Sun and Macalla Software Provide Postbank with M-banking
Project Completed in Six Months
When Postbank of the Netherlands wanted to become the first Dutch bank
to offer fully integrated mobile banking to consumers, they chose
Sun technology and the Macalla Mobile Commerce Platform. They
wanted to get their m-banking program online within six months so they
could take advantage of a summer savings campaign when most Dutch
salaried workers are issued holiday bonuses.
Sun and Acero Inc. Produce the Acero Genomics Knowledge Platform
Managing High Volume of Genomic Data
Sun and Acero Inc. are teaming up to create a knowledge and data management platform for
genomic-based drug discovery called the Acero Genomics Knowledge Platform which will run on the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). The platform will help life sciences
companies effectively manage the growing volume and complexity of their
data. The platform is designed to integrate and process diverse data on
a massive scale, aiding biologists and bioinformaticits
with genomics-based drug discovery.
New from Sun, BeVocal and Nuance: Sun VoiceTone Platform
Voice Portals and Voice-activated Dialing
The new Sun VoiceTone Platform from Sun, BeVocal and Nuance is an open,
standards-compliant architecture to help both mobile and wireline
operators quickly deliver enhanced services such as voice portals,
voice-navigated voicemail and voice-activated dialing to their
New Agreement: Sun and Cable & Wireless
Hosting Business Exodus "One Stop Shop" Model
sun and Cable & Wireless announced a non-binding memorandum of
understanding for a strategic alliance that focuses on Exodus, a Cable
& Wireless Service. Their goal is to provide end-to-end,
cross-industry and vertical solutions that address business' Internet
and mission-critical internal operations.
Sun Technology and Beatnik Production Music E-commerce Site
Musican and founder of Beatnik, Thomas Dolby Roberston, discussed his compnay
and its relationship with Sun in a success story on the Sun Web site.
The Beatnik Production Music B2B e-commerce site delivers quick,
convenient online access to comprehensive audio library for music
EEI's EnterpriseFTX Platform Tests on Solaris OE
Increased Capacity and Scalability for Financial Institutions
The results of the latest performance internal test for EEI's
EnterpriseFTX platform show that EnterpriseFTX scales to more than 10
million clients running on Sun Enterprise 4500 Servers. These test
results demonstrate that EnterpriseFTX on the Solaris Operating
Environment (Solaris OE) can provide increased capacity and scalability
to financial institutions for the delivery of next-generation online
Network Identity Solutions
With Sun Open Net Environment Platform
When shopping online, consumers provide the same information about
themselves over and over again when they buy from a book Web site, make
and airline reservation, use an auction site or open a bank account.
Preferences are tracked and managed separately. To unify all this data
and increase customer satisfaction, the Sun Open Net Environment
(Sun ONE) Platform for Network Identity provides the foundation for
building a network identity infrastructure. Sun has outlined six steps
to a complete Network Identity infrastructure.
inside Sun Open Net Environment User Community Portal
Graphs and Web-based Tools for Calculating ROI
The inside Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) user community
portal provides information, tools and resources for technology
professionals. Features on the inside Sun
ONE Web site are designed to help to support technology decisions and
Central Scotland Police Save Money with StarOffice Software
No Licensing Costs and Reduced Cost of Hardware
The Central Scotland Police (CSP) has saved £245,000 by adopting
the StarOffice Software suite, for use
by its 1,000 police officers and administrative staff. CSP analyzed
several software packages but chose StarOffice Software, which came without
licensing costs and with reduced hardware costs.
Task Force on National Security in the Information Age
John Gage Participating
The Markle Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International
Studies (CSIS) and the Brookings Institution have joined forces to
create an independent, multi-sector task force to determine how
information and technology can enhance national security. The Task
Force on National Security in the Information Age will include leaders
from industry, government and the civil liberties community.
Sun Offers Fastest Network Connectivity
With New Sun OC48 Packet Over Sonet Adapter Device
The newly introduced Sun OC48 Packet Over Sonet Adapter Device
provides Sun Servers with up to 2.4 Gbps of high-performance networking
and high network resiliency. Multi-gigabit speed connectivity for
next-generation networking now enables Sun Fire V880 Servers, Sun
Fire 4800 Servers and Sun Fire 6800 Servers to take full
advantage of Packet Over Sonet technology.
Three New Products from Sun to Visualize Data
Sun Blade 2000 Workstation, a Graphics Accelerator and Monitor
Sun introduced three new products
for the compute-intensive technical market and high-end visualization.
The Sun Blade 2000 workstation, the Sun XVR-1000 graphics
accelerator, and the state-of-the-art 24-inch, digital flat-panel
monitor are part of a new vision called Personal Visualization which
enables users across a range of disciplines such as geosciences,
manufacturing and medical imaging to design or visualize very
complex data at the desktop.Sun also announced a new relationship
with Opticore, a developer of 3D
real-time software for interactive product visualization and
Sun Blade 2000 Workstation: Dual 1.05 Ghz UltraSPARC III CU Processors
The Sun Blade 2000 Workstation features dual 1.05 Ghz UltraSPARC
III CU processors, mature 64-bit architecture, high-end 3D
visualization capabilities and the robust Solaris 8 Operating
Environment (Solaris OE). The Sun Blade 2000 Workstation holds the
new industry record for floating point performance.
New Sun Blade 1000 Workstation Configurations
Based on Zero Cost 750 MHz
New Sun Blade 1000 Workstation configurations based on a zero-cost
750 MHz UltraSPARC CPU are targeted at the high-end workstation customers
who are price sensitive. The 750 MHz Sun Blade 1000 Workstation
configurations support mixed speeds only utilizing UltraSPARC III
CPUs. The rules are the same as in the previous Sun Blade 1000
Workstation 750 MHz and 900 MHz UltraSPARC III CPU configurations. The
Sun Blade 1000 Workstation has 8 GB RAM capacity, which allows more of
an application to run directly in RAM at far faster speeds than disk.
Sun Ray Thin Client Price Increases
No Change on Sun Ray 150 Appliance and Bundles
Price increases are in effect on Sun Ray 1 and Sun Ray 100 thin
client Appliances. Bundles with Sun Ray 1 and Sun Ray 100 Appliances are
also affected, though the Sun Ray 150 Appliance and bundles with it
Sun XVR-1000 3D Graphics Accelerator
Supports Dynamic Multisampling; 360 MB of On-board Memory
The new Sun XVR-1000 3D graphics accelerator brings high-end
visualization capabilities to the personal work environment. The
industry's first graphics accelerator to support dynamic multisampling
and to reach 30-bit color output, the Sun XVR-1000 also provides 360 MB
of on-board memory to deliver unsurpassed image accuracy and color for
the most demanding, compute-intensive applications.
Opticore Opus Software on Solaris Operating Environment
Interactive Real-Time 3D Visualization Tools
"Eliminating Nonre-entrant Library Calls in Multithreaded Programs"
by Bruce Chapman
In his Solaris Developer Connection Program technical article
"Eliminating nonre-entrant Libary Calls in Multithreaded Programs,"
Bruce Chapman provides a list of APIs to avoid, as well as a means of
checking to make sure code is not harboring dangerous, nonre-entrant
Solaris Developer Connection Program Audiocasts
Sun Open Net Environment and Other Topics
Solaris Developer Connection Program audiocasts offer audio
presentations by experts in
leading-edge Sun technologies. Topics include
Java technologies, XML, Solaris Operating Environment
(Solaris OE) and more. One audiocast features a Sun Open Net
Environment (Sun ONE) Technical Keynote titled "Connecting the Dots."
Another audiocast is titled "Deployment Platforms for Web Services:
Solaris OE and Linux.
Enterprise JavaBeans Tutorial
Creating and Testing Session Beans
Forte for Java Enterprise Edition includes tools and modules to
make the creation and testing of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
easier and more flexible. Part one of a tutorial on the
Java technology Web site introduces the process
of creating and testing session beans, both stateless and stateful,
with Forte for Java Release 3.0, Enterprise Edition. Developers are
provided an opportunity to quickly grasp some of the key concepts and
capabilities of this process.
Interview with Sang Shin
Java Technology Evangelist
In Janice Heiss' interview with Java technology evangelist Sang
Shin they discuss Sun Tech Days, Sun Code Camp Programs,
resources available to the Java technology developer community,
Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) for Web services,
important Java technology APIs for Web services and uses of Jini
Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition Tech Tips
Optimizing Application Size and Object Serialization
The Java Developer Connection (JDC) Program Web site presented the
Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition
(J2ME) Tech Tips issue for February 26, 2002 covering optimization of
application size and object serialization in CLDC-based profiles.
Java Smart Ticket Demo Application
Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition Front-end
"Developing an End-to-End Wireless Application Using Java Smart Ticket Demo"
by Eric D. Larson looks at both the client-side development of a wireless
application and the server-side as a complete end-to-end application. The
author uses the Java Smart Ticket Demo, which has a Java 2 Platform,
Micro Edition (J2ME) front-end that communicates with a Java 2
Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) back-end.
Software Development Conference & Expo April 22-26, 2002
Java University Program April 22-23, 2002
A Java University Program on April 22-23, 2002, will be offered in
conjunction with the Software Development Conference & Expo April
22-26, 2002 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA.
Certification Fast Path Track courses will be offered at that time.
"Bitter Java" Examines Bad Designs
Antipatterns and Refactored Solutions
"Bitter Java," a book by Bruce A. Tate and Braden R. Flowers, addresses
Java technology antipatterns involving design, performance and low-level
programming. The book investigates the root causes and resolutions of
major problems within Java technology server-side programming and design. Intended
for intermediate Java technology programmers, analysts and
architects, "Bitter Java" covers antipatterns for Java 2 Platform,
Enterprise Edition (J2EE) concepts such as servlets, JavaServer
Pages (JSP) technology, Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) components, enterprise
connection models and scalability.
Vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment
Security Bulletin Alert Number 216
Security Bulletin Alert number 216, date March 4, 2002, concerns a
vulnerability in the Java runtime environment that may allow
an untrusted applet to monitor requests to and responses from
an HTTP proxy server when a persistent connection is used between
a client and an HTTP proxy server. Links to upgrades are included in the
online version of this article.
Trusted Solaris Provides Multiple Sensitivity Levels
Restricts Users to "Need-to-Know" Data
Maggie Biggs, writing in InfoWorld, recommends using the Trusted
Solaris 8 Operating Environment as a defense against internal
security break-ins. Trusted Solaris, a security-enhanced version of the
Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE), enforces multiple
sensitivity levels and thereby restricts user access to "need-to-know"
Creating an Audit Trail
A Review of Sun Audit Subsystems
The Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) and Trusted
Solaris Operating Environment offer superior audit subsystems.
These audit mechanisms generate, maintain and protect an audit trail
for individual user accountability.
Leveraging SunSHIELD Basic Security
System Security With EMERALD eXpert-BSM
To offer Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) customers the
most effective way to exploit BSM's potential to detect high-cost
security breaches, Sun and SRI International's EMERALD development
group have created EMERALD eXpert-BSM, a powerful software monitor
that provides accurate, insightful real-time security protection by
analyzing BSM audit data.
New Product Marketplace
Configuration Auditor 2.0 from Ecora
For Oracle Databases
Ecora Software has released Configuration Auditor 2.0 for Oracle
databases. Configuration Auditor adds numerous baseline comparison
features and makes conducting security audits, keeping disaster
recovery documentation current, as well as database migrations and
upgrades more efficient. Ecora also released a 2.0 version of
Configuration Reporter, which discovers configuration data from all
current releases of Oracle (from Versions 7.3 to 9i) and generates
reports in plain English.
Asset Control Releases ACDEX
Outsourced Global Securities Data Management
Asset Control, a provider of financial data integration technology,
recently unveiled ACDEX. This new outsourced service using the
Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) manages the quality,
integrity and distribution of securities-related data. For financial
institutions and corporations that use securities data in trading
operations, risk management and portfolio management, ACDEX operates as
a centralized data management utility that cuts the costs and risk
associated with decentralized, in-house management.
Cadence Design Systems Signal Processing Worksystem Upgrade
Enables Collaboration to Reduce Design Time
Cadence Design Systems Inc. has released a substantial upgrade to its
Signal Processing Worksystem (SPW). SPW 4.8 incorporates a broad
spectrum of new capabilities and enhancements to both the core system
and its links with other tools. These include tight integrations with
the Xilinx Coregen solution, with the analog design flow that supports
the Cadence AMS Designer and with SystemC 2.0.