Monday Sep 28, 2009

Open Source SysAdmins: curious about Sun Storage 7000 series boxes?

A quick note that our friends at Sun BigAdmin have published a short paper of mine called "Joomla! Deployment Guide for Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems". We wanted to give a more hands-on constructive view of these very cool products from the sysadmin and open-source perspectives. These boxes work, work well, work fast, and bring intelligent network-based storage roaring into the Enterprise.

Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Dear JavaOne Organizers...

Just what \*is\* the deal with the wireless coverage @ Moscone Center? My Tecra M2 with brand new OpenSolaris 2009.06 kept the up-down-up-down-up-down all day... never a consistent connection. Anyone have any tips or clues?

Community One West 2009

Pulling into San Francisco this weekend with a beefed-up laptop (all the OpenSolaris virtualization goodness requires lots-o-memory - I'm up to 4GB now on my Tecra M2) and a mysterious case of poison ivy (I blame my cat), I set my sights on the Community One West and Java One conferences. Perhaps the last time the 'Sun Microsystems' name is attached to these conferences, and as such a mixture of excitement, trepidation and sadness.

First impression: just as many developer attendings as ever, as just as much energy as ever. Community One is a one-day developer frenzy before JavaOne itself starts tomorrow. Open Source developers. OpenSolaris mavens. Java afficienados. PHP and Perl and Python and Apache and MySQL and Postgres. Something for everyone.

Some notes from the talks I attended Monday:

  • Keynote address (Dave Douglas and John Fowler)
    • OpenSolaris 2009.06 is out!
    • Crossbow 'virtual networking' in Solaris/OpenSolaris - the entire networking stack was done from the bottom up
    • The coming Computing Cloud offering from Sun - impressive!
    • Open Storage (which includes the Open Archive effort I blogged about a couple weeks back)

  • Becoming a ZFS Ninja
    • It's amazing that after four years how many folks still don't know about ZFS
    • It's still easy as pie, performant and bulletproof (my observation, not his)

  • DTrace for Applications

    • Delivered by my ISV-E peer Angelo Rajadurai
    • Great demonstration of using basic and PHP DTrace probes to instrument Drupal (watch this space for his scripts later this week)

  • Source Juicer for Open Solaris
    • Has come a long way in just a few months, to provide packages into OpenSolaris's /pending and /contrib packages repos
    • Coolest new feature: repositories and Source Juicer mechanism itself now have 'install' one-click package install buttons

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Call it SaMp now....

Everyone has seen the Sun/MySQL news now. A strong commitment to Open Source Sofware, Open Source RDBMS, MySQL users current and future, and especially SaMp (Solaris Apache MySQL PHP). But don't take my word for it... this blog entry today caught my eye, echoes my probably biased sentiments, and tips a hat to one of the more clever Sci-Fi movies of the past 20 years, The Fifth Element.

I remember I blogged last year that I did Open Source... I suspect that, henceforth, I will be doing Open Source bigtime...

Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

A new take on storage: Sun announces Project Honeycomb

Sun this week announced the StorageTek 5800 - it's a new approach to storage, especially for the retrieval of archived data. Product info here, good writeups here, here and here

Why am I blogging about this? Simply put, I'm also supporting several OSS Communities that will be working with this product/technology, and what better time/place to talk about it than at the launch of this storage product. By building in clustered storage and a metadata layer, this box will change the way very large archived datastores are accessed.

The Communities you'll be hearing about from me in the future:   


Monday Oct 01, 2007

He's in dire need of Ritalin, but I like what he's saying!

Jim Cramer exhausts me, except when he says things like this...

Tuesday Sep 25, 2007


(For 20 points, first comment to identify the music-related homage in the title...)

It's Announcement Day here at Sun, always a festive and informative occasion in these parts... Intel Quad-core processors  have come to Sun servers, and the results are a couple of pretty nifty server boxes. Me, I still tend to prefer AMD personally, but I have to say Solaris runs quite well on either chip.

If you read this before 12:30PM PT (15:30ET, 19:30GMT), check out the video on the announcement page.



Main Sequence: 1) an astronomy term denoting the lifecycle of a majority of known stars. 2) err @ Sun/Oracle: long-time (since 1988) Sun/Oracle veteran, still shining in an ever-changing high-tech universe


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