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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."
Sun + Intel + OpenSolaris + 2 Years = The Year of Core
Sun and Intel Joint Agreement Accomplishments Are Blogged

On January 22, Sun and Intel celebrated the second year anniversary of the Sun and Intel joint agreement, and David Stewart (Intel) blogs on the updates of this effort. The joint efforts are to optimize the Solaris operating system for Intel Xeon processors.

OpenSolaris 2008.11 Takes Aim at Linux
Find out How OpenSolaris Tests in eWeek's Lab
Sun's enhancements to OpenSolaris 2008.11 show that Sun will not follow IBM and HP in letting Linux take over the platform space once dominated by Unix. Sun released this free Solaris-based operating system late last year with improvements around software package management and incorporating community-packaging efforts.
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

Exploring the Possibilities of Running 3D Apps in Virtualized Environments
VirtualBox 2.1 and its Virtual XGL Driver Enable This

The new 3D capability in VirtualBox 2.1 has enabled Glen Faden to create a YouTube video with an instance of VirtualBox running in each labeled zone and an instance of Microsoft Vista running in each VirtualBox, where Google Earth runs at high speed using the experimental virtual XGL driver that is included in the VirtualBox Guest Additions. Faden reports his creation in a recent blog.

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.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 on Sun x64 Rack Servers and Blades
Sun's Redistribution of Windows Server Products Delivered via XATO Options
Sun is adding Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with Sun x64 Rack Servers and Blades to its existing Windows ecosystems which already includes Windows certifications, Windows service support, and various Windows tools and utilities. Windows Server 2008 options will be delivered via XATO options and will consist of DVD media, a certificate of authenticity (COA) and documentation. Installation is not an option.
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.
Sun Tape
What Is the Place for Tape in the Enterprise Storage Arena?
One Answer Comes in the Form of the Sun StorageTek T10000B
In the white paper "The Market Opportunity for Enterprise Tape" IDC considers the role of enterprise-class tape drives and particularly Sun's StorageTek T10000B tape drive, in the context of Sun's storage portfolio as well as in the secondary storage market.
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.

    A Brief Look at Cloud Computing
    What It Is and Why Consumers Might Find It Useful
    Here's a brief introduction to cloud computing technology that comes in the form of a blog by Helena of the Java ES Prague Team, who terms the concept "...usage of technology services via the Internet, without needing to know or control the infrastructure which supports them." The key, she notes, is reliance on the Internet to satisfy user computing needs.
    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.
    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.
    Education and Research
    St. Paul College and Sun Open Center of Excellence for Immersive Education
    Video Tour of Virtual Classrooms
    The virtual ribbon cutting ceremony for Sun Center of Excellence (COE) held by Sun and Saint Paul College on January 21 celebrated the opening of Open Virtual Worlds. The virtual audience will be comprised of local and remote students attending the college of Computer Science at St. Paul College.
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of February 7th, 2008
    Maximizing Performance of the Sun Java System Directory Server

    This article describes a performance analysis for a scenario regarding the LDAP server component of the Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition. The primary complaint was timeouts from the Linux clients. On the Solaris Operating System, clients would access LDAP through nscd, which maintained a persistent connection. The Linux clients, on the other hand, would use an open/query/close methodology. The author describes tests, evaluations, alternative approaches, and a script that might also be useful.

    Multilingual Versions: Sun Java System Directory Server 6.0 as an LDAP Naming Service

    Here are instructions for deploying Sun Java System Directory Server as a naming service for UNIX clients that run AIX 5.3, Red Hat Linux Release 4 Update 4, or the Solaris 8, 9, or 10 Operating System. Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese translations are now available for both Part 1 (Installation and Configuration) and Part 2 (Client Configurations for the Solaris OS).

    "The Future of SOA - Myths and Realities"
    Podcast, Slide Deck Presentation by Ross Altman, CTO, Sun SOA and Business Integration

    At the SOA Consortium meeting in December 2008, Sun CTO of SOA and Business Integration Ross Altman led an interactive discussion with meeting attendees on SOA myths, misunderstandings and realities. The 64-minute event, entitled "The Future of SOA -- Myths and Realities?" is now available as a podcast and slide deck.

    VirtualBox and VirtualGL Combine to Deliver Harware Acceleration on 3D OpenGL Applications
    Simpler Than You Might Imagine

    Slick as anything, Linda Fellingham has written up a procedure for combining VirtualGL and VirtualBox for the purpose of enabling hardware acceleration for any OpenGL application running on a Windows desktop. With this process, multiple users can share the resources on Windows, taking advantage of as many cores and CPUs as can be put on a system, all of whom can get acceleration.

    SysAdmin News Bites - Solaris on Rocks, Understanding ZFS, Systems Auto Service Request, Sun IdM & Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Solaris 10 System Administration Essentials
    Short News Items of Interest for SysAdmins

    • Rocks on Solaris
    • Understanding ZFS: Disk Space Discrepancies and Transaction Groups & Disk Performance
    • Auto Service Request (ASR) for Sun Systems
    • Sun Identity Manager & Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    • Solaris 10 System Administration Essentials

    Java Technology
    Sun's Open Source Java - Two Years Later
    What Difference Has It Made?
    What has been the benefit to Sun of its now two year old tactic to open source its Java technology implementations, wonders Paul Krill of InfoWorld. Others wonder as well, including James Gosling, father of Java, who suggests, "This was mostly about community relations." On the other hand, Sun Senior VP for the Java client group Jeet Kaul sees it differently: "We have gotten a lot of people who have taken up the code and started building solutions with it. So the adoption that we have had, the adoption curve has grown dramatically ever since we did open source."
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