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First 24" Flat-panel LCD Monitor and Sun Fire Servers
New Technology for Digital Media and Visualization
At the Siggraph Conference, Sun featured a technology demonstration of the
world's first 24" flat-panel LCD monitor and showcased server-based
graphics demonstrations on its new Sun Fire servers. Sun's booth also
provided Siggraph attendees with interactive demonstrations,
including those from Pixar, WeatherOne, Kewazinga, and Full Sail, Inc.
Capacity Planning for Internet Services
Online Discussion Forum
Join a special online discussion forum with the authors of
Capacity Planning for Internet Services, Adrian Cockcroft and
Bill Walker, on August 27-31, 2001.
Sun Journal Vol. 5, No. 2
The Six Webs
The most recent edition of the Sun Journal discusses the notion that
the concept of a single web may be outdated. The use and scope of the
web are expanding to the point where, it could be argued, there are as
many as six webs, including the traditional web, an e-commerce web, and
an entertainment web.
Sun Enterprise 6500 Server and IXOS-eCON Server
Achieves Performance Benchmark
The IXOS-eCON server was tested in a performance benchmark performed
jointly with Sun and resulted in high performance and scalability
ratings. The IXOS-eCON server is part of the IXOS-eCON Solution Suite,
which covers all aspects of document management. The IXOS-eCON server
was tested on a Sun Enterprise 6500 Server under the Solaris
Operating Environment (OE). The processor ran at full capacity and had
an even load of more than 90 percent, demonstrating the reliability and
scalability of Sun's hardware and the IXOS-eCON server.
Sun Teaming with Vendors
Offers End-to-End Platform Options
At the Siggraph Conference in Los Angeles recently, Sun showcased some
of its new technology demonstrations and announced new and ongoing relationships with
industry leaders in the visualization, simulation, and digital media
Sun and MultiGen-Paradigm Agreement
Vega Simulation Software for Solaris Operating Environment (OE)
Sun and MultiGen-Paradigm unveiled plans to make the Vega
application available on Solaris Operating Environment (OE). By
delivering Vega on the Solaris OE, the agreement will offer military,
government, and commercial simulation customers a cost-effective option
to deploy on a robust, highly scalable 3D platform.
TriZetto and Sun
HealthWeb on Solaris OE and iPlanet
TriZetto's HealthWeb e-business solution is available on both Sun and
iPlanet platforms. Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE) will
serve as the preferred UNIX system-based development platform for
HealthWeb, a solution that allows health plans to open their back-end
systems to the Internet and offer real-time self-service to their
constituents. Adding a UNIX system-based operating environment makes
HealthWeb a more flexible e-business solution for the many health plans
that run their businesses on multiple operating platforms.
Sun Donating to Charity
Australian PCs for Kids Program
Sun Microsystems Australia donated StarOffice software to the PCs
for Kids program in Australia, helping end a public battle between the
charity and Microsoft over the installation of older operating systems
on recycled computers.
Sun Online Service Center Ranked Number One
Providing Basic and Advanced Support
The Sun Online Service Center has been ranked number one in a
recent comparison of enterprise system vendors by Summit Strategies.
The Sun Online Service Center provides a cohesive, end-to-end, customer
service management experience. Features include information and
software updates, ordering and purchasing services, and submitting and
viewing service tickets.
Sun's Fast Prototype FLEETzero Chip
Sun Labs Asynchronous Technology
The Sun Labs Asynchronous Design Group has been working on FLEETzero,
a prototype chip with raw speed roughly twice that of today's chips.
Where today's chips use synchronous circuits with a global clock to
manage activity, the new, faster FLEETzero chip uses radical new
circuits with low-power asynchronous logic elements that produce
timing signals only where and when needed.
"Core Web Programming," Second Edition
by Marty Hall and Larry Brown
"Core Web Programming," second edition, by Marty Hall and Larry Brown, is
an authoritative guide to every technology that enterprise web
developers need to master. The book is divided into four parts: HTML 4,
Java technology platform programming, server-side programming, and
"Jini, Example by Example"
by W. Keith Edwards and Tom Rodden
"Jini, Example by Example," by W. Keith Edwards and Tom Rodden,
enables programmers to master Jini technology development. The book shows
how to put Jini technology to use in everyday Java technology development.
Sun Ray Server Software 1.3
For VLAN Environments, Kiosks, and Hot Desking
Sun Ray Server Software 1.3 helps customers deploy Sun
Ray appliances in VLAN environments, configure Sun Ray appliances for
public kiosk applications, monitor the Sun Ray environment via SunMC, and
Hot Desk with or without smart cards. Sun
Ray Server Software 1.3 is used to administer, manage, and provide the
screen display for Sun Ray appliances in a Hot Desk environment.
Supported on Solaris Operating Environment
The Solaris PDASync synchronizes the Palm Computing Connected
Organizer with Solaris Desktop Tools productivity applications. PDASync
offers easy management of projects and schedules, organization,
and emails whether at home, in meetings, or at customer
Visual Collaboration Kit
Plug-and-Play Video Conferencing Kit for Sun Blade 100 Workstation
The Sun 1394 Visual Collaboration Kit provides true plug-and-play video
conferencing for the SunForum software that is pre-installed on the Sun
Blade 100 workstation. The kit also supports the Sun Blade 1000 workstation.
Priced at under $250, the Sun 1394 Visual Collaboration Kit contains a
Sun 1394 Camera, a SunMicrophone II, a three-meter cable, a
CD of demonstration tools, and camera bases.
Ultra 80 and Ultra 60 Workstations Repriced
Solaris Desktop License Included
There is an approximate 15 percent price reduction on the Sun Ultra
80 workstation. Price reductions of up to 30 percent have been made on
the Sun Ultra workstations as well.
Sun Sets New World Record For PeopleSoft 8
With 24-Way Midframe Server
Sun set another new benchmark world record for PeopleSoft 8 General
Ledger, utilizing the 24-way configured Sun Fire 6800 Midframe
server running the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE). The Sun
Fire server achieved double the overall performance of its nearest
comparably configured competitor.
Challenges of Server Sprawl
Sun Resources Helping ASPs
In a recent column, "ASP Success Strategies," Jeanette Kennedy, director
of ASP Market Development at Sun, discussed the importance of
considering operational efficiencies when ASPs expand. After the recent
boom of "server sprawl" there are now the challenges of underutilized
resources and increased management complexity. Kennedy addressed how
Sun can help optimize with resource utilization software such
as Dynamic System Domains (DSD) and Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR),
Sun Management Center software, and Sun Cluster software.
New Netra T1 AC200 Server Configuration
Designed for One-Processor Applications
The Netra T1 server was designed to satisfy customers who want SPARC
and/or Solaris Operating Environment (OE) reliability in a low
cost, thin, rackable, ruggedized, one-processor package. The Netra T1
AC200 server is particularly well suited for service providers and other
customers requiring a rack based computing platform that offers high
processor density, a small footprint, and an increased level of
ruggedness. The product is also designed to satisfy customers facing
significant infrastructure issues such as space limitations, horizontal
scalability, remote manageability, and ease of deployment.
Sun Standard Cluster Configurations Renamed
Designed for E-Commerce and DB Management
Sun Standard Cluster Configurations are now renamed "Sun Cluster
Platforms"--a family of products from the SunTone Platforms
portfolio. Sun Standard Cluster Configuration E1 has now been renamed
Sun Cluster Platform 4500/3. Sun Cluster Platforms are integrated hardware and
software products that are built, configured and tested before shipment
and shipped as a single "Cluster-in-a-Rack" to the customer. Sun Cluster
Platform 4500/3 is a midrange high availability platform designed for
customers who need a reliable, quick-to-deploy, and easy-to-manage
clustered system that provides failover protection, reliable load
balancing, and continuous application access.
Sun Ray Server Bundle
For the EDA Market
The Sun Ray appliance is an ideal desktop for EDA users to access
compute farm resources. The benefits are application availability,
increased productivity, reduced system administration, greater
data/process integrity, and lower cost. The Sun Ray server bundles are
designed for users in the EDA market. Included in these EDA server
bundles are a high performance UltraSPARCIII-based Sun Fire 280R
server, the newly released Sun Ray server software 1.3, and 20
Sun Ray 1 appliances.
Sun Fire 280R Price Reduced
Assemble-to-Order Feature Added
Sun has made significant price reductions on all Sun Fire 280R
server standard configurations ranging from 24 to 37 percent less than
current prices. The Sun Fire 280R servers are also available as
Assemble-to-Order (ATO) systems. ATO orderability provides users with
the ability to purchase fully customized systems with internal
Sun Ultra II- and IIi-based Workgroup Servers Repriced
Memory X-options also Repriced
Sun has repriced Ultra II- and IIi-based workgroup servers. Sun
produces high quality memory products that are designed to work with
both current and prior generations of the Ultra I and Ultra II-based
desktop/workgroup server lines. Sun has announced the repricing of the
128 MByte, 256 MByte, and 512 MByte Memory x-options for desktop and
workgroup server systems.
Netra Servers Now Support Sun Crypto Accelerator Board
Ships with Card, Manual, and Drivers on CD
The Sun Crypto Accelerator board, X1133A, is now supported by
Netra T 1400/1405 servers, Netra T1 AC200/DC200 servers and the Netra
E1 server, the 1U PCI expansion box. Sun Crypto Accelerator board is a PCI-
based coprocessor solution that accelerates SSL encryption on secure
webservers. Offloading several encryption routines from the main CPU
can significantly enhance the performance of a secure web server,
making it a cost effective solution for enhanced performance.
New Sun StorEdge A1000-D1000 Array Rackmount Kit
Supports New Sun Fire Cabinets
Sun's new universal rack mount conversion kit for the Sun StorEdge
A1000/D1000 Arrays allows customers to convert an existing
deskside/tabletop Sun StorEdge A1000/D1000 Array to a rackmountable
configuration. This conversion kit supports the new Sun Fire
cabinet, the Sun StorEdge Expansion Cabinet, and the 68" Sun
Enterprise cabinet (the existing kit does not).
Sun StorEdge A5200 73 GB Drive Arrays
Double Capacity and Lower Cost per MB of Storage
Sun doubled the drive capacity of the Sun StorEdge A5200 Storage
Arrays. The Sun StorEdge A5200 product family is an open, scalable
New 73 GB 10000 RPM drives are now available, along with associated
upgrades. The new drives lower the cost per MB of storage.
Repricing 18 GB Sun StorEdge A1000/D1000 Arrays
18 GB SCSI Drives also Repriced
Sun has reduced prices on 18 GB Sun StorEdge A1000/D1000 Arrays and
18 GB SCSI drives. The Sun StorEdge A1000/D1000 Array now includes
pre-tested universal configurations to support Sun Fire servers,
Sun Enterprise servers, and the Sun Fire cabinets.
Sun Storage Updates
Transitions and EOLs
Recent storage updates from Sun include transition of the multipack-FC
storage system with 18 GB FC Drives and of Sun StorEdge T3 18 GB
configurations, and EOL for DLT7000 Flexipack configuration.
Sun StorEdge A1000-D1000 Arrays with 9 GB Drives
Repriced Against PC Vendors
The Sun StorEdge 9 GB A1000/D1000 Arrays complement Sun's server and
workstation product lines. The new pricing reduces list prices of 9 GB
Sun StorEdge A1000/D1000 Arrays to a competitive level against PC vendors.
Reprice on Netra Servers
Rack-Optimized for Data Network Service
Netra st D130 is a rack-optimized, versatile, and cost effective
thin storage array, complementing Sun servers on demanding applications
for data networks. Netra st A1000 and D1000 storage arrays are also
rack-optimized. The rugged packaging, carrier-grade features, and the
choice of AC or DC power make the Netra st A1000/D1000 storage array ideal for
deployments in network infrastructure in internet/enterprise data
centers, central offices, Point-of-Presence(POP), or Cable Front-end.
Education and Research
Solaris Operating Environment for Intel Back-to-School Promotion
Special Education Offer
There is a special education offer (available in U.S. only) from Sun. Buy
Solaris 8 OE for Intel before September 30, 2001, for only $29.95, plus
COAS Adopts SunForum 3.2 Software
At Oregon State University
Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
(COAS) is using SunForum 3.2 integrated video, audio, and data
conferencing software to stay in the forefront of research computation
on ocean and atmosphere interactions. SunForm 3.2 software helps COAS to
access massive supercomputing facilities for numerical models, terabytes of
data storage for satellite and field data, advanced visualization, and
digital video production facilities.
University Information Portals
New Standards for Portal Architecture
Leading academic institutions, recognizing the need to protect the
institutional image, to exploit the potential of the portal, and to
promote the use of Java technology, joined under the sponsorship of
Sun to form the Java in Administration Special Interest Group (JA-SIG).
For the past year, volunteers from Interactive Business Solutions and
the participating institutions have been working together to create a
common portal reference framework called uPortal.
New Product Marketplace
BindPartner Business Collaboration Platform
Second Early Access Release Available
The second Early Access release of Bind Systems' BindPartner Business
Collaboration Platform, a business-centric environment for developing,
executing, and managing inter-enterprise collaborative business
processes, is available for a 60-day evaluation.
GLMail for Solaris Operating Environment
High-Performance Mail Server
Gordano Ltd, a messaging software vendor located in the UK, is now
offering GLMail, its latest high-performance mail server for the Sun
Solaris Operating Environment (OE) (Intel and SPARCPlatform
Editions). GLMail is a standards-compliant mail server with SSL
capabilities. It includes an integrated proxy caching web server and
system administration and management is browser-based.
Tarantella Enterprise 3, Version 3.11
Available for UNIX and Linux Platforms
Tarantella Enterprise 3, version 3.11 application web enabling and
management software is now available on all major UNIX and Linux
platforms in response to the growing infrastructure needs of enterprise
MRIS and OceanLake Launch Wireless Initiative
Real Estate Information on Wirelesss Devices
OceanLake's mScope software translates existing Internet content for
any mobile device. It will be used by Metropolitan Regional Information
Systems for fast, reliable access to its proprietary real estate
information, using virtually any wireless device across virtually any
platform, including Solaris Operating Environment (OE), Microsoft
Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux, HP-UX, and AIX.
Bowstreet Business Web Factory 4
Extends E-business Middleware Value
Bowstreet's Business Web Factory 4 enables enterprises to extend the
value of their e-business middleware, applications servers, enterprise
platforms, and data through dynamic web services automation and
assembly. The new enhancements to the Business Web Factory 4 also reduce
administration costs, deepen standards support, and improve
"Learning Perl, 3rd Edition"
Updated for Perl 5.6
"Learning Perl, 3rd Edition" by Randal Schwartz and Tom Phoenix has
been updated to be current with Perl 5.6. New features include
exercises that are compatible with Microsoft Windows and UNIX,
additional illustrations, and more jokes.
New Components of Sybase's EAServer 4.0
Enhanced E-Business Application Server
EAServer 4.0 from Sybase has new components that help corporate
developers connect users with information by linking applications at
the server level to create large-scale solutions, including
business-to-business, business-to-customer, and intra-enterprise
integration. It fully supports Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
(J2EE) 1.3 technology.