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Jonathan Schwartz Explains Sun's Role in Current Sagging IT Market
The Customer Is the Focus
Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz sees opportunity in the current economic downturn and believes that Sun is well positioned to meet customers' needs in this market, which he expects will influence IT managers to make increasingly imaginative decisions about their infrastructure, decisions that Sun will be more than happy to assist them to realize. This is according to Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau, whose interview with Schwartz allows the CEO to expand on the remarks he delivered at the recent quarterly meeting with analysts.
Build It and They Will Come?
Sun Microsystems Federal Doesn't Work on that Assumption
The new Sun Microsystems Federal Solutions receive an inaugural explanation from Mark Perkins, CTO of Sun Microsystems Federal, in a recent blog. Perkins tells his readers that these Sun solutions are built with a solution-based strategy Sun has carefully aligned with its federal customers' mission critical goals and priorities.
Illumos
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Leaving Linux for OpenSolaris
Blogger Shows How It's Done
The personal saga of a conversion from Linux to OpenSolaris is the subject of Dan Anderson's blog in which he walks readers through the details of that particular migration. He settled on the Solaris Express Developer Edition from the install DVD and then, after reboot, changed the/export/home filesystem to a ZFS filesystem pool.
OpenSolaris News Bites - Storage Summit, IP Instances & Virtual NICs, Windows in Sun xVM Server, JavaFX, Zones on GlassFish, Base AMIs on Amazon EC2, OpenSolaris Bible, Community Newsletter
Short Items of Interest to the OpenSolaris Community

  • OpenSolaris Storage Summit Set for February 23rd
  • Using IP Instances and Virtual NICs with Trusted Extensions
  • Steps to Install and Run Windows in Sun xVM Server under OpenSolaris
  • How to Install JavaFX on OpenSolaris
  • Create an OpenSolaris Zone with GlassFish on Top
  • OpenSolaris 2008.11 Base AMIs on Amazon EC2 Available Without Registration
  • More Sample Chapters from "OpenSolaris Bible"
  • OpenSolaris Community Newsletter

http://blogs.systemnews.com/

MySQL
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A Two-part Guide to Tinkering with MySQL Cluster
Solaris Containers Makes It Possible on a Single Machine
In a two-part blog, Melanie writes a "how-to" on "Tinkering with MySQL Cluster, Part 1 - Preparation" and "Part 2 - Getting the Software." The author accomplishes her aim on a single computer for this typically hardware-dependent operation.
xVM
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An Introduction to Sun xVM Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0
A Survey of the New Features
From Sun xVM Central comes the most recent word on Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.0 in a post by Stephanie Lewellen. Sun released the Sun Virtual Desktop Access Kit for VMware in early 2007, and will soon be releasing Sun xVM VDI 3.0, which offers a complete Sun stack along with many new features.
Measuring VDI Performance and Scalability on the Sun Fire X4450 and Sun Fire X4600 M2 Servers
Using the WorldBench Office XP Workload Simulation
The bloggers at the Thin Client and Server Based Computing Group refer readers to a series of performance tests conducted for Sun on the scaling and performance of a VDI setup based on the shared experiences of Sun and VMware users. The references deliver a "measurable" standard baseline starting point. The independent test reports were conducted by LI0NBRIDGE/VeriTest on the Sun Fire X4450 (with 16x Intel Xeon 7400 series processors), the Sun Fire X4450 (with 16x Intel Xeon 7300 series processors), and the Sun Fire X4600 M2 (with 32x AMD Opteron 8356 processors).
Windows
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Sun ODF Plugin 3.0 for Microsoft Office
Eases Importing/Exporting to Open Document Format (ODF) for Microsoft Office Users

Sun ODF Plugin 3.0 is the next version of this add-on for Microsoft Office that allows users to read, edit, and save to the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for a seamless conversion from Microsoft Office documents to and from ODF. The plug-in works with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and this version adds Office 2007 support and compatibility with ODF 1.2. It is available as a no-charge download from the Sun Download Center.

OpenStorage
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Getting to Know the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
A Video Introduction
The Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System (Amber Road) is the star of a brief YouTube video hosted by Sun's Raymond Austin, Group Manager, Sr. Product Management, in which he details the features and benefits of this innovative storage technology.
Sun Storage 7100 Unified Storage System Gets the Nod from PCPro
Reviewer Impressed with Range of Features Provided as Standard
Offering NAS and IP SAN support as standard features, Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System is the "... storage host with the most...," in the words of Dave Mitchell writing in PCPro. Other features such as unlimited snapshots, integral data compression, iSCSI thin provisioning, virus scanning, support for RAID5 and 6 arrays and ZFS Hybrid storage pools, and even remote replication solidified the position at the top of Mitchell's list for the Sun Storage 7110.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 132 Issue 1; Vol 131 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 130 Issues 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 132 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

  • What's New on BigAdmin [21342]
  • Sun Analyst Series (SAS) 2009: February 2nd Presentation [21320]
  • SAM-FS Provides Backup and Business Continuity in One Package [21243]
  • Good News from Sun Marketing [21322]
  • OpenSolaris 2008.11 Takes Aim at Linux [21288]
  • Solaris Cluster 3.2 Second Update Release - Version 3.2 1/09 [21287]
  • A Brief Look at Cloud Computing [21203]
  • Download Sun VDI Software 3 Early Access [21286]
  • New Sun Storage 6580 and 6780 Modular Arrays [21321]
  • Exploring the Possibilities of Running 3D Apps in Virtualized Environments [21236]

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

    Service
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    Cloud Computing Will Attract Developers
    Sun Cloud Computing CTO Lew Tucker Sees It Coming
    Sun CTO for cloud computing, Lew Tucker sees the evolution as the result of, first, the client-server, then the Internet, and now the cloud. He told Paul Krill for an interview in Infoworld that he expects IDEs to evolve in parallel, moving to cloud deployments.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Project SocialSite for Building Widgets and Web Services
    Download and Documentation Now Available from GlassFish
    Project SocialSite is an open source project building Widgets and Web Services to ease the task of adding social networking features to existing Web sites, including the ability to run OpenSocial Gadgets and have them backed by the same social graph.
    Developer
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    How to Translate gnu Compiler Options to Sun Studio
    Getting the Most Out of Sun Studio Compilers and Tools
    With all the capabilities available in Sun Studio compilers and tools, developers would do well to avail themselves of the opportunity to make use of the increased performance and numerous features of these solutions by having a look at the article by Diane Meirowitz on "Translating gcc/g++/gfortran Options to Sun Studio Compiler Options."
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of February 12th, 2008
    Multilingual Information on Sun Device Detection Tool 2.2

    This tool helps you see whether you can install the Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris OS on x86/x64 systems. The updated version is designed to detect and run in the default language on your system. The GUI and reports are generated in the corresponding language. The supported languages are English, simplified Chinese, German, French, Japanese, Korean, Italian, traditional Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Now the informational web pages have also been translated into Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, and simplified Chinese.

    Community Submission: Digital Signage Application Using Sun Ray Clients and OpenOffice.org 3 Impress

    Sun Ray clients and OpenOffice.org Impress work together impressively in this digital signage solution, combined with one repurposed Microsoft Windows-based workstation. The author writes: "Fortunately, we ended up going with Sun Ray clients, and now we have the beginnings of a very neat little signage setup that is robust, cost-effective, centrally managed, and easy to use."

    http://sun.com/bigadmin

    Sysadmin
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    "Best Practices for Running Oracle Databases in Solaris Containers"
    How Containers Works with Oracle
    Roman Ivanov introduces the Sun BluePrints Online piece he wrote with Ritu Kamboj on "Best Practices for Running Oracle Databases in Solaris Containers." The document describes the features Solaris Containers uses with Oracle databases. The authors show how to set up Container and assign resources to it (scheduler, CPU and memory capping), and it also shows which privilege gives you the ability to use Dynamic Intimate Shared Memory (DISM) with Oracle. Presented as well is information on how to set up Container so it will have its own IP stack; mounting UFS and ZFS filesystems; devices in Containers; and System V Resource Controls.
    SysAdmin News Bites - Space Calculator Tool, Disk Analysis Tool, Identity Manager & MySQL, Identity Management & Desktop Virtualization, How-tos on Desktop Virtualization & Solaris
    Short News Items of Interest for SysAdmins

    • Space Calculator Tool
    • Free, Multi-platform Disk Analysis Tool
    • Sun Identity Manager Supports MySQL as a Production Repository
    • Sun Identity Management and Desktop Virtualization
    • How-tos on Desktop Virtualization and Solaris

    http://blogs.systemnews.com/

    Networking
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    Force10 10 Gigabit Ethernet IP Services Platform for Sun Netra Rack Servers
    Force10 and Sun Delivering IP Services to Telcom, Federal, and Financial Services Industries
    The Force10 P-Series 10 Gigabit Ethernet IP Services Platform and the Sun Netra Server are the ideal combination when considering how to deliver IP Services. Recognized as the first to deliver comprehensive deep packet inspection for line-rate 10 GbE applications, the Force10 P-Series 10 GbE inspection appliance uses an innovative, new processing architecture to simultaneously apply millions of rules to each packet. Through the use of an FPGA-based rule engine, the P-Series can also dynamically reprogram hardware rules to deliver predictable performance and total signature flexibility under all traffic conditions.
    Java Technology
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    The Sun GlassFish Portfolio
    Foundation to Develop and Deploy Web and Enterprise Applications
    Sun is offering its open source GlassFish application server and some new by-products as part of a newly named Sun GlassFish Portfolio that offers a flexible subscription-based pricing model based upon varying levels of service and support. Starting at $999 per server, the GlassFish Portfolio includes the GlassFish Application Server, along with the following new components: Web Stack, Web Space Server, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), and Enterprise Manager.
    Sun Releases JavaFX Mobile, Discusses its Java Mobile Strategy
    JavaFX and Java ODP Expected to be Top Innovators
    Insight on Sun's Java Mobile strategy was recently shared by Sun leaders at January's Java Mobile, Media, and Embedded Developer Days (M3DD) conference. The technologies expected to be top innovators in the mobile space, according to Sun, are JavaFX and Java On Device Portal (ODP). Keeping in line with this, the company announced on February 12th the general availability of JavaFX Mobile and the new JavaFX 1.1 SDK, which runs directly on Java ME to take advantage of its ubiquity, security, and highly capable feature set.
    Java SE 6 Update 12 Released, Followed by Beta Release of Update 14
    Update 12 Offers Support for the Browser Plugin for Java on 64-bit OSs

    The recent release of Java SE 6 Update 12 provides support for 64 bit browsers, with a 64 bit version of the Java Plug-in and Java Webstart. Update 12 also offers improved application start-up time with JavaFX-based applications and better graphic performance when doing anti-aliased drawing, or non-anti-aliased wide lines. Sun also has a "binary snapshot" release of Java 6, Update 14, which is the first beta of the next functional update of Java 6.

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