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Oracle ASM and Solaris
Sun Blogger Offers Configuration Techniques
Configuring Oracle in Solaris is the subject of the blog series series by Roman Ivanov which details the following topics:
Making Sense of OpenSSL Versions in Solaris
Version Difference from OpenSSL Project's Latest Release Inconsequential
Worried over the fact that Solaris 10 OS ships with an OpenSSL version that is earlier than the one released by the OpenSSL Project? Jan Pechanec allays those fears in his blog "On OpenSSL Versions in Solaris."
Cloud Computing
Cloud Privacy Alliance in the Queue for Sun
Dennedy Set to Create an Industry Cloud Computing Group for Governance & Privacy Concerns
An alliance is being set up by Sun to rally the community together to create a code of Best Practices for Cloud Computing that serves both customers and providers, with the appointment of Michelle Dennedy, Sun's chief governance officer for cloud computing.
Sun's Future Success Lies in Open Source and Cloud Computing
Schwartz Keynotes at Open Source Business Conference
The Open Source Business Conference held in San Francisco at the end of March afforded Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz an opportunity to talk about the company's complete commitment to open source. He emphasized the advantages open source offers for cloud computing, which he contends is the future of business computing.
Hardware Upgrades for Select Sun Blade Systems
Includes Memory Upgrades, Processor Options

New solutions are available for the Sun Blade Server Product Group: 16GB (2X 8GB DDR2-667, Dual Rank DIMMs) Memory Kit; Enhanced AMD Opteron Processor Options -- Model 2376 HE for Sun Blade X6240 Server Module and Model 8376 HE for Sun Blade X6440 Module; Support for 300 GB (10K RPM) SAS drives on Sun Blade X6240 and X6250 Server Modules; Sun Blade X6240 and X6440 Server Module Solaris preinstall.

Sun Ray Software and VMWare View Manager
Tools for Virtualizing the Desktop
Sun's BluePrint "Virtualizing Desktops with Ray Software and VMWare View Manager" provides an overview on how to configure Desktop Virtualization with Sun and VMware Software. This description of desktop virtualization deployments was developed by technology leaders in desktop virtualization and thin client technology.
End of Life for Sun Fire X4200 M2
Replaced by Sun Fire X4240 and X4250 Product Families

Sun is transitioning the Sun Fire X4200 M2 Server line from its product list. The Sun Fire X4200 M2 is replaced by Sun Fire X4240 and X4250 product families. Many Sun Fire X4200 M2 parts are shared with the currently shipping Sun Fire X4100 M2 and have not reached their end of life (EOL) at this time.

Sun Storage 7410 Cluster Upgrade Kit
Convert Single Controller to Sun Storage Cluster Configuration
Convert two Sun Storage 7410 Single controllers to a Sun Storage Cluster configuration with the Sun Storage 7410 Cluster Upgrade Kit. The kit contains 2 Cluster cards with 3 cables that enables two Sun Storage 7410 Single controller configuration to become a 2-node Cluster configuration. Customers will need to have two Sun Storage 7410 Single controllers to make this configuration work.
Sun BluePrints Article: An Economical Approach to Maximizing Data Availability
Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems
Sun's BluePrint Online "An Economical Approach to Maximizing Data Availability" authored by Mike Shapiro, Storage Engineering at Sun, sheds light on how to maximize data availability with Sun's Unified Storage 7000 Systems. Reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features are met by Sun's integrated storage systems or appliances.
Appliance Analytics Heat Maps Especially Useful for I/O Latency
Fishworks Engineer Brendan Gregg Discovers a Pterodactyl with DTrace
Fishworks engineer Brendan Gregg, who has written previously about Analytics in the Sun Storage 7000 Series, here blogs on its I/O latency features. I/O latency, he writes, is the time to service and respond to an I/O request. Given that clients are often waiting for this to complete, it is often the most interesting metric for performance analysis -- more so than IOPS or throughput. Since graphing average I/O latency can result in misleading results, Gregg chooses instead to provide I/O latency as a heat map.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 133 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 132 Issues 1, 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 4, the top 10 articles were:

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

    x News Bites
    Short Items of Interest to the Community

    Free and Open Source S/W
    FOSS News Bites
    Short Items of Interest to the Free and Open Source Software Community

    • NetBeans IDE 6.5.1 Released
    • Video: "NetBeans 6.7 and GlassFish v3 ~ The Synergy for Pragmatic Java EE 6 Development"
    • Integrating GlassFish Web Space Server with OpenSSO
    • GlassFish and MySQL-backed Applications with NetBeans and JRuby-on-Rails

    Are TPC-C Benchmark Results Just Dinosaur Footprints?
    Join the Debate
    Long-time chronicler of benchmarking results BM Seer adds his voice to the chorus of Forrester critics Noel Yuhanna, Mike Gilpin and David D'Silva, who contend, "TPC Benchmarks Don't Matter Anymore."
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of April 2nd, 2009
    Managing Solaris Containers Using Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0

    This article from the group describes the management of Solaris Containers using Sun xVM Ops Center, with a focus on global and non-global zones. Topics include discovering, patching, and monitoring zones, as well as provisioning an OS with zones.

    Upgrading a Zone on an EFI-Labeled Disk in the Solaris 10 OS

    If a zone is installed on a disk that is labeled with Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)/GUID Partition Table (GPT), then the zone and the system cannot be upgraded. Here's a way to move a zone on an EFI-labeled disk to a slice on an SMI-labeled disk, so that you can upgrade the Solaris OS and then move the zone back to its original location.

    White Paper: "Zone Clusters - How to Deploy Virtual Clusters and Why"
    Virtualization Gets Increasing Share of Attention from Users Seeking to Manage Consolidated Apps
    Many organizations are seeking ways to better utilize computer systems, writes Ellard Roush in the introduction to his Sun BluePrints article "Zone Clusters -- How to Deploy Virtual Clusters and Why" in which he writes that these organizations are discovering that virtualization technologies provide a safe way to consolidate multiple applications on a single system. The paper introduces the zone cluster, a virtual cluster in which a Solaris OS Zone is configured as a virtual node. The zone cluster supports the consolidation of multiple cluster applications on a single cluster.
    Brocade DCX-4S Backbone Director
    Four Horizontal Blade Slots Provide up to 192 8 Gb/sec Fibre Channel Ports
    Brocade DCX Backbones are a family of modular network switching platforms. Its most recent release is the 8U Brocade DCX-4S Backbone. Built for midsize networks, this new offering comes with eight modular blade slots. Four horizontal blade slots provide up to 192 Fibre Channel ports, 1.54 Tbit/sec chassis bandwidth (using 1/3rd local switching), 256 Gbit/sec of aggregate Inter Chassis Link (ICL) bandwidth, and 2/4/8/10Gb FC and FICON connectivity. The remaining four slots are reserved for control processor (CP) and core switching blades shipped with the base chassis.
    Java Technology
    Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1
    Find out About its Features, System Requirements, Supported Platforms/OSes, Licensing, Docs
    Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1 is a high-performant, enterprise-ready Java EE 5 server with support for clustering and in-memory based high availability. Free for development, deployment, and re-distribution, GlassFish Enterprise Server is Sun's commercial offering of the open source GlassFish application server and delivers additional platform support, many bug fixes, and re-branding from Sun Java System Application Server.
    JavaFX Coding Challenge
    Submit Your Best Application and be Eligible to Win $25,000
    Professional and student developers alike are invited to submit their best JavaFX applications by May 29th to be eligible to win cash prizes and a showcase spot on The JavaFX Coding Challenge requires all entries be submitted as a Netbeans project using NetBeans 6.5 and JavaFX 1.1. Judging will take place between June 1-29 with winners announced the week of June 29.
    New Update of JavaFX Available for Download
    Release 1.1.1 Contains Bug Fixes, Quality Enhancements, Improved Media Performance
    JavaFX 1.1.1 has been released with downloads for the SDK and NetBeans IDE 6.5.1. This update includes a few bug fixes, including stabilizing Flash video on Mac and Windows platforms, and two new sample applications: Solar System and BookPanel. Also find out some of the other updates recently made to core Java products and technologies.
    Financial Services
    Sun, Intel and GigaSpaces Announce New Benchmark Performance Results
    Full Risk Simulations for Trading Portfolios Can be Done in Just Minutes
    Sun Fire x4450 servers using Intel Xeon 7460 processors with six cores per CPU running Solaris 10 Operating System and Sun's Java HotSpot Virtual Machine and using GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) have set new benchmark performance results. The combined platform performed 1.8 million reads per second and 1.1 million writes per second, with sub-one-millisecond latency. It also topped 16,000 page generations per second with six-millisecond latency over a local area network.
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