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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