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.

Thursday Jul 23, 2009

Open, Robust and Performant Preservation/Archival - First Steps

As part of the Sun Open Archive for Digital Repositories effort, Sun has been working closely with Fedora Commons to develop and characterize performance of Fedora on Sun (OpenSolaris, ZFS, Sun Storage 7000 appliances, Sun Storage JBOD storage).

The first phase of performance testing and configuration validation was completed recently, with encouraging performance observed from Fedora, running on OpenSolaris 2008.11 and using RAID0 ZFS Pools. Much, much more testing is needed (and is underway at this writing), but much of what we've seen so far bests any Fedora performance testing done to date.

There's quite a compelling case to be made with the combination of Sun hardware and open source OS and application stack, so we're pretty excited about this work.

Check out the attached documents:

  • Poster presented by Sun and Fedora Commons at Open Repositories '09
  • FInal version of this first performance testing document released this month - ingest and access performance of Fedora on OpenSolaris, ZFS and JBODs

Monday Jun 15, 2009

Archival and Preservation: Open Source and Open Archive

One of the more exciting and interesting projects I've been involved with this year centers around Sun's Open Archive systems for Digital Repositories - the use of Open Source software and Sun off-the-shelf hardware to implement world-class data preservation/archival systems. For those of you who remember Sun's Honeycomb archival hardware, this new architecture represents a truly open alternative approach - based on Fedora Commons' offering, OpenSolaris, Sun's X64 servers, JBOD disk arrays and (soon) Unified Storage Systems.

One of the first efforts Sun ISV Engineering contributed to involved sizing and performance testing of Fedora atop OpenSolaris, ZFS and JBODs. The results are both encouraging and impressive, and provide myriad follow-on testing opportunities. I've attached the first draft of test report here.


Tuesday May 26, 2009

Digital Repositories and Archives - One Solution

Last week, at OpenRepositories09, Sun announced a new, open approach to digital archival and preservation. It leverages:

  • Commodity Sun x64-based servers
  • Sun OpenStorage, including the new 7000-series Unified Storage Systems
  • OpenSolaris, including ZFS
  • Fedora Commons, Drupal and Islandora open source offerings

The result is a totally-open hardware and software stack - scalable, robust, and made for long-term archival (\*and\* retrieval) of massive amounts of data.

In the days to come, we'll be publishing the results of initial functional and performance testing with portions of this stack, and the results are quite exciting. For now, take a look at the "glossy" and the "one-pager" Sun was circulating at OR09 last week. Good useful stuff - intuitively obvious solutions to substantial needs.

Thursday May 21, 2009

Sun @ OR09

Yep, we actually are working down here in the ATL...

Gail Truman, Minute Madness Queen

Art Pasquinelli, Patriarch, Lead Deep Diver

Sun: Studious keepers of the Silver Traffic Cones

Wednesday May 20, 2009

Repositories!!

Open Repositories 2009

Greetings from Open Repositories 2009, the premier Open Source Archival and Repositories conference. Sun has a strong presence here, with lots of good interactions, and an exciting rollout of our Open Archive solution....

Oh. Wait. You say you don't know what a Repository is? You say it sounds like an embarrassing, unmentionable over-the-counter medication. Well, soothe thyself, gentle reader, it's nothing like that. Think of a repository as an online Library. A huge collection of digital data or documents. As human beings continue to create petabytes (1PB = 1 million GB) of data each and every day, it not only has to live somewhere, but almost always requires long-term storage. Forever. For the ages. A Real Long Time.

The trick, you see, is not just in storing the stuff. We can do that. We can stream data to disk and tape and optical media and eventually holographic cubes (oh, wait, I'm getting ahead of myself). The real Interesting Thing is not just storing it, but being able to intelligently access this data days, months or decades later. Intelligently. Quickly.

That's why we're here, along with developers, archivists and software architects. Sun is working closely with the Fedora (Commons) community, as well as University of Prince Edward Island. Look for more postings this week on this in greater detail. Until then, the gracious hospitality of downtown Atlanta awaits...



Friday Jan 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Drupal!

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Eight years ago today, Drupal 1.0.0 was released. How far it's come!

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Check out what we're doing with Drupal at http://wikis.sun.com/display/Drupal

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Friday Aug 15, 2008

Drupal on OpenSolaris

The folks over in the Webstack area of OpenSolaris are experimenting adding some higher-level packages to the Webstack repository. Jyri recently added Drupal 6.3 to the repository. If you are using or investigating OpenSolaris, check out the repository. It's a first cut, and intended for now for demos and to solicit input from the Drupal and OpenSolaris communities. Nonetheless, it already installs easily within the pkg framework for OSOL 2008.05 or one of the later development snapshots.

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...
 

Tuesday Nov 13, 2007

'Tech for Teens' - FreshBrain

No official release for a few months yet, but I am impressed with their initial efforts: freshbrain.org.... and, yes, it's on Solaris and Sun hardware, and it will be expected to grow and scale, and it may well be a proving ground for some of my upcoming Drupal-on-Sun work...

 ... but I've already turned my 11-year-old techie onto it, and she can't wait for the full site rollout :)

 

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