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Business Value of Deploying Flash Systems
Flash systems are a technological marvel -- and their business value can be equally impressive
In a recent Sun Inner Circle article, Sun's Flash Technologist, Michael Cornwell, shares how Sun's customers are already reaping the business value of deploying Flash systems in their datacenters and how you can get the best from your Flash investment.

To the question, "What is the business case for broader use of Flash technology?" Mark said, "Enterprise Flash products offer increased performance with a significantly smaller footprint in the datacenter. In many cases, Flash provides higher value than any other alternative to boost throughput and application response times for business-critical IT."

Sun VirtualBox 3.1
Features ability to "teleport" a VM from one host to another
With 20 million total downloads and some 40,000 downloads per day, Sun VirtualBox has become a major, general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. A significant new release, VirtualBox 3.1, improves performance and adds significant new features, including 'teleportation' which is the live migration of a VM session from one host to another (e.g. from an Intel-based Mac Desktop to an AMD server then to an Intel-based laptop running Windows 7).
Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 3.1
Microsoft Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Services, Sun Desktop Access Client, Adobe Flash Enhancements, USB Redirection to Windows
Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software 3.1 is available both as a perpetual license and as a subscription. The Key New Features for this release are:
  • Microsoft Hyper-V is now supported as an additional virtualization platform.

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (formerly Microsoft Terminal Services)

  • Sun Desktop Access Client

  • Adobe Flash Enhancements

  • USB Redirection to Windows

  • Support for additional virtual desktop operating systems

The software is available for download now.

"Datacenter Lifecycle Management with Sun Ops Center"
White paper introduces Sun Ops Center 2.5 and its new capabilities
A new white paper from Sun states that Sun Ops Center as "is designed as a single platform that can manage heterogeneity and complexity through a single pane of glass." and "Sun Ops Center manages across the entire hardware/software stack and throughout the entire system lifecycle -- from the moment that power is applied to servers to the point at which they are retired. Sun Ops Center derives from Sun’s unique experience as a server vendor and as a developer of virtualization solutions."

The paper goes on to provides chapters on

  • Background
  • Architecture Overview
  • Deployment architecture
  • Functional architecture
  • A Comprehensive, Integrated Feature Set
  • Putting Sun Ops Center to Work

(PDF, 20 pages, 648 KB)

Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09
What It Is and What Are Its Newest Features
Solaris Cluster is a multi-system, multi-site disaster recovery solution that manages the availability of application services and data across local, regional and vastly dispersed datacenters. Solaris Cluster 3.2 11/09 is the third update for this version and brings extended support for virtualization with more options for Solaris Container Cluster, failover Solaris Containers and LDoms, new file system and volume management choices, improved Scalable Services support and new replication solutions for Campus Cluster and Geo Cluster deployments.
IBM WebSphere Portal V6.1 on Solaris
Testing Configurations and Tuning
The authors of the IBM tech article "Capitalizing on Large Numbers of Processors with IBMWebSphere Portal on Solaris," Martin Presler-Marshall, Laura Yen, and Daniel Edwin, share their experience in evaluating IBM WebSphere Portal V6.1 running on a Sun T5240 server with 16 processor cores, supporting 128 simultaneous computing threads. The authors tested a variety of approaches, configurations and tuning techniques in an effort to determine how best to get the optimal results from software in a system with hundreds of simultaneous computing threads.
Some Best Practices for Secure Use of MySQL on the Web
Don't Assume the Default Configuration on Your Laptop is Enough

In Part 1 of a two-part piece on securing MySQL Thierry Manfe addresses the concern that should occur to every web project developer before opening the flood gates to on-line users. The article presents four steps that take the project development from the default configuration available on the developer's laptop to the level of security exposure on the web calls for. A second part recommends practices called for with MySQL in a production environment.

Cloud Computing
DMTF White Paper: "Interoperable Clouds"
A Report on Several First, Necessary Steps
"Interoperable Clouds," a white paper by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), describes snapshot of the work being done in the DMTF Open Cloud Standards Incubator, including use cases and reference architecture as they relate to the interfaces between a cloud service provider and a cloud service consumer. The paper summarizes the core use cases, reference architecture, and service lifecycle. These building blocks are used to specify the cloud provider interfaces, data artifacts, and profiles to achieve interoperable management.
Server Market Shows Signs of Stabilizing, IDC and Gartner Report
Despite Decline in Third Quarter Sales

Server sales are beginning to stabilize, reports IDC and Gartner in analyses on the July-September period. The IT research and advisory firms both found revenue down in the worldwide server market during the third quarter of 2009, however the decrease was less than anticipated and demonstrated an increase over the first and second quarters of this year.

Sun Storage 7000 for Oracle Database Consolidation
The Ideal Platform for Database Consolidation
A four-page brochure from Sun makes a case for using the Sun Storage 7000 family for consolidating oracle databases in these sections:

  • The Challenge
  • Breakthrough Simplicity, Performance, and Savings
  • The Ideal Platform for Database Consolidation
  • Breakthrough Data Placement: Hybrid Storage Pools (HSP)
  • Breakthrough System Monitoring: Analytics
  • Breakthrough Data Protection: Self Healing Storage
  • A Paradigm Shift in Scalability: Scale Any Aspect of the System
  • Services and Support

This article also list the key feature of the Sun Storage 7000 for databases.

Sun's OpenStorage Product Plans for 2010
High and Low End Products Expected in First Half of Next Year
New Sun OpenStorage products planned for 2010 have been revealed and reported to SearchStorage. These include a new high-end 7000 series storage product, two new JBODs (Just a Bunch Of Disks) and an entry-level device that can hold up to 60 SAS2 drives.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 141 Issues 1, 2, 3; 4; Vol 140 Issue 1, 2, 3, 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 141 Issue 4, the top 10 articles were:

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

    "Joomla! Deployment Guide for Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems"
    Some Tips on Installation and Configuration
    The Sun BigAdmin paper "Joomla! Deployment Guide for Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems" by Sun ISV Engineering staffer Eric Reid was written to provide guidance for readers looking to install and configure the open source Joomla! content management system with the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System product family.
    Helping NASA Get to Lift Off with NetBeans IDE
    Showing the Ropes to the Space Guys
    An article in Javalobby reports on the adoption by NASA of the NetBeans Platform. Geertijan Wielenga writes about the experiences of Sun Senior Staff Engineer Tim Boudreau in training NASA staffers on the use of the NetBeans platform.
    Using SSO to Succeed in the Web 2.0 Era
    Recommendations for Today's CISO
    "Risk, Reach, and Return: Everything Today's CISO Needs to Know About Using SSO to Succeed in the Web 2.0 Era" is a Sun white paper that provides the CISO with the information necessary to make informed choices in extending the enterprise’s reach with minimal risk and maximum return on the technology employed in the effort.
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