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Partners
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New iForce Solution for Economical Data Management
From Sybase and Sun

Sun and Sybase, Inc. have created a new iForce Solution for Economical Data Management, which provides enterprise-strength data management, analytical ability and disaster recovery functionality at PC server prices to businesses that previously may not have been able to afford such a solution.

Oracle and Sun Deliver HPC Features at PC Server Prices
Oracle9i Release 2 and Oracle9iAS on Sun Fire V480 Server

Oracle9i Release 2 and Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) solutions loaded on the four-way Sun Fire V480 server are now available through the Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program. These comprehensive solutions for enterprise businesses are priced at the level of PC servers and can be ordered from the Sun CRS program fully integrated and built to customers specifications, further accelerating acquisition and deployment. Results of an ECperf software benchmark test demonstrate that the Sun Fire V480 server accessing an Oracle9i database server via Oracle9iAS is highly efficient in handling complex and realistic application-tier workloads containing substantial business logic data.

Sun and Loudcloud Unify Knight Ridder Digital Platform
Efficient Delivery of Local Content on National Scale

Knight Ridder Digital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Knight Ridder, America's second-largest newspaper publisher, has adopted solutions from Loudcloud, a SunTone program certified solutions provider, and Sun for the consolidation of its Real Cities network, which serves up approximately 200 million page views a month. With customers who call up the system on a 24 x 7 basis, Knight Ridder required a high level of reliability. Loudcloud responded with an aggressive Service Level Agreement (SLA) that pays customers back with the first minute of downtime.

Sun and Agile Software Alliance
Support Agile Solutions on Sun ONE Platform

Sun and Agile Software will jointly develop and market solutions that will offer customers choice and simplicity for managing a single system of record for manufactured products using the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE). Agile will port its offerings, which include Agile Product Sourcing, Agile Product Collaboration and Agile Product Service and Improvement, to the Sun ONE platform.

Food Retailer H-E-B Using Sun Open Net Environment
Reducing TCO on System Management and Maintenance

Texas-based food retailer H.E. Butt Grocery Company (H-E-B) has chosen Sun and its industry-leading technology partners to help develop and deploy technology solutions that can address its business-critical retail needs. The solution features the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) platform, including the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), Sun ONE Identity Server (formerly the iPlanet Directory Server: Access Management Edition) and Sun ONE Portal Server (formerly iPlanet Portal Server.

E-Learning from Sun and DigitalThink
Improving Training for Sales at Circuit City

Sun and DigitalThink are partnering to provide e-learning to retail employees throughout the enterprise, from stores to headquarters. DigitalThink's e-learning solutions for the retail industry help companies ensure that their sales associates have refined and updated selling skills, are prepared to effectively sell new products immediately and are armed with the customer service skills required in a competitive retail environment.

Sun Launches Real-World Retail Solution
Helps Customers Reduce Risk and Cut Deployment Time

iForce Ready Center services simulate real business environments and customer scenarios, allowing enterprises the opportunity to see how proposed solutions can perform, with minimal investment, in a risk-free environment, and using the latest in Sun technology and end-to-end computing platforms.

BEA Systems, Intalio, SAP AG and Sun
XML-based Web Service Choreography Interface (WSCI)

BEA Systems, Intalio, SAP AG and Sun Microsystems have published the XML-based Web Service Choreography Interface (WSCI). This new specification is available for public comment at the companies' respective Web sites. WSCI provides an important foundation for realizing the promise of Web services to deliver automated, application-to-application collaboration. After a public review period, WSCI will be submitted, on a royalty-free basis, to an industry standards body.

The Consolidate and Save Program from Sun and Oracle
Reducing IT Infrastructure Complexity and Costs

The Consolidate and Save program from Sun and Oracle is helping customers worldwide decrease the complexity and cost of their infrastructure for companies such as BT, Corporate Express and Littlewoods. Customers can migrate and consolidate services and take advantage of trade-in offers such as the Oracle-Safe Switch program and the Sun Upgrade Allowance Program (UAP) to gain better performance and availability.

Features
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"Reducing TCO Through Consolidation" by Steve Campbell
Sun Journal, Web Edition, Number 4

The Sun Journal Web Edition, Number 4 issue continues the theme of the Smart Enterprise. One of the most intelligent things a company can do today is consolidate--servers, applications, storage and other key elements of the data center. One of this issue's features is titled "Reducing TCO through Consolidation" by Steve Campbell, Senior Director of Enterprise Systems Products Marketing at Sun.

"Exploring Web Services"
Sun Journal Column by John Gage

In a recent Sun Journal column, "Exploring Web Services," John Gage makes a distinction between high performance computing (HPC) and Web Services, noting that the academic community has typically led the business world in developing a scalable, secure and reliable infrastructure from insecure and unreliable parts. He also points out that HPC and Web Services have much in common, given that both depend on distributed computing.

Charles Brown on Straight Through Processing
Three Approaches to Scrubbing Reference Data

In his article on straight-through processing (STP), Charles Brown identifies flawed reference data as the chief impediment. To ensure consistently high levels of quality in reference data, companies can either impose enterprise-wide standards, or they can take a more distributed approach, delegating responsibility for data integrity to its owners within the enterprise. A third approach is to turn to an outsourcing partner who will share costly and laborious functions.

Software
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"How to Implement Network Identity" White Paper
Guidelines and Recommendations

Sun is offering a white paper titled "How to Implement Network Identity" available online. The white paper provides guidelines and recommendations for building an open, integratable Network Identity infrastructure in an enterprise. In addition, the paper defines the implementation of a complete Network Identity solution.

Focus on Compatibility: Solaris 9 Operating Environment
Features and Benefits

The compatibility features of the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) include enhanced Linux caompatibility, guarantee test suite and certification test suite and expanded language support.

Mobile IP for the Solaris 9 Operating Environment
Datasheet

Mobile Internet Protocol (IP) has been available in the Solaris OE since June 2000. Mobile IP enables the transfer of information between mobile computers. The Solaris OE home and foreign agents support dynamic control of IPSec policies. The Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) also introduces foreign agent support for mobility advertisements and connection over dynamic interfaces. It supports IP version 4 (IPv4) and is easy to configure.

Netscape 6.2.3 Software
For the Solaris Operating Environment

Netscape 6.2.3 software for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) is a new version of the first Internet software to seamlessly integrate browsing, email and instant messaging. New features include Themes (or "skins"), tabs for My Sidebar, support for multiple email accounts (including Netscape WebMail) and Java integration support. Older versions of Netscape are also available.

Saving Customers Money with the Solaris 9 Operating Environment
A Complete Services-ready Platform

At the Sun Net Event on June 19, 2002, Anil Gadre, vice president of Solaris, discussed the functionality of the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) for delivering services over the Internet. "We're offering a complete services-ready platform," said Gadre. Services platform components are now built into the Solaris OE, resulting in faster deployment times for Web Services and better ROI.

Workstation
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GNOME for the Solaris Operating Environment
User Desktop Productivity Software and More

GNOME for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) features an intuitive user interface that can be personalized and a strong suite of component-based productivity applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more. Also included is a built-in accessibility framework that makes it easy to develop accessible desktop applications that can integrate assistive technologies, such as voice recognition, screen readers, screen magnifiers and text-to-speech, into the platform for use by people with disabilities.

Servers
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Sun Fire V480 Server: Technical Details
Accomodates Up to 32 GB of Memory

The Sun Fire V480 server is an UltraSPARC III processor-based, rack-optimized, four-way server to occupy the high-end, entry-level server space between the Sun Fire 280R server and the Sun Fire V880 server systems. Every Sun Fire V480 server ships with two or four - 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Cu processors and may accomodate up to 32 GB of memory.

Preparing to Preload Solaris 9 Operating Environment
Simplified Order Process

By transitioning several Sun Fire 15K server specific marketing part numbers and replacing them with a single marketing part number, the process for ordering the preload of Solaris 8 02/02 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) onto a Sun Fire 15K server or Sun Fire 12K server system has been simplified. This change is required to prepare the factory for adding the preload of the Solaris 9 OE in the near future.

EOL of Sun Enterprise 3500 Through 6500 Server Systems
Sun Fire Midframe Servers Preserve Performance and Features

Sun is transitioning several products from its price list including Sun Enterprise 5503 base systems, Sun Enterprise 6503 base systems, Sun Enterprise 3503-C configurations, Sun Enterprise 3503-MR configurations and Sun Enterprise 4503-MR configurations in addition to others.

Entry Level Servers
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Sun Netra Server SNMP Management Agent
Available for Download

The Sun Netra SNMP Management Agent provides a lightweight simple network management protocol (SNMP) SNMPv2 agent for monitoring field replacement unit (FRU) configuration and faults. New for release 1.3 is support for Netra T4 AC100 and DC100 servers, consistency across platforms, improved installation process and prerequisite software checking and updated part number specifications.

Storage
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"Balancing Quality of Storage Service with Total Cost of Ownership"
By Stephanie Meagher

Sun Journal Vol. 6, Number 1 features an article titled "Balancing Quality of Storage Service with Total Cost of Ownership" by Stephanie Meagher. The key to balancing quality of storage service with total cost of ownership is a concept called Time Value of Data (TVD) and ties in directly to the selection of proper storage media.

    White Paper: Sun StorEdge Open SAN Architecture
    Ease SAN Management and Consolidate Storage Resources

    According to the 32-page white paper, "Sun StorEdge Open SAN Architecture", the Sun StorEdge Open SAN Architecture provides extreme levels of application availability, true file sharing, better utilization of storage devices and investment protection from a complete storage solution optimized for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), tailored to Sun servers, while supporting heterogeneous environments.

    EOL of First Generation Sun StorEdge T3 Arrays
    Also New Ordering Structure

    The first generation Sun StorEdge T3 array with the 256 MB cache controller is being transitioned to the new Sun StorEdge T3 array with 1 GB cache controller, the second generation of this architecture. In addition, there will be a new ordering structure for the Sun StorEdge T3 Array, consolidating part numbers.

      Developer
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      Solaris Developer Connection Program
      Software Certification

      Certification options are specialized programs that enable you to verify software application and product compatibility with the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). Sun offers a variety of certification and verification programs for software and hardware. Most programs are available on a no-cost basis.

      Developer-related Documentation for the Solaris 9 Operating Environment
      Multithreaded Programming Guide and More

      Developer-related documentation for the Solaris 9 OE includes a guide on the Java 2 Software Development Kit (SDK) for Solaris OE, a Linker and Libraries Guide and a Multithreaded Programming Guide.

      Functionality of the Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT)
      Java Foundation Classes (J.F.C.)/Swing

      On the Solaris Developer Connection Web site, developer Joe Bella discusses the wealth of functionality that the server-side programmer can use with Java Foundation Classes (J.F.C.)/Swing and Abstract Window Toolkit (AWT). He also includes two examples of useful functionality that can be implemented using AWT in less than an hour.

      "Building a Compiler Server"
      Solaris Developer Connection Tech Notes

      Sun compilers are designed to be completely contained in a single directory structure. All references to additional files are relative within that directory structure. This makes it easy to install multiple compilers on a machine. The tech note outlines several advantages that result from having multiple compilers installed on a single server.

      Education and Research
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      University Offers Financial Aid Forms Online
      Also Application Sections

      Parts of Princeton University's application, financial aid forms and student billing information are all planned to be transformed into Web Services. The Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) provides a core framework for building the applications.

      Educational Software from Tom Snyder Productions
      Now Available for Sun Ray Thin Client Users

      Educational software from Tom Snyder Productions is now available on Sun Ray thin clients for educators and users in schools nationwide. The software programs of Reading for Meaning, Placemark and Essentials, provide teachers with the tools they need to deliver learning materials quickly and easily.

      Sun and AAL Bring eSIS to Oregon School Districts
      A Centralized, Web-based Student Records Management Tool

      Sun and The Administrative Assistants Ltd. (AAL) have joined forces to bring a Web-based student information system, eSIS, to several Oregon school districts that serve over 100,000 students in total. eSIS is designed as a complete, real-time information system for the tracking and management of student data from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and into adult/continuing education.

        Sun Cobalt Server Appliances Serving Diverse Institutions
        From Alaska to France

        Schools, districts, educational content companies and those providing Internet infrastructure for schools are finding that Sun Cobalt servers are saving time, money and administration hassles when it comes to delivering administrative and educational applications. Some of the schools and organizations using Sun Cobalt server appliances include the Sandford School in Delaware, Comcast Business Communication and France Telecom.

        Sysadmin
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        EOL: Sun StorEdge Instant Image 3.0 Software
        And Sun StorEdge Network Data Replicator 3.0 Software

        Sun is EOLing the standalone Sun StorEdge Instant Image 3.0 software and Sun StorEdge Network Data Replicator 3.0 (SNDR) software products because the Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.1 software will supersede the Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.0 software, Sun StorEdge Instant Image software and SNDR software products.

        Java Technology
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        "Instant Messaging in Java: The Jabber Protocols"
        by Iain Shigeoka

        A recent release from Manning Publications is titled "Instant Messaging in Java: The Jabber Protocols" by Iain Shigeoka. This 402 page book is designed for intermediate Java technology programmers providing the information and tools needed to create your own IM client and server software. This book focuses on the open source Jabber XML-based IM protocols used to create Java technology IM software.

        "Data Structures and Problem Solving using Java," Second Edition
        by Mark Allen Weiss

        The second edition of, "Data Structures and Problem Solving using Java," by Mark Allen Weiss introduces data structures and algorithms from the viewpoint of abstract thinking and problem solving, as well as the use of Java technology. New to this edition is an integrated discussion of design patterns and revised material on inheritance.

        The Java Web Services Developer Pack v1.0
        New Features

        June's release of the Java Web Services Developer Pack, v1.0 (Java WSDP) underscores Sun's commitment to making Java technology the platform of choice for Web Services developers. David Land writes about the new features of the 1.0 release, including several new APIs and tools, performance and functionality enhancements, convenient installation, hundreds of example files and an expanded tutorial.

        Java Technology and Wireless Automotive Diagnostic Tools
        Cell Phones Communicate Real-Time Data to Web Browsers

        The OBD2 Scan Tool developed by Visual Training Technologies Inc. (VTTi) combines wireless and Java technologies to collect automotive diagnostic information and report it to a Web browser and a mobile phone display. A Java technology-based midlet (MIDP), which resides in the memory of Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME)-compliant cell phone, can simulate a working instrument cluster, display diagnostic codes and present information that helps technicians troubleshoot an electrical fault. The cell phone communicates with the automobile or truck through the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) connector.

        "Discover and Publish Web Services with JAXR"
        By Kathy Walsh and Sang Shin

        The article "Discover and Publish Web Services with JAXR" by Kathy Walsh and Sang Shin, describes the architecture of Java API for XML Registries (JAXR) and programming models through example code. The authors also explain important registry operations such as publication and discovery of Organizations, Services, usage of ServiceBindings and ClassificationSchemes, giving special attention to UDDI programmers.

        Security
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        Security Assessment Services for Firewall
        Fixed Price, Fixed Scope for Firewall/DMZ

        The Security Services from Sun Professional Services program (SunPS) provide customers with a security solution that helps customers to grow and change their IT infrastructure as their business needs change and grow.

        "Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World"
        Second Edition by Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, and Mike Speciner

        In a second edition of their classic guide to network and Internet security, "Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World," Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman and Mike Speciner have thoroughly updated the book to include today's latest security threats. The authors explain every facet of information security, from the basics to advanced cryptography and authentication; secure Web and email services and emerging security standards. Highlights of the book's extensive new coverage include Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), IPsec, SSL, PKI Standards and Web security.

        "Securing LDAP Through TLS/SSL--A Cookbook"
        by Stefan Weber

        Dr. Stefan Weber's Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "Securing LDAP Through TLS/SSL--A Cookbook," details how to set up an SSL-enabled LDAP-server, explaining how to perform client and server authentication. The author outlines the steps for setting up the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and the Sun ONE Directory Server (formerly iPlanet Directory Server) software so that it can be accessed securely from command line tools (for example, ldapadd, ldapmodify, or ldapsearch).

        Apache Web Server Chunk Handling Vulnerability
        CERT Advisory CA-2002-17

        There is a remotely exploitable vulnerability in the way that Apache Web servers (or other Web servers based on their source code) handle data encoded in chunks. This vulnerability is present by default in configurations of Apache Web server versions 1.2.2 and above, 1.3 through 1.3.24 and versions 2.0 through 2.0.36. Sun are presently producing patches for this issue for Solaris 8 OE and Solaris 9 OE, which will be available from the SunSolve program Web site.

        New Product Marketplace
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        Kurant Expands StoreSense E-business Platform
        StoreSense 5.0

        Kurant Corporation has unveiled the next generation of StoreSense, its e-business software suite. Kurant's new StoreSense 5.0 offers a set of powerful, easy-to-use tools that extends the opportunity of e-business to more small- and medium-sized businesses than ever before.

        Moldflow STL Expert 3.0
        For Refining Solid Surface Models

        Moldflow Corp., a provider of process-wide solutions for optimizing the design and manufacture of plastic products, has released the Moldflow STL Expert 3.0 product. The technology is a tool for viewing, measuring, refining and correcting solid surface models imported from popular CAD/CAM/CAE systems.

        Marketmax Merchandise Planning
        Optimized For Sun Platform

        Marketmax has announced results of a recent scalability and benchmarking test completed with Sun Microsystems, running the Marketmax Integrated Merchandise Planning Solution. The benchmarking was a comprehensive test for scalability, volume and performance in a merchandise planning suite. Based on the tests, Marketmax has proven that it is capable of managing large volumes of data utilized in planning and merchandising.

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