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Sun to be Acquired by Oracle
Deal Valued at $7.4 Billion
Sun's Board of Directors has unanimously approved to sell the company to Oracle for $9.50 per share in cash for Sun common stock. The value of the deal breaks down to approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt. The deal is expected to close this summer, subject to Sun stockholder approval, certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The two companies made the announcement April 20 with a conference call detailing the specifics of the transaction. A live audio webcast of the call will be available April 21 through April 27 from the Oracle Website.
Sun Recognized for Eco-Innovation and Leadership
By Uptime Institute's Global Green 100 and Greenpeace
The Uptime Institute 2009 Global Green 100 is a list of companies demonstrating an integral commitment to and progress toward reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprint. Sun is one of the 100 recognized this year. Greenpeace also is honoring Sun as the IT leader in its Climate Leadership Challenge.
Sun's Open Network Systems Equals Faster MySQL, GlassFish Performance
Sun Also Reveals Systems for MySQL Virtualization with SSDs, CMTs, Containers and LDoms
Sun's Open Network Systems with the GlassFish Portfolio and MySQL Enterprise Server gives customers the most scalable platforms for large-scale web buildout, Sun claims, and up to three times more density for storing rich media than the competition at 70% off the cost. Sun also revealed the addition of Flash solid state disks (SSDs) to the Sun Systems for MySQL Virtualization solution, which leverages Sun's chip multithreading (CMT) servers, Solaris Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms) to consolidate multiple MySQL deployments to fewer, more eco-efficient servers.
Virtualization
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Assembling a Virtualized Setup
Using Nehalem Processors and Sun Blades and Unified Storage Systems
"Sun's Open Network System Design Approach to Virtualization" is Ron Graham's blog subject in which he explains the virtues of virtualization, defines some of its components and then discusses putting a virtualized system together.
Solaris
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Sun's Solaris Engineering Team Boasts Xeon 5500's Performance
Six Mini Videos from Solaris Engineering
The Solaris engineering team gets together in this video series, "Inside Solaris Engineering" and describes what they are doing to contribute to the technology behind the Intel Xeon Processor 5500. The partnership of Solaris and Intel Xeon 5500 delivers record-breaking performance, power efficiency, and reliability.
Impact of ZFS on the Performance and Scalability of Endeavors Application Jukebox on Solaris OS
How RAM Size Figures in as a Factor in Performance
Endeavors Technologies offers an application virtualization product called Application Jukebox that enables existing windows applications to be streamed to client computers where they are subsequently virtualized and executed as if natively installed using the PC’s local resources to run. Application streaming and virtualization enables organizations to reduce the total cost of ownership while improving service levels, simplifying the management of computers and improving security and reliability. If you're curious about the performance and scalability of Application Jukebox on Solaris OS, Bruce Chapman put the product to the test.
MySQL
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MySQL 5.4 Preview Release Download Available
For 64-bit Versions of Linux and Solaris 10
MySQL 5.4 is the next version of Sun's open source database and a preview release is now available for download for 64-bit versions of Linux and Solaris 10. MySQL 5.4 is working toward improvements in performance and scalability to enable the InnoDB storage engine to scale up to 16-way x86 servers and 64-way CMT servers. This version also will offer new subquery optimizations and JOIN improvements with early testing resulting in 90% better response times for certain queries. An estimated release date for the GA version will be announced later this year.
MySQL Cluster 7.0 Set for Release This Quarter
Promises Millisecond Response Times while Servicing 10s of 1000s Transactions a Second
The high-availability open source database software for real-time, mission-critical applications MySQL Cluster has a major new release on the horizon. Version 7.0 includes enhanced performance and scalability; support for popular LDAP directories; and simplified cluster back-up and maintenance. MySQL Cluster combines the open source database and a fault tolerant "shared nothing" architecture that reaches 99.999% availability, Sun reports. This new release is scheduled to be generally available this quarter under the GPL open source license.
Cloud Computing
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Open Source and Cloud Computing Intersect
Video: Ian Murdock Lends his Thoughts on Cloud Computing and Open Source
With all the hype of Cloud Computing, Ian Murdock, Sun VP of Emerging Technologies, said that Cloud Computing brings some substance: "This is unarguably the biggest thing that has happened to the computer industry since client servers." Murdock addressed the CommunityOne Oslo event via video on the relationship between Open Source and Cloud Computing.
GlassFish Portfolio, OpenSSO and OpenDS on Amazon EC2 Cloud
Accelerate Projects Without Overhead of Large Hardware Environments
Sun's GlassFish Portfolio, OpenSSO, and OpenDS software are now available via the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to help easily build and secure cloud applications and enable users to pay only for the infrastructure software services and capacity that they actually use. The availability of Sun's open source software infrastructure on Amazon EC2 is the first phase of a multi-phased program to offer full support and indemnification for Sun's portfolio of open source software on a variety of cloud platforms, including the Sun Cloud.
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Managing SSDs with ZFS on the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
A Q&A on Popular Aspects of the Subject
Finding considerable interest in how the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System leverages SSDs and how it handles SSD failure, Ryan Matthews has put together a Q&A blog on the topics for readers interested in them.
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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 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

    NetBeans
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    Thompson Toots for NetBeans IDE, A Developer's Tool for the Cloud
    Interview with Senior Director of Sun's Developer Cloud Tools
    If you haven't tried NetBeans IDE, the developer's tool for Sun's Cloud, Matt Thompson, Senior Director of Sun's Developer Cloud Tools, gives a few reasons why. Thompson speaks out for the NetBeans IDE tool and discusses the effect on the community, future developments, and most importantly what NetBeans can do for Sun's Cloud platform.
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    Sun Identity Management Suite and MySQL Get Expanded Interoperability
    New Integration Helps Reduce TCO for Deploying Identity Management Solutions
    Interoperability between the Sun Identity Management Suite and MySQL has been expanded providing a highly flexible, scalable and efficient approach for customers to manage their identity data infrastructure, whether they are using an LDAP directory or relational database. "Identity management over the years has been making the promise to consolidate, bind together and manage identity information, and Sun Microsystems has an extensive identity management offering that does exactly that," said Felix Gaehtgens, Senior Analyst from Kuppinger-Cole.
    Sun OpenSSO Express Release Supports Google Apps Premier Edition
    Get Out-of-the-box Federation Support for Google's SAAS Solution
    Sun OpenSSO Express release provides organizations using Google Apps Premier Edition a rapid, federated single sign-on (SSO), enabling employees to use their enterprise logins to access Google Apps for increased security, accelerated user adoption, and improved administration benefits. Sun also is offering a starter kit for Google Apps, which is a simple step-by-step guide along with teaching tools.
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