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Oracle Certifies Solaris 10 OS for its Database, E-Business Suite
Supports Solaris SPARC with ZFS and x64 for EBS Release 12
Oracle has certified the Oracle Database 10g on Solaris SPARC using ZFS and announced support for Solaris 10 x64 as the certified E-Business Suite platform for the database tier.
How-to Host Open Source Applications on OpenSolaris
Book: "Pro OpenSolaris" 2008.11 Release
The recently released book, "Pro OpenSolaris" answers important questions that readers may have since Solaris became Open Source. Learn about where open source has taken this operating system and how it differs from Linux. This book will demonstrate that users can host open source applications and solutions with OpenSolaris.
Solaris 10 5/09 Released
Focused on Enhancing Virtualization, Security and Network Communications
Download the latest update of Solaris and get enhancements to Solaris Containers, tighter integration with Internet Protocol Security, an upgraded Logical Domains (LDoms), and greater optimization for Intel’s new Xeon 5500 processors, among other improvements. Solaris 10 5/09 is the seventh update of the Sun Unix operating system since it was released in 2005.
MySQL Cluster 7.0 Performance Results on DBT2 Benchmark
Higher Throughput, Lower Operational Costs
The results of a recent benchmarking operation with the DBT2 Benchmark and MySQL Cluster database 7.0 are the subject of Hasham Pathan's blog "MySQL Cluster Database 7: Performance Benchmark."
Cloud Computing
Building a Cloud in the Datacenter
Based on xVM Xen
Having earlier outlined his aims in "My Own Private Cloud-aho -- The Goals", where he related his experience in creating a small cloud in a datacenter architecture based on virtualization with xVM Xen, in a second blog Joe Mocker discusses "My Own Private Cloud-aho -- The Details", which are abundant and thorough.
Sun Java System
Sun Java Enterprise System 6
Expands Offering to Include Identity, SOA/BI, and Open Source Components
Sun Java Enterprise System (ES) delivers an integrated enterprise services software system that is designed, developed, and tested to provide a consistent experience to IT and business users. Java ES 6 is the latest release, offering more products, compatibility testing, and interoperability testing than Java ES 5. It also employs the installers of its constituent products instead of a single-host installer for more flexibility in setting up enterprise-level deployments.
Sun Blade X6270 Server Modules with Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series
Runs High Demand Apps While Reducing Power and Cooling
The two-socket Sun Blade X6270 Server Module can scale compute resources without adding complexity. Leveraging new technologies from Intel such as QuickPath Interconnect, Hyper-Threading, Virtualization Technology, and Turbo Boost, this new blade server delivers intelligent performance that adapts to customers software environments. The Sun Blade X6270 server module is fully supported in both the Sun Blade 6000 and Sun Blade 6048 modular systems, and it runs the Solaris 10 OS, Linux, Windows, or VMware.
Sun Fire X2270 Server with Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series
Powerful Enough for Large-scale HPC/Grid Computing and Web Infrastructure Deployments
The Sun Fire X2270 is an x64 entry-level HPC server that is fast, expandable, and energy-efficient and runs Solaris, Linux, Windows and VMware operating systems. With Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, the Sun Fire X2270 server delivers 32-bit and 64-bit performance in rack-mountable 1RU form factor.
Sun Blade X6240 with Solaris Cluster 3.1 and 3.2
Allows for Deployment in Cluster Enviornment for Better Service Levels, Higher Availability
Solaris Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 now supports the Sun Blade X6240 - a two-socket blade server with Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and 2:1 (DIMM:core) ratio. Sun Blade X6240 server combined with Solaris Cluster are ideal for mission-critical deployments requiring reliable performance and high service levels.
First Major Software Update for the Sun Storage 7000 Series
Download Complete Binary Image for the 7110, 7210, and 7410 Unified Storage Systems
The first major software update for the Sun Storage 7000 series (2009.Q2.0.0) has been released with new features, technology improvements, bug fixes and added support of virtual machines that should interest users of the Sun Storage 7000 simulator, which also has a new update.
Sun's Unified Storage Systems' Fastest Growing New Storage Product Ever
More than 800 Customer Adoptions in Less than 5 Months
Sun's Unified Storage Systems is the fastest ramping new product in Sun's storage portfolio ever, the company reports, with more than 800 customers adopting Sun's OpenStorage family in under five months, across a wide range of deployments, including VMware virtualization, Web MySQL database/rich media and media/entertainment, as well as high-performance computing, education, government, healthcare and telecommunications.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 134 Issue 1, 2 , 3, 4 and 5 Vol 133 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 5, 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
    Hardware Activity Reporter (HAR) Version 2.0
    Download the Updated Open Source HAR

    Within the Open Source Community, the updated version of the Hardware Activity Reporter (HAR) Version 2.0 is available for download. The original version 1.0 was created in 2001 by the Sun ISV Engineering group for Solaris 8 and has since been enhanced by the developer community.

    Dumb Code Has a Place in the Developers' World
    Some Expert Views
    Expressing strikingly similar opinions on the virtues of "dumb code," four Java developers interviewed by Janice J. Heiss in her "Developer Insight Series, Part 1" discuss the importance of not striving for elegance but simplicity instead. Another five experts offer their views in "The Developer Insight Series, Part 2: Code Talk."
    Sun Fire X4275 Sets Performance Record with Sybase IQ TPC-H 1000GB
    Non-clustered Server Easily Beats Out HP Contenders
    The Sun Fire X4275 Server, powered by 2 Quad-core 2.93 GHz Intel Nehalem X5570 processors and using only 12 internal disks (SAS 300GB 15K RPM), achieved a QphH@1000GB of 23,365 with a price performance of $2.41 in tests running the Sybase IQ Database. Reported by BM Seer, this is the best price performance among all non-clustered server results at TPC-H 1000GB.
    Sun Blade X6270 Tops Competition in SPECfp2006
    Sun Studio 12 Optimizations Help Boost Performance
    Another record, set this time by the Sun Blade X6270 with a 2-chip Nehalem (Intel Xeon X5570 processor for SPECfp2006: 50.4., was enhanced even further by the optimization technologies introduced in the Sun Studio 12 Update 1 compiler, reports John L. Henning in his blog "Sun Studio Trounces Intel Compiler on Intel Chip."
    Education and Research
    Sun-sponsored China Innovation Program for Students to Build Virtual Online Site
    Challenge Will School Participating University Students on Sun's Open Source Technologies

    The China Innovation Program for Students (CHIPS) is a student development program providing mentoring and training on open source technologies. Sponsored by Sun and the Ministry of Education of China, CHIPS will invite technology students from 10 Chinese universities to leverage Sun's portfolio of open source, virtual and collaborative technology solutions to build an online virtual collaboration site. Divided into teams, the best one will be flown to Sun's corporate headquarters for a one week hosted stay where they will meet with Sun technologists for additional mentoring programs.

    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of May 7th, 2009
    Virus Scanning on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System With Trend Micro InterScan Web Security Suite

    This paper describes the installation of the Trend Micro InterScan Web Security Suite (IWSS) for use as a virus scan engine for a Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage System, in conjunction with the VSCAN service. Content on storage volumes can be protected against malware threats using the VSCAN service if the content is published using the CIFS or NFS Version 4 protocol.

    Pentaho Business Intelligence and MySQL on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System

    The Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System can be used to share NFS and iSCSI file systems with Pentaho Business Intelligence and MySQL database servers deployed on Sun SPARC and x86 servers running the Solaris 10 OS. (Pentaho BI suite is an open source BI product that provides reporting, data analysis, dashboards, data mining capabilities, and data integration.)

    OpenSolaris OS and Web 2.0 Applications on Sun Servers
    Combination Delivers the Necessary Performance, Scalability Web 2.0 Growth Demands
    The authors of this Sun BluePrints Online paper, "Deploying Web 2.0 Applications on Sun Servers and the OpenSolaris Operating System," address the need for a means to respond to the mounting pressure for highly scalable and flexible solutions for hosting applications and suggest open source as the answer.
    OpenSolaris Appliance OVF Image for VirtualBox 2.2: Only 270MB
    No More Wasting Space on Fat Desktop Utilities When Less Will Do
    "Necessity is the mother of technological innovation" -- a much cited axiom -- is demonstrated once again as Jignesh K. Shah writes about his creation of an OVF image less than 270MB in size that users can employ to work with the OpenSolaris kernel in VirtualBox 2.2. In fact, he writes in his blog, it can be used to install the rest of the OpenSolaris Desktop to get to the default full blown installation of OpenSolaris 2008.11.
    How-to Setup VirtualBox and Create Virtual Machines
    This Beginner's Guide Comes from Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy
    Before attempting to setup virtual machines on your own, check out this beginner's guide that walks users through the installation of VirtualBox, a free open source virtual application. In the article by Kevin Purdy, he suggested that anyone who wants to use a separate operating system (OS) might want to consider setting up a virtualization system.
    IDC White Paper: Guide to Reducing IT Costs Through Virtualization With Blades
    Bladed Server Solutions: Easier, Cheaper to Implement and Manage
    The IDC white paper "Virtualizing the Infrastructure with Sun x86 Blades" by Jed Scaramella and Jean S. Bozman examines the ongoing customer requirements for server platforms and the concomitant upward pressure on power and cooling costs as datacenters become increasingly crowded with computer systems.
    Sun Releases VirtualBox 2.2.2
    Maintenance Release Fixes Reported Bugs
    VirtualBox 2.2.2 is available as a maintenance release. It comes less than a month after major release VirtualBox 2.2 and fixes 31 reported bugs. VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also open source.
    Java Technology
    The Father of Java Answers Questions on the Cloud, SOA and Java
    Insights Revealed by Sun VP James Gosling
    From the viewpoint of the James Gosling, Sun Microsystems VP and Fellow, users can take home a few golden nuggets about the Cloud, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Java in the question and answer session prepared by Jason Stamper, Editor of Computer Business Review (CBR).
    Financial Services
    Algo Financial Risk Management Software Runs Great on Sun Fire X4270
    Benefits of Algo's on Solaris
    The Algorithmics Risk Analysis "Algo" application, which is financial simulation software, runs great on the Sun Fire X4270, according to Sun Blogger, Jeffrey Taylor. He explained that Solaris users can use such features as TurboBoost and HyperThreading, which help to create an ideal environment for the Algo software.
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