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.

Monday Jan 07, 2008

Sun Wins 3 InfoWorld 2008 Technology of the Year Awards !!!

In a very impressive achievement, Sun received three 2008 Technology of the Year awards from InfoWorld today. Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the Technology of the Year awards recognize the most groundbreaking, most valuable products in IT, as evaluated by InfoWorld in 2007.

First, in the platforms category, Sun Solaris 10 took home "Most Innovative Server OS." InfoWorld claims, "No server operating system satisfies more varied requirements or boasts a wider range of brilliant features," praising the ZFS file system, DTrace and Solaris Containers features. They also note, "it's simply the most innovative version of a server operating system this decade." Solaris

Sun Fire X4500 Server Next, in the hardware category, the Sun Fire X4500 was awarded "Best Storage Server." Paul Venezia reviewed the product in July 2007, highlighting many of the key features -- including 48 SATA drives in a single 4U chassis accompanying a dual-Opteron server with two PCI-X slots -- and noting the product "will certainly make waves."

Finally, ZFS itself won an award for "Best File System" in the storage category. InfoWorld says the Sun solution's fluidity, malleability and scalability "far surpass any file system available now on any platform." The award links to Paul Venezia's very postive review in June 2007 and closes by saying ZFS is an "amazingly well-thought-out and nicely implemented solution."
Congratulations to the teams -- you are THE best!!!

Monday Jun 11, 2007

Two great reviews from InfoWorld

Two great reviews have appeared in InfoWorld last week.

In the first review titled "Sun ZFS breaks all the rules," the reviewer, Paul Venezia, praises the innovations in ZFS throughout the entire review. Consider his comments:

  • "The file system of the next 10 years will either be ZFS or something extremely similar. The fluidity, the malleability, and the scalability of ZFS far surpass anything available now on any platform."

  • "In order to bend your mind around what ZFS is and what it can do, you need to toss out just about everything you know about file systems and start over."

  • "It’s not every day that the computer industry delivers the level of innovation found in Sun's ZFS. More and more advances in the science of IT are based on simply multiplying the status quo. ZFS breaks all the rules here, and it arrives in an amazingly well-thought-out and nicely implemented solution."

  • "This is the kind of engineering that made Sun a powerhouse. "

  • Sun Fire X4500 Server (aka Thumper)

    In the second review, the Sun Fire X4500 server (running Solaris 10 with ZFS) scored an astounding 8.8 rating with "Excellent" recommendation. Paul is pretty impressed with the performance of the system. His parting thoughts: "Thumper is aptly named and is a truly unique product from a company that seems to be pulling away from a faltering reputation in the server market. Recent studies have shown that within a few short years, the world will generate more data than it can store. It would seem that Sun is doing its part to bridge that gap."

    These reviews were complemented with a nice screencast of ZFS running on Thumper.

    Great job, everyone in the product teams. Paul -- we are very happy to see that you liked the innovations in ZFS and Thumper.

    Saturday Jun 02, 2007

    My favorite ones from last week...

    Selected Sun product conversations in blogosphere last week:

    1. AMPing Up Zones And ZFS: Setting Up ZFS - Inchoate Curmudgeon, 5/24
    Lou is working with Solaris virtualization and ZFS in order to use Zones to set up and clone AMP and Rail environments, use ZFS to snapshot Zones and use ZFS to speed Zones deployment.

    2. Shiney New Toy: X4500 (AKA Thumper) - Notes From A Messy Desk, 5/24
        Thumper: The First Impressions - Notes From A Messy Desk, 5/24
        Thumper: Putting Blastwave on ZFS - Notes From A Messy Desk, 5/25
        Thumper: Build One to Throw Away - Notes From A Messy Desk, 5/25
        Thumper: Debugging and Not Jumping to Conclusions - Notes From A Messy Desk, 5/26
        Thumper: Creating and Destroying Zones - Notes From A Messy Desk, 5/27
    Having recently purchased a SunFire X4500, Graeme calls the product "a beautiful piece of engineering," and examines various aspects of the server through several blog posts. After first impressions, the blogger goes on to discuss putting Blastwave on ZFS and creating and destroying Zones.

    3. How to Sync Your Clock on Solaris - Cypro's Telephony, 5/29
        Setting Up Your Networking in Solaris 10 and Nevada if You Had DHCP Running Before - Cypro's Telephony, 5/24
    Cypro discusses syncing the time on Solaris and how to set up networking in Solaris 10 and Nevada.

    4. Solaris and Virtualization - Blade Watch, 5/28
    Martin links to a podcast on Sun virtualization and discusses how new Sun hardware can bring significant energy savings.

    5. Generating Statistics from the Sun Directory Server Access Logs - Blog O'Matty, 5/29
    Matty discusses how to generate statistics from server access logs in Sun's directory server and calls the resulting statistics "an invaluable tool, and extemely useful for proactively finding problems in your infrastructure."

    6. JFXBuilder ... I'm Impressed - The JJ Blogger, 5/29
    Jeff briefly discusses JavaFX, highlighting the syntax of the FX scripting language, and after a brief test run of the WYSIWYG editor says "it looks good so far!"




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