Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

Performance Improvement in Sun Connection Inventory

Last month we launched the new Sun Connection Inventory Channel to help customers track all their stuff.  We're using a continuous improvement plan for this product (no six month release cycles here!), and will be doing a lot to this service in the next few months.  I'm an old performance wonk, so I watch  that pretty closely.  Last week the team pushed out a new release of the code that substantially improves performance in a couple of key areas.  Check out the chart below for specifics.

 

Some of the key changes the team made were:

  • JVM  Heap Settings (some things never change)
  • Web Server thread pool and acceptor thread tuning 
  • Tuned networking and /etc/system settings
  • Modified webserver keep-alives and changed backend services to use persistent HTTP connections
  • Increased thread pools on their “Restricted Parties Service” in response to server exceptions (this service is used Sun-wide to make sure we don't do things like ship software to countries not allowed by US law)
There are actually some more performance improvements coming, but more exciting than that there is a new look and feel and some killer new features.  I'll talk more about that in the coming weeks.

Tuesday Jun 12, 2007

Coverage of the Sun Connection Launch

Yesterday we launched the new Sun Connection Inventory Channel.  I was really happy with the press coverage we got.  There were three stories that were picked up by several outlets.

The first story is at eWeek. It was also picked up at CIO Insight, Baseline Magazine, and Channel Insider.

Another story at Information Week was also picked up at IT News.

Lastly, there was an article in IT Week that was also picked up by VNUNet, Channel Web and Computing.

This is great coverage for a new product like this.  Thanks to the team and built it, and special thanks to the marketing team for making the launch such a success!

Monday Jun 04, 2007

Why Use Sun Connection Inventory?

Yesterday I wrote about how to get into the early access for the Sun Connection inventory channel?  Well, you might ask why you'd want to do that.  Here's an answer.  The link contains a short, two-minute video that outlines just some of the benefits of using the inventory channel.  Check it out.  It's really cool.

Sneak Peek: EA of Free Sun Connection Inventory

We're rolling out a new free service for Sun's customers.  It's called the Sun Connection inventory channel.  It's designed to help you keep track of all your stuff: physical hardware, software instances and support contracts.  It isn't formally launched yet, but I thought I'd give readers a free sneak peek (and get some feedback in the process!).  Take it for a spin and let us know what you think:

Everything you need to get started should be here.

We've also set up a support forum if you get stuck.

Hopefully this will help you answer the question What Stuff Do I Have? 


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