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Partners
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Sun Technology for Sprint's PCS Vision
3G Wireless Products and Services

Sun and Sprint will deliver the first nationwide convergence of Internet services, wireless data and voice to consumers and business people. The Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE), Java technology and Sun servers will provide valuable infrastructure and service delivery technology for Sprint's PCS Vision, Sprint's Third Generation (3G) wireless products and services, and the upgraded 3G 1X wireless network.

Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 Integrated with PeopleSoft 8 Human Capital Management
For Open and Secure Federated Identity Management System

Sun and PeopleSoft are taking their global strategic alliance a step further with the integration of Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 (formerly iPlanet Directory Server: Access Management Edition) with PeopleSoft 8 Human Capital Management. This integration will enable customers to build and deploy an open and secure end-to-end federated identity management system controlled through a single sign-on.

Software
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Netscape 7.0 Beta for the Solaris Operating Environment
Download Available

Netscape 7.0 Beta for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) is a browser that seamlessly integrates a wide variety of features for surfing the Web, communicating with colleagues, participating in discussion groups and creating dynamic Web pages. Netscape 7.0 Beta gives users fast and efficient browsing, integrated mail and instant messaging enhancements, faster and streamlined searches, more secured privacy and enterprise functionality in one powerful cross-platform application suite.

Configuration and Service Tracker from Sun
Download Now Available

The Configuration and Service Tracker (CST) from Sun is a lightweight (low system impact) Web-enabled application that provides a continuous track of the monitored system's state and configuration changes over the lifetime of the system. The Configuration and Service Tracker has been tested in a mission-critical data center environment.

Sun ONE Certificate Server 4.7 Software
Provides Security and Authentication for Web-based Applications

The Sun ONE Certificate Server (formerly iPlanet Certificate Management System) software provides security and authentication for Web-based applications that link employees, customers and partners. The Sun ONE Certificate Server 4.7 uses Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security technology. New features include support for FIPS 140-1 Level 3 Hardware and for Microsoft Windows 2000 Smartcard authentication.

Frank Sommers on Jini Network Technology
Going Beyond Federation of Computations

Frank Sommers provides a comprehensive overview of Jini network technology and its place in the developer community. According to Sommers, while XML-based Web Services allow federating information, and while the current use of Jini network technology goes a long way towards federating computation resources, the full potential of the Jini technology vision goes a step beyond that and allows for the federation of computations.

Sun ONE Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack 3.0.1
Secure Instant Messaging Capabilities for the Enterprise

The Sun ONE Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack 3.0.1 (formerly iPlanet Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack) brings instant messaging capabilities to the enterprise while addressing issues of security, reliability and directory integration. The Sun ONE Portal Server: Instant Collaboration Pack 3.0.1 brings chat, alerts, news, polls and file-sharing capabilities to the Sun ONE Portal Server environment, enabling portal users to communicate instantly and securely. This new release contains moderated chat capabilities, emoticons and enhanced security features.

Sun ONE Message Queue 3.0 Software
For Enterprise and Platform Editions

Sun ONE Message Queue 3.0 (formerly iPlanet Message Queue for Java) is an implementation of the Java Message Service (J.M.S. API) specification, a standardized API for handling asynchronous messaging between Java applications. The software is a message-oriented-middleware (MOM) product that is designed to link applications, including legacy, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and new applications, across an enterprise.

Hardware
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Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) Overview
From the Sun System Handbook

The Sun System Handbook provides a list of system components such as Boot PROMs, cables, Fibre Channel, graphics, monitors, printers and removable media. This article focuses on SCSI, a standard for connecting peripherals to your computer via a standard hardware interface.

New CTO Version of the UltraSPARC III Cu 900 MHz MaxCPU Board
Allows Sun to Track Product for Future Enhancement Announcements

The field-installable UltraSPARC III Cu 900 MHz microprocessor-based MaxCPU Xoption board has been superseded by a new Configure-To-Order (CTO) version of that board. This CTO MaxCPU board works in the Sun Fire 15K servers and the Sun Fire 12K servers and is completely identical to the Xoption version except that it will allow Sun to proactively track installations and implement future enhancements to a customer's Sun Fire 12K server or Sun Fire 15K server more quickly.

Scalable Coherent Interface Cluster Interconnect X-Option
On Sun Fire 4800 Servers and Sun Fire 6800 Servers

The Scalable Coherent Interface (SCI) Cluster Interconnect is now available as an x-option on Sun Fire 4800 servers and Sun Fire 6800 servers. SCI Cluster Interconnect is used in conjunction with Sun Cluster 3.0 software and provides higher data transfer rates and lower latency than Gigabit Ethernet.

Events
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Web Services Edge West, Storage Network World, Migration Seminar and More
October Events

Upcoming conferences include the Web Services Edge West Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA, on October 1-3; and Storage Networking World 2002 conference in Orlando on October 27-30.

Sun Tech Days
World Wide Tour Registration

Sun Tech Days is Sun Microsystems' annual Developer Conference. Experience a unique global gathering of industry leaders representing cutting-edge systems such as Java Web Services, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and software. State-of-the-art technology and applications are just a few of the topics to be covered in an information-packed agenda.

Java Technology Smart Developer Day and Colorado Software Summit
Two Upcoming Conferences

The Java Technology Developer Day, held in Connecticut, September 5, 2002, is designed specifically for the developer and architect looking to supplement his/her knowledge of Java technology. The Colorado Software Summit: Java technology and XML Programming Conference, held November 3-8, 2002, is created by and for professional programmers who are working with Java technology and/or XML.

Workstation
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Sun Blade 150 Workstation Details
Features and Functions

Users who are looking for a 64-bit UNIX workstation at the customary price for a Wintel-based 32-bit PC branded workstation can find it in the Sun Blade 150 workstation. The Sun Blade 150 workstation is well suited to needs in software development, 2-D content creation, EDA, finance, research and development, telecommunications, embedded systems and MCAD/MCAE.

New Differentiated DIMMs in Sun Blade 2000 900 MHz Configurations
Not Sun Standard Memory DIMMs

The Sun Blade 2000 workstation 900 MHz configurations will transition to new configurations with new differentiated DIMMs installed. The new differentiated DIMMs will have the same performance and functionality as previous DIMMs, but they are no longer compatible with Sun enterprise servers. Some minor changes were made (server required capacitors were removed) to remove dependency from server memory.

New Sun Blade 2000 900 MHz and 1.05 GHz Configurations
With New Differentiated DIMMs

The Sun Blade 2000 workstation is now available in a standard 1.05 GHz configuration offering faster performance than 900 MHz systems. Customers with older Sun Blade 1000 workstations and Sun Blade 2000 workstations can now upgrade to the faster processor by purchasing the 1.05 GHz CPU module upgrade. One of the newly announced configurations includes the new Sun XVR-500 graphics card, previously only available as an x-option and an ATO option.

Entry Level Servers
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Sun Fire V480 Server Support in the SunPlex Platform
Higher Service Levels at a Lower Cost

The Sun Fire V480 server can now be set up to run in a SunPlex environment. SunPlex systems, using Sun Cluster 3.0 software, tightly couple resources to help increase service levels while decreasing service-level cost and risk. SunPlex environments are ideally suited for any enterprise in which the availability and scalability of applications and information services are critical.

High End Netra 20 AC Server Configuration
Supported by Sun Customer Ready Systems Program

The new high end Netra 20 AC server configuration includes two 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processors, 4 GB of memory and two 73 GB disk drives for double the storage capacity of any existing Netra 20 server standard or fixed configuration.

Technical Details: Higher Performing Sun Fire V100 Servers
Faster Processors and Increased Cache

The new Sun Fire V100 server is the next generation entry-level, uni-processor, rack-optimized server. The primary enhancement is the use of the UltraSPARC IIi 64-bit processor instead of the UltraSPARC IIe processor found on the original Sun Fire V100 server. As a result, the new server now comes with 512 KB on chip Level 2 cache, up from 256 KB and either 550 MHz or 650 MHz processor speeds, up from 500 MHz.

Storage
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New Sun StorEdge Storage Products
Complete SAN Management Made Simple

Sun's new open storage-area network (SAN) management software allows you to centralize the management of storage resources, reducing complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO), while improving service-level availability through integration of SAN topology reporting, device configuration and health monitoring.

Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Additional Software Support
And SVP High Reliability Support Kit

New software and hardware options are available for the Sun StorEdge 9900 series of high-end data center storage systems. The following software enhancements are now available: Sun StorEdge 9900 ShadowImage Extension -- Logical Volume Divider (LVD) for Sun StorEdge 9980, 9970, 9960, and 9910 systems, Sun StorEdge 9900 Priority Access software and more.

Sun StorEdge 9900 Series DB Validator Implements Oracle Solution
Validation and Checking Algorithms fend off Data Corruptions

Oracle's Hardware Assisted Resilient Data (HARD) Initiative is a comprehensive program designed to prevent data corruptions before they happen by tightly integrating with advanced storage devices to create a data corruption immune system that detects and eliminates corruptions. Sun StorEdge 9900 DB Validator embeds Oracle's data validation and checking algorithms within the Sun StorEdge 9970 and 9980 storage systems.

Repricing of the Sun StorEdge 9980 and 9970 Systems
Consolidation at a Lower Cost

Sun is repricing the Sun StorEdge 9980 and 9970 systems. Customers looking to lower their total cost of ownership can consolidate storage in the data center that is attached to multiple hosts with disparate operating systems. The repricing should be particularly appealing to users in Telco, Financial Services, Healthcare and Government.

Sun StorEdge SDLT220 Desktop Tape Drive
Features 110 GB Native Capacity, Native Throughput of 11 MB/second

The Sun StorEdge SDLT220 tape drive is the follow-on product to the Sun StorEdge DLT8000 Flexipack. With a native capacity of 110 GB and a native throughput of 11 MB/second, it holds nearly three times the data and is nearly twice as fast as the earlier drive. Sun StorEdge SDLT220 media (110 GB per cartridge) is also being introduced at this time, which customers must use in order to realize the capacity and performance of the new drive.

Transition of the Sun StorEdge L20/40/60 Tape Libraries
Replacements Are Sun StorEdge L25 and L100 Modular Libraries

Sun is transitioning the Sun StorEdge L20/40/60 tape libraries, the Sun StorEdge L9 DLT1 Autoloader and the Sun StorEdge DDS-3 Autoloader from its price list. The Sun StorEdge L25 and L100 modular tape libraries, which were announced on August 6, 2002, will be the replacements for the Sun StorEdge L20/40/60.

EOL: Sun StorEdge 9960 and 9910 Systems
For the Sun Fire 15K Server

For contractual reasons, Sun is transitioning the Sun StorEdge 9960 and 9910 systems and the Sun StorEdge 9960 fixed configurations for the Sun Fire 15K server from its price list. To continue to provide investment protection to Sun StorEdge 9960 and 9910 systems customers, new components to expand and grow the customer's investment in those systems will be available through June 27, 2003. Remanufactured components, carrying a "same as new" Sun warranty, will be available until June 30, 2005 (and beyond as product availability allows).

    Education and Research
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    Sun Sells Its First 2 Teraflops Cluster
    Cambridge-Cranfield HPC Facility to be Online in September

    In its largest High Performance Computing (HPC) deal to date, Sun has sold a 2 teraflops cluster of high-end servers to the Cambridge-Cranfield HPC Facility. The University of Cambridge and Cranfield University have together ponied up $40m to acquire the system, which is scheduled to be operational in September. With this deal, Sun advances to membership in the multiple-teraflops vendor club.

    Sysadmin
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    New Courses for System and Network Administrators
    From Sun Educational Services

    Sun Educational Services is offering several new courses for system administrators, including What's New in Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE), What's New in Solaris 9 OE Network Administration and Sun ONE Directory Server (formerly iPlanet Directory Server) 5.1: Advanced Design and Deployment.

    Introduction to the Cluster Grid - Part 1
    Sun BluePrint by James Coomer and Charu Chaubal

    Part 1 of this two-part Sun BluePrints OnLine article by James Coomer and Charu Chaubal introduces grid architecture and discusses how the architecture can be applied to existing compute environments using the Sun Cluster software Grid stack. In the forthcoming Part 2, "Introduction to the Cluster Grid," the authors will treat cluster grid design and implementation.

    Sun ONE Meta-Directory 5.0 and Sun ONE Web Server 6.0 Courses
    Self-paced Interactive Lessons

    New courses from Sun Educational Services include Sun ONE Meta-Directory (formerly iPlanet Directory Server: Integration Edition) 5.0: Installation and Configuration and Sun ONE Web Server(formerly iPlanet Web Server) 6.0: Installation and Configuration.

    Best Practices for Oracle Monitoring
    From Allan N. Packer

    Allan N. Packer's article in the 37th edition of the Sun BluePrints OnLine Program is based on chapter 22 of his book "Configuring and Tuning Databases on the Solaris Platform." Packer provides best practices for Oracle monitoring using utlbstat/utlestat scripts and recommends parameter settings for OLTP and DSS environments. Issues ranging from load performance to dynamic reconfiguration and Oracle recovery are also examined.

    Java Technology
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    Introduction to the J2ME Personal Basis Profile
    By Eric Giguere

    "Introduction to the Personal Basis Profile" by Eric Giguere covers the basics of the J2ME Personal Basis Profile (PBP). The PBP uses the Connected Device Configuration (CDC) as its base and requires a complete Java 2 Virtual Machine (VM) implementation, so PBP applications can use floating-point values, object finalization and other features missing from the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) that the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) uses.

    Apache Xalan XSLT Compiler Now in Java Web Services Developer Pack
    Free All-in-one Download Package

    The high-performance Xalan XSLT Compiler (XSLTC) is now included in the latest version of the Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP), the free all-in-one download package containing key technologies to simplify building of Web Services using the Java 2 Platform. XSLTC can help you add high-performance, high-volume, portable, embeddable XML transformation capabilities to your applications.

    Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.4.1 Maintenance Release
    Upgrades and Over 2000 Bugs Fixed

    The latest maintenance release of version 1.4 of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) is available for download, with over 2000 bugs fixed and with upgrades to tools like Java Web Start software, the Java Update mechanism for the Java Plug-in software, new garbage collection options and the new Kerberos tools.

    Security
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    Sun Fire 280R Server Plus Sun Crypto Accelerator 1000 Secure Socket Layer Encryption Card
    Secured Web Solution

    The Secured Web Solution is a bundle offering of the Sun Crypto Accelerator 1000 Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption card installed in the Sun Fire 280R server. Customers will need to install the Sun Crypto Accelerator 1000 software, which is shipped in the same box as the Sun Fire 280R server.

    Trusted Solaris 8 AnswerBook Software Collection
    Documentation

    The Trusted Solaris 8 AnswerBook software collection of documentation includes many resources such as an administration overview, a developer's guide and a user's guide. The Trusted Solaris Administration Overview provides an overview of how networking is implemented as well as a tour of the tools available. The Trusted Solaris Developer's Guide describes how to use the programming interfaces to write new trusted applications. The Trusted Solaris User's Guide is a guide to operating in the environment.

    FAQs about Security Features of Sun ONE Directory Server 5.1
    SSL, Access Controls and More

    The Sun Web site offers resources for the Sun ONE Directory Server 5.1 (formerly iPlanet Directory Server), including frequently asked questions (FAQs). Topics include SSL, access controls, authentication of users and more.

    Sun and Tripwire: Providing Networking Integrity Solutions
    For the Solaris Operating Environment

    Sun and Tripwire Inc., a provider of data and networking integrity solutions, work together to bring customers the best data and networking integrity solutions for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). Tripwire solutions enable network and security professionals to monitor, quickly detect, and recover from compromises to data or infrastructure integrity. With robust monitoring, detection and recovery capabilities, Tripwire solutions enable full trust in mission-critical Solaris OE systems while at the same time allowing systems to be open enough to drive business forward.

    New Product Marketplace
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    MicroStrategy Announces Intention to Extend Platform
    To Run on Solaris 9 Operating Environment

    MicroStrategy Inc., a provider of business intelligence software, expects to make its MicroStrategy 7i business intelligence platform available on the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE), enabling organizations using this operating system to gain vital insight from their data -- helping them proactively enhance cost-efficiencies, productivity and customer relations and optimizing their revenue-generating strategies

    Wright Express Selects S2 Systems' OpeN/2
    To Be Deployed on Solaris Operating Environment

    Wright Express LLC has selected S2's OpeN/2 platform and EFT application to replace its enterprise fleet authorization system. Wright Express will deploy S2's next generation solution on the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), with DB2 resident on an OS390 mainframe, reflecting a growing industry preference for OpeN/2 as the future-proof enterprise payment solution for open systems environments.

    Hemscott Chooses DataPower's Intelligent XML-aware Networking Tool
    Wire-speed Accelerator Gives Dramatic Boost in Financial Services

    Hemscott PLC has selected the DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator for each of its business information and research lines. The accelerator is a first-of-its-kind network device that processes XML into varied data formats at wire-speed to ensure that users receive dynamic information quickly and without fail. The XA35 leverages DataPower's patent-pending XG3 technology and is the world's only XML-aware network device capable of intelligently and securely processing XML traffic at wire-speed.

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