Sun's New Download System is rolling out now


After a few delays due to the complexity of the undertaking, I'm really happy to say we're back on track with the roll-out of the new download system that powers Sun Download Center. We are following a "phased product migration" plan which means we will not transfer all the products in one "big bang" from the old system to the new -- too much risk in that approach.

Back in October we put the first few products out but then had to hold pending some more back-end fixes. In early December, we released the fixes and then released 2000 of our lower volume downloads onto the new download system. A few days after that we released three high volume download products to slowly add load to the system. Among those is Sun Download Manager, which gets close to 30,000 downloads a month. So far so good -- all is working smoothly, and we have a ton of capacity remaining on our new servers.

Most of Sun closes for a week between Christmas and New Years, and so we decided to wait until after the break to move the remainder of the downloads onto the new system, including our "crown jewels" such as Solaris Operating System, Sun's Software PortfolioJava software and developer tools, etc. This ensures that we'll have the appropriate support and engineering staff available during the transition.

As you download from Sun for the next few weeks, you'll find some products on the old system and some on the new. Other than a few UI changes and other mostly-subtle improvements, this should be transparent and not an issue for any of our customers. (You can tell you're on the new system because the URLs start with https://cds.sun.com/...)

I'll be off shortly for a couple of weeks of much needed rest and relaxation so wanted to send my best wishes to you all for the holidays and a great 2008!


Comments:

Congratulations, I know you & your team have been working on this a while. Must feel good, enjoy the rest!

Posted by Anthony Bryan on December 26, 2007 at 05:06 AM PST #

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I helped design, build, and manage download systems at Sun for many years. Recently I've focused on web eMarketing systems. Occasionally, I write about other interests, such as holography and jazz guitar. Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/garyzel

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