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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
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
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
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
"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.
"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
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
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.
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.
Entry Level Servers
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
improved installation process and prerequisite software checking and updated
part number specifications.
"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
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.
Education and Research
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
as a complete, real-time information system for the tracking and management
of student data from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and into
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.
"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
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 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
Kurant Expands StoreSense E-business Platform
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.