Friday Apr 17, 2009

Lin Lee on Education and Global Communities

Yesterday it was my pleasure to talk with Lin Lee, who is the vice president of Sun's Global Communities group. Lin is a 20-plus year technology industry veteran who has worked on both the product side and the business strategy side. She currently splits her time between China and Sun HQ in California as she leads the globally-dispersed Global Communities team.

Listen to the short segment below to learn her view of transforming education and IT in the face of a down economy as well as get details on next week's Education Research Conference.

Lin Lee
Lin Lee

Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

Now Available: Sun's Open Network Systems Powered by Nehalem

Today we announced the latest Open Network Systems from Sun.

John's perspective:

"Today's IT customer is looking for three things - speed, simplicity and savings. With Sun's Open Network Systems approach, we're integrating our networking advancements, our system expertise, and our core IP and innovative designs to transform commodity components into entirely new platforms with breakthrough application performance, efficiency and scale," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. "Our new x64 systems with breakthrough networking technologies, advanced thermal management, open software stacks and Open Storage enhancements will give the datacenter an extreme makeover, revealing new efficiencies and maximizing IT investment."

Dimitrios Dovas, Director of Product Management, x64 Volume Systems, joined me to talk about Sun's latest Open Network Systems products powered by Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series (aka Nehalem). Listen to the short segment below for the highlights.

Sun Fire X4170 Server

Tuesday Apr 07, 2009

Sun News in Review: VirtualBox 2.2 Now Available

Today we announced the availability of Sun VirtualBox 2.2, the latest release of our high performance, free and open source virtualization software. VirtualBox 2.2 introduces support for the new Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard, as well as significant performance enhancements and updates.

VirtualBox software has been rapidly growing in popularity, surpassing 11 million downloads worldwide, 3.5 million registrations since October 2007, with in excess of 25,000 downloads a day. A mere 50 megabyte download, VirtualBox software is incredibly compact and efficient and installs in less than five minutes.

Andy Hall, Senior Product Manager of VirtualBox, joined me to discuss the updates in this release. Listen to the short segment below for an insider's insight about the product.
Sun xVM VirtualBox

Monday Mar 30, 2009

Now Available: Solaris Platform Optimized for Nehalem

Today we announced that the Solaris platform, including the Solaris 10 OS and OpenSolaris, has been optimized to provide performance, energy efficiency and reliability enhancements for the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, formerly code named Nehalem.
Herbert Hinstorff, Director of Datacenter Software Business Management at Sun, joined me to talk about Sun and Intel working closely during the Nehalem chip development process to optimize the Solaris platform for the processor.

Listen to the short segment below to learn how some of the Nehalem features can be taken advantage of only in the Solaris platform.

Thursday Mar 26, 2009

Sun News in Review: GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse

We announced the new GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse at the EclipseCon conference this week. This new bundle provides Eclipse developers the same easy-to-use, out-of-the-box Java EE developer experience that NetBeans developers have already been leveraging through the GlassFish Plugin for the NetBeans IDE.

Ludovic Champenois, Principal Engineer in the GlassFish Application Server Team at Sun, joined me live from the EclipseCon conference to talk about the bundle that includes GlassFish v2, GlassFish v3 Prelude, Eclipse 3.4 Web Tools Platform, GlassFish Eclipse Plugin and Java SE 6.
Listen to the short segment below for the details and download your copy today.

Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Sun News in Review: Christopher Kawalek on Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Software 3.0

This morning we announced the availability of Sun VDI Software 3. The latest release offers great storage economics for VDI, built-in virtualization capabilities and a wide variety of virtual desktop operating systems. With increased flexibility, management efficiency and data security, Sun VDI customers are already saving big bucks.

I talked with Chris Kawalek, Product Line Manager of Desktop Virtualization Marketing at Sun, about the new software. Get the highlights of the announcement by listening to the short segment below.

Chris Kawalek
Chris Kawalek

Monday Mar 23, 2009

Know JavaFX? Get $25,000!

JavaFX Coding Challenge
We just announced a new contest...

Develop an innovative rich media application using JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5.

And you can win up to $25,000!!!

If you are a student, the deal gets even better...

In addition to the top prizes, there are three prizes @ $1,500 each for the top three student submissions.

Get going, the contest has already started and submission closes on May 29th.

Check out all the details at JavaFX Coding Challenge.

Have the thinking buds stir up, crank the code, submit the application and get great prizes and recognition.

Happy coding!

Good luck to all of you!!!

Friday Mar 20, 2009

International Earth Day and Sun's CSR

We at Sun always pay close attention to the mark we make -- whether it's innovations that change the industry or our footprint on the planet.

Since formalizing our Sustainability strategy three years ago, we've had many dramatic proof points of our open source philosophy, commitment to the environment, social responsibility and making technology accessible to everyone.
Corporate Responsibility at Sun
Some examples include publishing our annual CSR report, winning the EPA's Climate Protection Award, and opening the new eco friendly data center in Colorado, to name a few.

We are observing International Earth Day today, and I sat down with Marcy Scott Lynn, Director of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility at Sun Microsystems, to talk about environmental accountability for a sustainable earth. Listen to the short segment below for the highlights of Sun's CSR efforts.

Wednesday Mar 18, 2009

Sun Cloud Announcement -- Juan Carlos Soto Interview

Today at CommunityOne East conference, we are announcing Sun Open Cloud Platform -- our open cloud computing infrastructure -- powered by OpenSolaris, MySQL, Open Storage and Java.

I sat down with Juan Carlos Soto, VP of Marketing, Cloud Computing Business Unit at Sun, to discuss the announcement. Listen to Juan giving you the nuggets of the announcement...

In addition to the overall strategy and roadmap, Juan talks about the open APIs for Sun's public cloud service, partner initiatives for Sun's public cloud service and how you can participate in the Sun Cloud technology preview programs.

Juan Carlos Soto
Juan Carlos Soto

Monday Mar 09, 2009

Sun News in Review: Bill Vass on First Federal CIO Appointment

Late last week President Obama appointed Vivek Kundra as the federal government's first CIO with a clear mandate for him: "As chief information officer, [Kundra] will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible."

This morning I sat down with Bill Vaas, President of Sun Microsystems Federal, to discuss the significant of this announcement. He and Scott recently met with President Obama's technology team with more meetings in the offing. Bill shares what he thinks about the role open source will play with the new administration, what the relationship will be between the new CIO and the to-be-named-soon CTO of federal government, what all these mean for Sun Microsystems Federal and a lot more in this segment of Sun News Radio.

You can listen to Bill's perspectives below.
Bill Vaas on First Federal CIO Appointment
Bill Vaas

Thursday Dec 04, 2008

Now Available: JavaFX 1.0!

Today we formally announced JavaFX 1.0!

It is a significant advancement to the Java platform that marries the functionality to build RIA with immersive media and content for web browsers and desktops.

Among the key innovations in JavaFX is a Drag-to-Install feature and a unique unified development environment, which provides an application deployment model for building expressive RIAs across desktops, browser and mobile platforms.
This release includes three components: the JavaFX Development Environment, the JavaFX Production Suite and the JavaFX Desktop.

The new JavaFX mobile emulator will allow developers to preview their applications on the forthcoming JavaFX mobile platform, available to Sun's mobile partners in Spring 2009.

The full product details, 80+ code samples and tutorials are now available here. Check out the JavaFX videos at ChannelSun. And here are the top 10 things to know about JavaFX.

The JavaFX blog is posting a round up of blogs and press so far today.

Download JavaFX 1.0 and try it NOW -- you'll be amazed!!!

Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

Phase-Change Archiving

The future of digital archiving for university and college libraries could lie in phase-change memory technology, according to Chris Wood, CTO for storage and data management at Sun Microsystems.

In his speech at the recent meeting of the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG), a gathering of university librarians and archivists in Baltimore, Chris said that phase-change memory technology is likely to be a successor to aging magnetic storage technology for librarians and archivists.

The older magnetic storage technologies have almost hit their limits physically. Disk density is slowing. Tracks per drive are becoming a challenge. The more tracks are condensed, the more possibility of inaccuracies in the stored data. The capacity of optical storage technology (DVDs and CDs) is growing, but improvements have slowed significantly due to the fact that the consumer electronics business does not see a requirement for vastly increased capacities, Chris says, blunting cost effectiveness and leading users to seek alternatives. Flash memory has made great strides recently, but it also is approaching physical density limits.
Image courtesy: Wikipedia
Phase-change technology relies on materials that change characteristics when exposed to heat (rather than electrical charges, as do current storage media). Its development is progressing rapidly, making it a possible alternative to flash memory for archival storage in 3-5 years. Additionally, phase-change memory does not wear out like current flash memory implementations after multiple write cycles.

Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

Second Student Reviews Contest Winners Announced

Today we announced the winners of the second Student Reviews Contest, where students developed innovative applications using MySQL 5.1 and GlassFish v2 UR2.

Contestants from USA, Brazil, India and China submitted their coding projects via and wrote their experiences about using MySQL and GlassFish in the reviews.

The winning entry in the general students category created a hotel reservation application using VoiceXML (web pages accessed by voice) -- the judges had a good experience using it via Skype. A resource sharing application for social networking sites won the first prize in the Sun Campus Ambassador category.
Other interesting entries included a fully integrated contest management application, a system authentication application for wireless networks, test taking and test management application, a "short URL" project and a small online store.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and thanks for participating.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Project Kenai -- a new site for hosting open source projects

We have launched Project Kenai last Friday. The primary goal of the site is to host open source projects and encourage collaboration on them.
Project Kenai
Why Project Kenai? Nick Sieger, lead engineer of the project, comments, "We need to demonstrate credibility in building on top of more traditional LAMP/SAMP web stacks (not just Java EE); and we need to show viability of Sun technologies and hardware for next-generation web applications."

So how is it running?

From Tim's blog: Project Kenai is using Sun Fire T2000 servers along with a Sun Fire X4500 (Thumper) for storage. OpenSolaris Nevada 70b is the OS. Apache runs in front, using mod_proxy_balancer to connect to multiple redundant GlassFish V2 instances talking to a single MySQL database. The main site is a Rails application running on JRuby, deployed in GlassFish as a war file built with Warbler. Perl, Python, and other various bits of Apache-based bailing wire help integrate Mercurial, Subversion, Sympa (mailing list software) and Bugzilla into the mix as well.

Tim's blog has all the details.

Project Kenai is in invitation-only beta mode -- if you want to try, contact Tim.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Calling All Students -- Your Chance to Win $500

We just announced a new student contest today...

Students can develop a web application using MySQL database and GlassFish application server and write a review for a chance to win a grand prize of $500 in Visa debit card, and five chances to win a prize of $250 in Visa debit card.
Student Contest
The details are here.




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