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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 market.

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.

Grid Technology
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 architecture.

      "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.

      Solaris OE IP Multipathing (IPMP) Data Sheet
      Network Multipathing in the Solaris 9 Operating Environment

      Solaris OE IP Multipathing (IPMP) is Sun's Network Multipathing implementation for the Solaris 9 OE. It enables a server to have multiple network ports connected to the same subnet, which is necessary in today's environment of high bandwidth and growth in networks and digital devices and Services on Demand. Solaris OE IPMP software provides resilience from network adapter failure by detecting the failure or repair of a network adapter and switching the network address to and from the alternative adapter.

      Focus on Availability in the Solaris 9 Operating Environment
      Features and Benefits

      New features of the Solaris 9 OE that offer greater availability include a patch manager, modular debugger enhancements and mitigation of buffer overflow areas.

      Extension of Last Order Date for PGX32 Graphics Accelerator Card
      October 1, 2002

      Due to customer requests, Sun is extending the last order date of the PGX32 graphics accelerator card to October 1, 2002. The PGX32 graphics accelerator card provides fast 2-D windowing performance and gives all Sun PCI-based systems the capability to run the latest 24-bit applications at full speed, alongside 8-bit applications.

      Technology Resources for OEMs
      Hardware, Software and Processor Information

      The Sun Web page has technology resources for OEMs such as hardware, software and processors. Topics include UltraSPARC processor modules, Sun Products for Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) and software resources such as embedded Linux.

      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 value 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 requirements.

      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.

      All-new Sun ONE Developer Platform
      Accelerates Development of Java Technology Web Services

      The all-new Sun ONE Developer Platform provides developers with a deployment-ready environment that accelerates the creation, assembly and deployment of Java technology Web Services.

      New Pilot Program: Sun Developer New Technology Access
      Free Until July 31, 2002

      The Sun Developer Connection Partner program is offering a new pilot program to developers for testing and evaluating the performance of your products in a virtual Sun lab environment to accelerate the release of your products to market.

      "Calling a Java Technology-Based Stored Procedure From Oracle"
      by Mayank Joshi

      The Best Practices--Developer's Notebook section of the Dot-Com Builder Web site offers specialized content and advice from Web experts. "Calling a Java Technology-Based Stored Procedure From Oracle" by Mayank Joshi is one article on the site.

      Sun ONE Studio 4 Software
      Formerly Forte for Java 4 Software

      Sun ONE Studio 4 software (formerly Forte for Java 4 software) provides broad coverage of the Java programming language specifications as well as support for native code development on the Solaris OE. New features include the ability to develop and deploy J2EE 1.3 applications, develop and publish Web Services, applets and applications.

      Java Web Services Developer Pack
      Free Download

      Education and Research
      No-cost Licenses for StarOffice Software
      For Academic Institutions

      Sun's full-featured StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite - a Sun ONE Software Offering - is now available under the special no-cost software licensing price arrangement to education and research institutions. Primary and secondary schools (K-12), colleges and universities can employ the new suite at their institutions for an unlimited number of users and pay only for the media (CD-ROM) and shipping--no licensing fees apply.

      NMC Using Sun Cobalt Servers to Help Schools Save Money
      Less Expensive Web Servers

      Network Management Corp. builds network and communications services for school districts, state and local governments and Fortune 500 companies. The company utilizes Sun Cobalt RaQ servers and Sun Cobalt Qube appliance servers from Sun, citing cost savings, space efficiency, energy consumption and ease of maintenance as the prime examples of economic benefits.

      General Communication Inc. Adopts Sun Cobalt Control Station
      Delivers Services to Remote Rural Schools

      General Communication Inc. (GCI) faced the problem of managing some 185 Sun Cobalt server appliances in a network joining rural schools from Alaska to New Mexico. GCI looked to Sun for a solution, which was available in the Sun Cobalt Control station.

        Sun ONE Software Tools in Education
        Can Be Easily Distributed to Students and Staff

        The Sun ONE Studio development tools (formerly Forte tools) are being made more broadly available to educators, students and researchers. The products, which are currently available with no license fees to qualified educators and students, can now be replicated so that the software media can easily be distributed to students or other staff members.

        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
        And Certification

        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 Management Console.

        Java Technology
        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 Program Web 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.

        New Product Marketplace
        BiTMICRO's ATA/UDMA-66 Flash Disk Drives
        Cost-effective Storage Solutions

        BiTMICRO Networks introduced the UDMA-66 flash disk storage devices at TechNet 2002 AFCEA International Conference in Washington D.C. BiTMICRO engineered these cost-effective storage solutions to alleviate storage bandwidth bottleneck in mission-critical applications.

        Cisco Extends the CiscoWorks Management Family
        Tools for Cisco Wireless and Fixed LAN and Routed WAN Infrastructures

        The additions of the CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solution Engine (WLSE), as well as security and operational enhancements to the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) and Routed WAN Management Solution (RWAN) offer customers cost-effective management and monitoring tools, which can enhance network resilience as well as the IT staff's productivity.

        StudioTools 10 from Alias/Wavefront
        Complete 2D/3D Design Solution

        Release 10 of StudioTools is computer-aided industrial design (CAID) software with enhancements such as a high quality paint box that integrates with 3-D models, improved usability, increased modeling efficiency and a PRO/Engineer interface which is included at no extra charge.

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