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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.

Features
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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.

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.

Education and Research
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Sun Developer Software Academic Edition
Multi-user Subscription Version for One Low Fee

Receive a complete bundle of Sun software unlimited user campus-wide, non-deployment licenses and automatic, quarterly updates with the latest product revisions when you get the multi-user subscription version of the Sun Developer Software Academic Edition.

SunSpectrum Program Education Account
Limited Time Offer

Add a SunSpectrum program Education Account (EA) to your SunSpectrum program contract between July 15 and September 30, 2002, and receive 50 percent off Web-based courses and 20 percent off instructor-led courses.

Educational Web Portal edu365.com
Improving the Catalan Education System

edu365.com, a tool aimed at improving the Catalan education system via the incorporation of new technologies into the education community, is the most recent initiative of Generalitat de Catalunya Department of Teaching's Educational Computer Programme (PIE) working in collaboration with Sun. The effort demonstrates that both organizations hold the same vision with regard to the future of Internet.

    E-learning Application Infrastructure
    28-page White Paper

    There is a 28-page white paper available online titled "E-learning Application Infrastructure" providing a model for a basic understanding of the different services that e-learning technologies offer and how they fit together into an overall e-learning application infrastructure. The paper provides a functional overview of the components and processes that make up an e-learning environment.

    Publications
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    Java Management Extensions
    Practical, Hands-on Guide

    "Java Management Extensions" by J. Steven Perry is a practical, hands-on guide to using the Java Management Extensions (JMX) APIs, the Java technology-based tool for managing enterprise applications. This 300-page book is a complete treatment of the JMX API architecture (both the instrumentation level and the agent level), loaded with real-world examples for implementing Management Extensions.

    Sun Certified Web Component Development Exam Study Guide
    Prep for Exam and Reference Tool after the Exam

    "SCWCD Exam Study Kit: Sun Certified Web Component Development" by Hanumant Deshmukh and Jignesh Malavia helps you learn all the concepts, large and small, that you must know to pass the Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCWCD) exam. This 560-page book also includes a CD-ROM covering all the essentials you need to pass the exam.

    Object-oriented Defect Management of Software
    by Houman Younessi

    Author Houman Younessi's book "Object-Oriented Defect Management of Software" provides a systematic guide to defect identification, correction, and prevention in object-oriented software development projects. Houman Younessi covers key aspects of the software development process, from planning through software delivery.

      Just Enough Software Test Automation
      Techniques that Improve Software Quality

      Daniel J. Mosley and Bruce A. Posey's book, Just Enough Software Test Automation, provides techniques to improve software quality and reduce time to market. It also offers pragmatic approaches to plan and manage every facet of automated software testing. Included is a complete sample automation project plan. The book is a practical, hands-on guide to software test automation from the perspective of test developers and users.

        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.

        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.

        New Product Marketplace
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        Meetinghouse Data Communications Adds Support for Solaris OE
        To its AEGIS Authentication Software

        Meetinghouse Data Communications has added support for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) to its AEGIS line of network authentication software. AEGIS is an end-to-end 802.1X security solution that provides the most secure standards-based user authentication for wired and wireless LANs in enterprise and public access networks.

        Princeton Softech Expands Active Archiving
        To Solaris Operating Environment Platform

        Princeton Softech has released Princeton Softech's Archive for Servers 5.0 with support for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). This advance allows companies to optimize network facilities and take advantage of high-speed UNIX processing capabilities to archive large volumes of relational data stored on the Solaris OE. In addition, processing capabilities for the Solaris OE are now available for Princeton Softech's Relational Tools for Servers 5.0.

        SANblaster S1000 From SANgate Systems
        Portable Data Migration Solution

        SANgate Systems, a developer of intelligent data movers, has released the SANblaster S1000 solution for Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) systems. The SANblaster S1000 is a portable data migration solution that eliminates much of the burden, complexity and cost associated with installing and reconfiguring storage and is the first in a family of products designed to simplify data movement among heterogeneous or homogeneous storage subsystems.

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