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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.
Resellers Realizing Benefits of Sun Post-acquisition
Reasons Why Selling Sun Solutions Will Be Easier Under Oracle
There is a newfound interest in reselling Sun hardware despite the European Union’s investigation into the Sun-Oracle deal, writes John Taylor, Sun business unit director at Interface Solutions. In a column for CRN, Taylor states that “wise” resellers are realizing the potentially wider benefits of working with Sun post-acquisition by Oracle, and he details why.
Performance Tuning Is Not the Place for Generic Advice
Kirk Pepperdine Maintains One-Size-Fits-All does Not Apply

Specifics about performance tuning and cloud computing figure importantly in the work of Java Champion Kirk Pepperdine, who told Janice J. Heiss that generic advice is useful but only if it is evaluated in terms of particular situations. "Performance tuning," Pepperdine contends, "is still an art where limits are stretched and one goes to places never gone to before. It's an experimental and creative realm with no one-size-fits-all answers to performance problems. It's highly localized."

Cloud Computing
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.
Managing Mixed Environments with Sun Ops Center 2.5
Don't Let Virtualization Get Out of Hand
To be sure, virtualization cuts real estate costs drastically since the practice eliminates the need for incremental growth of datacenters. But, if users create one virtual machine after another, they are doing little to ease the task of provisioning, monitoring, analyzing and optimizing workload performance across both their remaining physical and growing virtual resources. That's where Sun Ops Center 2.5 comes in handy, as Jean Bozman, Gary Chen and Mary Turner point out in their brief IDC paper, "Sun Ops Center 2.5: Managing Mixed Environments in Virtualized Sun Infrastructure."
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.
500 GB SATA Disk Drive for Sun Fire and Sun Blade Servers
Includes Sun Fire X4170 and X4270 and Sun Blade X6270
Sun Fire X4170 and X4270 Servers along with the Sun Blade X6270 Server Modules to offer 500 GB 7.2K RPM, 2.5-inch SATA disk drive with Marlin brackets. The 500 GB SATA disk drive provides greater on-board storage capacity, making these Sun Fire and Sun Blade servers even better equipped to handle data-intensive applications.
Patching Windows OS With Sun Ops Center
Screencast Offers Step-by-step Instructions
The Sun Ops Center 2.5 comes with the ability to patch Windows operating systems through Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager. A recent screencast highlighted by Owen Allen in the Ops Center blog takes viewers through the Windows update process, which involves configuring Ops Center to work with SCCM 2007 instance, discovering and managing the Windows systems and then using the Reports section for the actual Windows update.
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.
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.

    Results from Sun Directory Server 5.2 Patch 6 Benchmark
    Sun Netra x4250 Running Solaris 10 OS Offer Proves Effective CRM Tool

    Terry Gardner reports that a Sun Netra x4250, dual-CPU, 8-core (2.13 Ghz), 64 GB RAM running Solaris 10 update 7 using internal disk drives and a Gigabit Ethernet accommodated 13,800,000 entries loaded into the Directory Server database in 2 hours; sustained 17,000 searches per second over 8 hours with an average latency of less than 2 milliseconds with no update (replication) traffic; and sustained 11,000 searches per second sustained over 8 hours with average latency of than 2 milliseconds in the presence of update (replication) traffic.

    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of November 5th, 2009
    Sun Java Communications Suite Resources for System Administrators

    This resource center links to documentation, videos, blogs, white papers, and other information on Sun Java Communications Suite 7, which offers secure, scalable communication and collaboration products for email, message management, calendar management, time and resource management, and real-time collaboration.

    C and Fortran Development and Deployment Tools for the Solaris 8, 9, and 10 OS

    Find out how you can develop, maintain, and support a software product on Solaris 8, 9, and 10 releases simultaneously, on one machine. This scenario uses Sun Studio compilers and tools for C, C++, or Fortran applications; for Message Passing Interface (MPI) applications, you can use Sun HPC ClusterTools software. (This tech tip was reprinted from the BigAdmin newsletter of November 5, 2009.)

    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.
    Java Technology
    Proof-of-concept: Java Real Time 2.1 on Solaris 10
    DTrace Aids in Identifying Latency Causes

    A duel in the Suns of sorts involving a Sun Fire V40z and a Sun Fire X4450 connected back-to-back was performed to discover their ability to exchange UDP or TCP messages with a round-trip latency under 100 ms per message. In addition, both servers were occupied with some business logic, to bring the overall CPU utilization to 60-80% on each machine. Both were running Solaris 10 Update 5 and Java RTS 2.1 (build 1.5.0_16_Java-RTS-2.1_fcs-b11_RTSJ-1.0.2). Frederic Pariente reports the results in his blog "Real Time opens system and network surveillance to Java," a proof-of-concept to evaluate Java RTS 2.1 on Solaris 10.

    Java News Bites
    Short Items of Interest for the Java Community
    • Java Card 3 in Classic and Connected Editions
    • GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1.1
    • Latest Release: Java 6 Update 17
    • J2SE 5.0 Reaches End of Service Life
    • List of Security Updates for Java SE
    • Installing Java 6 Update 17 in Windows XP
    • Early Access Build: Java SE 6 Update 18 b04
    • GlassFish Communications Server 2.0 / SailFin 2.0
    • Easily Deploy Web Apps with GlassFish Web Stack
    • GlassFish Version 3 Slides, Demos, Screencasts
    • Jersey 1.1.4 Released
    • Java Garbage Collection, Monitoring and Tuning
    • Powerful Logging in Java ME
    • MIDP 3.0 Features: Inter-MIDlet Communication and Events
    • Create an Image Slideshow With JavaFX
    • Java EE 5 Tools Bundle Update 7 Refreshed

    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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