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Cloud Computing Architecture Model Described
Know the Players
The cloud relationship model Wayne Horkan developed (replete with graphical representations) is the subject of his guest article on the Sun Startup Essentials site. There are three main players: Cloud Providers; Cloud Adopters/Developers; and Cloud End Users.
Sun's Unwired Motherboard Plans
By Andy Patrizio
"Sun Microsystems is researching ways to make massive supercomputers even faster, including wireless connections between CPU and memory," writes Patrizio with internetnews.com.

One of Sun's solutions includes the Proximity Communications project, which is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project, "the same Defense Department group that gave us the Internet."

Project Live* [live-star] - Simplifying Software Distribution and Configuration
Bringing the Consumer Electronics Firmware Model to the Datacenter
Inspired by the example of consumer electronic devices such as cell phones, wireless routers and plasma TVs, Sun's Project Live* [live-star] team, has been working on simplifying the distribution and configuration of software in the datacenter, attempting to bring to that process the simplicity of the built-in firmware that makes consumer electronic devices so easy to use. Live* technology distributes major software components as immutable disk images containing pre-installed, ready-to-run software that users can pick and click to create fully functional software appliances.
Safeway and Sun Identity Management Solutions
What Are the Business Benefits?
Safeway's Paul Rarey sat down with John Barco of Sun Identity Management Buzz TV recently to discuss the business benefits Safeway, a Fortune 100 retailer, has seen from implementing Sun Identity Management solutions. With annual sales of $42.3 billion in 2007 and over 200,000 employees in an extensive network of facilities, the needs for both efficient personnel management and for regulatory compliance were behind Safeway's implementation of Sun Identity Management, Rarey said.
Illumos
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Adventures in OpenSolaris - Journey to a Home NAS
Building Your Own ZFS Server

Wanting to back up his own home data, without relying on expensive or potentially unreliable online backup services, the author of this article researched home NAS solutions, and chose an alternative – to build his own ZFS server.

OpenSolaris Storage Summit 2009
February 23rd, 2009, San Francisco
The OpenSolaris Storage Summit 2009 will be held on Monday, February 23rd, 2009, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco. Scheduled one day prior to the FAST 2009 USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies, the OpenSolaris Storage Summit is free and all storage community members are welcome to attend.
xVM
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VirtualBox 2.1 a Viable Choice in the Competition for Desktop Virtualization Software
Compares Favorably with VMware Workstation and Parallel Desktop Products
In his review of Sun VirtualBox 2.1 desktop virtualization software for eWeek.com, Cameron Sturdevant finds an open-source, no-cost solution that ranks favorably with the competition from VMware Workstation and Parallels Desktop products as a viable choice.
Hardware
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Hardware Certification Test Suite Version 4.2
Demonstrating Compatibility with Solaris OS on x86 and x64 Platforms

The Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS) Version 4.2 is the latest release in the Solaris Operating System HCTS Program for x86 systems and components. Version 4.2 includes new features such as support for hard drives with more than one terabyte capacity and support for OpenSolaris. The Solaris HCTS Program enables independent hardware vendors (IHVs), system manufacturers, system integrators, and end users to certify their systems and components for the Solaris OS on x86 and x64 platforms.

Workstation
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Sun Ray 2 Devices - a Good Pick for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
The Price Is Right for this Solution in this Setting
Using the Sun Ray 2 series of devices, Rick Vanover has discovered, is a manageable approach to setting up a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Vanover, a systems administrator at Safelite Autoglass, shares his findings in a posting on SearchServerVirtualization.com.
Servers
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Sun Blueprints Online: "Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers Configuration Concepts"
Basic and Advanced Configurations for M4000, M5000, M8000, and M9000 Servers
Learn basic and advanced configuration concepts for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M-series server line in the Sun Blueprints article “Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers Configuration Concepts” by James Hsieh, who provides several sample configurations for Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000, and M9000 servers.
Sun Fire X4600 M2 Servers and Options with Enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors
Ideal for Data Center Consolidation and Virtualization
The Sun Fire X4600 M2 with enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors is a compact 4U form factor with up to 32 cores and 256GB of memory to tackle resource-intensive data processing tasks. This server scales server virtualization and database applications while simplifying server infrastructure and reducing on-going power consumption, operating and support costs.
Server/Controller Module Kit for Sun Fire X4500 to Upgrade to X4540
For Customers Using Solaris ZFS/X4500 Systems

The new Server/Controller Module Kit for X4540 is part of the upgrade path for Solaris ZFS/X4500 customers, enabling current X4500 owners to upgrade to the Sun Fire X4540 with Solaris and ZFS. This is a module that inserts into the X4500 to upgrade it into X4540 under Solaris ZFS. This upgrade is only for customers using Solaris ZFS/X4500 systems.

Windows
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Installing and Configuring Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V on Sun Fire x64 Servers
A Step-by-step Approach
The Sun BluePrints Online title "Configuring Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V on Sun Fire x64 Servers" by Pierre Reynes of Sun Systems Technical Marketing shows the steps necessary to install and configure Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V on a Sun Fire x64 server with a Sun Storage J4000 series array for external storage.
How to Get Windows 7 Beta to Run on a Mac
Use VirtualBox
With Windows 7 beta now available, many users are curious about how it looks and performs. A step-by-step procedure for having a look at the solution using VirtualBox on a Mac, and which is amply illustrated with numerous screen shots, has been provided on Fat Bloke's Weblog.
Storage
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Using Storace Capacity Optimization and Replication for More Effective Disaster Recovery
Consider the Role of Virtual Tape Libraries in Automated Disaster Recovery Schemes
Disaster recovery (DR) and its relation to storage practices is the subject of the Taneja Group paper "Combining Storage Capacity Optimization and Replication to Optimize Disaster Recovery Capabilities," which considers virtual tape libraries (VTLs), storage capacity optimization (SCO), and replication in terms of automated disaster recovery solutions.
OpenStorage
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Open Storage: Sun's Saving Grace?
There Are Those Who Think So.
Will Open Source Storage prove to be the life ring that Sun can depend on to pull it out of the doldrums, wonders Drew Robb in a recent post on Enterprise Storage Forum. He cites the opinions of stock analysts and Sun executives in support of a mildly optimistic assessment.
A Tale of Two Bookstores - blogged by Jonathan Schwartz
Or, Flash Technology and a Teachable Storage Device
Jonathan Schwartz likens traditional storage technology to the marketing model at work in one of two bookstores in his neighborhood. This store shelves its titles alphabetically, making them all equally easy to find but giving them none of the close-to-the-register placement employed by the other, more successful store in town, the store whose marketing model shares some features of flash technology. Flash technology, Schwartz writes in a recent blog, is what makes all the difference in Sun's new Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 131 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 130 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 129 Issue 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 2, the top 10 articles were:

  • "OpenSolaris Bible" [21166]
  • What to Expect in Java SE 7 [21073]
  • GlassFish versus Oracle: Application Server Price/Performance Results [21122]
  • Vocal Vibrations Affect Disk Latency [21161]
  • OpenSolaris 2008.11 Makes a Hit with Linux Aficiando [21121]
  • Two New Virtualized Solutions Added to Sun's SMB Portfolio [21213]
  • Sun and SAP Sign Multi-Year Agreement Supporting Java SE for Business on SAP NetWeaver [21211]
  • Sun Shared Visualization v.1.1.1 [21059]
  • New Papers on OpenSolaris, Ruby on Rails and Observability Tools in Java SE 6 [21099]
  • Integration of DTrace into FreeBSD 7.1 Spurs Warm Welcome [21154]

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

    Developer
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    Epidemic Code Deployment on Sun SPOTs: Take One
    Vipul Gupta's Weblog
    Sun SPOTs Patch release "represents a significant step towards full epidemic deployment." "Epidemic code deployment is a more efficient mechanism," said Vipul Gupta in his weblog, "that lets code propagate from SPOT to SPOT." The current method of deployment of the same code to multiple SPOTs is one-at-a- time.
    Performance
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    Sun Fire X4540 - Best Mail Server Per SPECmail2008 Benchmark Results
    Get Highest Level of Throughput Performance in a Compact, Low-Cost, Low-Power Solution
    The best SPECmail2008 benchmark to date has been set by the Sun Fire X4540 server. SPECmail2008 is an industry standard client server benchmark designed to measure a system's ability to act as a mail server compliant with the Internet standards Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and Internet Mail Application Protocol, Version 4 (IMAP4). Modeling business user behavior, this benchmark simulates a real world workload experienced by enterprise-based email services.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of January 22nd, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • Details on Sun's Entitlement Policy for Solaris Patches
    • Storage Resources Aggregated on BigAdmin Home Page
    • New and Recently Updated Content on the BigAdmin wiki
    • Jay Danielsen's Solaris Tip of the Week: Zone Cloning

    http://www.sun.com/bigadmin

    Sysadmin
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    Replication Is the Key to Scaling LDAP Write Operations
    Beats Adding Server Instances
    Did you know that it is possible (and has been since March 2007) to scale LDAP write operations using the data distribution capability in the Sun Directory Proxy Server? Mark Craig of Sun's Directory Integration Team has all the details in his blog "About Scaling LDAP Write Operations."
    Advantages of Solaris and OpenSolaris over Linux
    George Trujillo's Blog: A DBA's Journey in the Sun
    Trujillo in his blog provides the advantages of using Solaris and OpenSolaris over Linux, Solaris versus Red Hat, database and application server features, and reference links.

    "I've been hearing a lot of great things about the key features in Solaris 10 so I wanted to share some information I recently received."

    Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit 4.6 Available
    This Release to be Included in Next Sun xVM OpsCenter

    Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit (JET) provides a framework to simplify and extend the JumpStart functionality provided within the Solaris Operating System. JET version 4.6 is a bug fix release and is expected to be part of the next xVM OpsCenter. Some of JET’s key features for use on SPARC or x86-based Jumpstart servers includes installing Solaris onto either SPARC or x86/x64 based clients, deploying Flash archives, utilizing multiple boot methods, and much more.

    Java Technology
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    GlassFish Communications Server (SailFin)
    Sreeram Duvur's Weblog
    Project SailFin, otherwise known as GlassFish Communications Server (GlassFish CS) is based on robust and scalable SIP servlets technology on top of a deployment-quality, Java EE-based GlassFish. The goal is to achieve JSR 289 compatibility, adding high-availability and clustering features, and integrating with existing GlassFish services.
    Free OnlineTutorials for Students and Professionals with a Passion for Java
    Java Technology Architect, Consultant, and Evangelist Sang Shin Shares His Knowledge
    Developers wanting to learn Java and related technologies should visit Sun Java Technology Architect Sang Shin's Web site of online tutorials. Offered as a free service, these tutorials are put together well, easy to follow, and ideal for students and professionals looking to learn Java, Ajax, Web Services, and Java EE, among other related technologies.
    Skinning JavaFX API (Easier Than You Might Think)
    JavaFX Experts Offer Tips on Customizing and Reshaping
    Given the relative lack of skin-aware controls in the new JavaFX API, Simon Morris set out to write a step-by-step guide to creating own style-aware JavaFX control, including an external stylesheet that can transform the look of the component without need for recompilation of the JavaFX Script code. He reports the results in the blog JavaFX in Style.
    Security
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    "Understanding the Security Capabilities of Solaris Zones Software"
    Sun BluePrints Online
    Filling in the gap in the literature on the subject, the Sun BluePrints Online article details the security benefits enabled by Solaris Zones and sparse root zone configurations are specifically. The capabilities fostered by this functionality provide a strong foundation upon which organizations can build virtualization strategies and deploy network services.
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