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Patch Automation with Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control
The Ease in Patching Thousands of Databases
The Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Grid Control Release 5 makes patch management easier for database administrators (DBAs). With a brand-new interface and architecture, this release streamlines and automates many day-to-day DBA tasks and facilitates database patching, the latter of which Porus Homi Havewala discusses in a proof-of-concept article.
Virtualizing the Mac Desktop With VirtualBox
An Installation Experience Shared
If you'd like to have your Mac desktop run like a big iron mainframe, it's now possible through the magic of virtualization to approximate just that. In a Macworld UK article, Richard Leon both extols the virtues of Sun's open-source VirtualBox and takes readers, step-by-step through the process of installing and running the solution.
Cloud Computing
Considering a Migration to the Cloud?
Sun Offers a Handy Guide to the Process
Despite this Sun paper's relative brevity, "Kickstart Your Transition to the Cloud" presents users new to the cloud with much of the information necessary to assess an enterprise's operations and the compatibility of those operations with the features of cloud computing. As the paper notes, the prevailing centralized, hierarchical business operational model is being supplanted by the rapid response, distributed model that is cloud computing.
Cloud Computing 101 - An Introduction Tailored for Startups & Developers
Free One Hour Webinar Set for October 7th

Sun CTO of Cloud Computing Lew Tucker will be presenting "Cloud Computing 101" on Wednesday, October 7th, 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 19:00 Central Europe. This one-hour, free webinar will attempt to answer what types of problems cloud computing solves and how this type of computing can benefit startups and developers.

Sun Nehalem Servers Get Good Marks from ZDNet Asia and eWeek
Sun Fire X4170, X4270 and X4275 Servers Stake Strong Claim Among Competitors
Writing in ZDNet Asia, Alan Stevens describes the 2U Sun Fire X4270 and Sun Fire X4275 servers. He notes that they are essentially the same machines, with exactly the same chassis, identical motherboards, processor and memory options. The only real difference is in the storage: the X4270 has sixteen 2.5in. hot-swap drive bays, whereas the X4275 offers twelve 3.5in. drive bays and a choice of drives in capacities up to 2TB per spindle. A review of the Sun Fire X4170 in eWeek also voices praise for this member of the family.
Consolidate and Virtualize for Cost Savings
IT Director's Guide Provides Specific Examples
A Sun-sponsored IT director's guide asserts consolidating systems onto the latest server technology and utilizing virtualization techniques will give enterprises increased efficiency, performance and flexibility while lowering costs. In twelve pages, this guide entitled "Reducing Costs by Improving Server Performance" offers what it states is proof that consolidation works, and focuses on Sun servers with CoolThreads technology and Sun SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers as solutions that can bring these claims to reality.
600GB 15K SAS Drives and Configurations for Sun StorageTek 2500 Arrays
Includes Sun StorageTek 2510, 2530, 2540 Arrays
Sun StorageTek 2500 arrays now offer 600GB 15K SAS drives for better performance and higher density while requiring no increase in air-conditioning and power requirements. Qualifying arrays include the Sun StorageTek 2540, 2530, and 2510. Sun reports these configurations using 600GB 15Krpm 3Gb/s SAS drives can help solve costly IT problems such as lengthy back-up and restore windows, challenges around massive growth in static content, and more.
Employing Open, Simple, and Scalable Storage
White Paper on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System
The Sun white paper "Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems: Architected for Open, Simple, and Scalable Enterprise Storage" details the key architectural aspects of Sun's Open Storage family of products. The paper covers ZFS technology and its relation to Hybrid Storage Pools, Enterprise Solid State Storage Devices, and DTrace Analytics. It also highlights some of the main features of the Sun Storage 7110, 7210, 7310, and 7410 Unified Storage Systems. Readers will be introduced to the Sun Storage 7000 Storage Software, which is a full complement of storage software and is included with the system at no additional cost.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 139 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4; Vol 138 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 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 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.

    Updates to COMSTAR and Synchronous Write Bias Property
    What's New in These Two Features of the Sun Storage 7000 2009.Q3 Release

    The Sun Storage 7000 series 2009.Q3 software release officially announced on September 22, provides a new iSCSI software stack via the Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target or COMSTAR framework, a new dataset Synchronous write bias property or logbias, and many other features. Focusing on the aforementioned features, a Sun blog by Roch Bourbonnais explores each of these two, detailing the ins and outs and why they are significant to performance.

    Sun Ops Center 2.5 Released
    Adds New Virtualization Management Capabilities for Solaris and SPARC
    Sun Ops Center combines discovery, provisioning, updating, monitoring, and management of physical and virtual systems. This latest release extends lifecycle management capabilities across the full range of Sun’s x86 and SPARC servers, virtual technologies including Solaris Zones and Logical Domains, and heterogeneous server and operating systems environments. The lifecycle management features involve asset management, automated provisioning, intelligent patching, centralized management and comprehensive monitoring.
    Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36
    Self-contained, Multi-purpose 36-node, QDR InfiniBand Switch Fabric Solution
    The Sun Datacenter InfiniBand Switch 36 is a 36-port Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand leaf switch enabling users to bind Sun Blade and Sun Fire servers and storage systems into a 36-node cluster. This multi-purpose switch can act as a self-contained fabric solution for smaller InfiniBand clusters or as a building block for hierarchical fabric topologies supporting larger clusters of Sun Blade or Sun Fire servers and storage systems.
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