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IT Managers Increasing Bottom Line Results
First in Series from Sun Journal Web Edition 3

The Sun Journal Web edition 3 presents a series on increasing bottom line results while reducing total cost of ownership. The first article in the series, by Steve Campbell, analyzes the needs of IT executives who must do much more with far less. He presents Sun technologies and services that address needs of mainframe customers who are rehosting applications in the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). He then discusses a case study of a Tunisian bank that rehosted its applications.

Crawford Beveridge on Recession as Opportunity
Breathing Space

The Executive Perspectives article, "Using Recession as Opportunity" by Crawford Beveridge, (which originally appeared in WorkIndex.com on February 14, 2002), offers the viewpoint that the current recession offers an opportunity to reorder priorities.

    Transamerican Life Canada Success Story
    Sun Fire Servers Reduce Batch Run Times by 73 Percent

    Transamerica Life Canada, one of Canada's leading life insurance companies, installed a Sun Fire 4800 Server to boost the performance of mission-critical actuarial applications and keep pace with the fast growth of its business. This resulted in reduced batch run times by 73 percent.

    Java Technology
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    "Compression and Decompression Data Using Java APIs"
    Reduce Network Traffic

    Qusay H. Mahmoud's article "Compression and Decompression Data Using Java APIs" covers using APIs to compress and decompress data from within applications. There are code samples available on the Java Web site that show how to use the java.util.zip package to compress and decompress data in order to reduce network traffic and improve the performance of client/server applications. Also covered is how to compress and decompress serialized objects to save disk space.

    New to Java Programming Center Supplement
    Using File and BufferedReader Classes

    The New to Java Programming Center Supplement for February presents information about variable scope and how to use the File and BufferedReader classes, along with information about programming shortcuts.

    "More Servlets and JavaServer Pages"
    by Marty Hall

    In "More Servlets and JavaServer Pages" Marty Hall shows how to apply recent advances in servlet and JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology. The book provides every detail necessary to leverage the latest servlet 2.3 and JSP 1.2 standards: real-world insight, advanced techniques, industrial-strength code and hands-on coverage of three top servers--Apache Tomcat, Macromedia JRun and New Atlanta ServletExec.

    Java Wireless Developer Connection Web Site
    Articles on Wireless Technologies and Other Resources

    The Java Wireless Developer Connection Web site contains resources such as code samples, MIDP API docs, a bug database, technical tips, forums and upcoming events.

    Java Wireless Developer Connection Web Site
    Articles on Wireless Technologies and Other Resources

    The Java Wireless Developer Connection Web site contains resources such as code samples, MIDP API docs, a bug database, technical tips, forums and upcoming events.

    Playing Audio and Video With the Java Media Framework API
    Java Developer Connection Program Tech Tips

    The Java Developer Connection (JDC) Program Tech Tips for February 19, 2002, was written by John Zukowski. The tips it includes were developed using Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK), Standard Edition, v 1.3. They include Playing Audio and Video With the Java Media Framework API and Using the JSObject Class in Applets.

    "J2EE Connector Architecture and Enterprise Application"
    by Rahul Sharma, Beth Stearns and Tony Ng

    Two chapters of the book "J2EE Connector Architecture and Enterprise Application" by Rahul Sharma, Beth Stearns and Tony Ng are available online courtesy of the Java Developer Connection Program.

    Software
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    Forte C++ Software
    Free Update for Owners of Forte Developer 6 Software

    Forte C++ Software (formerly Sun Visual WorkShop C++) enables professional developers to create reliable, scalable, high-performance, 32-bit and 64-bit applications that are tuned to run on the UltraSPARC processors. The update 2 software is available at no charge if you already have Forte Developer 6 Software.

    Solaris Operating Environment and Linux Source Compatibility
    LinCAT

    The Linux Compatibility Assurance Toolkit (LinCAT) is now available for free download. Included are free software development tools and how-to documents that simplify and streamline the process of developing applications that are source-code compatible across both the Linux and Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) platforms.

    MOSIX--Software for Supporting Scalable Cluster Computing
    Message of the Day from BigAdmin

    MOSIX is a software for supporting scalable cluster computing. There are two versions: a kernel patch (K-MOSIX) that can be applied to a specific Linux kernel, and a user-level package (U-MOSIX) that can be used with different UNIX platforms. Both versions are based on the same principles and are geared to achieve even work distribution and load balancing.

    Storage
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    Sun StorEdge TCO Challenge
    Sun StorEdge Complete Storage Solutions

    Building an effective storage infrastructure requires a broad understanding of current data capacity, data classification and data growth trends. Sun StorEdge Resource Management Suite Software can help optimize the storage infrastructure. With the Sun StorEdge TCO challenge, Sun can help IT managers reclaim at least ten percent of their annual storage budget. Also on the Sun Web site is a white paper "Storage ONE Tuning the Storage Infrastructure to the Needs of the Application." Storage ONE is Sun's initiative to deliver an integrated and automated storage management solution.

    Sun StorEdge DLT7000 Tape Drive Autoloader
    Order Date Extension

    Sun StorEdge DLT7000 Tape Drive Autoloader order date is being extended for the L180 and L700 (one drive) because of a high demand in sales. The previous last order date was January 16th, 2002, but it is being extended to April 16th, 2002, as the order date and November 15, 2002 as the last ship date.

    Brocade Silkworm 3800 and the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series
    Two Gb/sec Full Duplex and Smaller Switch Size

    The Brocade Silkworm 3800, a 16-port, auto-sensing 2 Gbit/sec Fabric Switch, delivering the next generation of performance and functionality for SAN environments, is available for connectivity to the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series. Based on Brocade's third generation ASIC technology, the SilkWorm 3800 incorporates Advanced Fabric Services that enhance integration and management of networked storage.

    Brocade Silkworm 3800 and the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series
    Two Gb/sec Full Duplex and Smaller Switch Size

    The Brocade Silkworm 3800, a 16-port, auto-sensing 2 Gbit/sec Fabric Switch, delivering the next generation of performance and functionality for SAN environments, is available for connectivity to the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series. Based on Brocade's third generation ASIC technology, the SilkWorm 3800 incorporates Advanced Fabric Services that enhance integration and management of networked storage.

    Transition of Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Software v.1
    Introduction of Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Software v. 2.O

    Sun is transitioning the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Software Version 1.0 with the introduction of Sun StorEdge HiCommand Software Version 2.0. Sun StorEdge HiCommand Software Version 2.0 provides increased functionality to Version 1.0 in the areas of Sun StorEdge T3 Array support, Sun HighGround Link and Launch capability, support for additional Sun StorEdge 9900 System features, enhanced Internationalization support, localization readiness, Sun StorEdge HiCommand SDK, Web Client enhancements, miscellaneous bug fixes and minor enhancements, Sun LUSE software, Sun CVS software and new reporting capability.

    Upgrade Allowance Program for Sun StorEdge 9900 Storage
    Addition of the Sun StorEdge 9900 Systems

    The Sun StorEdge 9900 systems have been added to the Sun Upgrade Allowance Program (UAP). Specifically, Sun StorEdge 9910 system consolidation trade-ins and Sun StorEdge 9960 system consolidation trade-ins have been added to the Sun UAP. Allowances vary depending on the system configurations and quantity being traded for the Sun StorEdge 9910 system and Sun StorEdge 9960 system.

    Developer
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    Access1 Web Site
    Solution for Segmentation Fault with Java Virtual Machine

    Access1 is a library of timely technical information for the Sun developer community. Users have free access to TechNotes, white papers and the Access1 patch database which covers product installation, security issues and driver updates. Developer Support contract customers are able to log and query support calls via email and receive special access to post-installation patches, bug reports and technical bulletins written by Sun technical engineers.

    "Application Modeling and Performance Tuning from a GC Perspective"
    by Alka Gupta and Michael Doyle

    In their Developer's Notebook paper "Application Modeling and Performance Tuning from a GC Perspective, Using a SIP Network Server," Alka Gupta and Michael Doyle focus on solutions for the "big pauses, low throughput" problem in the soft-switch vertical market. They found that the use of the bestFitFirst and promoteAll switches on Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.2.2_10 release gave a huge boost to performance in terms of GC sequential and total overhead, GC pauses and application throughout. Eliminating finalizers from the application offered significant performance improvements from the GC perspective.

    Sysadmin
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    New Sun Certified Backup and Recovery Engineer Certification
    Training Course

    A new certification, ES-230 Design and Administration of Backup and Recovery Systems, has been developed for backup and recovery engineers responsible for the design and implementation of backup systems in the datacenter with an emphasis on VERITAS NetBackup or Solstice Backup Software. The examination is designed to measure knowledge of reliable backup methodology, restoring data and meeting design requirements.

    Watters' Guide on Solaris 8 Operating Environment
    Network Configuration

    Paul Watters covers all aspects of deploying the Solaris OE in his book "Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide" as an enterprise-level network operating system, with a focus on e-commerce. Written for experienced network administrators who want an objective guide to networking with Solaris OE, the book covers installation on the Intel and SPARC platforms and shows how to set up Solaris OE as a file server, application server and database server.

    Comparison of Solaris OE DVD and CD Installation
    A Single DVD Can Hold Up to 4.7 GBytes of Information

    Installing the Solaris OE has became easier due to DVD media. The entire Solaris OE can now be installed using a single DVD. This eliminates the need to swap CDs in and out of the drive. The two installation media for the Solaris 8 2/02 OE is available online.

    "System Performance Tuning"
    By Gian-Paolo C. Musumeci and Mike Loukides

    The second edition of "System Performance Tuning" by Gian-Paolo Musumeci and Mike Loukides has just been released by O'Reilly. This completely updated new book shows system administrators how to make the best use of existing systems while minimizing the purchase of new equipment.

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