Friday Aug 07, 2009

From Sun BluePrints: Demystifying Enterprise-Class Server Virtualization

This document (registration required) defines and classifies the various subtypes of server virtualization, and provides an overview of the various offerings available from Sun Microsystems and other vendors.

Wednesday Aug 05, 2009

Solaris OS: Optimized for the AMD Opteron Processor

This Sun BluePrints document (registration required) is a quick reference guide for developers and system administrators who want to optimize applications running on the Solaris OS and AMD Opteron processors.

Monday Aug 03, 2009

Sun's Reference Architecture for Next-Generation Data Backup

A Sun BluePrints paper (registration required) describes a reference architecture for data backup using Symantec NetBackup software, Sun CoolThreads servers, and the Solaris Operating System.

Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

Logical Domains Quick Start Guide

The purpose of this Sun BluePrints article is to provide simple steps for setting up and running a server with Logical Domains 1.2 software. This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive beginner's guide to LDoms. Instead, it intends to cover the use case of deploying Logical Domains in a laboratory environment for the first time. (Registration required.)

Monday Jul 27, 2009

Conserving Energy With Sun Netra Servers and Full Free Air Cooling

This Sun BluePrints article describes how Sun Netra servers were used in a proof-of-concept environment without traditional mechanical cooling systems. In this collaborative effort, Sun and Belgacom engineers demonstrated how to effectively and efficiently cool carrier-grade servers using only ambient air.

Thursday Jul 23, 2009

Best Practices for Migrating SAP Environments

This Sun BluePrints article explains the process of moving an SAP environment from one system to another, and describes the resources and services available from Sun to assist users planning a migration. (Login required.)

Wednesday Jul 22, 2009

Optimizing PostgreSQL Application Performance With Solaris Dynamic Tracing

A Sun BluePrints article describes how Solaris DTrace functionality can help with PostgreSQL database application tuning. The paper provides examples of database server operations that can be observed using DTrace probes.

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Deploying the AMP Stack in Virtualized Environments: A Step Towards Cloud Computing

This Sun BluePrints article describes AMP deployment using the virtualization features built into the Solaris OS. Examples include ZFS to reduce virtual server deployment times and Project Crossbow technology to set up a virtual network that manages traffic for the multiple AMP stacks running on the physical system.

Monday Jul 06, 2009

Solid State Drives in HPC: Reducing the I/O Bottleneck

This Sun BluePrints article compares traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) and the newer solid state drive (SSD) technology in high-performance computing applications. SSD devices can help correct the imbalance between processor and storage speed while also reducing energy usage and environmental impact. (Login required.)

Wednesday Jul 01, 2009

From Sun BluePrints: Sun Business Ready HPC for MD Nastran

This Sun BluePrints article (registration required) provides performance tuning recommendations and guidelines to allow an IT administrator or experienced MD Nastran user to configure MD Nastran and the hardware platform for optimum performance (reduced elapsed times).

Wednesday Jun 24, 2009

Updated: Sun BluePrints Article on Using Solaris OS With Intel Xeon 5500 CPUs

This updated Sun BluePrints document provides a short overview of the Sun and Intel collaboration, with technical descriptions of specific features and capabilities that can be implemented in the Solaris OS to optimize the capabilities of Intel Xeon processor 5500 series systems. (Login needed.)

Monday Jun 22, 2009

Running Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on Sun Logical Domains

This Sun BluePrints document discusses running Oracle RAC on servers configured with LDoms. It also explains that Sun LDoms virtualization technology enables fine-grained assignment of CPU and memory resources to an Oracle RAC workload. (Login required.)

Thursday Jun 18, 2009

Deploying Apache HTTP Web Server on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems

This Sun BluePrints article (login required) explains how to install the Apache HTTP Web Server on Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems, and invoke Web Services from the storage appliance. In addition, scenarios designed to aid consolidation efforts and simplify management are included.

Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

Open Network Systems for Internet Infrastructure, MySQL Edition

This Sun BluePrints paper (registration required) describes Sun's new reference architecture. This architecture combines Sun Open Storage, high-performance networking and servers, open source software, and services into an integrated enterprise portal solution. Open Network Systems for Internet Infrastructure, MySQL Edition, offers the Sun GlassFish Portfolio, ZFS, and a choice of OpenSolaris, Solaris, or Linux operating systems.

Monday Jun 15, 2009

Configuring Systems for High Bandwidth I/O

This Sun BluePrints article describes configuring systems to support the very high bandwidth I/O capabilities needed by data-intensive applications with extreme performance requirements. (Please register.)

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