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Before You Upgrade to MS Office 2007, Check Out OpenOffice.org 2
Can You Beat Free?
Looking for a new office productivity suite? Considering MS-Office 2007? Before you put down your money, have a look at OpenOffice.org 2, which has been shown to cost 90 percent less than an upgrade to Office 2007.
OASIS Approves Open Document Format 1.1
Changes to Benefit Visually Disabled and Cognitively Impaired Users
OASIS has approved the proposed version 1.1 of the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) as an OASIS Standard. this new version of the standard provides key accessibility enhancements to ensure that the OpenDocument format (ODF) addresses the needs of people with disabilities.
What to Expect with OpenOffice.org 2.2: Read Kai Sommerfeld
Big Changes in Extensions Infrastructure
Kai Sommerfeld gives readers of his blog the scoop on what's in store for users of OpenOffice.org in version 2.2 in the entry entitled, "Extensions Infrastructure – What's new in OpenOffice.org 2.2"
Software
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White Paper: Benefits of Using Sun Cluster 3.2 Software with Oracle 10g R2 RAC
How to Protect Against Data Corruption and Increase Performance
Staff engineer Tim Read contributed to a white paper on the benefits of using the Sun Cluster 3.x software with Oracle 10g R2 RAC. New features of Sun Cluster 3.2 pertinent to Oracle Database 10g RAC are covered in the white paper as are the technical features of Solaris Cluster software that help to reduce the risk of outage through increased protection against data corruption, and more.
Sun HPC ClusterTools 7 Early Access Program
New Features, DTRACE Examples
The new version of Sun HPC ClusterTools 7 software (January 19, 2007) includes an implementation of the uDAPL Byte Transfer Layer (BTL) using uDAPL RDMA, enabling better performance over Infiniband.
Eight Week Early Access Program Starting for Sun Studio 12 Software
Test Out the Pre-Release Version

The Sun Studio 12 software Early Access (EA) program will run through April 2007, giving developers the chance to to preview numerous enhancements such as next-generation IDE based on NetBeans 5.5.1 software and improved binary application performance for all platforms - SPARC and x86/x64.

Servers
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Repriced: Sun Blade X8400 and X8420 Server Modules and Memory
Review of the Modules Applauds Processing Power and Speed
A recent review of the Sun Blade X8420 server module by Tony Bradley in Processor.com characterized the blade as having "more power and speed than anything else available". And they have just been repriced.
Repricing: Sun Fire V40z Server and Options
Faster Processing of Transactions
The price of the Sun Fire V40z server has been reduced to reflect decreases in memory and AMD processors. With faster memory support, the Sun Fire V40z is now among the fastest 4-way servers.
Three-way Server "Shootout" Pits Dell, HP, Sun Against One Another
Test Center Uses SPEChpc Benchmarking Suite
Paul Venezia, senior contributing editor at the InfoWorld Test Center, reported on a recent three-way "shootout" involving the Dell PowerEdge 1955 Blade System, the HP Blade System c-Class and the Sun Blade 8000 Modular System in the magazine. Results were remarkably similar.
New Certification and OS Support for the Sun Fire X4500 Server
Latest Firmware and Software Also Available

The Sun Fire X4500 server now integrates better with more customers' heterogeneous computing environments because Sun is now announcing new support for popular operating systems such as Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition SP1 32-bit (and 64-bit) and the enterprise edition.

New Remanufactured Products: Sun Fire V440, V490, CPU/Memory Modules
Warranty Coverage Equals that of New Parts; Upgrade Applies

Sun has released remanufactured Sun Fire 440 servers and remanufactured Sun Fire V490 Servers, along with remanufactured CPU/Memory Modules for the Sun Fire V490 and Sun Fire V890 servers.

Storage
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High Rankings for Enterprise Tape Library from Sun
Diogenes Labs-Storage Magazine Quality Awards Report
The Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards for tape libraries ranks products from Sun, HP, IBM, ADIC Scalar, Dell and others. In the enterprise tape library category Sun StorageTek earned high marks with the StreamLine SL500/SL8500 and/or L700E/L1400M.
Sun Offers BakBone NetVault Backup: Automatic Configuration of Backup Devices
Will Continue Support for Veritas and Legato as Well
Sun has released the BakBone NetVault Backup product with the NetVault Backup 7.4.5 media kit and hardcopy documentation in English. NetVault Backup 7.4.5 will support heterogeneous platforms (all Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), UNIX, Linux and Windows) in three different editions -- Workgroup, Datacenter and Enterprise.
Version 5.5 of Sun StorageTek 9900 HiCommand Tuning Manager Available
New OS and Application Support and GUI Enhancements

New to Sun StorageTek 9900 Series HiCommand Tuning Manager 5.5 software is support for Linux 4, HP-UX 11.31, and VxVM 4.1 for Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and support for SQL Server 2005.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 107 Issue 5; Volume 108 Issues 1, 2 and 3

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 108 Issue 3, were:

  • Niagara 2 -- Key Features, Architecture and Diagrams [17688]
  • Sun Multithreaded 10 Gig E Networking Interface Accelerates Multi-threaded Application Performance [17707]
  • Schwartz and McNealy: A Comparison in Styles [17713]
  • Sun Developer Network Channel Video on Solaris Containers [17692]
  • New Configuration for Sun Fire X4600 M2 Server [17678]
  • Improved Security and Developer Support in Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 [17577]
  • Sign Up for a Free 60-day Trial of New Sun 10 Gig E Network Adapter [17708]
  • Increase in Sun Server Revenue [17715]
  • Identity Federation Presentation and Video [17702]
  • Sun Open Telecommunications Platform 1.0: Building Blocks for OEMs [17673]
    Sysadmin
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    Zone Migration - New Feature Makes Container Migration Easier
    Sun Management Center - Solaris Container Manager Software
    Steve Wilson illustrates container migration, which he learned from the Sun Management Center (Sun MC) team in India who demonstrated the latest additions to the Solaris Container Manager, especially the Zone Migration feature.
    Updated Book on Samba
    From Basic Installation to Firewalls
    The third edition of the Samba guide from O'Reilly has been updated to cover how to migrate from Windows NT 4.0 domains to Samba and integrate with Active Directory and OpenLDAP. The authors examine the internals of the Windows activities and protocols and the strengths and weaknesses of each feature in Windows domains and in Samba itself.
    Assess Your Skill Level to Determine What Classes to Take Next
    Free Pre-assessments Available on Solaris 10 OS

    Receive a custom proficiency profile when you take a pre-assessment test. The tests are free and will help you discover what's next in your professional development. Pre-assessments are currently available for the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS).

    Security
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    Sun Managed Operations for Security Announced
    Replaces Sun Managed Security Services
    The Sun Managed Operations for Security now takes the place of Sun Managed Security Services, which is being transitioned from the product list. Sun Managed Operations for Security provides complete and robust IT infrastructure security solutions that reduce network and systems vulnerability and risk for users. The solution provides monitoring and management of firewalls, VPN and Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems, as well as proactive network vulnerability protection.
    Trusted Java Desktop System in Solaris Trusted Extensions
    Labels Indicate Security Classification of Documents
    This article presents some resources on Solaris Trusted Extensions and Trusted Sun Java Desktop System. Trusted Java Desktop System introduces the world's first labeled interface based on the GNOME open source desktop standard. Each window is labeled with a stripe that alerts you at a glance as to a document's security classification.
    Secure Application Switch V4.0 Download Available
    Provides Advanced L3 to L7 Load Balancing, SSL Acceleration

    Sun has a new Secure Application Switch V4.0 available as a download. This intelligent application switch provides advanced Layer 3 to Layer 7 (L3 to L7) load balancing and advanced Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) acceleration with reencryption. The switch provides these services on a flexible, virtualized basis, within the convenience of a single enclosure, and with industry-leading speed, security and availability.

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