Friday Nov 20, 2009

Japanese Online Map Provider Improves User Experience with Sun Technology

Mapion Co. Ltd. is Japan's leading provider of online map services with more than 700,000 page views every day. The company offers the free Mapion online map search service for driving and public transportation routes; the fee-based service Mapion Mobile, which delivers navigation tools and directions to mobile phones; and the Mapion BB service for broadband users, that smoothly and instantaneously refreshes as the user navigates around the map.
Sun Customer Mapion
(Image courtesy: Mapion)
To remain competitive, Mapion must constantly innovate and improve the details in its maps and the services it provides and needs a stable system with minimal downtime and scalability to handle a large increase in users, without a deterioration in response time. In 2008, Mapion had to relocate its data center because of increasing power consumption needs, and saw the relocation as an opportunity to start a full-scale upgrade of the hardware, software, and operating system supporting its map information services.

Mapion chose to deploy the Solaris 10 Operating System along with Solaris Containers to ensure effective use of available resources for map image generation. Mapion also adopted the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server as its application server, and the MySQL Cluster database as a real-time database for mission-critical applications for Mapion Mobile. Mapion standardized its hardware environment in its new data center on a Sun platform, deploying 18 Sun Fire X4150 servers, 3 Sun Blade 6000 modular systems, 3 Sun Blade X6250 servers, 1 Sun Blade T6320 server, and the Sun Storage Tek 9985V system for storage consolidation and virtualization.

Mapion also decided to renew its customer management system for Mapion Mobile, a system that needed to be available 24/7. Mapion adopted the MySQL Cluster Database because it allows for the availability of existing applications through its 'shared-nothing' distributed architecture with no single point of failure, to meet Mapion's mission-critical application requirements of 99.999% availability, which, coupled with automatic data partitioning with load balancing, allows almost unlimited database scalability for the company. The new customer management system for Mapion Mobile went live in January 2009, “with downtime reduced to near zero,” according to Koji Kozono, who works in the Technology Development Department, Service Development Group at Mapion.

By standardizing its IT infrastructure on a Sun platform, Mapion enjoys unified support from Sun Spectrum Support that keeps the operation running smoothly while substantially reducing costs that would arise from resolving problems. The Sun GlassFish Enterprise server has provided Mapion with a cost-effective platform for developing and delivering applications. Yukio Hasehawa, Manager of the Operational Technology Group, Mapion Technology Development Department, stated that switching to GlassFish resulted in a substantial reduction in the operational management workload and said: “It offers easy-to-use functions which are indispensable in day-to-day operations, including batch deployment to multiple application servers.”

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Monday Nov 09, 2009

Canadian Province Speeds Up Application Deployment and Cuts IT Costs with Sun Server and Storage Solution

The Government of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada offers services ranging from education and environmental protection, to public health, social services, and transportation to the province's 140,000 residents. In a move to improve these services while reducing IT costs, PEI consolidated all 12 individual department IT divisions into a single Information Technology Shared Services group in 2007. PEI then looked to simplify and standardize the heterogeneous IT department after finding there were 300 separate systems and more than 500 servers in 38 locations running on a variety of applications with no central or unified architecture.

Sun Customer Prince Edward Island Government
(Image courtesy: Govt. of PEI)
PEI, working with IT partners VisionQuest and Bulletproof Solutions, ultimately chose Sun hardware as the foundation of a new virtualized environment solution. The new solution includes a Sun Blade 6000 chassis with five Sun Blade X6250 Server Modules, each with two quad-core Intel Xeon Processors, running VMware Infrastructure 3 virtualization storage. The two-tier storage is based on the Sun StorageTek 6140 array, with Fibre Channel drives for high-performance storage and SATA-II drives for high capacity, and a Sun StorageTek SL48 Tape Library with two LTO 3 tape drives. The Sun servers and storage array are connected by Brocade Silkworm 200E SAN switches.

Sun Enterprise Installation and Implementation assisted with the deployment in July 2008, with VisionQuest hosting the virtual environment in a leased data center, and Bulletproof Solutions providing continuous technical support. The entire solution is backed by a SunSpectrum Support plan. The five Sun blades replaced 40 of PEI's existing physical servers, which is saving PEI approximately 58% a year on labor, support, power, cooling, and data center costs. Additionally, with a virtualized solution PEI will not have to purchase new physical servers, saving an additional $224,000 per year on acquisition costs, setup, and ongoing maintenance and support. PEI plans to increase the savings by adding more blades and eventually replacing as many physical servers as possible with virtual ones.

In addition to the cost savings, PEI has found that many IT tasks require less time and effort to include data backup and disaster recovery. PEI can also deploy new applications on its virtual servers in five to seven days, versus several weeks for physical servers – or even in minutes if the applications use a predefined server configuration. PEI has also achieved high system reliability with a 99.999% uptime. Chris Payne, director of infrastructure and IT Shared Services for PEI said: “With Sun's expertise and high-quality hardware, we reached our goal of building a platform that would run whatever applications we put on it and would be available for our clients 24/7.”

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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.”

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Sunday Jul 12, 2009

Sun Speeds Up Daytona 500!!!


International Speedway Corporation (ISC), based in Daytona Beach, Florida, manages about 66 motorsports activities at its facilities each year, including the Daytona 500, Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Cup Series, and Camping World Truck Series. ISC sells approximately 100,000 tickets for each event along with hundreds of thousands of souvenirs and concessions. ISC relies on IT from multiple vendors to support its ticketing system, retail system, 54 interactive Web sites and an ERP system. Sun Customer ISC
A third-party vendor hosted ISC's systems until 2006, when after several years of steady 10-15% growth, ISC started to experience availability issues as end users experienced inconsistent levels of system performance. ISC decided to build its own datacenter and engage a company to remotely manage its mission-critical systems. ISC chose Sun Remote Operations Management because of its in-depth expertise in numerous technologies, detailed problem-resolution policies, and comprehensive services.

Throughout 2007, Sun worked with ISC to restructure its architecture and set up the new datacenter. All three mission-critical systems include a mix of old and new technologies that run on the Solaris 10 Operating System. The ticketing system, which includes an application tier of three Sun Fire T2000 servers running 18 virtual environments and a clustered database tier of two Sun Fire V490 servers and two Sun Fire T2000 servers, makes use of Solaris Cluster 3.2 software. To speed performance, the ticketing system interoperates with a multi-tiered storage area network built with Sun Storage Archive Manager software 4.6, two Sun StorakeTek 6540 arrays, and one Sun StorEdge 6130 array. The ERP system runs on two clustered Sun Fire V490 servers.

The redesigned architecture supports ISC's varying levels of system traffic better, and Sun Managed Services provides daily reports that have helped ISC reduce their administrative costs. Craig Neeb, Chief Information Officer at ISC said: “Last year was our best year for service levels. We hit 99.9%. Sun Managed Services exceeded our expectations. They are always two steps ahead of us. There have been many times where Sun personnel found a problem before it affected the end user's experience. Sun then resolved it and let us know what happened. That's my dream world right there. That's what I was looking for.”

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Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

Customer of the week: Sun Direct TV Private Limited

Sun Direct TV Private Limited is part of the SunTV Network, India's second-largest television network. They needed an efficient billing and management system with high reliability and scalability for its new satellite TV network.
Sun Customer -- Sun Direct TV Private Limited
The company considered solutions from IBM, HP, and Sun Microsystems. Our solution was the best, and they chose Sun over competition.

"The performance, scalability, availability, and productivity of the Sun Microsystems solution gives us a foundation that we can use for years to come, and we expect considerable savings on hardware and energy costs," said Tony D'Silva, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Direct TV.

The solution was a Sun server platform that includes a server cluster based on our high-end servers, mid-range servers, and storage. Working with Sun partner, Siemens, the Sun team successfully integrated the company's Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (ORBM) application and its SAP software to deliver an end-to-end solution.

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Tuesday Apr 15, 2008

Customer of the Week: LG Micron

With help from Sun Professional Services, leading Korean manufacturer LG Micron successfully deployed a six-node high-availability cluster of servers using high-performance Sun UltraSPARC IV+ processors. The Sun Cluster solution provides 24x7 business continuity for the Oracle database and ERP applications.

Sun delivered the solution using LG Micron's existing IT assets and helped it maximize operational productivity. The solution is the first six-node cluster implementation in Asia and the first deployment in South Korea to use Solaris Volume Manager to mirror data to a remote site to enhance disaster recovery.

Heechang Park, CFO/CIO of LG Micron, commented: "We tried to provide non-stop IT service by leveraging old systems in order to minimize IT investment and established a cluster system in order to minimize any possible risks. Moreover, LG Micron established business continuity from a server/storage HA project. Previously, we assume that we wasted 1 million a year at the production line due to system failures and service stops. However, our IT system now provides non-stop service through standby-system configuration, and we secured our ROI for this project."

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Sun customer -- LG Micron
(Image courtesy: LG Micron)

Monday Mar 24, 2008

Great Honeycomb Review in InfoWorld Today

Mario Apicella's InfoWorld review of the Sun StorageTek 5800 posted today, and we did extremely well, scoring a 9.3 out of 10, or "Excellent" rating.

Mario highlighted many of the ST5800's features, including its ability to quickly and automatically replace a failed master node with another node; its simplified administrative interface; and its storage management software commands that "are both intuitive and very powerful."

Mario goes on to say, "How Honeycomb stores objects is one of the secrets to its reliability and persistence ... Having objects spread across multiple nodes and spindles also favors fast performance and quick rebuilds after failure."

He included all performance tests he ran on the ST5800, including one where he abruptly pulled drives, shut down two nodes and killed one of the switches to trigger fail-over to the standby unit -- "In every case, the ST5800 kept on ticking and returned quickly to normal status when the failure was removed."

In an attempt to "stir the honeypot" and push the ST5800 to its limits, Mario also powered down two nodes and then pulled out another drive (understanding that, if the ST5800 lost 8 of its 64 drives, the system would go into quiescent mode). He was very much impressed that the machine came back online almost immediately after he restored the drive.

In conclusion, Mario states that the ST5800's "good performance, easy management and incredibly resilient architecture make it a very attractive archiving solution at a price that, although significant, will challenge many competitors."

Sunday Mar 02, 2008

InfoWorld: "The death knell for RAID?"

InfoWorld reviewer Mario Apicella recently conducted a 3-day onsite evaluation of the Sun StorageTek 5800 System. We are expecting his full review in the near future. In the interim, he posted a blog on his evaluation this week, and mentioned that he "abruptly pulled out eight of its 64 drives, Honeycomb survived without losing data. No RAID system can compete with that."

Sun StorageTek 5800 System aka Honeycomb
(Image courtesy: Scott Camazine)

Monday Feb 11, 2008

Customer of the Week: SearchForce

Web search engine marketing software provider SearchForce saw a 70% reduction in power consumption, at the same time achieving a 3x increase in server throughput and... ALL with a lower total cost of ownership by replacing its Dell and Linux environment with an infrastructure of Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System and StorageTek systems. SearchForce migrated to the Sun environment through Sun's Startup Essentials and Try and Buy programs.
Sun customer SearchForce

According to David Simon, Chairman of SearchForce, "As a result of going to Sun, we improved our response time and we're sitting at less than ten percent system utilization with five times the business we had nine months ago. We have a scalable server and storage platform that can provide air cover for our sales team, and reports we get from our enterprise customers say that there's nothing faster out there."

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Sunday Jan 27, 2008

Customer of the Week: Elektrofilm Digital Studios

Media services company Elektrofilm Digital Studios and sister company eMedia are able to effectively manage 750 terabytes of data it expects to scale to 1.5 petabytes in the coming year, while lowering its total cost of ownership, using a tiered storage and content lifecycle management consisting of Sun StorageTek software and a variety of Sun StorageTek systems. It also deployed a variety of Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System.
Elektrofilm Digital Studios

According to Chip Aycock, COO of eMedia Systems, "Digital media management of this scale has until recently been prohibitively expensive. Additionally, the complexity of the enabling software and infrastructure has acted as a barrier to the successful commercial implementation of our vision - until now. With the help of Sun Microsystems and their comprehensive platform components, including servers, storage, software, and professional services, we've been able to focus our development efforts into realizing the Digital Media Environment (DME)."

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Sunday Jan 20, 2008

Customer of the Week: Dow Corning Corporation

Chemical giant Dow Corning Corporation avoided a $2 million server hardware cost at the same time achieving a 99% reduction in server deployment time and a 50% gain in storage capacity where Solaris 10 ZFS file system disk compression is utilized, by broadly deploying the Solaris 10 Operating System on Sun Fire servers and Sun StorageTek systems. The underlying infrastructure supporting 47 locations worldwide is managed by an IT UNIX team of just three people. Sun Customers

According to Ken Karls, Manager of Network and Datacenter Engineering, "The stability of Solaris 10 has been simply outstanding. It's delivered additional key functionality while continuing to provide the same outstanding level of availability to which we've become accustomed."

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