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Sun CMT Servers Offer 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 and T2 Plus Processors
Also Announced: Sun Open Network Systems Enterprise 2.0 Solution for Oracle, New Six-Core AMD Opteron-Processor Servers
Chip multi-threaded (CMT) Sun SPARC Enterprise systems now offer 1.6 GHz processors. When used with the recently released Logical Domains 1.2, users can expect to experience additional virtualization and compute performance, simplified management, a reduction in I/O bottlenecks and accelerated application response time, Sun reports. The company also announced the Sun Open Network Systems Enterprise 2.0 Solution for Oracle that claims enterprise infrastructure deployment at up to 75 percent faster rates than traditional approaches. Additionally, new x64 blades and rackmount servers with the latest six-core AMD Opteron processors are available.
Oracle Database on Sun CMT Hardware Sets New SAP Two-Tier SD Record
Also, Sun T5440 with 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus Delivers Record Performance on Oracle BI EE
Oracle and Sun set a world record four-processor result on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark running the SAP Enhancement Pack 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode). The system configuration was comprised of a Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server equipped with four 1.6 GHz Sun UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors and the Oracle Database running on Solaris 10 for a result of 4,720 SAP SD Benchmark users.
Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center Chooses Sun Ray Thin Clients
Microsoft White Paper Describes Virtualizing Windows on Sun Ray Thin Clients
The Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center (EEC) reproduces customer environments and conducts product validation. To accommodate the constant demand for the EEC, Microsoft has expanded the facility's capabilities and increased the size of the data center. Part of this expansion focused on the integration of two core technologies: virtualization technology from Microsoft and Sun Ray thin client technology from Sun. Learn more about virtualizing Microsoft Windows on Sun Ray thin clients in a Microsoft white paper.
Evaluating MySQL Performance on Sun Storage 7110 and 7210
Getting Surprising and Gratifying Results
Curious about how MySQL would perform on the Sun Storage 7110 and 7210, David Lutz found that MySQL performance on the Sun Storage 7000 line is excellent, even on the entry level Sun Storage 7110, adding that, for MySQL on Linux over NFS, performance is great, right out of the box. Lutz also has praise for the capacious addressable memory, most of which is used as cache, available on the Sun Storage 7000 product line.
Cloud Computing
Video Tour of Sun's Cloud at SuperNAP
Highlights the Datacenter's Security, Availability, Energy Efficiency
Sun's open cloud platform is housed at the SuperNAP datacenter run by Switch Communications outside Las Vegas. It resides in custom high-density computing pods known as a T-SCIF (Thermal Separate Compartment in Facility). Take a tour of the Sun installation via a 5-minute video clip that shows the company's operation at the SuperNAP and the cooling systems that manage that density for the Sun cloud platform.
Major Upgrade: Sun Studio 12 Update 1
Includes New Debuggers, Visualization Technology and Support for Parallelism
Sun Studio 12 Update 1 is the latest version of Sun's compilers and performance tools designed for the C, C++ and Fortran developer communities. As we mentioned when it was released in June, this major update delivers new optimizations and features for OpenSolaris, Solaris and the latest Linux operating systems such as optimized compilers with auto-parallelization, multi-thread aware code-level and memory debuggers, a thread analysis tool that identifies race and deadlock conditions in multithreaded code, a performance analyzer, DLight for unified application and system profiling using Solaris DTrace technology, support for OpenMP 3.0 and a next-generation IDE based on the NetBeans project.
Quick Start Guide on Using Sun Storage 7000 Systems with VMware ESX Servers
Addresses Both NFS and iSCSI Protocols
"Using Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System with VMware ESX Server" is a Sun BigAdmin white paper written to give administrators a quick overview on how to quickly set up a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System for use with a VMware ESX Server. Both NFS (NAS) and iSCSI protocols are addressed. The white paper assumes the administrator is familiar with both Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System concepts as well as VMware ESX concepts. Ryan Arneson is the author.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 137 Issues 1, 2, 3; Vol 136 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 135 Issue 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 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Favorite and Funny Code: Part Four of Janice J. Heiss's Series on Developers
    Interviews with Joshua Bloch, Tom Ball, and Masood Mortazavi

    As if to refute the notion that developers have no capacity for humor, Janice J. Heiss caps off her four-part series on developer life with "Favorite and Funny Code," amusing anecdotes from three luminaries in the field: Joshua Bloch, Tom Ball and Masood Mortazavi.

    Easing the Plan and Process of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
    List of Questions, Components to Determine What is Needed for Your Situation
    Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) are essential to any IT environment. Frank Wickham, senior architect and security technologies ambassador with Sun, dedicated an entry on his blog regarding DR and BCP, offering up a list of questions to ask yourself or a customer when considering these important IT factors. Definitely worth a read-through to help size up your particular situation or focus a customer on their situation. He also passes on what he appraises are the basic components of a DR plan.
    OpenDS 2.0 and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 Now Available
    New Release Significantly Increases Performance Both in Read and Write
    OpenDS 2.0 is now available along with the supported version Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0. OpenDS community manager and architect Ludovic Poitou, who is also a Sun senior software engineer, announced the release of the LDAPv3 compliant Directory Service that is written entirely in Java. Among the many enhancements and features are a graphical administration panel, an administration connector and support for binary transfers.
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