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Oracle
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"Sun Systems for Oracle Coherence"
Shows a 40% Decrease in Database Load
The Sun BluePrints article "Sun Systems for Oracle Coherence" discusses a drop-in implementation of Oracle Coherence running on Sun servers utilizing Oracle Fusion Middleware components. Each major architectural component is described, providing information about the network interconnects, and detailing the functions of each tier in the solution. The paper also covers Oracle Coherence benchmark testing with a detailed review and analysis of the results.
Solaris
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Deep Dive into ZFS
CommunityOne Presentation by Ben Rockwood
If you didn't attend or haven't viewed the CommunityOne presentation by Ben Rockwood on ZFS, then take some time to tune into a replay of his talk. The nearly two-hour webcast is a thorough examination of the ZFS file system. The talk covers the basics, but Rockwood delves into the subject matter more than many other presentations on the topic. It is directed at beginners as well as individuals who are familiar with ZFS but don't consider themselves quite experts.
Solaris 10 10/09 Appliance Image for VirtualBox
Get the Space-saving Download

There is now a VirtualBox Appliance Image available for Solaris 10 10/09, or so Bruce Hill, Sr. Manager, SPARC Platform Software Release Engineering, reports in his blog "Solaris 10 10/09 VirtualBox Appliance Image." Hill writes that the latest version of the Solaris 10 operating system (10/09, also referred to as Update 8) can be downloaded as an importable VirtualBox OVF appliance image, which will enable users to get started working with Solaris 10 in the VirtualBox 3.x environment on x86/X64 machines.

MySQL
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Sun Systems for Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0 with MySQL Reference Architecture
Sun BluePrints Reviews Hardware, Software Components and Studies Scalability of Architecture
Sun Systems for Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0 with MySQL is a new reference architecture featuring Sun servers, Flash storage products, MySQL Enterprise Server, the Sun GlassFish Portfolio, the ZFS file system, and a choice of OpenSolaris, Solaris or Linux operating systems. A Sun BluePrints paper describes the hardware and software components of the reference architecture, studies the scalability of the architecture and includes step-by-step directions for setup and configuration.
Cloud Computing
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Sun's Open Source Cloud Security Tools
Help Manage Risk, Safeguard Assets in the Cloud
Leveraging the built-in security capabilities of the Solaris Operating System, including Solaris ZFS and Solaris Containers, Sun reports some of its open source security tools can help in securing data in transit, data at rest, and data in use in the cloud. Sun also has announced its support for the latest security guidance from the Cloud Security Alliance.
Software
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Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 5 Feature Release
New Capabilities Help Ease Transition from Traditional Grid Computing to Cloud Computing

Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 5 is a feature update release with significant additions including data-aware scheduling, improved public cloud adapter technology and new commands for invoking power-saving software. Additionally, Update 5 includes improvements to the Sun Grid Engine Service Domain Manager and Sun Grid Engine Inspect modules.

Hardware
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Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card
Delivers I/O Performance Equaling up to 300 Disk Drives
The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card is a Flash PCIe card with an integrated disk controller that increases server storage I/O and application performance. Targeted at I/O intensive applications, such as databases with 4K block aligned workloads, the Sun Flash Accelerator delivers I/O performance equaling that of up to 300 disk drives, Sun reports.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 142 Issue 1, 2, 3; Vol 141 Issues 1, 2, 3; 4; Vol 140 Issue 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 142 Issue 3, the top 10 articles were:

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

    Performance
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    Vdbench Test Results for Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card
    Card Achieves 100K 4K IOPS and 1.1 GB/sec
    The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCle Card is designed to accelerate IO-intensive applications, such as databases, at a fraction of the power, space, and cost of traditional hard disk drives. It is based on enterprise-class SLC flash technology, with advanced wear-leveling, integrated backup protection, solid state robustness, and 3M hours MTBF reliability. A recent BestPerf blog reported on Vdbench 5.0 testing that measured 100% Random Read, 100% Random Write, 100% Sequential Read, 100% Sequential Write, and 50-50 read/write, and that demonstrated the maximum performance and throughput of the storage system.
    Education and Research
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    Sun Academic Advantage Offers Online Course Materials
    On Java, JavaFX, OpenSolaris and Open Source Technologies
    The Sun Academic Advantage is a joint initiative between Sun and online educational service provider Pearson, enabling instructors to add Sun-endorsed courseware into their curriculum and give students an enhanced classroom experience using the latest Sun technologies. Course materials and online courses cover topics on Java technology, JavaFX, OpenSolaris and open source technologies for students of all levels.
    BigAdmin
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    What's New on BigAdmin
    As of December 24th, 2009
    Patching Best Practices for the Solaris 10 OS (With Sam the Solaris Sysadmin)

    This Solaris 10 Patching Best Practices Course Reference Guide is a supplement to the web-based training course WS-2700-S10: Solaris 10 Patching Best Practices. The guide presents the key concepts of the course but it does not contain all the content presented in the course itself. The guide is for use as a reference and refresher after completion of the online course.

    BigAdmin Blog Responds to Feedback From LISA

    "Feedback from LISA 09 in Baltimore" introduces some of the input from the BigAdmin BoF session at this year's Large Installation System Administration (LISA) Conference. See also the entries "The BigAdmin Blog on LISA Feedback: The Tower of Babel" (showing how you can send us more feedback) and "BigAdmin Navigation: Sections and Categories" (explanation of the BigAdmin site's structure).

    http://sun.com/bigadmin

    Java Technology
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    GlassFish White Papers
    Topics Include Hudson, JBoss, WebSpace Server Cloud, and More

    The Sun GlassFish Portfolio provides the foundation to develop and deploy Web and enterprise applications and is a cost-effective way to acquire, manage, and maintain critical aspects of a Web platform. Some recently published white papers on GlassFish may be of interest with titles such as "The GlassFish Advantage for Small Businesses," "Comparing GlassFish and JBoss: Which Application Server is right for you?," "A Guide to Cost Savings with GlassFish Portfolio," among others.

    Java Application Platform SDK: Overview
    JDK Teams Offers a Look Inside the Solution
    Sun developed the Java Application Platform SDK to streamline enterprise application development and improve developer productivity. The SDK also supports Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 and the latest technologies of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) Specification. The SDK Team describes SDK Update 8, which includes updated versions of Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server and Portlet Container. This free release is based on the source code developed by Sun engineers and the open-source community.
    Security
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    OpenDS 2.2 Released
    Several New Features and Enhancements Included
    With the announced release of Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.2 also comes the OpenDS 2.2.0. The open source directory server is LDAPv3 compliant and written entirely in Java. The new release brings several new features and enhancements including scalable import and indexing, external changelog, fractional replication, and more.
    Government
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    Spain's New Electronic Post Box Service Supported by Sun
    Highly Secure Email Service Runs on Scalable Data Storage and Backup Platform
    Correos is the operator of the public postal service in Spain. Recently, it decided to build a secure email service for up to 140,000 mailboxes for citizens and businesses to send emails and attachments to government offices. With the support of Sun Professional Services, Correos designed and implemented a fully redundant data storage and backup platform for its new email service based on Sun Fire servers and Sun StorageTek technology.
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