Chugging along '08 on the Web Server trail.

Nope, we are not talking about Web Server 8.0! Just a few updates into 2008!

Since its release earlier in 01/07, Sun Web Server 7.0 has been deployed widely into production uses at Sun and by well respected sites. Update releases are continuing to help improve quality incorporating features and performance innovations - e.g. upgrade to Java container, PHP Add On, administration support for FastCGI, etc. To top it all, WS7.0u2 released in 12/07 set the world record SPECweb benchmark with staggering performance on the coolest server platform on the planet (Niagara 2 based T5220), thanks to its MT-hot design ideal for multi-core CMT systems, a new innovative asynchronous accelerator cache design and a host top to bottom system level innovations such as 10Gbit Ethernet networking etc.

MySQLWith MySQL now integral part of Sun's Software portfolio, there is no question that '08 is a significant milestone for Sun Software and Web Server. After all, our blogs.sun.com infrastructure is powered by Web Server + MySQL running on a couple of Niagara T2000 servers. Indeed, this combination is very potent in that it can handily outperform the competition (Microsoft IIS and SQL Server) both in raw performance, throughput and power consumption, as demonstrated by this OLTP/Web worlkload benchmark.

By the way, here a couple of more articles/blogs that caught our attention:

Another cool article titled - "Using Subversion, NetBeans IDE, and Sun Java System Web Server With Java ME" by Richard Marejka. Demonstrates using Web Server's WebDAV capability (Admin GUI lets you create DAV Collections and all that) to configure Subversion which can be used from NetBeans for your development activities. Richard's article is showcased on the web tier developer hub.

John Pelonquin's blog on Moodle on Solaris/Sun Web Server: Moodle—a PHP-driven, open source course management system for online learning—on one of our enterprise class servers running Sun Solaris 10 and Sun Java System Web Server 7.0.  For details visit John's blog post.

You can run a variety of native and Java scripting technologies such as PHP, RoR with Sun Web Server, and JRuby is no exception - JRuby is deployable too as show here in Uma Sabada's blog. The server-side JavaScript framework, Phobos apparently runs fine on Sun Web Server as reported by Tony Zakula and discussed on the Sun Web Server forum.

qantas 

Last but not the least - here's an eco anecdote. During a recent vacation break, our family took off to Australia, flying Qantas, the Spirit of Australia, from San Francisco to Sydney. We researched various deals on the web and clearly Qantas became our favorite (as we did in our previous trips down under). As I looked around the web, I have the habit of poking around what web server does that site run on. I found Qantas.com runs Sun Web Server so I spent some more time on that site as I was wondering how I might make our family vacation carbon neutral. Lo and behold, for a small extra fee Qantas Airlines offered me to fly carbon neutral. Clicking through a few details, we managed to go green! Yeah!!

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