Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) - Introducing the Sun Storage J4000

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Reliability is key in your storage device; it can make the difference between compliance and a multi-million dollar lawsuit in some cases. With the failure rate of layers of a storage device being almost a certainty at a network scale, it is more critical than ever to employ technology that can intelligently identify bytes of data and maintain their integrity throughout the data management process.

That's the driving force behind the development of the Sun Storage J4000 family array (aka JBOD for Just A Bunch Of Disks), with more value being placed on general purpose software running on industry-standard architecture and JBODs than ever before. As Bill Moore (photo), Chief Engineer of Systems Storage Group, points out in his interview with Hal Stern, VP of Global Systems Engineering, in this edition of Innovating@Sun, "the true value is in the software, software like ZFS and Solaris, that will be able to take advantage of the capabilities of the general purpose compute and make what people used to think as 'oh, yawn, another JBOD' into something that would be even more powerful and more reliable than your typical storage array is today."

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Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Making the Grade with Moodle

The social network indeed continues to modulate and inform the educational network as can be seen by the thousands of learning communities coming together through Moodle – an open source learning management system.

Moodlerooms is a service provider for the worldwide education market, offering services, support, and hosting for Moodle. Stuart Sim, CTO, Chief Architect, and Founder of Moodlerooms, joins VP of Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, on this latest edition of Innovating@Sun. The conversation between Stern and Sim covers:

  • Making money on free, open-sourced Moodle
  • Moving from support of 200,000 distinct users to 1 million concurrent users
  • Proving that Moodle can scale from the smallest support network within a school, to very large-scale, multi-institutional platforms
  • Moodleroom's truly hosted service where anybody can outsource their training needs, but with the look and feel of their own Intranet
  • Why Moodlerooms is built on Sun's Niagara platform rather than x86 or x64
  • Hitting a two-second service level mark given the high expectations and low tolerance of today's students
  • The importance of a wide partnership model and community building in this space
  • The educator's challenge of evaluating students' writing, creativity, and expository skills in an environment of openly available content
  • The need to support education as it evolves and create a viable open platform
  • Open content repositories

    Don't miss this thoughtful, insightful discussion.

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    Moodle
    Moodlerooms
    Stuart Sim's profile

  • Monday Oct 08, 2007

    Innovating in a Commodity Market



    Leveraging common components to deliver uncommon results is a cornerstone of the innovative design strategy for Sun's latest systems offering record performance, utilization, energy efficiency and system life.

    In this episode of Innovating@Sun, VP of Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, welcomes Chief Architect of Sun's Systems Group and co-founder of the company, Andy Bechtolsheim. Bechtolsheim's talent for predicting where technology is converging and what the critical elements of design need to be is a hallmark of the products that have arisen from his work. Andy shares his thoughts on the current state of computing as well as the future in this latest podcast. Topics include:


    • Delivering differentiation and value in a commodity market
    • The key principles and goals behind the design of Sun's newest set of systems
    • The secret behind increasing density while reducing power draw and footprint
    • The benefits of shared packaging across CPU architectures
    • A new breed of storage systems with highly-integrated software and hardware technologies
    • How a general purpose operating system cultivates general purpose developers
    • What's next on the horizon in terms of blades, supercomputers, CPU speeds, and more.

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    Monday Sep 24, 2007

    Herding the Terabytes – with Ease

    The notion prevails that handling tens or even hundreds of terabytes of data is difficult. But here to dispel that notion is Luke Lonergan, CTO and and co-founder of Greenplum who joins Vice President of Global Systems Engineering at Sun, Hal Stern on this latest edition of Innovating@Sun.

    As a leader in high-performance database software for Business Intelligence, Greenplum enables enterprises to quickly access massive volumes of critical data for in-depth analysis with a solution built on open source. Stern and Lonergan discuss:

  • Handling data warehousing using open source and open systems technology
  • How Greenplum revolutionized the deployment of a large number of disk drives by combining Sun Fire X4500 server with Solaris and ZFS to consolidate what would normally go into a SAN storage infrastructure into one 4U rack-mount box
  • Dealing with high levels of parallelism
  • The technology behind a dataflow engine that scales across thousands of CPUs transparently through SQL
  • How success was created from building on ideas of others in open source software packages and creating a product that commercializes those things and exposes a set of interfaces to non-experts in parallel programming
  • Making money from open source software
  • How innovation drove savings in floor space, cooling, and power consumption

    Find out today how combining innovation with an existing community allows for a ready-made audience and the opportunity for monetization.

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    Transcript
    Greenplum website
    Data Warehouse Appliance website

  • Wednesday Dec 13, 2006

    Bright Ideas Abound with Sun SPOTs


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    Experimental technology is designed to inspire people to go build the next great thing, whether robotics, consumer devices, or art. Sun SPOTs (Small Programmable Object Technology) are matchbox-sized, battery-operated devices that communicate wirelessly with one another and are Sun's latest example of experimental technology.

    Tune in to the newest edition of Innovating@Sun where Roger Meike, research director at Sun Labs, talks with host Hal Stern about the hottest little device that runs without an operating system.

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