Wednesday Dec 23, 2009

Flash: A Disruptive Technology for Enterprises

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Flash memory technology has been a total game changer in the consumer space over the last twenty years. Now, enterprises are starting to reap the benefits of flash.

Listen to this edition of Innovating@Sun in which host Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, Sun Microsystems, interviews Lisa Noordergraaf, a Senior Performance Engineer in Sun's Performance Technologies group, on flash as a disruptive technology and how Sun's innovation with flash in the storage hierarchy has vastly improved system performance for enterprises.

Sun Flash Technology
Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Card

Wednesday Sep 23, 2009

Community Equity: Facebook for Enterprise

Social capital is the currency of online communities. Those with the most friends, blog readers, or Twitter followers are the richest—enjoying the finest of online perks and delicacies like celebrity, notoriety, and above all influence—while those with only a passing level of participation lay bereft on the outskirts of the social media circle. The more valuable the content you produce is, the higher your personal stock rises; the greater the exchange of ideas, the richer the community becomes.

Peter Reiser is capitalizing on this concept with Community Equity 2.0, a Java-based social value system that measures and evaluates one's online social capital, or equity. Community Equity goes beyond a simple structuring of people and their online content. Community Equity performs complex calculations of one's participation and contribution levels, the ultimate goal being to drive the adoption of content and ideas, providing an ideal platform for corporate communities.

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Monday Aug 24, 2009

Immutable Service Containers: Addressing Security in a World of Changing Deployment

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Cloud computing sits at the forefront of industry headlines these days. It's a trending computing model that is forcing many organizations to seriously consider it if they want to keep up with evolving IT business practices and maintain a competitive edge. But with this new shift towards virtualization technology come a number of concerns to address, particularly around issues of security. Glenn Brunette, Distinguished Engineer and Cheif Security Architect, is working on a project that attempts to solve some of the bigger problems around the security of virtualized environments using Immutable Service Containers (ISCs)--an architectural deployment pattern for highly secure service delivery.

Listen to this edition of Innovating@Sun in which Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, and Brunette discuss ISCs and how building them along principles of stronger security, greater integrity, and simplified security configuration and management is proving to be a very viable solution for organizations looking to safeguard their virtualized environments. Hal and Glenn go on to discuss:

  • micro-virtualization: how adding a thin management layer between the hypervisor and the service lends reliability to security enforcement and monitoring controls
  • how "immutable" Immutable Service Containers are
  • defense in depth measures being taken
  • current implementations with Solaris and OpenSolaris
  • what's next for ISCs, including building core concepts into projects such as Amazon's EC2 & the JEOS project; Virtualbox implementations; and integration of autonomic security techniques

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  • Wednesday Aug 12, 2009

    Sharing is caring (especially when you share good stuff)

    Sometimes the best books you read are the ones your friends loan to you. The cover is a little ragged and the pages are dog-eared, evidencing an eager and avid reader who probably spent a few late hours on the couch devouring it. And he wanted you to share it with you so that you, too, could spend your nights tearing through the pages as voraciously as he did. We wanted to do something similar here, and although we don't have a book repository to loan them out to you (because if we did, we totally would because we know you're good for it), what we do have are a few recommendations from the community that you may find worthwhile. If you have a book you'd like to add to the list, join the discussion here.

    Andy Paton recommended:
    Easy Oracle Jumpstart (Oracle Database Management Concepts and Administration) - A very easy read and had a feeling I would be needing it!

    Wayne Horkan wrote:
    Here's a few of my favourites off the top of my head...
    1) The Mythical Man Month (2nd edition has the essay "no silver bullet") - Fred Brooks
    2) Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment - W. Richard Stevens
    3) Computer Architecture (A Quantitative Approach) - John Hennessy and David Patterson
    4) Building Scalable Web Sites - Cal Henderson
    5) Object Thinking - David West

    Wayne adds:
    I quite like the 'pull out' section in Donald E. Knuth's "Art of Computer Programming Volume 3: Sorting and Searching" comparing search and sort algorithm efficiency too. And I think anyone familiar with Knuth's work would agree that it would be excellent to see him get to the fabled seventh volume in the next few years (only three volumes to go).

    John Stanford suggests:
    The Art of Systems Architecting by Mark W. Maier

    Feel free to add your faves to the discussion board. This is your opportunity to share with others your sophisticated taste in technology literature and spread the word about your favorite published work. So go ahead, tell us what you think we should read today.

    Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

    Breaking Language Barriers with Netbeans 6.7 IDE

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    Wouldn't it be great if there was a single IDE that let you create applications in any language you wanted, allowed you to collaborate effectively with a team of developers scattered across the globe, let you import projects created in other environments, as well as let you export your projects to another IDE of your choice? With the NetBeans 6.7 IDE release, you can. With native Maven and Ant support, as well as full Kenai integration, plus enhanced support for languages like PHP, JavaFX, Javascript, Groovy, Grails, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails (just to name a few because, oh yes, there are a LOT more), this IDE is a one-stop-shop for web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile developers.

    In this edition of Innovating@Sun, host Hal Stern, SVP Global Systems Engineering, and John Jullion-Ceccarelli, Sr. Engineering Manager for Netbeans, discuss this latest release of NetBeans and how it's connecting developers like no other IDE.

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