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Sun IT Implementation Opens Up Growth Possibilities for Clifford Chance Law Firm in Great Britain
Data Center Consolidations, Decline in Server Hardware Use Are Among Gains
With offices in 20 countries and more than 7,500 employees worldwide, Clifford Chance, one of the world's largest law firms, faced the challenge of improving support for business-critical applications while also reducing IT complexity, consolidating data centers and making a more efficient use of space and energy. Implementing high-performance servers using Sun's multithreaded processors proved to be the technology that achieved these ends.
Meet Sun Software Engineering Manager Masood Mortazavi
People's Relationship to Technology
Masood Mortazavi shares his personal story and his views on technology, its influence on people, and reflects on the following: Sun founder Bill Joy "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us"; Hubert Dreyfus, What Computers Still Can't Do, On the Internet; and Thomas Hughes, Human-Built World: How to Think About Technology and Culture.
A How-to on Using OpenSolaris as a File Server
ZFS File System, Relatively Fast Processor Make It Happen
Dr. Oliver Diedrich, writing for Heise Open Source Forum, discusses the subject of using OpenSolaris as a file server. Both a very fast SMB/CIFS server and the modern functionality of the ZFS file system make OpenSolaris a good choice when setting up a LAN file server, he contends. For a relatively modest cost, Diedrich asserts, one can build a storage system that promises more data safety and especially a much higher performance than a simple network hard disk using OpenSolaris.
OpenSolaris 2008.11 Installation FAQ
By Roman Strobl

This FAQ defines common questions that users may have for the installation of OpenSolaris.

The how-to topics covered include virtual box, driver device utility, installation guide, VMWare, disk, partitions, bare metal, boot manager, Linux, Mac installations, installation blogs, user guides, and documentation.

Sun News Radio Covers OpenSolaris 2008.11
Latest Updates on its New Data Center and Storage Components

Charlie Boyle, Director of Solaris Marketing, Sun Microsystems provides the latest updates on the new datacenter and storage components of OpenSolaris 2008.11. Boyle discusses the innovative feature, Time Slider; the new repository packages introduced; developments in desktop experience; wireless networking support; and suspend/resume capabilities.

An Accelerated Introduction to Solaris 10: Part 1
By Ben Rockwood
This "whirl wind tour" of Solaris OS fills in the gaps from the ground up.
Stricter Solaris Patch Entitlement Implementation
Support Contract Required for Access to Many Patches
The Sun Weblog "Patch Corner" reports a stricter Solaris patch entitlement implementation will be going into effect to ensure it matches the Solaris patch entitlement policy. Under the new entitlement implementation, 18% of Solaris OS patches will remain available without a support contract, while the remainder will require a valid support contract in order to access them. The new implementation will roll out in phases, starting the second full week of January.
ZRM for MySQL Offers Subscriptions for Enterprise and Cluster Support
Backup and Recovery Solution That's Easy to Use

Busy database administrators (DBA) using MySQL may be interested in two recent offerings - the Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL Enterprise and ZRM for MySQL Cluster. ZRM for MySQL offers DBAs an easy-to-use, flexible, and robust backup and recovery solution. ZRM for MySQL Enterprise is the backup and recovery solution for business-critical databases, while ZRM for MySQL Cluster is designed for the demands of MySQL Cluster CGE.

Mark Matthews on MySQL Query Analyzer
What It Does to Make Life Easier for the DBA
Mark Matthews is one of the architects of the MySQL Query Analyzer and, therefore, a logical choice as an interview subject on that aspect of the MySQL solution.
Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.1 Now Available
Features Warm/Cold Migration, Virtual I/O Dynamic Reconfig, Hybrid I/O for NIUs, and More
Version 1.1 of Logical Domains (LDoms), Sun's server hardware virtualization and partitioning technology for CoolThreads servers, is now available. Some of its features include warm and cold migration, Virtual I/O Dynamic Reconfiguration, Network NIU Hybrid I/O, Network VLAN Support for Virtual Network Interface and Virtual Switch, and Network Virtual I/O Performance Enhancement, to name a few.
CommunityOne 2009 Conferences
New York: March 18-19; San Francisco: June 1-2
CommunityOne is a conference sponsored by Sun Microsystems focused on open source innovation and implementation. It brings together developers, technologists and students for technical education and exchange. Two conferences are planned in 2009: CommunityOne East in New York, March 18-19, 2009, at the Marriott Marquis (Broadway and W46th St.), followed by CommunityOne West in San Francisco, June 1-2, 2009, Moscone Center (Howard St. between Third St. and Fourth St.) The deadline for submittal of proposed talks and sessions has been extended to January 15, 2009.
Sun Fire X4140, X4240 and X4440 Servers and Options with Enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors
Delivers Improved ROI, HPC and Consolidation Capabilities
Sun's highly dense Sun Fire X4140, X4240 and X4440 servers with enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors deliver increased performance by up to 30% -- and up to 35% power savings at idle. This enables enterprises to excel in HPC, improve consolidation, and increase ROI.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 130 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 129 Issues 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 130 Issue 5, the top 10 articles were:

  • Sun Servers Product Guide [21106]
  • Sun and Zmanda [21069]
  • OpenSolaris News Bites - NTFS and FAT32 Partitions, SRSS 4.1, Open Source Software Optimization, Third Party I/O Technologies, Microsoft Remote Desktop and VNC Client, Get Xine Multimedia Player [21090]
  • Screencast of OpenSolaris 2008.11 Release [21057]
  • Release of Sun Web Stack 1.4 [21120]
  • How Sun's Innovations Reduce Customers' Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) [21029]
  • Sun Java Mobile Communications 1 [21046]
  • Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library Plus [21113]
  • Media & Entertainment Business Switches From Linux to OpenSolaris [21070]
  • Sun Ray Server Software on OpenSolaris [21049]

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

    Sun Soars in the Cloud
    Pioneer Sun and Its Technologies Forge Ahead
    For 2009, cloud computing will be a much talked about service. It is on the cutting-edge in incorporating the latest technologies and satisfying many of today's environmental concerns. Sun is a pioneer in cloud computing. Its cloud computing services include cloud assessments and architecture guides and Sun's open source products, such as MySQL, xVM, and open storage, are the foundation of some of the largest clouds on the Internet today.
    Using Identity as a Service
    Download the "Sun OpenSSO Enterprise 8.0 Deployment Planning Guide"
    OpenSSO Enterprise, a set of reusable, standardized services that provide applications with identity management, enables users to employ Identity as a Service in their environments. Typically based on the service-oriented architecture (SOA), Identity as a Service is system of discrete functional components of identity management. It is derived from the traditional set of functionally overlapping applications such as authentication, authorization, work flow, policy management, attribute management, provisioning, and password management.
    Insights from the Top for the Student Developer
    Eleven Java Developers Share Their Wisdom
    Janice J. Heiss has conducted a roundup of sorts in which she interviewed 11 of the top Java developers, each of whom has advice to offer aspiring students of the development art. She provides a helpful tag line for each subject's contribution that acts as an index to the feature.
    Two Tutorials on JavaFX 1.0 and NetBeans IDE 6.5
    How to Create a Simple JavaFX Application with NetBeans
    With the release of JavaFX 1.0 and NetBeans 6.5 in December, many developers are eagerly experimenting with these new technologies. Novice users may want to walk through a couple of tutorials that demonstrate how to create a JavaFX application that uses NetBeans IDE 6.5. One guides readers through the steps of using the IDE to prepare a JavaFX application for execution and deployment outside of the IDE. A second demonstrates how to create a simple calculator application.
    Making Sense of IOPS Results
    Don't Forget About Latency
    Sun Engineer Brendan Gregg on the Fishworks team offers some useful clarifications concerning the stated results of IOPS testing in his blog "A quarter million NFS IOPS." He includes screenshots from Analytics that show sustained NFS read ops/sec from DRAM. Starting with NFSv3 and then provides explanations.
    How Does SAP Perform on Solaris x64 Compared to Linux?
    Unicode Versus Non-Unicode
    The two-tier SAP-SD standard application benchmark provides results for whether SAP on Solaris x64 performs better or worse than on Linux or Windows.

    Benchmarks are performed by HP using SAP ERP 6.0 (2005) non-Unicode with Oracle 10g RDBMS and by Sun using SAP ERP 6.0 (2005) Unicode with MaxDB 7.6 RDBMS.

    Boost Your ROI with Sun Optimized Oracle CRM Solution and the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server
    14,000 Users on a 4 RU Package at a Fourth of the Cost
    Paul Milo, group manager, Oracle Sun Market Development, has a persuasive marketing message for users thinking about upgrading their legacy CRM solutions and the savings that such a move can deliver. For example, he points out that there is potentially a 1900% ROI in reduced operating costs for users who upgrade legacy CRM solutions, such as Siebel 6 or Siebel 7, to Oracle's Siebel 8 CRM Platform Sizing and Performance Program (PSPP) running on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server, which can provide savings of as much as $5 million over five years and lower energy usage by up to 90%.
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of January 8th, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • System Administration Resources in Japanese and Other Languages
    • Community Article: Upgrading to the Solaris 10 10/08 OS for SPARC Platforms
    • Community Script: ut_gather 1.4.6
    • Community Script: grepr (recursive grep)

    Michelle Dennedy on Data Destruction Policy in the Data Center
    Information as a Budget Line Item
    In a Sun Inner Circle interview Sun Data Strategy and Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy looks at data destruction policy in the data center. Having an effective data retention policy in place is critical for today's enterprise.
    Sun Storage FC Switch Model 5802
    Build Next Generation SANs for Today's Infrastructure
    The Sun Storage Fibre Channel (FC) Switch Model 5802 offers 8Gb FC, providing more bandwidth for SAN while also extending the life of existing SAN infrastructure since it is backwards compatible with 4Gb and 2Gb devices and optics. The stacking technology used for this switch allows it to scale from 8 to 120 FC device ports and connect up to 6 FC switches into a single manageable switch stack.
    Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM)
    Manage Brocade Products with Less Cost, Complexity

    Sun has announced the Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) software, which simplifies infrastructure management with the performance and scalability required for the majority of the world's data centers. With DCFM, all Brocade products, whether based on the Fabric Operating System (FOS) or the M-EOS operating system (McData EFCM), can be managed with less cost and complexity. DCFM is available as two different products: DCFM Professional and DCFM Enterprise.

    "Security Advantages of the Solaris Zones Software"
    How to Make Zones Work to Benefit System Security
    In his Sun BluePrints Online paper "Security Advantages of Solaris Zones Software," Dr. Christoph Schuba discusses the security advantages that stem from the fine-grained resource management capabilities of Solaris Zones, explaining zone technology and providing detailed examples for configuration and exploration.
    Manuscript of "Solaris Security Essentials" Available for Reader Comments
    New Title Promises Much Needed Update to Solaris Security Practices
    Valerie Anne Fenwich blogs on her collaboration in writing portions of "Solaris Security Essentials," edited by Sharon Veach and scheduled for publication in mid-May 2009.
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