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The Sun Sigma Initiative
A Quantum Leap in Quality

The Sun Sigma initiative is Sun's version of the Six Sigma program that has been successful at improving quality at major corporations worldwide. "Sigma" is a Greek letter and is used in statistics as a measure of variation. Joining customer specifications and variation provides the method to determine the goal and improvement required for mission-critical processes. An improvement of one Sigma means a quantum leap forward in quality.

Reaping the Benefits of Sun Certification
Validation for New Levels of Skill

Sun Certification programs not only provide application developers working in the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) with the technical know-how to accelerate software development cycles but also provide validation for new skill levels that is recognized in the marketplace.

Sun Software Design Addresses Internal Security Threats
Integrates Business Operations and Computing Infrastructure

Three Sun software technologies have been developed to address internal security issues. The technologies are the Sun ONE Directory Server (formerly known as iPlanet Directory Server), the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) and the Java technology platform.

Java Technology
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Tech Tips: Converting Numeric Entries and Displaying Multiline Text
Using Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition, v 1.4

John Zukowski presents tech tips on converting numeric entries and on displaying multiline text. He explains how numbers are represented in Unicode, lists the wrapper classes needed to convert from a string to a number, and he presents code for each tip. These tips were developed using Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition, v 1.4.

Mordani and Sharma on Java API for XML Processing
Java Technology Live Chat

An upcoming Java Technology Live Chat on Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) with guests Rajiv Mordani and Gopal Sharma is set for August 20 at 9:00 a.m. PDT and 4:00 p.m. (note the special time).

Java Technology Fuels a New Generation of Diagnostic Tools
VTTi's ECG-Connect Software Remotely Monitors Patients' Hearts

Java technology enables doctors to monitor patients after they leave the hospital via a cell phone running ECG-Connect software. Heart patients benefit from the technology, as the cell phone transmits information to the server every five seconds.

Java Technology Verification Program
Leveraging the Java Application Verification Kit for the Enterprise

The Java Technology Verification Program is designed to identify enterprise applications developed with Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology that are intended to be portable across different implementations of the J2EE platform. The program outlines the tests needed to receive the Java Verification certification and leverages the Java Application Verification Kit for the Enterprise (Java AVK for the Enterprise), a technology provided by Sun that enables developers to test their applications using specific guidelines and rules.

Partners
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Australian Telecom Telstra's Next-generation Open Services Platform
For Web Services and More

Sun has been named by Telstra Corporation Ltd of Australia as the lead provider of technology solutions and services for Telstra's new technology environment. This will lower costs for developer communities and businesses around the world while enabling them to quickly bring to market compelling online applications, such as unified messaging and convenient payment solutions on Telstra's networks.

Software
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The Solaris Operating Environment: A Premier Platform for Services Delivery
By Nancy Weintraub

Nancy Weintraub, Director of Competitive Intelligence for Sun asserts that the "choice of operating system can have a significant impact on how you can control costs while meeting more stringent service levels." In her article titled "The Solaris Operating Environment: A Premier Platform for Services Delivery," she lists what the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) offers.

Four New Free Downloads Available
For the Sun ONE Portfolio of Products

Four new downloads available for free are the Sun ONE Application Server 6.5 (formerly the iPlanet Application Server), Enterprise Edition Maintenance Update 1 (MP1), the Sun ONE Web Server 6.0 (formerly the iPlanet Web Server) Service Pack 4, the Sun ONE Portal Server (formerly the iPlanet Portal Server): Mobile Access Pack 3.0 Chinese Edition, and the Sun ONE Identity Server (formerly the iPlanet Identity Server) for French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

Sun Enterprise Authentication Mechanism Software
Extra Layer Of Security Inside Your Firewall

For true network security, a company must protect valuable data resources from unauthorized access from both inside and outside the enterprise. Sun Enterprise Authentication Mechanism software delivers an extra layer of security inside the firewall to protect the enterprise from unauthorized access. Powerful authentication and single sign-on capabilities enable Sun Enterprise Authentication Mechanism software to provide a more secure login process, enabling better protection of data privacy and integrity.

Hardware
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Two New Drives for Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 Systems
181 GB and 36 GB 15,000 RPM Disk Drives

Sun is shipping two new drives with the Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 storage systems, the 181 GB high density disk drive and the 36 GB 15,000 RPM high performance disk drive. The new drives provide Sun customers double the storage capacity in the same footprint.

Storage
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Sun's Entry-level Server Sets New Benchmark
For a Four-way System

Sun set another world record on the ECperf software benchmark for a four-way system with a maximum configuration of four CPUs. The configuration consisted of three Sun Fire V480 servers with 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processors running the Oracle 9i Application Server Release 2. It achieved 36,122 Benchmark Business Operations (BBops)/min@Std with a price performance of $12/BBops/min@Std.

Developer
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Introduction to Interprocess Communication Using Named Pipes
By Faisal Faruqui

The Solaris Developer Connection program Web site recently had a technical article titled "Introduction to Interprocess Communication Using Named Pipes" by Faisal Faruqui. Named pipes allow two unrelated processes to communicate with each other. They are also known as FIFOs (first-in, first-out) and can be used to establish a one-way (half-duplex) flow of data. Faruqui defines and explains the benefits of named pipes and provides code samples of half-duplex and of a full-duplex communication.

Security
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Solaris Security Toolkit Software, Release 0.3.8
Updated Support for Sun Fire 15K Server Domains

The current version of the Solaris Security Toolkit software is 0.3.8, released in July 2002. It supports Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) releases 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8, 9 (SPARC Platform Edition) and Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8 OE (Intel Platform Edition). Release 0.3.8 provides enhancements such as updated support for Sun Fire 15K server Domains and SCs based on SMS 1.2, new undo capability for scripts, and new Sun Fire 12K server and Sun Fire 15K server finish script for DR support on hardened domains.

Networking and Security Learning Path
Courses and Certification

The Networking and Security course path provides a broad array of knowledge and skills for designing and managing networks such as TCP/IP and LDAP, integration with Windows environments and how to troubleshoot local area networks (LANs). These courses also provide the opportunity to acquire specific skills to handle security issues for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), as well as a broad understanding of Internet security tools.

Security Hardening Service Overview
For the Solaris Operating Environment

To achieve a secure environment that is available, scalable and manageable, Sun consultants provide security hardening services for your Sun servers. The Security Hardening Service for Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) focuses on server hardening by utilizing the Solaris OE controls for identification, authentication and access control to help mitigate risk to your security infrastructure.

SunScreen 3.2 Software Administrator's Overview
Firewall for Businesses

The administrator's overview guide to SunScreen 3.2 software contains background and reference information needed to properly configure, monitor and maintain SunScreen 3.2 software. SunScreen 3.2 software provides solutions to security, authentication and privacy requirements for companies to connect securely and conduct business privately over an insecure public internetwork.

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