Oracle halting development of Sun Ray technologies

Posted by jkemp on Jul 15, 2013

Oracle will soon be announcing that it’s discontinuing development of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Sun Ray software and hardware, and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client product lines.

Solaris 11 GA released

Posted by jkemp on Nov 9, 2011

Solaris 11 GA released

Today marks the release of Oracle Solaris 11, the first cloud OS.

Oracle Solaris 11 delivers ground-breaking features for secure and agile deployment of services in large scale cloud environments and enterprise data centers. With over 4,000 different new features, Oracle Solaris 11 raises the bar on enterprise operating systems. Oracle Solaris 11 is 7 years in the making and a whole new set of capabilities, from advanced network virtualization to high performance cryptography and virtualization, dependency aware software packing and installation technologies.


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Oracle announces new Sun x86 Systems

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jun 28, 2010

Oracle has announced some new x86 servers and other hardware.

* The X4800 is an 6RU 8-socket Xeon 7600 system with up to 1TB of RAM and 4 or 8 CPUs.
* The X4470 is a 3RU 4-socket Xeon 7500 system with up to 512GB of RAM and up to 4 CPUs.
* The X4270M2 is a 2RU 2-socket Xeon 5600 system with up to 144G of RAM and two CPUs.
* The X4170M2 is a 1RU 2-socket Xeon 5600 system with up to 144G of RAM and two CPUs.

Also announced were new blade CPU cards, network expansion modules, and the 1U Sun 72port 10G Ethernet switch.

VirtualBox Updated

Posted by Bill Bradford on Nov 30, 2009

Sun has released a new version of VirtualBox, its free desktop virtualization software.

“VirtualBox 3.1 introduces the virtualization industry’s first “Teleportation” capability, allowing running virtual machines to be moved, uninterrupted between disparate hosts – including those on different operating systems, different classes of computer (e.g. server to client) and even different CPUs (e.g. Intel to AMD).”

OpenSolaris 2009.06 Released

Posted by Bill Bradford on Jun 1, 2009

Sun has released the latest version of the OpenSolaris operating system, version 2009.06. You can get it here.

This release incorporates the networking stack improvements brought by Sun’s Project Crossbow and finally adds SPARC system/processor support.

New Intel Xeon-based systems released

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 14, 2009

Sun released new Open Systems products today, all powered by the Intel Xeon 5500-series processors (except for the Ultra 27, which has a Xeon 3500-series CPU).

* Sun Blade X6270 bladeserver module
* Sun Blade X6275 bladeserver module
* Sun Fire X2270 server
* Sun Fire X4170 server
* Sun Fire X4270 server
* Sun Fire X4275 server
* Sun Ultra 27 workstation

All of these new systems and blade modules have Flash-based solid state disks (SSDs) as a supported option.

Sun to build supercomputer for Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 20, 2009

This article describes Sun’s $30M deal with Australia’s BOM to build a supercomputer cluster.

Located at BOM in Melbourne and the ANU in Canberra, the HPC environments will have more than 2500 Sun Blade (1500 at ANU, 1000 at BOM) server modules based on the new Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processor.

HP to Distribute, Support Solaris 10

Posted by Bill Bradford on Feb 25, 2009

Hewlett-Packard and Sun have today announced an agreement that enables HP to distribute and support Solaris 10 on HP ProLiant and blade server systems.

Jonathan Schwartz also has a blog entry about this announcement.

Memory Needed

Posted by Bill Bradford on Dec 6, 2008

I’m in need of four 1G PC2700 or PC3200 DDR memory sticks so that I can get an Ultra 20 up and running here at SunHELP.

Update: Thanks to Jerry K. for his gracious donation that will enable me to buy four good 1G sticks from NewEgg.

Wikimedia to use Sun servers and storage

Posted by Bill Bradford on Nov 21, 2008

Sun has announced that the WikiMedia Foundation will be using SunFire x4150 and x4500 servers along with StorageTek storage arrays to expand its infrastructure.

Update: Jonathan Schwartz has some thoughts on this announcement.

Sun releases Unified Storage Appliances

Posted by Bill Bradford on Nov 10, 2008

Sun has relesed the Sun Storage 7000 series of unified storage systems. The systems use a “hybrid storage pool” consisting of solid state disks, hard disk drives, and RAM to improve performance over traditional HDD-only units.

The Sun Storage 7110 has 8GB of RAM and provides 2TB of storage in a 2U form factor.

The Sun Storage 7210 provides up to 44TB of storage in a 4U form factor.

The Sun Storage 7410 scales up to 576TB with multiple expansion arrays.

In addition, Sun has released a simulator for the units as a VMWare virtual machine image.

Sun Updates Virtualization Offerings

Posted by Bill Bradford on Sep 10, 2008

Sun has announced updates to its virtualization offerings:

Sun xVM Server is a bare-metal hypervisor for x86 systems.
Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 allows management of both SPARC and x86-based virtualization platforms.
Sun xVM Virtualbox 2.0 is a freely-available product for x86 virtualization on the desktop.

Sun releases Quad-Core Opteron Systems

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 13, 2008

Sun has announced the release of new systems based on AMD’s quad-core Opteron processors.

The new systems are the dual-socket 1U Sun Fire X4140, the dual-socket 2U Sun Fire X4240, and the quad-socket 2U Sun Fire X4440.

OpenSolaris 2008.05 Released

Posted by Bill Bradford on May 5, 2008

For the past three years, Sun’s “OpenSolaris” has only been available as a set of files to be unpacked on top of an already-installed Solaris 10 system. The first official stand-alone OpenSolaris release, OpenSolaris 2008.05, is now available for download at

According to the OpenSolaris General FAQ, SPARC support is not in this release but is planned for later in 2008. A six-month release and update schedule is planned.

Sun also announced that OpenSolaris will be an operating system option on Amazon’s EC2 Elastic Compute Cloud.

Sun acquires Innotek

Posted by Bill Bradford on Feb 12, 2008

Sun has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Innotek, provider of the open-source virtualization product for the desktop called VirtualBox.