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A Sneak Peek at Sun's Cloud Computing Offerings

Sun's Cloud Computing Portfolio examined

Sun's role in enabling Cloud Computing is not widely recognized today.

However, did you know Sun is playing a big role in this space? Check out this round-up of Sun's Cloud Computing porfolio below and stay tuned for more to come from Sun in this space.

  • MySQL is almost the defacto database of choice powering the web-scale next-generation of database driven web applications in the cloud. Cloud computing solutions for MySQL makes it easy to develop, deploy, and manage your new and existing MySQL-backed applications in a virtual computing environment. The MySQL Enterprise for Amazon EC2 subscription is a comprehensive offering of database software and production support to deliver applications on Amazon EC2 with optimal performance, reliability, security, and uptime. For the first time, organizations can now cost-effectively deliver database driven web-scale computing in the "cloud", fully backed by the MySQL database experts at Sun. You can learn more about it here.
  • The Coolstack from Sun is the optimized open source software stack. It is pre-configured to have the most popular applications (Apache, PHP, MySQL) to work seamlessly out of a Solaris box. By using Solaris with these binaries in a Cloud, you can enjoy the best levels of performance, while also reducing your time-to-service.
  • Performance is one of the key metrics that users are skeptical about in the cloud. White its not a critical criteria, they still want to be able to profile their applications running in the cloud. Netbeans provides plugins to profile your application on Amazon EC2. Check out the steps here on how to use Netbeans for profiling your application in the Cloud. You can learn more on this at the Cloud Computing Bootcamp on Nov. 19 2008.
  • Virtualization is key to enabling a Cloud Computing environment. The Sun xVM portfolio offers a simple and efficient way to leverage a heterogeneous, virtualized environment:
  • xVM Ops Center Discover, provision, update, and manage globally dispersed IT environments from one console
  • xVM VirtualBox Build, test, and run applications on one desktop or laptop for multiple OS platforms side by side
  • xVM Server Securely and reliably virtualize systems and services in a Windows, Solaris OS, or Linux environment
  • Sun VDI Software Securely access a virtual desktop from nearly any client on the network
Further, Solaris 10 includes the Containers technology which is an implementation of operating system level virtualization technology first made available in 2005 as part of Solaris 10. A Solaris Container is the combination of system resource controls and the boundary separation provided by zones. Zones act as completely isolated virtual servers within a single operating system instance. By consolidating multiple sets of application services onto one system and by placing each into isolated virtual server containers, system administrators can reduce cost and provide all the same protections of separate machines on a single machine, hence making it a perfect technology for the Clouds.

  • Besides the product portfolio, Sun is also offering services in the Cloud Computing space:

    • Zembly is a service from Sun hosted on Network.Com which is a place to create social applications, together. AZembly, you easily create and host social applications of all shapes and sizes, targeting the most popular social platforms on the web like Facebook, Meebo, iPhone, Google Gadgets etc. And, you do it along with other people, using just your browser and your creativity, and working collaboratively with others.

    • Project Kenai is the foundation for the connected developer of tomorrow. It allows you to freely host your open source projects and code. Find and collaborate with developers of like mind and passion from around the globe.

    • Project SocialSite, is an open source ( CDDL/GPL2) project for building Widgets and Web Services that make it easy for you to add social networking features to your existing web sites, including the ability to run OpenSocial Gadgets and have them backed by the same social graph.

    • Project Caroline is an advanced R&D project at Sun Microsystems. It is a hosting platform for development and delivery of dynamically scalable Internet-based services. It is designed to serve an emerging market of small and medium sized software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers.
  • Sun is offering Open Solaris on Amazon EC2 OpenSolaris, which comes with tools such as ZFS and Dynamic Tracing (D-Trace), are offered for free, in contrast to some Linux offerings that cost money. ZFS allows instant rollback and continual check-summing capabilities, something developers have found lacking in the EC2 platform. In addition, Sun is offering several popular EC2 images like Drupal, Roby on Rails, Apache, Tomcat etc. For the entire list, click here.
  • Sun is running several promotions for hosting Facebook and OpenSocial applications on OpenSolaris free for 1 year with some of our cloud computing partners like Joyent. For more details, check out our Startup Essentials program.

 

More Stories By Alka Gupta

Alka Gupta is a solutions Architect at Sun Microsystems Inc. Her current focus is Cloud Computing and Web-Scale. She works with Sun ISVs and partners in helping them adopt the emerging Sun technologies. Prior to Cloud Computing, Gupta has worked on leading a variety of initiatives at Sun including Java EE, Java ME, RFID, Telecommunication platform, IP Multimedia Subsystems, Garbage Collection et al. She has been in this industry for the past 15 years, having earned her Masters degree in electronics and communications from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India.

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