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Oracle
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The Remote Replication Feature of the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
For Disaster Recovery of Oracle Databases
Sridhar Ranganathan and Jeffrey Wright have written a paper explaining how to use Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System remote replication with Oracle databases and how to perform disaster recovery (DR) at the target site. The article is intended for anyone who wants to implement replication techniques with Oracle databases. The 21-page PDF covers the capabilities of the remote replication feature, full database replication DR scenarios and DR scenarios for online redo log replication.
Cloud Computing
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Sizing Up Intel Xeon 5500s and Six-Core AMD Opterons as Tools for the Cloud
Know Your Needs, Blogger Recommends, Then Choose the Processor
The IT atmosphere is clouding up and, as it does, administrators are going to have to address certain issues, among them, which is the most suitable processor for a particular use of cloud computing. Mr. Benchmark provides a few suggestions in this direction in his blog, "What processor will fuel your first private cloud: Intel Nehalem or AMD Istanbul?"
Software
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The Enhanced Features of Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 3
Easing the Transistion from Traditional Grid Computing to the Cloud
Ease the transition from traditional grid computing to cloud computing with Sun Grid Engine (SGE) 6.2 Update 3, which features a Service Domain Manager (SDM) Cloud Adapter that provides an interface to manage Amazon's EC2 Amazon Machine Images (AMI). It also features Initial Power Saving support that uses the existing features of the Service Domain Manager to extract information about the ideal size of a cluster according to demand. The ability to flexibly add execution hosts as needed on demand delivers power and cooling cost savings.
Servers
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Two New PTO Options for Sun Fire X4540 with Six-Core AMD Opteron Processor
New Istanbul Processor 2435 Now Available
There are two new PTO options for Sun Fire X4540 with six-core AMD Opteron Processor 2435. The two new PTOs offer either two AMD Opteron 2435 CPUs, 32 GB memory and 24 TB of storage or two 2435 CPUs, 32 GB memory and 48 TB of storage. The desired system will be preinstalled with Solaris 10 Update 7 OS. The new CPU Opteron 2435 processor has six cores in each CPU as compared to the quad core CPU for higher throughput I/O and better data throughput rate for each CPU.
Sun Blade X6240 and X6440 Server Modules with Six-Core AMD Opteron Processors
Six-Core Performance in the Same Quad-Core Footprint
The Sun Blade X6240 and X6440 server modules now support the six-core AMD Opteron processors. Find out more about the specific model numbers and what features these new six-core processors offer. Sun also announced that the Sun Blade X6240 now supports 8GB DIMMs, and that there are new Assemble-to-Order (ATO) blade assemblies required for both Sun Blade X6240 and X6440 server modules with the new six-core processors.
Storage
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Sun Storage Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server
Sun Storage J4400 as 6000-Mailbox Solution for Exchange 2007 With CCR
In a BigAdmin document, Ryan Pratt provides information on a fully tested and validated Sun storage solution for Microsoft Exchange Server, based on the Microsoft Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP) – Storage program. The scenario presented in the article describes Sun Storage J4400 Arrays being used for a 6000-mailbox Microsoft Exchange 2007 implementation with Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR).
Look Before You Leap into Data DeDupe
It May Not Really Be the Only Answer to Storage Cost Management

Given that the price tag of storage management and operations can be up to 3x the hardware price, that the electrical costs are rapidly approaching and in some places exceeding the hardware price, and that many organizations are running out of floor space –- another limited resource -- it all adds up to the reality of having to budget a minimum of 5x the storage hardware price tag to manage, maintain, upgrade, power, cool, and install all of this additional storage, writes Jay Wallace in his blog, "Data DeDupe - A Part of the Whole."

OpenStorage
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Configuring Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System as a Storage Target
For Symantec Enterprise Vault
A quick introduction on configuring the Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System for use as a vault storage target when using Symantec Enterprise Vault 8.0 is presented in a BigAdmin Feature article by Ulrich Conrad. The 35-page PDF walks readers through deployment and the setup of a file system archive. Corresponding screen images are provided throughout the entire process to assist. Keep in mind that the entire line of Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems has the same web-based GUI, so the information provided by Conrad in this article can be applied to any of the systems.
Approaches to Backup and Recovery for Oracle Databases
How to Use the Snapshot Feature of the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
The BigAdmin paper on "Backup and Recovery for Oracle Databases With Snapshot Feature of Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System" makes the most of the web-based GUI common to all products in the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System family. Authors Sridhar Ranganathan and Jeffrey Wright note that this common feature enables their research on the methodologies to be followed for performing backup and recovery operation of Oracle databases using the snapshot, clone, and rollback features to generalize to the entire product line.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 137 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 136 Issue 1, 2, 3, 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 4, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    New Coalition to Bring Open Source Communities and US Government Together
    Open Source for America to Advocate Broader Support, Participation
    Sun is one of more than 70 organizations and individuals that have joined together to form a new coalition called Open Source for America that will promote the use of free and open source software to the U.S. Federal Government. Gartner recently estimated by 2011 more than 25 percent of government vertical, domain-specific applications will either be open source, contain open source application components or be developed as community source.
    Education and Research
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    Sun Designs High Performance Grid Computing System for UNC
    HPC Biomedical Image Analysis System Satisfies Researchers Need for Speed
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) is a leading research university which recently turned to Sun to help design a high-performance biomedical image analysis system. The university selected Sun because it could provide a more customized solution and better support for image-intensive applications. The UNC-CH grid is called the Biomedical Analysis and Simulation Supercomputer (BASS) system, which integrates Sun Fire servers, StorageTek systems and management tools with NVIDIA visual computing systems.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of July 30th, 2009
    CommVault Simpana Data Archiver and CIFS With Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System

    This quick start guide by a Sun engineer shows how to set up a Sun open storage system to use CommVault Simpana Data Archiver with the Common Internet File System protocol. This example uses a Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System and a Sun Fire X4140 server running Microsoft Window Server 2003.

    Deploying Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System

    Volumes on a Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System can be published to a server running Microsoft Windows Server software. This article outlines the steps for this scenario, using CIFS or iSCSI with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 databases.

    Sysadmin
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    Test Driving Six-Core AMD Opteron Processors on Sun Fire X4140
    With Web 2.0 Toolkit Olio and iGen with PostgreSQL 8.4
    Sun recently integrated AMD's six-core Opteron processors in its x64 blades and rackmount servers. With six processing units on each chip, the new processors help deliver increased performance for environments such as virtualization, database and web serving. Sun Staff Engineer Jignesh K. Shah decided to test drive the Sun Fire X4140 set up with 2 x 6-core Opterons, 36GB RAM and Web 2.0 toolkit Olio. Shah also tested the final release of PostgreSQL 8.4 (64-bits) in the download of Solaris 10 binaries on the system. See what he found.
    OpenSolaris for the Linux User
    Linux Administrators Should Take a Closer Look at this Open Source OS

    Sun engineer Harry Foxwell, a well known advocate of OpenSolaris and co-author of the book "Pro OpenSolaris: A New Open Source OS for Linux Developers and Administrators," shared his enthusiasm for the solution with Joab Jackson of Government Computer News in a recent interview. "The point that I made in the beginning of the book is that some people call themselves Linux developers but they really are open-source developers who happen to run their applications on a Linux OS," Foxwell states. "They could, in theory, use some other OS to support the tools they use. And OpenSolaris, in fact, does."

    Networking
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    Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 648
    High-density, QDR, Standards-based, Fully Non-blocking IB Core Switch
    The Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 648 is a high-density, Quad Data Rate (QDR) IB core switch that offers capacity for up to 648 servers and storage systems. It can replace up to 152 discrete switching elements and thousands of cables in large-scale solutions, Sun reports. It is an ideal solution for cluster sizes that range from 200 servers to 5000+ servers. This full industry standard Infiniband switching platform fits into a standard 19-inch rack. With an 11u height, up to three switches can be mounted in a single rack for 1,944 4x QDR InfiniBand ports in 33 rack units.
    Virtualization
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    How to Deploy the AMP Stack in a Virtualized Environment
    Using Virtualization Features in Solaris OS
    "Deploying the AMP Stack in Virtualized Environments - Taking a Step Towards Cloud Computing" is a Sun BluePrints paper by Thierry Manfe of Sun ISV Engineering that explains how to deploy the AMP (Apache, MySQL and PHP) stack in a virtualized environment, describing the virtualization features built into the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).
    NetBeans
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    NetBeans IDE 6.7 Now Integrates Effectively with Project Kenai
    All From Within NetBeans IDE Itself; Little Need to Resort to Browser
    The capability that the new NetBeans IDE 6.7 release delivers, allowing developers to easily collaborate with each other on Project Kenai right from within the NetBeans IDE rather than through a Web browser inside the IDE found favor with eWeek reviewer Jeff Cogswell, who called this one of the biggest improvements in the release. Because the Project Kenai site itself includes full support for source code repositories, developers can connect through any of several source code version control systems, he notes.
    Security
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    Security News Bites
    Short Items of Interest on Sun Security

    • Using One Instance of OpenSSO to Secure Web Services
    • New and Updated OpenSSO Extensions
    • Scripts for Encrypted File System / Scratch Space
    • Wanted: Solaris Security Aficionados to Update Solaris 10 Benchmark
    • Kernel SSL Proxy (KSSL) Project
    • Solaris Security Demonstrations on RBAC, Cryptographic Framework, Process Rights Management

    http://blogs.systemnews.com/

    OpenSSO Express Build 8.0
    To Provide Mobile One-time Password, Fedlet Support for .NET and Rapid Salesforce.com Federation
    OpenSSO is the only access control solution that includes access management, federation and secure Web services in a single product. OpenSSO Express Build 8.0 will provide mobile one-time password. This feature is expected to allow two-factor authentication out-of-the box without the need for a third party product, and OpenSSO Express 8.0 will be the first access management solution to do so. This new version, whose download is expected to be available in a few weeks, also includes Fedlet support for .NET applications and rapid salesforce.com federation.
    Telco
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    Flexible, Cost-Effective SOA with Sun GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus & Enterprise Server
    Increased Development Cycles up to 50%, Decreased TCO by about 50% for One Telecom
    The Netherland’s third largest provider of fixed-telephony services, Pretium Telecom, wanted to simplify its service-oriented architecture (SOA), to speed up the development of a new VoIP offering and to minimize costs. After evaluating possible solutions from Sun, Apache and JBoss, Pretium Telecom and its IT vendor Yenlo concluded that replacing the current SOA Suite with Sun GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server could provide the required functionality in a smaller, more agile, open-standards–based framework.
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