My favorite ones from last week…

1. Sun Explorer – Random Garbage Generator 8/7
In the Random Garbage Generator blog, the author posts a ‘how to’ on installing Solaris Explorer. He explains how and where to install it and highlights Sun Explorer as a very useful tool for monitoring the health of Sun machines.

2. ALOM, Xen, DRBD… – Brian "Krow" Aker 8/2
Brian Aker highlights the T1000 hardware in his recent blog. Discussing how the ‘Advanced Lights Out Manager’ or ALOM is useful in powering up and shutting down everything from the server. He mentions that if configured correctly Xen could work similarly, but due to the configuration complexity, he sees the value for most folks to purchase a Sun server with ALOM capabilities.

3. Sun open source chip design – OSS Watch team blog 8/8
Stuart gives a full description of the UltraSPARC T2 under the GPL and what kind of performance can be expected from it.

4. Sun releases the UltraSparc T2 Processor – Blade Watch 8/7
This positive blog of Sun’s launch of the UltraSparc T2 processor touches on all of the different elements and opportunities this new product will bring to its users.

5. Sun Releases UltraSparc T2 aka Niagara II – D’ Technology Weblog 8/7
DG touches on many different points of the new UltraSparc T2 processor. He discusses the extra performance that can be expected but also discusses the cost involved.

6. Niagara II about to take Center Stage – Sparks and White Noise 8/4
Octave writes about the excitement around Niagara 2 and the demand for high-end servers.

7. Sun’s UltraSPARC T2 Is Open Source – Phoronix, 8/7
Michael covers the launch of Niagara 2, describing the "wealth of benefits over the UltraSPARC T1." He further says that the decision to open source the design makes it "even more interesting."

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