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Sun Technology Used in "Monsters, Inc."
250 Powerful Sun Servers

Disney/Pixar's latest animated feature film, "Monsters, Inc.," was developed using technology from Sun Microsystems. The film's characters and scenes were brought to life in Pixar's powerful Renderfarm of 250 Sun Enterprise Midrange Servers. Pixar's Renderfarm has run on Sun technology for nearly six years, through the creation of "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2."

Wenhui and Xinmin United Press Group
Deploying Sun Servers and Sun StorEdge Disk Arrays

Facing increasingly steep competition, mass media organizations in China have tried to strengthen themselves by joining forces. One such organization is Wenhui and Xinmin United Press Group. The press group needed small, reliable servers to house the information system, as well as its equally critical news reporting and editing application, which handles everything from page layout to prepress. The company found its answer in Sun technology.

Sun Upgrade Allowance Program
Keep Pace with Technology Innovations

The Sun Upgrade Allowance Program is designed to help enterprises keep pace with technical innovations and changing business needs. The main page of the Installed Base Business page for System and Mass Storage Upgrades contains information on many upgrade programs, including midframe and midrange servers, workgroup servers, Netra servers, storage, workstations, components and success stories whitepapers. There is also information on consolidating workgroup servers, storage, midframe and midrange systems.

Cut TCO and Rein in Capital Spending
Financial Solutions from Sun

Executives are constantly looking for more cost-effective ways of managing their computing infrastructure. By tapping into Sun's Installed Base of Business (IBB) programs as well as Sun Microsystems Finance lease services, enterprises can discover overall financial solutions that lower total cost of ownership (TCO) while reining in capital spending.

Sun and Digital Television Leaders
Deliver Sun Media Appliance Platform

The Sun Media Appliance Platform, from Sun and several digital television leaders, is a set of three channel-ready configurations of Sun systems and iForce partner solutions for the interactive television (iTV), Video on Demand (VoD) and broadband Network Equipment Provider (NEP) markets. These partners and Sun are working together to develop the value-priced, scalable foundation that will allow NEPs, content providers and network operators to rapidly build and deploy interactive services based on multi-vendor open interfaces.

Java Technology
Java Community Process Program Election Results
Newly Elected Executive Committee Members

The Program Management Office of the Java Community Process (JCP) Program and PricewaterhouseCoopers who managed the elections process, announced the new Executive Committee members of the JCP Program.

Jini Technology Starter Kit v1.2 Beta "Alewife Project"

A Beta version of the upcoming 1.2 release of the Jini Technology Starter Kit is available for download. This version continues to build on prior starter kit releases by adding new features that may reduce resource requirements in certain environments and provide greater efficiency in building and deploying applications.

JavaOne Conference in Japan
First Outside U.S.

Sun kicked off the first JavaOne Developer Conference to be hosted outside of the United States. The JavaOne Conference in Japan was held on November 28-30, 2001, in Yokohama, Japan. Over three days, more than 5,000 attendees met with over 80 exhibitors. Keynotes included John Gage, chief researcher and director, Science Office; James Gosling, Sun Fellow; Rich Green, vice president and general manager, Java Software and XML; and Greg Papadopoulos, chief technology officer. Several local partners will also participate in keynotes including Fujitsu, J-Phone Tokyo Co., KDDI, NEC Group, NTT DoCoMo and Oracle Corporation Japan.

Java Wireless Toolkit
Over-the-air Delivery of Applications and Services

Sun is offering an enhanced version of the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) Wireless Toolkit. The early access Japanese version of the toolkit was demonstrated at the JavaOne Conference in Yokohama, November 28-30, 2001.

The updated toolkit securely integrates with major Java technology Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) and is the first toolkit to deliver a set of enhanced new features that enable the design and implementation of Over-The-Air provisioning for mobile devices.

New Java Technology Specifications
Record Number of Innovations Submitted

The Program Management Office (PMO) of the Java Community Process (JCP) Program announced a record number of innovations have been submitted as Java technology specifications to the JCP Program over the course of 2001. Out of the 157 Java technology specifications that have been submitted through the JCP program in total since the formalization of the process in 1998, 63 have been entered this year alone. Eleven Java technology specifications have reached final release since November 2000.

Aachen University of Technology
Sun Supercomputer

The Aachen University of Technology has begun implementing the largest Sun supercomputer in the world. Eight of an eventual 32 Sun Fire 6800 Servers have been installed and entered production use. The servers will help researchers in computational fluid dynamics and other especially compute-intensive applications. When completed in 2002, this clustered SMP system will be among the world's most powerful computer systems, with total performance of 2.3 Tflop/second.

Sun and Oracle Joint Technology Collaborations
Oracle OpenWorld 2001 Conference

Sun is a platinum sponsor of Oracle OpenWorld 2001 (U.S.) on December 2-7, 2001, in San Francisco. Sun's booth will highlight the latest Sun and Oracle joint technology collaboration and customer implementations, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology, and Forte for Java technology. Scott McNealy will make the Keynote presentation titled, "Network Computing: Full Speed Ahead," Thursday, December 6, 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

MultiGen-Paradigm's Vega Prime Software Toolkit
For Realtime 3D Application Development

MultiGen-Paradigm's Vega Prime software toolkit is now combined with Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) (SPARC Platform Edition) for realtime 3D application development. It provides users a viable alternative to costly, and sometimes dangerous, decision-making exercises.

Sun and CG2
MultiVis on 64-bit Solaris 8 Operating Environment

Sun and CG2 plan to expand in the visualization and simulation markets by making CG2's powerful MultiVis available on Sun's robust, 64-bit Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE). By making MultiVis available on the Solaris 8 OE, the new offering will help enable military, government and commercial simulation customers to turn any 3D application into a fully immersive experience.

Sun Facilitates Migration of SAP
Reducing Customer Risk

Sun offers a server migration program for SAP E-Business Solutions, designed to help SAP customers swiftly migrate from their existing technology platform to the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE). Utilizing its proven SunReady Methodology and its team of expert SAP migration consultants, Sun helps to significantly reduce customer risk during the migration process.

Sun and Sybase
Reference Architecture

Sun and Sybase Inc. have jointly designed, integrated, tested and tuned a 25-plus terabyte raw data input iForce Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture. The offering provides a blueprint for deploying next-generation, high-performance data warehousing. Nielsen Media Research is the lead customer for this architecture, which was designed, tuned and validated in Sun's iForce Ready Center. The Reference Architecture substantially reduces data warehousing total cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing storage requirements, delivering faster query speeds, and reducing installation and set-up time.

Sun and ICL
ISP Messaging iForce Ready Center in Europe

Sun and ICL have expanded their alliance by opening a new ICL-managed Sun Authorised iForce Ready Centre and installation of Sun's iForce ISP Messaging Reference Architecture. The centre will provide European ISPs with a collaborative environment for testing and customising messaging solutions that meet their needs. The expanded relationship will also focus on helping reduce time to market for the deployment of new messaging services by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The Connected Home
The Internet Lifestyle

The Connected Home features Java technologies powering next-generation smart homes. Using residential gateway devices and set-top boxes as the nerve center for the connected home, Sun and its technology partners demonstrated exciting new services for home control and automation, interactive television, entertainment on demand, and advanced telephony.

Interview: Marge Breya, VP of Sun Open Net Environment
Services on Demand Strategy

The Sun Web site offers an interview with Marge Breya, VP of Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) titled, "Sun's Services on Demand Strategy." Breya offered her thoughts about services on demand, web services, Sun's philosophy on such services in comparison to Microsoft and IBM, and more.

Jini Technology Community Webcast
Latest Updates

The Jini Community Program Webcast live broadcast on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, at 1:00 pm (EST) is the first Community Webcast. It is a new way for the community to come together, share information and grow. The Webcast will offer the latest updates on approving standards in the Jini Community via the Jini Community Decision Process (JDP), upcoming Jini Program events and Jini technology-based commercial deployments.

    Sun Enterprise 10000 Server and SPECjbb2000

    Better Price Performance Than IBM

    Sun has submitted results of 230,049 operations per second (op/s) on the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation Java Business Benchmark 2000 (SPECjbb2000) using the Sun Enterprise 10000 Server, aka Starfire, easily surpassing IBM's fully configured p690/HPC (Regatta) system performance of 169,794 op/s. Based on the benchmark configuration list prices, the Sun Starfire Server achieved better price performance than IBM's p690/HPC with Sun's price performance of $8.95/op/s (pricing available December 4, 2001) versus IBM's $9.26/op/s.

    Sun StorEdge A1000 and D1000 Arrays Price Reduction
    New Standard Configurations

    Sun has made select Sun StorEdge A1000 and D1000 36 GB 10K Disk Array configurations available at discounts of 20 to 27 percent and has designated all rackmountable configurations as the "standard configuration." The new standard configuration will replace the existing fully loaded 12 x 18 GB and 12 x 36 GB deskside configurations with 4 x 18 GB and 4 x 36 GB rackmountable configurations.

    Guided Tour of Sun HighGround Storage Resource Manager Software
    Product Demonstration

    The Guided Tour of Sun HighGround Storage Resource Manager Software can help you learn how to better manage mission-critical storage environment, improve ROI, and lower TCO. The request form on the Web site will enable you to review the products.

      Repricing of 36 GB 10K rpm one-inch LP SCSI Hard Disk Drives
      Ultra SCSI and Ultra 3 SCSI

      Sun has repriced the 36 GB 10K rpm one-inch Low Profile (LP) SCSI hard disk drives (Ultra SCSI and Ultra 3 SCSI). The reprice includes both X-options and configured-to-order options.

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