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European Commission Objects to Oracle's Acquisition of Sun
Oracle to "Vigorously Oppose" the Ruling
The European Commission issued a Statement of Objections on November 9th opposing Sun's acquisition by Oracle. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from Sun, the open-source MySQL database software is the sole issue of concern in the matter. In response, Oracle issued a statement saying the objection "reveals a profound misunderstanding of both database competition and open-source dynamics" and the company "plans to vigorously oppose the Commission's Statement of Objections as the evidence against the Commission's position is overwhelming."
Sun Reports First Quarter Results for Fiscal 2010
Initial Quarter Narrows Losses From Last Year's Numbers
Sun reported results for its first quarter of fiscal 2010, which ended September 27, 2009, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing November 6th. The company narrowed its first-quarter loss to $120 million, or 16 cents a share, from $1.68 billion, or $2.24 a share, in the year-ago period. Lower operating expenses helped Sun curb its fiscal first quarter loss, Reuters reported.
Oracle
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The Value of Sun Oracle Database Machine
Why a Million IOPS Capable Platform is Relevant Even Without a Million IOPS Demand
The Sun Oracle Database Machine is a million IOPS-capable platform. Why would a CIO consider it as a solution when a particular datacenter may not require so much I/O? Performance Architect in Oracle's Systems Technology Group Kevin Closson gives reasons and applies these to what really goes on in real world production datacenters, touching on chaos, IOPS, latency and Flash.
Virtualization
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Sun Virtualization Solutions Saves Travel Operator Over $10K Yearly
VirtualBox and Sun Ray Technologies Solve IT Challenges
Sun's VirtualBox and Sun Ray thin clients helped solve Germany travel operator Gebeco's IT environment challenge of maintaining its own OS/2-based reservation software while introducing new software simultaneously, and at a cost savings of nearly US$11,000 per year in electricity. Other benefits Gebeco has experienced with the Sun solution includes simpler and remote maintenance, time savings for administrators, improved failover and overall stability, increased employee flexibility, accelerated client login and reduced heat build up in its offices.
Cloud Computing
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Using Sun GlassFish Portfolio in the Cloud
Making the Most of the Portofolio in Amazon EC2
A Sun white paper sets out to explain how to maximize the Sun GlassFish Portfolio in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) public cloud environment, with a focus on running applications using the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server in the EC2. The Sun GlassFish Portfolio is an open platform based on the Project GlassFish software, an open-source application server that implements Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE platform) technology.
Software
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Easy Internet Access Assured with Sun Secure Global Desktop Software
Adaptive Internet Protocol is the Key
The Sun white paper "Sun Secure Global Desktop Software: The Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP)" characterizes the subject software as designed to provide optimal performance over complex network routes with varying bandwidths, employing heuristics to determine the type of device and network connection used and using these parameters to dynamically adapt and optimize performance.
Sun Ray Software 5 Released
Expanded Client Device Choice and Peripheral Connectivity, Adobe Flash Multimedia Acceleration
The new Sun Ray Software 5 is now available via download, while the physical media kit is expected to be released December 4th. This release improves the end user experience with a broader choice of end client devices, improved Adobe Flash performance and expanded support for USB peripheral devices. Additionally, Sun Ray Software 5 improves application server support, by adding support for Windows Server 2008. With the release of Version 5, Sun announced the end of life for Sun Ray Software 4 10/08.
OpenStorage
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Sun Storage 7000 Software Update Supports Infiniband HCAs
Assessing Read/Write Performance as a Function of Workload
Infiniband IPoIB datalink partition and IP interface configuration is easy and painless using the same network BUI page or CLI contexts as ethernet, says Fishworks blogger Cindi in her update on "Infiniband for Q3.2009." Port GUID information is available for configured partitions on the network page, she continues, which makes it easy to add Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System HCA ports to a partition table on a subnet manager.
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 141 Issue 1; Vol 140 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 139 Issues 3, 4 and 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 141 Issue 1, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Security
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    Troubleshooting OpenSSO with Firefox Add-Ons
    How to Analyze and Troubleshoot OpenSSO Deployments
    A five-part Sun Developer Network article series explains how to analyze and troubleshoot OpenSSO deployments with the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Jim Faut along with contributions from Rick Palkovic begin with an introduction and configuration description, followed by these OpenSSO deployment examples: single sign-on and policy protection, cross-domain single sign-on, service provider initiated Fedlet single sign-on and identity provider initiated Fedlet single sign-on.
    Solaris 10 Security Deep Dive Updated for 10/09 Release
    Also New Immutable Service Containers on OpenSolaris 2009.06
    Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette has created a new Solaris 10 Security Deep Dive training mediacast updated for Solaris 10 10/09 or Update 8. Items added to this new version include: ZFS user and group quotas, ZFS pre-defined ACL sets, NTPv4, and nss_ldap shadowAccount support. In addition, there was a bit of cleanup throughout and a new example was added for Trusted Extensions. There is also a recent update to Immutable Service Containers (ISC) for OpenSolaris 2009.06.
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