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The Recession and Its Effects on Executive Behavior
Leaders Need More Confidence, Executive Coach Susan Cramm Says
Speaking to the Sun Inner Circle, executive coach and IT industry expert Susan Cramm reports seeing two perspectives among the leaders she talks to on the effects the recession is having on the IT industry. Operations-level managers remain excited about their current projects, she says, while executives take a darker view of the economic situation. Generally, Cramm observes, the more experience a corporation has with dire economic conditions, the more positive the views expressed by their leadership. An executive's role is to exercise leadership, she maintains, which is what subordinates seek in their managers.
    Project Crossbow Enables New Levels of Virtualization in the Solaris Network Stack
    Etherstubs Feature Simulates Complete Network Topologies
    Thanks to Sun's Project Crossbow, which enables full virtualization of the Solaris network stack, network interface cards (NICs) can now be virtualized into one or more virtual NICs (VNICs). These VNICs can then be individually configured and tuned to take advantage of the physical NIC's in-hardware capabilities and workload needs. So writes Ben Rockwood in his article for Search, "Solaris Project Crossbow Offers Virtualized Network Management."
    MySQL Live Webinars for September
    To Cover Performance, Dimensional Modeling, Geographic Replication, MySQL Connector/Net 6.1.0
    Multiple live webinars on MySQL topics are scheduled throughout the month of September. The following topics are set to be covered:

    • Tuning and Optimizing MySQL for Maximum Performance
    • Kickfire/Kimball Group: Part II: Dimensional Modeling
    • MySQL Cluster: Geographic Replication Deep-Dive
    • For ISVs: What's New in MySQL Connector/NET 6.1
    • Best Practices for Deploying and Scaling MySQL in the Joyent Cloud
    • Advanced Techniques for High Traffic Sites
    • For ISVs: Architecting Embedded Databases for High Performance Applications
    • Open-Source for High Performance Web Applications
    • High Availability Architectures for Online Applications

    Sun Java System
    Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 6
    17 Issues Resolved for Performance and Stability Improvement
    The Sun Java System Web Server is a multi-process, multi-threaded, secure Web server built on industry standards. The most recent available download is version 7.0 Update 6 offering performance and stability improvements, OpenSolaris 2008.11 support and more. All users of Java System Web Server 7.0 and any updates are encouraged to upgrade.
    Sun Workstation News Bites
    Short Items of Interest for Sun Ray Software Users
    • Updated Hardware Compatibility List for Sun Ray Thin Clients
    • New Soft Client for Sun Ray Server Software
    • New Sun Ray Software Documentation
    • Quick Setup to Get Windows Running on Sun Ray
    • Sun Ray Server for Proof of Concept

    New Offerings for Some Sun SPARC Enterprise Servers, Sun Blade Server Modules
    Includes 1.6 GHz Processors, 800 MHz 4 GB DIMMs, Pre-installed LDoms 1.2 and ILOM 3.0
    A number of new configurations and options are being offered for the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120, T5220, T5240, T5440 servers and the Sun Blade T6320 server module based on the Chip Multithreading technology (CMT) UltraSPARC T2 and T2 Plus processors. These include 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 and T2 Plus processors, 800 MHz 4 GB DIMMs, pre-installed Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.2, Solaris 10 05/09 (Update 7), Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) 3.0, and more. Pricing for some of these new offerings also are being made available at special rates.
    SWAT and Sun StorageTek Vdbench
    Tools Help Assess, Ease Understanding and Reporting of Storage Workloads
    Interested in better understanding storage I/O workloads? Then take some time to learn more about SWAT and Vdbench. In two separate BestPerf blog entries, Henk Vandenbergh describes the storage agnostic Sun StorageTek Workload Analysis Tool, known as SWAT, detailing its features and the disk and tape I/O workload generator called Vdbench.
    Sun Tape
    Sun StorageTek Tape Libraries Sweep Storage Awards in Both Midrange and Enterprise Groups
    From Storage Magazine's Quality Awards
    Sun StorageTek tape libraries received the top Quality Award in both the midrange and enterprise categories from Storage Magazine. This is the third time Sun finished first in the enterprise grouping of the service and reliability survey, and the second win in the midrange competition. The Storage Magazine Quality Awards are designed to identify and recognize products that have proven their quality and reliability in actual use. Results are derived from a survey of its qualified readers.
    Sun Open Storage for Enterprise Storage Needs
    Lower Cost, Greater Flexibility than Proprietary Storage Solutions
    The Sun white paper "Sun Open Storage: A Lower-cost, Higher Performance Alternative for the Enterprise" argues that the high cost and inherent lack of flexibility of proprietary enterprise storage solutions lends compelling appeal to Sun's Open Storage offerings. Using industry-standard components and open-source software, open storage enables enterprises to build highly scalable, reliable, and flexible storage systems to fit their growing demands - all at a fraction of the cost of traditional, proprietary storage, the white paper maintains.
    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 138 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 137 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    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 138 Issue 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

      Creating Templates in Writer
      For Ease in Producing Multi-paged Documents
      Learn how to create a customized template using 3 to produce an extensive document of 50 pages or more with Writer. A recently released guide by Sun describes the process of incorporating a template so users can customize a style that remains consistent throughout a large document, such as a thesis, research report, manuscript, etc., and eliminate the need to insert page breaks, resize graphics or adjust fonts.
      Free and Open Source S/W
      Selling the European Market on U.S. Open Source Offerings
      Some Suggestions for ISV Marketers
      In the article "A Primer on Europe for US-Based Open Source Communities and Vendors," Sandro Groganz, founder of InitMarketing and an acknowledged expert in the field of Open Source marketing, outlines the differences in open source adoption levels between the US and Europe in order to help open source software vendors develop strategies to bridge the gap and begin testing and developing new markets and communities within Europe.
      Education and Research
      OpenSolaris as a Research and Teaching Tool
      An Academic Shares Her Experience with the Open Source OS
      Sun's cutting-edge innovations is one of the reasons many universities collaborate with the vendor. British Columbia's Simon Fraser University (SFU) is an example. In a nine-minute video, Sun Staff Engineer Eric Saxe discusses SFU's collaboration with Sun on OpenSolaris with Alexandra (Sasha) Fedorova, SFU assistant professor in the School of Computing Science, who shares why she believes the open source OS is a great research and teaching tool.
      What's New on BigAdmin
      As of August 27th, 2009
      Interrupt Resource Management in the OpenSolaris OS

      Interrupt Resource Management (IRM), which optimizes the use of interrupt vectors to improve IO performance, is available in OpenSolaris build 107. Find out more in this tech tip from a Sun engineer.

      Updated: Interoperability Resources for System Admins

      Here's our expanded resource center on interoperability for Sun and third-party products. Topics include multiple boot environments, running Solaris and OpenSolaris on non-Sun hardware, using non-Sun software with Sun gear, and related virtualization and Web 2.0 technologies.

      "Sizing Study for Pentaho Open Source Business Intelligence Suite on Sun Platforms"
      Guide for Selecting a Sun Platform for BI Applications
      Pentaho Open Source Business Intelligence (OSBI) Suite is an open source business intelligence product comprised of reporting capabilities, data analysis capabilities, dashboards and data mining capabilities. Krishnan Shankar has written an article covering a sizing study of the Pentaho OSBI Suite on a Sun platform consisting of Solaris 10 5/08 OS, MySQL database and a Sun Fire X4540 server. Shankar's guide is meant to be used as a reference point when considering a Sun platform for BI applications.
      "Sun's Reference Architecture for Next-Generation Data Backup"
      Using Symantec NetBackup, Sun CoolThreads Servers and Solaris
      In the Sun BluePrints Online document "Sun's Reference Architecture for Next-Generation Data Backup," Dean Halbeisen in Sun's Enterprise Storage takes readers through a reference architecture consisting of Symantec NetBackup software, Sun CoolThreads servers and the Solaris Operating System. A key objective was to achieve a competitive price/performance metric for the NetBackup solution. Another goal was to determine performance and sizing characteristics of the proposed architecture.
      Sun eBook: "The Open Source Enterprise: Harnessing the Economics of Open Technology"
      Getting Started with Open Source Software Solutions
      A newly published Sun eBook addresses the economics of open source technology looking at the pluses and potential minuses companies may encounter if they are not educated about what comprises open source software. Mission-critical areas of enterprise IT environments where open-source software is becoming more and more pervasive are discussed, as are the types of companies that deliver open-source products and services. The publication provides guidance on how to get started with open source, including a look at licensing fee structures and support costs, and relates the advantages of Sun's open-source software solutions.
      Sun's New Network Architecture - VeriScale
      For a Scalable, Elastic, Self-provisioning Datacenter
      Sun's Mikael Lofstrand defines the principles of a new Sun network architecture called VeriScale and demonstrates how it meets the requirements of elasticity, scalability and five other detailed conditions making it ideal for a modern, self-provisioning datacenter. In a soon to be released Sun BluePrints that Lofstrand is authoring and sharing on his blog, he defines the VeriScale architecture including its functional components, its nontraditional method of automation, OpenSolaris Dynamic Service Containers, network optimization and Sun's service delivery network architecture.
      Sun Microsystems' VDI 3 Offers Strong Appeal
      But What Does Oracle Have in Mind for the Solaris OS?

      In his InformationWeek review of Sun's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.0, Randy George finds a lot to praise along with a rather significant caveat, which has to do with Oracle's yet unannounced plans for the Solaris OS.

      White Paper Surveys Sun Solutions in Light of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
      Sun Can Power the Economic Recovery, Especially in the Public Sector
      "Sun Solution for the Public Sector: Maximizing the Value of Stimulus Fund Investments" is a white paper that surveys the Sun solutions eligible for the the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which has allocated funds to state and local governments, particularly in the areas of municipal, educational, and healthcare projects.
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