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Partners
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Siebel Systems, Sun Extend Global Alliance
Support for the J2EE Connector Specification

Sun and Siebel Systems have extended their global alliance to provide interoperability with the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform, by supporting the J2EE Connector specification in Siebel eBusiness Applications, version 7.5. Siebel Systems first introduced J2EE platform interoperability in Siebel eBusiness Applications, version 6.0.

Features
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Sun RAS Profile Evaluates Servers
Configuration Analysis and More Offered

Sun is offering a Sun Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) Profile for servers. The profile is an annuity service that includes a server configuration analysis, a comparison of configuration to a database of Sun and industry best practices, a management-level report highlighting areas of risk and a technical report of risk analysis and recommendations for fix.

Service Program Offerings
Global Programs List

Sun provides an online list of service program offerings for Sun-contracted customers. The listing covers services programs offered in North and South America, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Sun Employees Join Effort to Provide Back-to-School Gear for Kids
Program Raises $118,260 Over Past Three Years

Thousands of underprivileged children returned to school with backpacks full of back-to-school supplies, thanks to the generosity of Sun Microsystems Inc. employees at Sun campuses around the world who contributed to a "Back to School Drive" organized by Sun's Global Community Development Community Action Volunteer (CAV) program. Despite the difficult economy, Sun employees donated 975 loaded backpacks, valued at $57 each, resulting in a total donation of $55,575, an increase of 45 percent from 2001 to 2002. Sun employees over the past three years have donated $118,260 worth of supplies and backpacks to thousands of underprivileged children.

Software
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Netscape 7.0 for Solaris Operating Environment Offers Enhancements
Multiple Site Viewing, Page Previews Added

Netscape 7.0 for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) is a cross-platform browser that provides fast and efficient tabbed browsing for viewing multiple Web sites; integrated mail and instant messaging enhancements; page preview and page layout options, faster and streamlined search; more secured privacy; and enterprise functionality.

Sun Management Center Change Manager Software
Aids Installation, Management of Software Stacks on Sun Systems

Sun Management Center Change Manager software is a provisioning and change management software product that delivers a fast and easy way to install, configure, update, provision and audit the software stacks running on Sun systems. Sun Management Center Change Manager software lets users roll out a software update or make changes to their servers while the servers continue to operate.

Getting Started With StarOffice Software
Web-based Courses Help with the Transition

There are now several Web-based courses available for customers who are transitioning to StarOffice software from other office productivity tools. Instruction is available on word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, database, presentation and scheduling programs.

StarOffice Software Offers Alternative to Microsoft Office Suite
Software Assurance Component Analyzed

Microsoft Office's licensing program, called Volume Licensing 6.0, provides organizations a compelling reason to adopt competing office productivity suites such as StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite - A Sun ONE Software Offering. While technology managers report they lack sufficient funds to upgrade to Microsoft Volume Licensing, StarOffice Office Suite offers simplified, affordable licensing and competing value.

Events
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Sun Fire Systems Design and Configuration
Online Discussion Forum November 18 - 22

Nathan Wiger and Roger Blythe, authors of "Sun Fire Systems Design and Configuration Guide," will hold online discussions of the subject on November 18-22.

Workstation
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Faster Processing with 1.015 GHz Sun Blade 2000 Configurations
Increased Performance at Same Price Point

The Sun Blade 2000 workstation is now available in standard 1.015-GHz UltraSPARC III Cu configurations, offering faster performance than 900-MHz UltraSPARC III Cu systems. Customers with older Sun Blade 1000 workstations and Sun Blade 2000 workstations can now upgrade to the faster processor by purchasing the 1.015-GHz UltraSPARC III Cu CPU module upgrade.

Transition of 900 MHz CPU Sun Blade 2000 Configurations with Sun XVR-1000 Graphics Accelerator
Workstations Move to 1.015 GHz CPUs

Sun has announced the transition of 900 MHz CPU Sun Blade 2000 configurations with the Sun XVR-1000 graphics accelerator. These configurations will transition to new Sun Blade 2000 systems based on 1.015 GHz CPUs. The replacements are offered at similar price points as the transitioned systems based on the 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Cu processor.

Sun Blade 150 Workstation External Assemble-to-Order Program
Allows Custom Configurations in Entry-level Market

The Sun External Assemble-to-Order (XATO) program for the Sun Blade 150 workstation allows customers to configure their own system to their exact specifications. With the XATO Program, the customer can choose and add up to three Sun PGX64 graphics cards or up to two Sun XVR-500 graphics cards on one Sun Blade 150 XATO workstation configuration.

Sun Revs Up Sun Blade 2000 Workstations
1.015 GHz UltraSPARC III Cu CPU Offered at No Added Cost

Sun now offers the 1.015-GHz UltraSPARC III Cu CPU for high-end Sun Blade 2000 workstations at no additional cost to the customer. The Sun Blade 2000 configurations based on the higher-speed processor are offered at $10,995, the same price point as previous Sun Blade 2000 configurations featuring the 900-MHz UltraSPARC III processor.

Entry Level Servers
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Sun Fire 280R Server Price Cuts
Web Services Platform Gets More Affordable

The Low End Entry Server product group has announced substantial price cuts on the Sun Fire 280R server, a secure and powerful Web Services platform. The Sun Fire 280R server is licensed, at no extra charge, with the software required to run Web Services applications, including Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) and Apache Web server software.

Sun Fire 280R Server Gets New ATO System Base
Now Available with Solaris Operating Environment Installed

The Sun Low End Entry Server group has made available an Assemble-to-Order (ATO) base with the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) 02/02 (Update 7) installed on the Sun Fire 280R server that also features reduced price 256 MB or 512 MB memory DIMMs. ATO systems without Solaris OE installed will continue to be available but will use another ATO system base. Internal factory test processes have made it necessary to announce this new ATO system and adapt the ordering system to accommodate it.

Desert Sky Software: Sun Success Story
Easy Migration to the Sun Fire 280R Server

Desert Sky Software is a consulting and custom software development firm specializing in the design, deployment and hosting of Web-enabled applications with Oracle database back-ends. Desert Sky recently completed a migration from Microsoft NT Servers, desktop PCs and Macintosh systems to the Sun Fire 280R server running the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

Storage
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Sun StorEdge SDLT 220 Desktop Tape Drive, StackLink Options
Fits Sun StorEdge L25 and L100 Tape Libraries

Sun is offering the Sun StorEdge SDLT 220 desktop tape drive and StackLink options for the Sun StorEdge L25 and Sun StorEdge L100 libraries. These components add value to the Sun StorEdge L25 and L100 library offerings by giving customers another drive technology option, while the StackLink provides the scalability to expand the libraries by adding modules.

Technical Details: Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI Array
Midrange Features at Volume Level Prices

The Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI Array is a 2U-high, Ultra160 SCSI LVD based array that is available in single RAID controller, dual RAID controllers and JBOD/expansion configurations. The Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI array can easily fulfill a wide variety of network computing storage requirements by providing Sun storage customers with midrange/enterprise-class performance/availability features, management functionality and configuration flexibility at volume level (entry) pricing.

Sun StorEdge 9980 System 3 Phase 30 Amp Power Option
Helps Lower Costs

Sun has added an additional 3 Phase power option of 30 Amp to the Sun StorEdge 9980 system to help lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). For customers who don't already have 60 Amp circuitry, this feature provides what may be a less expensive choice for power to the Sun StorEdge 9980 system.

Developer
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Standard Type Service Framework
Unicode Conference Presentation

Sun engineer Alexander Gelfenbain made a presentation on Standard Type Service Framework: Unicode-based Framework for Rendering Typographically Sophisticated Text. He covers some background on graphical user interfaces (GUI) and early computers, the shift to digital type and WYSIWYG applications and the plans for STSF.

Latest IDE Releases, Modules and Add-on Components for Sun ONE Studio Software
Developer Resources Available for Download

The Sun ONE Studio, Community Edition, release 4, update 1 and the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) v 1.4.0 co-bundle for the Sun ONE Studio, Community Edition are available for download at no charge. Developers can build standalone applications, applets, and JavaBeans components. The Sun ONE Studio, Mobile Edition, release 4, update 1 is also available for no charge.

Sun ONE Application Framework: Developing Applications
Standards-based Tool Simplifies Development

The Sun ONE Application Framework, a Sun component-based development tool for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform, seeks to address the needs of developers who are new to application development or are in need of a standards-based, cross-platform development tool that is free of proprietary hooks and contingencies.

Sysadmin
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Resource Management in the Solaris 9 Operating Environment
Controlling Timesharing System for Multi-user Setting

Stuart J. Lawson's Sun BluePrints OnLine piece on resource management in the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) notes the inherent multi-user capability of the UNIX system and the enhancements to Solaris 9 OE that enable IT managers to control the timesharing system required in a multi-user setting.

The Secure Shell Frequently Asked Questions Web Page
Resources for SysAdmins

The Secure Shell Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Web page defines Secure Shell, discusses the differences between SSH1 and SSH2, provides information on installing Secure Shell and more.

HPC Administration Tips and Techniques
From HPC Engineer Omar Hassaine

HPC engineer Omar Hassaine provides an introduction to the features of the latest Sun HPC ClusterTools 4 software and discusses the administration practices for successfully configuring the Sun HPC ClusterTools software in his Sun BluePrints OnLine document.

Java Technology
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Maintaining State for HTML Form Buttons
A Custom Tag Solution

Matthias Laux discusses how to maintain state for button elements (such as radio buttons and checkboxes) by using JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology custom tags. Laux's lightweight solution can easily be incorporated into both new and existing applications.

Deploying Wireless Java Technology Applications
Testing Tips

In the "Deploying Wireless Java Applications," article author Qusay H. Mahmoud shows the different ways users can download local and network applications to devices enabled with Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) technology, for both testing and final deployment. Mahmoud shows how to deploy wireless applications remotely, download local and remotely deployed applications, and download applications over the air.

RPC Calls and Messaging with Java Web Services Developer Pack
Client-to-Web Service Communication

An article on Java Web Services Developer Pack focuses on RPC calls, messaging and the Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) and the Java API for XML-based Messaging (JAXM). The Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) is a package of technologies and tools for building Web Services using the Java programming language, and for building Java technology applications that access Web Services.

New Product Marketplace
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Stop Spammers with Brightmail Anti-Spam 4.0 Enterprise Edition
Eliminates Polymorphic Spam Attacks

Unsolicited bulk email has adverse effects on enterprises in the form of lost productivity, wasted system resources and inappropriate email content, all of which cost U.S. companies millions of dollars a year. Brightmail Anti-Spam 4.0, Enterprise Edition addresses this waste with BrightSig, which identifies and eliminates polymorphic spam attacks by removing the randomness inserted by spammers in the header or body of the email message.

Westbridge Tool Detects Unauthorized XML Web Services Traffic
XML SOAP Monitor Offered Free

Westbridge Technology Inc., a provider of security and monitoring solutions for XML Web Services has developed the Westbridge XML SOAP Monitor, which enables enterprises to easily and effectively monitor their networks for all XML Web Services traffic without requiring changes to the network. Westbridge is offering the tool free to qualified organizations.

ObjectVenture Ships ObjectAssembler 2.0 for Users of Sun ONE Studio IDE
Platform Promotes Affordable Object Reuse and Automated Design

ObjectVenture Inc., developer of Pattern and Component Markup Language (PCML) and a provider of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) development platform products, has released ObjectAssembler 2.0, which extends the Sun ONE Studio software integrated development environment (IDE) with a simplified and accelerated approach to the design, development, assembly and deployment of J2EE platform applications. (Sun ONE Studio software was formerly Forte for Java software).

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