Monday Oct 19, 2009

City of San Antonio consolidates servers with Sun virtualization technology

The City of San Antonio, Texas (CoSA) is home to more than 1.5 million people, and provides multiple online services to its residents including bill payment, career assistance, licensing, permits, and public safety information. CoSA employees also rely on access to applications and data for use in daily work activities including financial systems, HR software, and public safety applications used by the police and fire departments.

Over time, the city's server infrastructure had struggled to keep pace with its service delivery, and CoSA was running out of room in its data center. The CoSA IT department needed to also upgrade its IT infrastructure to reduce maintenance costs and enhance services. CoSA already had a long-established relationship with Sun and felt that leveraging Sun's SPARC servers as a platform for the Solaris 10 Operating System and Solaris zones provided the best opportunity for ROI with its virtualization technologies and energy-efficient mainframe-class servers.
Sun Customer City of San Antonio
(Image courtesy: City of San Antonio)
The city, managing several separate environments, decided to consolidate its SAP NetWeaver systems on Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 and M4000 servers. CoSA also migrated from the Solaris 9 OS to the Solaris 10 OS to take advantage of Solaris Zones and allow multiple applications to run in isolation from one another on the same physical hardware. The solution also includes Sun Blade 6000 Modular systems and multiple Sun Fire T2000 servers with energy-efficient CoolThreads technology. Finally, CoSA replaced 80 physical Windows servers with 12 Sun Fire X4600 M2 servers as a VMWare virtual infrastructure platform in its Windows environment.

Sun's server and virtualization solution allowed CoSA to consolidate from 16 to 4 racks of servers, and reduce the datacenter footprint for these workloads by over 85%. The solution has also helped CoSA reduce the maintenance overhead, giving administrators more time to deploy new systems that benefit the city and its residents. The consolidation has helped the city achieve considerable cost savings and CoSA expects to realize a full ROI within two and a half years based on the reduced support costs alone. Kevin Goodwin, the assistant director for CoSA IT department said: “Sun's enterprise-class virtualization technologies have served the City of San Antonio well. They're a critical component of our overall IT transformation and optimization strategy, allowing us to rapidly deploy highly available server capacity to meet the city's changing business needs while saving money in the process.”

Check out the complete details here.

Tuesday Oct 06, 2009

Spanish Postal Service Reduces TCO for Email Storage Platform by 40% with Sun Solution


Sociedad Estatal Correos y Telégrafos, S.A., also known as Correos, has been providing postal services across Spain for more than 300 years. However, because of the recent steady decline in traditional postal services usage, Correos realized it needed to create a business proposition that would appeal to citizens and businesses alike. Correos ultimately found a way to add value to Internet-based communications and began working to create a highly secure e-mail service that includes data encryption and time stamps, so users could receive certification that a message had arrived at its destination.
Sun Customer Correos
(Image courtesy: Correos)
Correos needed to provide up to 140,000 mailboxes for citizens and businesses to send e-mail and attachments to government offices. The technology behind the new “Electronic Post Box” service Apartado Postal Electrónico (APE), had to be reliable and scalable enough to handle new offerings in addition to being expertly managed to maximize performance. Correos looked at several IT solution providers but ultimately selected Sun because it was able to guarantee the reliability of the e-mail service.

With the support of Sun Professional Services, Correos developed and implemented a fully redundant data storage and backup platform. A Sun Fire T2000 and a Sun Fire T1000 server, both featuring UltraSPARC T1 processor technology and running the Solaris 10 Operating System, work as load balancers on the front end. Sun Fire V490 and Sun Fire V890 servers, running backup software, sit at the back end of the platform. Two Sun StorageTek 6540 arrays store e-mail data, which is archived onto a Sun StorageTek SL500 modular library system. Finally, to maximize availability, Sun Professional Services deployed Solaris Cluster software to protect the integrity of the application data and services across the cluster's nodes.

Today, APE is delivering a secure and reliable e-mail service to citizens, companies, and government offices throughout Spain. With the Sun-based storage infrastructure, Correos is providing 5 MB worth of storage for its 140,000 mailboxes. Correos also has peace of mind knowing that the infrastructure is protected by a Sun Spectrum Platinum support plan and storage and backup systems are being well maintained by Sun Remote Operations Management. José Marcelino Pérez, e-business manager at Correos says: “APE and Sun technology are helping Correos meet the challenges of a transition from paper correspondence to Internet-based communication.”

Check out the complete details here.

Monday Sep 28, 2009

StubHub boosts transaction capacity 52-fold with Sun solution

StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, where fans can buy and sell secondary-market tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater, and other live entertainment events. StubHub's easy-to-use, convenient Web environment for buying tickets has helped the company gain millions of satisfied customers, and requires StubHub to have high-capacity IT systems that are able to connect ticket buyers and sellers 24x7.

As StubHub's business rapidly grew, its back-end, online transaction processing system had a hard time keeping up with demand. And, because traffic volume can vary greatly, it is hard for StubHub to predict peak volume, making scalability a critical concern. Therefore, in 2008, StubHub chose to upgrade the OLTP database to an Oracle RAC 10g, and looked for a hardware and operating system that would maximize the new database's performance.
Sun Customer StubHub
(Image courtesy: StubHub)
StubHub ultimately decided that a 64-bit platform based on Sun hardware and the Solaris 10 Operating System wold provide maximum flexibility to support the company's fast growth strategy. StubHub worked with the Sun Solution Center to design and perform benchmark tests in order to select the most appropriate Sun hardware for the company's OLTP solution.

Based on the outcome of the tests, StubHub selected the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Server for its combination of performance, scalability, and cost effectiveness. StubHub is employing nine M5000 servers, which all have the same CPU and memory configuration, with eight dual-core SPARC64 VI processors and 128 gigabytes of RAM. Additionally, two Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Servers, each with four dual-core SPARC 64 VI processors, support the company's development and testing environments.

StubHub is pleased with the performance of its upgraded OLTP solution. The new system is now able to handle 47,000 database transactions per second per node, versus the previous system's 900 transactions per second per node, which represents a 52-fold increase in volume. The increased system capacity has allowed StubHub to sell more tickets, resulting in a return on investment in just three months. Bill Dougherty, director of site operations at StubHub summed it up by saying: “This upgrade project was all about scalability and growth...our site traffic has more than doubled in the past 18 months. Without the new Sun platform, we would not be able to handle our high volume of site traffic.”

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday Sep 02, 2009

Public Utility Delivers Innovative Voice, Data, and Cable Services to 3,500 Customers with Sun Technologies

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In 2004, the cities of Monmouth and Independence, Oregon founded Monmouth Independence Network, or MINET, to deliver high-speed Internet, cable, and VoIP phone services to area businesses and residences, who were not scheduled to receive broadband services until 2015 or later. By the end of 2007, MINET needed to expand its IT architecture to support its growing customer base, and was also looking to offer additional services on its underutilized network bandwidth to increase revenue.
Sun Customer MINET
(Image courtesy: MINET)
Already a user of Sun technologies, MINET chose to expand its infrastructure with Sun hardware and software, and implemented the new solution in just 10 weeks. Three Sun Fire X4150 servers now handle the virtual PBX capabilities and run the Mitel Unified IP Client for Sun Ray Software. Virtual desktops, managed by Sun Secure Global Desktop Software, run on virtual servers set up with Solaris Containers or LDoms. All the virtual environments exist on a mix of 24 Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules and Sun Blade T6320 Server Modules, which are housed in a Sun Blade 6048 Chassis.

All of the company's services rely on a multi-tiered Open Storage solution. A Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240 server uses CMT to simultaneously process storage requests, and one Sun StorageTek 6540 array serves as a redundant controller. Data that is regularly accessed by services is stored on one Sun Fire X4540 server, while data that is not often accessed resides on two Sun Storage J4500 arrays. Solaris ZFS gives IT personnel the ability to manage and change the various storage components in a single pool without affecting availability.

The solution was fully deployed in April 2008 with the new architecture providing 99.99% availability or higher. Additionally, the virtual environments, Sun blade server modules, Solaris ZFS, and Open Storage solution have simplified the provisioning and modification of customer services and helped fuel a 10% growth in customers each month. The solution's small footprint and energy requirements have also helped MINET save 25% annually on power, cooling, and space requirements. Phil Garrett, General Manager of MINET said: “Our large power and cooling savings translates into more than just money savings, it also gives us more space that we can use to sell more services and generate additional revenue.”

Check out the complete details, including a podcast, here.

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

French company reduces costs with Sun open-source solution


Symeos, a Web services security startup based in France, provides online identity management and federated authentication services to organizations in Western Europe and the United States. Symeos offers innovative single sign-on technologies for customers across multiple industries, helping to protect organizations against e-commerce online scams and identity thefts.
Sun Customer Symeos
As the demand for increased security and online identity management and authentication solutions continued to increase, Symeos created a new identity management product called EGO. Symeos quickly needed a completely new virtualized platform to support the more than 10 million expected users of EGO. The company turned to Sun to provide a high performance, low energy consumption solution that was open source, fast, scalable, and secure.

Symeos ordered 8 Sun Blade T6340 Server Modules with UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors and 12 Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules with Intel Xeon processors. The company also purchased two Sun Blade 6000 Chassis to house the machines; and to protect the platform’s data, the company chose a Sun Storage 7410 Unified Storage System together with a Sun Storage J4000 Array. The infrastructure runs on the Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Operating Systems. The blade servers provide support for Web solutions that include the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10, and the open-source offerings of the MySQL Database, the Sun OpenDS directory server, and Sun OpenSSO Enterprise.

Symeos built the finished platform over a period of two months, and after testing, plans to launch the by the end of the year. Because Symeos used open-source and open-standard technology throughout, the business expects to lower future development costs by about 60%. Herve Prot, Chief Executive Officer of Symeos said: “With the support of Sun, we have developed a cost-effective identity management platform that offers customers 99.999% availability and is easily scalable.”

Check out the complete details here.

Thursday May 21, 2009

Bank Cuts Costs and Manages Growth with Sun Solution


LBBW Luxemburg, a subsidiary of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg bank headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, was recently on the hunt for a more efficient way to cut costs while still supporting growth. The bank prepared a list of the necessary tools to accomplish this cost-cutting goal, which included migrating to a new banking application called Avalog in addition to moving to a single IT supplier with cost-effective solutions. Sun Customer LBBW Luxemburg
After assessing a number of different options, the LBBW Luxemburg decided to standardize the Avalog server platform on Sun hardware and software. Sun Professional Services designed a scalable infrastructure based on four Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 servers featuring eight dual-core SPARC64 VI processors and running the Solaris 10 OS and Solaris Cluster 3.2 software. The design also featured Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 servers with Solaris Cluster acting as a data transfer component. The Sun StorageTek 6140 array also enhanced LBBW Luxemburg's existing backup infrastructure by extending the staging unit.

After a successful pilot, LBBW Luxemburg launched a full implementation that has resulted in an elimination of proprietary software licenses as well as a 60% greater performance of the SPARC Enterprise M5000 servers compared to the previous server setup. The Sun solutions are also cutting IT expenses by consolidating from three server racks to one, saving space and reducing cooling costs. Jean-Luc Raskin, Head of the IT Infrastructure Unit, LBBW Luxemburg notes “Sun has helped LBBW Luxemburg meet its IT Objectives...a climate of trust has been established, and we feel this is a real partnership.”

LBBW Luxemburg is ensuring continued high performance with SunSpectrum Gold Support. The new setup has set up an efficient, scalable, and cost-effective solution that LBBW Luxemburg can rely on in the future. Raskin notes “we have built a very flexible architecture that will be able to meet our IT needs for years to come.”

Check out the complete details here.

Friday May 01, 2009

Sun Delivers Performance Boost to University of Central Florida


The University of Central Florida offers more than 220 degree programs to 50,000 students and is served by more than 5,000 faculty and staff who have relied on Sun servers, storage, software, and services for more than 10 years.

In 2007, UCF sought to increase the capability and scalability of its Oracle/PeopleSoft platform to meet growing computational and storage demands. This upgrade required a high-performance storage area network in addition to related system upgrades, all of which needed to be in place for the Fall 2008 semester to facilitate class scheduling and registration.
Sun Customer UCF
Logo Courtesy: UCF
UCF ultimately selected the Sun StorageTek 9990V system and said they chose it because it was "best of breed" in its product class for both performance and reliability. For its PeopleSoft application servers UCF chose eight Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 servers, and five Sun Fire T2000 servers.

UCF is pleased with the fast operation of the new solution, which offers a 10-fold improvement in overall performance. Robert Yanckello, Chief Technology Officer at UCF says "Even during peak loads of the semester's first week, when many students are adding and dropping classes, everything moved smoothly. The systems are simple to manage and use, and Sun has been easy to do business with."

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday Apr 08, 2009

Customer of the week: Liverpool Direct Limited


Liverpool Direct Limited (LDL) is helping transform the way citizens in Liverpool access public services. A public/private enterprise of its kind, LDL's vision is to offer "joined-up government" whereby everybody has access to new technology for communicating with Liverpool City Council and its Business Units. Among LDL's responsibilities are contact centers, benefits services, human resources and payroll, and revenue services.
Liverpool Direct Limited
The organization was aiming to increase computing power and capacity, reduce operational and management costs, cut power and cooling costs and increase space available for scaling hardware platform.

Sun Professional Services provided LDL with a turnkey solution that included a high-performance, cost-effective platform based on Sun SPARC Enterprise T2000 servers running the Solaris 10 OS, Solaris Cluster, and Sun Interim Operations Management to ensure a successful adoption of the new technology.

"Liverpool Direct Limited couldn't deliver Solaris-based shared services without the Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series servers running the Solaris 10 OS," noted Frank Oakley, Solutions Architect, LDL. "The platform has reduced our costs and doubled processing performance."

Check out the complete details here.

Thursday Jan 22, 2009

Sun receives recognition from SearchDataCenter.com and The VAR Guy


Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server received SearchDataCenter's Bronze award for 2008 server product of the year. The article notes that the T5440 server packs enough memory and CPU power to deliver up to four times higher performance per watt at about one-fifth of competitive servers, which is part of the reason the judges gave it the Bronze award for 2008 server product of the year.

One T5440 user, a massive, European-based Web hosting company called Strato, reported, "After testing the new quad-socket Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server, we discovered that only one T5440 is sufficient to handle the whole load and can replace 10 of our existing Sun Fire T2000 servers."

In other news, The VAR Guy looked at the top open source companies disrupting and redefining the IT channel. Their "Open Source 50" list was released recently, with Sun being ranked #2 overall. We received many recognitions from The VAR Guy: Best of the Best (Sun ranked #2 of 25), Percentage of Revenue From Partners (Sun ranked #8 of 24), Company Size Based On Employees (Sun ranked #1 of 24), Partner Ecosystem (Sun noted in comments as not providing exact figures).
SearchDataCenter Award

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

M3000 server named one of Network World's 10 best products of the week


Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 was named one of Network World's 10 best products of the week.

Network World said of the M3000, "A new addition to the SPARC processor-based product line, this server offers "mainframe-class reliability" in a single CPU 2RU form factor, according to Sun. With an efficient design that saves space and energy, the server is "ideal for single-threaded back-office applications."
Network World Products of the Week
(Image Courtesy: Network World)

Monday Nov 03, 2008

InformationWeek: "Sun's T5440 Server Is Built To Multitask"


Over the weekend, InformationWeek has published a very positive review of Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server. The review is also running in this week's print edition of InformationWeek.

In his evaluation, Jeff Ballard of InformationWeek stated the "T5440 server will excel anywhere throughput is more important than CPU speed -- in those areas, the T5440 is rewriting the record book. Database workloads--in particular, Oracle and SAS environments -- are well-suited to the T5440's CMT technology."

His positive review examined Sun's latest CMT offering noting the unit "runs rings around more expensive devices when performing a lot of tasks concurrently. It's ideal for databases and virtualization and excels at encrypting and decrypting data thanks to on-board security co-processors."

Jeff noted that the UltraSPARC T2 chip's performance "blurred the distinction between traditionally lower-end T series and higher-end M series devices" and that it "turns in performance above its pay grade thanks to its higher concurrency of operations."

Jeff also examined the T5440's virtualization capabilities, specifically LDoms. "We found the all-purpose "ldm" LDom-controller command easy to use, and we had our first LDom up and running within minutes. Adding and removing them also was a snap," he noted.
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Linked In (... Via Sun) !!!


LinkedIn, the largest professional networking site with more than 25 million users, has added Sun's MySQL Enterprise database subscription to their existing infrastructure of Sun SPARC Enterprise servers running Solaris 10.
LinkedIn
(Logo courtesy: LinkedIn )
Why did they choose Sun? Let's hear straight from the horse's mouth. :-)

"LinkedIn has continued to see incredible growth among professionals spanning all sectors looking to build and leverage their networks. As a leader in our field, we are committed to providing the best service to our users, and a web experience that meets members expectations and that starts with IT," said Jean-Luc Vaillant, Chief Technology Officer, LinkedIn. "The combination of Sun and MySQL means quicker access to the latest innovation in an open and reliable environment and this saves me time and money."

Happy networking!!!

Monday Jul 07, 2008

Customer of the week: Saudi Airlines


Saudi Airlines, the national carrier for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, started with a single aircraft in 1945. The airlines have undergone huge growth since then, and today they operate 139 aircrafts serving more than 13 million passengers every year. To manage growth and ensure business continuity, the airlines has turned to Sun for a complete systems upgrade that includes new Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000, T5120 and V490 servers as well as storage and back-up solutions.
Sun Customer -- Saudi Airlines
(Image courtesy: Saudi Airlines)
Muhammed Al Bakri, ERP Project Director and Chief Systems Engineering and Technology, Saudi Airlines, commented, "Sun's solution for SAP was convincing; Sun provided an integrated tested solution that can be deployed quickly enough to help reduce cost and risk, improve availability, scalability, security, flexibility, and manageability. The solution is performance-driven, ensures business continuity and has the capacity to accommodate a wide variety of business applications."

Check out the details from AMEInfo...

Tuesday Jun 10, 2008

Awards, awards, and... MORE awards!!!


Recently the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 server was given an eWEEK Excellence Award in the Infrastructure Hardware category.

In this prestigious eighth annual compeition, the judges placed utmost importance on a number of criteria including innovation, cost effectiveness, potential for helping companies create business efficiencies and develop competitive advantage to determine the winner.

On why Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 server beat out the competition, the eWEEK award committee noted, "The T5120 leverages Sun's work in server manageability and reliability to earn our top marks as a server platform that will support computing workloads for years to come, without forcing IT pros to compromise on performance. ... Speaking of future-proofing, Sun equipped the T5120 with 10 Gigabit Ethernet network cards, to ensure that high-capacity workloads don't slow down in the data center infrastructure."
eWEEK Excellence Award Winners

Third Annual ServerWatch Product Excellence Awards
Sun products were all across the board in the Third Annual ServerWatch Product Excellence Awards.

The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server was the mid-range server category winner.

Sun's Eco Initiative for products/services took the second place (only behind Green Grid, a consortium of which Sun is a key member).

Sun xVM was in a dead-heat second place finish with Citrix behind only VMWare for the virtualization category.

And Sun MySQL was mentioned as a key component in the small biz server category.

To round up the award news, The SD Times 100 awards for 2008 were announced and Sun had a mention in several categories, including Application Servers, Embedded, IDEs and Influencers. In addition, JRuby was mentioned in the Tools section and MySQL was highlighted in the Database category.
SD Times 100, 2008 Award

Wednesday Apr 09, 2008

Multi-socket CMT servers running wild...


Today is the day!!!

We are going multi-socket with Niagara-based systems.

2 CMT CPUs X 8 cores/CPU X 8 threads/core = 128 threads/system.

In simple terms, TONS of horsepower to run LOTS of applications.

As Wall Street Journal reports, IT.com found out early how these systems can change their business...

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240 Server
"We have added SMP [symmetric multiprocessing] capabilities so you can add two of them into a single system, so within one rack unit or a two-rack-unit-high enclosure you are going to have 128 simultaneous compute threads," notes Sun's Mat Keep in a eWEEK interview. "What that means in comparison to other compatible systems is that you'll have two-and-a-half to five times the performance compared to a two-socket, Intel-based system and price performance that is five times better."

And Alan has a nice post on the reactions from the amped up engineers.

Let's cap it off with the best news -- our Try & Buy users can save up to 45% if they purchase trial units before June 30.


UPDATE: InfoWorld published a preview of the system today with the full review to come in the next couple of weeks.

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