Archive for July, 2006

Dr. Dobb’s Journal Posts Positive Two-Part Podcast Interview

July 19, 2006
Dr. Dobb’s Journal posted two podcast interviews today featuring Dan Roberts. The first podcast focused on Sun’s “plethora” of new Java developer tools, while the second podcast took a more in-depth look at Java IDE enhancements and AJAX.

Part I of the podcast interview started with Dan outlining Sun’s goal is to offer tools that make it easier for developers to do their jobs, highlighting Sun’s Project Matisse and its group layout function. He then detailed several compelling features in Java Enterprise Systems and Java Studio Enterprise that would entice Eclipse users to migrate to Sun tools. The interviewer commented that, specifically, Sun’s collaboration feature “sounds very cool.”

In Part II, Dan talked about Sun’s plan to set a pattern for AJAX and address the concern of interoperability. He went on to detail the JavaServer Faces components featured in the latest Java Studio Creator 2 release, which wrap AJAX functionality. The interview concluded by Dan outlining Sun’s future visions for IDE, focusing on three areas:

1. Ensuring and continuing Java runs on all devices (cell phones, etc.);
2. Enabling developers to work with new paradigms of development, such as scripting and AJAX; and
3. Providing network infrastructures to help developers manage the explosion of network traffic.

Hope you enjoy the podcasts and find these useful.

ComputerWorld blog review of T1000 and X2100

July 18, 2006
MC Brown posted a ComputerWorld blog about the Sun Fire T1000 and Sun Fire X2100 servers. He discussed his initial impressions of the T1000 out of the box (“cute,” yet a “very muscle-bound piece of kit“) as compared to the T2000.

MC is currently testing a Sun Fire X2100 Server, so he decided to run the two servers simultaneously. He observed that the X2100 has “raw power on tap,” but the T1000 was able to “keep accepting new work no matter how many simultaneous jobs [he threw] at it.

He will continue to blog about the products at both the ComputerWorld and Free Software Magazine sites, and will publish a full review in the next few months.

InfoWorld Interview with Darrin Johnson on Solaris 10 for 10 Gig

July 18, 2006
InfoWorld posted a great podcast discussion with Darrin Johnson regarding the evolution of Solaris 10 for 10 Gig environments.  The podcast was published in tandem with a round up review of 10 Gig hardware servers.  

As part of the podcast, Darrin highlights Sun’s strong partnerships with Independent Hardware Vendors and switch vendors to create powerful, efficient, out of the box  performance for Solaris 10 in 10 Gig data centers.

Checkout the podcast from this InfoWorld article.

InfoWorld focuses on Solaris Containers in Virtualization feature story

July 18, 2006
Check out this positive article on Solaris Containers that appeared as part of a larger virtualization piece in InfoWorld.  The reviewer highlights the latest virtualization features that were added to Solaris 10 such as Zones — and mentions how these are enhanced by running on a UltraSPARC T1.  

The piece delves into the Solaris Zones, specifically praising Zones as ‘much finer grained resource control’ than earlier technologies and the ability to create pooled resources broken down by CPU.  The reviewer also mentions how other features of Solaris 10, such as the Solaris Containers Manager and Sun Management Center enhance the virtualization capabilities.

The reporter ends the piece by stating, “Containers are the only virtualization option for low- and mid-range Sparc servers, but Sun also resells VMware products for use on its Opteron line. Even so, Solaris customers on any platform would be wise to give Containers a look. They certainly have the hallmark Sun thoroughness and complexity, and they back that up with solid performance.

ZFS: Ten reasons to reformat your hard drives

July 18, 2006
Check out this ZFS article from tech-recipies…

Intelligent Enterprise posts positive Sun Portal Server review

July 18, 2006
Intelligent Enterprise published a review of the Sun’s Portal Server 7.0.  The review takes a very in-depth look at Portal Server 7, as well as Java Studio Creator.  Overall the review is positive on the latest advancements for the Portal Server.  Key highlights include:
  • Easy to use Wikis:  The reviewer states, “in a nod to business users, Sun has developed a reasonably friendly wiki editor that uses HTML rich-text editing as well as wiki tags. This makes it easier for the nontechnical user to work with content in the wiki. Another nice detail is that you can have portlets inside the wiki, which enables integration with useful functionality (such as automatically finding related postings) or external content.
  • Community Organization: Comparatively to other Portal solutions, the reviewer is very positive on the organizational tools included in Sun’s Portal Server 7.  He mentions specifically, “in contrast to the rigidity of many other portal products, Sun Portal communities also can be organized informally around a particular interest and then maintained by users. All communities are indexed by Sun’s integrated search engine.
  • Open Source Use: The reviewer praises Sun’s comittment to open source by stating “Sun’s community-oriented tools and open-source positioning are welcome departures for the portal market.
  • Sun’s search technology deserves respect from an engineering standpoint, but it hasn’t been broadly deployed, so it’s a bit of an unknown quantity, particularly when it comes to indexing nonportal content.”
The reviewer does ding the Portal Server on a few items, such complex out-of-the-box URLs.  However, after looking at these comments more in depth, I think these are more as challenges with Portal Servers in general, vs. a specific issue with Sun’s product.  

Overall, the review does a great job of dissecting the current the use of Portals — and the needs of these users — in the enterprise and positions Sun’s Portal Server 7 as a strong competitor to products from BEA and Vignette.

Desktop Engineering review: “Sun Ultra 40 — Ready for Heavy Work”

July 18, 2006
Sun workstations continue to impress.

The Ultra 40 Workstation review in Desktop Engineering’s July issue is a glowing testament of our commitment to the workstations.

The reviewer, Mark Clarkson, kicks off his review summary highlighting that the Ultra 40 is ‘ready for heavy work’ and goes on to report on the full aspects of the Ultra 40 running on an engineering desktop, including installation, performance and usability.

Mark mentions that the system is clearly built to perform better with Solaris — however he notes overall that the workstation is truly a solid performer. 

He concludes, “there’s no doubt that the Sun Ultra 40 workstation is a powerhouse. Although it’s clearly designed around Solaris (even the keyboard sports extra keys that only work under that operating system), it showed me some impressive power even running my old, 32-bit Windows. My system came with an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500; none of the real-world testing I did came close to taxing this brute.”

Positive StarOffice 8 Review in EContent Magazine

July 18, 2006
Bob Boeri’s review of StarOffice 8 in EContent magazine posted recently. He also posted additional thoughts on StarOffice 8 in his blog column which echo his sentiments in the review.

Overall this is a very positive review with Bob detailing why organizations should switch to StarOffice 8.  Bob highlights StarOffice’s low cost and superior use of XML as main reasons why users should consider it over Microsoft Office.

He speaks at length about the flexibility of choice with StarOffice 8 in terms of operating systems it supports and then details its main features. He spends the most time detailing Writer, Calc, and Impress given these are the ones users will use the most. He concludes his review with a list of criteria organizations should consider when making the switch to StarOffice. He calls out the fact that although OpenOffice is free, he feels StarOffice has a lot more to offer for the additional cost.

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