a new Java Plug-in that combines features of applet and Java Web Start technologies, a new Direct3D pipeline for Microsoft platforms, an updated documentation bundle, and more.

Innovating@Sun Podcast on JavaFX
A Look at Sun's New Rich Internet Application Tool
Hal Stern, VP, Global Systems Engineering, and Danny Coward, Chief Architect of Sun's Client Software Group talk on the release of JavaFX 1.0. Java FX is described as a leading-edge software platform for creating Rich Internet Applications across all screens, including browsers, desktops, mobile devices and TV.
MySQL
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Production-Ready MySQL 5.1 Available for Download
Get Enhanced Table and Index Partitioning, Row-Based and Hybrid Replication, Event Scheduler, and More
This major release of the open source database is designed to improve performance and simplify management of large-scale database applications. MySQL 5.1 is compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Enterprise Linux Server, Microsoft Windows, Solaris 10, Macintosh OS X, Free BSD, HP-UX, IBM AIX, IBM i5/OS and other popular Linux distributions.
Who Should Use Open Source Database Management Systems Like MySQL?
Everyone with Non-Mission-Critical Apps, Gartner Reports

Confidence in implementing open source database management systems (DBMS) is growing in the marketplace and for industry analysts, who applaud the market's shrewdness. A recent Gartner report states that open DBMSs are advisable for non-mission-critical applications and, if the staff's technical capabilities are strong, even for mission-critical environments.

Software
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Sun Sweetens the Offer on Sun Studio Express 11/08
Bose Headphones, Wii Game System, Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit -- Could Be Yours

If you've been pondering the purchase of Sun Studio Express 11/08, the pot has been sweetened for you in Sun's offer of a pair of Bose headphones, a Wii game system, or a Guitar Hero World Tour Band Kit. You need only register your Sun Studio Express 07/08 or Sun Studio Express 11/08 product to be eligible to receive one of these incentives.

Servers
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New Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors for Sun's x64 Server Line and Sun Blade Systems
Sun's x64 Servers Trump Competition on Industry Standard Benchmarks
With its newly enhanced line of Sun Fire x64 servers and Sun Blade Systems, Sun has developed solutions that deliver up to 35 percent better performance over previous generations. With the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, Sun's strengthened x64 server line offers exceptional scalability, virtualization and consolidation capabilities with up to twice the storage, memory and I/O capacity as compared to competing servers.
Storage
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Blending Tape Virtualization and Data Deduplication
A White Paper on Managing Data Protection
A six page white paper has been produced that explains the blending of tape virtualization and data deduplication, which will optimize data protection performance and costs.

The article gets in depth about the business and regulatory requirements that are driving most enterprises to re-evaluate how they handle data protection. Legacy backup and restore infrastructures built entirely around tape are increasingly unable to adequately address the challenges with which backup administrators are dealing today: shrinking backup windows, increasingly stringent recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements, and recovery reliability.

Phase-Change Memory Technology Wave of the Future for Digital Archiving?
Could Be Answer for University and College Library Woes, Sun CTO Says
Phase-change memory technology could be the future of digital archiving, particularly for university and college libraries whose magnetic storage technologies are reaching their physical limits, said Chris Wood, Sun CTO for storage and data management, during a recent meeting of the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) in Baltimore.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 130 Issue 1; Vol 129 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 128 Issues 3, 4 and 5;
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 130 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • Sun Fire USBRDT 5240 Uniboard [20952]
  • Getting Started Guide for Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.0 [20938]
  • JavaFX 1.0 Makes Its Debut [20969]
  • Good News from Sun Marketing [20967]
  • Solution for 1000 Mailboxes in Microsoft Exchange 2007 [20957]
  • Booting Over InfiniBand for Consolidation Savings (33-Page White Paper) [20927]
  • What's New in MySQL 5.1 [20951]
  • News Bites - Zonestat, JavaFX, OpenSolaris on Mainframes, MySQL 5.1, FireFox 3.0 for Solaris [20953]
  • News Bites - Java vs C, Zeus ZXTM ADC, ICA Clients, NetBeans IDE 6.5 Screencasts, Trusted Extensions in OpenSolaris 2008.11 [20958]
  • Sun to Distribute Microsoft Live Search-Powered Toolbar as Part of Java Runtime Environment [20964]

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Top 50 Articles For Last Month - November 2008
    Volume 129

    During the last quarter (September, October, November), the web site for this newsletter had 183k unique visitors who viewed 438k pages. (For the past 12 months: 593k unique visitors and 1.47 million page views.)

    Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last 8 issues.

    These are the 10 most popular articles for November, 2008 (Vol 129):

    • 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]
    • Fishworks: Now it can be told [20889]
    • Jonathan Schwartz Video: Sun Aligns Business to Amplify Growth Opportunities (5:40) [20909]
    • Sun Aligns Business with Global Economic Climate and Amplifies Growth Opportunities [20892]
    • Execution On Innovation (Video with slides) - Selling at Sun [20947]
    • Slides from November 2008 Solaris/Developer Days [20935]
    • Virtualization for the Next-Generation Data Center [20842]

    The longer version of this article has the list of the top 50 articles for November 2008.

      LibreOffice
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      Continued Improvements in OpenOffice.org Makes Microsoft Look Obsolete
      Customer Shares Opinion
      David Frith wrote an opinion story for Australian IT comparing Microsoft office to Sun's OpenOffice. OpenOffice is an open-source software outfit responsible for a bundle of productivity software that competes with MS Office. Sun's version does almost everything MS Office does but, unlike the Microsoft product, it's free. This means, no cash upfront, no licensing fees and no advertising support.
      Developer
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      Sun Releases Sun GlassFish Enterprise Platform
      Combines Middleware, Software, Services for the Enterprise User
      The newly-released Sun GlassFish Enterprise Platform is a "best of breed" enterprise web platform that delivers a compelling combination of middleware, software and services in a flexible and cost effective way for users throughout the enterprise. The Sun GlassFish Enterprise Platform eliminates the complex and time consuming need to count sockets, CPUs, or cores. The pricing model accommodates all levels of enterprises, from large Fortune 500 enterprises to small and medium businesses (SMB) and start-ups, to small departments within an enterprise.
      NetBeans
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      NetBeans 6.5
      A Free, Open-source Integrated Development Environment For Software Developers
      The latest release of NetBeans IDE, 6.5, will be welcomed by developers and web designers who will find the solution enables them to create web, enterprise, desktop and mobile applications rapidly with Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, Groovy and C/C++. New features include a robust IDE for PHP, JavaScript debugging for Firefox and IE, and support for Groovy and Grails. This release also delivers a number of enhancements for Java, Ruby on Rails, and C/C++ development. Java highlights in this release include built-in support for Hibernate, Eclipse project import, and compile on save.
      Security
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      OpenSSO Enterprise: Access Management, Federation, Secure Web Services Tool
      Gartner Places Sun in Leaders' Quadrant for Web Access Management
      Sun has released yet another open source solution to its customers in the form of the OpenSSO Enterprise, 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.
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