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    Integrated Streaming Solutions for TV, Mobile, & Desktop Devices
    Vidiator and Sun Collaborate Toward Single, Turn-key Solution
    Bringing together Vidiator's Xenon mobile video encoding and streaming solution along with Sun's IPTV technology has produced advancements toward integrated video streaming solutions for TV, mobile, and desktop devices. The technologies can be customized to meet the specific service and customer needs of network operators, media companies, and broadcasters, the companies report.
    Project Portmeirion Creates Breathing Room
    Software that Removes What Does Not "Pay its Own Way"
    Project Portmeirion, a software solution, helps to simplify existing architecture and remove the things that do not "pay its own way," said Mario Wolczko, Distinguished Engineer, Sun Microsystems. This is a systematic way that existing architectures can be examined in an effort to seamlessly optimize hardware functionality.
    OpenSolaris Events at CommunityOne West Conference
    Technical Sessions, Deep Dives, BOF, Install Lounge, and a Party
    At the upcoming 2009 CommunityOne conference, set for June 1-3 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, events involving OpenSolaris will be plentiful. Some of the expected OpenSolaris happenings will include technical sessions, Deep Dives, a Birds of a Feather gathering, an OpenSolaris Install Lounge, and a party along with the Sun Cloud.
    Solaris News Bites
    Short Items of Interest to Solaris Users

    • Solaris Cluster 3.2 Supports SAMP
    • ZFS Compression Saves Space, Improves Performance
    • Integration of Logical Domains (LDoms) and ZFS
    • Oracle WebLogic Certified for LDoms
    • Directly Upgrade from Solaris 8 SPARC to Solaris 10 OS
    • Download Zonestat 1.4
    • x86 Installation Check Tool for Solaris 10 OS
    • Solaris Express Community Edition (aka Nevada) build 111
    • Solaris Zones: Running a Command From the Local Zone in the Global Zone

    Tutorial for MySQL Database Applications with PHP
    Four-part Developer's Tutorial Series Available on SDN

    This in-depth series of tutorials explore MySQL Database Applications for development with PHP. Broken down into four parts, each tutorial provides useful step-by-step instruction geared towards developers who are new to MySQL database applications with PHP.

    Cloud Computing
    Sun Exec Sees Many Customers, Many Clouds
    Public and Private, Sun Stands Ready to Deliver
    Juan Carlos Soto, Vice President for Cloud Computing Marketing at Sun Microsystems, and Paul Miller of Cloud of Data discussed Sun's recent announcement on cloud computing and how Sun can help customers interested in moving to the cloud.
    Sun Java System
    What's on the Horizon for Sun Java Communications Suite 6
    Behind the Scenes for Update 2
    Communications Suite 6 Update 2 brings many changes and new features on the horizon - everything from virtualization to mail, messaging, administrator access, express communications and more. Beta versions will be released by the Calendar Server (CalDAV server) and the indexing and Search Service.
    ITPro Reviews Sun Fire X2270
    A Mixed Review but One that Finds Positive Attributes
    In his ITPro review of the Sun Fire X2270 Server, Dave Mitchell finds a Nehalem-based, powerful 1U rack server that offers some unusual storage features. It earned four out of a possible six stars with its hardware spec and value winning Mitchell's praise, while its high operational noise level and thirst for power garnered criticism.
    New Enhancements for the Sun StorageTek Virtual Systems Manager (VSM)
    Store More into a Shrinking Footprint with Sun's Tape Virtualization
    New capacity and performance enhancements have been added to the Sun StorageTek Virtual Systems Manager (VSM) - Sun's tape virtualization storage archive solution. If thinking about migrating, take a look at Sun Services that offer a range of options to make the transition to tape virtualization storage archive solutions easier.
    Sun Tape
    Large Tape Users Group (LTUG)
    Influencing Sun's Open Systems & Mainframe Tape Products, Roadmaps, Directions
    Did you know that there is a Large Tape Users Group (LTUG) that meets twice a year to add its recommendations to Sun's open systems and mainframe tape products, roadmaps, and directions. "The strength and industry-leading capabilities of Sun’s tape business is largely the result of LTUG and, if your company satisfy the minimal requirements, you too can be a member," writes Sun's Jay Wallace, who discusses the LTUG and shares highlights from the group's April 2009 meeting in his blog.
    Sun Selects Fujifilm as Media Development Partner
    For its Next Generation Sun StorageTek T10000 Tape Drive
    Sun has selected Fujifilm as its media development partner for the Sun StorageTek T10000B, which was the first tape drive to ship with one terabyte native capacity. The two companies will be collaborating on future developments of this platform.
    New Configurations for Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage Systems
    Enterprise-class SATA Drives Offered As Options
    The Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage System provides a unified storage solution with up to 46 TB of capacity in an energy-efficient 4U package, and up to 142 TB with support for two J4500 expansion arrays. Two new configurations have been added for customer choice: one offers 48x500GB 7200 rpm enterprise-class SATA drives and the other provides 48x1TB 7200 rpm enterprise-class SATA drives. These options are ideal for customer workloads that do not benefit from having write-optimized SSDs and want to maximize capacity at a lower price point.
    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 134 Issue s1, 2; Vol 134 Issue 1, 2 , 3, 4 and 5 Vol 133 Issue 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 135 Issue 2, the top 10 articles were:

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

      Creating the Ultimate Directory Server with OpenSolaris
      Combine the Sun Blade X6270 and Intel Xeon X5560
      Sun is benchmarking their Intel partnership to create an ultimate directory server with OpenSolaris, based on the Sun Blade X6270 and the Intel Xeon X5560. Fully loaded with a host of ten blades, the Sun Blade 6000 delivers a "potential 459,800 LDAP Operations per second on a fully loaded modular system," said Mr. Benchmark, Sun blogger.
      Education and Research
      Campus Ambassadors Promote Sun Technology, Open Source in General
      Some 700 Worldwide on College and University Campuses

      Sun has some 700 campus ambassadors at work around the world. One of them, Jakub Kotowski, ambassador to the University of Munich or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), blogs on the role and its responsibilities, explaining that ambassadors are students and temporary Sun employees whose responsibility is to promote open-source technologies from Sun and try to create and foster a community of students interested in Sun technologies as well as open-source in general.

      What's New on BigAdmin
      As of May 22nd, 2009
      Resources for the Solaris OS and OpenSolaris on HP Servers

      Are you running the Solaris OS or the OpenSolaris OS on HP hardware? We've gathered resources from and here to help you. (One example is the HP Operating System Services support page, which describes service solutions that support the Solaris 10 OS on x64 platforms on HP ProLiant servers.)

      What Is BigAdmin, and How Do I Use It?

      BigAdmin is a community-driven repository of resources specifically for system administrators. Find out about all the web applications, Sun technical information, and updates that BigAdmin offers.

      What's New on BigAdmin
      As of May 29th, 2009
      Using ZFS Snapshots With ZRM for MySQL on OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS

      This article from a Sun engineer shows how Zmanda Recovery Manager 3.0 for MySQL can be deployed on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS. See how ZRM performs on a Sun Fire X4500 system using the ZFS file system.

      Using Amanda Enterprise 3.0 on Sun Fire X4500 Server With OpenSolaris 2008.11 OS

      This paper describes how to deploy Amanda Enterprise 3.0 from Zmanda on a Sun Fire X4500 system. Find out how using ZFS snapshot technology can improve overall backup performance.

      Sun InfiniBand Dual Port 4x Quad Data Rate PCIe Host Channel Adapters (HCA)
      Available as Low Profile and Express Module HCAs
      Sun InfiniBand Dual Port 4x Quad Data Rate (QDR) PCIe Low Profile Host Channel Adapter (HCA) and the Sun InfiniBand Dual port 4x QDR PCI-E Express Module HCA are built using Mellanox ConnectX silicon, delivering QDR over four times than copper and optical interconnects, Sun reports. Sun's QDR InfiniBand products enable Sun to offer RDMA-based high-performance, low-latency I/O interconnect technology for its blade and rack mount server platforms.
      Introducing the Sun Blade 6048 InfiniBand QDR Switched Network Express Module (NEM)
      Also Meet the Sun InfiniBand Dual port 4x DDR PCIe Fabric Expansion Module (FEM)
      Sun is introducing its Sun Blade 6048 InfiniBand Quad Data Rate (QDR) Switched Network Express Module (NEM) and the Sun InfiniBand Dual port 4x DDR PCIe Fabric Expansion Module (FEM). Expected to be generally available this summer, what these new upcoming Sun products boast are QDR InfiniBand which delivers up to 80 Gb/s bandwidth (full-duplex) per server connection and the ability to enable Sun Blade server modules to be connected to an in-chassis InfiniBand fabric.
      Video: Sun VDI 3 - From Booting to Shut Down for Supported OSes
      Sun VDI 3 Brings OS Choices
      Sun VDI Software 3 brings three different supported OS choices as shown in the short, silent video. Users will benefit from a visual how-to boot for OS choices available with VDI 3. The "PC experience" is shown in full from boot to shut down for each OS choice.
      Components of Sun's Virtualization Solutions
      VirtualBox, xVM Server, xVM Ops Center, LDOMs and VDI
      Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart writing for The Aquarium provides a brief xVM status update on Sun's virtualization solutions, including VirtualBox, xVM Server, xVM Ops Center, Logical Domains and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and how they interrelate.
      Java Technology
      "Best Practices for Deploying TWiki Software on GlassFish Application Server Using LRWPinJava"
      Sun BluePrints Online Article
      The Sun BluePrints Online article provides an inside look into the best practices for deploying TWiki software on GlassFish, an open source application server. Users can run up to twice the speed of Apache HTTP Server software when they use Java technology, long-running Web process (LRWP) protocol on the Solaris Operating System (OS).
      OpenSSO Honored by Analyst Firm Kuppinger Cole
      Fedlet Project Wins Best Innovation Award At EIC 2009
      Analyst firm Kuppinger Cole decreed the OpenSSO initiative and its project OpenSSO Fedlet as Best Innovation, recognizing that it "has provided a lean solution for the Identity Federation." Awarded its trophy during the European Identity Conference (EIC) 2009 held earlier this month, OpenSSO was one of six winners in a half dozen categories that earned praise.
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