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Good News from Sun Marketing
July 2009
Each month Sun Marketing publishes the "Good News" about Sun. This month there are 12 items and 3 groups:

  • Leading Market Conversations: ComputerWorld's "100 Best Places to Work in IT 2009," Open Work Program, Sun Constellation System, Sun Blade Systems, Julich, Sun Blade X6275, NetBeans 6.7
  • Product Reviews Underscore Innovation: VirtualBox, OpenSolaris, JavaFX
  • Customers Choose Sun: MySQL, Sun Servers, Storage, Software, Virtualization, Solaris Containers, Workstations, Management Tools

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

Preliminary Results for Sun's Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2009
Net Loss, Lower Revenue Expected, Company Reports
Sun projects it will have a net loss of 24 to 34 cents per share for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, which ended June 30, 2009. This translates to between 6 and 16 cents a share excluding special nonrecurring items. The company reported these preliminary results two days before a special stockholder meeting (July 16) where members were set to vote on whether to approve Sun's acquisition by Oracle.
Sun Stockholders Approve Oracle Acquisition
Approximately 62% Vote to Adopt Agreement
A special meeting of Sun stockholders held on July 16, 2009, to vote on whether to accept Oracle's proposal to buyout the company has been approved. Sun reports approximately 62% of the shares of outstanding Sun common stock voted to adopt the agreement. Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash.
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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 computing.co.uk discovered the emphasis at Sun is developing relationships with start-up companies rather than simply peddling hardware and software.
Virtualization
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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
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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.
Software
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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.
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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.
OpenStorage
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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.
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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.

    Networking
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    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.
    Security
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    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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