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Omiris Networks Limited Chooses Sun for IT Infrastructure
Sun RAS Contributes to Eight-Month Project Completion Time

Omiris Networks Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Broker-to-Broker Networks Inc., provides services to the financial services industry that allow buyers on different continents to purchase the stock of a company elsewhere in the world while complying with all the different regulatory and transactional processes that apply to each buyer. Omiris looked to Sun for the hardware to implement its IT infrastructure, which was accomplished within eight months.

Liberty Alliance Project Seeks Federated Single Sign-on
Open Standard to Include Decentralized Authentication

Sun plans to introduce a number of products in the second half of 2002 designed to meet the Web Services needs of the Liberty Alliance Project (LAP). The Sun products that will first become LAP-enabled include the iPlanet Directory Server, Access Management Edition 5.0 and will eventually include all the e-commerce software from Sun that was formerly marketed under the iPlanet brand.

Specialized Expertise Helps Design, Implement New IT Initiatives
Sun Professional Services Program

The Sun Professional Services Program offers help in designing and implementing IT initiatives with a complete range of consulting services that includes the Architecture Workshop, the Architecture Assessment Service, the Architecture Roadmap Service and the Service Delivery Network Architecture Service.

    Enterprise Portal from Sun and Yahoo!
    Blends Personalized Content with Services from Yahoo!

    Sun and Yahoo! have formed an alliance to increase corporate productivity by creating an enterprise portal environment that blends business critical applications with personalized information. The blended solution of personalized content and services from Yahoo! combined with the functionality of the industry leading Sun ONE Portal Server (formerly the iPlanet Portal Server) will deliver the portal environment necessary to make significant return on investment possible.

    StarOffice 6.0 Software
    Affordable Alternative to Proprietary Office Productivity Suites

    StarOffice 6.0 software, the highly anticipated, full-featured office productivity suite that runs across multiple platforms, including Linux, Solaris OE and Windows will be available on May 21. StarOffice 6.0 software provides customers with an economical alternative to proprietary office productivity suites.

    Sun ONE Network Identity Server Bundles
    For Delivering Federated Identity-Based Services

    To help customers deploy an identity infrastructure, Sun is introducing a set of solutions called the Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity. These solutions will bundle iPlanet software, Sun hardware and offerings from the Sun Professional Services Program into single, easy to purchase configurations ideal for pre-production or pilot implementations. The first solutions to be available are the Sun ONE platform for Network Identity Enterprise and Internet solutions.

    Sun XVR-500 Graphics Accelerator
    Technical Details

    The new Sun XVR-500 Graphics Accelerator has double the geometry performance of 3-D graphics applications over Sun Expert3D-Lite graphics. Texture mapping performance is increased by 50 percent. There are no tradeoffs between the resolution being displayed and the amount of textures being stored or the Z-buffering depth. This affordable high performance graphics for MCAD and MCAE applications is supported on the Sun Blade 1000 workstation, Sun Blade 2000 workstations and the Sun Fire V880 server.

    EOL: 750 MHz Sun Blade 1000 Workstation Configurations
    Replaced with Sun Blade 2000 Workstation

    The end of life (EOL) is in effect for 750 Mhz Sun Blade 1000 configurations, 750 MHz modules, 36 GB FC-AL hard disk drives for Sun Blade 1000 and base ATO Sun Blade 1000 workstations. This EOL announcement terminates the entire Sun Blade 1000 workstation product line. The Sun Blade 1000 workstation product line is replaced with the recently announced Sun Blade 2000 workstations, a follow-up workstation line with improved performance and advanced graphics capabilities.

    EOL of the Ultra 10 Workstation
    And Associated Add-on Options

    Sun is transitioning the Ultra 10 workstation platform and associated add-on options off its price list. The Ultra 10 workstation was Sun's uniprocessor workstation. The Sun Blade 100 workstation offers comparable performance as the Ultra 10 workstation but at lower prices. Current Sun Ultra 10 workstation customers should consider upgrading to the Sun Blade 100 workstation as a replacement.

    EOL of the Sun I/O-based Country Kits
    Used on Ultra Workstation Platforms

    Sun is transitioning the Sun I/O-based country kits used on Ultra workstation platforms off its price list.. For UltraSPARC processor II based Workgroup and Enterprise server customers who continue to need Sun I/O-based country kits, there are eight high volume Sun I/O-based country kits that will remain orderable until further notice.

    UltraSPARC III 750 MHz, 8 MB-based Sun Fire 3800-6800 Servers

    Sun Fire 3800-6800 servers with UltraSPARC III 750 MHz-based MR configurations, UltraSPARC 750 MHz-based factory configured CPU/Memory Boards and all UltraSPARC III 750 MHz-based Sun Fire 3800 server based packages are being transitioned to simplify the portfolio of Sun's product offerings without compromising the performance, features and flexibility currently available.

    Sun Storage Solutions
    Complete Data Center Efficiency

    Sun's new consolidation solutions can consolidate data, storage systems and servers from many sources and multiple vendors onto one complete, platform that delivers high levels of performance and availability.

    Sun, TimeLogic and DeCypher Testing Sun Fire 6800 Server
    San Diego Supercomputer Center Bioinformatics High Speed Test

    Sun, TimeLogic Corp., manufacturer of the DeCypher line of biocomputing accelerators, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently completed benchmark testing and scientific validation of large-scale Hidden Markov Model bioinformatics analyses comparing speed and results to those obtained on SDSC's Linux PC cluster. The test results on the Sun Fire 6800 server were achieved in 41 hours, versus the 144 days it previously took to run the test.

    Entry Level Servers
    Sun Cobalt RaQ XTR Server Appliance
    Features and Benefits

    The Sun Cobalt RaQ XTR Server Appliance is the ideal server appliance for service providers delivering or hosting content-rich interactive Web sites or other complex software applications requiring a sophisticated back-end infrastructure. Features and benefits include integrated Web serving, virtual domain support, software RAID support and bandwidth management.

    SunTone Clustered Database Platform 280/3
    First Integrated Clustered Oracle Database Solution

    The SunTone Clustered Database Platform 280/3 is now available. This system is based on the SunTone Cluster Platform 280/3 with the addition of Oracle 9i Server Enterprise Edition pre-installed on the system. The SunTone Clustered Database Platform 280/3 is the first integrated clustered Oracle database solution. Hardware for this platform is identical to the SunTone Cluster Platform 280/3. The hardware and software components of the system are built into a single rack, configured and tested before shipment.

    Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 Server Appliance

    The Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance makes the delivery of network applications simpler and more affordable by starting at only $1699. Sun's highest performing server appliance is pre-configured with the hardware and software companies need to deploy email, Web hosting and other Internet applications. The Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance is equipped with a 1.26 GHz processor, up to 2 GB of memory and two 80 GB drives with support for RAID 0 and 1 for data redundancy.

    SPC Benchmark Ranks Sun Storage Number One in Performance
    Sun StorEdge 9910 System Outperforms IBM

    The Storage Performance Council (SPC), an industry standards body, has released final results for SPC Benchmark 1 (SPC-1). Based on the SPC-1 benchmark tests, Sun StorEdge 9910 system delivered best-in-class performance, with 30 percent better response time than IBM's Enterprise Storage Server. Sun not only outperforms the competition but is priced substantially less than IBM systems.

    New Downloads
    Portal and Directory Servers

    There are new downloads available: iPlanet Portal Server 3.0 SP4: Mobile Access Pack 3.0 Hot Patch and iPlanet Directory Server 4.16 SP1. The iPlanet Portal Server deploys e-commerce portals that include membership management, personalization, aggregation, security, integration and search services. The iPlanet Directory Server 4.16 SP1 includes improved search performance for complex and unindexed searches, SSL performance on Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) systems. A new service pack is available for the iPlanet Web Proxy Server 3.6 SP1.

    New Configurations for Sun StorEdge D240 Media Tray
    36 GB 10K rpm SCSI Hard Drives

    36 GB 10K rpm SCSI HDD configurations and a new 36 GB HDD sled option are now available for the Sun StorEdge D240 Media Tray. Configurations now support up to 144 GB of disk space. In addition, pricing of the 18 GB 10K rpm SCSI HDD sled option has now been reduced.

    Technical Details: Sun StorEdge 9980 and Sun StorEdge 9970 Systems
    Features and Benefits

    Two new additions to the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series family of new data center storage systems are the Sun StorEdge 9980 multi-cabinet model and the Sun StorEdge 9970 single cabinet model. The Sun StorEdge 9900 Series provide best-of-breed storage for data center environments and features robust virtualization capabilities and second generation switched fabric architecture that is far superior to older bus architectures still sold today.

    Java Technology
    "The Design Patterns Java Workbook"
    By Steven John Metsker

    John Metsker's book "The Design Patterns Java Workbook" organizes Java technology design patterns by five categories of "intent": interfaces, responsibility, construction, operations and extensions. Each section of the book focuses on one category and identifies the relevant challenges facing Java technology developers, showing how specific patterns can be used to solve problems that recur in Java technology development that cannot easily be solved without their use.

    "Web Content Mining with Java"
    by Tony Loton

    "Web Content Mining with Java: Techniques for Exploiting the World's Biggest Information Resource" by Tony Loton covers the ability to utilize the information gained from Web sites in a form that users can manipulate, store and query automatically.

    "Java Graphics Programming Library"
    by Oswald Campesato

    "Java Graphics Programming Library: Concepts To Source Code" by Oswald Campesato is a comprehensive reference for the experienced Java technology developer, providing hundreds of pages of source code for fully functional Java technology graphics classes. This book/CD-ROM package saves valuable programming time by offering ready-to-use, customizable code for commonly used graphics, including a variety of polygons, polyhedra, ellipses, cones, cylinders and more.

    "Learn Java with JBuilder 6"
    By John Zukowski

    "Learn Java with JBuilder 6" by John Zukowski teaches you how to become a productive JBuilder developer by creating bite-size examples introducing new aspects of the Java technology programming language and the core Java technology libraries. Developers can learn to use many of the JBuilder wizards and JavaBeans component architecture to automatically generate the common development framework, leaving you to just fill in the business logic.

    "Getting Started with Java API for XML-based RPC"
    A Look at Client and Server Programming Models

    The article "Getting Started with JAX-RPC" by Arun Gupta and Beth Stearns introduces the Java technology APIs for XML-based Remote Procedure Call (JAX-RPC) technology and describes its client and server programming models. The API combines XML with Remote Procedure Call (RPC), which is a mechanism enabling clients to execute procedures on distributed or remote systems, so that developers can build Web Services and clients.

    Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, Wireless Toolkit
    Beta Release 1.0.4 Available for Download

    The Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, (J2ME) Wireless Toolkit Beta Release 1.0.4, a datasheet on the J2ME platform covering market need and configuration and information about J2ME platform resources are all available for download.

    SAML Promises to Bring Multiple Sign-on Authentication to an End
    Interview with Sun Technology Evangelist Rima Patel

    In an interview with Sun Technology Evangelist Rima Patel, Jon Byous examines the status of single sign-on technology. According to Byous, multiple sign-on for secure authentication and authorization is quickly becoming a thing of the past for service providers who adopt the Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML) specification.

    Garbage Collection to Improve Java Technology Applications
    Mathematical Model

    "Improving Java Application Performance and Scalability by Reducing Garbage Collection Times and Sizing Memory" is an article by Nagendra Nagarajayya and J. Steven Mayer. According to the authors' abstract, understanding the behavior of the garbage collector becomes more important as Java technology becomes more and more pervasive in the telecommunications (telco) industry. Nagarajayya and Mayer assert that developers can improve performance significantly, and describe analytical and modeling strategies that will result in acceptable application performance by constructing a mathematical model to predict and tune application behavior.

    Java Platform Success
    Two Million Downloads

      New Product Marketplace
      SmartZone Geospatial Platform 2.0
      Location-based Services and Telematics Applications

      SmartZone Geospatial Platform 2.0 from Webraska of France provides full support for in-car voice and GPS-enabled wireless navigation application for on-board terminals and wireless PDAs. It incorporates real-time color overlays of traffic conditions that can be customized zoom and scale on dynamically generated maps.

      Tripwire for Servers 3.0 and Tripwire Manager 3.0
      Strengthen the Foundation of Data Security

      Tripwire software provides the foundation for effective corporate information security and availability. New enhancements in the Tripwire for Servers 3.0 and Tripwire Manager 3.0 and Check Point Edition of Tripwire for Servers include increased functionality, improved management capabilities which ensure verification of data integrity across the enterprise, and add customer-requested capabilities such as a Policy Wizard, Integrated Command Execution (ICE), HTML and XML reporting and more.

      Computer Associates' eTrust Antivirus
      Certified by TruSecure and ICSA Labs

      TruSecure Corporation's independent ICSA Labs division has completed the industry's first certification tests for anti-virus products designed for the Solaris OE and Linux operating systems. Computer Associates' eTrust Antivirus is the first product to receive this certification. The ICSA Labs Anti-Virus Certification program is an independent and comprehensive process that rigorously tests, assesses and validates the security of anti-virus products relied upon by all types of companies worldwide.

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