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Sun Then and Now: Stuart Wells on the Company's Prospects
Sun Executive Regards Solaris OS as Key to Sun's Recovery

Sun executive Stuart Wells, who is driving the Utility Grid Computing initiatives, Managed Services, Sun Financing and the Remanufacturing Program, shared his views on Sun in the marketplace with Rajesh S. Kurup and Leslie D'Monte, especially his plans for realizing a greater market share for Sun's utility computing offerings.

Peering Through Project Looking Glass
An Interview with Hideya Kawahara

Much of the early development work on Project Looking Glass was accomplished by Hideya Kawahara. Sun has long since taken the project in-house, where work continues on the solution's implementation. John Littler spoke with Kawahara on recent developments which he reported for O'Reilly's LinuxDevCenter.com.

Turning Compliance into Profit: Learning to Live with Sarbanes-Oxley
Sara Gates Points Out the Bright Spots in the Compliance Mandate

Sara Gates, writing in the Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal, draws an illuminating analogy between learning to use automobile seat belts and learning to live, profitably, with Sarbanes-Oxley. The Sun vice president for identity management sees promise in the process.

Sun Contributions Help Realize the Participation Age
Closing the Digital Divide Through Fostering Community Effort

Scott McNealy, Sun chairman and CEO, is bullish on the Participation Age, which he claims, "...allows for value to be created through networked human beings who share, interact, and solve problems." Through a variety of means, Sun plays a worldwide role in fostering this community.

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Restriction of Hazardous Substances Deadline Coming This Summer
Sun Announces Compliant Parts for Its Sun Racks and Components

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance laws are set to go into effect July 1, 2006, as defined by the European Union. To give Sun customers as much advance notice as possible, the company has announced a number of RoHS product numbers that will replace current Sun Racks and associated parts.

New RoHS-compliant 4 Gb Fibre Channel SFPs Released
Provides Higher Productivity Through Higher Transfer Rates

Fibre Channel switch manufacturers may be interested in Sun's December release of RoHS-compliant 4 Gb Fibre Channel SFPs for use on all Sun price-listed fibre channel switches. Offering higher productivity through higher transfer rates, the 4 Gbit/sec data transfer speed provides improved performance and productivity as well as better response time.

Sun StorageTek Enterprise Class 4 Gb FC PCI-X and PCI-E HBAs
For Enterprise-level SAN Storage Customers

Sun StorageTek Enterprise Class 4 Gb Fibre Channel (FC) PCI-X and PCI-E host bus adapters (HBAs) are now available for Sun customers. These new 4 Gb FC HBAs address Sun customers' need for 4 Gb FC HBAs for Sun servers that support the PCI-X and PCI-E interfaces, like the new Sun Fire X2100 and Sun Fire T2000 servers.

New Spare Parts for the Sun Fire X4100 and X4200 Servers
Disk BackPlanes, AMD Opteron Model Processors and More

The latest new spare parts from Sun include products for the Sun Fire X4100 and Sun Fire X4200 servers, among others. Sun backs their spare parts with a one year warranty and the company notes that all design improvements have been incorporated by Sun engineering and verified by extensive factory testing to minimize compatibility problems.

New Sun 20.1-inch LCD Flat Monitor
Offers Maximum Picture Quality with High Resolution and Refresh Rates

A new 20.1-inch LCD flat monitor from Sun is now available for customers with space, weight or power concerns. This recently released monitor features high resolution support of 1600 x 1200, a contrast ratio of 700:1 and 16ms response time. Its high resolution and refresh rates provides maximum picture quality.

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Tuning the MySQL InnoDB to Maximize Performance on Solaris OS
Matching Performance and Scalability to Differing Workloads

Luojia Chen offers guidance on "MySQL InnoDB Performance Tuning for the Solaris 10 OS" by providing help in defining tuning parameters and in tuning them in one's own environment. Chen observes that both the performance and scalability of MySQL are enhanced by tuning the solution's storage engines for specific workloads running on Sun systems.

Making Your Own Customized Boot CD/DVD for Solaris OS x86
Authors Outline a Straightforward, Four-step Process

In the course of instructing users interested in "Creating a Customized Boot CD/DVD for the Solaris Operating System for X86 Platforms," John Cecere and Dana Fagerstrom make clear the distinction between both the hard disk and the CD boot processes in this Sun BluePrints OnLine paper.

"Using ISCSI Multipathing in the Solaris 10 Operating System"
Increases Storage Availability, Scalability and Throughput

Aaron Dailey and Scott Tracy's Sun BluePrints OnLine paper introduces readers to a technique that increases both storage availability through failover protection and scalability and throughput through link aggregation. iSCSI multipathing, the authors show, can be approached in several ways, and they describe the approaches supported by the Solaris OS.

"Sun Studio Tools for Parallel Programming in Multi-Core Environments"
Dealing with the Move to SOA and Parallel Computing

Developers in search of a comprehensive guide to "Sun Studio Tools for Parallel Programming in Multi-Core Environments" will find a number of useful references that address the aspects of making the most of chip multithreading. This collection of references reflects the broad adoption of parallel computing and the increasing use of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

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