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Major Internet Sites Rely on Sun IT Infrastructure to Do Business
Sun Startup Essentials, Try and Buy Programs Make Migration Easy

A number of the leading Internet sites in the world rely on Sun IT infrastructure to serve their customers. The sites include Wikipedia, SmugMug, eBay, NBC for its Olympics coverage, Internet Brands and Betfair. Details are available in a Sun feature article.

Daimler Gets Scalable STAR-CD I/O with Lustre
Scalable Data Grids for HPC
The Lustre file system was employed to Daimler AG's existing Sun Fire Server set up to allow unlimited scalability by adding more storage servers with attached storage. "We deployed Lustre at Daimler's Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Department benchmark on 48TB Sun Fire X4500 storage servers, delivering 1.5GB/s over InfiniBand and removing I/O bottlenecks at the start & final phases."
Economy Drives Increased Interest in Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Green IT
The Need for Cost Cutting Occasions Closer Look at these Technologies
Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos found a bright spot in the current economic downtrend that he shared with writer Jeffrey Burt of eWeek in a recent interview. According to Papadopoulos cost consciousness is causing managers to have a closer look at cloud computing, virtualization and green IT, a trend that is likely to accelerate, given the condition of the economy, he added.
Java Technology
Sun GlassFish Communications Server 1.5
A High Price-Performance Carrier-Grade Platform Based on Open Industry Standards
Sun GlassFish Communications Server is a Java EE technology-based converged communications application server for developing IP-based multimedia applications. It combines enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web services capabilities with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) servlets. Based on Project SailFin, the Sun GlassFish Communications Server provides an enterprise and carrier-ready platform for converged applications. It supports SIP Servlet specifics 1.0 and 1.1 and is compliant with JSR 116 and JSR 289.
Build a High-Performance, Open Web Platform for Your Enterprise
With Sun GlassFish Portfolio
The Sun whitepaper "Build a High-Performance Open Web Platform for Your Enterprise with Sun GlassFish Portfolio," reviews the strengths that the Sun GlassFish Portfolio brings to businesses with its innovations ranging from leading open-source communities, packaged in a solution that offers flexible subscription-based pricing and enterprise-class support. The Sun GlassFish Portfolio offers enterprises of all sizes the extreme scalability and reliability they need for mission-critical applications.
Learning the JavaFX Script Programming Language
Basic Tutorial Lessons in JavaFX
With 11 Lessons, the tutorial, first in the series, provides the basics for learning the JavaFX Script programming language. Focusing on the fundamentals of non-visual, core constructs that are common to all FX applications, learners, when finished with this tutorial will be ready for Building GUI Applications with JavaFX, the second tutorial in this series.
Physical to Virtual (P2V) Capability in Solaris Zones
From Solaris 8 Brand to Solaris 9 Brand, and Now Native P2V

Physical-to-Virtual or p2v, should make life easier for users who need to migrate their Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 OS based systems into a zone on Solaris 10. Jerry Jelinek's blog explains how users can create an image of an existing system using a flash archive, cpio archive, a UFS dump, or even just a file system image that is accessible over NFS, and then install the zone using that image. There is no explicit p2v tool one needs to run, Jelinek writes, because behind the scenes, the zone installation process does all of the work to make sure the Solaris 8 image runs correctly inside of the zone.

"Running MySQL Database in Solaris Containers"
Applying Virtualization Technology

"Running MySQL Database in Solaris Containers" is the subject considered by Ritu Kamboj and Giri Mandalika in their Sun BluePrints Online paper, the full text of which can be accessed with a Sun online account. The authors discuss the process of deploying the MySQL database in virtualized environments using Solaris Zones partitioning technology.

Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 2 Released
New Features, Scalability Improvements, Memory Foot Print Reductions, Bug Fixes
Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 2 is now available with new features, scalability improvements and memory foot print reductions for HPC clusters, and bug fixes. New features in this update include a GUI installer, Microsoft Windows Vista support, Job Submission Verifier (JSV), Consumable Resource per Job, and Jemalloc Library (on Linux x64).
PC Pro Reviews Sun Fire X4140
Watch Out Dell and HP, Here Comes Some Serious Competition
Five out of six stars and the comment that the Sun Fire X4140 is one classy 1U rack server that has more of everything than the competition and is very competitively priced is the verdict pronounced by PC Pro's Dave Mitchell on this Sun solution. In Mitchell's assessment, with the Sun Fire X4140, Sun has come up with a server that will give both Dell and HP some serious competition at the lower end of the server market.
Gartner: Server Market Reflects Global Economic Slowdown
Sun Was Dominant Unix Server Maker in Q4, with 52.6% Share by Units
Global server sales fell 15.1 percent in the final quarter of 2008, to $13.1 billion, with shipments dropping down to 11.7 percent, reports Gartner in its quarterly server survey released in March. Overall, 2008 saw server revenue drop by 4 percent as compared to 2007 figures and shipments increase by only 2.6 percent.
Sun's Hybrid Storage Pool Trumps EMC's Use of Flash Devices
Fishworks Engineer Takes Up the Cause
Fishworks Engineer Adam Leventhal takes issue graciously with Storage Anarchist blogger Barry Burke's interpretation of Sun's recent pronouncements on flash memory as suggesting the technology is not well suited to the server product line. Not so, Leventhal insists, conceding that Sun has not always made the clearest of statements regarding its position on flash.
2008 Fourth Quarter Sales for Storage Hardware Fall
Reports IDC Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker
For the first time in five years, storage sales have fallen year-over-year, reports IDC in its Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker. Sales of external disk storage systems declined 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, while total disk storage system sales dropped 5.9 percent.
OpenStorage News Bites
Short Items of Interest to the OpenStorage Community

  • Software Update for Sun Storage 7000 Series
  • The Latest on COMSTAR
  • CIFS Performance on Sun Storage 7410
  • Sun's Open Storage Appeal to Customers/Startups
  • What are the Key Drivers to Open Storage?
  • Integrated Fault Management
  • DIY OpenStorage Device and Configuration

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 133 Issue 1; Vol 132 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 131 Issues 2, 3 and 4
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 133 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Paper: "Early Experiences with a Commercial Hardware Transactional Memory Implementation"
    Feature of Rock Multicore Processor Enables Performance Improvements
    The paper "Early Experiences with a Commercial Hardware Transactional Memory Implementation" by Dave Dice, Yossi Lev, Mark Moir and Dan Nussbaum, which was delivered at ASPLOS 2009, March 7–11, 2009, in Washington, DC., relates the authors' evaluation of the hardware transactional memory (HTM) feature of two pre-production revisions of a new commercial multicore processor (the "Rock" processor), including suggested improvements and an account of the techniques used in obtaining the results.
    "Using RAID 6 for Increased Reliability and Performance"
    RAID 5, RAID 1+0 Can't Quite Compare

    RAID 6 is the clear choice for data storage needs in the eyes of Said A. Syed, whose whitepaper "Using RAID 6 for Increased Reliability and Performance: Sun Storage 2500 Series, 6140, 6580 and 6780 Arrays" champions that algorithm over RAID 5 and RAID 1+0 for its ability to overcome the shortcomings of both.

    Release of Portal Pack 3.0
    Download for Easy Portal Development
    New features and bug fixes make the Portal Pack 3.0 an attractive download for easy portal development. Compatible with NetBeans 6.5 IDE, Portal Pack 3.0 also supports Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10.0, which is part of the GlassFish Portfolio.
    Download for Sun Identity Manager 8.1 Now Available
    Introduces Connector Framework and Identity Connectors

    Sun Identity Manager 8.1 is now available for download. This release introduces the Connector Framework and Identity Connectors, which provide a new, more flexible way for connecting Identity Manager to target systems and resources, along with other new features. Customers interested in learning more about best practices, pitfalls, and mitigating risk associated with software projects may want to sign up for the service offering "Getting Started with Sun Identity Management Workshop."

    Madrid Hospital Group Implements Sun Identity Manager-based Security Solution
    Multiple Hospitals to Share in Enhanced Security, Data Reliability
    Global Security Magazine reports that The Madrid Hospital Group has selected SeMarket and Sun Microsystems to establish an identity management and Single Sign On system. The project, which will be implemented by SeMarket, will enable the secure authentication of both employees and patients of the Group by using fingerprint biometrics while taking into account the norms and policies linked to access control systems. Sun Identity Manager solution will be the foundation for the system.
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