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Partners
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Using Sun Systems to Build a Virtual and Dynamic Infrastructure
Sun Blade 6000 Modular System and Solaris, Windows, and Linux
This Sun BluePrint is a starting point in designing dynamic data center architecture by providing a "proof-of-concept exercise." The virtual and dynamic data center infrastructure deployed used the following: Sun Blade 6000 modular system, Logical Domains, and the Scalent V/OE software, with clients running Windows, Linux, and Solaris.
Virtualize the SAP Data Center
With Only 15% Server Utilization, Why Purchase Even More Server Hardware?
Buying more hardware is not the way to maximize data center efficiency, argues Dr. Christoph Brune, Global Technical Account Manager, SAP Sun Microsystems, in a recent blog. Virtualization is a better, more cost effective approach, he contends.
Features
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Is NAND Ready for the Enterprise?
Vastly Improved Write Cycles Make the TCO Assessment Easier; Perhaps the Answer is Yes
With the Sun/Micron Technology announcement in December 2008 of the now available and highly durable NAND flash memory featuring single-level cell (SLC) write cycles capable of up to one million write cycles and multi-level (MLC) write cycles ranging up to 100,000 cycles, figuring TCO for solid state disks has become an easier task in the view of Mary Shacklett writing for ByteandSwitch.
OpenSolaris 2008.11: Is It Linux Yet?
Closing the Gap, Anyway

OpenSolaris 2008.11 made some impressive gains over 2005.05, according to Anatol Studler in his recent blog, where he claimed that most of the shortcomings in the earlier version have been addressed and that new enhancements are now also part of the release. Is it Linux yet remains the question.

Illumos
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Project Crossbow - Redefining the Nature of Network Virtualization
At Last, Real Virtual Network Interfaces
Project Crossbow is huge. So says Ben Rockwood in his blog, where he further contends that Crossbow "...is a monumental improvement to Solaris and continues to push the bar out of reach of its competitors."
OpenSolaris and Solaris with Intel's New Core i7 Microarchitecture Processor
Intel Engineer David Stewart Hosts Video Highlighting Features
In his video series on OpenSolaris and Intel, Intel Software Engineering Manager David Stewart reveals advances being made with Intel's new Core i7 microarchitecture processor (Nehalem) and OpenSolaris / Solaris. In his six minute YouTube video, Stewart walks viewers through the architecture and then focuses on aspects of Nehalem that are particularly interesting from an OpenSolaris / Solaris perspective.
Solaris
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A Step-by-step Install Guide for the Nagios Server and Network Monitoring System
On the Solaris 10 Operating System
Bill Bradford writes a step-by-step installation guide for Nagios, an enterprise-class network and server monitoring system on Solaris 10 Operating System update 6. His installation runs in 32-bit mode on a VMware virtual machine, though he writes of having run Nagios on everything from Red Hat 7.3 to Mac OS X. As a prerequisite to this installation, readers will have had to install the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU make from the Solaris 10 installation disk.
IBM DB2 9.5 Express-C for Solaris/X86
No-charge Community Edition of the DB2 Data Server
IBM has released DB2 Express-C that is capable of running on Solaris/OpenSolaris. DB2 is one of IBMÂ’s families of relational database management system (RDBMS) software products. The Express-C version of the DB2 data server is a thinned down version that is free for the community to develop, deploy, and distribute. It can be set up quickly, is easy-to-use, and includes self-managing capabilities.
Who's Migrating to Enterprise Linux?
Not Everyone, It Seems
Enterprise customers are being cautious about wholesale migration to commodity x86/Linux platforms. Robert L. Mitchell of ComputerWorld looks into the question and comes up with some answers. He concludes that it may be a while before the migration shifts into high gear.
xVM
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Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 Launched
Highly Scalable, Unified Management Platform for Physical and Virtual Environments
The latest version of Sun's open source virtualization system management software has been launched. Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 has fixed several issues from previous versions and offers the following new features: context-driven browser user interface, WS-MAN API, easier installation, improved performance/scalability/quality, historical data monitoring, disconnected operations, Sun xVM Ops Center Controller Failover, and M Series server support.
Sun xVM Ops Center Offers Public API and SDK
For Third Party Integration with xVM Software

Third party systems management vendors interested in integrating with xVM software are in luck. Sun xVM Ops Center has two sets of public APIs and an SDK available just for independent developers and ISVs. The APIs consist of JMX-Remoting API and WS-Management API, while the SDK comes with complete Javadocs of the public APIs and contains functional examples demonstrating how to use the APIs.

Servers
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The Bronze Awarded to SPARC Enterprise T5440 for 2008 Product of the Year
SearchDataCenter.com Recognizes the Server as Faster, Cooler, More Reliable, and Economical
Sun's SPARC Enterprise T5440 server received the Bronze Award as the 2008 server product of the year from SearchDataCenter.com. Writing for the online data center media group, Bridget Botelho says this midrange system "packs enough memory and CPU power to deliver up to four times higher performance per watt at about one-fifth of competitive servers".
Sun Tape
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Don't Underestimate the Value of Tape for Data Storage
Some White Papers on the Subject

This helpful compilation of white papers on the role of tape in storage technology comes from Jay Wallace's blog. Wallace provides brief comments characterizing each of the five papers he cites and includes links to all of them.

OpenStorage
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Maximizing Throughput and IOPS on the Sun Storage 7410
Looking at the Streaming Performance to Disk Rather than Caching the Working Set in DRAM
While Sun Engineer Brendan Gregg has already examined the maximum throughput and IOPS attainable on a Sun Storage 7410 by caching the working set entirely in DRAM in a recent blog post, he now explores the streaming disk performance of the 7410, showing some of the highest throughputs he has seen in another entry of his blog.
The Book, 'How to Castrate a Bull' by David Hitz
A Review (sort of) by Bryan Cantrill
When NetApp took on Sun as an NFS rival back in the 1990s, the company's founder and EVP David Hitz probably didn't have in mind the title for his just released book, "How to Castrate a Bull." In an instance of What Goes Around Comes Around, Bryan Cantrill blogs that, with the advent of Fishworks and the Sun Storage 7000 Series, the shoe is once again on the other foot, and the testosterone supply is still ample.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 131 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 130 Issues 1, 2, 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 131 Issue 3, the top 10 articles were:

  • Obama Administration Looks to McNealy for Open Source Strategy [21237]
  • Cloud Computing Architecture Model Described [21173]
  • Advantages of Solaris and OpenSolaris over Linux [21148]
  • Sun's Unwired Motherboard Plans [21133]
  • A Tale of Two Bookstores - blogged by Jonathan Schwartz [21233]
  • How to Get Windows 7 Beta to Run on a Mac [21195]
  • Sun Wins Best 1U Server and Fixed Content Archiving Solution in InfoWorld's 2009 Technology Awards [21229]
  • Replication Is the Key to Scaling LDAP Write Operations [21155]
  • Project Live* [live-star] - Simplifying Software Distribution and Configuration [21162]
  • Developer.com Product of the Year Results Announced; NetBeans IDE Wins Five Out of 12 Categories [21218]

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

    Service
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    Is Your Organization Ready for Cloud Computing?
    Public Cloud or Private, There are Advantages to be Gained for the Enterprise
    Cloud computing is not simply a rehash of the shared tenancy computing practiced back in the day of mainframes, writes Sun CIO Bob Worrall in the Sun Inner Circle newsletter. Rather, he continues, cloud computing delivers a number of services, including software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service and storage as a service, whether through public or private clouds.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    VirtualBox 2.1.2 Released, Download Free
    Maintenance Release Also Adds Windows 7 Support and Other Enhancements
    Version 2.1.2 of VirtualBox is available now and serves primarily as a maintenance/bug fix release for improved stability performance. Issues in the December release of version 2.1 that have been updated include 64-bit guests, networking on Windows, USB on Linux, and Windows 7 Shared Folders. Sun's xVM VirtualBox software lets users create virtual machines in which they can install their operating system of choice. It is a feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers which is freely available as open source software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
    Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 is Open Sourced
    Open Web Server Now Part of OpenSolaris Web Stack Community

    The core components of the Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 have been released under a Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) license. Open Web Server is a highly scalable multi-threaded HTTP engine capable of handling hundreds of thousands of simultaneous HTTP connections. It is part of the Web Stack community in the OpenSolaris project, and is intended to be the foundation of future Sun Java System Web Server and Sun Java System Web Proxy Server versions.

    Developer
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    A Guide for Developers New to Creating Applications for Web 2.0
    Exploring Systemic Qualities as an Approach
    In their Sun BluePrints Online article "Addressing Systemic Qualities in SAMP Architectures," Marina Fisher and Amanda Waite address developers who are new to creating Web 2.0 applications, presenting some design concepts and considerations specific to SAMP architectures.
    Performance
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    Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000/32 SPARC64 VII Results on SAP-SD 2-Tier App Benchmark
    Achieves 24,650 Users on this 2-Tier ERP Business Test
    Testing on the SAP Standard Application Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark shows the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 with 2.52 GHz SPARC64 VII processors, 32 processors / 128 cores / 256 threads, achieves 24,650 users. Results demonstrate the M9000 gets to 69% of the per-cpu result of the largest configuration of the 32-way IBM p595 (POWER6 5.0 GHz, 64 cores total), reports BM Seer.
    Sun Fire X4450 Surpasses Rivals in 4-socket/24 core Intel-based VMware Benchmarking Exercise
    IBM, Dell and HP Outdone by Sun Hardware
    The Sun Fire X4450, powered by four 6-core Intel Xeon X7460 processors at 2.66 GHz, has achieved a score of 19.47 @14 tiles, supporting 84 fully fledged VM instances (14 Tiles), reports BM Seer in a recent blog. This result beats the IBM x3850-M2 best result to date of 19.10 @ 14 tiles and all the other Intel-based submissions (Dell PE R900 and HP PL DL580 GS) in the 24 cores category with similar architecture while using equal or smaller memory footprint (80GB) then the other systems. This result puts the Sun X4450 on the leading front of 4-socket/24 cores Intel-based VMware servers.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of January 29th, 2008
    Articles which have been posted to BigAdmin in the last week include:

    • Installing the Solaris 10 10/08 OS on Dell PowerEdge M805/M905 Blade Servers
    • Console Operations for the Solaris OS and OpenBoot Firmware on Sun CMT SPARC Platforms
    • Community Submission: Using ZFS to Fight Data Rot, the Silent Killer

    http://www.sun.com/bigadmin

    Sysadmin
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    Getting Started with Sun ZFS by Ben Rockwood
    A New Approach to Data Management
    Sun's ZFS file system provides simple administration for data management compared with traditional Unix Logical Volume Manager or Veritas Volume Manager. Rockwood said, "Memory management is something we all take for granted because complex software masks management away. ZFS was born with the intent to bring the same advantages to storage."
    Oracle 11g RAC in a Sun Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition Framework
    Step-by-Step Configuration White Paper
    This step-by-step White Paper shows technical personnel how to configure Sun Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition (SCGE) with EMC Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) and run Oracle RAC within this framework. It also provides the setup procedures used for the live demonstration environment.
    Java Technology
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    Layout Primer for JavaFX1.0
    Blog on How to Best Achieve Dynamic Layout
    This document explains how to best achieve, with JavaFX1.0, a dynamic layout (including use with animated transitions) using the 1.0 API. JavaFX1.0 has a full-featured 2D scene graph API for creating dynamic and visually rich interfaces.
    Security
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    "Web Services Security in Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) 6"
    White Paper
    This White Paper introduces the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS), and it discusses how the Sun Java CAPS helps to accelerate development, simplify integration, and reduce administrative costs in building standards-based interoperable and secure Web services.
    Perspectives on Quality Assurance for OpenDS
    Best Practices of the Community
    Lead test engineer for OpenDS Gary Williams shares the nuances of testing open-source software and, in particular, OpenDS in a recent article with contributions from Marina Sum. Several challenges have emerged, resulting in unique and often rewarding and dynamic roles for test engineers. There are defined rules, guidelines, and best practices for testing OpenDS, which were created by the community.
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