The U.S. Department of Justice approved Oracle's proposed $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun on August 20 with no restrictions. This decision came faster than what some analysts and legal experts had anticipated, particularly since licensing concerns were in question with Oracle acquiring Sun's Java software, one of the world's most widely used computer languages. The Oracle-Sun deal still needs to be approved by the European Commission before the deal can close.
A provider of web services security to the Western European market and the U.S., the French company Symeos has opted for an online identity management platform with open-source Sun solutions that have cut its development costs by 60%. The virtualized platform, called EGO, features Sun Blade servers using the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor that have cut power costs by 10% and energy consumption across the entire platform by around 20%.
YubiKey is a device that acts as a USB keyboard and provides secure authentication by a one-time password (OTP) algorithm. Working on a client's suggestion, Sun's Rene Klomp has extended the standard VdaClient used in the Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3 with YubiKey authentication and details his efforts in his blog entry "YubiVDI".
Not only will VirtualBox 3.0 do most of what both VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion can do, it comes free of charge with a Personal Use and Evaluation License from Sun, writes Jeff James in his Windows IT Pro review. James was also impressed by the capability VirtualBox 3.0 gave him to work with a variety of guest OSes.
Several knowledgeable hands at Sun have collaborated in preparing the Sun BluePrints Online document "The Solaris Operating System Optimized -- for the AMD Opteron Processor." The authors state their intention was to create a quick reference guide for developers and system administrators who want to optimize applications running on Solaris and AMD Opteron processors. The paper describes technical details about specific features and capabilities that can be implemented in the Solaris ecosystem to make the best use of multicore AMD Opteron processors.
The Solaris 10 Recommended and Sun Alert patch clusters located on the SunSolve page have had some improvements made so that installation of the clusters is easier and more efficient. Modifications range from a new installcluster script with support for interims boots to the notification when zones have to be halted, to several other changes. Recently released, these updates are available in the current clusters for contract customers from the Patch Cluster & Patch Bundle Downloads on SunSolve. Gerry Haskins' Patch Corner blog has the details.
Factors driving the growth of cloud computing were the focus of the keynote speech presented by Sun Vice President and CTO of Cloud Computing Lew Tucker during the OpenSource World Conference & Expo 2009 held in San Francisco on August 12-13. Companies are realizing through using the cloud, they can focus more on business and less on maintaining physical IT, he said, reported ChannelWeb's Kevin McLaughlin.
Consolidating the growing stores of disparate identity data, where increasing numbers of users and applications are the rule rather than the exception, is one of several daunting tasks facing system administrators. The recent Sun white paper "Top Three Reasons to Deploy a Virtual Directory" explains why a virtual directory can help solve this task by providing a single consolidated view of disparate identity data to organizations dealing with diverse legacy resources.
Sun StorageTek T10000B tape drive has received the FIPS 140-2 Certification at Security Level 2 - a federal data security standard published and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With this certification on Sun's eco-efficient tape drive, federal customers are ensured the Sun solution meets the FIPS-validated requirements for product purchase, while other end-users can rest assured that it meets stringent security standards. Sun reports that it is the first and only tape drive vendor to achieve Federal FIPS Certification at Security Level 2.