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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 subscribers.

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
Audio Library

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 professionals.

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 financial services.

Features
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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 enhance presentations.

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.

Software
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Sun Mainframe Transaction Processing Software 7.2
New Software License for 50 Users Only

Sun now offers a new software license for only 50 users of Sun Mainframe Transaction Processing Software 7.2. This license is for customers with small production environments who are looking for lower entry prices when rehosting on Sun.

Sun, Ximian and Wipro Develop Open Source GNOME 2.0 Desktop
For Solaris Operating Environment

Sun, Ximian Inc. and Wipro Ltd. are jointly developing an open source desktop environment for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) based on the upcoming GNOME 2.0. Sun will draw on Ximian's and Wipro's expertise and functionality developed by the GNOME community to build a modern desktop environment that will serve as the preferred desktop for the Solaris OE.

ABIcheck Drafts for glibc and GNOME
Released by Sun to the Open Source Community

ABIcheck was inspired by Sun's work on defining the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) ABI Tool Kit and its technology for checking whether application binaries conform to that ABI. ABIcheck is the nucleus for such an ABI effort in the Open Source community. It is currently in the prototype/planning stage with initial work being done by members of the Solaris OE ABI Program.

Transition of Some Part Numbers for Trusted Solaris Software
Off Price List

Trusted Solaris 2.5.1, 7 and 8 Software parts are going to be transitioned off the price list. This announcement does not affect the recently introduced Trusted Solaris 8 4/01 Software product. The last order date will be July 31, 2002.

Sun Platforms and Paracel Clustering and Assembly Software
Bioinformatics Solutions

Paracel Inc. and Sun have agreed to market Paracel TranscriptAssembler and Paracel GenomeAssembler software on Sun platforms. Paracel provided live demonstrations of its clustering and assembly software programs on the Sun Blade 100 Workstation running on the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) at the BioITWorld Conference and Expo in Boston.

Hardware
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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.

Workstation
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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 design/styling.

Sun Blade 2000 Workstation: Dual 1.05 Ghz UltraSPARC III CU Processors
64-bit Architecture

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 are not.

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

    Developer
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    "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 library calls.

    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.

    Java Technology
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    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 network technology.

    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 J2ME 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.

    Security
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    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" data.

    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
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    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.

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