BCE Nexxia's Learning Portal Saves Millions
Delivers Anytime, Anywhere Training
When BCE Nexxia was tasked to provide Internet Protocol (IP) broadband
services to business customers in North America, the company needed to
quickly train its sales force, as well as other employees. Nexxia
turned to ISOPIA, a provider of learning management systems software
that has since been acquired by Sun. ISOPIA offered an ideal hosted
application model built on what is now known as Sun LearnTone
Learning Management System (LMS) Hosted. In just six weeks, ISOPIA
developed a Web-enabled learning portal called the Nexxia Learning
Network (NLN). ISOPIA was also engaged to develop custom asynchronous
Brigham and Women's Hospital
High-performance Graphics Workstations
Neurosurgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a surgical
technique that enables them to successfully remove brain tumors that
were previously considered inoperable. High-performance graphics
workstations from Sun provide surgeons with 3D models and views of the
cranium based on data collected from magnetic resonance imaging
scanners and processed by a cluster of Sun Enterprise Servers.
Over 350 craniotomies have been performed on patients using this
Microsoft Windows vs. UNIX Systems
A Strategic Comparison
Paul Murphy of LinuxWorld compared Microsoft Windows and UNIX systems and
asked: Under what circumstances is it smarter to pick one technology
rather than the other? The comparison was done by analyzing the choice
in a college setting and in a manufacturing company. Other issues
covered in the article include evaluating initial capital cost,
long term costs, the effect of the technology on user
Sun Volunteer Programs for the Holidays
Sun will be participating in numerous volunteer activities in
communities across the nation, including Sun's campuses in Broomfield,
CO, Burlington, MA and Austin, TX, allowing Sun employees a chance to
make a difference this holiday season. The drive began over the
Thanksgiving weekend and runs through December.
Netscape 6.1 EA for Solaris Operating Environment
Netscape 6.1 EA for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE)
is an early access version for evaluation and test purposes. Netscape
6.1 EA, the latest update to the Netscape Browser suite,
enhances the performance and stability of Netscape 6 while improving
functionality and adding a number of key features.
Solaris Bandwidth Manager Software White Paper
Enterprise QoS Policy Based Systems and Network Management
There is a white paper on the Sun Web site covering the Solaris
Bandwidth Manager Software, titled "Tech Concepts: Enterprise QoS Policy Based
Systems and Network Management." The paper provides an
overview of QoS and policy fundamentals, and describes how these
technologies fit in the various segments within the overall "end to
end" solution. Performance results are presented, along with
comparisons based on different traffic types and architectures. A
proposed integrated solution is described, using Sun products to
dynamically reconfigure the QoS capable network device.
The Making of a Portal
With Sun Open Net Environment
The Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) makes it easier for
businesses to combine what they know about their customers with
Internet technologies to leverage their information assets into
new services online. The inside Sun ONE portal demonstrates the
Web-based customer-centric approach to doing business online.
Solaris Operating Environment Licensing
Terms and Conditions
Details of the Solaris Operating Environment licensing
terms are now available on the Sun Web page. This site contains
information regarding the Terms and Conditions of
the Solaris OE Binary Code License Agreement,
including helpful information regarding licenses for used Sun
equipment, transfers of licenses, software upgrades and more.
Rehost without Rewriting
A New Suite of Products
There is a comprehensive suite of products that allow customers to
rehost their applications running on IBM mainframes on Sun servers
without rewriting these applications. The prodcut suite includes Sun
Mainframe Transaction Processing Software 7.2 Sun Mainframe Batch
Manager Software 9.2, Sun Mainframe Transaction Processing and
Batch Manager Software 7.2, and 3270 Pathway 1.5 Software. This
suite of products helps customers retain their investment in
applications written, while benefiting from substantially lower
hardware, software and service costs and a lower TCO.
Sun PGX32 Graphics Accelerator Card
Order Dates Extension
Despite the success of the Sun PGX64 Graphics Accelerator Card, which
replaced the Sun PGX32 Graphics Accelerator Card (PGX32), some customers wish to
continue with the PGX32 card for legacy reasons. As a result, Sun is extending
the last order date for the PGX32 card. The PGX32 card transition remains in effect.
The last order date is January 4, 2002; the last ship date is April 5, 2002.
order date for the PGX32 card. The last order date is January 4, 2002, and
the lst ship date is April 5, 2002.
Sun Blade 1000 Workstation and SunPCi IIpro Card Combination
Includes 128 MB memory
Sun is now offering a new entry-level Sun Blade 1000 Workstation
with the SunPCi IIpro Co-processor Card installed. The
configuration includes two 750-MHz CPUs, 1 GB RAM, Sun
Expert3D-lite graphics card, 36-GB disk and the SunPCi IIpro card. The
SunPCi IIpro Card includes a 733 MHz Celeron Processor, 128 MB memory,
24bit graphics, USB port, Serial and Parallel port.
2 x 900 MHz Sun Blade 1000 Workstation
The limited-time offer of 2 x 900 MHz Sun Blade 1000 Workstation
Promotion is aimed at the very high-end workstation market. This
promotion allows customers to order a system with dual 900 MHz CPUs and
2 GB RAM capacity at an attractive price. Lead time is 5-10 days from
receipt of order.
Price Reduction of UltraSPARC III 750 MHz CPU Module
The price of the UltraSPARC III 750 MHz CPU module has been
provides expanded functionality and increased performance of of the Sun
Blade 1000 Workstation systems. It can be upgraded from a single to a dual CPU system. The low entry price allows future expandability
into a high-end workstation as customer needs grow.
Entry Level Servers
Centile Inc. and Netra Servers Success Story
IP-based Services to Communications Service Providers
Centile Inc. provides IP-based services to Communications
Service Providers (CSPs). Centile chose to develop its new service on
Sun Netra t1 Servers because of their reliability and performance.
Sun Cobalt Server Online Support
New Web-centric Support Model
Sun has launched a free Web-centric support model for the Sun
Cobalt product line with the release of Sun Cobalt Online Support,
which gives users 24x7 access to support solutions and information for
the service life of the product. At no charge, visitors can instantly
access product information, troubleshooting tips and moderated forums.
Per-incident phone support is available for a fee as a supplement to
the Web-based offerings.
GNP Computers Telecom Platform
Integrates Netra ct Server
GNP Computers has released an application-ready high availability
telecommunications platform for voice-over-Internet-protocol
applications. This new platform integrates a Sun NEBS Level 3 telecom
server--the Netra ct Server based on the Solaris 8 Operating
Environment (Solaris OE)--with GNP's Continuant Cluster Suite
middleware. This integration is capable of delivering 99.999 percent uptime
in telecommunications switching applications, providing load sharing,
fault detection and recovery and managing multiprocessor systems.
Solstice Backup Software Update
Installation to the 6.1 Release
There is an Update Release process for Solstice Backup Software
which provides a cost-effective solution to allow customers to update
their Solstice Backup installation to the 6.1 release. Older versions
are being removed from the price list. The update release kits include
a Solstice Backup 6.1 Software media kit along with the update enabler.
Project JXTA: Scenarios
How the Technology Can Work for Us
Project JXTA's technologies are not just useful for technical research;
they can also be utilized in everyday situations. Such
scenarios include utilizing Project JXTA technology to explore the deep Web,
create a home and office interface, reduce global language barriers on
the Internet, create a master family calendar and more.
New Product Marketplace
WebIntelligence: Record-breaking Results
Running on Solaris Operating Environment
Business Objects has achieved record-breaking results in its most
recent performance tests running in the Solaris Operating
Environment (Solaris OE). WebIntelligence 2.6 ran on a fully loaded Sun
Enterprise 10000 server in a four domain mode with 16 CPUs
each. Business Objects has shown an 80 percent increase in performance
statistics of WebIntelligence 2.6 on the Sun Enterprise 10000
server, also known as Starfire.
Trigent Software Supports realMethods Framework Software
For Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition Application Development
Trigent Software will provide support and value-added consulting
services for customers of the realMethods Framework software for
Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application
development. The realMethods Framework provides a set of core J2EE
services and components so that developers can generate and build
applications that are compliant with J2EE standards.
Sonic Software Integrates SonicMQ with BEA WebLogic
Java Message Service Technology Product
Sonic Software has integrated SonicMQ, its Java Message Service
technology product, with BEA WebLogic. SonicMQ provides a highly
scalable, standards-based Internet middleware for guaranteed and secure
delivery of business-critical data across the extended enterprise or
among companies for B2B exchange. BEA customers can also increase the
reliability and security of Web services with SonicXQ.
NASA National Scientific Balloon Facility
Integrates BiTMICRO's Solid-State Disk Storage Technology
The National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) incorporated BiTMICRO
Networks' flash drive solid-state disk (SSD) solutions for use in NSBF
research, engineering and operational support. BiTMICRO's E-Disks have
been incorporated specifically into NSBF's new balloon flight systems.
The NSBF is a NASA facility that provides the services of launching
high altitude research balloons, tracking and recovering the
scientific experiments suspended beneath them for universities and
NASA centers from all over the world.