Sun Microsystems Showcases Open Source Technologies at Educause 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif. DENVER, CO Educause Conference Booth #415,  Showcasig its Open Computing portfolio and partner solutions at the Educause Conference 2009, Sun Microsystems is reinforcing its position as a leader in open source technologies for the education community. It today announced that Columbia University will use an open source Sun solution to run its digital preservation project, and also that the University of Zurich is deploying Project Wonderland projects to advance an ambitious global eLearning initiative.

Designed to help simplify the implementation of open-source technologies and achieve cost-effective interoperability, the Sun Open Computing portfolio includes Sun Open Storage, OpenSolaris Operating System, Sun Open Archive solutions and the OpenSPARC T1 processor. These technologies, along with partner solutions, are now being demoed at Sun’s booth at the Educause Conference.

Implementing Change at Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries has selected Sun’s Storage Archive Manager (SAM) solution to expand its digital library. The Libraries is combining the SAM management software with Sun servers and storage and tape technologies to enable a coherent and comprehensive technology infrastructure that will ensure the survival and continued accessibility of its vast collection of materials. Columbia’s Libraries consists of 22 libraries, with over 10 million volumes, 100,000 current journals and serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, microforms and other non-print materials, as well as rare manuscripts and books, some dating to the early 19th century.

“We are at a time of extraordinary technological and social change, which we need to implement systems and services capable of supporting 21^st century teaching, learning, research and scholarship. Our goal was to find the right technology vendor to help us build a cost-effective and expandable system to support Columbia’s growing digital collections,” said Robert Cartolano, Director, Library Info Tech Office. “Sun Microsystems provided everything we needed in one place. We were very impressed with their technology model, their commitment to open source and open systems, and their extensive experience in large-scale storage.”

Columbia’s integration of the SAM technology, a combination of StorEdge 6140, 4500 and L500 tape storage media technologies, along with Fedora Commons Repository Software from duraspace.org (an open source project) allows it to remotely locate and manage digital artifacts on three tiers of storage in geographically disparate locations for long-term content preservation. The system was designed with the ability to grow to half a petabyte (500,000,000,000,000 bytes) of information. Columbia is initially using the system to support its institutional repository, located at academiccommons.columbia.edu, and preservation of digital files from existing and upcoming digital library projects.

Making ShanghAI Lectures a Reality with Project Wonderland

Supporting the University of Zurich’s ambitious ShanghAI Lectures, Sun and Virtual Learning Labs have built a 3D virtual learning world based on the Project Wonderland open source toolkit. The lectures take place in a mixed reality setting, combining video streaming and virtual worlds, to enable students worldwide to actively participate in presentations and lectures on embodied intelligence and biologically inspired robotics.

“We used the open source Project Wonderland toolkit to develop a virtual 3D environment, and it has proven to be ideal for our purposes,” said Professor Rolf Pfeifer, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich. “Students and faculty from almost 40 universities worldwide are now able to meet and mingle in our virtual classroom and share cutting-edge research on natural and artificial intelligence through our virtual classroom.”

The ShanghAI Lectures on embodied intelligence are being broadcast by videoconference from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai to universities across the planet, complemented by 3D collaborative virtual environments and other community-building activities to promote interaction and cooperation among the participants. The lecture series began on October 15 and runs until December 17, 2009. Sun and Virtual Learning Labs provided consultancy on the use of project Wonderland to support the ShanghAI events, and also, together with a number of teams from various institutions (including the universities of Zurich, Lugano, and Bern) and companies such as Munich-based architect Henn Architekten designed and implemented the ShanghAI Lectures 3D world.

The University of Zurich is a member of the Sun Immersion Special Interest Group–a Sun Microsystems Inc.-sponsored community dedicated to advancing the state of open source technology and content for virtual worlds and gaming in education based on Sun’s open source Project Wonderland, Project Darkstar and SunSPOT technologies. This group is open to institutions, commercial organizations, faculty and students interested in working with Sun, in learning and in sharing practical experiences in new 3-D Web environments.

For more information about Sun and its open, interoperable solutions for the education community, please visit: Sun.com/education or booth #415 at Educause.

About Columbia University Libraries/Information

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/library/ is the gateway to its services and resources.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision — “The Network is the Computer” — Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun Enhances Java Application Store with PayPal Payment Capability

Provides Developers With Access to Millions of Paying Consumers for Java Applications

 At PayPal X Innovate 2009, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) today announced an alliance with PayPal to support application payment in the Java Store Beta and enhancements to the beta user experience. The announcement was made by Eric Klein, vice president of Java marketing at Sun and Osama Bedier, vice president of Platform and Emerging Technology at PayPal, during the opening keynote of PayPal X Innovate 2009. A consumer-facing storefront enabling the discovery and purchase of Java and JavaFX applications, the Java Store, now in its beta release, offers nearly unequaled distribution for reaching more than 800 million desktop Java users worldwide and driving potential revenue opportunities through the sale of innovative content. Developers are encouraged to see the Java Store Beta in action at PayPal X Innovate 2009 or get more information at: http://store.java.com.

“Java is one of the world’s most ubiquitous technology platforms, providing developers access to over 800 million global desktops. Through this exciting alliance with PayPal, the Java Store Beta now provides a powerful channel for Java developers to not only connect with, but also to help monetize their innovative desktop products to these consumers,” said Klein. “Sun continues to enhance the Java Store Beta shopping experience by providing one of the easiest, most secure ways to discover, try and then acquire Java software and compelling desktop content.”

Java Store Beta Payment Mechanism Powered by PayPal

Sun now supports for-fee applications submitted by developers for distribution in the Java Store Beta. Developers can price their offering anywhere from $1.99 to $200.00 (USD) and select the license rights they wish to apply to their application. Developers will receive 70 percent of any for-fee application sold through the Java Store Beta. Utilizing the new Adaptive Payment API from PayPal, consumers can authorize the Java Store Beta to bill against their PayPal account so they can simply click the “Buy” button and never have to leave the store. In addition, when a customer makes a payment in the Java Store Beta, the application owner also gets paid at the time of the purchase. This way, the developer immediately receives the revenue and knows exactly how many people have purchased their application.

“PayPal and Sun are unlocking huge potential for developers around the world to make money for building Java applications,” said Bedier. “Sun is leveraging our Adaptive Payments APIs in the Java Store beta to provide real-time payments to developers when their applications are purchased, and a streamlined single-click purchase experience for consumers.”

New Java Store Beta User Interface

The latest version of the Java Store Beta delivers an improved look and feel, simplifying navigation throughout the store and enhancing the consumer’s ability to find applications of interest. The Java Store Beta continues to provide consumers with the unique ability to easily preview (or try) applications before deciding whether or not to purchase or install the application. The Java Store Beta also makes it extremely easy for consumers to acquire new applications by simply dragging them directly onto their computer.

The Java Store is currently available at no cost for U.S. residents as part of the Java Store Beta program. Developers can submit Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) and JavaFX-based applications to the Java Warehouse for distribution in the Java Store Beta. Consumers can visit http://store.java.com to participate in the Java Store Beta program and developers can visit http://java.sun.com/warehouse to submit applications for the Java Warehouse.

Sun Participation at PayPal X Innovate 2009

PayPal X Innovate 2009 is PayPal’s first dedicated developer conference, November 3-4, 2009, in San Francisco at the Concourse Exhibition Center. As a Platinum Sponsor of the event, Sun will be showcasing the latest Java Store Beta, which uses PayPal’s adaptive payment services. Eric Klein, Sun vice president of Java Marketing, will demonstrate the Java Store Beta at the PayPal Innovate opening day keynote with PayPal Vice President of Platform and Emerging Technology, Osama Bedier. Sun will also be showcasing the Java Store Beta and Java Warehouse Developer Portal beta in booth #1 of the Innovate exhibition area throughout the two day event.

About the Java Store

The Java Store, created in JavaFX, will allow more than 800 million worldwide desktop Java users to easily and securely discover and purchase compelling Java applications and content. The Java Store contains personal productivity, business, social graph and entertainment software organized in a simple and intuitive user interface. Innovative features of the Java Store include the ability for consumers to first preview applications inside the Java Store, prior to installing them, and then to safely install applications by simply dragging them from the Java Store directly onto their computer desktop. Users can install Java applications knowing that these applications run within the strong security frameworks associated with the Java runtime, allowing consumers to enjoy fun, innovative desktop experiences without fear of malicious software.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision — “The Network is the Computer” — Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Boost SPARC Enterprise Servers with New SPARC64 Processors

Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu Boost SPARC Enterprise Servers with New SPARC64 Processors: Enhanced Server Line with Faster SPARC64 Processors Sets Four New World Records, Delivers Best Investment Protection on the Market

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) and Fujitsu (TSE:6702)  announced new quad-core SPARC64 VII processors and an enhanced memory controller for the SPARC Enterprise server line. The faster SPARC64 VII processors deliver up to 25 percent better performance than the previous generation and with new memory access enhancements, the updated SPARC Enterprise systems have delivered outstanding performance on key enterprise benchmarks. These results further prove the updated SPARC Enterprise servers with the Solaris Operating System (OS) are ideal platforms for consolidation and mission-critical enterprise applications including large-scale databases, BIDW, ERP and human capital management (HCM). The new processors are the second in-box upgrade delivered for this product family and are available as an option for seamless upgrades in existing SPARC Enterprise servers.

Running at 2.88GHz for the SPARC Enterprise M9000 and M8000 servers and 2.53GHz for SPARC Enterprise M5000 and M4000 servers, the new processors provide increased single-thread and overall system performance, while the enhanced memory controller in the SPARC Enterprise M8000 and M9000 servers improves throughput under memory-intensive workloads.

“Our SPARC Enterprise servers with the Solaris OS offer a compelling combination of mainframe class performance and reliability as well as virtualization and consolidation capabilities in an open system,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. “The update we’re announcing today makes it possible for customers to increase the performance of mission-critical enterprise applications while capitalizing on existing infrastructure investments with upgrades at half the cost of IBM.”

“The enhanced SPARC64 VII processors deliver world class performance. By upgrading to these new processors, customers can grow their business performance without sacrificing existing IT infrastructure investments,” said Noriyuki Toyoki, corporate vice president of Fujitsu. “With new processors and excellent virtualization features built into SPARC Enterprise servers, we are confident customers will achieve dramatic increases in IT resource efficiency. They will also significantly extend the life of their server investment.”

With the addition of the new quad-core SPARC64 VII processors, Sun and Fujitsu continue to increase the compute capacity of their SPARC Enterprise servers while extending long-term investment protection. The updated systems stand out from the competition with more than 15 years of binary compatibility and the “mix-and-match” SPARC64 processor architecture as well as virtualization via Dynamic Domains and Solaris Containers. The SPARC Enterprise servers are also the only systems on the market with the ability to mix SPARC64 VI and VII processors in a single domain, enabling customers dynamically add processing resources — without downtime and without requiring other hardware changes. Additionally, the integration of Oracle Database with Solaris 10’s dynamic memory management enables an Oracle database running on these SPARC Enterprise servers to use the additional memory on-the-fly without service interruption.

More information on the SPARC Enterprise server line is available at http://sun.com/sparcenterprise and http://www.fujitsu.com/sparcenterprise/ 

SPARC Enterprise Servers Outperform the Competition

Two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark –The SPARC Enterprise M9000 server (32 processors, 128 cores, 256 threads), delivered a new world record result on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark with 17,430 SAP SD Benchmark users for all systems running the SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode)(1). This achievement complements the SPARC Enterprise M9000 server’s standing world record result on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark with SAP ERP 6.0 and is the first published Unicode result on an enterprise-class system(2). Competitors, including IBM, have not published two-tier SAP SD Unicode benchmark results on their enterprise-class systems, making the SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, Oracle Database and Solaris 10 OS used in the new benchmark an extremely attractive solution for customers seeking unparalleled scalability and unmatched application performance.

The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments and demonstrates the performance of systems running order- and invoice-processing workloads. This result highlights the SPARC Enterprise M9000 server’s performance leadership at the high-end of the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark and underscores the optimal performance of SAP ERP running on SPARC64 systems with the Solaris OS regardless of the encoding methodology used in the application.

SPEC CPU2006 — The SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, equipped with 64 SPARC64 VII 2.88 GHz processors, posted the best single system UNIX result on the SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark, beating the best published IBM POWER6 UNIX result by 32 percent. SPEC CPU2006 is a CPU-intensive benchmark suite, stressing a system’s processor, memory subsystem and compiler with two sets of benchmarks — one set measures integer-intensive performance and the other set measures compute-intensive floating point performance. Running the Solaris 10 OS and Sun Studio 12 Update 1 software, the new top-of-the-line SPARC Enterprise M9000 server also holds the single system UNIX record on the SPECfp_rate_base2006 benchmark and outscored the top-of-the-line 5.0GHz POWER6-based IBM Power 595 server(3).

Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.0 — The SPARC Enterprise M4000 server, equipped with four SPARC 64 VII 2.53 GHz processors, achieved world record performance on this popular HCM application benchmark. The PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.0 Payroll (North America) benchmark represents typical OLTP workloads for a large organization processing employee payroll. The application calculates gross to net earnings, deductions and taxes, and is fully integrated with other Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise products, allowing for coordination of a wide range of salary, reward, and expense payments. The SPARC Enterprise M4000 server processed 250,000 employee payroll checks using Oracle Database 11g running on the Solaris 10 OS.

For additional information on Sun and Fujitsu’s leading benchmarks please visit: http://www.sun.com/servers/sparcenterprise/benchmarks/index.html  and http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/computing/server/sparcenterprise/key-reports/benchmarks/

Product Availability and Services

The new SPARC Enterprise systems are available directly from Sun and Fujitsu and their authorized resellers. Continuing to provide investment protection for customers, the SPARC64 VII processors will also be available as upgrades for existing systems. For more information visit: http://www.sun.com/tradeins/offerings/sse/index.jsp  and http://www.fujitsu.com/sparcenterprise

Sun and Fujitsu also provide a full suite of services to help customers maximize their infrastructure investments. More information is available at http://www.sun.com/service  and http://www.fujitsu.com/

Both Fujitsu-branded and Sun-branded SPARC Enterprise servers will be marketed worldwide. All features are identical.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision — “The Network is the Computer” — Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com 

Sun Microsystems Adds High-Performance Storage Array to Industry-Leading Disk Portfolio

Sun Microsystems Adds High-Performance Storage Array to Industry-Leading Disk Portfolio: New Sun Storage 6180 Array Leverages 30 Years of Modular Storage Innovation to Bring Unparalleled Scalability and Lower Operational Costs to Customers

Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA)  announced the expansion of its industry-leading disk storage portfolio to include the new Sun Storage 6180 Array built upon multiple generations of Sun modular storage technology. This latest addition to Sun’s storage portfolio has demonstrated best-in-class price/performance: the Sun Storage 6180 delivers 50% more performance than Sun’s previous generation, and over 70% better price/performance than the IBM DS5020(1).

The Sun Storage 6180 array provides the power to achieve better performance with fewer drives – lowering acquisition, support and operational costs. This top-performing array protects customers’ storage investments and seamlessly scales across the Sun Storage 6000 family up to the flagship Sun Storage 6780 array. The Sun Storage 6180 array uses proven architecture that ensures data integrity and availability-giving customers across a wide set of industry verticals the ability to deploy with confidence.

“With 30 years of modular storage as its foundation, Sun has built a rich history of delivering high-performance archive solutions to customers,” said Jason Schaffer, senior director, Storage, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “The new Sun Storage 6180 array leverages this storage innovation and seamlessly integrates across the Sun Storage 6000 family, again topping competitors with a rock-solid storage platform.”

To learn more about Sun’s Storage solutions, please see http://www.sun.com/storage

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision — “The Network is the Computer” — Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

Sun Announces New GlassFish Communications Server and Key Customer Wins Cedar Point Communications

Sun Announces New GlassFish Communications Server and Key Customer Wins Cedar Point Communications and Malden Labs Choose Sun for Next-Generation Network Platforms

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced the general availability of the Sun GlassFish Communications Server 2.0, its open source and high performance telco-grade application server that offers the foundation for a service delivery platform for the telecommunications industry. For more information, visit http://sun.com/sip  and http://sun.com/glassfish 

A robust Java EE and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) convergence platform, the new GlassFish Communications Server has key new features, including SIP session replication, rolling upgrade and Diameter support. Based on the latest version of the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1.1, the GlassFish Communications Server 2.0 helps service providers and network operators accelerate the adoption of an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) architecture, by offering a highly scalable, standards-based platform that simplifies development of value-added applications and services that drive new revenue models, such as: VoIP, IPTV, virtual PBX, and fixed mobile convergence.

“For the past two years, we’ve been working with customers and a great developer community to make the GlassFish Communications Server one of the best high performance, standards-based Java EE and SIP convergence platforms available today,” said Mark Herring, vice president of Software Infrastructure Marketing, Sun Microsystems. “With the new software, customers will be able to more easily build enterprise applications with integrated communications capabilities, and drive new revenue opportunities.”

Developed in open source as part of Project Sailfin, the open-source version of the GlassFish Communications Server software has been downloaded more than 50,000 times in the past 12 months with a growing community of more than 250 developers. Customers and developers looking to create new SIP services can also participate in Project SailFin CAFE, a sub-project of Sailfin, which was created to help simplify the development of converged applications. Leading media and communications companies, such as Cedar Point Communications and Malden Labs, have adopted the GlassFish Communications Server.

“We chose the GlassFish Communications Server and the Sun software stack for its rich standard support, high performance and scalability to build our convergence solution,” said Mike Wetzer, CEO, Malden Labs. “Sun’s commitment to delivering high quality software developed in open source and backed with enterprise support allowed us to easily embrace this innovative platform and meet our customer needs.”

Sun Continues to Enhance GlassFish Enterprise Server

With the latest version of GlassFish Enterprise Server, Sun delivers a scalable, reliable foundation for the Sun GlassFish Communications Server, and expands platform support to include AIX 6.1 with IBM JDK 6. With more than 10 million downloads in the last year, GlassFish Enterprise Server is one of the leading open source application servers in the industry today. Users of GlassFish Enterprise Server will benefit from enterprise reliability and performance with less complexity, and will be able to deliver new services in less time.

“GlassFish Enterprise Server is very up-to-date with the latest standards and Java EE enhancements,” said Cyril Bouteille, Vice President, Engineering, TravelMuse. “In addition, the GlassFish architecture is a very good, low-cost, low-maintenance platform for operating our Web site.”

Sun at Oracle OpenWorld

Sun will be showcasing demos of the GlassFish Communications Server 2.0 and the GlassFish Enterprise Server, as well as demonstrating scenarios that synchronize Sun’s mobility platform with Oracle databases at Oracle OpenWorld at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For additional details, visit Sun’s mobility team blog at http://blogs.sun.com/mobility.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision — “The Network is the Computer” — Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

Sun Microsystems Unveils Fully Integrated, High Performance Flash Storage Arrays

Sun Microsystems Unveils Fully Integrated, High Performance Flash Storage Arrays Designed to Accelerate Databases and Enterprise Applications
New Fully Integrated Flash Arrays Increase Oracle and MySQL Database Performance By Up to a Factor of 10, with Up to 80% Reduction in Operating Costs

Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced a significant leap forward in the industry with the introduction of new Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array that extends Sun’s flash portfolio with the latest innovation that offers customers the best way to scale storage performance. The first enterprise server and storage company to bring fully-integrated Flash-based storage with Flash-optimized software to the enterprise, Sun’s new flash array is designed to accelerate Oracle and MySQL database workloads and optimize storage architectures for higher performance at lower cost.

The Sun F5100 Flash Array features up to two terabytes of solid-state Flash capacity and an unprecedented 1.6 million read and 1.2 million write IOPS performance in a single rack unit (1.75 inches) – yet consumes just 300 watts. This new high-performance, super-efficient storage array delivers 1.6 million IOPS of performance, which is comparable to 3,000 enterprise hard disk drives that span over 14 data center racks and consume more than ten times the energy (40,000 watts.)

Sun has achieved world-record performance of 12.8 gigabyte-per-second of I/O bandwidth from one Sun F5100 array. Each Sun F5100 array is one rack-unit in height and can be zoned and connected to up to 16 separate hosts so that a single F5100 can be used by more than one application environment. Included unified management and monitoring software provides a single storage management window across a wide range of operating systems.

“Today’s announcements build on Sun’s strategy to lead a new storage hierarchy driven by flash technology to accelerate I/O throughput. No other vendor today is shipping fully-integrated flash-based hardware and software that leverages a world-class operating system to deliver breakthrough performance and value to our customers,” said John Fowler, executive vice-president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems.

Sun Servers with FlashFire Technology Deliver World Record Performance Across Prominent Enterprise and High-Performance Computing Workloads

The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array enabled the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server to produce a world record result on the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.0 N.A. application benchmark that represents typical online transaction processing workloads for processing employee payroll. The high-performance, high-density Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array dramatically improved I/O performance for this application with ten times better latency versus traditional fibre channel disks while, at the same time, work with Oracle Database 11g to process up to 250,000 employee payroll checks.

Additionally, the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array worked with the Sun Fire X4270 server to deliver the best performance on a suite of Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering (MCAE) application tests that included MSC/NASTRAN, Abaqus/Standard and ANSYS 12.0. The combination of Sun Flash storage and server technologies delivered a world record result on Abaqus/Standard and demonstrated between 65% and up to 2x improvement on various subsets of ANSYS 12.0 BMD and MSC/NASTRAN compared to the internal SAS disks configured with RAID0.These applications are based on the finite element method of analysis (FEA) and represent the more I/O intensive group of MCAE workloads making Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array a natural fit.

For more information on these leading benchmarks please visit: http://sun.com/F5100  Look  for additional benchmark announcements for Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array during Oracle Open World (October 12-15, 2009).

“San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has been evaluating the F5100 Flash Storage array as a high performance SamQFS metadata target, which sits at the core of our archiving services and hosts well over one hundred million files. Performance improvement of 2.5 to four times was demonstrated for file creation and metadata scans, such as listing and backups. Further testing will be done using the Sun Storage F5100 as a Lustre metadata target, high speed storage pool in Lustre 2.0 for user checkpoint data, Oracle database storage device and out-of-core storage device on an HPC cluster,” said Don Thorp, Production Systems, San Diego Supercomputer Center.

Flash Performs Best When Integrated with Software

Getting the best performance from these and other Flash devices is simplified through the use of Sun’s ZFS Hybrid Storage Pools feature included in the Solaris Operating System (OS). The built-in automated tuning and extra resiliency features make it a popular choice for many customers.

“Oracle customers are accustomed to getting great value from their Oracle Database deployments and are looking for best-in-class products to optimize response time from their database applications,” said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice-president, Database Group, Oracle. “Oracle and Sun Fire systems running Solaris OS are proven to deliver world-class reliability, scalability and performance for enterprise customers and we look forward to extending this success into this new family of FlashFire-based storage products.”

To learn more about Sun’s Flash Storage solutions, please see www.sun.com/flash

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision — “The Network is the Computer” — Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com .

Sun Builds on Solaris 10 Innovation With New Streamlined Administration Capabilities

Sun Releases New Update for Solaris 10 Operating System
Builds on Solaris 10 Innovation With New Streamlined Administration Capabilities, Solaris ZFS Updates and Expanded Support for New Processors

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced the availability of the Solaris 10 10/09 Operating System (OS). The Solaris 10 OS has been extended with new performance and power efficiency enhancements, more streamlined management of system installations, updates and fixes, new updates for Solaris ZFS and advancements to further leverage the functionality of the latest SPARC and x86 based systems. For more information and to download this update visit: http://sun.com/solaris/get

Solaris 10 10/09 provides new features, fixes and hardware support in an easy-to-install manner, preserving full compatibility with over 11,000 third-party products and customer applications, including Oracle database and application software. With over two decades of Sun/Oracle collaboration, there are more Oracle database deployments on the SPARC/Solaris combination than any other OS and Sun is leading the way to bring high-performance solutions for the entire range of Oracle products.

Solaris 10 10/09 also leverages the innovation and contributions of the OpenSolaris community, including investments by third-party companies such as Intel and AMD, to add more capabilities to Solaris 10’s award-winning portfolio of enterprise features. This release also builds on Solaris’ proven track record as a highly secure deployment platform, including enterprise-grade security features such as Solaris Trusted Extensions, and support for the built-in cryptographic acceleration features of Sun’s UltraSPARC CMT processors.

“Sun continues to add significant capabilities to the Solaris OS, delivering sophisticated power management and performance for the datacenter and helping our customers protect their business continuity,” said Jim McHugh, vice president, Datacenter Marketing, Sun Microsystems. “With Solaris 10 10/09, installation, update and patch features have been enhanced to simplify system administration and reduce cost. In addition, Solaris ZFS has been updated to integrate Flash technology, the next revolution in storage hardware, into the operating system. Solaris provides customers with a greater degree of flexibility, while its new features deliver the best performance and power efficiency on systems using the latest SPARC, Intel and AMD processors.”

Streamlined Management of System Installations, Updates and Fixes

Solaris 10 10/09 helps to increase business efficiency by simplifying the management of consolidated systems and provides several new features to help streamline the upgrade and patching process, especially on systems deploying large numbers of Solaris Containers. Solaris Containers gives customers built-in virtualization at no additional cost with low overhead. Solaris 10 now provides a new automated framework for installing patches in single user mode, parallel patch installation of virtualized Solaris Containers, and significant speedups for SVR4 package installation, allowing system installations or upgrades to be up to four times faster than before.

Sun’s innovative Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Containers also make it easy for customers running older Sun systems to take advantage of new hardware upgrades, with a “P2V” (Physical to Virtual) method of moving intact environments into virtual containers on Solaris 10. As a result, customers can quickly and easily move existing physical environments to virtual containers on Solaris 10 and take advantage of the performance, scale and cost savings of new SPARC-based servers.

These improvements in consolidation management add to Sun’s platform leadership and the built-in virtualization features of the Solaris OS, which include: Logical Domains for running multiple Solaris guests on Solaris SPARC CMT systems; Solaris Containers, which allow up to thousands of isolated application guests in a single Solaris instance; and a comprehensive approach to networking and storage virtualization for easy deployment in real world environments. Solaris Containers are also the foundation of Solaris Trusted Extensions, part of the comprehensive enterprise-grade integrated security features of the Solaris OS.

New Updates to Solaris ZFS

Solaris ZFS, included with the Solaris OS, eliminates the need for customers to purchase and maintain a separate file system or volume manager to obtain enterprise-class data features. The latest release of Solaris ZFS in Solaris 10 10/09 integrates the ability to use solid-state Flash drive technology for data caching and high volume transactional applications, delivering an optimized combination of performance and cost effectiveness. In addition, Solaris ZFS now allows administrators greater flexibility in setting usage limits in several ways, including by individual file system, user or group.

Support for Next Generation Processors

The combination of the Solaris OS and the latest SPARC, Intel, and AMD processor generations deliver the scalability, performance, power efficiency and reliability demanded in today’s enterprise datacenter Solaris is designed to take advantage of large memory and multi-core/processor/thread systems and enables industry-leading performance and scalability on the latest CPUs.

Sun and Intel have also enhanced Solaris power management capabilities to leverage the advanced power states of the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, boosting energy efficiency by adjusting processor power on-demand in response to system utilization. The Solaris Power Aware Dispatcher automatically monitors and optimizes a company’s system to maximize performance while minimizing power consumption and can utilize Intel’s Deep C-States technology to dramatically reduce power consumed by idle cores.

For detailed information and a complete list of all benchmarks on Sun systems visit: http://sun.com/benchmarks

About Solaris 10

The Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) is a proven, industry-leading operating system designed to help customers maximize asset usage and systems performance, manage datacenter complexity, preserve business continuity and reduce costs. The Solaris 10 OS includes key components such as: Solaris DTrace, Solaris Containers, the Solaris ZFS file system and Solaris Predictive Self Healing, along with advanced security features. The Solaris OS is supported on over 1,000 x86 and SPARC-based platforms and runs over 11,000 unique applications – more than any other open operating system. The Solaris 10 OS is used by customers around the world in industries such as: financial services, government, web infrastructure and manufacturing. In addition, Solaris Subscriptions provides expert technical support, interoperability assistance, and online resources to help customers optimize performance and improve availability for the Solaris OS on x86 or SPARC systems. For more information visit: http://sun.com/solaris

Sun at Oracle OpenWorld

Sun will be a at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference October 11-15, 2009, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. At the show, Sun will present demos of the latest innovations in the Solaris OS, virtualization, and advanced data services and security for Oracle applications. For the latest information about Sun at Oracle OpenWorld, including presentations, visit http://sun.com/solaris/oow

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New Version of MySQL Enterprise Allows DBAs to Graphically Drill-Down into Database Bottlenecks to Improve Application Performance

New Version of MySQL Enterprise Allows DBAs to Graphically Drill-Down into Database Bottlenecks to Improve Application Performance

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced an update to its MySQL Enterprise subscription, designed to assist corporate users improve the speed and uptime of their MySQL database applications. Thirty-day trial subscriptions of the new MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 Release are now available free-of-charge from http://www.mysql.com/trials.

Graphical enhancements to the MySQL Enterprise Monitor’s Query Analyzer help DBAs and developers to better pinpoint database queries to avoid performance problems. With new visual correlation graphs, problem queries can now be filtered and analyzed by highlighting specific time-periods of interest with a few mouse-clicks – making it easier to quickly find spikes in key system resources, and fix problems rooted in inefficient SQL code.

MySQL Enterprise: Features & Benefits

A MySQL Enterprise subscription is a comprehensive set of software and services, consisting of:

MySQL Enterprise Server Software — the most reliable, secure and up-to-date version of the world’s most popular open source database. MySQL Enterprise subscribers receive monthly software updates, quarterly service packs, and emergency hot fix builds.

MySQL Enterprise Monitor — A dynamically-delivered “Virtual DBA Assistant” which continuously monitors the health of a user’s database servers, alerting them to — and helping them solve — potential problems before they can impact critical applications. In addition, the MySQL Query Analyzer gives DBAs and developers further insight into performance bottlenecks to identify and fix problem queries even before production. It is helping companies like Big Fish Games, who distributes more games worldwide than any other online site, to triple their database performance. The MySQL Enterprise Monitor also features a Replication Monitor; a set of proactive MySQL Advisors with over 130 best-practice rules; and a gallery of more than 30 graphs to help give IT departments greater insight into their distributed database environments.

Enterprise-class Production Support — Addressing the concerns of many IT organizations using open source technology, Sun provides 24×7 telephone, Knowledge Base, and Web support – directly from the developers of MySQL software. Users can also track open support issues using optional live feeds that are sent directly to the MySQL Enterprise Monitor.

“We’ve designed the MySQL Enterprise subscription to provide maximum peace-of-mind for MySQL database administrators,” said Robin Schumacher, head of MySQL product management for Sun Microsystems. “MySQL Enterprise is a highly-affordable way to support the scalability, performance and uptime requirements of today’s online applications.”

Pricing & Availability

The MySQL Enterprise Fall 2009 Release is scheduled to be commercially available within the next 30 days.

MySQL Enterprise pricing ranges from $599* to $4,999* per server per year — and is also available through an unlimited site-wide agreement, starting at $40,000* per year. Supported platforms, trial information and pricing details are available at http://www.mysql.com/enterprise

Sun Microsystems Announces New Release of Sun Java Communications Suite

Sun Microsystems Announces New Release of Sun Java Communications Suite

Delivering Innovations in User Experience, Performance, Interoperability and Search to Industry-Leading Mail, Calendaring and Instant Messaging Platform

To meet the messaging and collaboration needs of the world’s largest telcos, leading service providers and most demanding enterprise customers, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA), today announced availability of Sun Java Communications Suite 7. With more than 170 million seats of earlier versions deployed, this new release builds upon proven strengths in scalability, reliability and performance while providing better interoperability and enabling differentiated services with a low total cost of ownership. To learn more, visit http://sun.com/comms.

 

Pierre Roy, vice president, IP Technology at Videotron stated, “Our constant efforts to deliver the best possible customer experience led us to choose Java Communications Suite. Its rock-solid stability coupled with its cost effective scaling enables us to serve more than a million customers and to expand as our needs grow. The new features in Java Communications Suite will allow us to expand our leadership in providing our users with more compelling functionality.”

WHAT’S NEW IN RELEASE 7

  • Calendar Server 7 – fully supports the latest CalDAV standard, enabling interoperability with other calendaring clients like Mac iCal and Mozilla Lightning, and offers native calendar synchronization with mobile devices that support CalDAV, including the Apple iPhone.
  • Indexing and Search Service 1 – provides real-time indexing and search of messaging content, including attachments in a wide variety of data types such as PDF, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org, and popular image formats.
  • Messaging Server 7 Update 3 – delivers a highly scalable, secure and high-performance messaging platform that supports leading operating environments and now adds Red Hat 5.
  • Instant Messaging 8 Update 2 – offers a scalable, standards-compliant instant messaging and presence platform that supports IM in mobile devices and interoperability with other IM networks, namely AOL, MSN and Yahoo.
  • Sun Convergence 1 Update 3 – features a rich Web client for the Java Communications Suite email, calendaring, contacts, IM and other Web services. This update of Convergence enables fast searches of email attachments using the new Indexing and Search Service, provides access to external POP email, supports all leading browsers and adds Internet Explorer 8.

“This is the most scalable, secure, and feature rich Communications product in the industry,” said Jim Parkinson, senior vice president at Sun Microsystems. “With the addition of CalDAV and the latest version of our Convergence user interface, we’ve proven that you do not have to sacrifice scale, security and functionality for an outstanding mail, calendar and messaging experience through a web browser.”

Sun Microsystems Updates Systems Management Solution with Ops Center 2.5

Sun Microsystems Updates Systems Management Solution with Ops Center 2.5,Extends Life-cycle Management Across Full Range of Sun’s Physical and Virtual Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif. September 29, 2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: JAVA) today announced a new release of Sun Ops Center, its comprehensive and highly scalable management solution for both physical and virtual systems. In addition to managing Sun’s x86 and SPARC servers, Ops Center 2.5 now extends lifecycle management capabilities to Sun’s built-in virtualization technologies, including Solaris Containers and Sun Logical Domains (LDoms). Ops Center 2.5 is designed to help customers regain control over system sprawl, reduce IT costs and make datacenters more flexible, laying the foundation for managing private cloud environments. For more information, visit: http://sun.com/opscenter.

“Companies tackling large virtualization deployments are finding that although virtualization has helped consolidate the number of physical servers in their datacenters, it hasn’t been the silver bullet,” said Jim McHugh, vice president of Datacenter Marketing, Sun Microsystems. “Successful virtualization projects need automated tools that streamline the management of both physical and virtual assets – a complex task in today’s datacenters. Ops Center 2.5 is an end-to-end management tool that enables IT and systems administrators to reduce downtime, improve IT productivity, meet compliance requirements, and respond quickly to business changes.”

By using advanced technologies and built-in automated workflows, Ops Center 2.5 allows users to maintain consistent deployment of firmware, OS, and applications across physical and virtual resources, speed deployment time, as well as improve business continuity by quickly provisioning new systems and dynamically allocating resources. From a single and intuitive browser-based console, Ops Center 2.5 automates and controls Sun infrastructure as well as heterogeneous environments running the Solaris Operating System (OS), Windows , Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), and Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL).

“Ops Center provides us with a comprehensive overview of our open infrastructure — both virtual and physical servers. Having a single interface makes it easier to manage resources and deploy patches and updates across our network, saving the organization time and money,” said Ted Archambault, director of Unix Engineering, Wyndham Hotel Group.

“We are pleased Sun is introducing lifecycle management for Oracle Enterprise Linux environments with this latest release of Ops Center,” said Wim Coekaerts, Oracle vice president of Linux Engineering. “We believe this support not only recognizes the importance of Oracle Enterprise Linux in the datacenter, but gives customers running both the Solaris OS and Oracle Enterprise Linux a true cross-platform solution for automating and streamlining their systems environment.”

New features in Ops Center 2.5 include:

Ability to create, delete, configure, monitor, and migrate Solaris Containers and LDoms from a single console.
Ability to patch the Solaris OS using Solaris Live Upgrade software with minimal downtime.
Cutting-edge virtual storage library management using Fiber Channel, NFS or ZFS software.
Advanced patching for Microsoft Windows via integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, giving customers a single pane to patch Solaris, Linux and Windows OSes.
Full support for discovery, monitoring, provisioning and patching of servers running Oracle Enterprise Linux.
Advanced, automatic datacenter asset grouping to accelerate initiation of repetitive tasks.
Pricing Information

Sun offers subscriptions and perpetual licenses for Ops Center. Commercial subscriptions are priced annually per system starting at $500 for the Premium Management Pack, which includes patching and provisioning, and $1000 for the Enterprise Management Pack, which includes full virtualization management. Enterprise Management Pack subscriptions are only sold with Premium Management Pack subscriptions. For additional information, visit: http://sun.com/opscenter.

Sun at Oracle OpenWorld

Sun’s Systems Management team will be showcasing Ops Center at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference October 11-15, 2009, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. At the show, Sun will highlight new bridging technology that links the functionality of Ops Center and Oracle Enterprise Manager. Attendees will see how the combination of Ops Center’s deep functionality in hardware, OS and virtualization management complements Oracle Enterprise Manager’s strong capabilities in application, middleware and database management, delivering significant value to mutual customers. For the latest information about Sun at Oracle OpenWorld, visit http://sun.com/solaris/oow.

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