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 Jul 27, 2009

French broadcaster builds fast, energy-efficient Web portal on Sun GlassFish Platform

RTL France is a radio broadcaster that owns some of the country's most popular stations. Thanks to the widespread adoption of broadband Internet, RTL France is seeing online listening figures grow across several of its stations. Because of this growth, RTL France decided it needed to completely rebuild its Windows-based portal and ASP.NET-based applications to support a larger audience with new services.

RTL France aimed for a solution that would increase reliability and scalability while also building an infrastructure that would be easier to manage, more cost-effective, and more energy-efficient. RTL France needed to replace all network hardware, acquire space at a hosting center, configure transit and peering connections, set up storage area network connections and consolidate separate databases into a centrally managed one. RTL France also needed an application server, and was only interested in open-source solutions that would be highly reliable in a production environment.

Sun Customer RTL France

(Image courtesy: RTL France )
RTL France evaluated several different technologies, and ultimately chose Sun's GlassFish Enterprise Server. To deploy the solution RTL France needed to virtualize its servers and chose VMware ESX software running on Sun Fire X4600 Servers. RTL France also added a Sun Fire T1000 Server to test applications prior to deployment and two Sun Fire T2000 Servers to run the applications in the production environment.

The servers are powered by UltraSPARC T1 processors with CoolThreads technology and run the Solaris 10 Operating System. Sun Fire X4100 and X4100 M2 Servers with AMD Opteron processors are used for batch and other back-end processing. Sun StorageTek QFS Software is used for sharing static file across hosts, and the entire solution is backed by SunSpectrum Platinum Support.

RTL France is pleased with the new solution's performance. Sebastien Thomas, Network and System Manager of RTL France praised the GlassFish solution saying, “Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server delivers a Web infrastructure that can scale easily with demand.” He summarized the value of the Sun solution by saying: “With Sun, we get stability, confidence, and savings in power, costs and time.

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Trading Linux for Solaris

Real Time Matrix, a provider of cross-platform modular communication and marketing services, has traded Linux for Sun's Solaris 10 operating system for many of its production systems.

Real Time Matrix said that Solaris 10's throughput when compared with Linux impressed them. "On a 64-bit AMD processor and Fedora, we could process approximately 200 matches per second of RSS," Jeff Whitehead, founder and CEO, said. "With Solaris 10 on the T1000, this match rate jumped to 10,000 per second."

The company was recently featured in SearchEnterpriseLinux.com. Check out CEO Jeff Whitehead discussing how the company went from being a die-hard Linux shop to abandoning Linux for Solaris 10 with 50 times better throughput they realized with Solaris 10.
Sun customer -- Real Time Matrix
(Image courtesy: Real Time Matrix)

Wednesday May 14, 2008

Customer of the week: SmugMug

SmugMug is a personal story!

Back in August 2006, SmugMug posted a very detailed unflattering review of T1000 running Ubuntu Linux. We assembled a team of experts to get to the bottom of their issues. Several fire-drills, phone calls and meetings later, we found that the Sun Fire X2200 server is a better fit for their target application.

SmugMug wanted to standardize on a server platform. After a set of server reviews from various vendors, they selected Sun as their infrastructure supplier. Subsequently, Smugmug CEO Don MacAskill posted a detailed blog reviewing the benefits they are seeing from X2200.

I was thrilled to see that they have recently done a video telling the world why they chose Sun. Nice one, check it out.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

Sun win's InfoWorld's “Green 15” award

Sun is named one of InfoWorld's top "Green 15" companies in the publication's first annual competition. The article praises Sun for its dedication to innovation with respect to power capacity and energy efficiency. 

According to the article, "Thanks to a massive datacenter consolidation, hardware refresh, and creative, energy-efficient facility design, Sun has reduced power capacity demand by 75 percent at its Santa Clara, Calif., datacenter alone, saving $1.1 million per year in energy costs, while increasing its datacenter processing power more than four times.  Overall, Sun estimates that its consolidation efforts will save 4,100 tons of CO2 per year and cut 1 percent from its total carbon footprint."
InfoWorld 2008 Green 15 Award

Sunday Oct 14, 2007

Links of the week...

Selected Sun product conversations in the blogosphere last week:

1. Sun's T-2 (Niagara 2) Servers Launch to an Enthusiastic Reception -- InfoWorld, 10/09
In this blog, Tom Yager discusses Sun's T5120 and T5220 by explaining that these servers and blades are sweeping award-winning performance that as such do not place them into the bargain class because of their clock speeds.

2. Migrating Lessons Learned from the Sun T1000 to the New T5120/T5220 -- Computerworld, 10/09
In this post, MC Brown discusses his "lessons learned" from having spent nearly a year and a half running various tests on the T1000. He shares a few best-practice experiences including, setting up multiple containers using Solaris Zones to divide up a server without application collisions.

3. Configuring Hardware Event Notifications on X2200 Servers -- Blog O' Matty, 10/07
In this blog, Matty talks about the Sun galaxy server line and the built-in capabilities it has to notify administrators of components that may have failed. The blogger positively speaks about these features and specifically mentions the X2200 servers and the hardware notification facility that is found on them.

4. The Next BIG Thing... -- BadWolf, 10/03
This blogger wrties about the T1000, T2000, Niagara and Niagara II series by simply stating that they "rock." He also highlights Solaris 10 and admires the recent update and inclusion of iSCSI. He explains that Solaris is only getting better with all of the services being added.

5. Eclipse 3.3 and NetBeans 6.0 Compared! -- Sciology = Science + Technology, 10/05
In this blog, Suresh Krishna does offer some positive impressions of NetBeans, in particular the applications built on NetBeans that are included, as well as the graphical editors.

6. OpenOffice is the Only Star, Time to Wind Up StarOffice? -- Command Line Warriors, 10/10
This blog talks about both StarOffice and OpenOffice as great alternatives to Microsoft Office. The blogger dives into the past of these two remarkable products and dishes out how they both have improved over the years.

7. Office of the future? -- CNet, 10/02
Peter Butler writes about StarOffice and how it has given end users much more choice in productivity software. During this blog he briefly explains what products are available via the GooglePack.

Saturday Jul 14, 2007

My favorite ones from last two weeks...

Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere during the last two weeks:

1. Cloning a Solaris Zone - Martello, 7/11
Having recently cloned on a Solaris Zone, James says "it was a breeze, so much easier (and far, far quicker) than creating another zone from scratch." He goes on to describe how to setup the system to clone Zones.

2. ZFS Replication - Digital Badger, 7/11
Mark walks through his notes on utilizing the ZFS send and receive commands and highlights that "the real coolness starts with the incremental transfers," which "drastically reduce bandwidth and the time taken to replicate data."

3. Using More of ZFS' Power - Unix Admin Corner, 7/8
Discussing the migration of directories to ZFS, Jim mentions how "one of the nicest reasons for doing this [migrating] is that you can just export your zfs pool before you do an upgrade or reinstall of Solaris and import pool later." This blogger also links to a Sun blog post for creating automated snapshots.

4. ZFS Test Suite & More Released - Phoronix, 6/26
Michael highlights the release of the ZFS Test Suite and Solaris Test Framework to OpenSolaris.org.

5. IDE Shootout: Roundup - JUGCologne, 7/6
Michael discusses a recent IDE Shootout with representatives of JetBrains, Oracle, Eclipse and NetBeans, with the NetBeans discussion "one of the best of the evening."

6.Seam 2.0 and NetBeans 6.0 M10 - JJ Blogger, 7/6
   Saw It, Got It, Using It - JJ Blogger, 7/2
   JBoss Seam + NetBeans Update 2 - JJ Blogger, 6/29
Jeff recently downloaded NetBeans 6.0 M10 and has been working with Seam 2.0 and the NetBeans Seam plugin.

7. NetBeans 6.0 M10 Available - Semantic Metadata, 7/3
Mathias highlights the most recent NetBeans release and lists the new updates including Ruby Debugger enhancements, Plugin Manager and Visual Designer.

8. Have You Tried NetBeans 6.0 M9 Release? - JavaLobby, 7/1
Arpit praises the recent NetBeans release and calls it "the biggest upcoming revolution in Java Development scenario."

9. Back From a Little Break - Sparks and White Noise, 6/27
Octave mentions his recent upgrade to Solaris Express Build 66, and goes on to discuss Sun's recent product announcements such as the new Sun Blade 6000 platform and Sun Studio 12. The blogger says, "The new IDE is awesome and the installation is painless [...] the open sourcing of Solaris Cluster is a huge win for everyone."

10. Data Centers Design and Management Need Updated - Blade Watch, 7/1
Discussing an article on energy efficiency in the data center, Martin mentions the efficiency of the Sun T1000.

Sunday Apr 22, 2007

My favorite ones from last week...

Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere last week:

1. More Linux/Solaris FUD Wars - Elektronkind, 4/13
Discussing another blogger's post on OpenSolaris, Dale from University of Maryland defends Solaris saying, "Solaris has everything one needs in a data center environment."

2. OpenSolaris, ForeSight Linux, Madriva 2007.1 - Frederik's Blog, 4/12
Frederik recently received the OpenSolaris Starter Kit and plans to begin testing out the live distributions soon.

3. SPARC Enterprise Line Released - Sparks and White Noise, 4/17
Octave discusses the new SPARC Enterprise server line and highlights that the IOU's (I/O Units) have cartridges for the PCI-E/PCI-X slots, which keeps users from having to open the box to install or replace cards.

4. ROCK, UltraSparc IV+, APL, And Other News - Sparks and White Noise, 4/11
Octave discusses several Sun announcements and is specifically excited that ROCK servers are not far from being tested.

5. SmugMug Dishes On SunFire x2200 M2 Server - Server Specs, 4/17
SearchDataCenter.com's data center blog refers to several hardware reviews and links to reviews of the Sun Fire X2200 M2 and T1000 servers.




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