Sunday May 31, 2009

Ivan Smith Furniture speeds data access while cutting costs with Sun solution

Ivan Smith Furniture is a family-owned business that was founded in 1961, and is headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana. The company operates 48 stores and sells furniture, electronics, appliances, bedding, and accessories from 60 vendors.

Ivan Smith Furniture needed an easy-to-use reporting tool to rapidly extract information employees needed to streamline operations.  For years they used SQL Reports on "green screen" character-based terminals.  The application was hard to use, slow, and expensive.  Employees had to spend time filling out different parameter screens before running the report, which could take several minutes.  Additionally, the SQL Reports did not integrate with the company's new intranet security and data control system. 
Sun Customer Ivan Smith Furniture
Ivan Smith Furniture wanted to find a web-based tool that was easy to use, affordable, and secure.  It found that nothing could compare to the total value of JEvolution from MCM Software Solutions.  The new software configuration included the Solaris OS, MySQL database software, and the Apache Tomcat Web server.  The company decided to deploy the solution on two existing Sun servers: the Sun Fire V250 and Sun Fire X4500.

It took less than a week to implement the entire solution.  The reporting system was deployed in only two days, and all the staff was trained in three.  One major benefit of the new solution is that Ivan Smith Furniture can reduce its recurring licensing costs.  Christa Williams, network administrator at Ivan Smith Furniture enthuses that "just by downsizing one terminal per store, our company could save $127,000 per year; and these are not just one time savings; we will save a lot every year.  This means JEvolution can pay for itself many times over in the first year."

Check out the complete details here.

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!!!

Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

Sun receives two HPCwire awards at Super Computing 07

HPCwire, the leading source for global news and information covering the high performance computing, announced the winners of HPCwire's annual Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards at the 2007 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC07) in Reno, Nevada yesterday.

Sun has won two awards here:

Editors' Choice Award for Best Price/Performance HPC Storage Technology or Product: Sun Fire X4500 Server
Editors' Choice Award: Top 5 Companies to Watch in 2008: Sun Microsystems

Sun Awards in SC07

Congratulations to ALL!!!

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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