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Sun Comes Aboard to Aid BC Ferry Services in New IT Architecture Implementation
Sun Solutions Result in Improved Operating Margins, Lower Power and Real Estate Costs Through Virtualization
When the pace of business demands made it clear to BC Ferry Services in Victoria British Columbia that outsourcing the management of its Oracle and Sybase database applications for reservations, scheduling, human resources (and the servers running them) was no longer a feasible solution, the company turned to Sun for IT infrastructure that would meet its needs and deliver savings and flexibility not available in their former operational environment.
It's a Match: hi5 Hooks Up with Sun
Social Networking Service Opts for Sun Fire X4540 Server
When the six-year old social networking service hi5 doubled its user base in 2008, it became clear to management that a robust means of keeping pace with growth was called for. The 400+ TB of data the service manages just keeps growing, so the company looked to Sun for answers concerning their IT infrastructure. hi5 sought to scale its infrastructure to accommodate anticipated growth; reduce IT costs; provide for the management of hundreds of TBs of stored data; and maintain an easily scalable and manageable storage infrastructure. Sun came up with the answers.
Illumos
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Chatting About OpenSolaris
And Chat It Is, with Information for Just About Everyone
Something you'd like to know about OpenSolaris? Have a look at the transcript of the Slashdot Chat Session on May 28, 2009. You should find an answer to your questions there. Tidbits shared were that work continues on OpenSolaris support for thin clients; that OS virtualization is possible with Solaris Containers; that enterprise support is available for OpenSolaris; suggestions on upgrading from one developer build to another; procedures for patching, and so forth.
Release of High Availability Cluster Software for OpenSolaris 2009.06
Form Cluster with Fewer Physical Hardware Requirements

Availability of High Availability Cluster software for OpenSolaris 2009.06 or Open HA Cluster 2009.06 has been announced by Sun. Based on Solaris Cluster 3.2 and Project Colorado, OpenHA Cluster 2009.06 includes new features that contribute to “hardware minimization,” allowing users to form a cluster with fewer physical hardware requirements. Open HA Cluster 2009.06 is free to use, with production level support offerings available for two-node clusters. This release runs on OpenSolaris 2009.06 only.

OpenSolaris News Bites
Short Items of Interest to the OpenSolaris Community
  • OpenSolaris 2006.06 Reinvents Network, Storage and Compute
  • OpenSolaris Logical Domains Rapid Service Provisioning
  • Protocol Analyzer WireShark in OpenSolaris
  • Postgres 8.4 beta1 on OpenSolaris
  • Use of FX Scheduler on OpenSolaris with Postgres
  • Installing Zones on OpenSolaris
  • OpenSolaris Just Enough Operating System (JeOS)
  • OpenSolaris Developer Conference 2009
  • Civilization on UNIX

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OpenSolaris Now Ported to ARM Processor Cores
The OpenSolaris Project ARM Platform Port Makes First Release
Sun has started porting its OpenSolaris operating system on to ARM processor cores, targeting mobile, handheld and embedded applications, on the heels of being made available on SPARC processors targeting mainframes and servers. The new ARM port is a multicore ARM11 based SoC and a reference board designed primarily for car computers and portable navigation devices.
Solaris
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How-to Guide: Consolidating into Solaris Containers
Step-by-step Through Consolidation Process, with Code Examples and Illustrations
Refer to this guide to learn how to consolidate applications onto a single server using Solaris Containers technology. This guide is geared towards users, system administrators, and developers unfamiliar with the Solaris 10 operating system.
Cloud Computing
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Updates on Three Cloud Computing Security Projects from Sun's CommunityOne
Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunnette Blogs on Recent Developments
Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette addresses developments in three Cloud Computing security projects he has been associated with in a recent blog entitled "Cloud Security from Sun's CommunityOne." These projects include Security Hardened Virtual Machine Images, Cloud Safety Box, and Encrypted ZFS Backups.
Software
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Sun Secure Global Desktop Software 4.5
Multiple New Features Add New Level of Security, More Flexibility and Mobility
Sun Secure Global Desktop (SGD) Software 4.5 is now available. This latest release introduces an innovative level of security when accessing data and applications with the new Secure Gateway, which allows users to move the SGD server out of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and into the confines of the corporate firewall. It also adds new failover mechanisms that ensure consistent data availability, enhances device mapping, making it even easier to configure devices for large deployments, and adds native support for Novell eDirectory services.
Servers
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Server Market Continues Decline, Reports Gartner
Current Global Economy Expected to Produce Weak Year in Server Space
Server revenue declined 24 percent worldwide in the first quarter as compared to the same period last year, with shipments dropping 24.2 percent, published Gartner in its quarterly recap. All of the top five vendors - IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell Inc., Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens - experienced double-digit declines during the reported quarter.
Storage
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Sun Mainframe Storage Solutions Remain Best in Class
A Brief History of Mainframe Architecture; A Glance at the Future
In "Sun Storage Augments Mainframe Renaissance", Fred Moore, president of Horison Information Strategies, an information strategies consulting firm, has undertaken to write a historical survey of developments in enterprise computing from the mainframe perspective that discusses what the newest mainframe operating system and storage solutions have in store.
OpenStorage
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Review: Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System
Some Pros and Cons Expressed by NetworkWorld
While the iSCSI-based Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System tested by NetworkWorld's reviewer delivered as promised with respect to its high-performance claims, reviewer Logan Harbaugh expressed some reservations concerning usability and integration issues.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 136 Issue 1; Vol 135 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 134 Issue 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 136 Issue 1, 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
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    Apache Derby and Java DB Release Version 10.5.1.1
    Feature Release Along with Bug and Document Fixes
    JavaDB 10.5.1.1 has been released following the earlier release of Apache Derby 10.5.1.1. JavaDB is functionally equivalent to Apache Derby 10.5.1.1 - both contain the exact same jar files - but with JavaDB there are a few additional perks. Learn more about these as well as the latest features, which include SQL roles, generated columns, OFFSET/FETCH FIRST, in-memory back end, and more.
    Performance
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    Guidelines for Performance Testing the Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System
    Three-part Series from Fishworks Engineer Brendan Gregg
    Performance testing and developing best practices for the Sun Storage 7000 series is the subject of a three-part blog by Fishworks Engineer Brendan Gregg. The complexities of the hybrid storage pool make performance testing a more complicated but no less necessary process, he notes.
    Education and Research
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    Sun Donates Equipment to Colorado State University
    New Computer Science Building to Help Empower Students' Skill Set, Expertise
    Colorado State University's new Computer Science Building boasts 30 Sun Fire X4100 servers, 24 Sun Ray monitors and peripherals, 200 chairs, 30 tables and 60 cubicles, among other items that are estimated to be worth over $233,000 and the higher learning institution got it all for free. Sun helped furnish the Fort Collins university's state-of-the-art computer science center, which recently held its official grand opening.
    University of Central Florida Improves its Storage Area Network with Sun Solution
    Built with Sun Stoarge, Servers, and Solaris 10
    Sun helps University of Central Florida (UCF) solve many challenges for increasing throughput and storage capacity. UCF turned to Sun Solutions because it needed to implement a scalable, reliable storage area network. However, it also needed to increase computing power, improve efficiency and cost effectiveness, and deploy more cost-effective storage for its disaster-recovery program.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of June 11th, 2009
    Firmware Flash Utility for SAS Expanders

    Sun provides a Firmware Flash Utility for updating the expander firmware on SPARC and X64 based platforms. This unbundled product requires the Solaris 10 10/08 OS or later. Here are installation instructions from a Sun engineer.

    Community Tech Tips on the BigAdmin Wiki

    Anyone is free to post on our wiki, and contributors update their docs on the basis of reader comments. Posts from the community include:

    - Disaster Recovery in Veritas Volume Manager 4.x

    - Changing the Value of Kernel Static Strings (Using the mdb Command)

    - How to Change the Output of the uname Command in the Solaris OS

    Sysadmin
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    A Look at the Costs/Benefits of Switching Out HDDs for SDDs
    Runing the Oracle Database and Calculating the Costs
    Here's the question: What, exactly, are the economic and performance benefits of changing out HDDs and replacing them with SSDs? Blogger Mr. Benchmark addresses the question in his posting "Running Your Oracle Database on Internal Solid State Disks: A Good Idea?"
    Virtualization
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    Are Three Hosts Truly Necessary to Run VDI 3?
    Developer Suggests Some Alternatives
    Integration of the MySQL database with Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3 is the subject of a recent blog by Tino Rachui, the engineer who was responsible for the database integration aspect of the release. He presents some alternatives to the three-host requirement that has raised considerable comment since the release.
    Java Technology
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    Managing the GlassFish Load Balancer
    How to Achieve Scalability and Fault Tolerance
    This white paper will show users how to use the GlassFish Load Balancer to accomplish scalability and fault tolerance. In order to deploy an enterprise application successfully, businesses need to be able to balance these requirements. By efficiently deploying scalability, businesses will benefit with the ability to size their system to meet their customer traffic needs.
    Security
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    Open Source Identity Management Solutions Provide the Scalability for the Enterprise in the Extranet
    Sun Identity Source Offers an Approach
    The white paper "Guide to Open Source Identity Management" explores the advantages of open-source identity software and provides a look at Sun Identity Source, the open-source identity initiative, which currently includes OpenSSO and OpenDS.
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