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Oracle
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Technology Behind Running Oracle RAC on Sun LDoms
Sun BluePrint: "Running Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on Sun Logical Domains"
Read this Sun BluePrints for running Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on servers set up with Sun Logical Domains (LDoms). Learn about implementing a solution that runs in both development and production environments. Imagine virtualization technology available that comes with Sun LDoms that allows the creation of multiple virtual systems. However, these LDoms run on a single physical system. With this technology, users can set up the fine-grained assignment of CPU and memory resources to an Oracle RAC workload.
Features
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A Layered Approach to Bug Checking
The Parfait Project
For handling bugs, Cristina Cifuentes, a senior staff engineer in Sun Labs discusses "the Parfait Project." The Parfait Project is named after the dessert because it takes a multi-layered approach to bug checking. The building of this layered bug checker is an attempt at providing an efficient tool for checking bugs and reducing the amount of time spent.
Illumos
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Solaris 10 Containers for OpenSolaris
Run Solaris 10 Environments on Top of OpenSolaris Kernel
Solaris 10 Containers on OpenSolaris allows system administrators to adopt technologies found in the OpenSolaris kernel by maintaining Solaris 10 Operating System environments on top of the OpenSolaris kernel. Technologies like Crossbow networking and ZFS enhancements are now available as long as the Solaris 10 environment meets the standard Solaris Zone requirements.
Screencast Explains How to Upgrade from OpenSolaris 2008.11 to 2009.06
Using Package Manager or Command Line
Through an audio screencast, find out how you can easily upgrade from an existing OpenSolaris 2008.11 to OpenSolaris 2009.06. This 10-minute how-to screencast is easy to follow and is presented by Markus Weber, Sun technical marketing manager. He shows the simple steps to follow to conduct this upgrade and several screenshots to walk users through it.
Solaris
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An Introduction to Clearview IPMP
Clearview IPMP - Solaris-specific Multipathing Technology
An article describes a brief overview of Clearview IPMP, which includes concepts and the new configuration methods used for Solaris. In January 2009, Clearview IPMP was reapplied to the Solaris Nevada Build 107. Thus, it was necessary to describe to Sun users the new experience with IPMP configuration and management in Solaris.
Servers
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Sun's New Family of Servers Based on Intel Xeon 5500 Processor Series
Sun Fire X4170, X4270 and X4275
Sun Fire X4170, X4270 and X4275 are part of Sun's new family of servers based on the Intel Xeon 5500 series processors. These new servers are best suited for large enterprises as well as for sophisticated small and medium businesses (SMB).
Sun Cooling Door 5200
Chilled Water Cooling Technology Much More Efficient than Traditional Models
Sun Cooling Door 5200 is an energy efficient chilled water cooling system for Sun Blade 6048 modular system. The Sun Cooling Door 5200 has a 100% passive design (no fans or electricity required), and is much more efficient than traditional cooling systems. As a passive system, it simply leverages the air movement generated by the Sun Blade 6048 chassis fans so there are no electrical fans. This makes it more energy efficient, reliable and quieter than traditional cooling modules.
SSD Technology in Sun's x64 Server and Blades Portfolio
Instantly and Efficiently Increase Application I/O Performance
Integration of Solid State Drive (SSD) technology into Sun's portfolio of x64 servers and blades has been announced for the Sun Fire X4140, X4240 and X4440 servers. SSDs based on Flash technology are now an enterprise-class storage option for these listed Sun Fire servers, providing faster I/O performance at a compelling price point with low power requirements.
Maximize the Value of Your Datacenter
White Paper: Sun Fire X4170, X4270, and X4275 Server Architecture
This white paper describes how to optimize performance, density, and expandability to maximize datacenter value with Sun Fire Server Architecture. This architecture is made up specific Sun Fire servers X4170, X4270, and X4275 that combine the power of Intel Xeon 5500 Processors with Sun's expertise.
OpenStorage
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Sun Open Archive Solution Addresses Mid-market Needs
Collaboration with Symantec Delivers Green, Smaller-footprint Storage
Recently Sun expanded its portfolio of mid-market solutions with the introduction of an Open Archive solution that pairs the Sun Storage 7110 and 7210 Unified Storage Systems and Sun Fire X4140 and Sun Fire X4240 servers with Symantec Enterprise Vault 8 software. This solution makes it easy for customers to archive different data types, such as files/records, email, instant messaging and sharepoint content while ensuring data integrity.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 136 Issue 1, 2; Vol 135 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 134 Issue 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 2, the top 10 articles were:

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

    LibreOffice
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    eWeek Reviews OpenOffice 3.1
    Improvements Help 3.1 Rank with Microsoft Office
    OpenOffice.org 3.1 has made a hit with eWeek.com Editor Jason Brooks who approves at length of the changes, especially those made to Calc. He pronounces OpenOffice 3.1 a worthy challenger to Microsoft Office. Both Microsoft and OpenOffice.org have worked successfully, Brooks writes, to improve compatibility between the two solutions.
    Developer
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    The Process of Writing Code: Part 3 of the Developer Insight Series
    13 Developers Present as Many Approaches to Writing Code

    Part 3 of "The Developer Insight Series: The Process of Writing Code" by Janice J. Heiss considers (in her own words), developers reflecting "...on the actual process of writing code, how it happens, what it feels like, and how they do it." Parts 1 and 2, covered in System News as "Dumb Code Has a Place in the Developers' World," concerned practiced developers offering their advice on writing good code.

    Performance
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    SPECpower Issues in the SPECpower_ssj2008 of Sun Netra X4250 and the Competition
    The Effect of Utilization Rate on Power Consumption
    In "SPECpower_ssj2008 Sun Netra X4250 - SPECpower issues highlighted," BM Seer writes that the Sun Netra X4250 8GB server (two 2.13 GHz Intel L5408 QC) obtained a peak overall ssj_ops/watt metric of 600 (with special BIOS tuning). A more typical 32GB configuration of the same system achieved results of 478 (with special BIOS tuning) and a lower 437 (with standard BIOS settings).
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of June 18th, 2009
    Updated Hardware Certification Program Lets You Test on More Platforms

    The new version (4.3) of the HCTS test suite enables you to certify systems and components for the Solaris OS on x86, x64 and SPARC platforms. You can also test the Solaris 10 OS or the OpenSolaris OS running as a guest OS on virtual platforms.

    Community Tech Tip: Using the MilaX Live CD for Failsafe Booting

    Bernd Schemmer, a big contributor to the BigAdmin community, has posted a new tech tip on the wiki. Find out how to create a failsafe image from the MilaX Live CD, from which the Solaris OS can boot.

    Sysadmin
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    Interoperability Explained Between Sun OpenSSO and Microsoft "Geneva" Server
    Common SAML Standard Makes It All Possible
    A new white paper, jointly published by Microsoft and Sun, addresses the issue of interoperability. The paper, "Microsoft 'Geneva' Server and Sun OpenSSO," discusses the common support of both companies for the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) federation standard as a basis for interoperability and ease of collaboration.
    Virtualization
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    Webinar on Sun VirtualBox
    Insights into the Technologies Behind VBox
    Tune into the Webinar for the latest on VirtualBox (VBox). Through an audio broadcast and slide presentation, Andy Hall, senior product manager at Sun Microsystems opens with a background on VBox and provides a product overview. He describes what is new in VBox, including networking modes and building a virtual appliance.
    Oracle's Virtualization Gold Mine
    The Addition of Sun and Virtual Iron Technologies Intrigues Channel
    The Sun-Oracle deal has analysts and value-added resellers (VARs) speculating that the virtualization market is the area to watch since Oracle has made moves indicating its interest in this space, i.e. purchasing virtualization vendor Virtual Iron Software Inc. less than a month after pursuing Sun. Alice LaPlante explores this topic in an article for SearchITChannel.com.
    Java Technology
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    Xerox Global Services Deploys Sun GlassFish
    Briefly Describes Experience with the Open Source Application Server
    Xerox Global Services' Jean-Baptiste Gauthier answers a questionnaire describing the company's production use of Sun GlassFish. In France, they installed GlassFish as their main Java application server on Solaris systems. The Xerox infrastructure includes customer document management and interactions with its customers.
    JRuby on GlassFish Deployments
    Kenai.com, Linkedln and JotBot Find a Winning Combination
    Success stories on GlassFish adoptions are making the rounds. Three of recent note involve Kenai.com, Linkedln and JotBot. Comments from each company provide insight into the uses they are making of GlassFish and include praise for the support provided by the GlassFish team.
    JavaFX
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    "JavaFX 1.2 Technology: Features and Enhancements"
    White Paper Offers a Detailed Look at the Changes in this Latest Version
    The white paper "JavaFX 1.2 Technology: Features and Enhancements" by Java and JavaFX Technology specialist Inyoung Cho covers what's new and what has changed in JavaFX 1.2 technologies. Cho explains the changes in the JavaFX SDK with the latest release 1.2 and what's different from 1.1.
    Security
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    Privacy, Trust, and Security in Technology
    Discussion with Sun Distinguished Engineer Susan Landau
    Find out what Sun is saying about privacy issues, security and building trust into system design. The discussion is led by Hal Stern with guest Susan Landau, Distinguished Engineer at Sun. How protected are we in the arena where data is exchanged, downloaded, packaged and shared with other entities?
    "OpenSolaris Secure Programming Guidelines"
    Advice on Common Security Issues
    In his paper "OpenSolaris Secure Programming Guidelines," Joep Vesseur describes some common security issues and provides advice on how to circumvent them by identifying unsafe programming constructs and how to resolve them. The paper also provides several general guidelines for safe programming.
    Financial Services
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    Customer Snapshot: Sun Helps Luxembourg Bank Cut IT Costs
    Sun SPARC & Solaris 10 OS Supports Growth for New Bank Application
    Sun technology meets a powerful banking customer challenge by providing LBBW Luxembourg Bank with a solution that helps it cut IT costs and supports its growth. Sun's professional services designed a high-performance infrastructure built with Sun SPARC Servers and Solaris 10 to create a flexible, scalable infrastructure for their new Avaloq application.
    South African Company Praises GlassFish and its Sun Stack
    Mobile Financial Services Platform is Fully-Stacked with Sun Infrastructure
    Watch a short video to find out how Fundamo, a mobile financial services company based in Cape Town, South Africa, is using Sun stack hardware, operating system, and GlassFish to build their infrastructure. They are using Sun's products because of its many features and the greater support it offers when compared with other open source application services.
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