Sunday Nov 22, 2009

Sun and Ashbourne Unveil Full-Function, Cloud-Based Desktop as a Service for K-12 Schools and Community Colleges

Sun and Ashbourne Technology Group are now offering a secure, cost-effective computing solution for educational institutions that can be delivered anytime, anywhere via the Internet -- providing a rich, virtual desktop experience for all leading Operating Systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris to nearly any client device, including Sun Ray thin clients and other platforms with Java(TM)-based browsers.

The Sun Ray device's zero-maintenance and 4-5 watt power draw makes it one of the greenest desktop solutions on the market today. Sun also offers the Sun Ray technology with built-in VPN security so that parents, teachers and administrators can feel secure about the privacy and security of students on the network. The Sun Desktop as a Service solution, part of Sun's education solutions portfolio, is a subscription-based service available for purchase immediately for as little as US $1.00 per day per user.

"This is a full-function solution with no compromises to what students, teachers and administrators are used to today. With this new offering, they can easily and quickly access a common and familiar desktop environment on thin clients via the Internet -- in the classroom, library, at home or virtually anywhere – without the management and maintenance costs and hassles of OS upgrades, security patches, bug fixes or storage backups," said Joe Hartley, vice president of Government, Education and Healthcare Sales, Sun Microsystems.

Friday Sep 04, 2009

Sun Fire X4270 Delivers Outstanding Performance on the Two-Tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark

The Sun Fire X4270 server running SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode) with Oracle(R) Database on top of the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) delivered the highest two-processor Unicode result on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark. Sun's server, equipped with two Intel Xeon X5570 processors (8 cores, 16 threads) supported 3,800 SAP SD Benchmark users(\*).  This result surpasses the 3,752 SD Users score posted by IBM System 550 server, equipped with four POWER6 processors (8 cores, 16 threads), making the Sun Fire X4270 server the fastest eight-core system on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application benchmark.

The SAP Standard Application SD Benchmark is a two-tier ERP business test that represents full business workloads of order processing and invoice processing, while demonstrating the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system. For more detail on this benchmark result visit:

(\*) Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) benchmark based on SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) as of 08/21/09: Sun Fire X4270 (2 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads) 3,800 SAP SD Users, 2x 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon x5570, 48 GB memory, Oracle 10g, Solaris 10, Cert# 2009033. IBM System 550 (4 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads) 3,752 SAP SD Users, 4x 5 GHz Power6, 64 GB memory, DB2 9.5, AIX 6.1, Cert# 2009023.For more details, see

Wednesday Aug 19, 2009

Interview with JavaFX developer Stephen Chin

Reviews Interactive recently spoke with JavaFX developer Stephen Chin, a prolific developer and blogger within the JavaFX community. Steve is one of the co-authors of the recently released Pro JavaFX Platform book, and was also named a JavaOne 2009 Rock Star for his WidgetFX session. Steve began working in JavaFX in May 2008, after being challenged by Sun's Josh Marinacci to write a program in JavaFX. The challenge turned into the development of WidgetFX, and has kept Steve “heavily involved with JavaFX,” ever since.
In discussing the new JavaFX 1.2 release Steve said “Java FX 1.2 is a huge step forward for the platform!” He stated that the Skinnable Controls, New Layout Classes, and Charting Support are, in his opinion, the most important new features in the release. When asked how JavaFX has changed the way developers create RIAs Steve said: “JavaFX takes the best of client technology with a rich scenegraph, elegant animation support, and built-in media playback, and combines this with web service access, designer skinning and tools, and full browser integration....for the first time, Java client and Web developers can join forces to build applications that are immersive, rather than tiered.”
Read more of Steve's interview and listen to him talk JavaFX with Chhandomay Mandal here in Reviews Interactive.

Thursday Jul 09, 2009

The Ultimate Resource Sites for Sun Benchmarks, Product Performance Analysis, Best Practices and Helpful Tips

If you're looking for:

\* Information on how Sun products fared against industry-standard benchmarks
\* Wide range of performance results from hardware to software including Open Network Systems, Flash, Amber Road, ZFS and more...
\* A collection of detailed analysis, tuning tips, performance tidbits and best practices directly from the engineer's perspective

...check out these useful blogs, wikis and websites, created and developed by Sun engineers.

\*NEW\* BestPerf Blog
- Developed by Sun's Strategic Applications Engineers, the BestPerf blog highlights Sun product performance against industry-standard benchmarks, the competition and various other workloads.  The blog includes information on how Sun products performed during testing, the significance of the results, configuration specs, best practices learned and competitive analysis. Check it out at

System and Application Performance, Monitoring and Tuning Wiki - Created and updated by Sun's Performance Technology Engineers, this wiki deep dives into detailed analyses of Sun's system and software performance including open storage, CMT, networking, MySQL, Oracle, ZFS and Web. It also includes a Dtrace tools section as well as links to other helpful resources/sites.  Take a look at

\*UPDATED\* Sun's Benchmark Website
- Sun's main landing page for benchmarking information just had a makeover! Easy to navigate through, check out some new features including benchmark results categorized by systems, storage and software, customer testimonials and links to news articles, press releases and blogs.  For details on over four hundred Sun benchmark results visit

Friday Jun 12, 2009

Sun Wins APEX CleanTech Innovation Award

Adding to numerous eco accolades, Sun was honored with the Colorado Technology Association's (CSIA) prestigious APEX CleanTech Innovation Award. This award acknowledges exceptional companies that demonstrate the success, innovation, leadership, and determination that is the core of Colorado’s technology industry. CSIA was impressed with Sun's latest next-generation datacenters like the one in Broomfield, Colorado that maximizes space utilization while minimizing operating costs. They specifically noted Broomfield's estimated  $1 million dollar savings in electricity costs and 11,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Here is a link to the award:

Monday Jun 08, 2009

Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Slovenko select Sun Microsystems to help with European Data Retention Directive Compliance

Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Slovensko deployed Secure Data Retrieval Server (SDRS), a solution jointly developed by Sun and Coppereye, to enable the secure retention and automatic management of up to 12 months of historic communications data across its fixed and mobile telephony and Internet services.

Here is more information.


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