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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".
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

    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

    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."

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