Archive for January, 2007

Tool Report: NetBeans Profiler

January 30, 2007
This “Tool Report” published by and written by Sun technical evangelist Gregg Sporar provides a comprehensive look at the NetBeans Profiler tool.

Gregg introduces the article by stating that “the NetBeans Profiler is a powerful tool that provides important information about the runtime behavior of an application.” It gives readers a detailed look at the tool’s features and benefits, and offers a great example of how the tool can be used to identify CPU performance problems for a Web application that calculates prime numbers.

In addition, it gives readers a great preview of new features coming in NetBeans Profiler 6.0.


InfoWorld’s Blade Server Shootout: Sun vs HP vs Dell

January 15, 2007
InfoWorld has completed their comparative tests of Sun, HP and Dell blade servers at the University of Hawaii.  In the end, all three scored a “Very Good” rating with Sun’s score coming in at 8.2 and HP and Dell both scoring an 8.3.

It is a on-message review of our blade offerings. The reviewer, Paul Venezia, notes the 19U rack size of Sun Blade 8000 Modular System, and immediately explains, “…  Sun’s take on blades is a little different: It was the only blade solution to support four CPUs per blade, and can handle 10 blades per chassis. With dual-core AMD Opteron CPUs, this equates to 160 cores in a single 42U rack.

The review goes into the details of our blade system architecture, server modules etc. with I/O options getting special attention:  “I/O options are plentiful. Each blade can handle as many as six different external I/O forms, and there are two different methods of delivering the physical I/O ports to the blades themselves.

Paul is very pleased with the virtualization capabilities: “The Sun Blade 8000’s hardware fits a virtualization build-out plan like a glove. Available I/O options are far better than the other blade systems, and the four sockets per blade, the NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) inherent in the AMD Opteron technology, and maximum RAM supported all make virtualization a foregone conclusion. Sun Blade 8000 Modular System

Even a VMware engineer on site was very impressed with our offering, and that made to the review: “… As a VMware engineer speculated during testing the week after the blade server tests, “Wow … at standard loads with quad-core CPUs, this thing could support 600 virtual machines all by itself.” Enough said.  …

The system management features including N1 System Manager, ILOM Web Interface, and CMM received kudos, with Paul commenting, “Sun’s ILOM Web interface was not only the fastest, it was also the easiest to navigate of all three solutions.

We did lose a point for our numbers for SPEChpc benchmarks in comparison with other systems in play, but the review concluded, “The Sun Blade 8000 is a masterpiece of engineering and aesthetically attractive to boot. At $100,000 as tested, it’s definitely not a low-cost solution, but its focus isn’t on the low-end market. This is a system that begs for a heavy workload — and delivers.

“Go Inside the Java Real-Time System”

January 11, 2007
Eric Bruno recently posted an in-depth look at Sun’s Java Real-Time System on, emphasizing the technology’s ability to enable developers to take full advantage of Java while maintaining the predictability of current real-time development platforms and other systems. Check it out…

Positive NetBeans review in

January 10, 2007
Today Benoy Jose posted his review of NetBeans 5.5 in The piece is positive overall – it’s clear that NetBeans 5.5 made a positive impression on Benoy, who had been skeptical of past NetBeans versions.

He begins his review by saying “NetBeans 5.5 is a surprise. I used it for the first time a couple of years ago and swore never to use it again. However…NetBeans 5.5 is not the NetBeans I threw away a few years ago…overall NetBeans is a production-ready IDE definitely worth a try.

He adds that the IDE has made a lot of progress and he expects it to make a substantial impact in a market previously dominated by Eclipse. Benoy goes on to highlight notable product features and his first impressions of the product – specifically calling out the integrated debugger and Ant build file. He rounds out the review by giving detailed overviews, praising each NetBeans component, including Code Editor, Enterprise Pack and Profiler, among others.

Benoy does dedicate a section of his review to areas of improvement, dinging NetBeans 5.5 on its high memory usage. He notes that in future versions he’d like to see a more intuitive interface and higher number of available plug-ins.

NetBeans IDE Snapshot

Overall, Benoy feels that Sun is maintaining its high standards for product quality with NetBeans 5.5. He concludes his review by saying, this “IDE has a lot of features that are not present in other editors and will help make developers more productive… If NetBeans can make improvements at this rate, it will soon have a user base that rivals Eclipse. Eclipse and NetBeans are all set to conquer the IDE market in the next few years. This competition is good for developers as we can expect better features from both the products as the competition heats up.

Positive Sun Ultra 20 M2 Workstation review in ComputerWorld

January 8, 2007
Today’s ComputerWorld features a positive review of the Sun Ultra 20 M2 workstation. This positive review is the first installment of several pieces that will appear over the next few weeks…

Two recent positive NetBeans 5.5 reviews

January 3, 2007
Two positive NetBeans 5.5 reviews have appeared recently.

Mario Morejon of CRN has published his “Product Spotlight” on NetBeans 5.5. He begins the piece by saying “With every version of Sun’s NetBeans and the accompanying functionality, this venerable IDE is starting to look and behave like Eclipse – or even better.” He goes on to detail the new add-ons, as well as the addition of Persistence API and JAX WS 2.0 tools, as feature highlights in NetBeans 5.5.
Jack Surveyer posted a very positive blog on NetBeans 5.5. He outlines several ways in which Java is better than Flash/ActionScript or JavaScript, including performance, security, infrastructure and cross platform record.

He then goes on to say that he “just got a royal tour of NetBeans 5.5 IDE, and let me tell you this is soups to nuts…one of the best IDEs available in the market.” He adds that the “Double Holy Grail” is one codebase for any OS platform and any device, and that Sun’s Java is just a few polishing steps away from achieving that.

We’re expecting a detailed review from Jack soon.

Sun wins three Technology of the Year awards from InfoWorld

January 2, 2007

New year starts with GREAT news

Based on great product reviews in 2006, Sun Fire X4200, Sun Fire X4600 and NetBeans 5.5 were selected for InfoWorld’s 2007 Technology of the Year Awards. 
InfoWorld chose Sun Fire X4200 as the “Best Server” of the year. Their Test Center reviewed the Sun Fire x4200 in February, giving it an 8.7 out of 10 — an excellent rating.  The reviewer, Paul Venezia, found that “this is a serious server in a seriously well-designed package.

Sun Fire X4600 has been chosen as the “Best High-Performance Server” of the year. In December, InfoWorld published a very positive review of the Sun Fire x4600, scoring an 8.9 out of 10 — another excellent rating. Paul found the X4600 to be “an extraordinarily well-engineered server.

According to InfoWorld, NetBeans 5.5 is the best “Java IDE Innovator” of the year. The award notes, “NetBeans already had the most complete collaboration features among IDE platforms. … NetBeans is likely all that developers of enterprise Java applications will need.” Check out Andrew Binstock’s original NetBeans 5.5 preview.

This is a fantastic recognition by InfoWorld and is testament to all of the hard work by the teams. Congratulations everyone!!!

What a start of the new year…  🙂