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Sun and BMC Software Jointly Develop WBEM-based Dynamic Reconfiguration Software
Lowering Total Cost of Ownership Through Simplified System Management

Sun has introduced Web-based Enterprise Management Dynamic Reconfiguration (WDR) on its Sun Fire Midframe and high-end 3800-15K servers. With the help of workload monitoring and measurement tools developed by BMC Software, Inc., such as PATROL for Sun Automated Dynamic Reconfiguration, WDR will allow customers to automate the changing of hardware resources to coincide with shifts in user demand.

Solaris 9 Operating Environment Release 9/02
Integrates Fixes and Performance Improvements

The Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) Release 9/02 for the SPARC platform includes enhancements in the areas of scalability, availability, manageability and security. This Solaris 9 OE update integrates fixes and performance improvements, as well as select new technologies in a tested, easy-to-install configuration while maintaining guaranteed binary compatibility with prior Solaris OE releases.

Updated Version 1.2.1_001 to the Jini Technology Starter Kit
Now Available for Download

An updated version 1.2.1_001, to the Jini Technology Starter Kit is now available from the Jini Network Technology Developer Center Web site. The site provides technical information, downloads and a feedback mechanism for submitting improvements or bugs for developers using Jini network technology from Sun Microsystems.

Solaris 8 OE Value Packages
Limited Time Offer and $50 Gift Certificate

Certification from Sun helps to provide increased career potential and enable more efficient development projects. Sun offers comprehensive certification packages at an affordable price, including Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) System Administration I Certification Package, Solaris 8 OE System Administration II Certification Package and Solaris 8 OE TCP/IP Network Administration Certification Package. There is also an added incentive with a $50 gift certificate for Sun clothing and gear.

VERITAS File System 3.5 and Nine Tier License Structure
New GUI, 32 TB File System Support, Group Quota

Version 3.5 release of VERITAS File System Software offers a new nine-tier licensing structure and numerous enhancements including 32 TB file system support, group quotas and tunable parameters improvements, command enhancements and a new GUI. VERITAS File System is a powerful, quick-recovery, journaling file system that provides the high performance and easy management required by mission critical applications.

Sun Interoperability Prototype for Liberty
Download Based on Liberty Alliance v1.0 is Available

Sun has released the Sun Interoperability Prototype for Liberty (IPL), the first open-source implementation of the Liberty Alliance Version 1.0 specification based on Java technology. The goal of the IPL software is to accelerate network identity application development and interoperability.

Answering the Need for Delivering Secure Web Services
The Sun Fire 280R and Sun Fire V100 Servers

To deploy Web Services and applications with confidence, boost the performance of secure e-commerce transactions, or process complex compute-intensive applications, combine the Sun Fire 280R and Sun Fire V100 servers for cost effective performance and reliability.

White Paper on the Sun Fireplane Interconnect
by Alan Charlesworth of Sun

System interconnect is a key determiner of the cost, performance and reliability of large cache-coherent, shared-memory multiprocessors. Alan Charlesworth's white paper on the Sun Fireplane interconnect describes its two-level cache-coherency protocol, and its use in the medium- and large-sized UltraSPARC III microprocessor-based Sun Fire servers.

New Base Packages for Sun Fire 3800, 4800 and 6800 Servers
"Assemble-To-Order" Configurations from Factory

There are now new base packages for Sun Fire 3800, 4800 and 6800 servers with UltraSPARC III Cu 900 MHz/8 MB processors (US III Cu 900 MHz). These new base packages are available as "Assemble-To-Order" configurations from the factory and allow for greater transparency in end-to-end ordering. They particularly benefit EDI customers, resellers and Channel Development Partners (CDP). Previous versions of UltraSPARC III Cu 900 MHz fixed standard configurations and CDP configurations will continue to remain available.

New UltraSPARC III Processor Ups Clock Speed 14 Percent
Cuts Power Consumption 30 Percent

By migrating to a new 130 nanometer production process available to Sun through long-time manufacturing source Texas Instruments (TI), the new UltraSPARC III Cu 1200 processor chip boosts clock frequency by 14 percent to 1.2 GHz and slashes power consumption by 30 percent, from 75 Watts (peak) to 53 Watts (peak). Another main system product news announcement revolved around Sun Microsystems' new Fifth Generation Dynamic Reconfiguration Software merges Web-based user interface, server configuration and active load balancing technologies to bring grid-style computing concepts to enterprise data centers.

Entry Level Servers
Secure Sun ONE Web Server
Increase Resistance to Virus Attacks

Sun is offering a secure Web server solution that can improve the performance of Web servers, double SSL transactions and free up CPU cycles. It can also enable the system to handle more simultaneous transactions and reduce deployment time and errors.

Fibre Channel LTO Drive for Sun StorEdge L180 and L700 Tape Libraries
Supported with a JNI Host Bus Adapter and Brocade Silkworm Switch

Sun now offers a new fibre channel (FC) LTO drive option for the Sun StorEdge L180 and Sun StorEdge L700 tape libraries. This new FC LTO drive is only supported with a JNI host bus adapter and Brocade Silkworm Switch. A new feature of LTO FC over LTO SCSI is increased distance and shared drive capabilities. A new feature of LTO vs. other technology is transfer rate (15 mb/sec) and capacity (100 GB native).

Sun Support Service Update for Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Products
And for Selected Third-party SAN Switch and Director Products

Sun Support Services provides warranty for Sun StorEdge 9900 Series array systems and for selected third-party storage area network (SAN) switch and director interconnect products sold by Sun. This bulletin provides detailed information on these warranty offerings and on Sun Support Services SunSpectrum Instant Upgrade offerings for these products.

Sun StorEdge Network 2 Gb Fibre Channel Switch-8 Support for the SAN 4.0 Release
New 2 Gb 8 Port Switch Support

Sun has released the Sun StorEdge Network 2 Gb FC Switch-8 supporting the SAN 4.0 release. The 4.0 release is a combination of components and configuration rules that makes Sun a leader in large, complex, heterogeneous SANs.

Education and Research
Sun Donates $6 Billion in StarOffice Software and Technology to Schools Worldwide
Reaching Over 240 Million Students

Continuing its aggressive and ongoing campaign to equip students and educators worldwide with access to open source technology, Sun has donated more than $6 billion worth of StarOffice 6.0 -- a Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software offering -- to academic institutions throughout the world. Reaching an unprecedented 240 million students worldwide, Sun's innovative technology solutions are enabling students to advance in the classroom environment and prepare for their future careers.

Reprice of Education StarOffice Software and StarSuite Software Media Kits
For Education Users

StarOffice software and StarSuite software Media Kits are being repriced to bring Education Installation kits in line with Enterprise kits that are being used for replication Master CDs. The reprice of these media kits supports the education community by offering no-cost licenses; customers pay only for the physical installation media with no additional fees to use it across all institutional machines.

2002 US Education Matching Grant Program
Ends October 25, 2002

Sun is offering a unique opportunity for collaboration to educational institutions in the United States. Sun is prepared to make a significant investment in academic and research lab environments that are used by students. This investment will be in the form of matching grants of new or upgrades to existing desktop equipment for use in student academic and research laboratory environments. This matching grant ends on October 25, 2002. Supplies are limited and grants will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. An application process is provided.

    E-learning Application Infrastructure
    White Paper from Eduworks

    In his 28-page white paper on e-learning, Geoff Collier argues that, as increasing numbers of businesses incorporate e-learning technology into their training operations, the distinction between Web-based course offerings and instructor-led training will disappear. He notes the use of the term "blended learning," which encompasses all available learning modes, as pointing in the direction of assimilation.

    "Sun Bonus Buys" for Educational Institutions
    "Cash-In on Trade-Ins" Promotion

    Sun is offering existing Sun Education customers significant savings with several new promotions. The "Cash-In on Trade-Ins" and "Sun Bonus Buys" special promotions and an aggressive promotional price on the Sun Fire V880 server are geared toward helping schools meet budgetary challenges.

    Installing Solaris 8 2/02 Operating Environment on the Sun LX50 Server
    Troubleshooting Tips

    Troubleshooting tips for the Solaris 8 2/02 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) on the Sun LX50 server system are available online. Individual patches, individual ITUs and combined ITU images are also available online.

    Course for Experienced UNIX System Administrators
    Using the Solaris Operating Environment

    The Solaris System Administration for experienced UNIX systems Administrators course (STS-276) teaches intermediate to advanced system administration skills using the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). The course includes lab exercises that allow students to install and maintain the Solaris OE, perform storage management, manage users and perform network management.

    Database Administration Courses
    For Oracle, SQL and More

    Three course bundles are geared toward helping DBAs improve their skills: The Relational Database Design Bundle, the SQL Fundamentals Bundle and the Introduction to Database Design Bundle.

    Java Technology
    Tomcat Overview and Links
    Sun in Open Source

    Tomcat, the Reference Implementation for the Java Servlet 2.2 and JavaServer Pages (JSP) 1.1 technology, is one of the open source projects Sun is involved in. Tomcat is developed in an open and participatory environment and released under the Apache Software License. Tomcat is intended to be a collaboration of the best-of-breed developers from around the world.

    Using ArrayList and LinkedList and Zero-Length Arrays
    Tech Tips

    Core Java Technologies Tech Tips offers useful information using core Java technologies and APIs, such as those in Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE). Recent tech tips compared the performance of ArrayList and LinkedList and offered some suggestions about which of these classes is the right choice in a given situation. Another tech tip explored the implementation of using Zero-Length Arrays for a data filtering method as opposed to returning a null value.

    The Xlet Application Model Tech Tip
    By Eric Giguere

    In addition to supporting traditional Java applications, the Java 2 Platform, Mobile Edition (J2ME) Personal Basis Profile (PBP) also supports the Xlet application model. Eric Giguere's tech tip "The Xlet Application Model" teaches you how to use the Xlet application model.

    Saving and Restoring Persistent User Preferences in MIDlets
    Tech Tip on Using Record Management System Classes

    Eric Giguere demonstrates how to store persistent user preferences in a MIDlet (mobile applications based on the Mobile Information Device Profile -- MIDP) as a single record rather than as several individual records. These preferences can be anything from an email address to information relating to recent uses of the application, such as which screen was last displayed. His Tech Tip includes examples of code.

    iForce Perimeter Security Solution
    Enhanced Internet Security Solution

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has introduced the new iForce Perimeter Security solution, an enhanced Internet security solution, designed to help enterprises and service providers detect, prevent and respond quickly to today's security threats. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are already benefitting from this security collaboration.

    New Product Marketplace
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Incorporates ScanSoft RealSpeak
    Speech-Enabled, Touch-Tone System for Employment Information

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has incorporated the ScanSoft RealSpeak text-to-speech solution to give citizens access to government job openings at Through a menu-driven touch-tone system, as an alternative to Web access, people may select employment opportunities by different criteria, including industry, region and title level.

    Ipedo Enhancements Boost Award-Winning Dynamic Information Suite
    Integrates XML Technology

    Ipedo, a provider of software products for managing and delivering dynamic content over the Internet, has released the latest version of its award-winning Ipedo Dynamic Information Suite, featuring several important new product enhancements to support the growing use of XML in content-driven applications. Virtual documents, full-text XQuery-based searches, smart XML indexing and flexible content organization make Ipedo Dynamic Information Suite Version 3.2 an unmatched platform for integrating, organizing and managing change for vast amounts of mixed content in portals, custom Web applications and Web Services.

      Thales e-Security Launches Solaris OE and Linux Versions of WebSentry
      Expands Audience For Its Hardware Cryptography

      Thales e-Security, a supplier of security solutions based on flexible cryptography, has launched two new versions of its WebSentry hardware cryptography platform for Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) and Linux operating systems, in addition to the existing support of Windows NT and Windows 2000. Application developers using WebSentry are now able to develop a wider range of high-security applications, extending the reach of their security implementations.

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