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Special Stockholder Meeting Set for July 16, 2009
Special Committee of the Sun Board of Directors to Vote on Merger Agreement with Oracle
Sun stockholders are scheduled to meet on July 16, 2009, to vote on the adoption of the merger agreement between Sun and Oracle. The proposal to adopt the merger agreement must be approved by a majority of the outstanding shares of Sun's common stock. Back in April, the company's Board of Directors unanimously approved to sell Sun to Oracle for $9.50 per share in cash for 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.
GreenPeace Cool IT Challenge Scores Sun, IBM as Leaders
Demonstrate Leadership in Tackling Climate Change
In the quest to find which IT companies are doing the most to help tackle climate change, Greenpeace has concluded Sun and IBM have the best records. Both received the highest scores in the Greenpeace Cool IT challenge that scrutinized which IT vendors offer greenhouse gas emissions-reducing technologies, advocate for global emission reduction, and actually implement these philosophies within their companies.
Good News from Sun Marketing
June 2009
Each month Sun Marketing publishes the "Good News" about Sun. This month there are 13 items and 3 groups:

  • Leading Market Conversations: Java technology, Java Store, Java Warehouse, JavaFX, Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE platform), JavaFX TV, Sun GlassFish Portfolio, Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6, OpenSolaris 2009.06, Project Darkstar
  • Customers Choose Sun: MySQL, Sun OpenSSO Enterprise
  • Product Reviews Underscore Innovation: Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System, Sun VirtualBox, OpenOffice.org

A two-page PDF of the "Good News" from Sun is available in English and several other languages.

IT Execs and Managers' Preference and Reliance on UNIX Indicates Long Future Ahead
Solaris Most Popular UNIX Server, ComputerWorld Survey Reports
Computerworld's 2009 UNIX survey of IT executives and managers conducted online in March and April not only shows the various flavors of Solaris as the most popular UNIX version, but that the OS is still going strong. The survey had 211 respondents and of those 71 percent used a Solaris-based UNIX system. Survey indicators show that in the next five years UNIX will be "an essential operating system with continued widespread deployment," according to 47 percent of respondents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.

    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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