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The Internet Lives in Datacenters
NPR's Tour of a Sun Internet Datacenter, Las Vegas, NV: Radio Broadcast: 7 minutes 47 seconds
Adam Burke with National Public Radio (NPR) tours the "SuperNAP" Switch Communications Datacenter, Las Vegas, NV, that hosts the Sun Cloud systems. Review the radio broadcast for grounding of this concept of leveraging compute power into a datacenter and using this power to feed our digital culture.
ServeProtect: What It Is; What It Does
A Glance Through the Eyes of One of the Developers, Eve Maler
Rock musician, sought-after conference and trade show speaker, principal engineer at Sun Microsystems, co-inventor of XML, contributor to Project Concordia, the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), the Liberty Alliance, the Universal Business Language (UBL), and DocBook ... it all adds up, and the sum justifies the label Dave Kearns gives Eve Maler in his NetworkWorld article "Eve Maler: Renaissance Woman".
New Features in Package Manager 2009.06
Start Page and WebInstall
Two features of PackageManager 2009.06 -- Start page and WebInstall -- are discussed in John Rice's blog "PackageManager for 2009.06." A faster Start Page and a Package Manager that can be launched in a new mode to process a new mime type are part of 2009.06.
OpenSolaris, Intel's Nehalem an Unbeatable Combination
Improvements in Power Management, CPU Utilization Deliver the Goods
OpenSolaris has been developed to make the most of the potential in the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series (code named Nehalem), or so Nischal Rao would have the readers of his blog "OpenSolaris Unleashes the Power of Intel Nehalem" believe. He cites several examples of the strengths to be found in OpenSolaris as the Nehalem processor of choice.
ZFS: A Guide for the New User
Written for Those Configuring ZFS for the First Time
Readers involved in configuring ZFS for the first time will find Don Turnbull's "ZFS Overview and Guide" a helpful resource. Sun Microsystems' newest method of managing storage in the Solaris 10 Operating System, ZFS incorporates a volume management system with a POSIX-compliant file system and a rich set of management tools. From the perspective of applications, the file system behaves exactly as traditional file systems behave but offers much improved performance and capacity.
More Zones, Less Elapsed Time
Methods for Patching Zones Faster
Imagine a quicker way to patch a system with many zones and decrease application downtime. Jeff Victor's Blog, "Patching Zones Goes Zoom!" provides a documentation of these methods and a description of two performance enhancements.
Cloud Computing
Cloud Security Presentation at the 10th Annual CERIAS Symposium
Cost Savings Will Drive Users to the Cloud; Providers Will Take Care of Security
A panel of four experts addressed the issue of "Security in the Cloud" at the recent symposium hosted by The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). The speakers included Lorenzo D. Martino, College of Technology, Purdue University; Keith Watson, CERIAS, Purdue University; Dennis R. Moreau, Configuresoft Inc.; and Christoph Schuba, Sun Microsystems.
Sun Positions Cloud Computing
Interview with Marc Hamilton: Break Through the Cloud gives its spin on how Sun is using open source to launch cloud computing and HPC platforms. Although Sun is planning to remove about 6,000 jobs worldwide, Sun is positioning itself over the competition to weather the tough economy with the emergence of Cloud Computing, according to Marc Hamilton, Sun VP of Americas Systems Practice.
VirtualBox 2.2 Beta 2 with Fixes
Test and Evaluate Beta 2 Release
The VirtualBox 2.2 Beta 2 release is ready for testing and evaluation. Bob Netherton, in his Weblog "How Cool is That," provides a list of fixes and links to download this Beta 2 version and ways to learn more about VirtualBox.
Licensing and Subscriptions for Sun VDI Software 3
Select the Best Choice of Purchase for Your Organization's Needs
The new version of Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software 3 is available both as a perpetual license and as a subscription. Whether a startup or large enterprise is interested, Sun is offering its open architecture VDI at a price point that fits within an organization's parameters.
Cost Cutting with Blades
Looking at the Bottom Line Between Sun and HP

Looking to save money on IT? Joerg Moellenkamp has found a way in adding up the respective costs of HP vs. Sun 10GBit/s in Blades. The difference is pretty striking.

Product Review: PC Pro Gives 5 Stars to the Sun Fire X4440
The 2U Quad Opteron 8300 Server
PC Pro in its online product review claims that the Sun Microsystems Sun Fire X4440 server is, "the one we've really been waiting for," writes Dave Mitchell. Sun sets the X4440 aside from the competition with the delivery of AMD's latest quad core Opteron that is equipped with a range of rack servers.
The Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
Defining the Elements of this IP Storage Networking Standard
Wontak Choi writes about the elements of the Internet SCSI (Small Computer System Interface), an Internet Protocol (IP)-based storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities in a blog simply titled "iSCSI."
New Offerings for the Sun StorageTek 9900 Solutions
Software Media Kits and Trial Licenses for Tiered Storage Manager 6.1

Media kits and trial licenses of Tiered Storage Manager 6.1 for the Sun StorageTek 9985, 9990, 9985V, and 9990V are now attainable, offering improved usability and additional platform support. By transparently and interactively migrating data between heterogeneous storage tiers, Sun StorageTek 9990V, 9985V, 9990, and 9985 Tiered Storage Manager v6.1 software enables IT administrators to match application quality of service requirements to storage system attributes.

Sun Disk
New SAS Disk Options Available for Sun Blade T6320 and T6340
New 146GB 10,000 rpm SFF SAS Disk Supports SAS2
Sun has announced that new SFF 146GB 10,000 rpm SAS disks are now available for the Sun Blade T6320 and T6340 Server Modules as Assemble-to-Order (ATO) and X-options. These new disks are SAS2 capable and offer better availability. Up to 4 can be supported on the Sun Blade T6320 server module and up to 2 on the T6340 server module.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 134 Issue 1 and 2; Vol 133 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 132 Issues 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
    What is Drupal?
    A Tool for Web Site Construction for the Non-Techie and Techie as Well
    What, Sreejith blogs, is Drupal? His answer is that Drupal is an open source content management system - software that makes the tasks of creating and maintaining a Website much easier for a non-technical person. Drupal can be used to create everything from a simple personal Website or blog to a full e-commerce site like
    Why Be a Victim of Vendor Lock-in?
    At Least Have a Look at Open Source Alternatives
    No one should be surprised to find Sun's VP of Software Infrastructure Marketing Mark Herring urging users to take a look at the proprietary solutions they are currently running with an eye to seeing whether an open source alternative would do as well for less money. And he has a point.
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of April 16th, 2009
    OpenSolaris 2008.11 Device Drivers Now on BigAdmin

    Device and Third-party Device Driver Reference Lists are available for the Solaris and OpenSolaris Operating Systems. Hardware lists include both device drivers that have been tested, and those not certified by the Sun Hardware Certification Test Suite. The x86 device support lists include PCI ID, driver, type, and vendor, categorized by OS release.

    Sun Storage J4400 Array as Disk Storage With Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL Database

    Thomas Hanvey (Sun Microsystems) and Paddy Sreenivasan (Zmanda) show how to quickly configure and deploy ZRM for MySQL. In this scenario, ZRM is running on a Sun Fire X4200 M2 server with the Solaris 10 8/07 OS. For more information on using Zmanda with Sun gear, see the BigAdmin blog (

    An IT Director's Guide to Reducing Costs Through Better Server Utilization
    Consolidation, Virtualization, Upgrades Deliver Improved Performance
    "Reducing Costs by Improving Server Performance: An IT Director's Guide" is a brief paper that highlights the benefits of consolidation and virtualization, as well as updating the datacenter as steps to take in attaining better server performance.
    A Look at Memory Latency Through the Lenses of NUMA, Binding and OpenMP
    Managing Memory Allocation and Thread Migration
    Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) is Darryl Gove's subject in his blog "NUMA, binding, and OpenMP," in which he considers the effects on memory latency of adding chips to a CPU. The resulting inter-chip communication creates an increase in memory latency, he notes, adding that there are other consequences as well.
    SysAdmin News Bites
    Short News Items of Interest for SysAdmins

    • Google App Engine for Java
    • Windows XP on Sun Netra X4200
    • Monitoring SNMP Traps on T2/T2plus Systems
    • Crossbow and VNICs in Non-global Solaris Zone
    • ZFS with Non-JBOD or "Smart" Storage
    • Install Solaris 9 OS From a Flash Archive Dynamically
    • Using OpenSSL to Create SSL Certificates
    • Solaris Patch Presentation

    Java Technology
    HR Firm Finds Solutions in Java EE and GlassFish
    ADP Uses GlassFish in Both Development and Production Environments
    When ADP, a leading HR, payroll, tax and benefits administration company, was asked to comment on its experience with Java EE and GlassFish, the result was the detailed questionnaire from which the following responses have been abstracted. The respondent for ADP was Frederic Venturini. Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine's blog introduces the ADP response.
    2009 JavaOne Conference Schedule Released
    Arrive Early and Join the FOSS Gathering CommunityOne West
    June 2nd - 5th are the days for this year's JavaOne Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The conference schedule has been released, which includes approximately 330 sessions and details on hands-on-labs, Birds-of-a-Feather, and technical sessions. This year the CommunityOne West conference (June 1st - 3rd), which offers numerous sessions on free and open-source software (FOSS) technologies and tools, is taking place in conjunction with the JavaOne conference.
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Implements Sun Identity Management Solution
    School Manages New Merged Status with Sun
    The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany's Baden-Württemberg state, has more than 18,000 students and 8,000 employees for whom the institution wished to maximize the provisioning of network user accounts while ensuring network security across multiple IT systems, as well as supporting new study tools to unify student services. The solution adopted for this situation was the Sun Identity Management Solution.
    Three-part Article Series on Troubleshooting OpenSSO with Firefox Add-Ons
    Series Examines SSO and Policy Protection, Cross-Domain SSO

    Firefox, combined with the Live HTTP Headers and HackBar add-ons, is a powerful troubleshooting tool, writes Jim Faut in a three-part article co-authored with Rick Palkovic that covers "Troubleshooting OpenSSO with Firefox Add-Ons: Part 1, Introduction; Part 2, Single Sign-On and Policy Protection; and Part 3, Cross-Domain Single Sign-On."

    Sun Solutions Enable Public Internet Access at Slovak National Library
    Technology Also Assists in Digitization, Preservation of Archives
    Founded in 1863, the Slovak National Library, the oldest and largest national library in Slovakia, has chosen the Sun Modular Data Center to support the digitization, access, and long term preservation of the National Library Archives. The Slovak National Library, with a rich history dating back to the middle of the 19th century, consists of 110 libraries and over 4 million titles.
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