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Sun Introduces New Entry-Level Server: Sun Fire V480 Server
Featuring up to Four 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Processors
Sun unveiled the new Sun Fire V480 server, featuring up to four 900
MHz UltraSPARC III processors in a rack-optimized compact design.
The system's fast Sun Fireplane interconnect provides 9.6
GB per second throughput. Its 8 MB of CPU cache is more than six times the capacity available on Wintel systems.
Sun Eliminating Cost Barrier to Web Services
Sun ONE Application Server 7 Software Products
At a Web event keynoted by CEO Scott McNealy, Sun launched
the new Sun ONE Application Server 7 product line and a new
business model that will make the core version of its Java
technology-based application server free to enterprises and independent
software vendors (ISVs) on all leading platforms, including the
Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), Linux, Windows, HP-UX
Sun Fire V880 Server With 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Processor
Server Sets New Performance Level
The 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processor for the Sun Fire V880
server provides a significant performance boost and sets a new
performance level for the SAP-Standard Sales and Distribution (SD)
Sun Fire Server SMP New ECperf Benchmark
Handles Complex and Realistic Application-tier Simulated Workloads
Sun Fire server symmetric multi-processing (SMP) systems achieved a
new ECperf benchmark record with leading price/performance for
mainstream SMP systems. The SMP eight-way Sun Fire V880 server with
900 MHz UltraSPARC III processors in combination with Sun
StorEdge arrays with 16 GB of memory, running the Solaris 8 OE
demonstrates its ability to handle a
complex and realistic application tier workload containing substantial
business logic data.
Latest Releases of Sun ONE Studio Software Tools
Development Tools for the Java Platform
Sun has released the latest versions of the Sun ONE
Studio software development tools for the Java platform. Formerly the
Forte for Java product family, the Sun ONE Studio software tools equip
developers for end-to-end Web Services development, spanning mobile to
enterprise development, including support for multiple application
servers. The product is also featured as part of the new Sun ONE
Customer Support for Sun's New Software Business Model
Transportation, Retail, Government and Other Industries
Sun announced extensive customer support of Sun's new software business
model and recent product announcements. Customers such as
Consolidated Freightways, Bank of America and CB Richard Ellis,
can take advantage of the power of Sun's end-to-end infrastructure
for delivering services on demand.
Financial Services Benchmark from Sun and Connextive
Connextive GSTPA Engine
On the recent financial performance test by Sun and Connextive, a
provider of software used by financial services firms, Connextive's
GSTPA Engine achieved a record breaking 52,000 transactions/second for
the GSTPA translating to multiple billions of transactions per day.
The test ran on the UltraSPARC II processor-based Sun Enterprise
6500 server and Sun StorEdge disk array.
eSolutions for STP
A Three-tiered Solution for Securities and Capital Markets Firms
Sun's eSolutions for STP is a three-tiered approach to simplify
straight-through processing (STP) and help securities and capital
markets firms stay competitive in markets that experience fluctuating
trade volumes and industry changes such as those from electronic
discount brokerages. The three tiers consist of e-solutions from the
financial services consulting group of the Sun Professional
Services program, STP solutions from the iForce Partner
community and iForce Ready Centers.
ISVs Support Sun ONE Application Server
Ease of Integration into Customers' IT Infrastructure
Industry support for Sun's next-generation Sun ONE Application
Server (formerly iPlanet Application Server) product line and
Sun ONE Developer Platform comes from leading independent software
vendors (ISVs), system integrators and solution providers.
Alticast Choses Sun Infrastructure
Multimedia Home Platform Interactive TV Solutions
Alticast chose Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) solutions, Netra
t1 servers and the Solaris 8 OE for
its trio of solutions for the interactive multimedia home platform TV
Project Ace Cuts Development Cycle Time
Method Automatically Generates Implementation Code
Project Ace, created at Sun laboratories, is an advance in software
development that promises to cut development cycles and simplify the
transition from one architecture to another. Developers use Ace to
create a high-level specification that provides enough information so
that Ace can automatically generate the implementation code for an
application, completely separating the implementation details of a
distributed application from its specification.
Increases Productivity and Directly Addresses the Bottom Line
Grid computing can help companies deliver processing power to their
employees, partners and customers as a commodity, no longer tied to a
single network or server system. Making the shift to grid computing can
give your organization benefits that directly address the bottom line.
To address the particular needs of a business environment, Sun created
an Enterprise Edition version of the Sun Grid Engine software, with
a specialized Policy Module that governs how compute resources are
allocated across departments.
"The Smart, Safe Enterprise"
An Article from Sun Journal Web Edition, Number 4
As more business is conducted online, the threat of
attacks by hackers, viruses, information pirates and others increases.
To deal with these threats, companies need to establish a solid,
integrated perimeter security solution, encompassing the firewall,
virus detection, invasion detection, and tracking and file system
integrity. The article, "The Smart, Safe Enterprise," from the Web edition of the Sun Journal focuses on perimeter security.
Overview of Sun Journal, Volume 6, No. 1
Focus on "The Smart Enterprise"
Sun Journal, Volume 6, No. 1, continues the theme of "The Smart
Enterprise." Business intelligence is one element of a smart
enterprise strategy. In addition to BI, this issue of Sun Journal
examines some of the other key elements: data warehousing, enterprise
portals, storage and business process management systems.
"The Data Warehouse Challenge"
By A. J. Mahajan
Enterprise operational and transactional systems generate an enormous
amount of data that must be collected, integrated, managed and analyzed
in a timely manner in order to gain the intelligence required for
making critical business decisions, optimizing processes, increasing
productivity and fostering meaningful customer interactions. A
framework for designing and deploying a competitive data warehouse
while maintaining sanity in budgeting and the time it takes to create
it is incorporated in Sun's development of a data warehouse reference
"ROI and Enterprise Portals"
by Paul Elkins
Sun Journal Vol 6, No 1, has an article titled "ROI and Enterprise
Portals" by Paul Elkins, a portal strategist for Sun.
Portals typically deliver relevant information to customers, employees
and suppliers, incorporating a wide variety of applications and
initiatives. Portals typically leverage and integrate existing
technologies within an enterprise, preserving existing technology
assets while increasing the flexibility and value of those assets.
Entry Level Servers
Sun Fire V480 Server: Balanced Architecture
Up to 32 GB Memory
The Sun Fire V480 server is positioned at the high-end of Sun's
powerful line of rack-optimized, entry-level servers. The Sun Fire V480
server features two or four 900 MHz award-winning UltraSPARC III Cu
processors, up to 32 GB of memory, two hot-plug FC-AL disks, two
hot-swappable (N+1) power supplies, dual integrated 10/100/1000-Mbps
Ethernet, 6 PCI slots, and Remote System Control in a 5 RU, 24-inch
deep, rack-optimized chassis.
Examination of Three Servers: Sun Fire 280R Server, Sun Fire V480 Server, and Sun Fire V880 Server
Aberdeen Group Executive White Paper
The Aberdeen Group has conducted an examination of three Sun 64-bit
UltraSPARC III workgroup servers--the Sun Fire 280R server, Sun
Fire V480 server and the Sun Fire V880 server--and to demonstrate
propositions for these three servers that meet the need among IT
managers for server consolidation in the context of investment
protection. Aberdeen concludes that the Sun Fire 280R server, Sun Fire
V480 server and
Sun Fire V880 server are huge price/performance leaders over IBM's p620,
p640 and p660 AIX servers.
Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 Series Open SAN Configurations
Configurations Without Host-facing Switches
Sun is introducing new Sun StorEdge 3900 and Sun StorEdge 6900
Series Open SAN Configurations without host-facing switches. These new
configurations are introduced to meet a wider variety of customer
Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Brocade 2 Gb/sec Director Class Switch Support
Brocade SilkWorm 12000 Core Fabric Switch
Sun is introducing support for the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Brocade
2 Gb/sec Director Class Switch. The Brocade SilkWorm 12000 Core Fabric
Switch is offered as part of a SAN solution within the Sun StorEdge
9900 family (specifically for the Sun StorEdge 9980 and 9970
systems). With up to 128 1 Gb/s and 2 Gb/s auto-sensing ports, this new
fabric switch aids in simplifying the design, administration, and
management of large SANs.
Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Additional Software Support
For the Sun StorEdge 9980 and 9970 System
There are new, or updated, data and storage management software
products for the Sun StorEdge 9960 and 9910 systems and the
Sun StorEdge 9980 and 9970 systems. New products include
Sun StorEdge 9900 ShadowImage-FlashCopy Extension software,
Sun StorEdge 9900 Extended Remote Copy 3 (SXRC3) software and
Sun StorEdge 9900 HiCommand 2.1 management framework software.
New Version of the Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.1 Software
Replacement for Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.0 Software
The Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.1 software will replace the
3.0 version. New features of version 3.1 include remote mirror
protocol performance improvements, new point-in-time copy enhancements
and specific performance improvements to the remote mirroring software,
and Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) support.
Sun StorEdge 9900 Series McDATA 2 Gb/sec Director Class Switch Support
McDATA Intrepid 6064 Included
Along with native 2 Gb/s connectivity for the new Sun StorEdge 9980
and 9970 systems, comes two new Director Class switches to support this
bandwidth. The McDATA Intrepid 6064 is offered as part of a SAN
solution within the Sun StorEdge 9900 family. With up to 64 2 Gb/s
auto-sensing ports, this new director-class switch aids in simplifying
the design, administration and management of large SAN's.
Sun StorEdge Open SAN Architecture
Delivers Higher Levels of Manageability, Scalability and Performance
Sun StorEdge Open SAN Architecture is a new comprehensive set of
products, enhancements and services allowing customers to deploy
larger, heterogeneous SANs with higher levels of performance. Sun is
expanding its complete storage solution offerings to provide customers
with a consistent, unified SAN architecture that scales to meet
business needs enterprise-wide. The Sun StorEdge Open SAN Architecture
simplifies SAN management, optimizes resource utilization and
ultimately lowers TCO across the IT infrastructure.
Sun StorEdge T3 Arrays Part Numbers Redefined
New Standard Configurations
There has been a redefinition of the most popular Sun StorEdge T3
array part numbers to standard configurations. Standard configurations
allow Sun to offer significantly shorter lead times. This should
improve end user and partner TCO by reducing inventory holding time and
cost, and makes availability very flexible.
VERITAS Volume Manager 3.2 for Solaris 9 OE
Online Disk and Storage Management for Enterprise Customers
VERITAS Volume Manager 3.2 supports the Solaris 9 OE.
VERITAS Volume Manager 3.2 provides online
disk and storage
management for enterprise customers, including those deploying Storage
Area Networks (SAN).
Sun Grid Engine Software Courses
Sun offers several courses on Sun Grid Engine software,
providing both training and certification. Course titles include
Administering and Supporting Sun Grid Engine Software, Sun Grid Engine
Technology Overview, The Grid Computing Certification Program (business
and technical) and Grid Certification Training.
SunPlex Systems and Sun Cluster 3.0 Software
Integrated and Continuously Available Services
SunPlex Systems and Sun Cluster 3.0 Software is a premier
application service delivery platform. Key feature highlights include
integration of the SunPlex system and the Solaris Operating
Environment (Solaris OE), continuous availability of the core services,
service level management, centralized SunPlex system management, ease
of use and disaster recovery.
Identifying Performance Problems on Database Servers
Allan N. Packer on Drill-Down Monitoring
The chapter Drill-Down Monitoring from Allan N. Packer's book
"Configuring and Tuning Databases on the Solaris Platform" focuses on
developing a simple method for identifying performance problems on
database servers. After fixing any database schema design problems and
checking environmental variables, Packer suggests a five-step process
to go over the major components of a system: memory, disk I/O, network
and CPU, followed by database monitoring and tuning.
"Solaris Management Console Tools"
by Janice Winsor
Solaris administration expert Janice Winsor covers how to use the
Solaris Management Console 2.0 and more in her book, "Solaris
Management Console Tools." This first edition of 330 pages covers every
aspect of system administration now integrated into the Solaris
Introduction to Sun ONE Studio, Mobile Edition Software
Installation, Features and MIDlet Example
Sun ONE Studio 4, Mobile Edition software (formerly Forte for Java 4,
Mobile Edition) works with the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition
(J2ME) to provide a complete Mobile Information Device Profile
(MIDP) development environment, including full Java Platform Debugger
Architecture debugging with mobile device emulators which
implement the Universal Emulator Interface (UEI). Freelance programmer and author, Vaughn Spurlin's article introduces the
Sun ONE Studio Mobile Edition software and provides a step-by-step
guide to creating and debugging a simple MIDlet suite.
Java Developer Connection Program
Sun Technology Audiocasts
Sun's Technology Evangelists offer some of the latest Webcamp
Audiocasts and tutorials online at the Java Developer Connection
site as they conclude the 2001-2002 Sun Tech Days Roadshow in Singapore.
Java Dynamic Management Kit 5.0
Tools for Developing Management Solutions
The Java Dynamic Management Kit 5.0 provides a set of Java
Foundation Classes and tools for developing management solutions. It
conforms to the Java Management extensions (JMX), v1.1
Maintenance Release, which defines a three-level architecture: resource
instrumentation, dynamic agents and remote management applications. It
provides a framework for the management of Java technology objects
through Java technology-based applications.
Java Technology Programming Contest in Taiwan
Students and Developers Participate
Sun held the first, large-scale Java technology Programming Contest
in Taiwan. Sponsors included Motorola and Oracle. There
was also a panel of sponsors that included Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and VIA Technologies. The contest quickly gained
popularity, attracting more than 800 participants and 230 teams.
Java Wireless Device Solution Packages
Build Open Standards Compliant Products
The Java Wireless Device Solution Packages are a portfolio of
engineering service packages targeted at accelerating the rollout of
Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) Wireless devices. The
Java Wireless Device Solution Packages are designed to enable customers
to build open standards compliant products, while enabling customers to
realize competitive advantages.