Wednesday Feb 10, 2010

Webinar sécurité pour applications Web: conclusion

Merci d'avoir assisté au webinar sur la sécurité  pour les applications Web, et merci pour vos questions. Cette présentation était réservée aux membres du programme Sun Startup Essentials. Comme promis, voici une liste de liens utiles qui viennent compléter les sujets abordés pendant la présentations[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 27, 2010

Security For Web Applications Webinar: Wrap Up

Thank you for attending the Sun Startup Essentials webinar on Security for Web Applications, here is a list of useful links to learn more about and start implementing the different technologies that were covered during the presentation:

Monday Jan 25, 2010

Webinar sécurité pour applications Web

Mercredi 10 Février, rejoignez-nous pour un Webinar sur la sécurité des applications Web.[Read More]

Tuesday Dec 08, 2009

Tech Webinar: Security for Web Application

Wednesday January 27th, Join the Sun Startup Essentials Webinar on  Security for Web Applications.[Read More]

Monday Nov 23, 2009

Webinar hébergement nouvelle génération

Le mercredi 2 décembre à 11h00 - heure de Paris - Sun Starup Essentials vous invite à découvrir l'offre de Planet-Work, notre partenaire hébergement.

Frédéric Vannière, Directeur Technique, vous expliquera comment il a mis en oeuvre les fonctionnalités de virtualisation de Solaris et de ZFS pour proposer des packages d'hébergement souples, évolutifs et économiques. En route pour le Cloud Computing !
Inscrivez-vous !

Wednesday Oct 07, 2009

Free Webinar: Storage for your database

You are invited to join our free Webinar on storage for you database, Wednesday October the 14th 3pm Paris & Berlin, 2pm London, 4pm Jerusalem.

This webinar focuses on how ZFS, SSDs and the Unified Storage Systems are changing the rules in the database storage industry. You will learn how to increase data security, storage scalability, and reduce the price/performance ratio with these technologies. This webinar includes ZFS best practises for databases backup and performance.

To register click here.

Monday Sep 28, 2009

MySQL Backup in a Second with ZFS

For the MySQL users, I just posted a blog entry about how to get fast and reliable MySQL backup using ZFS.

Thursday Sep 10, 2009

Information law quite a few things you wanted to know about the law but were afraid to ask

Information law

Date and Time : 6pm, Wednesday 11 November 2009    

Venue : Garden Court, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ

In the Information Age, keeping legal with how you obtain, manage and use information is increasingly complex. Professor Charles Oppenheim is a world-class expert on legal information issues. He’ll be clarifying how to stay legal on issues such as:

  • data protection: what information to keep and what not to keep about your clients and contacts
  • information in the cloud: the legal issues to be aware of when using cloud computing and hosted services
  • protecting your reputation online: how to use the internet and social media without risking your reputation
  • disability discrimination: how to ensure your website complies with the law
  • contracts: what constitutes a contract in the world of email and tick boxes
  • trademarks and domain names: why they should matter to you

For more Information go HERE and to book your ticket

Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

Audioboo we love you, Sun Startup Essentials we love you to.

What is AudioBoo ?

AudioBoo is a website and iPhone OS application designed to allow users to post and share sound files on the AudioBoo website. AudioBoo was developed by UK based BestBefore and partially funded by Channel 4 and was launched in March 2009.

AudioBoo allows iPhone users to record and playback digital recordings up to 5 minutes long which can then be posted on the AudioBoo website where users have their own pages or channels akin to Twitter or Youtube. These recordings are referred to as 'boos' and photos can be added to the boo from the iPhone library along with a title. You can either capture this Audio using a iPhone or dial a number using a standard telephone and push you boo back to the website, either works simply.

As with any startup, there are costs in technology, development and infrastructure which Ive asked AudioBoo to explain why they have used Sun Startup Essentials programme to get them through the painful few months of costs but also to look at how we are helping them with introductions to Enterprise's and overall PR and marketing.

Overview of current AudioBoo setup

We’ve got two Sun Fire X2200’s through Sun’s Try and Buy scheme - it’s been really useful to experience the high standard of build and features of the Sun Server hardware before we made any commitment.

Try and Buy has helped due to its no cost upfront, we get to test and work with the systems for two months before we make the decision to buy and invest in these Enterprise class servers, but what was surprising was the aspect of the cost as its through Sun Startup Essentials the pricing is aimed at companies like ourselves to help use best in class hardware at low cost pricing.

ZFS (File System)

This was the obvious choice of file-system and the initial reason for us considering the OpenSolaris platform before we had even considered Sun hardware.
By using ZFS, we know that any data we store on the servers is, for all intents and purposes, “safe” from silent hard disk corruption and even a single drive completely failing. On top of that, we know that any corruption that does occur is reported and in most cases automatically and transparently repaired.

Being safe from run-time corruption and hardware failures is one thing, but we also need to make sure we’re prepared for more serious disasters. We were relieved to find ZFS's flexibility really simplified our backup routines. We’ve integrated instant snapshots of the live file-systems into a series of surprisingly simple scripts, meaning all of our data can be incrementally backed-up at a block-level.

Reading the long feature-set of ZFS I wasn’t looking forward to what I had presumed to be a steep-learning curve to master it’s configuration and day-to-day operation. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the command line tools were straight-forward, well documented, cleanly and consistently presented and - as far as I can tell - designed to prevent you from (easily) doing any harm.

This all takes a huge load off our minds; we’re really confident about the security, performance and flexibility of this next-generation file-system.

xVM and Solaris Zones

We originally wanted to deploy our web applications onto physical linux machines and currently have a deployment geared towards Linux. xVM enables us to virtualize the immensely powerful hardware in a sensible and scalable manner whilst taking advantage of Sun's other technologies, such as ZFS for storage, and maintaining the same linux operating environment for the production code we are used to.

Having got off the ground with xVM, I've been drawn to the idea of switching to Solaris Zones as a virtualisation platform, spurring our efforts to to port our production code and deployment routines to OpenSolaris. This has which has had the surprising benefit of allowing us to take advantage of OpenSolaris components such as the Service Management Framework, simplifying day-to-day management and DTrace, which is able to easily probe and profile the production environment in an entirely new way as well as removing the inherent overhead of xVM which must run multiple kernels in parallel.


We were testing the environment using a pre-release build of the OpenSolaris 0906 platform to take advantage of the new Crossbow network virtualization technologies, part of which creates a single 3Gbps aggregated link between the two boxes using three of their gigabit network adapters. On top of this link we can then create flexible VLANs providing isolated, virtual private networks between the virtual machines running on each physical machine. The low technical and administrative cost of configuring the VLANs means we can carefully isolate groups virtual machines based on their function, limiting the impact of compromise or failure of any individual machine.


In summary, AudioBoo decided on a OpenSolaris platform before trialing the hardware, then due to the advantages in OpenSolaris around Dtrace, Crossbow, etc has meant less cost in overhead of managing the infrastructure thus releasing time and effort to actually do what is required, develop the application and build the business then throw in the FREE TRIAL and low cost acquisiton costs of the hardware has meant increased uptime as well.

This is before we opened discussion around the global PR we can create, the introductions at a high level to companies AudioBoo wished to talk to in order to enable them to speed up discussions, and this took place without AudioBoo even committing to purchase anything.

So AudioBoo we love you, as you see how Sun Startup Essentials can help you grow as a business but also how Sun technology can help reduce you costs dramatically and enable you to focus on your core passion, which is Booing.

Techcrunch article on AudioBoo

Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Webcast sur les architectures Web "scalable": session 2

Le deuxième Webcast sur les architectures web "scalable" a eu lieu aujourdh'ui.  Cette session a  traité de  la croissance du trafic sur le site web. Nous avons regardé en détail des solutions comme le load balancing, le caching, et pour ce qui est de MySQL, nous avons parlé de réplication, de sharding et de MySQL cluster.

Mardi prochain, 9 juin à 11h00, aura lieu la troisième et dernière session de cette série de webcast. Après avoir traité de l'augmentation du traffic sur un site web, il nous reste effectivement à traiter de l'accroissement du volume des données. Durant cette troisième session, nous couvrirons les principaux objectifs d'un système de stockage pour application web - augmentation du volume, haute disponibilité, sauvegarde - et nous verrons comment le système de fichier ZFS nous permet d'atteindre ces objectifs. En outre, nous décrirons des solutions pour 'backuper' une grosse base de donnée MySQL en production sans pour cela pénaliser les temps de réponse du site.

Ces sessions étant réservées aux membres de la communauté Sun Startup Essentials, inscrivez-vous à cette communauté pour recevoir les informations d'accès aux webcasts : l'inscription et les webcasts sont gratuits !

Wednesday May 13, 2009

Architecture Web "Scalable"

Vous êtes une startup du Web et vous voulez en savoir plus sur la "scalability" - la capacité à monter en charge des applications Web ?

Vous voulez savoir quoi faire pour que votre site Web ne soit pas victime de son succès ?

Rejoignez-nous pour une série de trois webcasts en ligne qui traitent des difficultés et des solutions de la montée en charge pour les applications Web.

Ces sessions étant réservées aux membres de la communauté Sun Startup Essentials, inscrivez-vous à cette communauté pour recevoir les informations d'accès aux webcasts : l'inscription et les webcasts sont gratuits !

L'agenda ?

Mardi 26 mai 2009, 11h00 : principes géneraux de la montée en charge. Quelles sont les bonnes questions à se poser pour concevoir une architecture web qui monte en charge ? Ecueils à  éviter et bonnes pratiques

Mardi 2 juin 2009 : solutions pour absorber la croissance du trafic. Quelles sont les options pour traiter un afflux de requêtes sur son site ? Puissance de calcul - scalabilité horizontale/verticale - load balancing - caching - montée en charge de MySQL

Mardi 9 juin 2009 : solutions pour absorber l'augmentation du volume des donnéees Que faire lorsque les disques sont pleins ? Comment accroître la performance des I/O tout en améliorant la sécurité des  données ?
Comment sauvegarder rapidement de grosses bases MySQL ?

Chaque session durera environ 30 minutes. Les présentations seront en français.

Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

DIY: Home NAS Box

"OpenSolaris and ZFS make it possible to build a NAS box with general PC hardware and free open source software, which is different from other NAS boxes in a way that data redundancy is achieved without RAID hardware, and at a very acceptable cost."

"Some principles were established first:
  • Use low-power 64-bit microprocessor to run Solaris and ZFS smooth and fast;
  • Use four hot-swappable 3.5" SATA HDD to build a RAIDZ1 pool with over 2TB capacity;
  • Use Gigabit Ethernet interface to take advantage of the network bandwidth.
Other factors needs to be considered include total cost, total power consumption and noise level. After all, this is for personal and home use. 

Wednesday Dec 17, 2008

ZFS Discovery Days

Featuring a live demonstration of the Sun Zettabyte File System (ZFS) working with Sun Open Storage hardware

Understand how to take full advantage of ZFS features using Sun's World Leading Coolthreads servers, Sun X64 servers and Sun's Open Storage arrays.

ZFS simplifies file and volume management whilst dramatically reducing operating costs and increasing data consistency

  • The massive growth and diversity of storage requirements means that it is becoming complex and expensive to manage your data using traditional file systems and volume managers
  • With traditional solutions, there is no guarantee that data has not been 'silently corrupted' somewhere in the system, however expensive your storage array
  • Many traditional solutions are inflexible when data requirements change leading to over-provisioning or downtime for re-builds
  • Storage software, to perform tasks such as Snapshots and Replication, can often be as expensive as the hardware and involve additional costs when hardware is upgraded
  • ZFS changes all of this...removing the need for volume managers and providing end to end checksums meaning that data integrity is maximised, regardless of the type of storage device used. ZFS is fully integrated at zero cost with Sun Solaris 10 on more than 1,000 multi-vendor Sparc and X86 platforms.
  • For the first time, it is feasible to deploy low cost Open Storage hardware, such as Sun's JBOD arrays or Sun's X4500 data server, but deliver the performance and data integrity of solutions costing 10 times more.

Now you can see this in action and get detailed information on best practices and strategies

Attend our ZFS Discovery Day. A Sun expert will explain the design concepts of ZFS and outline Sun's open storage strategy. Delegates will learn how to set up file systems using ZFS and how to employ in-built facilities such as copy on write snapshots and data replication, and all of this will be demonstrated using the latest Sun CMT and X64 servers, combined with the latest open storage hardware. Delegates will then take a look at how ZFS and Solid State Disks can be combined to accelerate application performance. Various usage scenarios will then be demonstrated, such as MySQL, replication and porting from a legacy volume manager in a 'live' application environment. The session will conclude by demonstrating the Common Array Manager and with an investigation into the savings in total cost of ownership.

Sun and ZFS can help you dramatically reduce your acquisition and operating costs, whilst providing the performance and security that is delivered through this advanced file system. Stop using technology that was designed for 20th century systems....move into the 21st century with Sun and ZFS.


Monday Oct 13, 2008

OpenSolaris crosses the 100'000 milestone

In under five short months OpenSolaris 2008.05 has been installed on over 100,000 systems. The new OpenSolaris operating system distribution is a free, open source and innovative OS that signals a new era of opportunities for Sun partners and developers.

What's All The Buzz About?
Not only is the OpenSolaris OS easy to obtain, but it's also easy to install because it runs on over 1000 systems. It is full of unique features such as the new Image Packaging System (IPS), ZFS as the default filesystem, DTrace enabled packages for extreme observability and performance tuning, integrated CIFS (cross-platform file sharing), and many more.

View The Webcast
Hear Sun engineers and OpenSolaris enthusiasts discuss the new OpenSolaris OS and the OpenSolaris Community. This short webcast will provide you a solid foundation on OpenSolaris from which to build.

In this webcast you will learn:

    \* The differences between Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems and about new technologies that add additional capabilities and put a new face on a trusted platform
    \* The latest enhancements that make OpenSolaris OS easier to acquire, install, use and maintain, and expanded coverage for desktops and laptops
    \* Who's using it and why; the growth of the OpenSolaris OS community and who's involved
    \* How commercial and open source developers can easily obtain support for the OpenSolaris operating system

Click the image to view the webcast:

OpenSolaris, ZFS and MySQL

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