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

Thursday May 28, 2009

Project Yggdrasil - Branching out with SunSPOTs

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Yggdrasil in Norse Mythology refers to The World Tree, an enormous arbor that connects many different worlds together, serving as the cohesive and central element of the universe. In the Sun Labs, Project Yggdrasil--with its roots in SunSPOT projects--is under way to develop a flexible data collection framework that connects a multitude of embedded devices to each other and to a relational database for greater collection, visualization, analysis, and sharing of the data and, notably, the metadata that the nodes produce. The Yggdrasil data collection framework has enormous potential in the area of scientific research and Arshan Poursohi, Sun Researcher, and the Yggdrasil team seek to revolutionize current research methods by making it easier for scientists to create applications that can harvest sensor data over extended periods of time and subsequently provide enhanced access to the data to be collated or interpreted in further empirical studies, something not easily achieved using current state-of-the-art technology.

Listen as host Hal Stern, SVP Global Systems Engineering, interviews Arshan to discuss how the project got started, its applications, and how Project Yggdrasil is being used today.

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Tuesday May 19, 2009

Public Policy and Trust - How Safe is Your Data?

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The hordes of content we consume and transmit electronically every day is a testament to our faith in the security and privacy of certain information. When submitting a search on Google or making a bank transaction, many do so assuming that personal information is protected and safe from being shared with other entities. But is this really the case? Just how protected are we from invasion into our personal data and how can we be more aware of violations of our privacy?

Susan Landau, Distinguished Engineer at Sun, recipient of the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award, co-author of Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption, and recently named one of Fast Company's Top 5 Influential Women in Technology (in the Braniac category, no less) joins SVP Global Systems Engineering and host Hal Stern to discuss the issues of privacy, trust, and security in technology and the implications that current trends have at the business, personal, and political levels.

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Monday Nov 10, 2008

Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems - The long journey down Amber Road

So Sun has FINALLY announced the industry's first Open Storage appliances, the new Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems--a.k.a. Amber Road. After much anticipation, these new appliances have arrived, making their grand appearance at CEC 2008 in Las Vegas, NV, where host Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, interviewed Mike Shapiro, Distinguished Engineer - FISHworks to discuss the new Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems in the FIRST LIVE episode of Innovating@Sun!

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Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

Out of the cloud and onto the system - Project Hydrazine

Cloud computing is one of those elusive concepts that can easily be taken for granted at times. Sure, the cloud exists; it's functioning as a network for applications, web services, and devices. But what is it really doing and how can it be leveraged in our own development projects? Enter Project Hydrazine, the "rocket fuel" behind JavaFX and the driving force behind current innovations in system administration and application development.

In this edition of Innovating@Sun, host Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, interviews Bob Brewin, VP, Sun Distinguished Engineer, to discuss Project Hydrazine--a back-end infrastructure service which offers a new and open approach to application development and deployment. With the provision of infrastructure as a service offering, one can create a virtualized environment in which systems and applications can be built and deployed as if they were in the datacenter and then easily moved across a multitude of devices. With technology like this, it is apparent that Sun's core value, "The Network is the Computer" reigns supreme in the development of Sun innovations.

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