Happy Holidays from SunHELP

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 24, 2007

I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from SunHELP!

2007 was my tenth year of running the site (it started out as sunhelp.com in 1997). In those ten years, I’ve had a lot of fun and been able to help a lot of people with Sun-related hardware and software issues, questions, and so forth. I look forward to many more years to come.

As always, SunHELP is a hobby that I run in my spare time; I don’t make a profit from the site (other than trading ad space for hardware and books). If my efforts this year have been helpful, please consider purchasing something from my Wish List in return, or just let me know via email. Nothing makes my day more than having someone tell me that they were able to solve a problem via information that they found here.

As for site news, a firmware bug that kept me from migrating everything to the new T1000 server has been resolved according to one of my technical contacts at Sun. As soon as the 6.5 firmware for the system is released I will be able to finally move everything over (after having it serve as the “hot backup” server for more than a year), make the T1K the “production” box, and retire the E420R running everything right now.

Urban Exploration at the old Sun HQ

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 20, 2007

Abandoned But Not Forgotten has a great collection of pictures from the old Sun HQ at 901 San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, California.

The building has since been razed and the location is now the site of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and a 193-unit retirement home.

16-core Rock processor delay

Posted by Mike on Dec 18, 2007

According to this Register’s article, Sun is behind in delivering the 16-core Rock processor. The estimated time-frame for the chip delivery is second-half of 2009. The original projected time-frame was late 2008.

Sun releases OpenSPARC T2 Designs under GPL

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 11, 2007

Sun has released the OpenSPARC T2 designs and specifications via the GNU GPL.

Sun sues Trilogy

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 4, 2007

Sun has sued Austin software firm Trilogy Software Inc. for patent infringement. According to this Austin Business Journal article:

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun Microsystems, the world’s fourth largest maker of server computers, sued business software maker Trilogy and its Versata and Nextance units for allegedly using its data-processing systems technology protected by patents awarded since 1998, according to papers filed Nov. 30 in federal court in Wilmington, Del.

In the complaint, Sun claims the defendants “are commonly owned” and “have acted in concert in connection with the infringement of Sun’s patents.” Sun seeks a jury trial, unspecified damages and an order to stop Trilogy’s use of the data-processing systems technology.

Sun releases xVM Ops Center

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 4, 2007

Sun has released its xVM Ops Center product for datacenter virtualization management. The product itself will be available for download at no charge, with support services available for a fee.

A distribution of Sun xVM Ops Center will be made available via free download. Commercial software subscriptions that include support and network delivered services are aggressively priced – starting at $100 (USD) per managed server and ranging up to $350 (USD), depending on customer selected feature set. A $10,000 (USD) Satellite Server subscription includes an on-site enterprise installation service and hands-on training.

As part of the company’s commitment to the open source community, Sun will also release the source code used to build Sun’s xVM Ops Center to the OpenxVM.org community under the GNU General Public License version three (GPLv3).

Sun will provide ongoing code releases to OpenxVM.org, starting with the contribution of the Common Agent Container source code on Dec. 10, 2007. In addition, the first commercial release of Sun xVM Ops Center is expected to be available on Jan. 8, 2008.

Building on Sun’s commitment to open standards and customer choice, Sun will continue to innovate the Sun xVM platform and collaborate with open source communities. The first of Sun’s contributions will be the Common Agent Container (CAC) code to the OpenxVM.org community under GPLv3. The CAC is the heart of the management infrastructure for many of Sun’s products, including the Sun xVM Ops Center. In addition, Sun plans to make the entire code base used by the xVM Ops Center available to the OpenxVM.org community in the first quarter of 2008.