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MySQL
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MySQL Enterprise Database Selected by Twitter Microblogging Service
Sun Startup Essentials Member Tweetmeme Upgrades for Scalability and Service Support
The online application TweetMeme that tracks the popularity of links sent via Twitter has selected MySQL Enterprise database to help the microblogging service keep pace with the ever-growing Twitter user base that has experienced 83% month-over-month growth for the first half of 2009. Upgrading from the MySQL Community Edition, TweetMeme has deployed MySQL Enterprise on Sun Fire x86 servers as part of the Sun Startup Essentials program.
Software
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Sun Software Webinar on OpenSSO Express for Improved SSO
Presentation by Daniel Raskin, Sun's Chief Identity Strategist
Sun is hosting a free webinar on OpenSSO Express. Set for Wednesday, August 19th at 10:00 am PST / 1:00 pm EST / 19.00 CET, the 40-minute presentation to be given by Daniel Raskin, Sun's chief identity strategist, will focus on the latest version of OpenSSO and how it can help secure a data center's core resources regardless of whether they are internal, external or in the cloud. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session so that specific listeners' questions can be addressed.
SPARC
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Dependable Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 Servers Maximize IT Uptime
RAS Values Increase with These Solutions
The Sun white paper "Maximize IT Uptime by Utilizing Dependable Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 Servers" explains why deploying those servers can help support organizational efforts to achieve high IT service uptime goals. The authors contend the features of these servers, identified as a low component count, extensive data integrity features and superior energy efficiency, promote reliability. In addition, redundant components foster high levels of availability, and Integrated Lights Out Management (ILOM) and self-healing features simplify serviceability.
Servers
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Host-based SNMP Hardware Monitoring Agent for Sun Servers
Part of the Sun Server Hardware Management Pack
The Sun Server Hardware Management Pack 1.1 consists of Sun Server Hardware Management Agents and associated Sun Server Hardware SNMP Plugins used for monitoring Sun x64 Server and Blade module's hardware. Part of this pack includes the Sun x86 SNMP Hardware Monitoring Agent. To explain exactly what this agent is and what it does, Tony Kay introduces the agent in the System Management blog.
Storage
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Sun Storage Sizing and Design Considerations for VMware
Accurately Sizing the Storage Infrastructure for VMware Virtualized Environments
In a three-part blogged article, Said Syed offers architectural guidelines to implement a VMware configuration on basic storage arrays, such as the iSCSI Sun Storage 2510, to modular midrange and high Sun Storage arrays. The guidelines are based on general VMware storage capabilities along with advanced features such as VMware VMotion, VMware HA, VMware DRS, VMware Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery. Detailed best practices for such implementations are discussed, however application storage considerations are not.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 138 Issue 1; Vol 137 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Vol 136 Issue 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 5, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Service
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    Sun Managed Services More Than Satisfies Motor Sports Promoter
    Exceeds Expectations in Service-Level Availability, IT Productivity and Cost Reductions
    International Speedway Corporation (ISC) is a leading promoter of NASCAR and other motor sports. With the company experiencing 10-15% growth over several years, it decided to leave its third-party vendor hosted systems and build its own data center, engaging an IT vendor to remotely manage its mission-critical systems that include a ticketing system, ERP system and 54 interactive web sites. ISC chose Sun Remote Operations Management and reports its expectations have been far exceeded.
    Performance
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    New SPECmail2009 World Record with Sun Fire X4275 Server, Sun Unified Storage System
    Shows Capability to Support Large, Enterprise-Level IMAP Mail Server Environment
    At the start of July, Sun set a new SPECmail2009 result on a Sun Fire X4275 server and Sun Storage 7110 Unified Storage System running Sun Java Messaging server 6.2. According to Guido Ficco posting these results in BestPerf blog, OpenStorage and ZFS were a key part of the new World Record SPECmail2009.
    Windows on Sun Fire X4600 M2 Sets World Record Results
    New Price-Performance Mark on TPC-H Benchmark
    A recent TPC-H benchmarking exercise at the 300GB scale factor involving Windows running on the Sun Fire X4600 M2 Server resulted in 2.80 $/QphH@300GB (USD) price-performance. The benchmarking employed Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 Enterprise database along with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system. Similar benchmarking results were obtained for the HP DL785 and the IBM x3950 M2. This result is 14% better price performance than the HP DL785 result.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of August 13th, 2009
    New Tech Tip About Running the Solaris OS on IBM Servers

    "Installing Solaris 10 5/09 OS on IBM HS22 Type 7870 Blade Server" is the latest Sun tech tip on the BigAdmin Resource Center for IBM Servers. This tech tip provides advice for using the GUI during boot or installation. The Resource Center also links to workarounds for running the Solaris 10 OS on other IBM hardware (listed under the Sun Wikis section).

    Sun.com: A Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Reference Deployment

    This article describes the system architecture and configuration for the sun.com web site, which runs on Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 update 4. Sun.com site administrators describe some of the configuration tweaks added to the various Web Server instances to fulfill business requirements.

    Sysadmin
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    Best Practices for Performance Tuning MD Nastran
    Sun BluePrints Provides Overview for Running MD Nastran in HPC Environment
    Get performance tuning recommendations and best practice guidelines on MSC.SoftwareÂ’s HPC application, MD Nastran, and the hardware platform in a Sun BluePrints piece that aims to educate its readers on

    • estimating the optimum amount of memory (RAM) needed to run a particular MD Nastran analysis,
    • determining the number of concurrent MD Nastran jobs that can efficiently run on one compute node and
    • maximizing MD Nastran's File Management System (FMS) interface to access the available storage devices for optimum I/O performance.

    The 39-page PDF is written for experienced MD Nastran users who are interested in performance-related issues.

    Sun Servers with CoolThreads Accelerate IBM HTTP Server Crypto Operations
    Additional Co-processor Cards, Special Licensing, Network Appliances Are Unnecessary
    The Sun BluePrints Online paper "Accelerating IBM HTTP Server Cryptographic Operations Using Sun Servers with CoolThreads Technology" provides an overview of how to offload cryptographic operations onto Sun servers with CoolThreads technology to accelerate IBM HTTP Server (IHS) performance. For Sun servers with UltraSPARC T1, T2 or T2 Plus processors, on-chip cryptographic acceleration eliminates the need for additional co-processor cards, special licensing, network appliances or power hungry add-on components.
    Proof-of-concept: Deploying a Virtual, Dynamic Data Center Infrastructure
    With Logical Domains, Scalent Virtual Operating Environment (V/OE)
    In his Sun BluePrints Online paper "Using Sun Systems to Build a Virtual and Dynamic Infrastructure" Jacques Bessoudo describes a proof-of-concept exercise setting up a flexible data center infrastructure using the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System, Logical Domains, and Scalent V/OE software. The configuration and installation procedures described are intended as a starting point for readers interested in implementing a dynamic data center that includes clients running any combination of Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems.
    Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
    Measuring Data Center Energy Efficiency

    In a two-part blog on the subject of Power Usage Effectiveness, also known as PUE, Wai-Kit invokes the popular maxim, "what you can't measure, you can't manage," the truth of which is self-evident though the reality it describes apparently is not universally realized, according to the blog.

    Java Technology
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    GlassFish v3 Considered a 'Lightweight'
    Characteristics That Make This App Server One of the Lighter Ones
    In a recent blog posting GlassFish v3 was labeled a "lightweight application server" by Alexis Moussine, who lists seven reasons for his characterization. "...painting every application server as being monolithic and heavyweight is a gross caricature...," he writes. See whether you agree.
    Java SE 6 Update 16 and Update 15
    Get Garbage-First Garbage Collector, Performance and Security Enhancements
    Just a few days after Java SE 6 Update 15 was announced, the team released Update 16 describing it as a special release providing a few key fixes. The Update 15 release comes with revisions to both the Java SE development kit (JDK) and Runtime Environments (JRE). These updates are Windows 7 support-ready and includes support for Internet Explorer 8, Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2. New features include the Garbage-First (G1) garbage collector, plus performance and security enhancements.
    EOL
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    End of Life for Solaris Express Community Edition (Nevada)
    Production Expected to be Discontinued by October's End

    Sun will be discontinuing the Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) and intends for its end of life (EOL) to be complete by the end of October. This move is part of a consolidation of how OpenSolaris and Solaris are distributed. In an announcement, Sun's OpenSolaris Product Manager Glynn Foster indicated that Sun does plan on continuing the bi-weekly release schedule, but will move towards producing native Image Packaging System (IPS) packages of the latest Solaris packages, allowing users to upgrade from an existing release or pre-release.

    Security
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    Immutable Service Containers and its OpenSolaris Instantiation
    A Secured Container to Deploy Services
    Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette introduces Immutable Service Containers (ISC) as a new method for organizations to better protect their services and data. ISCs are expected to become one of the most basic architectural building blocks for more complex, highly adaptive and autonomic security architectures, he writes, offering some insight into the project and details on its instantiation in the OpenSolaris community.
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