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Solaris and the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series - Nehalem
Increased Performance, Energy Efficiency and Reliability
With Intel's launch of its new Xeon 5500 processor (aka Intel Core i7 or codename Nehalem) microarchitecture, Sun announced that its Solaris platform, including the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) and OpenSolaris, has been extended to provide performance, energy efficiency and reliability enhancements for Intel's new processor. Additionally, Sun announced its plans for a major systems launch to be held April 14th with the focus on its approach to Open Network Systems.
Good News from Sun Marketing
April 2009
Each month Sun Marketing publishes the "Good News" about Sun. This month there are 17 items and three groups:

  • Customers Choose Sun: Solaris and Intel's Xeon 5500 Series, Sun Modular Datacenter, Sun Constellation System, OpenSolaris, MySQL, Sun CoolThreads, OpenOffice
  • Leading Market Conversations: open source, cloud computing, Virtual Data Center, open storage, flash memory, Sun Modular Datacenter
  • Product Reviews Underscore Innovation: Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System, Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 Server, JavaFX, Sun Fire X4140 Server

A two-page PDF of the "Good News" from Sun is available in English and several other languages.

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:
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

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 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.

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    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.
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