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Sun Analyst Series (SAS) 2009: February 2nd Presentation
Jonathan Schwartz (and Others) on Sun in the Current (and Future) Marketplace
Jonathan Schwartz, CEO and President of Sun, delivered a talk entitled "Executing in a Changing Economy" in the Webcast of Sun's quarterly analyst series. Schwartz speaks about Sun's business in the face of global challenges; the market opportunities available to Sun and the products and services Sun has developed to exploit those opportunities. He also gives an indication of the direction Sun will take in the future.
New Member Added to Sun's Board of Directors
Financial Services Industry Leader Offers Experience in Managing Large Technical Operations
Rahul N. Merchant will be taking a seat on Sun's Board of Directors, the company announced, noting the former EVP, CIO, and executive committee member of Fannie Mae has managed some of the world's largest technology budgets and has first-hand knowledge of Sun's products and innovation roadmap. Merchant was nominated to join Sun's Board as part of the previously announced agreement with Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. to add two new independent members to Sun's Board of Directors.
Good News from Sun Marketing
February 2009
Each month Sun Marketing publishes the "Good News" about Sun. This month there are 12 items and three groups:
  • Customers Choose Sun: Sun Java Wireless Client, Sun servers, Sun storage, Solaris 10, Sun StorageTek SL8500 modular library system and Sun StorageTek T10000B tape drives.
  • Leading Market Conversations: OpenStorage, NetBeans, Q-Layer and cloud computing, and MySQL
  • Product Reviews Underscore Innovation: Sun Storage 7110, Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.1, OpenSolaris, Sun Fire X4150, and Sun StorageTek 5800.

A two-page PDF of the "Good News" from Sun is available in English and several other languages.

Getting Together with One Another with the Help of Sun IT Technology
Social Networking Sites, Improvements in Web 2.0 Rely on Sun

Sun is helping people connect. The top social networking sites all use Sun IT infrastructure to support their respective missions of helping subscribers establish affinities and express their creativity. Sun IT expertise is playing a role as well in helping emerging musical talent to offer their work and to support NBCOlympics in its coverage of the world games.

Bill Vass: Sun's Open Source Curing Health Care Woes
Building the CONNECT Solution
Sun's Open Source software was used to build CONNECT: "A software solution that lets federal agencies securely link their existing systems to the NHIN," said Bill Vass. "More than 20 organizations collaborated to build CONNECT through the Federal Health Architecture (FHA), and as a result, agencies are heading down the road toward interoperability."
Free and Open Source S/W
US Department of Defense Launches its Own Site for Open Source Development
Open Source Model Validated for Government Use
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new site - - as its own open source repository. Built on the same technology used by, the project does have an added layer of security to meet DoD standards, including the use of smart cards for system authorization. The early access version of the and collaboration capability is for internal DoD testers only, reports Guy Martin, Open Source Community Manager at CollabNet, but it is a first step in the government's shift toward open source technology.
OpenMQ 4.3 Product Update
Presentations and Screencasts: Speakers Ed Bratt, Linda Schenider, Sun Microsystems
What's new with the Open Source Message Queue 4.3 (MQ) and the Universal Messaging System REST API presentations included the following: updates, including the Universal Message Service (UMS) background, set up samples, and how to design and build a simple enterprise style application with OpenMQ and some deployment examples.
Solaris Cluster 3.2 Second Update Release - Version 3.2 1/09
Offers Out-of-the Box Support for Largest Number of Commercial and Open-source Apps
Solaris Cluster is a multi-system, multi-site disaster recovery solution that manages the availability of applications, services and data across local, regional, and vastly dispersed data centers. This most recent is a freely available download and extends its support for virtualization with the new Solaris Container Cluster, providing business continuity capabilities for deployment of solutions, such as Oracle RAC databases, in Solaris virtualized environments. It also enables increased HA, improved ease of use, flexibility, more application support, and more support for application versions out-of-the-box.
Solaris 10 5/08 Release Passes Common Criteria Process
Earns Evaluation Assurance Level 4+
The Solaris 10 5/08 release has passed through the independently-tested Common Criteria process, which is recognized world-wide by governments and security-conscious customers as the Gold standard and a green light for production deployments. Sun reports that testing for the Solaris 10 OS included both SPARC and x86 architectures in a mix of environments, with full naming services, GUI management, and virtualized guests.
DTrace as a Tool for Optimizing the MySQL Database
Peering Inside MySQL Through the Lens of DTrace Scripts
Part of a series, this Sun BluePrints article by Luojia Chen describes how taking advantage of Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) probes can help simplify MySQL database application tuning. The author uses examples to show some of the specific aspects of MySQL database server operation that can be observed through DTrace probes. This author assumes a basic understanding of the Solaris OS, DTrace, the MySQL database server, among readers of the paper, which is titled "Optimizing MySQL Database Application Performance with Solaris Dynamic Tracing."
MySQL News Bites - Solaris Cluster/Open HA Cluster, Python Driver, Ruby DBI Module, February's Live Webinars
Short Items of Interest to the MySQL Community
  • MySQL on Solaris Cluster/Open HA Cluster
  • MySQL-Python Driver Installation and Setup
  • Ruby DBI Module Installation and Setup
  • MySQL Live Webinars for February

Download Sun VDI Software 3 Early Access
VDI Tier Allows You to Just Plug in Your Virtualization Platform
Sun has released an early access version of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software that includes support for VMware Infrastructure 3 and adds support for Sun xVM virtualization and the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems. Features include virtual desktop access, added flexibility in using virtual machines, high security connections, high quality user experience, simple software licensing, and desktop choice.
New Sun Storage 6580 and 6780 Modular Arrays
High-performance Disk Storage Arrays Offer Up to 3X Better Price/Performance
The new Sun Storage 6580 and 6780 modular arrays are for midrange and high-end enterprise and throughput-intensive workloads that target database and enterprise-email applications. Offering up to three times better price/performance than the competition, these latest modular arrays enable customers to consolidate workloads within the same data center footprint for greater efficiency.
SAM-FS Provides Backup and Business Continuity in One Package
Keeping Your Data Safe and, When Possible, Out of the Way
Know your data and its value to the business of the day, Gaetano Bisaz would seem to be saying in his series of blogs on backup practices. If it doesn't affect current operations, maybe it needs to be stored differently from data that does. In Part 3 of the article series entitled "Classic backup is a dead-end", he considers where to put data that no longer can claim space on primary storage and how best to back it up.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 131 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 130 Issues 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 4, the top 10 articles were:

  • The Book, 'How to Castrate a Bull' by David Hitz [21250]
  • Getting Started with Sun ZFS by Ben Rockwood [21176]
  • Sun's Second Quarter Fiscal 2009 Financial Results [21254]
  • Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 Launched [21283]
  • A Step-by-step Install Guide for the Nagios Server and Network Monitoring System [21220]
  • Sun's New Energy Efficient, Flexible Data Center [21268]
  • Project Crossbow - Redefining the Nature of Network Virtualization [21142]
  • Maximizing Throughput and IOPS on the Sun Storage 7410 [21189]
  • Using Sun Systems to Build a Virtual and Dynamic Infrastructure [21191]
  • Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 is Open Sourced [21205]

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

    Fixing Bugs in DTrace
    Interested? Get Involved. Here's How
    For a good example of how the community makes contributions to developing software, have a look at the brief video in which systems engineer Chad Mynhier describes his experience in becoming involved with bug fixes in DTrace. He says, among other things, that the high quality code constituting the Solaris OS is one of the things that attracted him to the project. Viewers will find the audio quality of this interview marginal.
    Using an Interactive Regular Expression Editor
    Java Code Generator
    Developer Frank Kieviet used the NetBeans' Matisse, an interactive editor to save time filtering an HTTP access log. He published the "pimped up" version of this editor as a downloadable JNLP Application; instructions for using this editor are also included in his blog.
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