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Sun Startup Essentials Comes Up with the Answers for OneDoc
Sun Fire X4150 Server Provides Platform for Internet Operations
This Sun Startup Essentials success story involves OneDoc, a private British company that provides collaboration and compliance software with technology based on the Microsoft software platform, making multi-user editing and sharing of Microsoft Word and other documents safe and effortless while also providing a brilliantly simple compliance solution. OneDoc's software tracks the changes to multiple Word documents by multiple users – and allows easy electronic collaboration for document review and editing.
Double Data Center Energy Efficiency
McKinsey Report Suggests It Can Be Done in 3-4 Years
There are several steps companies can take to improve the energy efficiency of their data centers in short order, writes Darrell Jordan-Smith in his blog "Greening the Data Center." Given that the demand for data center capacity will likely continue to increase at a dramatic rate, cutting energy costs is an essential consideration, he notes.
Dr. Masood Mortazavi Gives Developers Practical Advice: Java, Open-Source
Part 2 of the Series: Meet Sun Software Engineering Manager
Part 2 of the series on Masood Mortazavi expands into his experience of managing projects in Open-Source communities and database communities, Java applications, and advice on how to be better developer, handle platform changes, work with Java, and write code. Article exposes his vast knowledge on these mentioned topics with developer tips.
Illumos
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OpenSolaris Project Crossbow Points the Way to the Cloud
Blogger Argues for Open Networking
Providing compute, bandwidth and storage on demand is among the first priorities Sunay Tripathi argues for in his recent blog, "Crossbow: Virtualized Switching and Performance." There he also argues for a move to open standards, open technology and off-the-shelf hardware as a means to realizing his aim. "The cloud needs to be built in such a manner that a user can take his physical network and migrate it to an operator's cloud and at the same time have the ability to build their own clouds and migrate stuff between the two," he writes.
Solaris
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Upgrading from OpenSolaris 2008.05 to 2008.11
Some Choices on Paths to Follow

A Sun blog on how to upgrade from OpenSolaris 2008.05 to 2008.11 details the processes and commands, the devices and media and the steps involving network connections for this upgrade.

Glenn Brunette on Immutable Service Containers
Building Secure Systems Based on Solaris Zones
Delivering the service by a zone in conjunction with denying write access to the binaries or configurations and vastly locking down the privileges results in a really secure environment -- in a word "Immutable Service Containers (ISC)," writes Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette, adding, an ISC embodies at its core the key principles inherent in the Sun Systemic Security framework including: self-preservation, defense in depth, least privilege, compartmentalization and proportionality. In his posting and his pdf Brunette discusses ISCs based on Solaris Zones.
DLight Tutorial Provides Instrumentation for Using DTrace in Solaris and OpenSolaris
Opens Up Debugging and Performance Analysis Possibilities

DLight offers a brand of instrumentation that enables users to take advantage of the Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) debugging and performance analysis functionality in the Solaris 10 OS and in OpenSolaris, writes Ann Rice in the introduction to her DLight Tutorial.

MySQL
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Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System with MySQL Guide
Sun BluePrints Online: Applying Open-Source Operating System Technologies
For businesses requiring a cost-saving solution for delivering fast, reliable information access, Sun's Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems may provide the answer. Being eco-friendly, easy to manage, and scalable this storage system has an open-systems approach. It uses general purpose servers and storage components, along with innovative technologies and storage software.
Cloud Computing
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A Guide to Getting Started with Cloud Computing
At Sun, the Cloud Is About Interoperability
There are three elements essential to cloud computing as it is understood at Sun, elements that differentiate the cloud paradigm from its predecessors, such as the grid, for example. This Sun white paper, "Take Your Business to a Higher Level" discusses these distinctions in a discussion of how cloud computing can contribute to higher levels of performance in the business model.
Servers
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32GB SATA Solid State Drive (SSD) for Sun Blade X6240 Server Module
Available as an X-option or Assemble-to-Order
The Sun Blade X6240 Server Modules can now take advantage of 32GB SATA solid state drives (SSD) as Sun has announced their availability for this two-socket blade server in either an X-option or in the assemble-to-order (ATO) process. The X6240 Server Module can support up to 4 SSDs (in Marlin brackets).
32GB SSD Options for Sun Fire X4150 and X4450
Also 300GB SAS Disk Options for Sun Fire X4150, X4250, and X4450
32GB solid state drives (SSDs) are now available for the Sun Fire X4150 and X4450 servers, while a new 300GB SAS disk option is now offered and supported in the Sun Fire X4150, X4250, and X4450 servers. A single SSD delivers the IOPS of 100 hard disk drives while it consumes less than 1/500 the power of hard disk drives (assuming same random I/O performance). However, hard disk drives still hold the lead in raw capacity. Sun gives its customers the choice.
x64 Servers Set Benchmarks, Win Over Customers
Record-breaking Results Prove Sun Fire x64 Servers Offer Business Benefits
New world record results have been set by Sun's x64 servers on VMmark, TPC-H, and SPECweb2005 benchmarks and customers are taking note. Sun reports several customers have selected Sun Fire x64 servers to power deployments in industries ranging from education to telecommunications to media and entertainment.
OpenStorage
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ILM Informatique Recommendation of the Sun Storage 7110
Reviewer Calls Performance 'Brilliant'
In an exhaustive review, ILM Informatique put the Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System through its paces during a 60-day try-and-buy period and came up with a verdict that should be pleasing to Sun's marketing staff: "The Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System makes it easier than ever to simplify your storage for less. The easy-to-use appliance is ideal for enterprise workgroups, remote offices or SMBs, and offers enterprise storage at entry-level prices."
Testing File System Compression on the Sun Unified Storage System 7000
It's Free and Part of ZFS So Why Not Use It?
While built-in filesystem compression might not be the greatest thing since sliced bread in blogger Dave Pacheco's view, he does assert that it is far superior to using an external appliance between storage and clients to do the job. In his blog "Compression on the Sun Storage 7000" he presents the results of an experiment that demonstrates the utility of the built-in compression feature of ZFS.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 133 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 132 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 131 Issue 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 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    The Allure of Open Source: Adding Up the Costs
    The Bottom Line Increasingly Drives Decisions to Move Away from Proprietary Solutions
    Focusing largely on the increasing number of OpenOffice downloads, Sean Dodson writes in an article for The Guardian, "Open source apps are no small free beer," that was the case concerning open source early on -- "free" meant users were free to do with open source software as they wished, in the view of Richard Stallman -- the more pressing meaning of free these days has very much to do with the cost of doing business. In support of his point, Dodson cites Gartner analyst Bianca Granetto, who says, "Open source has long been an open question, but the economic recession is making it a viable alternative."
    The Open Flash Module
    Powerful and Interesting Features are Discussed
    Blogger Anatol Studler discusses the many advantages of the Open Flash Module, which is now available to developers and the OpenSolaris Storage community. It features enterprise-quality and open standard Flash design. This Open Flash Module allows new levels of server optimization and datacenter efficiencies.
    Schwartz's View on the Open Source Horizon
    A Successful Business Model That's Here to Stay
    In a guest column on Ostatic, Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz appraises the open source market making the point he has made before that many of the Internet's most valuable brands - Amazon, Google, EBay, Skype, Yahoo!, Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, Baidu - are free and, he contends, the same applies in the technology marketplace with Linux, Java, MySQL, Firefox, Apache, Eclipse, NetBeans, OpenOffice.org, and OpenSolaris. "...free is a universal price, requires no currency translation, and reaches the longest tail of the market," he writes. "In the technology world, free and open is the new black."
    Performance
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    "Performance Comparison of Deduped Disk Vendors"
    Looking at Dedupe from Several Angles
    A recent Sun blog presents what has the look of a comprehensive comparison of the performance of deduped disk vendors, which in fact is its title. In his blog, W. Curtis Preston expresses his belief that this is the first comparison of its kind.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of March 26th, 2008
    Updated: Restrictions for Using Solaris Live Upgrade

    Here's the correct way to use Solaris Live Upgrade to update from the Solaris 8 or 9 release to Solaris 10. Sun engineer Enda O'Connor has revised this article to follow the latest developments.

    From the Community: Updated Template and Techniques for ksh Scripts

    This page on our wiki is a recent update to "A Script Template and Useful Techniques for ksh Scripts," a BigAdmin article from November 2007. The author, Bernd Schemmer, is the All-Time BigAdmin Bucks Champion (i.e., he has the most points for community-submitted content).

    Sysadmin
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    Sun's LDoms Support Oracle 10g
    For Both Single and RAC Implementations
    Sun's Logical Domain (LDoms) features now support and certify Oracle 10g for both single instances and Real Application Cluster (RAC) implementations. "With LDoms virtualization technology," said Roman Ivanov, "administrators can achieve great level of resource management and security level at the same time having higher utilization of servers."
    Slide Presentations from Connectathon 2009
    Topics Focus on NFS and NFSv4.1
    Connectathon is a unique forum for testing software and hardware interoperability. Known as a network proving ground allowing vendors to test their interoperability solutions with special emphasis on NFS and Internet protocols, this year's event contained many "Work in Progress" (WIP) topics to engage others into the projects and process. Connectathon 2009 Talks are now available for public viewing online.
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