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New Programs for iForce Channel Partners
Sun Streamlines Channel Structure, Targets Partner Profitability

Sun has enhanced its iForce Partner Program model for channel partners and improved associated partner support programs. Sun has established eight new incentive programs to reward and recognize any title transfer partners who have invested heavily in Sun's business; have a unique value-add; lead with their own application solution on the Sun platform; or can move the team into new accounts to which Sun has not previously had access.

iForce Solution from Sun and Infosys Technologies
Retail Banking Reference Architecture

Sun and Infosys Technologies Ltd. have unveiled a new iForce solution based on the Retail Banking Reference Architecture. Based on a Web-based architecture, the Retail Banking Reference Architecture has been documented through implementation and sizing guides to help banks accelerate the delivery of Web-based, end-to-end banking solutions.

    Sun and Core Banking Systems
    Retail Banks Worldwide Seeing Benefits from Sun Technologies

    Sun is expanding its initiatives in financial services. In the past, Sun's focus on Securities and Capitals market has led to considerable success by helping Wall Street build today's robust infrastructure for financial institutions. After significant success in Retail Banking, Sun has broadened its footprint into Core Banking Systems.

    UNIX Systems Myths and Mysteries
    Compatibility and Cost Issues for Solaris OE vs NT

    Sun Microsystems has listed five myths regarding the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) versus Windows NT solutions. One of them is that Solaris OE doesn't run in an NT environment. In fact, Sun says Windows desktops and servers coexist with Sun workstations and servers frequently. For the other four myths, check out the Web version of this article.

    RiboTargets Runs Drug Discovery Platform on Sun Compute Farm
    Screens More Than 20 Million Chemical Compounds

    RiboTargets Ltd., a privately owned pharmaceutical company that specializes in anti-infective research and development, has developed a unique computational screening platform technology, RiboDock, that supports the rapid and effective generation of lead compounds from target structures. RiboDock is run on a Sun compute farm that has enabled the researcher to burn through more than 400,000 processor hours in the study of the bacterial ribosome.

    SunReturns Program
    Improved Return of Material Authorization (RMA) Process

    Sun is offering a new and improved Return of Material Authorization (RMA) process -- SunReturns. SunReturns is a new Web site designed to help customers return old Sun and other systems tied to their new system purchase using Sun's Upgrade Allowance Program. It offers a simplified six-step process.

      Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Messaging Servers
      Sun Positioned as a Leader

      Gartner has positioned Sun Microsystems Inc. in the top right leader quadrant of its Messaging Servers Magic Quadrant, identifying it as a company that is performing well today, has a clear vision of market direction and is actively building competencies to sustain its leadership position in the market with its Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) communications platform.

      Mixed Language Development With C++ and Java Technology
      With Sun ONE Studio 7, Enterprise Edition for Solaris OE

      The Sun ONE Studio 7, Enterprise Edition for Solaris (previously Forte Developer 7, Enterprise Edition) software enables mixed language development with C++ and Java programming language within the same integrated development environment (IDE).

      StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite
      Available in Stores and Online

      StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite, a Sun ONE Software offering, is available from retail stores and e-tailers worldwide. The StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite provides everything users need to get up and running in one convenient package.

      Key Features of Sun ONE Grid Engine 5.3 Software
      Download and Web-based Course Available

      Sun ONE Grid Engine 5.3 (formerly Sun Grid Engine 5.3) software has been repackaged and now offers support for both Linux and the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). The improved direct value of Sun ONE Grid Engine 5.3 software stems from increased utilization of and transparent access to resources.

      Java Embedded Server Software
      Features, Benefits and a White Paper

      The Java Embedded Server software framework allows development, deployment and installation of applications and services to embedded devices on a just-in-time basis. It enables companies to respond quickly to changing market requirements by installing and managing new software and services over the network dynamically and securely.

      Sun Solutions for Midsize Market Customers
      Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses

      iForce partners are uniquely qualified to support midsize enterprises. Sun presents questions for midsize market businesses to consider when assessing their strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their business.

      Implementation Service for the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series
      Offers Project Management, Consulting

      Sun has added a Sun StorEdge 9900 series Implementation Service to provide project management and consulting services to complement the existing Sun StorEdge 9900 Installation Service. Implementation Service customers get a site audit, build specifications, project management and testing. Both installation and implementation services are offered together.

      SunSpectrum Instant Upgrade Parts
      For Sun StorEdge L180 and Sun StorEdge L700 Tape Libraries

      There are new Sun StorEdge SDLT 320 tape drive SunSpectrum Instant Upgrade (SUI) parts for Sun StorEdge L180 tape libraries and Sun StorEdge L700 tape libraries. Benefits of the SUI program include ease of ordering and increased customer satisfaction.

      Sun StorEdge 12-month Availability Suite Consulting License
      Good for Migration, Consolidation Services

      A new 12-month consulting license for the Sun StorEdge Availability Suite software gives consultants, resellers and integrators the right to use the software to perform services such as migration or consolidation between heterogeneous storage devices for their customers. The license can be installed at an end user customer site for up to 45 days per engagement. After that point it will need to be re-installed for the next 45 days as needed until the 12-month expiration.

      Documentation Available for Sun ONE Studio 4 Update 1 Software
      Release Notes, Installation Guides and More

      Sun ONE Studio 4 update 1 (formerly Forte for Java) software product documentation available includes release notes, installation guides, quick start reference guides and tutorials.

      Migration from Linux to the Solaris Operating Environment
      Focus on Planning Strategies

      Sun's Web pages on migrating from Linux to Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) cover Linux and Solaris OE application development environments, including IDEs, compilers and source code control software. The differences and similarities between Linux and the Solaris OE are considered in terms of architecture, memory management and system calls.

      Sun Developer Offering for the Solaris Operating Environment
      Promote Your Solaris OE Software Application

      Developers of applications for the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) can promote their Solaris OE ready applications for free on the Sun Developer Connection Partner program Web site with the Sun Developer Offering for the Solaris OE. The new Solaris OE can help organizations increase service levels, while reducing service costs and risk.

      Education and Research
      Sun Helps Improve Italian Consortium's Supercomputing Services
      CASPUR Consortium Staying in the Forefront with Sun Technology

      CASPUR, a consortium of six Italian universities delivering supercomputer services, has used Sun Grid Engine software for three years. "Our Campus Grid architecture has increased our computer utilization to almost 95 percent, while improving our supercomputing services and reducing our IT support and turnaround time," says Federico Massaioli, STO of CASPUR. (Sun ONE Grid Engine software was formerly Sun Grid Engine software.)

      University of Hawaii Student Information System
      Based on the Sun Open Net Environment Platform

      Using a Sun IT infrastructure, the University of Hawaii has developed a sophisticated student information system (SIS), consolidating data for simplified reporting and email so effectively that the SIS has practically replaced the telephone as the communication channel of choice for many of the university's 45,000 students and 5,000 faculty and staff members.

      Part 2: Extending Authentication in the Solaris 9 Operating Environment
      Using Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)

      Michael Haines and Joep Vesseur complete their two-part Sun BluePrints OnLine article on using Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) to extend authentication in the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

      Configuring Boot Disks With Solaris Volume Manager Software
      Focus on Solaris 9 OE and VERITAS Volume Manager 3.2 software

      In a Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "Configuring Boot Disks with Solaris Volume Manager Software," authors Erik Vanden Meersch and Kristien Hens focus on the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE), Solaris Volume Manager software, and VERITAS Volume Manager 3.2 software. The article describes how to partition and mirror the system disk, and how to create and maintain a backup system disk.

      "Linux System Security: The Administrator's Guide to Open Source Security Tools"
      Second Edition

      The second edition of "Linux System Security: The Administrator's Guide to Open Source Security Tools" by Scott Mann, Ellen L. Mitchell and Mitchell Krell covers firewalls, intrusion detection, authentication, secure Web Services, VPNs and much more. This new edition includes coverage of Bastille and OpenSSH, plus key tools such as sudo, portmap, xinetd, tiger, tripwire, ipchains, pam and crack. The authors show how to prepare systems for production environments, prevent common attacks, even protect mixed Linux/UNIX environments.

      "J2EE and JAX: Developing Web Applications and Web Services
      Author Transforms Standalone Program into Web-enabled Application

      Michael Yawn's new book, "J2EE and JAX: Developing Web Applications and Web Services," is the first to cover the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Java APIs for XML (JAX) in a single volume.

      A New Guide to Dealing with Identity Theft
      Prevention, Detection, Investigation and Recovery

      John R. Vacca has written a definitive guide to dealing with the fastest growing crime in America, identity theft. "Identity Theft" was written for technology professionals, security specialists, law enforcement professionals and technologically-aware laypeople.

      "The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source"
      New Book Outlines Ways to Improve Competitive Advantage

      Thousands of enterprises are cutting costs, gaining flexibility and discovering powerful new sources of business value through the use of Linux and open source. Now, the task has been made easier with the publication of Martin Fink's new book, "The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source."

      Java Technology
      Two Tech Tips from Eric Giguere
      MIDP Choice Groups and Wireless Messaging API

      Eric Giguere, a software developer for iAnywhere Solutions, offers two tech tips for developers: "Using the MIDP Choice Group Component" and "Wireless Messaging API Basics." Both can be found on the wireless Java Web site. For the complete address see the Web version of this newsmagazine.

      MIDP Application Security, Part 2
      Understanding SSL and TLS

      In his second article on Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) application security, Jonathan Knudsen describes Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and shows how MIDP 1.0 and 2.0 support both TLS and SSL.

      Growing Use of Java Card Products
      New Deployments in Military, Healthcare and Corporate ID Markets

      Deployments of Java Card products in digital identity solutions have grown by more than 400 percent during the past year, according to data from Frost & Sullivan. Java Card technology usage has experienced tremendous growth in government, military, healthcare and corporate ID markets. 'Contactless' capability now allows users to simply pass Java cards within 10 cm of the reader device.

      Java API for XML-Based RPC
      Core Web Services API in the Java Platform

      The Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) provides an easy to develop programming model for development of SOAP-based Web Services. Developers use the RPC programming model to develop Web service clients and endpoints. JAX-RPC enables JAX-RPC clients to invoke Web Services developed across heterogeneous platforms.

      New Product Marketplace
      Borland InterBase 7 Accelerates Application Development Lifecycle
      High-Performance Embedded Database Offers Fast, Affordable Deployment

      Borland Software Corporation has released InterBase 7, a high-performance, embedded database designed to strengthen Borland's deployment arm, improve developer productivity and enhance application performance. Unlike most databases, InterBase requires little to no administration, is relatively quick to install and is designed to lower maintenance costs.

      DataFlux Introduces Version 5.0 for Extensible Data Quality Management <ul> <li>EDQM -; Bringing Data Quality to the Enterprise: Anywhere, by Anyone, at Anytime, on Any Data
      Offers Re-engineered, Integrated Product Set

      DataFlux Corporation has introduced the Version 5.0 release for dfPower Studio, Blue Fusion SDK, and dfIntelliServer (formerly called Blue Fusion CS). Version 5.0 from DataFlux allows customers to apply data quality to all data types and link data together seamlessly and effortlessly from any location/line of business within an organization.

      Audium 3.1 VoiceXML Software Eases Voice Application Management
      New Release Cuts Programming Requirements, Adds OA&M Capabilities

      Audium delivers complete voice solutions to leading businesses across market sectors. The provider of VoiceXML applications has now released Audium 3.1, which gives businesses more choices when deploying VoiceXML applications with support for the Sun Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) platform and the latest version of Nuance ASR.

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