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Sun Delivers a Silver Lining to SoundCloud
Scalable Solution Enables Easy Management of 25% Growth Rate Month-over-month
The more than 250,000 artists and other music professionals who rely on the web-based platform provided by Germany's SoundCloud to send, receive and distribute their music find the experience enhanced by the company's use of Sun servers, Open Storage and the Startup Essentials Program, which have enabled SoundCloud to achieve a monthly growth rate of 25%. SoundCloud availed itself of the services of Sun Startup Essentials to migrate its Web server stack to a solution that includes virtual servers and a hybrid storage pool built with Sun technologies.
Virtualization
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Sun Ops Center: Changing the Economics of Datacenter Operations
An Examination of Datacenter Inefficiencies, TCO, and the Sun Ops Center
A Sun white paper discusses typical datacenter inefficiencies, commonly used strategies to resolve them, and how available technologies, like the Sun Ops Center, can lower costs over the lifecycle of a solution. "Sun Ops Center: Changing the Economics of Datacenter Operations" examines how the Sun Ops Center addresses monitoring frameworks, point-in-time provisioning - specifically OS provisioning tasks, software lifecycle management, and virtualization management, and how its approach is quite cost-efficient.
Solaris
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Sun ZFS Plus Intel SSDs Equal Hybrid Storage Pools
If You Are Looking for More Bang for Your Storage Buck, Look Here

ZFS and hybrid storage pools (HSP) is the subject of a recent posting by Sun blogger "Thin Slice," who writes about the collaboration between Sun and Intel that has delivered the combination of ZFS and high performance, flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) to offer enterprises cutting-edge HSP innovation that can reduce the risk, cost, complexity, and deployment time of multi-tiered storage environments.

MySQL
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MySQL Performance in Virtualization Environment on xVM Hypervisor
Comparing the Database's Use of UFS and ZFS File System
Orgad Kimchi reports on a performance study of MySQL's behavior within a Xen virtualized environment based on the xVM hypervisor and how the database software makes use of the UFS and the ZFS file system. The system performance benchmark SysBench was applied to test base performance for the configurations used in this experiment.
Events
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Lustre User Group 2010
April 14-16, Monterey Bay, Calif.
The Lustre User Group 2010 conference is set for April 14-16, in Aptos, Calif. on Monterey Bay. Registration for the event, which is ongoing, will be limited to 150 people to ensure the conference remains conversational and interactive. The first day of the conference will consist of a Lustre User Advanced Seminar and the following two days will cover a variety of topics, lead by both Sun experts and Lustre users.
Storage
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The Clock Is Running for RAID-6
Is Triple-parity RAID the Answer?
"How much longer will current RAID techniques persevere?" asks Adam Leventhal of Sun Fishworks in his paper for the Association for Computing Machinery entitled "Triple Parity RAID and Beyond." In the course of answering his question, the author examines RAID and its history, its rate of capacity growth in the hard-drive industry, and the need for triple-parity RAID as a response to diminishing reliability.
OpenStorage
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Deploying Oracle Databases Using NFS on Sun Open Storage Systems
Quick Start Guide Provides Procedures and Configuration Details
A quick start guide shows how to deploy the Oracle Database using the NFS protocol with the Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System release 2009.Q3. Authored by Sridhar Ranganathan and Jeffrey Wright, this 25-page BigAdmin feature provides the procedures and configuration details on this deployment scenario along with figures and screenshots to ease understanding.
Top10
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Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 142 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4; Vol 141 Issues 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 142 Issue 3, the top 10 articles were:

  • Deep Dive into ZFS
  • Java Application Platform SDK: Overview
  • Solaris 10 10/09 Appliance Image for VirtualBox
  • Sun Systems for Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0 with MySQL Reference Architecture
  • Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card
  • GlassFish White Papers
  • Sun's Open Source Cloud Security Tools
  • OpenDS 2.2 Released
  • Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 5 Feature Release
  • Vdbench Test Results for Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card

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

    Sysadmin
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    White Paper: "Practicing Solaris Cluster Using VirtualBox"
    Configuring a Development Environment to Practice OpenSolaris, Solaris Cluster Technologies
    Learn how to set up a single x86-based system with OpenSolaris, configuring a training and development environment for Solaris 10/Solaris Cluster 3.2 and using VirtualBox to set up a two node cluster. These instructions can be found in the white paper "Practicing Solaris Cluster using VirtualBox" by Thorsten Frueauf. The presented configuration can be used to practice using various technologies such as Crossbow, COMSTAR, ZFS, IPsec, software quorum, and zone clusters.
    Security
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    Protecting the Enterprise from Attacks
    Mandatory Access Control and the Solaris OS
    President and COO of Sun Microsystems Federal Bill Vass writes about developments at Sun in the area of enforcing Mandatory Access Control (MAC) with virtualization to confine Internet services with simple security configurations using the Solaris OS. Featured in the blog are the remarks of senior Sun researchers John Weeks and John Totah that explain how, in addition to enforcing MAC provisions, they also layered the MAC protection with what users ordinarily expect from employing all of the other Solaris security features combined with virtualization, eg. zones, and Internet community sponsored configuration guidelines such as the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks.
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