Sun Virtualization “Project Virginia”

Posted by Mike on Sep 18, 2007

According to this article from The Register, Sun’s virtualization, Project Virginia, can operates Solaris, Linux, and Windows OS. Furthermore, Sun plans to open source its virtualization server code. Additionally, this CNET blog briefly described Sun’s virtualization and naming convention.

Sun announces new version of Open Source Java EE 5 Application Server

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 17, 2007

Sun has announced the availability of its “GlassFish V2” Open Source Java EE 5 Application Server platform.

GlassFish V2 is downloadable at with versions available for Solaris, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

Sun and Microsoft expand strategic alliance

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 12, 2007

Sun and Microsoft have announced that Sun has signed on as a Windows Server OEM, and both companies will work together to enable deployment of Windows Server on Sun’s x64-based systems.

Sun acquires Cluster File Systems, Inc.

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 12, 2007

Sun has signed an agreement to acquire the majority of Cluster File Systems, Inc.’s intellectual property and business assets. This acquisition includes the Lustre File System.

IBM joins the Community

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 12, 2007

IBM has joined the community, and will be assisting in the development and promotion of its technology.

Sun’s “Project ETude” runs Solaris 8 in a Solaris 10 Zone

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 10, 2007

Sun’s new Project Etude lets you run Solaris 8 in a Solaris 10 Container (Zone), as well as do easy P2V-type migrations of existing Solaris 8 systems to Solaris Containers. This is an offshoot of the BrandZ project.

Sun to reverse split JAVA

Posted by Mike on Sep 6, 2007

Sun is planning a 4-to-1 reverse split of its stocks and will propose the idea to investors at the annual shareholders meeting on November 8. The general idea behind the reverse split is to minimize the frequent trading of the stocks and to prevent volatility. Sun’s filing with the SEC is located here.

Sun storage news

Posted by Mike on Sep 5, 2007

According to this article, Sun will resell Diligent ProtectTIER virtual tape library (VTL) and its de-duplication offerings. Additionally, Sun will also offer FalconStor de-duplication technology, Sun has an OEM relationship with FalconStor.

Furthermore, has more details regarding the issue of NetApp suing Sun over patent violation, article located here.

Sun interested in software companies

Posted by Mike on Sep 5, 2007

Reuters has a short article regarding Sun’s acquisition strategy. It seems Sun is on the lookout for software companies that will add strategic values to its product lines. Additionally, CEO Jonathan Schwartz said the company is unlikely to do a large-scale, high-profile purchase.

Sun delaying financial results

Posted by Mike on Sep 5, 2007

Reuters reported that Sun will delay reporting its financial results due to new accounting software. According to CFO Michael Lehman, this is not an indication of a bad quarter. For more details, click here.

NetApp sues Sun, CEOs snipe at each other via blogs

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 5, 2007

As detailed in Dave Hitz’s blog, Network Appliance (NetApp) has filed suit against Sun.

NetApp claims that Sun’s ZFS technology infringes several of the patents covering NetApp’s WAFL filesystem.

Update: Jonathan Schwartz’s initial response is here.

Second Update: Dave Hitz’s response to Jonathan is here.

Third Update: Dave’s additional response to Jonathan’s post is here.

Solaris 10 Update 4 (8/07) Released

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 4, 2007

Solaris 10 Update 4 (8/07) has been released and is available for download. has a large list of new and revised features in this release. The previous release of Solaris 10 was in November of 2006.

Sun wants OpenSolaris to challenge Linux

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 4, 2007

This Computerworld UK article has details about Sun’s plan to have OpenSolaris be a serious alternative to Linux for certain markets.

“There’s an enormous momentum building behind Solaris,” said Ian Murdock, chief operating platforms officer at Sun. He joined Sun in March after serving as the chief technology officer of the Linux Foundation. Murdock is also the creator of the Debian Linux distribution and is keen to take the lessons he’s learned in the Linux community and apply them to Solaris.

Sun is preparing to release OpenSolaris binaries early next year in a distribution code-named “Project Indiana” that will be similar to Linux distributions. The work, which is getting under way in the OpenSolaris community, is aimed at creating a single CD installation of the basic OS and desktop environment, giving developers the option to install additional software from network repositories.