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New Carrier-grade Netra AdvancedTCA Blade Server Line
Mix-and-match Capability Combines UltraSPARC, AMD Opteron Processors
The newly introduced Sun Netra AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade server offers users up 30% better compute density and up to 10% more performance, compared to Intel-based blade products. The UntraSPARC and AMD Opteron processors ensure this level of performance and six-9's reliability, resulting only a few seconds of downtime annually.
AnandTech's Review of the Sun Fire T2000 Server
New Sun Server Stacks Up Well Against Intel Xeon and Quad Opteron
The Sun Fire T2000 server, which features the UltraSPARC T1 CPU, came under the scrutiny of Johan De Gelas of AnandTech who shared his impressions in a piece called "Sun’s T2000 'Coolthreads' Server: First Impressions and Experiences."
Sun Fire X4200 Server a Hit with CRN Reviewer
Marc Spiwak Notes Performance, Efficiency, Reliability Gains
The Sun Fire X4200 server caught Marc Spiwak's eye, causing him to wax enthusiastic about the new member of the Sun server product line in his CRN article "Sun On Fire With New Multicore x86 Servers."
Consolidation Tool for Sun Fire Servers V1.0
Easily Defines, Creates Solaris Containers
The Consolidation Tool for Sun Fire Servers V1.0, Sun Fire T1000 and Sun Fire[TM T2000 Edition, is a software tool designed to simplify the task of consolidating multiple applications onto the Sun Fire T1000 or Sun Fire T2000 platform. In particular, this software allows the easy definition and creation of Solaris Containers.
QLogic SANbox 5600 Series 4Gb Fibre Channel Stackable Switches
Seamless Scalability and Performance
Sun and authorized Sun distributors will now carry the enterprise class 4Gb SANbox 5600 Series Fibre Channel from QLogic. The SANbox 5600 Series is the first and only 4 Gb Fibre Channel stackable switch in the industry.
StorageTek 5000 NAS for Home Directories
Consolidate and Save Money
For steps on consolidating home directories, check out the white paper, "Home directory storage consolidation with the StorageTek 5000 Family of NAS Appliances" that outlines problems common with distributed data management and the benefits of the StorageTek 5000 network-attached storage (NAS) appliances to solve these problems.
Sun StorageTek File Replicator software
Replication and Mirroring
Setting up a disaster recovery (DR) solution with Sun StorageTek File Replicator software and a Sun StorageTek 5000 NAS appliance can be done by following the steps in a new Sun white paper available online. See also several examples of mirroring options for different needs.
New Sun Storage Downloads Available
Advanced File Management
The following storage-related downloads are available from Sun: Sun StorEdge SAM-WORM-FS 4.5 Evaluation Software; Sun StorEdge QFS 4.5 Evaluation Software; Sun StorEdge SAM-FS 4.5 Evaluation Software; and Sun StorageTek 5x10 NAS Provider 1.0.
Understanding Predictive Self-Healing in the Solaris 10 OS
Paper Explains the Use of the Service Management Facility

Rob Romack discusses the "Service Management Facility (SMF) in the Solaris 10 OS" in his Sun BluePrints OnLine paper. He notes the capability in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) to improve service levels by detecting and correcting component failures while simultaneously simplifying systems management. This feature is called Predictive Self-Healing and its purpose is to maximize availability in the face of system faults.

Two Sun White Papers Cover UltraSPARC T1 Processor
Higher Throughput Computing Rates, Lower Power Consumption

Given the projected demands on power utilities to supply the expected growth in server installations nationwide, the Sun Fire T1000 and Sun Fire T2000 servers, which utilize the UltraSPARC T1 CoolThreads processor, are timely arrivals on the IT scene. This processor delivers up to seven times the performance of its competitors, effectively condensing the resources of a large symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) system onto a single chip.

Finding the Value in Federated Identity Management Schemes
Sun, Lucent Solutions Offer Value-add Benefits
"Identity Management for Converged Networks," a Lucent/Sun white paper edited by Arnaud Sahughuet of Bell Labs, uses the Liberty Alliance to provide a high-level view of the identity management ecosystem with the aim of identifying the value-add for end-users and the benefits and opportunities for service providers in adopting an identity management scheme.
"Understanding the NIS to LDAP Service (N2L) Architecture"
Java System Directory Server Naming Service Makes It Easy
In their Sun BluePrints OnLine article "Understanding the NIS to LDAP Service (N2L) Architecture" Michael Haines and Baban Kenkre discuss the support for NIS clients available by using the naming information stored in the Sun Java System Directory Server 5.2 software. This approach, the authors contend, enables a complete transition from the NIS naming service to the LDAP naming service.
Looking Beyond RPOs and RTOs in Disaster Recovery
Decision Making in Terms of Critical Business Drivers

The white paper "Linking disaster recovery time objectives to business requirements" considers the necessity of shifting the emphasis from recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) to the critical needs of a business instead.

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