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EU Approves Sun Acquisition by Oracle
Oracle to Present its Sun Strategy on Jan. 27
The European Commission has issued regulatory approval for Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Inc. for $7.4 billion. Oracle announced the news Jan. 21, and revealed it also expects unconditional approval from China and Russia. It intends to close the transaction shortly. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has scheduled a live event set to take place Jan. 27, to lay out the plans for combining the two companies and their products. Registration for the event, which will be broadcast globally, is currently underway.
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) Run on Sun
Games to Rely on Wide Array of Hardware, Software, Consulting Services from Sun
Sun Microsystems of Canada will be responsible for managing the IT infrastructure supporting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) in Vancouver, Canada. The assignment entails connecting 15 networked venues and three datacenters, running multiple business applications and an integration test lab, and keeping 10,000 media outlets up to date with over 100 TB of data. This technology infrastructure will handle daily operations as well as share real-time data with billions worldwide.
Free and Open Source S/W
What Is the Outlook for Open Source?
Sun Execs Simon Phipps and Bob Worrall Examine the Issue
Simon Phipps and Bob Worrall, two Sun stalwarts who know as much or more than anyone else about the value of open source solutions, share their views of the state of open source in Worrall's Sun Inner Circle column, "Open Source: Where We've Been and Where It's Headed." The column is addressed to the corporate CIOs among its readers.
Packaging and Patching, ZFS Enhancements in Solaris 10 10/09
Get Examples on Using these New Features and Others

Bob Netherton demonstrates how some of the new features in Solaris 10 10/09 or Update 8 work. He concentrates on SVR4 package commands, Zones parallel patching, installing flash archive from an existing ZFS root system, setting ZFS properties on the initial zpool file system, adding persistent read ahead caches to a ZFS zpool, new cache control properties, applying user and group quotas to a file system, new space usage properties to ZFS file systems, and a few others.

Cloud Computing
To Move or Not to Move Applications to the Cloud
Sun White Paper Offers a Methodology to Help Enterprises Assess Applications, Services
A Sun white paper discusses points to consider when deciding whether to move applications, services or components into the cloud. It defines a methodology to help enterprises determine whether an application can be ported to run in the cloud, or if it can be refactored or optimized to make the move, and if it is worth it. An example of using the methodology is presented in an assessment of a two-tier Web service, while another example involves an enterprise database cluster.
Choosing SPARC or Intel Processors
Here Are Some Issues to Ponder

Are the advances in Intel processor design edging SPARC processors out of the marketplace, asks Karim Berrah in a recent blog entitled "SPARC or Intel?" He offers some points of comparison that result in a necessarily ambiguous conclusion, as each processor has advantages in its favor, according to him.

AcceleratIng DB2 On-line Transaction Processing (OLTP) and Data Warehouse Performance
With the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array and IBM DB2
If accelerating on-line transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse performance holds any interest, then take a look at Sun Technical Staffer Cherry Shu's article on using the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array with IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. A Sun Blueprints article authored by Shu explains how the combination of flash and disk technology can be applied to overcome disk latency bottlenecks that impede performance for applications such as the DB2 database.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 143 1, 2; Vol 142 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 141 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 5, the top 10 articles were:

  • Must Have Applications for the Mac OS X
  • Free GUI Applications/Tools to Better Understand Your System
  • Sun VirtualBox 3.1 Earns a Technology of the Year Award
  • Enhanced SPARC Enterprise M3000 Server
  • Quick Start Guide: VMware on Sun
  • Virgin Mobile France Subscribes to Sun's MySQL Enterprise Unlimited Offering
  • Sun Fire X4640 Servers with Six-Core AMD Opteron Processors
  • Two Approaches to Identity Management Project Methodology
  • Java Verified Releases Tips for Solving Java ME Signing Issues
  • Open Storage News Bites

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

    Reasons Behind Accelerating Adoption of
    Free to Download, Use, Modify, Access Updates, and Reads/Writes Microsoft Office Files has been downloaded more than 100 million times in the past year. A Sun Inner Circle article takes a closer look at the reasons behind the accelerating adoption of, and offers a suggested migration roadmap along with advice to those organizations considering a move to the free, open-source, multi-platform, multilingual productivity suite.
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