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Sun Ray Thin Client Virtual Desktop Solution Saves U.S. Army Intelligence Center Millions
Hardware, Personnel, Power and Cooling Costs -- All Drop Significantly
The U.S. Army Intelligence Center (USAIC), the professional training school for military intelligence, provides cross-branch training to as many as 17,000 personnel annually. In an effort to improve overall efficiency and reduce costs, the USAIC migrated its training system from a PC-based solution to a distributed client-server solution based on 6,000 Sun Ray thin clients, Sun Ray Software and 200 Sun Fire X4600 M2 servers running 2,500 virtual machines.
Team Players in the Web Space: Staying in Touch
Some Insights into Working in the 'Virtual' World
Like a number of her Sun colleagues, Nicole Yankelovich is a pioneer in her field. The 17-year Sun veteran, who is currently principal investigator in the Collaborative Environments Project at Sun Labs, began working with hypertext at Brown University before the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) was even defined. She shares her perspective on the field in an interview with Al Riske.
Java Technology
Give JavaFX and JavaFX Mobile a Try
New Features Speed Development Tasks, Ease Application Deployment
Developers working on Java ME mobile projects need to give serious consideration to using JavaFX and JavaFX Mobile in their next applications, writes Bruce Hopkins in a recent Sun Developer Network (SDN) article. Hopkins describes JavaFX as a feature-rich platform that allows both developers and now designers to create rich and compelling user interfaces for mobile devices.
The Simple API for Workflow and the Sun GlassFish Web Space Server
Integrating Human Workflow into Portals For a One Stop Place for Tasks
Sun GlassFish WebSpace Server 10.0, which was released as part of GlassFish Portfolio launch, is a new class of portal functionality for simplifying collaboration and the development of Web content. Sun's next-generation portal server platform encompasses the Simple API for Workflow (SAW) that offers a generic workflow API to perform human workflow interaction with various workflow engines. Vihang Pathak provides details on how WebSpace Server consumption of the SAW API changes the way tasks on portals can be done.
JavaFX Goes Mobile
Sun Software VP Fleshes Out the Details on Developing Mobile Applications
Few people can be expected to know more about the nature of JavaFX Mobile than Sun's VP of the Client Software Group Jeet Kaul, which is no doubt why Frank Sommers put questions on the subject to Kaul in an interview recently published in Artima. In brief, Kaul defined JavaFX Mobile as "a platform for creating rich Internet applications for mobile devices."
Sun GlassFish Mobility Platform 1.1
Update Release to the Mobile Enterprise Platform 1.0
Sun GlassFish Mobility Platform is a general, horizontal mobility platform that enables mobile devices to access information systems and content. Based on open industry standards and enterprise Java technologies, the platform integrates advanced synchronization capabilities and handles dynamic data with flexibility, security, and ease of maintenance. The new release of the Sun GlassFish Mobility Platform, Version 1.1, offers many new features and improvements.
Free and Open Source S/W
Jury Still Out on Sun's FOSS Acquisition but Long-term Verdict Looks Positive: Simon Phipps
Developer Community Making Many Contributions to, OpenSolaris
Simon Phipps, Sun's chief open-source officer, was interviewed by Alex Serpo of on the subjects of the MySQL acquisition and community engagement in both and OpenSolaris. He spoke about the long-term consequences of acquiring MySQL and praised the community contributions to both and OpenSolaris.
FOSS News Bites - OpenDS 1.2, OpenPortal Portlet Container 2.1, NetBeans and Python, NetBeans Next Release, 3.0, Templates, OpenSSO Community Day
Short Items of Interest to the Free and Open Source Software Community

  • OpenDS 1.2 Released
  • OpenPortal Portlet Container 2.1
  • Using NetBeans IDE with Python
  • NetBeans 6.7 Will Be Next Release
  • Lesser Known Features of 3.0
  • New Site for Templates
  • First OpenSSO Community Day Set for March 17

Setting Up IPv6 Tunnel Service on Solaris
A Five-step How-to

Here is a five-step process for IPv6-enabling a network, given that IPv4 Internet addresses are becoming exhausted. Dan Anderson explains the procedure in a recent blog, where he shows how to configure a Solaris system using Hurricane Electric's (HE's) free IPv6 over IPv4 tunnel service, which uses IP Protocol 41.

Using Zone Clusters in Solaris Cluster 3.2 Update 2
Overview, Features, Uses
The Solaris Cluster 3.2 update 2 release includes a feature named Zone Clusters (or Solaris Containers Clusters), which Dr. Ellard Roush writes an introduction to in a recent blog. He provides an overview that defines a Zone Cluster and identifies some important reasons to use a Zone Cluster.
Solaris has Little to Fear from Linux
Sun Solaris Marketing Exec Sees Strengths in Solaris, OpenSolaris that Will Meet the Challenge
When Jim McHugh spoke with Paul Krill of InfoWorld a few months ago, he was confident that Solaris would more than hold its own against possible inroads by Linux. The Sun VP for Solaris Marketing said the anecdotal evidence was mixed, given that, for every Unix-to-Linux convert, it was fairly easy to identify a user who made the trip in the other direction.
UFS as an Alternative to ZFS with MySQL
Getting Around the Limitations

Those individuals still using UFS rather than ZFS with their databases will want to have a look at Neelakanth Nadgir's argument that they might instead use UFS DirectIO with MySQL in particular.

The Prospects for MySQL at Sun
A Review of the First Year and a Glance at the Future
What, in addition to the resignations from Sun of Marten Mickos and Monty Widenius, are the changes in the works for the MySQL Database, many are wondering. Brian Prince sheds some light on the subject in a recent article, where he writes that Sun remains confident in the wake of the release of MySQL 5.1, bugs and all.
Core Parts of the Sun VDI 3 Software
Blog Series Addresses Everything From the Architecture to VMware Virtual Infrastructure
If you're interested in learning more about the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), then you need to take a look at a blog series by Dirk Grobler, who explores multiple facets of the open source virtualization software, including its architecture, client access, desktop broker, directory integration, xVM VirtualBox, open storage access, and VMware.
Sun CMT Servers with LDoms
A Killer Combination of Performance, Scale, and Energy Efficiency
Consolidate up to 128 servers on one Sun CoolThreads system using Sun's Logical Domains (LDoms), which provides built-in and no-cost virtualization capabilities for Sun's CMT server portfolio. With more than 60 world records to date on key enterprise and HPC benchmarks, Sun servers with CoolThreads Technology deliver better performance, price/performance and overall TCO in head-to-head systems comparisons, Sun reports.
New Tiered Capacity Licenses for Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software
Streamline Tiering, More Targeted Set of Product Offerings

New Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software (EBS) tiered capacity licenses for Disk Backup Option (DBO) and Virtual Tape Library (VTL) have been instituted. These new licenses streamline the tiering and provide a more targeted set of product offerings, Sun reports. With the announcement of these new licenses, Sun has issued a last order date of April 17, 2009, for Sun StorageTek ESB obsolete DBO and VTL options.

Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software v7.5
Enhancements and New Modules Offered in this Latest Update

Sun has added new enhancements and modules to its Sun StorageTek Enterprise Backup Software (EBS). Version 7.5 features virtual environment support for auto-discovery and VMware environments, visual representation of the VMware environment within EBS, and further integration with de-duplication technologies. This latest version offers simplified licensing and management, new Sun Virtual Server and VMware management, and a new module for Microsoft applications.

OpenSolaris Storage Summit 02/2009 Presentations
Slides and Video Stream Replays Available Online
The second OpenSolaris Storage Summit, held on February 23, 2009 in San Francisco, hosted a number of interesting presentations. One of the key designers of the Sun Storage 7000 Series, Mike Shapiro, kicked off the event with his talk "Sun Open Storage 2009-2010" that included a road map for the next year or so on Sun's Open Storage solutions. The talk's slides are available online along with other Summit presentations such as Adam Leventhal's "ZFS, Cache, and Flash"; Ben Rockwood's "ZFS in the Trenches"; Mike La Spina's "Storage Re-provisioning with COMSTAR"; and many more.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 132 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 131 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 130 Issue 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 3, the top 10 articles were:

  • Video Discussion of ZFS as a Root File System [21224]
  • Why Sun Ray [21280]
  • How to Create a Customized Boot DVD for Solaris OS [21273]
  • Guidelines for Optimizing the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems for Oracle Databases [21281]
  • VDI Solution Demo and Cookbook [21278]
  • JavaFX Seeks to Capture RIA Market Space from Adobe, Microsoft [21269]
  • 100,000,000 Downloads of JavaFX Registered [21382]
  • Sun in the Open Source Storage Market [21282]
  • VirtualBox and MySQL Win Products of the Year [21396]
  • "Storage in the Cloud" - Video Presentation by Ben Rockwood, Joyent [21223]

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

    Pull Your System Out of the Data Rot Rut with ZFS
    Checksum Is the Secret Ingredient
    If protecting your data against "rot" is important to you, then why not use ZFS file system to protect against it, writes Kevin McAleer in his blog entitled "Using ZFS to Fight Data Rot, the Silent Killer." ZFS checksums all data written to and read from it, McAleer points out, discovering instances of data corruption as they occur.
    Scrutinizing Secure Federated Identity Deployments
    Something Like a Q & A on the Topic

    Responding to a number of questions raised by enterprise architect James McGovern in his blog "Insecure Federated Identity Deployments," Sun federation architect Pat Patterson answers them in a lengthy blog of his own that he entitles "Secure Federated Identity Deployments."

    Forrester: Sun Leads in Enterprise Role Management Market Share
    Demand Remains Strong for ERM Solutions
    A market overview paper by the research group Forrester focusing on enterprise role management named Sun as the vendor with the largest market share in 2008 along with one of the largest number of active production customers. Penned by Andras Cser with Simon Yates and Allison Herald, the paper focused on the main players in the certification and role-based access control (RBAC) marketplace as well as the niche vendors who are developing customer ready solutions with success.
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