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Virtualization Is a Generational Issue: Look to Today's Graduate Students
Software-as-a-Service May Outpace Outsourcing, Says Sun CIO Bob Worrall
According to Sun CIO Bob Worrall, virtualization is a technology that is still evolving and that has some distance to go before it matures, writes Dave Bailey in Australia's iTnews. The pace of this evolution is driven in part by graduate curricula in computer science, Worrall observes. He also contends that IT will not go the way of so many other aspects of the economy, saying that outsourcing to cloud computing is not as likely a scenario as the increased employment of software-as-a-service.
Argonne National Labs IT Infrastructure Director on Sun's Customer Corner
How Sun is Making Things Easier and Better for IT Staff at Argonne
David Salbego, director of IT Infrastructure at Argonne National Labs, chats with Sun's Alex Plant in a brief interview on Customer Corner about his role at the lab and how Sun technology has become an integral part of the entity's operations.
OpenSolaris 2008.11 Makes a Hit with Linux Aficiando
Find Out Why This New Version of OpenSolaris is Attractive to Linux Users
Linux aficionado Steve Lawson (aka Red Devil) became interested in trying out OpenSolaris 2008.11 as he perused articles with tantalizing headlines like: "Will OpenSolaris 2008.11 attract Linux users?" and "OpenSolaris tackles Ubuntu dominance." After playing with Sun's open source platform, Lawson offers the following replies to those headlines respectively: "Yes, if they have any sense" and "No, it doesn't, not yet - but one day soon it should."
OpenSolaris Test Farm Development Zones and Open Access
Reserve Whole Root Development Zones to Build and Test Software
The OpenSolaris Test Farm virtual machine interface is ready for use by OpenSolaris contributors. Sun Software Engineer Jim Walker reports that this interface allows users to reserve whole root development zones where they can build and test software prior to contributing to the OpenSolaris code base. Additionally, access requirements have been updated to allow any OpenSolaris user to access test farm.
Sun Shared Visualization v.1.1.1
Share OpenGL Applications on Remote Clients
For users who want to share resources more widely across the organization and make better decisions quicker by enabling remote workgroups to view and analyze large datasets, Sun shared Visualization software gives you that power.

Sun Shared Visualization software is based on the open source VirtualGL project.

Sun Ray Connector for VMware Virtual Desktop Manager (SRVDM)
Blogs with Configuration Procedures
The procedures for setting up and configuring Sun Ray Connector for VMware Virtual Desktop Manager (SRVDM) are detailed in the following blog entries.

  • How to get SRVC and View 3.0 working in non-ssl mode from start to finish
  • How to get SRVC and View 3.0 working in ssl mode
  • How to get SRVC and VDM 2.x working
  • Troubleshooting steps
Sun Fire X2200 M2 Servers with Enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors
Easily Upgrade Dual Cores via Upgrade Kits or Trade-in Offer
Increase performance up to 30% and power savings at idle by up to 35% with the Sun Fire X2200 M2 servers and its enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. This entry level server is a new high performance, low cost, and energy-efficient 2-socket server added to Sun's x64 rack-optimized server family -- a price/performance optimized solution for customers who desire to maximize their computing resources with limited budgets by utilizing system redundancy (e.g. break/replace server) rather than component redundancy (e.g. redundant PSUs/fans).
Sun Disk
450 GB 15K RPM Disk Drive for the ST 9985V and ST 9990V
Fibre-Channel Disks Provide Increased Performance

The new 450 GB 15K Fibre-Channel Disks provide increased performance levels in comparison to the currently offered 400GB 10K rpm disks and higher capacity than the current 300GB/15K rpm disks at excellent performance levels.

Vocal Vibrations Affect Disk Latency
Sun Fishworks Team Demonstrates with Analytics on Sun Storage 7410
Sun Engineer Brendan Gregg on the Fishworks team discovered that vocal vibrations affect disk latency through the use of Analytics from Fishworks. In a two-minute YouTube video that has garnered the attention of over a quarter of a million people, Gregg demonstrates how his vocal vibrations cause a sharp spike in the number of I/O operations per disk and a noticeable latency increase on the overall workload.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 131 Issue 1; Vol 130 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 129 Issues 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 131 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • How Does SAP Perform on Solaris x64 Compared to Linux? [21022]
  • Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.1 Now Available [21139]
  • An Accelerated Introduction to Solaris 10: Part 1 [21072]
  • Sun Identity Management Suite to Protect U.S. Marine Corps [21156]
  • A How-to on Using OpenSolaris as a File Server [21026]
  • Sun Soars in the Cloud [21028]
  • Cloud Computing Company Q-layer Purchased by Sun [21163]
  • Manuscript of "Solaris Security Essentials" Available for Reader Comments [21052]
  • "Security Advantages of the Solaris Zones Software" [21033]
  • Good News from Sun Marketing [21169]

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

    Sun Offers Corporate Learning Pass Program
    Training Tailored to Your Budget and Corporate Needs

    Sun is offering what it terms the Sun Corporate Learning Pass Program, which provides customers with up to a 40% discount on comprehensive technical training from Sun Microsystems. The program includes multiple education training credits that can be used for classes from Sun's course catalog to support ongoing employee development, along with a 12-month subscription to the Solaris or Java eLibrary and multiple Certification Exam Vouchers that employees can use to pursue Sun professional certification.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    Integration of DTrace into FreeBSD 7.1 Spurs Warm Welcome
    Numerous Other Improvements Take Away Some Ground from Linux
    The Australian open source community welcomes the incorporation of the DTrace performance analysis and debugging tool into the FreeBSD platform with the release of FreeBSD 7.1, reports Renai LeMay, writing for Similar sentiments have been reported from other segments of the worldwide open source community. (ZFS was included in FreeBSD 7.0.)
    Sun Studio Technical Articles
    Refer to This Index for Reference Topics
    Refer to this index for a conglomerate of Sun Studio and Sun Studio Express reference materials. This index provides links to reference guides and informative topic-related articles written by industry professionals.

    Topics: General, C/C++, Fortran, Debugging, Performance Analysis and Optimization, X86/x64, and Parallel/Multithreaded Programming.

    GlassFish versus Oracle: Application Server Price/Performance Results
    At $33.90/JOP, GlassFish Delivers Best Price/Performance
    After taking a look at Tom Daly's post on compelling price/performance, John Clingan took a slightly different approach. Tom's post covers the details of the recent 100% open source software result of 1197.1 JOPS@Standard using GlassFish, OpenSolaris and MySQL running on a Sun X4150 Server. The competitive results are also on quad-core X64 servers. Daly's post shows the raw data; Clingan's, the updated $/JOP. In Clingan's post, GlassFish is the clear winner.
    Sun Posts Figures on Measured Watts/Measured Performance of Servers
    Includes UltraSPARC T1 and T2, Xeon and Opteron-based Servers

    Disagreement over the interpretation of power consumption figures on datacenter cooling continues throughout the industry, and BM Seer's latest blog duly notes the controversy. Seer writes, "Real measured watts on a variety of workloads with real-sized memory configurations is critical to truly inform customers." His post includes figures on the UltraSPARC T1 and T2-based servers, as well as Xeon-based and Opteron-based servers.

    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of January 15th, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • Sun Device Detection Tool 2.2 for OpenSolaris or the Solaris OS
    • Solaris Patching Center and Blog on Resolving Printing Errors
    • Solaris Reference Books Available for Pre-Order
    • Sun Java Communications Suite Resources for Sys Admins"

    New Papers on OpenSolaris, Ruby on Rails and Observability Tools in Java SE 6
    Sun Engineers' Papers on BigAdmin Site

    Three recent papers by Sun engineers on the BigAdmin site include Alan Adamson's "Understanding PCI Express Maximum Payload Size on OpenSolaris," Lily Zhao's "Simple Demo for Ruby on Rails with the Solaris 10 OS," and "Observability Using Java Platform, Standard Edition 6, and Solaris OS" by A. Sundarajan and Jim Holmlund.

    LDoms 1.1 NIU Hybrid I/O Feature
    Raghuram Kothakota's Weblog
    Kothakota's blog explains the differences, details, I/O CLIs, and troubleshooting tips for the significant network NIU Hybrid I/O feature of the LDoms 1.1 release. "[The] NIU Hybrid I/O provides a very high bandwidth with low latency directly to a Guest domain. This technology now limited UltraSPARC-T2(Niagara-II) cpu based platforms only."
    SysAdmin News Bites - Solaris iSCSI Server, Zone Cloning, CPUs and Core Mapping, GigaSpaces XAP and Sun Grid Engine, Solaris Network Performance Testing, RBAC Primer
    Short News Items of Interest for SysAdmins

    • Solaris iSCSI Server
    • Zone Cloning
    • Managing Thread Assignments of CPUs and Cores
    • GigaSpaces XAP and Sun Grid Engine
    • Solaris Network Performance Testing
    • Role Based Access Control (RBAC) Primer

    SysAdmin News Bites - Sun Device Detection Tool 2.2, df -k and zpool Status, Sun Identity Manager Supports MySQL, Demonstrating ZFS Remotely, Sybase ASE Version 15.0.3 for Solaris
    Short News Items of Interest for SysAdmins

    • Sun Device Detection Tool 2.2
    • df -k and zpool Status on Reporting Free Disk Space
    • Sun Identity Manager Supports MySQL as Production Repository
    • Demonstrating ZFS Remotely
    • Sybase ASE Version 15.0.3 for Solaris

    "OpenSolaris Bible"
    OpenSolaris Tutorial and Reference for Novice Users to Experienced Admins
    OpenSolaris Bible, the first English-language OpenSolaris book, is a comprehensive resource on using OpenSolaris. Written by active OpenSolaris contributors Nicholas Solter, Jerry Jelinek, and David Miner, it covers introductory to advanced topics including the bash shell, GNOME desktop, software management with IPS, ZFS, Networking, CIFS, Security, SMF, DTrace, Clustering, Zones, VirtualBox, xVM, the AMP stack, NetBeans, and much more.
    Java Technology
    What to Expect in Java SE 7
    Alex Miller's Expectations
    Miller's Java SE 7 expectations reveal which JSRs are in and which are out.

    Topics: Better dependency management, Project Jigsaw and the 'module' keyword, (More) NIO APIs, Tackling the time dimension, Parallel processing, Better precision through annotations, Simplifying Swing, Language changes, Dynamic-language support, Java SE 7 and the future of Java.

    JRuby 1.1.6 Release Addresses Compatibility Issues, Offers Enhanced Performance
    More Rapid Release Cycle Is Planned to Meet Users' Needs
    JRuby 1.1.6, a new release of the JRuby Java implementation of the Ruby interpreter, is now available and brings with it patches addressing compatibility issues and enhanced performance, writes Darryl K. Taft in
    New eBook: "100 NetBeans IDE Tips and Tricks!"
    Focuses on NetBeans IDE 6.0
    "100 NetBeans IDE Tips and Tricks: Your Guide to Finding Your Way Around the NetBeans IDE" by Ruth Kusterer is a new book published by Prentice Hall that includes the best technical tips for the NetBeans IDE, collected from community blogs, forums, NetBeans evangelists, and the author’s personal experience. The default software version for these tips is NetBeans IDE 6.0, when a feature is specific to another version, it is called out. The default platform is Microsoft Windows; Mac OS keyboard shortcuts are noted in parentheses.
    "Identity and Privacy in the Digital Age"
    Understanding Privacy from Data and Policy Interactions
    Robin Wilton, corporate architect on Sun's CTO team, has published a paper in the International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (IJIPM) that explains how privacy arises from the correct interaction of data and policy. In the paper, Wilton describes the different types of identity data and, through the use of a simple data model, relates it to typical system architectures and then to privacy as an information systems policy objective.
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