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Partners
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Sun-Oracle Collaboration Pays Off in Joint Customer Support
Twenty-Year History Also Creates Consolidation, Upgrade Benefits

By way of observing their two decades of collaboration Sun and Oracle detailed three joint customer programs -- Infrastructure Consolidation, Oracle E-Business Suite Upgrade and Joint Support Services -- and highlighted the latest additions to their customer ranks, including the University of Northern Iowa, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Edmonton Public Schools.

Servers
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Sun Fire Midframe Server Best Practices for Firmware Update 5.13.x
Sun BluePrints OnLine

In his Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "Sun Fire Midframe Server Best Practices for Firmware Update 5.13x," James Hsieh includes updated information for connecting and configuring the Sun Fire System Controller (SC) and introduces SC administration concepts, platform security and error analysis and diagnosis. New enhancements include SC failover and SNMP support.

Repricing Memory and System Board Options for UltraSPARC III Processor-based Servers
Reductions Add Up to Improved Investment Protection

Sun has repriced the 4 GB Memory Expansion Kits for UltraSPARC III processor-based systems, all Sun Fire 3800-15K server uniboards and Sun Fire 3800 server base packages that include 4 GB memory kits (4x1 GB modules) and the 1 GB and 2 GB low-cost Memory Expansion Kits for the Sun Fire 280R server and the Sun Blade 1000 and 2000 workstations.

Sun Fire Servers Capacity on Demand 2.0 Option
Allows Customers to Add Memory, Processing When Needed

Sun is offering the Sun Fire System Capacity on Demand (COD) 2.0 product option for the Sun Fire 3800-6800 servers and Sun Fire 12K and 15K servers. The COD 2.0 option enables Sun Fire system customers to configure "on demand" processor and memory resources and pay for the resources only when they are needed.

Reduced-price Version of Application Readiness Service
For Certain Sun Fire Servers

The Application Readiness Service (Incremental Server) is a lower priced version of the Application Readiness Service (ARS). It is required and targeted for Sun Fire servers being deployed into mission-critical environments.

EOL of Sun Enterprise 3500 & 4500 Server Upgrade Consolidation Allowances
Upgrade Path Recommended

Sun is transitioning the Sun Enterprise 3500 and 4500 server upgrade consolidation trade-in allowances. Customers with Sun Enterprise 3500 and 4500 servers should consider upgrading to the Sun Fire 3800, 4800 or 6800 servers as a replacement. Customers wishing to upgrade can use the existing Sun Upgrade Allowance Program (UAP).

Storage
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Sun StorEdge SDLT SCSI Tape Drive
Offers Faster Transfer Rates than Predecessor

The new Sun StorEdge SDLT 320 SCSI tape drive for the Sun StorEdge L180 and L700 tape libraries offers faster transfer rates than its predecessor, the Sun StorEdge DLT8000 tape drive. The new SCSI tape drive provides transfer rates up to 16 MB/sec and 160 GB capacity. Like its predecessor, the SDLT 320 SCSI drive comes with installation at no charge and includes a 6-meter 68-pin SCSI cable with each drive.

Sun StorEdge Availability Suite Volume Licenses
5 TB and 50 TB Licenses

Sun is offering volume licenses for Sun StorEdge Availability Suite software. These new 5 TB and 50 TB licenses provide lower price per terabyte for customers that need to replicate more than 1 TB of data.

Sun StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager Software 1.1
Release is Fully Localized with New Health Management Features

With the release of Sun StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager software 1.1, Sun is transitioning Sun StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager software 1.0 from its price list. The new release will be fully localized and available in several languages, including English, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. Documentation is available in all these languages plus Korean and Traditional Chinese.

Sysadmin
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Integrating Applications into the GNOME 2.0 Desktop
Adding a New Menu Entry and More

In "Integrating Applications Into the GNOME 2.0 Desktop" authors Stephen Browne, Calum Benson and Gary Little provide advice to application developers on how to make their software fit seamlessly into the GNOME desktop environment, the future desktop for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

Sun Recertification Program Changes
Certificates Now Valid for Two Years

The Sun Services Recertification Program has developed and implemented a recertification policy and program designed to provide IT professionals with a manageable and cost-effective way to maintain and update their technical currency. Beginning with all Sun Certification exams taken after September 1, 2002, certification offerings from Sun Services are valid for two years from the date of certification.

Technical Support Options for the Solaris Operating Environment
From the Solaris Developer Connection Web Page

Sun offers a wide variety of technical support options for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). Support is available on a no-cost, per-incident and subscription basis. Resources include the Sun Online Support Center, SunSpectrum programs and the BigAdmin services system administrator portal.

Publications
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IT Web Services: A Roadmap for the Enterprise
Assessing the Web Services Marketplace

Web Services offer potential for reducing integration costs and accelerating the delivery of new products and services. But the rapid, ongoing evolution of the technologies complicates decision-making. "IT Web Services: A Roadmap for the Enterprise," by Alex Nghiem, profiles the architectures, platforms and business models that comprise the Web Services marketplace.

SyncML: Synchronizing and Managing Your Mobile Data
New Book Profiles Standards-based Synchronization

Standards-based data synchronization is an as yet absent requirement of emerging mobile services. SyncML, an XML-based standard, seeks to provide universal synchronization across any device, platform, application or service. "SyncML: Synchronizing and Managing Your Mobile Data," introduces SyncML from technical and business perspectives and explains SyncML's components and capabilities.

Two Java Technology Books from Wiley
Java Technology Design Patterns and UML

Two new Java technology books are available."J2EE Best Practices: Java Design Patterns, Automation, and Performance" discusses Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application design practices. "Java the UML Way: Integrating Object-Oriented Design and Programming" explains the use of UML as a modeling tool in Java technology programming.

Java Technology
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The J2ME Platform: Yesterday and Today
A Return to Java Technology's Roots

Although Java technology began with an embedded programming language for consumer devices that was ahead of its time, it became instead a desktop-based general-purpose programming language, and from there evolved into a platform particularly useful for server-based applications. Sun experimented with the PersonalJava technology and EmbeddedJava technology application environments, but it is the newer Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) that really brings the power of Java technology back to PDAs and other handheld and embedded devices.

Java Technology JA-SIG Conference
December 8 - 10 in Orlando, FL

People responsible for the deployment of Java technology in their organization are the special focus of an upcoming conference sponsored by the Java in Administration Special Interest Group (JA-SIG). The JA-SIG Conference takes place from December 8-10 at the Hilton at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. There is also a live chat coming up December 3.

The J2EE Platform Tutorial Addendum
A Companion to The J2EE Platform Tutorial

The J2EE Platform Tutorial Addendum is a companion to The J2EE Tutorial that describes how to develop with technologies introduced in the Java 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4. This tutorial is intended for programmers interested in developing and deploying Web Services and Web applications on the J2EE 1.4 SDK.

Java DataBase Connectivity API Optional Package
For CDC/Foundation Profile

The proposed final draft of the Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC) API optional package for CDC/Foundation Profile (November 5, 2002) is now available. This optional package is for those who write applications for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, (J2ME) that access a relational database.

Two Garbage Collection Implementations
Available in the Java HotSpot Virtual Machine

Alka Gupta and Michael Doyle have written about improving the performance and scalability of application servers. They present a case study of a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server that demonstrates significant performance gains from using two new garbage collection (GC) implementations available in the Java HotSpot virtual machine, starting with the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.1. The authors also cover other techniques for tuning garbage collection.

Security
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CERT Alert: Buffer Overflow in Kerberos Administration Daemon
Hackers Can Gain Root Privileges

Multiple Kerberos distributions contain a remotely exploitable buffer overflow in the Kerberos administration daemon. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain root privileges on a vulnerable system. A workaround is recommended that reduces the opportunities for exploitation but does not prevent them.

    Security Components of the iForce Perimeter Security Solution
    Seven Layers of Defense

    Designed by security experts, the iForce Perimeter Security solution helps companies deploy multilayered security to protect their vital business information networks. It provides a single, integrated view to a multilayer security defense system that can prevent, quickly detect and identify new intruders and viruses/worms that pass through the firewall.

    New Product Marketplace
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    dynaSight 3.5 Analytic Development Platform
    Offers Interfaces to MicroStrategy 7i and Oracle 8i-9i

    The new version of the analytic development platform dynaSight 3.5 helps IT get critical data to business users quickly. It is available on UNIX system for the IBM AIX 4.3.3 and the Solaris 7 and 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

    V-ONE's SmartPass Client Software
    Installed on CoBRA Response Kits Used by Bomb Squads

    V-ONE's SmartPass client software will be installed on all CoBRA Response Kits provided to accredited bomb squads throughout the US by the Defense Group Inc. SmartPass runs as a non-intrusive application on the end user's desktop or as a Java applet on a browser installation.

    Visual SlickEdit Features Agilent 5DX Automated X-Ray Test Systems
    Editing Environment Speeds QC Testing of Printed Circuit Boards

    SlickEdit now ships Visual SlickEdit, with its Agilent 5DX automated x-ray test systems, used by the world's leading electronics manufacturers in their circuit board testing operations. Visual SlickEdit is used to create, modify and view script files that control the operation of the 5DX test systems.

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