Archive for March, 2006

Comprehensive Creator review in Java Developer’s Journal

March 28, 2006


Java Developer’s Journal published the review of Java Studio Creator 2 by Jason Halla in its March edition. This is a positive and very comprehensive review

Jason’s premise for the review is that because Java Studio Creator 2 is positioned as a visual drag-and-drop IDE for easy Java Web application development, it is well-suited for small and medium-sized business. In the introduction, he compares Creator 2 to Visual Studio and Dreamweaver, stating “JSC2 more comprehensive from a J2EE perspective than what you would expect from Dreamweaver by allowing JSC2 users to tap directly into business logic and data represented by EJBs, Web services, or databases using a drag-and-drop paradigm.

He spends the majority of the review evaluating the usability and visual capabilities of Creator 2, describing them as “polished.”  He further noted, “I appreciated the fact that Sun took the visual approach to its logical conclusion in Java Studio Creator, working this concept into each of the main IDE features.

He concludes the review by stating, “All told, if you’re an SMB looking for a cost-effective way to rapidly and visually build your company’s Website, Sun’s Java Studio Creator 2 is definitely worth considering.
 

AnandTech’s T2000 Comparative Review

March 27, 2006

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The popular online IT publication AnandTech invited us to participate in a competitive shootout with our Sun Fire T2000 server. We accepted the challenge, and the first part of Johan De Gelasreview of the Sun Fire T2000 was published last Friday.

This review, titled “Sun’s T2000 “Coolthreads” Server: First Impressions and Experiences” is positive overall. As always, AnandTech has approached this review with a keen understanding and appreciation for technical details. Part II of this review (publish date TBD) will focus on AnandTech’s Java-based and database-based benchmark testing.

In Part I of AnandTech’s T2000 review, they evaluated the T2000 as a Solaris, Apache, MySQL and PHP web server or SAMP web server. They also evaluated the performance of a single T1 SPARC core and detailed the server’s overall architecture and management functionality, comparing the T2000 with AnandTech’s Opteron/Xeon-based reference servers where appropriate.

Among the highlights: “If Sun’s own benchmarks are accurate, it is no exaggeration to call the T2000 a server with a revolutionary CPU…Traditionally, Sun systems have been known for excellent RAS capabilities…Sceptical as we are, we decided to give Intel a chance to criticize [the results of our RAS evaluation, which was favorable for Sun], but it seems that Sun was honest…So, it seems that right now, the Ultrasparc T1 outshines its x86 competitors.

Johan concludes his review in this way: “Sun’s solid engineering has impressed us. Sun’s meticulous attention to detail resulted in a sturdy, well-polished machine… So far, the Sun T2000 has been one of the best-made servers that we have seen, and while the performance claims of Sun have not (yet?) materialised in our labs, it is definitely the most attractive Sun Server that we, as ‘x86 server buyers’, have seen in years.

Lots of folks at Sun deserve kudos for making this review a success. Peter Wilson has devoted extraordinary hours on this review. Very special thanks to the entire SSG benchmarking team, particularly to Luojia, Jignesh, Sean and Denis. I also want to personally thank Mat, Sara, Rob, Peter Hendrickx, Paul and Colin for their invaluable support on this evaluation. Great job, folks…


Interesting Niagara benchmarking comparison

March 24, 2006

A very interesting Niagara benchmarking comparison. Check out this Niagara vs ftp.heanet.ie Showdown

Jonathan on Sun Grid in Peter Coffee Podcast

March 23, 2006

 

eWEEK has just posted this week’s eWEEK InfraSpectrum, Peter Coffee’s weekly podcast. Peter dedicates this week’s show to our Sun Grid launch.

 

Peter tees up the interview with his commentary about the significance of this announcement. He says, “This isn’t your neighborhood lemonade stand of CPU cycles.  It’s a serious chunk of computing power that some people are paid to be nervous about offering access to almost anyone” referring to the export compliance and terms of use required to agree to when signing up.  To this point, Jonathan discusses how careful Sun has been in reaching the point of opening up the grid.

 

Couple of highlights during the interview included:

 

PC: We’re looking at a substantial change in the available of the Sun grid offering?

JIS: It’s more than this, but we’re looking at fundamental change in the availability of computing on the Internet.  For anyone that’s interested, all they need to do is go to network.com and buy time using a credit on one of the world’s largest supercomputer.  That’s a pretty fundamental change in access to computing.

 

PC: What did Sun have to go through around capacity planning to make the grid available?

JIS: Capacity planning is an anachronism.  It’s the responsibility of the power company to plan capacity of their network.  We’re the power company in this case and initially we are provisioning 10,000 CPU’s to the Internet.  As the demand grows over time, we’ll carefully plan where we need to do more provisioning.

 

PC: Is your offering going to be heterogeneous (computing cycles on x86 vs. SPARC machines)?

JIS: Absolutely.  By making ourselves available to a cross-platform world, we’ve just up opportunity for anyone that has a binary out there.  Whether it’s rendering a movie, simulating an oil field, or modeling a protein, you can gain access to the computing resource to run your job and get your work done.

 

PC: So we can add getting compute cycles off the ‘Net to information searches?

JIS:  We’ve been talking about on-demand computing but no one has been delivering it.  This will be truly the first on-demand computing.  Rather than having someone in a crisply pressed suit show up to talk about outsourcing contracts, we can say go enter your credit card number and buy some computing time.  At the end of the day, that feels to me like the future of computing.  This is just the beginning of the platform that will evolve over time.

 

Peter expresses his enthusiasm for the launch by wrapping up the interview with the comment, “it’s great to hear grids discussed in this way, as a customer-facing option that’s available right now.

 

Many thanks to Brett, Noel and Dana from our PR Team for making the podcast happen as part of the Sun Grid launch…

Sun StorageTek L1400M tape library wins “Product of the Year” award

March 23, 2006
Our StorageTek L1400M automated tape library earned ‘Product of the Year‘ Award in Backup Hardware category of SearchStorage.com and Storage Magazine Awards.

According to Storage Magazine, “Sun Microsystems Inc.’s L1400M solves a top problem in tape: the ability to use four different tape formats within a single library, and it’s a solution that’s been a long time coming…As one judge put it, ‘finally, somebody did the right thing for their customers.’ ” Check it out here.

Congratulations to the team!!!

State of JVMs article in SD Times

March 20, 2006

The SD Times Special Report on JVMs by Andrew Binstock was published in the latest issue.  The article essentially is an examination of the state of JVMs focusing on the three primary providers — Sun, IBM and BEA.  His premise is that JVMs are no longer thought about as much by companies when designing Web sites as they once were, so most readers aren’t aware of how far they have come along.  His article explores the recent evolution of JVM’s through special projects of each of the primary providers.

Of course, we play a thought leadership role in this space, and I think it is reflected in the article. Check it out…

Software Development on Creator: “Web Apps, WYSIWYG”

March 15, 2006

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Rick Wayne reviewed Java Studio Creator 2 in his “New and Noteworthy” column in the April issue of Software Development magazine.  The “New and Noteworthy” column highlights the most interesting new developer products in each issue, and Rick is extremely selective in choosing products to highlight. Happy to see us there.

This review is very positive in tone.  Much of Rick’s positive opinion of Creator was formed when he conducted a positive full-blown review of Sun’s Java development platforms last October.  This brief take on Java Studio Creator 2 compares the new version to Eclipse by stating how it is positioned to Web developers, and highlighting the fact that it is available for free

Rick offers the opinion that Creator 2 is a strong option for developers focused on Web applications, as he states, “where it really shines is building Web applications (including portlet-enabled ones) out of Java Server Faces, databases and Enterprise Java Beans in a WYSIWYG manner.”  He then highlights other new features, including code clips and components that make development is less a matter of construction and more a matter of design and connection.

PS: You need to register (which is free) with Software Development to get to the Creator section of the column…

Sun Wins “Supercomputing Product of the Year” Award

March 14, 2006
Our family of x64 and SPARC-based servers have been voted the “Supercomputing Product of the Year” in Supercomputing Online‘s annual Reader’s Choice Award survey. The annual survey had more than 1,000 respondents, with our servers receiving close to 25 percent of the total votes among twelve nominated HPC products, including those from HP and IBM…

Rebekah has captured all the details

Two great Sun Ultra 40 Workstation product reviews

March 14, 2006

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Two superb Sun Ultra 40 Workstation reviews have appeared recently, and that too in premier IT publications like eWEEK and InfoWorld. Very nice!

In his InfoWorld blog review, Paul Venezia gives high marks to the performance, robust high-end component support, PCI-enabled expandability, and storage/memory delivered with the Ultra 40. Among the highlights: “It’s fair to say that this workstation includes just about every top-end component you could expect…After spending a few days with the Ultra 40, I can tell you that it’s simply the fastest workstation system I’ve even laid a hand on… This is one seriously powerful system. Not only did it excel in raw horsepower for somewhat mundane tasks like compilations and GL tests, but as a LAN party system, it simply blew all other competitors out of the water in several high-intensity games.

In eWEEK’s Ultra 40 review, Anne Chen praises the Ultra 40 for its superior performance, graphics capabilities, robust OS and application support, noting that the Ultra 40 is “ideal for performance-intensive applications, grid computing and software development.” She also notes that the Ultra 40 is particularly attractive for Sun-based development shops — “particularly those [Sun shops] whose IT managers are looking to lower management costs.

Kudos to the Sun Workstation team for an excellent product, and special thanks to Barton and Jon for their support on this evaluation…

Excellent Developer.com Tutorial on Matisse / NetBeans 5.0

March 13, 2006

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Dick Wall of the Java Posse fame has penned a review of NetBeans 5.0 in Developer.Com. Well, it is more of a tutorial, but an excellent example of how easily a real-world application can be built using Matisse, the latest GUI development tool within NetBeans 5.0. In Dick’s words, “Matisse is Java UI building done right.” And I like his opinion, “It is a GUI builder as easy to use…as Visual Basic, but has a huge advantage over VB in that the resulting forms and panels can be re-sized in a meaningful way, without having to write all sorts of resize event handling code.

The application example Dick uses in his tutorial is building a GUI for handling “flubs”, i.e. mistakes in podcast recordings to get to a final podcast. The application is simple, but nonetheless it illustrates the power of Matisse

After walking readers through building this application UI in impressive detail, Dick concludes by saying that “it demonstrates only a fraction of what Matisse can do; furthermore, it doesn’t even touch on the NetBeans Rich Client Platform (RCP) that will save an enormous amount of time for anyone doing more complex applications. Perhaps I will dive into the RCP in a future column, once I have got to know it better, but in the meantime I hope this example has been useful.

Additionally, Dick has done a superb job in highlighting the useful links within the tutorial. In case you are time-pressed, here you go again (from Dick’s tutorial):

Further Reading/Resources

Thanks a bunch, Dick, for the nice tutorial…