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Sun Technology Delivers Performance Gains, Cost Reductions to Norwegian Cruise Line
Virtualization Saves Cooling Costs, Valuable Shipboard Real Estate
Faced with the need to manage server sprawl in shipboard datacenters; to optimize use of real estate, power and cooling in shipboard datacenters; to design redundant IT systems for current and future megaships; and to replace outdated technology, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) implemented Sun solutions that enabled the company to realize all four goals.
    Live MySQL Seminars Set for June
    How MySQL Interoperates with Kickfire, Gear6, and LongJump Highlight Just a Few
    Multiple live webinars on MySQL topics are scheduled through out the month of June. The following topics are set to be covered:

    • Faster and More Scalable MySQL Reporting and Analytics with Kickfire
    • Cloud Computing For DBAs: Presented By MySQL and Zmanda
    • Open Source Memcached Tools Overview by Gear6
    • Developing and Deploying SaaS Applications with MySQL and LongJump
    • For ISVs: Faster Data Reduction and Smoothing for Analysis & Archival in MySQL
    • Running MySQL Web Services on Sun systems with Intel Xeon 5500 processors (EMEA)
    • MySQL Cluster: Architectural Deep Dive
    • Guide to Scaling OpenLDAP: MySQL Cluster as Data Store for OpenLDAP Directories
    • Improve Application Performance with the MySQL Enterprise Monitor and the MySQL Query Analyzer

    The Latest Goings-on in Sun's xVM Department
    Everything from Desktops to Servers to Free Hypervisor Options
    Catch up with what is happening in the world of Sun's xVM by reading up on Stephen Wilson's (Virtualization) blogs. In Blog 1, readers learn about What's Up with xVM – everything from releases for desktops with VirtualBox 2.2 to servers with xVM Ops Center 2.1. In Blog 2, readers find out what is meant by "Free" Hypervisor Options and how to get them, whether it is through VirtualBox or OpenSolaris.
      Sun Java System
      Sun Java Communications Suite 6 Update 2
      New Features for Messaging Server, Instant Messaging, Sun Convergence
      The Sun Java Communications Suite is a communications and collaboration solution. It delivers email, calendaring, and real-time collaboration functionality for service providers and large organizations worldwide. It provides an extensible, standards-based development platform, with a focus on performance, reliability, and scalability. The latest release is version 6 update 2, which is now available for download.
      Solaris Cluster Support for New Sun Fire Servers
      Offered with Sun Fire X4170, X4270, and X4275
      Solaris Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 not only supports Sun Blade X6240, both releases also are offered with Sun Fire X4170, X4270, and X4275. Solaris Cluster is a multi-system, multi-site disaster recovery solution that manages the availability of applications services and data across local, regional, and vastly dispersed datacenters.
        Common Array Manager v6.4.0 Brings 8Gb FC Host Interface
        Download the New Release of Sun StorageTek CAM

        Packed with new features, the Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager (CAM) version 6.4.0 is now available from Sun Downloads. This software release brings new features that apply critical changes to improve product quality and reliability. Benefits with this software include an easy way to manage your storage environment.

          Sun QFS and Sun Storage Archive Manager (SAM) 5.0
          New Features Ease Administration, Improve Shared File Services and Archive Management
          Sun QFS and Sun Storage Archive Manager (SAM) 5.0 software is now available. The SAM-QFS environment includes a storage and archive manager along with Sun QFS file system software, which is a high-performance file system, ensuring that data is available at device-rated speeds when requested by one or more users. This latest release offers easier administration features along with more management tools, Solaris feature integration, performance features, scalability features, and more supported storage.
            Sun Tape
            Access Expansion Module (AEM) Options for StorageTek SL3000 Tape Library
            Non-disruptively Service Downed Robot, Get 234 CAP Slots

            The Sun StorageTek SL3000 Tape Library now offers the Access Expansion Module (AEM) as an option for customers needing higher availability and scalability. The AEM provides users with the ability to non-disruptively service a downed robot in the SL3000 library for increased availability of the library - especially important for customers requiring no downtime in their operations. This new option also has 234 CAP slots for bulk load and unload of media.

              New Sun Storage 7310 Expands Sun's Unified Storage Family
              Entry-level Cluster for High Availability
              The Sun Storage 7310 is the newest addition to Sun's Unified Storage Family. This comprehensive, Flash-powered storage system leverages Hybrid Storage Pool capabilities for simplicity and analytic insight. It is available starting at $40,140 (US list). Fishworks Engineer Adam Leventhal describes the Sun Storage 7310 as "a scalable system from 12TB with a single half-populated J4400 JBOD up to 96TB with 4 JBODs. ... The base configuration includes a single quad-core CPU, 16GB of DRAM, a SAS HBA, and two available PCIe slots for NICs, backup cards, or the Fishworks cluster card."
              Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
              Vol 134 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 134 Issue 1, 2 , 3, 4 and 5
              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.

                Free and Open Source S/W
                Why Move to Open Source? Security, Procurement Time, Vendor Lock-in and Cost
                Sun Micro Federal President & COO Explains
                Sun Federal President and COO Bill Vass offers up four reasons to move to open source software: improved security, reduced procurement time, no vendor lock-in, and reduced cost. Vass writes, "Open source enterprise products are ready to support your mission critical applications, in the operating system area there's Solaris, Linux, in the middleware area there's Glassfish, JBoss, in the database area there's MySQL, PostgreSQL and even in the desktop area...which has been lagging behind in open source, but is starting to gain some ground with over 220 million OpenOffice users."
                Sun and United Nations Group Unite to Drive Open Technologies Worldwide
                Will Jointly Promote, Open Document Format (ODF)
                Sun and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced they will be working together to promote the use of open source technologies as a low-cost way to improve education with universal access to information and knowledge. Under a collaborative agreement, the two also plan on developing knowledge societies in emerging and developing economies and creating a Center of Excellence for Adoption of Open Technologies that promotes adoption of and Open Document Format Tools.
                Glassfish and MySQL on Nehalem Processors Surpass Sun's Previous Benchmark by Double
                Commercial Grade Support at a Lower Cost
                Using a test configuration consisting of 1 x Sun/Intel Nehalem-based X2270 server for the GlassFish application server and 1 x Sun Fire X4170 Intel Nehalem-based server for the MySQL 5.1 database, Sun set new performance and price/performance leadership marks on SPECjAppServer2004 2925.18, reports blogger Tom Daly. These results were attained with an all open-source stack including GlassFish, MySQL, and OpenSolaris on these Sun/Intel servers using ZFS.
                SysAdmin News Bites
                Short News Items of Interest for SysAdmins

                • Sun Web Server on CMT Systems Best with 256M Page Support
                • Using DTrace to get Needed Solaris Information
                • Brief Introduction for DTrace Newbies
                • High Speed ZFS Demonstration
                • Updates to Oracle Processor Core Factor Table
                • Using ZFS and rsync to Create Backup Solution with Versioning
                • Intimate Use of DTrace Not Just for Kernel Engineers
                • Comparing npools and zpools


                  Installing, Configuring, and Using Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3
                  Three-part Screencast
                  In a three-part screencast, blogger Markus Weber has put together a presentation on the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure that deals with Installation (Part 1); Configuration (Part 2); and Usage (Part 3).
                    Free Ebook of "Virtualization for Dummies"
                    Sun and AMD Special Edition
                    "Virtualization For Dummies, Sun and AMD Special Edition" explains how virtualization works and how it can benefit an organization. Written by Bernard Golden and Clark Scheffy, this book follows the "For Dummies" series with easy to read style, icons, tips and references. It covers the kinds of issues virtualization can address and how this technology addresses them. It also discusses Sun and AMD technological offerings, how they work together, and how they can benefit businesses.
                      Sun Storage 6540 Controller Modules with 8 GB and 16 GB of Cache
                      Next-generation 6580 and 6780 Controller Modules Recommended Replacements

                      The Sun Storage 6540 controller modules with 8 GB and 16 GB of cache have reached their end of life (EOL); however, the Sun Storage 6540 controller modules with 4 GB of cache will still be available. The last order date is set for July 17, 2009; last ship date for October 16, 2009; and end of service life for October 16, 2014.

                      Sun Netra 1290 Server and Options
                      Upgrade Programs Available for Competitive and Sun Servers
                      The Sun Netra 1290 Server and its options are being retired. The server has met the tier 1 minimum lifecycle of 3 1/2 years. Hence, Sun has scheduled a last order date for October 14, 2009; last ship date for April 14, 2010; and end of service life for April 14, 2015. There are no direct or easily substituted replacements for the Sun Netra 1290 server. It is recommended that customers give consideration to the Sun Netra T5440 and X4450.
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