Archive for October, 2007

Rich on Virtualization

October 31, 2007
Couple of weeks ago, we talked with press and analyst about out virtualization strategy. Yesterday, Rich Green, our executive vice president of software division, sat down with IT Week to discuss virtualization and our roadmap. Check out the insider scoops from Rich here.

Eco consortium for India’s infrastructure

October 30, 2007
Sun has formed an "eco consortium" in India as part of our eco innovation initiative. The group’s member companies include Wipro Infotech, APC-MGE, AMD, and Hitachi. Together, they will work to address concerns about power, space, and energy in India as demand continues to grow for increased infrastructure capabilities. Members will share best practices and methodologies to help businesses cut costs and green their operations.

StarOffice in world’s biggest passenger plane

October 29, 2007

StarOffice 8 in Singapore Airlines Couple of months ago I blogged about Singapore Airlines offering StarOffice 8 to the business travelers via its back-seat entertainment system. Back then the airlines was offering this in selected routes.

It looks like they have expanded the offering since the initial rollout. I was reading an article about the inaugural commercial flight of Airbus A380 (you know, that biggest passenger plane in the world…)

And there it was:

"For those passengers who wanted to work during the flight, they didn’t even need a laptop.

In any class, they could plug a thumb drive into a USB port on the seat and work away on a system based on Sun Microsystems’ StarOffice."

Way to go, Star!

Links of the week…

October 27, 2007
1. Sun Launches Intel Workstation on X38 Platform — ZDNet, 10/24
In this blog, George Ou positively discusses the recent release of the Ultra 24 and the different features that it comes along with. He explains that the Ultra 24 comes with a Solaris license but also supports a wide range of operating systems. He also explains that even though he has not reviewed the workstation hands on yet, "the prices look decent for a brand-name workstation and the hardware specifications look good."

2. The Open Office Experiment — SoapBox 2.0, 10/22
This blogger writes about OpenOffice being alternative to Microsoft Office. He explains that he has never been able to use this office suite because he is primarily a Mac user and wants to work with a word processor that will run seemingly across his OS. He now has an opportunity through NeoOffice and is going to do all word processing and spreadsheet work through this office suite and write about his experience.

Solaris blogs/reviews

October 26, 2007

Selected Solaris blogs and reviews in the blogosphere this week:

1. Solaris/SPARC vs AIX/Power — Paul Murphy, 10/17 – 10/25
    Solaris vs AIX: It’s the technology
    Solaris vs AIX: The people problem
    Solaris vs AIX: Price/performance
    Solaris vs AIX: The threatscape
    Linux: it’s the last word on AIX vs. Solaris
ZDNet’s Paul Murphy posted a series of blogs on Solaris vs. AIX over the last week, starting out with discussing what one would do if facing a data center choice between IBM’s AIX on Power offerings and Sun’s Solaris on SPARC. He mentions, “Sun’s stuff is… as up to date as the partner’s own website, where IBM’s approach leaves you to first find, and then grope around in, the vendor’s website looking for a current product write-up.” He goes on to cover various Solaris vs. AIX considerations in each subsequent post, including an examination of the technologies, personnel, price/performance, threats and Linux on Power. Overall, he lists out many pros and cons for each side and doesn’t definitely define a one-all be-all best choice.

2. Tip of the Trade: Project Indiana — Carla Schroder, 10/23
Server Watch’s Carla Schroder talks about Sun being a power house in terms of Unix operating systems and explains the ambitious actions that Sun’s developers have made to introduce Project Indiana to Solaris. A few things that Carla says to look forward to: safer rollbacks and inclusion of the GNU toolchain.

3. Using the Solaris Process Tools on a Specific Thread — Blog O’ Matty, 10/24
Matty gives a brief tutorial on enhancing process tools in Solaris 10 by appending a slash and a three id to the process tools command line. He explains that this process is extremely useful when you need to integrate specific threads.

4. 10 Things IBM Likes About Solaris 10 — John J. McLaughlin’s Blog, 10/20
In this blog, John McLaughlin gives a straight top ten list about why IBM likes Solaris 10. A few reasons are: OpenSource, Solaris Containers and DTrace.

This week’s NetBeans blogs and reviews

October 25, 2007

1. NetBeans 6 Second Beta Released — Artima Developer, 10/23

Frank Sommers writes positively about the second beta release of NetBeans 6.0. He explains that since this release, NetBeans 6.0 has been "transformed from a Java-mostly tool, to a multi-language, enterprise development environment that provides enhancements such as smart indent and instant rename."
Download NetBeans 6.0

2. NetBeans 6.0 Beta 2 is Released — Mark Watson’s opinions on Java, Ruby, Lisp, AI, Semantic Web, and Knowledge Management, 10/23
In this post, Mark Watson points out that he is on NetBeans 6.0 Beat 1 for almost two hours a day, using it for Ruby development. The introduction of Beta 2 has made his life much easier in terms of code completion, pop up documentation and general RHTML editing.

3. Netbeans 6.0 Beta 2 – First Smoke Test — Adam Bien’s Weblog, 10/23
Adam Bien offers his immediate impressions of beta 2. He notes that he had a much faster startup, the IDE is more responsive and all projects and settings were loaded by Beta 2 without any problems.

4. Move #4: Taggin’ the Tag — [Digital: Meditation], 10/23
This blogger talks about how he has moved from Eclipse to NetBeans 6.0 for XML authoring and support. He explains that the source code editor, allowing you to manually build your XSD file, and the visual XSD studio are only two among many reasons as to why he prefers. He does comment about NetBeans’ lack of a visual XML editor, but notes that this is "compensated by XSL transformation support out of the box."

5. NetBeans: Ruby Developer’s New Best Friend — InfoQ, 10/17
In this blog, Roman Strobl talks about NetBeans as a well-known IDE that is continuously growing and is now considered one of the major IDEs in the field. He explains that Sun invests so much into NetBeans because now developers have a stronger advantage when working on the Java platform.

Sun Ultra 24 gets glowing reviews from InfoWorld and eWEEK

October 25, 2007

Sun Ultra 24 Workstation Two glowing reviews of Sun Ultra 24 Workstation have appeared since I wrote two days ago about the availability of this new Intel-based workstation.

InfoWorld’s Paul Venezia examined the new workstation and ran a slew of tests. Sun Ultra 24 came out with flying colors on each occasion. According to Paul, "At first blush, I figured the Ultra 24 to be just another small, workstation-class system that would be good for those who need a little extra horsepower from time to time, but aren’t running high-end apps that need a full-blown workstation. After putting it through its paces, I’m thinking that it just might fit both bills. Don’t let the size and single-CPU nature of the Ultra 24 fool you — there’s a lot of power in that little box."

eWEEK’s Frank Ohlhorst also put the Ultra 24 workstation through it paces, and he is extremely positive as well with what he found. According to Frank, "Sun undoubtedly has a winner with the Ultra 24 series of workstations, and other vendors will be hard-pressed to outperform it. What’s more, the Ultra 24 proves that quality is still a valuable asset when it comes to workstations. The unit is built like a tank, yet offers toolless access to components. The company has successfully balanced quality with ease of service, while still offering unquestionable performance."

eWEEK’s OpenOffice.org 2.3 Slideshow

October 24, 2007

eWEEK’s Tiffany Maleshefski posted a slideshow highlighting some of OpenOffice.org 2.3‘s features.

The slideshow highlights improved usability in the latest release.

Download OpenOffice.org 2.3

The seven slides show one screenshot, showcasing one feature each, including: exporting documents MediaWiki format, the addition of 14 languages to nearly 130 total, improvements to Chart 3D features, ability to edit animation of moving objects, export to HTML and additional sound effects.

And if you have a hardcopy of this week’s issue of eWEEK, page 20 has an analysis of the same from Tiffany.

Tom Yager’s take on ZFS

October 24, 2007
Today InfoWorld Test Center chief technologist Tom Yager posted a very positive review on ZFS.  The piece takes an in-depth look at the unique features that make up ZFS and why these make Solaris so valuable to the enterprise. Additionally, he praises Sun for making ZFS available through open source.
 
Tom positively highlights how ZFS pools capacity for persistent, flexible storage.  He also looks at how the organization of the storage pools allows for unlimited space. 
 
He wraps up the piece with this statement: "Explaining ZFS in one article is difficult only because it is so capable. The best way to sum up ZFS is that it makes it possible to do anything, no matter how insane, with persistent storage. I find ZFS to be so remarkable that you can count on it being a frequent subject of discussion here and in my blogs. If you haven’t checked out ZFS yet, do, because it will eventually become ubiquitously implemented in IT. It is too brilliant not to be."

Sun’s new Intel-based workstation is now available

October 23, 2007

Today we announced the Sun Ultra 24 Workstation, our first quad-core x64 workstation. Powered by Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core Processors, the new workstation quickens design cycles, accelerates decision making and gets products to market faster. It offers the broadest range of OS support, including 32- and 64-bit versions of the Solaris OS, Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux.

The Sun Ultra 24 is available now via the Sun Web site and Sun Startup Essentials. It will also be available through the Try and Buy program beginning Nov. 12.

Beta customers such as Wolfram Research and Volkswagen have already been testing out the Ultra 24.

The Sun Ultra 24 has achieved three new benchmarks, including new world-record performance results on the Mathematica benchmark.

The reviews of Sun Ultra 24 should start appearing soon. In the mean time, check out the InternetNews.com article on the announcement. And here is the Register story.

Sun Ultra 24 Workstation