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Sun Startup Essentials EMEA Manager Shares Sun's Approach with New Businesses
The Customer Defines the Problem; Sun Has the Answers
In his interview with Stewart Townsend, head of Sun's Startup Essentials group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Dave Bailey of discovered the emphasis at Sun is developing relationships with start-up companies rather than simply peddling hardware and software.
How to Optimize OpenSolaris for Intel Xeon 5500 Processors
Improving Performance via OpenSolaris Cryptography
Learn how to improve OpenSolaris performance on Intel Xeon 5500 series processors in a blog series by Amitabha Banerjee in Sun's Performance Group, who explains how to optimize OpenSolaris cryptography for these processors, and in a complementary blog by Dan Anderson, who highlights the improved OpenSolaris performance and references Banerjee's techniques, blogs and adds a few insights of his own.
OpenSolaris and the Open HA Cluster Software
The First High Availability Solution for OpenSolaris

Open High Availability (HA) Cluster 2009.06 is available for OpenSolaris, making it the first HA solution for Sun's open source OS. Touted as the next generation clustering software, the Open HA Cluster is based on Solaris Cluster technology and provides users of OpenSolaris minimized hardware requirements for simplified configuration. It features IPS-based packaging for ease in delivery and production level support from Sun.

Performance Engineers Need Not Fear ZFS
Learn More About ZFS and SPEC CPU2006, IO and Memory Consumption
Performance Engineer John L. Henning shares why he has lost his fear of ZFS since many of his previous concerns have been resolved as the technology has improved over time, and he has learned more about using the Sun file system. SPEC CPU benchmarks and IO are areas that he previously had some trepidations about, and another was the consumption of memory that ZFS had been rumored to make. In an article posted on his blog, he shows why he can now embrace the features of ZFS.
Early Access Version of Sun Ray Software 5 and Sun Ray Soft Client 1.0
Enhancements to Adobe Flash, Windows Server 2008
Get a rich, virtual Windows, Linux, or Solaris OS desktop on Sun Ray clients with the Sun Ray Software. A new early access version has just been released, Version 5.0, providing Adobe Flash enhancements and the ability to display applications on Windows Server 2008 in 32 bit color. The download comes with Sun Ray Soft Client Early Access 1, which offers connectivity to Sun Ray desktop sessions from a Windows laptop or desktop computer.
Sun Blade X6270, Sun Fire Servers X4170 and X4270 Support Larger SAS Drives
146GB and 300GB SAS Drives for Double Storage Capacity
Sun Blade X6270 Server Modules and Sun Fire X4170 and X4270 Servers now support 146GB and 300GB SAS drives, providing double the storage capacity to support even more data-intensive applications. Customers can mix 146GB and 300GB SAS drives in a single Sun Blade X6270 Server Module, Sun Fire X4170 or Sun Fire X4270 Server except in RAID configurations
Installing a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise as xVM Guest
Using xVM Hypervisor Under OpenSolaris
Learn the steps it takes to run a Windows guest using the Sun xVM hypervisor, which is now bundled with OpenSolaris, under the open source OS. In a 14-page PDF, Abhishek Gupta explains installation, configuration and use of Sun xVM hypervisor product/technology under OpenSolaris, and subsequently installing a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise as xVM guest.
New Array Configurations for Sun Storage 6580 and 6780
Get Up to 16 of the 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Host Ports
New features have been announced for the Sun Storage 6780 and Sun Storage 6580. These include eight to sixteen 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Host Ports, legacy tray support and support for 448 drives. Along with this announcement, Sun reported that it is retiring specific low volume Sun Storage 6140 and Sun Storage CSM200 DC & AC configurations.
Sun Tape
Remanufactured Systems Program Adds SL8500 Tape Library Bundles
Discounted Pricing Drives Customers to Pre-owned Parts Supported by Sun
Sun StorageTek SL8500 Tape Library Bundles are now part of Sun's Used Parts Program, which offers customers the option of purchasing pre-owned parts at discounted rates. All of the StorageTek SL8500 Tape Libraries in Sun's Used Program are rebuilt and can be expected to deliver the same performance, reliability, quality and investment protection as new Sun StorageTek SL8500 Tape Library parts, the company reports.
Performance Comparisons of the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Product Line
Throughput and IOPS Results for the 7410, 7310, 7210 and 7110 Storage Systems
The entire Sun Storage 7000 line are throughput workhorses, writes Roch Juin, with them delivering 10 Gbps level NAS services per cluster head nodes, using a single Network Interface and single IP address. In his blog, Juin shares recent performance tests of the array product line - Sun Storage 7410, 7310, 7210 and 7110. Performance results posted on his blog represent what is achieved under a very tightly defined constrained workload; however, he notes, it does not represent the performance limits of the systems.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 137 Issues 1, 2; Vol 136 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 135 Issues 3 and 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 137 Issue 2, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Benchmarking SAS Grid Computing 9.2 on the Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System
    Sun Fire X2200 M2 Servers, StorageTek Solution a Good Match for SAS Grid Computing Workload
    Sun has demonstrated the first large scale grid validation for the SAS Grid Computing 9.2 benchmark using large data sizes with the Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System and complex data processing that models the real world, according to blogger Marcus Heckel.
    Education and Research
    Sun Innovations Bring Text-free Curriculum, Virtual Reality to Campus
    Saint Paul College Reduces Costs 70% with Sun Solutions
    Minnesota’s Saint Paul College plans on implementing a textbook-free curriculum beginning this fall semester, and will offer some courses using Sun's Project Wonderland, a Java and open-source toolkit for creating collaborative 3D virtual worlds, as part of an immersive virtual reality teaching project. The text-free curriculum was an easy decision for the the two-year technical college that has offered students access to the computer resources they needed anytime, anywhere, from any computer with Sun Ray 1 clients for 10 years.
    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of July 16th, 2009
    Community Submission: Configuring the DHCP Server for the Solaris OS or OpenSolaris OS

    This procedure can help get you started configuring a DHCP server by using the bundled DHCP server provided in the Solaris OS or the SUNWdhcs package for the OpenSolaris OS. The tech tip discusses configuring the DHCP server with some static entries for specific hosts, and also with a small pool of addresses for random users.

    Sun Storage J4400 Array as 6000-Mailbox Solution for Microsoft Exchange 2007 With CCR

    The writer, a Sun engineer, built this scenario using the Microsoft Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP). This storage solution was designed for a Microsoft Exchange 2007 implementation with Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR), a high-availability feature that combines asynchronous log shipping and replay technology.

    Change Is in the Wind for Sysadmins Says Sun VP
    Cloud Computing Calls for a Shift in Emphasis from Hardware to Software
    The cloud, whether private or public, says Sun VP Hal Stern, will change the nature of the system administrator's job, demanding a shift of emphasis from hardware and reliability to software. He shared his views with Alex Goldman in an interview for "With services, we are leaving the hardware world," Stern said.
    Open Network Systems for Internet Infrastructure, MySQL Edition
    Sun's New Reference Architecture Described in BluePrint
    Nick Kloski and Alejandro Medrano have penned a Sun BluePrints Online article covering Sun's new reference architecture, the Open Network Systems for Internet Infrastructure, MySQL Edition. This reference architecture combines Sun Open Storage, high-performance networking and servers, open source software and Sun services into an integrated enterprise portal solution for Web and enterprise environments. This paper describes the hardware and software components of the reference architecture, studies the scalability of the architecture, and includes step-by-step directions for setup and configuration.
    VirtualBox 3 Release Gets Thumbs Up Review at Ars Technica
    Reviewer Praises New Support for 3D Graphics and SMP
    The review of the newly released VirtualBox 3 by Ryan Paul in ars technica notes that this new version of Sun's open source virtualization solution introduces experimental 3D graphics support and the ability to expose multiple CPUs to guest operating systems.
    Solaris 10 Security Deep Dive Presentation
    Glenn Brunette Examines Security Features in Latest Solaris 10 OS Update
    For the convenience of users wishing to be kept abreast of the latest security features in the just-released Solaris 10 OS 05/2009 (Update 7), Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette has provided both an OpenDocument Format (ODF) and a pdf of his mediacast on what's new in security with the new release of Solaris 10 OS. Of particular interest, Brunette suggests, is a new slide focused on IPsec and IKE.
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