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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.
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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.

    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.
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