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Unix: A Brand Users Can Understand
Unix Spec 03 Makes This Possible
There is something to be said for a strong brand. At least that appears to be the point blogger Tom Yager makes in his posting "Unix. IT Should Ask for It by Name". Knowing that one variant of Unix will work interoperably has clearly meant something to IBM, Sun, HP, Fujitsu, and Apple, Yager writes, since each sells Unix without provisos warning against limited interoperability. Yager adds that, "vendors sign a contract guaranteeing IT that applications written for one Unix can run on all Unixes, and that a network of any size and reach can mix Unixes at will with guaranteed interoperability across vendors."
Sun Labs Researcher Details Latest Projects
Video Touches on Fortress, Wonderland, Sun SPOT
For cutting-edge Sun Labs projects, be sure to watch a short video by Steve Heller, senior research director of Sun Labs & ERO. During his presentation, Heller discusses various new projects, including Fortress and Project Wonderland. He discusses Sun SPOT, a project of interest, and offers advice for students breaking into the IT field.
OpenSolaris Toshiba Laptops Available for Purchase
Two Models Currently Offered for the US Market
The new Toshiba laptops with OpenSolaris pre-installed have arrived and are available for shipment within the U.S. The OpenSolaris 2008.11 release accompanies the two available models: Tecra M10 (14.1-inch Widescreen) and the Portege R600 (12.1-inch Widescreen). Distribution of the Toshiba OpenSolaris laptops are expected to be available in the UK by early May 2009, and additional worldwide locations sometime later this year.
A Step-by-step Guide for Installing and Configuring Logical Domains (LDoms) for the Solaris 10 OS
Easy-to-follow Guide Leads Readers Through the Process
A member of the BidAdmin Community, Vijay Shankar Upreti has submitted a paper entitled "Installing and Configuring Logical Domains (LDoms) for the Solaris 10 OS" that details the process step-by-step. Upreti's procedure applies to the installation and configuration of Logical Domains Manager 1.0.3 software on UltraSPARC T1 or UltraSPARC T2 processor-based platforms as well. The author adds that the procedure has been tested on the Solaris 10 5/08 Operating System.
Prescription: Solaris Feature, Live Upgrade
Apply Often For Solaris Patching and Upgrades
Reading this article may eliminate the migraine attached to performing this task of patching or upgrading a single system and, or the adding of a few containers. Bob Netherton's Weblog prescribes a "how to" for the task: Patch or Upgrade Solaris and how the Solaris feature, Live Upgrade simplifies the task.
Leading European Messaging and Mobility Provider Adopts MySQL Cluster Database
Improves Productivity, Availability, Scalability
Sun has announced the adoption by Speech Design, a leading European provider of messaging and mobility solutions for businesses and network operators, of Sun's MySQL Cluster database to promote carrier grade availability, performance and scalability of an innovative new messaging offering with reduced costs and faster time-to-market.
Cloud Computing
Zmanda Cloud Backup Demo and Rightscale Partner Presentation
Video: MySQL Backup to Sun Cloud and Multi-Cloud Management Platforms
Chander Kant, CEO Zmanda demonstrated at the CommunityOne Event in New York how to backup a MySQL database to Sun's Clouds, using Zmanda ZRM via WebDAV API for integration. Watch the Kant demo for a visual overview on how to perform a typical backup and learn the three main benefits of multi-cloud management platforms from Sun's Cloud Partner, Rightscale's CEO Michael Crandell.
A Measured View of the Prospects for Cloud Computing
UK Java Champion Alan Williamson Expresses Some Cautious Notes
Editor of the Cloud Computing Journal and the first-named Java Champion in the UK, Alan Williamson shares his views on the cloud with Sun staff writer Janice J. Heiss in an interview entitled "Seeding Cloud Computing: A Conversation with Java Champion Alan Williamson."
Sun Exec Says 20 Years of Experience Will Pay Off in the Cloud
Cloud Computing Senior VP Confident in Sun's Experience, Extensive Portfolio of Technologies
Judging from the recent comments of Dave Douglas, Sun's senior VP of cloud computing, the company has its eye on a commanding share of the cloud computing market. His comment came in an interview written up for Cloud Computing Journal by Jeremy Geelan, conference chair of the just-concluded Cloud Computing Expo held in New York City.
A Procedure for Using Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 Software to Manage Solaris Containers
Covers Discovering, Identifying, Managing (and Patching)
Curious about the advantages to be had by managing Solaris Containers with Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 Software? Then have a look at the BigAdmin article by Shanthi Srinivasan entitled "Managing Solaris Containers Using Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0," which will show you how to discover, identify and manage zones in the user interface. The paper also deals with (and simplifies) the patching of zones.
Sun Java System
Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 5
Adds Binary Logging and OpenSolaris 2008.11 Support
This is a full multi-language product installation to Web Server 7.0. Update 5 includes all the enhancements and features from the Updates 1 through 4 releases and now it adds binary logging, OpenSolaris 2008.11 support, and performance and stability improvements. All users of Java System Web Server 7.0 and any updates are encouraged to upgrade.
Blade Networking and I/O Made Easy and Affordable
With the Sun Virtual Network Express Module
If you still need evidence that open source and open standards have real benefits for the consumer, consider Marc Hamilton's remarks on the Sun Virtual Network Express Module (NEM) that sells for far less than the $4,000 per network switch port that some vendors charge.
Infinite Archive System (IAS) New Configuration Options
Integrates SAM-FS, StorageTek QFS
Sun has announced new configuration options for its Infinite Archive System (IAS), a fully integrated solution that allows customers to manage huge amounts of unstructured, and/or structured static data at significant savings over disk-only based archive systems. With this option, customers will find Sun StorageTek QFS and SAM-FS software, running on the robust Solaris Operating System integrated into IAS, enabling customers to use automated policy-based management.
Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System as a Vehicle for DB2
Delivers Enterprise-class Data Services, Scalability, Performance

"Deploying DB2 Database on the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System" gives readers the steps required to configure and install this database. Author Cherry Shu asserts that the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System delivers enterprise-class data services, scalability and performance, making a good vehicle for DB2.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 134 Issue 1; Vol 133 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 132 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 134 Issue 1, 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
    Emerging Markets Lead the Next Wave of Open Source
    WSJ Interview with Simon Phipps: March 17, 2009
    Unexpectedly the pioneers of Open Source, North America and Europe are lagging behind while Emerging Markets, such as Brazil and South Africa take the lead in the utilization of Open Source technology, thus saving them a great deal of money. However, the Obama Administration is moving toward Open Source and Sun Microsystems is supportive.
    Solaris 10 Beats Windows Server 2008 EE on SAP SD Benchmark
    Sun OS Delivers More Than 12% Throughput
    Even with recent changes in the SAP SD benchmark, it is undeniable that the Solaris OS on Sun servers with the new Xeon 5500 processor series are a combination to be reckoned with. The Sun Fire X4270 (2 processors/ 8 cores/16 threads), running SAP ERP application Release 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode) with Oracle Database on top of Solaris 10 OS delivered the highest two-processor Unicode result as of March 30, 2009.
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of April 9th, 2008
    Community-Submitted Article: Installing and Configuring LDoms for the Solaris 10 OS

    This article shows how to set up Logical Domains (LDoms) and LDoms Manager 1.0.3 on UltraSPARC T1 or UltraSPARC T2 processor-based systems. The procedure has been tested on the Solaris 10 5/08 Operating System.

    Community Submission: Use ZFS and rsync to Create a Backup Solution

    A member of the BigAdmin community offers this tech tip as one of the many useful things that can be done with ZFS in the Solaris 10 OS. Here, he shows how to create a cheap disk-based backup with versioning using ZFS and rsync.

    Electrical Design of Sun Datacenters
    BluePrint Article Discusses the Next Generation of Efficiency
    Shedding light on the electrical design of Sun Datacenters, this Sun BluePrint article describes the technology behind Sun’s Global Lab & Datacenter Design Services (GDS) organization. These energy-efficient, pod-based datacenters are based on Sun's technical infrastructure that brings a new generation of datacenters, labs, server and communication rooms and wiring closets.
    Java Technology
    Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10
    Sun's Next-generation Portal Server Platform
    Sun's next-generation portal server platform, Sun GlassFish Web Space Server enables organizations to pull together applications and content from a variety of Web-based and internal sources and present them as a unified, customizable portal on Web browsers, kiosks, and mobile devices. GlassFish Web Space Server offers features for general users, system administrators, and application and portal developers.
    Sun's Comprehensive Mobility Solution - GlassFish Mobility Platform 1.1
    Enables On and OffLine Data Connection, Easy Mobile Access to Apps and Devices

    Businesses looking to create value-added mobility services for consumers or to mobile enable business users may find the Sun GlassFish Mobility Platform is just what they have been looking for. The comprehensive platform allows easy mobile access to any application and data, and integrates two-way data synchronization with security, device management, and offline access on an open source platform comprised of GlassFish and MySQL.

    What Makes Java Card 3 So Special?
    Classic Functionality and Connected Edition Rolled into One
    Java Card 3 brings major evolution to the Java Card 2 platform. Java Card 3 is a classic edition that has been enhanced into a new Connected Edition that supplies classic interoperability, security, and multiple-application support in the platform. However, its new features bring more memory and processing power, as well as enhanced communication potential.
    Java News Bites
    Short Items of Interest to the Java Community

    • GlassFish Version 3 Progress Update
    • Applet Deployment in Under 10 Minutes
    • GlassFish Tools Bundle for the Eclipse IDE
    • Shortcut for Database Connections in Java
    • Simple JSF Application with Eclipse and GlassFish Server
    • Planet Cast: Podcast Series on Java
    • Introduction to Java VisualVM
    • Migrating Web Applications from Tomcat to GlassFish

    NetBeans Tutorial for Using VirtualBox to Deploy a Preconfigured PHP
    Downloadable Web Stack Requires NetBeans IDE 6.5
    Installing and configuring your own PHP web stack can be problematic. This tutorial provides detailed instructions for an alternative method: Use a pre-configured PHP web stack. Simplified, this web stack is a downloadable link to a server-only OpenSolaris web stack, provided within this tutorial.
    JavaFX News Bites
    Short Items of Interest to JavaFX Users

    • How to Get Started with JavaFX
    • Deploying a JavaFX Web Application
    • Latest Articles on JavaFX
    • Book: "JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications"

    Sun Identity Manager 8.1 Newest Features
    External Resource Management and Identity Connectors

    Heralded as the first provisioning solution to fully address compliance challenges and provide role-based user provisioning, Sun Identity Manager enables customers to use business roles for both identity lifecycle management and identity auditing across enterprise and extranet environments. Release 8.1 is the latest version and it brings External Resource Management and Identity Connectors to Sun Identity Manager.

    GlassFish and Project SailFin Stir Interest in Telco
    Cost, Utility Lend Great Interest to Open Source Solutions
    A posting in The Aquarium ("nothing to do with fish but everything to do with Open Source Java EE, XML, SOA...and more") alerts readers to the potentially important role in store for GlassFish Communications Server as a tool in the Telco industry. The blogger, pelegri, predicts that SailFin will play a significant role in accelerating the adoption of the converged (SIP+HTTP) web, pointing readers to an article in the January 2009 Ericsson Review to support the contention.
    Solaris Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 Now Support Sun Netra CP3260
    Enabling Delivery of Higher Service Levels at Lower Costs and with Reduced Risk
    Solaris Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 now support the Sun Netra CP3260 ATCA Blade Server - a second-generation telecom blade that meets Advanced TCA standards. Solaris Cluster is a multi-system, multi-site disaster recovery solution and it can enhance the value proposition for the Netra CP3260 servers by enabling delivery of higher service levels, at lower service level costs and reduced risk, Sun reports.
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