By DaveLevy on Feb 28, 2006
Bill Vass Sun's CIO presented to us today. I last heard him speak last February. He offered three useful insights.
- Sun IT runs a Sun-on-Sun reference program. I need to check out their "Secure Mail" offering and the resource management solution as we have implemented soft containers throughout the estate.
- Sun ran a Solaris 8 to 9 adoption programme. This took 3 months and the speed was enabled by de-mirroring swap and haveing tow versions of the OS on each system. They booted on S9 with minimal pre-testing and reverted if there were any problems. There weren't depsite the move to active resource management. I asked if he was frightened of failing to adequatley test the mythical "end of year" program. He said not, they JFDY'd it.
- He spoke about "encouraging" us to move towards personal compliance to their standards. One inducement is that they propose to implement wine as part of the JDS build, for those final stubborn windows apps. Hopefully, he'll find ways of enabling us all to benefit from their build standards.