"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
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
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.
XML Pipeline Definition Language Specification
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
"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 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
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
PKI and the two specs of the components: X-KRSS and X-KISS.