Wednesday, August 31, 2011

IBM POWER Roadmap... 7+ now late and only an almost 3 years projection for 8?

IBM POWER Roadmap... 7+ now late and only an almost 3 year projection for 8?

An image speaks a thousand words, late today with a blue box for a future, just before the Oracle SPARC T4 release?

Thank you for the IBM August 2011 POWER Roadmap tha the public marketplace has been begging for... did we miss the POWER7+ release??? A POWER 7 February 2010 launch would have POWER 7+ August 2011 launch (and today is August 31, so unless there is a launch in the next 23 hours, it looks late to me.)

Sketchy details on something possibly 3 years out??? No commitment beyond (almost) 3 years for POWER???

POWER has been quite interesting, for being cobbled together via multi-chip modules. Certainly a less risky approach, but a more expensive approach which does not offer flexibility of mass-production. Of course, there was never a delusion in the standard POWER family of trying to "make it big" - those days are long gone, with the former IBM partnership with Apple and Motorola.

It is nice to see embedded POWER in some video game machines and cell phones, but we have not seen a commodity desktop chip in a long time.

SPARC Open CPU Architecture Roadmap

With multiple vendors developing SPARC, where anyone can develop SPARC processors, without resriction - IT executives and government organizations may feel more comfortable with another type of roadmap.

It would be nice if IBM the confidence in POWER that Oracle has in SPARC, who released a 5 year roadmap, where Oracle has been providing continual public updates as SPARC benchmarks have been met.

The new SPARC T processors have been on-time for every generational launch for the past 5 years, with Solaris Update 10 already leaked and T4 processors about to be released.

With the decision to invest in a processor based upon a single piece of silicon, the ability to mass-produce at lower cost created low-cost options for SPARC in the past, at a time when few companies were trying to produce low-cost, embedded and commodity processors.

With SPARC, we have not seen a commodity desktop workstation for the education and scientific markets in awhile, either. After the Ultra 45 Workstation and migration of the SunRay UltraThin Clients from MicroSPARC IIe, that was the last of a worthy line of systems.

The market is hoping to see something from another OEM vendor, since one might suspect Oracle is not terribly interested in anything other than servers, and there always seems to be an OEM vendor releasing a SPARC compatible portable or deskop. The upcoming T4 is a terrific candidate.

Network Management Considerations

There are multiple vendors who design and have been encouraged to design SPARC, from the United States, to the U.K., to Africa, to Europe, to Russia, to China, and to Japan. The SPARC application market is best when there are multiple governments, educational facilities, companies, and startups who are competing to produce a better (or, at least, available) design.

Markets with competition and open designs have always been better for the industry as well as the customers. There is a reason why Solaris is trusted in the telecommunications arena and has nearly 2x the number of applications than combined AIX and HPUX.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Solaris Tab - Solaris 10 Neworking Update

Solaris Tab - Solaris 10 Networking Update

The following has been added to the Solaris Tab for Networking information.

Solaris Reference Material
2009-07 [PDF] OpenSolaris Crossbow: Virtual Wire in a Box
2010-05 [HTML] Solaris 10 Neworking - The Magic Revealed
2011-08 [HTML] Solaris 11 Express Network Tunables

Technical Posts 2H August

Technical Posts 2H August

The following are technical articles related to Network Management in the past half-month.
  • Security: Devastating' Apache bug leaves servers exposed

    Attack code dubbed “Apache Killer” that exploits the vulnerability in the way Apache handles HTTP-based range requests was published Friday on the Full-disclosure mailing list. By sending servers running versions 1.3 and 2 of Apache multiple GET requests containing overlapping byte ranges, an attacker can consume all memory on a target system.

    The denial-of-service attack works by abusing the routine web clients use to download only certain parts, or byte ranges, of an HTTP document from an Apache server. By stacking an HTTP header with multiple ranges, an attacker can easily cause a system to malfunction.

  • Mobile: Dish eyes 4G LTE wireless network

    The radio spectrum owned by Dish, and LightSquared, is reserved for satellites, but as satellite transmissions have a hard time penetrating buildings and terrain operators are allowed to build an Ancillary Terrestrial Component* – infill transmitters operating at the same frequency as the birds and providing signal to those without line of sight.

    LightSquared turned that model on its head, suggesting that the ground-based network would be primary, with the satellite providing in-fill: estimated at around 2 per cent of traffic. LightSquared then successfully lobbied the FCC to permit it (and its wholesale customers) to ship equipment that isn't even capable of satellite communications, turning the company into a 4G network wholesaler without having to shell out for 4G spectrum.

  • Security: Worm spreading via RDP

    an Internet worm dubbed “Morto” spreading via the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

    F-Secure is reporting that the worm is behind a spike in traffic on Port 3389/TCP. Once it’s entered a network, the worm starts scanning for machines that have RDP enabled. Vulnerable machines get Morto copied to their local drives as a DLL, a.dll, which creates other files detailed in the F-Secure post.

    SANS, which noticed heavy growth in RDP scan traffic over the weekend, says the spike in traffic is a “key indicator” of a growing number of infected hosts. Both Windows servers and workstations are vulnerable.

  • Cloud: Java arrives on Heroku code cloud

    Heroku – the multi-language "platform cloud" owned by – is now running Java applications.

    Akin to Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure, or VMware's Cloud Foundry, Heroku is an online service for building, deploying, and readily scaling applications. It was originally designed for Ruby on Rails apps, but has since expanded to Clojure, Node.js, and now Java.

  • Mobile: Why Apple is Removing Unique Identifiers

    Apple is planning to phase out unique device identifiers from iOS 5, according to documentation sent out to developers, possibly to stop people worrying about their privacy on iPhones and iPads... they should "create a unique identifier specific to your app".

    [Wall Stree Journal] Henschel also pointed to the recent spat between the notoriously secretive Apple and analytics firm Flurry as a possible spur for the move. In January, Flurry reported that it had identified around 50 tablet devices in testing at Apple's campus in Cupertino using its analytics.

    "Some company called Flurry had data on devices that we were using on our campus – new devices," Jobs said live at the D8 conference in New York. "They were getting this info by getting developers to put software in their apps that sent info back to this company! So we went through the roof. It's violating our privacy policies..."

  • Mobile: Nokia accidentally unveils OS it should have had in 2009

    Nokia is expected to unveil the a major refresh of its Symbian OS today, bringing it bang up to date with competitive phones from two years ago. Owners of more recent Symbian^3 models should be able to update their handsets eventually.

    Four new devices are expected to be unveiled – either today, or very shortly. The Belle update should keep loyalists happy for some time to come. Performance and usability appear to have been improved greatly.

  • Cloud: Performance Monitoring is Someone Else's Problem

    “Amazon and Google don’t have an army of service operatives monitoring their farms,” says Graeme Swan, a partner at consultancy Ernst & Young. “They basically smashed as much infrastructure as they possibly could into warehouses, and then just assumed that capacity would be there. Now, clients are telling them they want a premium service. They are worried that they have no way of monitoring it or tweaking it. So there is no premium service.”

    You can buy as much premium support as you like (although some question how well it works). Premium performance streams? Not so much.

  • Cloud: VMware turns shrink ray on open source dev cloud

    On Wednesday, the virtualization giant introduced Micro Cloud Foundry, a free downloadable version of its Cloud Foundry service that runs on a single laptop. This past spring, when VMware unveiled Cloud Foundry and open sourced the code behind it, the company indicated it would eventually offer a shrunken incarnation that would allow developers to test applications on their local machines.

  • Cloud: VMware turns self into (virtual) database co.

    vFabric Data Director has a utility pricing model, as you would expect, at a cost of $600 per VM under management per year that is running a database image. vFabric Postgres, VMware's tweaked and tuned version of PostgreSQL, is available free of charge for developers and will be available for download starting today at

    If you put a vFabric Postgres image into production, then it costs $1,700 per VM per year. The underlying vFabric 5.0 Standard Edition costs $1,200 per VM per year, while the Advanced Edition, which has more bells and whistles, costs $1,800 per VM. The Advanced Edition includes RabbitMQ messaging and an SQL interface for GemFire called SQLFire.

  • Cloud: Dell floats cloud built on ... VMware

    At the VMworld virtualization and cloud extravaganza in Las Vegas today, Dell said that it was fluffing up the Dell Cloud using VMware's brand-spanking-new ESXi 5.0 hypervisor, the vSphere 5.0 management tools for it, the vCloud Director cloud fabric, and the vCloud Connector extensions that allow a private cloud and a slice of a public cloud to be managed from the same console and to teleport jobs back and forth from the public and private clouds.

    The Dell Cloud comes out of the Dell Services unit, which is the amalgam of Dell's server and PC support business and consulting services practice with the Perot Systems system and application outsourcing business it acquired in September 2009 for $3.9bn.

  • Cloud: HP mates blades with VMware vSphere

    The VirtualSystem VS2 configuration for vSphere 5.0 moves to a bladed server and bladed Lefthand P4800 SAN arrays. The VS2 setup has a dozen BL460c G7 two-socket Xeon blade servers and two BladeSystem c7000 blade server chassis. Each blade has a dozen cores running at 3.06GHz

    The largest VirtualSystem for vSphere 5.0 setup is the VS3 box, which is designed to support up to 6,000 VMs. This monster has four BladeSystem c7000 chassis, a total of 64 of HP's ProLiant BL460c G7 servers

  • Mobile: Samsung 'considering purchasing' HP's orphaned webOS

    Samsung may be mulling over the purchase of webOS – recently orphaned by HP – in a move to protect itself from an increasingly unfriendly Apple and the threat of Google and its new toy, Motorola Mobility.

    Or so say "sources from notebook players", speaking with the Taiwanese rumor-and-news website, DigiTimes.

  • Cloud: VMware orders vCloud army across five continents

    VMware envisions a world where applications can roam across one big intercloud. Apps won't just jump from internal data centers to public cloud services, the company believes. They'll move from cloud to cloud like phone calls across cell networks.

    That's why VMware is keen on getting its vSphere server virtualization not only in the corporate data center, but out there on the service providers who want to be the next Amazon EC2. Then VMware can own the corporate cloud computing on both sides of the firewall.

  • Cloud: Citrix goes open source

    After taking control of the CloudStack cloud management framework through its acquisition of back in July, Citrix Systems is now open sourcing the code behind the tool. At the same time, it's adding support for the provisioning of workloads on additional hypervisors and, for the first time, on bare-metal machines. was founded in 2008 at about the same time as rival Eucalyptus Systems. It was known as VMOps before it came out of stealth mode in May 2010. Citrix is trotting out CloudStack 2.2.10, which has been certified to support rival VMware's ESXi 5.0 hypervisor, part of the vSphere 5.0 server virtualization stack that was annoumced in July and which started shipping last week.

    Citrix is trotting out CloudStack 2.2.10, which has been certified to support rival VMware's ESXi 5.0 hypervisor, part of the vSphere 5.0 server virtualization stack that was announced in July and which started shipping last week.

  • Internet: The case for a free market in IPv4 addresses

    Officially, the world ran out of IPv4 addresses earlier this year, when a final batch of addresses was divided among the five Regional Internet Registries. There are still a lot of unused and underused IP addresses in the hands of various private organizations. All that is needed is an incentive for them to part with their unused addresses voluntarily. In other words, what's needed is a market in IP addresses.

    Earlier this year, Microsoft paid $7.5 million for two-thirds of a million IP addresses that were previously held by a bankrupt Nortel, suggesting that the going rate for an IP address is around $10.

    Ford, Merck, Xerox, Halliburton, and nearly a dozen other companies not primarily in the networking business were each given a Class A block of 16 million addresses. MIT also got a Class A block, and the UK government got two of them. The US government claimed about a dozen Class A blocks, giving it control of nearly 200 million addresses—more IP addresses than all of Latin America has today.

  • Mobile: Sprint to get seat at grown-up table when iPhone 5 hits?

    Sprint will be the next carrier to offer the iPhone to customers in the US, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal. The carrier will begin offering the iPhone 5 in October alongside AT&T and Verizon, both of which are also expected to begin selling the device mid-month, though it is believed that Sprint will also carry the iPhone 4, bolstering earlier rumors that Apple would keep around the iPhone 4 as the new low-cost replacement for the iPhone 3GS.

Network Management Connection

The transition from IP Version 6 from IP Version 4 may be a slow moving target. With companies like Microsoft buying large blocks and other companies holding millions - IP Addresses are like gold and oil. These investments may prove to not only be profitable, but the sale of these virtual goods may slow the implementation of IP V6.

Cloud Computing, based upon Virtualization technology from VMWare and Citrix open-sourced Xen continues to try to make inroads. Large system vendors like HP and Dell align themselves with proprietary VMWare. Oracle's VM technology maintains some level of compatibility with Citrix Xen. With Cloud Computing, the network becomes vastly more important.

Microsoft Windows has another WORM exposure, around it's proprietary RDP technology, based partially around file transfer options while UNIX Apache finds itself vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks. These key infrastructure points underpin modern intranet and internet computing today, both putting pressure on "the network". The Apache DoS merely makes it "look like" a network problem while another Microsoft worm really creates a possible capacity issue with "the network", if it can't be controlled.

HP finds itself bailing out of the mobile handset market (with Samsung possibly trying to buy it up for patent protections) dominated by heavy weights like Google (who ate Motorola's handset division and creates a mostly open-sourced based Android solution), Apple (with it's popular iPhone BSD UNIX parially open sourced solution), and Oracle (who is assaulting Google for using Java without paying license fees, like every other mobile vendor does.)

The mobile market has the opportunity to heat up, with more mobile 4G vendors hitting the market. By diversifying 4G to include Satellite vendors, in conjunction with Cell Phone operators, as well as land-line operators, in addition to new WiMax vendors (i.e. Clear) - there is the opportunity for a real explosion in the mobile network arena... which will all need to be managed. With dominant smart phone vendors like Apple possibly releasing iPhone for Sprint - this could really grow their market, as ATT and Verizon raise their costs to customers.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Solaris 10 Update 10 Eminent and Imminent

Oracle Solaris 10 Update 10

Oracle's Solaris and SPARC public road map is pretty clear - Solaris 10 Update 10 release is expected 2H 2011 with Solaris 10 Update 11 scheduled for 2H 2012.

In a little more than 1 month away, Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is scheduled (October 2-6, 2011) to occur, which means significant announcements!

Solaris 10 Kernel Patch ID's

The Solaris patch id's for Solaris 10 Update 10 (and beyond) have been updated on Oracle's Solaris Patch Corner blog. It seems Update 10 is named 8/11 (or August 2011), which means it is scheduled to be released around now and is the talk of the town.
Solaris 10 SPARC Kernel PatchIDsSolaris 10 x86 Kernel PatchIDsDescription
147440-01 to 147440-xx147441-01 to 147441-xxKernel Bug Fixes post Solaris 10 8/11 (Update 10)
144500-19 only144501-19 onlySolaris 10 Update 10 Kernel PatchID
144488-01 to 144488-17144489-01 to 144489-17Kernel Bug Fixes post Solaris 10 9/10 (Update 9)
142909-17 only142910-17 onlySolaris 10 9/10 (Update 9) Kernel PatchID

2010-08 Features

Last year, some features were known to be rolled into Solaris 10 Update 10.
...indications on the following:

* RDSv3 for use with Oracel RAC
* PSARC/2007/587 Volo Low Latency Socket Framework
* PSARC/2010/108 zil synchronicity
* Adobe reader for X86 version 9.3.X
* Lightning Thunderbird extension for Oracle Beehive
With the zil synchronicity update it seems likely that
the next update, just as the last few, will get a large
backport of ZFS code from Solaris Next, but with some
features turned off, deduplication will be still be
disable in update 10. This would release will probably
also include support for the new SPARC T processors with
better single thread performance...
The SPARC T4 processor support is expected shortly.

2010-11 Features

Some additional features to Solaris 10 Update 10 were leaked the following month.
...good additions besides the bug fixes.

* IPfilter IPv6 NAT support
* 10Gb Ethernet support for Mellanox ConnectX-2 chipset
* SSH Support for ChrootDirectory and ConnectTimeout
* PSARC/2008/256 Native LDAP standalone tools (Duckwater Phase 0)
* Updated FireFox to 3.6.8+ and Thunderbird 3.1+
The ZFS update should include bits similar to snv_148 which
among other things include the following:
* RAID-Z/mirror hybrid allocator
* Missing log import (PSARC/2010/292) (CR 6733267)
* ZIL synchronicity PSARC/2010/108
* read-only import (PSARC 2010/306)
There might also be an update to the bundled samba which is a bit overdue.
2011-01 Features

There appears to be a ZFS refresh bundled into Oracle Solaris 10 Update 10.
Solaris 10 update 10 ZFS refresh

The internal builds of Solaris 10 8/11 (update 10) have had another
refresh of the ZFS code. It is now be synced with snv_153 which is
a even later build than Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 is based on. Also
related to storage this update will support the LSI SAS 2308 HBA and
the LSI SSS 6200 Solid State Storage.
2011-08 Features

A list of the patches comprising Solaris 10 Update 10 hit the internet.
SunOS 5.10: Solaris kernel patch

General informations
* This is a security patch
* Release date: 2011-08-04
* Detected status: RELEASED
* Synopsis: SunOS 5.10: Solaris kernel patch
* Archive size: 75925271 bytes (72.41 MBytes)
* Keywords: Patch, security, file, pass, audit, kernel,
descriptors, management, block, limit, s, acl, statd,
framework, permission, recursive, linker, account, LWP,
unix98, unix03, libmtmalloc, mtmalloc, pmap, ed, psrset,
sata, alloc, sysacct, loin, ssrv,
* Architecture: sparc sparc.sun4u sparc.sun4v
* Solaris Release: 10
* SunOS Release: 5.10
* Unbundled Product:
* Unbundled Release:
* Xref: This patch available for x86 as patch 144501
* Files: click here
* View differences between README versions
* Download at Oracle MOS
Linker Updates

New features for the Linker may be added to Solaris 10 Update 10.
Solaris 10 Update 10 Release
The -z rescan-now, -z recan-start, and -z rescan-end options provide additional flexibility in specifying archive libraries to a link-edit. See Position of an Archive on the Command Line.
Mistaken Early Release

It seems Oracle mistakenly released Solaris 10 Update 10 early to their Downloads section.
Friday (2011/08/12) I went to the Solaris Download page and Update 10 was available for download. Today I go back to the page and it has reverted back to Update 9. Anybody know what's up? Has Update 10 been released or not?
FWIW - What I'm hearing from my sources is that the ISO that was available IS the Update 10 that will be released. It will be officially released when the documentation is complete.
EMC PowerPath

If you are an EMC PowerPath user, Solaris 10 Update 10 should NOT be installed, until EMC 5.3 patch release has been made available. Please see NOTE 9 in the patch README.
NOTE 9:  Do not install this patch on systems running

EMC PowerPath, as all currently released EMC
PowerPath versions (as of August 18th 2011)
are incompatible with this patch.
EMC PowerPath is using a private Solaris
structure which was modified in this patch
to fix a race condition. Applications
should not use private Solaris interfaces
as they are subject to change.
EMC PowerPath Engineering is working on
a 5.3 patch release to resolve this issue
and have published ETA emc275344 on,
which contains further information.
Failure to abide by this patch release note is not pleasant.

In Conclusion

Oracle's release of Solaris 10 Update 10, heads and shoulders above the other patch updates, is probably moments away...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Q&A: Ken Thompson, Creator Of Unix

In case you have not seen the article a trade journal - this is from Information Week:

Q&A: Ken Thompson, Creator Of Unix

Ken Thompson, creator of Unix speaks with Dr. Dobbs on a wide variety of topics.

Ken Thompson, creator of unix
Unix's ubiquity was a surprise, says Thompson

The Japan Prize, one of the highest honors awarded for outstanding contribution to science and technology, was awarded jointly this year to Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie for the creation of Unix.

The prize is normally given to the recipients at a lavish banquet in Tokyo attended by the emperor. However, due to the April earthquake and tsunami, the prizes this year were distributed at the honorees' place of work. Ken Thompson's ceremony was held at Google headquarters, where he currently works, and afterward he spoke with Dr. Dobb's editor in chief Andrew Binstock on a wide variety of topics. Their discussion ranged from the development of Unix, beginning in the late 1960s, to the collaboration with Ritchie, to Thompson's current project, the open source programming language Go, which is designed to get the most performance out of today's multicore and networked computers.

On Developing Unix


On The Go Language


On Collaborating With Dennis Ritchie


[rest of article]

OpenIndiana Tab: Support and Reference Update

The OpenIndiana Tab was updated with the following major content:

Community Support
[http] OpenIndiana Community Hub
[Twitter] OpenIndiana News

OpenIndiana Reference Material
[http] OpenIndiana FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
[http] OpenIndiana Overview
[http] OpenIndiana Issue Tracker
[http] OpenIndiana Project Calendar
[http] OpenIndiana Project Timeline (gantt)
[http] OpenIndiana Support Documentation
[http] OpenIndiana Documentation - Wiki
[http] OpenIndiana Documentation - Wiki - Users
[http] OpenIndiana Documentation - Wiki - Developers

Illumos Tab: Support and Reference Update

The Illumos Project

The Illumos Tab was updated with the following content:

Community Support
[http] Illumos Documentation Wiki
[http] Illumos Community Support Forums
[http] Illumos Community Mailing Lists
[http] Illumos IRC Channels

Illumos Reference Material
[http] Illumos FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
[http] Illumos IssueTracker
[http] Illumos Projects

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Solaris Tab - Community Support Forums

Community Support Forums links were added to the Network Management Solaris tab:

Community Support
[Solaris|OpenSolaris] Community Support Forums

Monday, August 15, 2011

Technical Posts for 1H August

Technical Posts for 1H August

Some technical news of interest to Network Management professionals.

  • People don't want tablets, they want iPads

  • iPads are the only tablet devices that several large brokers expressed an interest in, as vendors seek alternatives routes to peddle their wares. "There is a mountain of surplus tablets in the channel," said one, "and they are just not shifting"... resellers continue to try and clear massive stocks of notebooks caused by the biting slowdown in consumer demand.

  • Apple reportedly ups iPhone production orders by 12%

  • Apple is expecting to shift 56 million iPhones of one type or another during the last six months of 2011. Taiwan-based supply chain moles say Apple has upped its production requirement from the 50m units it ordered at the end of Q2, DigiTimes reports.

  • Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

  • Google has made its largest-ever acquisition, and biggest corporate gamble, by splashing out $12.5bn for Motorola's phone division, Motorola Mobility. The deal puts Google into the hardware business in a serious way – and into direct competition with licensees of its Android operating system, who woke up this morning thinking they were Google's business partners.

  • Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

  • Mozilla isn't officially breaking the seal on Firefox 6 until tomorrow, but the code for the latest iteration of its popular open source browser is already available online. It is currently tucked away on the organisation's FTP server. A blogger over at TechnoBolt spotted that the code has been downloadable since at least Saturday 13 August.

Network Management Implications

With the strong sales of newer portable form factors such as the new Apple iPad and iPhone, the trend to move away from traditional desktop computing, and even luggable laptops continues to accelerate. This trend continues to place pressure on wireless infrastructure, which needs to be properly managed.

With Google Android and Microsoft Windows based devices in decline, in the tablet market - GPL'ed Linux and proprietary Windows are both taking a beating by mixed Open Sourced BSD UNIX based iOS (MacOSX) [with proprietary hooks] based devices. Both of these operating systems are pushing hard [and more successfully] in the mobile arena, in the handset arena.

The movement by Google to buy Motorola may be a move to help stem the tide, by injecting more money into the vertical phone & tablet chain, which seems to be faultering under the weight of warehouse backlogs. The JAVA suit by Oracle is probably not helping, since Motorola has to pay license fees for all non-Google based handsets, while Google handsets have been able to undercut non-Google handset costs by refusing to pay Oracle license fees.

As mobile computing becomes more pervasive, network management will continue to be challenging.