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"Does Megahertz Matter?"
Executive Perspectives: Reality Check

According to the author of the recent Executive Perspectives: Reality Check article "Does Megahertz Matter?", the answer is yes, megahertz matters, but processor frequency does not solely determine application performance, and only when comparing systems with the same architecture. However, it can be easy to get swept up in the inaccurate perception that an increase in processor megahertz will improve application performance by the same amount and thus increase productivity and speed up time to market.

netASPx for Lawson ASP Customers
Guarantees 99.9% Availability

netASPx Inc., a full-service ASP, has taken the unusual step of defining availability the way customers define it--and actually guaranteeing exceptionally high levels of availability. The company offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee to Lawson application customers on the HA platform.

Hardware
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Sun Dual Fast Ethernet + Dual SCSI PCI Adapter
33/66 MHz Combo

Sun Dual Fast Ethernet + Dual SCSI PCI Adapter is a 33/66 MHz combo adapter providing two wide-Ultra-SCSI 2 (80 MB/s) channels and two Fast Ethernet channels on one EPCI (32/64-bit,33/66 MHz) card.

    Storage
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    New Sun StorEdge 6900 Series Upgrades
    Combines RAS With High Performance

    The new Sun StorEdge 6900 series storage systems are ideal for simplifying high performance storage pooling, combining reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) with a high performance virtualization engine. The Sun StorEdge 6900 series provides customers with a complete, easy-to-order and easy-to-deploy solution for managing their data growth.

    Sun StorEdge 9900 Series FICON Support
    Benefits over ESCON

    Sun is introducing FICON support for the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series product line. FICON, the recently adopted addition to the Fibre Channel Standard (under FC-SB-2), has a number of benefits over past mainframe connectivity options like ESCON. By encapsulating ESCON within the Fibre Channel protocol, Director products from Inrange and McData can be used. Two new port adapters are introduced to support this connectivity from the Sun StorEdge 9900 series arrays.

    Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 Series New Configurations
    Four Products

    The new configurations for the Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 Series are the Sun StorEdge 3910 system, the Sun StorEdge 3960 system, the Sun StorEdge 6910 system, and the Sun StorEdge 6960 system. They offer full cabinet capacity (more storage), ease of ordering and price incentive to customers who need more capacity.

    Developer
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    XML Pipeline Definition Language Specification
    Version 1.0

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently acknowledged Sun's submission of the XML Pipeline Definition Language as a W3C Technical Note. The complete XML Pipeline specification defines a vocabulary for describing the processing relationships between XML resources. Norman Walsh and Eve Maler from Sun were the editors of the W3C Technical Note.

      "Web Services Description Language (WSDL): An Intuitive View"
      by Casey Chan

      Casey Chan, a Technology Evangelist for Sun recently wrote an article titled "Web Services Description Language (WSDL): An Intuitive View". According to Chan, the Web services computing model revolutionizes technology by allowing remotely located individuals to harness information assets and invoke services from virtually anywhere. WSDL is defined as "an XML grammar for describing network services as collections of communication endpoints capable of exchanging messages."

      New UI Specifications on Netbeans Web Site
      Drag and Drop of Objects, Filechooser Defaults and Simplification of Navigation in Explorer

      Several new UI specifications recently appeared on NetBeans Web site and were discussed on the nbui mailing list. Topics covered included Drag and Drop of Objects, Filechooser Defaults, Simplification of Navigation in Explorer and a discussion on nbdev.

      Forte for Java 4, Mobile Edition
      Expanding Market for Java Technology-enabled Mobile Devices

      Sun has introduced Forte for Java, release 4.0, Mobile Edition, a compact integrated development environment (IDE) optimized for developers building applications targeting the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) for mobile devices. Some of the mobile device and service provider industry's most influential companies, including Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sprint, will integrate Forte for Java products with their developer tools and redistribute the products to their developer communities.

      New Forte Tools with Multi-language Debugging
      For the Sun Open Net Environment

      Early access code for the next major release of Forte Tools products for the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture is now available. This new series of products unifies Sun's integrated development environments (IDEs) on a common foundation, the NetBeans open source platform, delivering the first toolset that works seamlessly for all major languages.

      Security
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      Security Bulletin 218
      Topic: Bytecode Verifier

      A vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Bytecode Verifier may be exploited by an untrusted applet to escalate privileges. Installations of Netscape 6.2.1 and earlier are affected. The default JREs of Netscape Communicator version 4.79 and earlier are also affected. Releases prior to SDK and JRE 1.2.2, and JDK and JRE 1.1.8 for Windows and Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) are also affected.

      Security Bulletin 217
      Java Web Start Software

      Sun security bulletin number 217 (dated March 18, 2002) applies to releases of Java Web Start Software 1.0.1_01, 1.0.1, and 1.0. A Java Web Start Software application may gain access to restricted resources. Sun recommends that users of affected releases upgrade to the latest Java Web Start Software release or upgrade to Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK), Standard Edition, v 1.4.

      "Server Virtualization with Trusted Solaris 8 Operating Environment"
      by Glenn Faden

      A recent Sun BluePrints OnLine article was titled "Server Virtualization with Trusted Solaris 8 Operating Environment" by Glenn Faden. Faden expands on techniques for the configuration of labeled networks to show how the Trusted Solaris Operating Environment can be deployed by a network service provider to support multiple customers within a single infrastructure.

      "XKMS Headlines XML Security, Takes a Hard Line on Complexity"
      by Brett Mendel

      XKMS, XML Key Management Specification, is vital to XML security standards and critical to Web services and securing transactions on the Web. Yassir Elley and Brett Mendel's article, "XKMS Headlines XML Security, Takes a Hard Line on Complexity", explain why XKMS is seen as important to protecting XML-based applications and data. Mendel details how the standard works and offers some tips for how to use it. Also covered is PKI and the two specs of the components: X-KRSS and X-KISS.

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