Friday Jul 17, 2009

Interview with OpenSolaris Enthusiast Octave Orgeron


Reviews Interactive recently spoke with OpenSolaris enthusiast and influential blogger Octave Orgeron about the new OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. Octave is a Systems Architect with more than a decade of professional experience in designing, deploying and supporting Solaris solutions for the enterprise. He has been involved with OpenSolaris since the beginning and actively contributes to the OpenSolaris Logical Domains (LDoms) community through blog posts, articles and support.

Octave discussed the new features in OpenSolaris 2009.06 stating "I've found that the desktop integration and increasing amounts of IPS packages to be very helpful and productive for me." Octave also said that Crossbow and Xen have been "of great interest to me" on the virtualization front. However, he claimed the biggest enhancement personally was the SPARC support because of the work and testing he does on the SPARC platform.

Octave also gave his opinion on what the future holds for OpenSolaris, noting that although much of the focus has been on the desktop and user experience, he feels more emphasis needs to be placed on the provisioning, server administration, and support of the SPARC platform. He feels that "doing so will help bring OpenSolaris into the Data Center and help the transition from Solaris 10 to whatever the next product version will be named."
Octave Orgeron
Octave Orgeron
Octave is currently writing a book about Solaris/OpenSolaris LDoms and hopes to keep on contributing in this area. He also plans to start work on projects to address system administration needs and concerns with the long-term goal of helping out with Containers and Xen.

The complete interview with Octave can be found here.

Thursday Jun 25, 2009

eWEEK: Network Virtualization Stands Out in OpenSolaris 2009.06


eWEEK's Jason Brooks tested OpenSolaris 2009.06, as a means to grab a "sneak peek at what's coming down the pike in Solaris." He found Crossbow network virtualization as the "most compelling feature" of OpenSolaris 2009.06. Overall, he was impressed with its flexibility and functionality, and used Crossbow to create "a virtual network with a pair of host systems and a router system" during his testing.
OpenSolaris
Jason also noted that he found OpenSolaris to be very accessible for new users, "such as those accustomed to using Linux." He also highlighted improvements in performance and functionality of OpenSolaris' software packaging system, which "now consumes less memory and boasts a faster start-up time" for the graphical package manager.

Jason was a bit critical about VirtualBox support of OpenSolaris as a host OS. However, he pointed out that should VirtualBox take fuller advantage of OpenSolaris-specific features, "the combination of VirtualBox and Crossbow could make OpenSolaris the go-to host environment for Sun's desktop virtualization product."

Tuesday Jun 24, 2008

Bunny in the Cloud


BBC World News prepared a list of best cloud computing applications available today, and it featured Sun's Network.com and Blender 3D. The article noted how Sun's data centers are available for hire by the hour to power on-demand cloud services. The author mentioned that Network.com is used mainly for processing scientific data but the servers can also be used for rendering animations via the open source Blender software.

Check out this BBC video clip featuring Sun's cloud computing efforts as well as snippets from the "Big Buck Bunny" movie rendered on Network.com.

In other news, InformationWeek highlighted Sun's Network.com and Project Caroline in their cloud computing feature story.
Movie rendering on the cloud

Sunday Jun 01, 2008

Movie Review: Big Buck Bunny (rendered on Sun's Network.com!)


For a change, let's move from product reviews to... movie reviews!!!

Big Buck Bunny is a comedy about a well-tempered rabbit "Big Buck," who finds his day spoiled by the rude actions of the forest bullies, three rodents. In the typical 1950s cartoon tradition, Big Buck then prepares for the rodents in a comical revenge.

What is great about the movie is that it is "open." What is an "open movie?" Well, "open movie" promotes open content creation in a community setting.

For "Big Buck Bunny," it is not only developed by an animator community using open source software Blender but also distributed under an open license that gives artists free access to the entire studio database of assets and files used to make the movie.

"The primary intent of the movie was to stimulate the development of open source 3D software, but the quality of Big Buck Bunny on an artistic level as well as on technical ingenuity is what you would expect from large animation studios," said Ton Roosendaal, producer and Blender Institute director.

The Blender team didn't have support of a big studio, yet they succeeded with the community support, an open source rendering software and an on-demand computing platform.

And the last part is where we came in. Blender team needed over fifty thousand CPU-hours of compute time, and our Network.com grid services provided them a very powerful platform where they could use hundreds of CPUs simultaneously to significantly speed up the movie rendering process without needing to own the compute infrastructure.

For all the geeks out there, here is how it happened -- technically speaking -- over the Network.com grid platform.

Shining example of... the power of community (and lowering barriers to entry for producing a computer-animated movie), if you ask me.

Enjoy the movie. :-)
"Big Buck Bunny" movie -- rendered on Network.com


Tuesday Feb 19, 2008

Sun expands grid offerings


Last week, we announced addition of 14 new applications in the Network.com Catalog, a collection of online grid-enabled applications that are available from Network.com's Sun Grid compute utility service on a pay-per-use basis. In addition, we announced a new partner program, "Sun Network.com Connection," for ISV to create and expand on-demand service offerings and also expanded Network.com's international availability.
Network.com

With overviews of the Network.com history since it was first announced, IT Jungle commented, "... utility computing is still something that the company believes in as a long-term prospect for the IT industry." HPCWire highlighted the ISV support, and BetaNews liked Network.com's support of open source technology with applications like Blender, Zeus and GAP.

My favorite one came from InsideHPC, who wrote that Sun "sent a Valentine to potential Network.com customers" with the expanded catalog.

Yes, indeed! :-)

Thursday May 24, 2007

Recent Sun Grid Compute Utility Coverage


We recently made couple of important announcements regarding the Sun Grid Compute Utility available from Network.com. Here are a few selected coverage around the world:

- Sun takes Grid international -- VNUNet (also appeared in IT Week, iT News , and Computing UK), 5/3

- Sun's Grid Goes International -- CXOToday (India), 5/3

- Sun's grid computing service goes global -- IDG News Service (also appeared in InfoWorld, Computerworld, Computerworld Malaysia, ComputerworldUK, Computer Partner/Netherlands, InfoWorld Netherlands, TechWorld.com UK, CIO India, ARNnet and Computerworld Australia), 5/3

- Suppliers Gird Grids -- Byte and Switch, 5/3

- Sun's Grid Utility Expands Beyond the United States -- IT Jungle, 5/3

- Sun extends grid computing service to Australia -- Computerworld Australia (also appeared in InfoWorld Netherlands, Webwereld Netherlands), 5/3

- Sun grid computing comes to Europe -- IT Week (also appeared in VNUNet and Computing UK), 5/3

- Solaris served on the Rocks; While Sun exports its network -- The Register, 5/4

- Sun's grid computing service goes global – NetworkWorld Asia, 5/4

- Additional press release pick-ups: HPCwire, GRIDtoday, Linux Magazine, Web Services Journal, SMBedge Singapore and Media Newswire

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