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Sun, Asigra Develop Data Protection Services
Off-Site Backups Available

The Asigra Televaulting solution from Sun and Asigra combines Sun StorEdge Complete Storage Solutions with Asigra's Televaulting software to make an cost-effective disaster recovery solution. It can be paid for monthly and be automated.

Sun Banks on Security, Storage, Data Management and N1
Adds Web Services Interoperability Organization Membership

For insight into Sun's approach to the dynamic hardware-software markets, Mark Jones, news editor of InfoWorld, turned to John Fowler, the company's CTO for Software. According to Fowler, opportunity exists in security, storage and management issues. Fowler also sheds light on Sun's plans for N1, its hopes for influencing the standards process since joining the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), and a corporate effort to focus on solving actual customer needs.

Overhead Gamma Camera from Philips Nuclear Medicine
Runs Reliably with Sun Technology

Philips' SKYLight system consists of a gamma camera with flexible, robotic arms that move around a patient and allow doctors to gather data from longer scan tests for early diagnosis of life-threatening diseases and other critical medical conditions. The SKYLight system is controlled with sophisticated software programs running on a platform of UltraSPARC processor-based hardware and Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

Software
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Solaris 9 12/02 Operating Environment
Scalability, Security Features Enhanced in Update

The Solaris 9 12/02 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) (SPARC Platform Edition) builds on the success of the Solaris 9 OE. Enhancements in the areas of scalability, availability, manageability and security define the industry-leading UNIX system operating environment. 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.

Solaris Resource Manager 1.3 Software
Limits Physical Memory Usage at Per-lnode or Per-project Basis

With Solaris Resource Manager software, customers can allocate, control and monitor system resource usage. The latest version of Solaris Resource Manager software, 1.3, includes the new functionality which allows system administrators to limit physical memory usage at a per-lnode or per-project basis.

Solstice Backup Business Edition 6.1 Software
Supports Solaris OE, UNIX Systems, Linux, Windows and Netware

Sun Microsystems is enhancing its data continuance solutions portfolio by introducing the Solstice Backup Business Edition 6.1 software. This new edition is designed for workgroup, departmental, small-business and branch-office environments, providing a reliable, easy-to-use high-performance data protection solution with enterprise-class features. The software is available for Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) platforms and will support UNIX systems, Linux, Windows and Netware clients with Client Paks.

Hardware
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Hardware Systems Learning Path
Desktop and Server Maintenance and More

The courseware in the hardware systems learning path is designed to help system administrators, field service engineers and hardware support professionals learn essential skills to install, configure, diagnose and troubleshoot Sun hardware systems.

Fibre Channel Options from The Sun System Handbook
SPARCstorage Arrays, FC Host Adapters and More

Fibre Channel Options from the Sun System Handbook lists storage sub-systems that use Fibre Channel (FC). Components include SPARCstorage arrays in the Model 100 and 200 series; FC Host Adapters such as the SBus Dual FC Network Adapter, PCI Single FC Host Adapter and others. Components for servers such as the Sun Enterprise 3500 server are also listed.

4 GB Low-cost Memory Expansion Kit
Redesigned Modules

A new 4 GB Low-cost Memory Expansion Kit is available for Sun Fire 280R servers and Sun Blade 1000 workstations and Sun Blade 2000 workstations. The modules in this kit are a re-design of the original modules, making them lower-cost to the customer and physically different from the original UltraSPARC III processor-based memory modules that were used by these platforms before.

Sun Releases 17-inch Flat CRT Monitor to Market
Displays About 1.3 Megapixel vs. 1.0

Sun has released a flat 17-inch CRT monitor to the market. This new monitor features a 0.24mm dot pitch flat screen with support for a 1280 x 1024@75/76Hz resolution while remaining backward compatible with the previous Sun-branded 17-inch CRT monitor. The existing Sun 17-inch monitor supporting 1152 x 900 resolution will be transitioned.

    Events
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    2003 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
    January 9-12, Las Vegas

    The 2003 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will host more than 250 wireless exhibitors and a variety of wireless conferences and training programs. See the latest developments in telephony, Bluetooth, 802.11, WiFi, infrared, GPS and other wireless technologies. Speakers include Bill Gates and Michael Dell.

    Lotusphere 2003
    January 26-30, Orlando

    Lotusphere 2003 is set for Orlando, FL, on January 26-30, 2003. Some of the sponsors of the event are HP, Sun, BlackBerry, AT&T Wireless, Cisco and Legato. Attendees will be able to share insights with the Lotus software team for more than four days at Lotusphere 2003. From knowledge transparency to learning management to instant real-time messaging, Lotusphere 2003 is collaborative chemistry at its best. And it only happens once a year at one of the world's most influential technical conferences.

    DCI's Customer Relationship Management Conference
    February 19-21 in Chicago

    DCI's Customer Relationship Management Conference offers seven distinct tracks that cover every aspect of CRM including planning, implementation, integration, deployment, management and measurement. The conference will be held February 19-21, 2003, in Chicago, IL.

    BEA eWorld 2003
    March 2 - 5, Florida

    BEA eWorld 2003 in Orlando, FL, March 2-5, will feature daily keynote addresses by industry luminaries and over 100 extensive breakout sessions for new and experienced developers, as well as executive business sessions for CIOs and line of business managers. Tracks will focus on process integration, integrated portals, Web Services solutions and more.

    Servers
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    Interview with Clark Masters
    Enterprise Systems Products VP at Sun

    Clark Masters, executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Systems Products at Sun talked with Paul Krill of InfoWorld about the Sun Customer Ready Systems program (Sun CRS), SPARC processor-based systems and Sun's relationship with Oracle.

    Sun Rack 900 Offers Flexibility, Sturdiness
    Comes With 38 Rack Units with 900-mm Depth

    Designed with a building-block approach that maximizes resource allocation opportunities, the Sun Rack 900 offers greater flexibility and manageability than past Sun racks, with 38 rack units (RUs) of space with an industry-standard 900-mm depth.

      Transition/EOL of Sun Fire 4810 Server System
      Alternatives Being Offered

      The Sun Fire 4810 server system is being transitioned off the Sun price list. The items being transitioned are: Sun Fire 4810 server base packages, system redundancy kit and selected configured packages.

      Storage
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      Storage Software Standards Move Ahead
      Bluefin CIM/WBEM Provides Common Models

      Mark Carlsen, senior architect for Sun storage, discusses the Bluefin CIM/WBEM standard, which provides customers with the ability to implement plug-and-play storage devices from multiple vendors, while still controlling and managing from a single, CIM/WEBM-based storage management platform.

        Consolidation Platform of Choice: Sun StorEdge 9900 Series
        Real-world Consolidation Examples

        The Sun StorEdge 9900 system features a revolutionary switched architecture that delivers unmatched resilience, performance, scalability and manageability. The innovative architecture provides higher levels of bandwidth and I/O throughput than the older monolithic fixed bus architectures still used by other storage vendors. And the Sun StorEdge 9900 series is optimized for the mature, proven Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) and certified for Sun Cluster 3.0 configurations to ensure meeting users' uptime and reliability objectives.

        Sun StorEdge Availability Suite Software's Remote Mirror
        Oracle Customers can Capitalize on Power and Flexibility

        Sun StorEdge Availability Suite software's remote mirror enables customers to replicate their vital enterprise data remotely in real time, across any IP-based network on any multi-vendor storage subsystem. It has passed the Oracle Storage Compatibility Program (OSCP) comprehensive remote mirroring test suite.

        New Guide: Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.1 Remote Mirror Software with Oracle Databases
        Overview, Architecture, Replication Modes and More

        The 78-page Usage Guide for Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.1 Remote Mirror Software with Oracle Databases provides an overview of the software, its architecture, replication modes, synchronization modes and using the remote mirror replication with Oracle. The guide also provides examples of failover scenarios.

        Developer
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        New Products Added to the Sun Developer Hardware and Sun Startup Programs
        Sun LX50 Server, Sun Blade 2000 Workstation and Sun Fire V100 Server

        The Sun Developer Connection Partner Programs have added the Sun LX50 server for Linux, Sun LX50 server for Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), Sun Blade 2000 workstation, and Sun Fire V100 server to its line of product offerings through the Sun Developer Hardware and Sun Startup programs. Program members qualify for discounts amounting to approximately 57 to 76 percent.

        GCC2C Converter v.1.0
        GNU C/C++/Fortran/ObjectiveC to C Converter

        GCC2C is a "GNU C/C++/Fortran/ObjectiveC to C" converter written as an extension for the GCC compiler. It takes source code written for GCC and outputs equivalent C code, which can then be fed into the target ANSI C compiler. In tests, use of Forte or Sun ONE Studio C software compilers (formerly Forte for Java) has shown significantly improved performance with GCC compatibility.

        Sysadmin
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        Managing Shared Storage in a Sun Cluster 3.0 Environment
        With Solaris Volume Manager Software

        In their 18-page Sun BluePrints OnLine article, Kristien Hens and Peter Dennis recommend a free and easy-to-use alternative to VxVM software, the traditional volume manager of choice for shared storage in enterprise-level configurations. They suggest using Solaris Volume Manager software, which is part of the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

        "Minimizing the Solaris Operating Environment for Security"
        Update Covers Solaris 9 OE

        Author Alex Noordergraaf has updated his Sun BluePrints article, "Minimizing the Solaris Operating Environment for Security" for the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE). The author provides tips, instructions and preferred practices for minimizing the Solaris OE to increase system security. Automating the installation process is one way to boost security.

        Java Technology
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        Java Metadata Interface Specification
        Provides Platform-Neutral Infrastructure

        The Java Metadata Interface (JMI) specification implements a dynamic, platform-neutral infrastructure that enables the creation, storage, access, discovery and exchange of metadata (data about data). JMI enables platform-independent discovery and access of metadata. Sun is making a download of the JMI Specification API 1.0 available.

        Java Authentication and Authorization Service
        Provides User-based Security

        The Java Authentication and Authorization Service software package enables services to authenticate and enforce access controls upon users. It implements a Java technology version of the standard Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) framework and supports user-based authorization. Java Authentication and Authorization Service software has been integrated into the Java 2 Software Developers Kit, Standard Edition, v 1.4.

        RealRead E-books Feature 3-D Page Turning, No Plug-in Software
        Specialty Retailer Brookstone Produces Java-based E-Catalog

        Specialty retailer Brookstone has partnered with RealRead to create an electronic version of its 68-page holiday catalog to be emailed to Brookstone prospects. The e-catalog does not require any plug-in software nor any file download, it can be emailed as a hyperlink in the email text and it looks exactly like the printed version, featuring 3-D page turning.

        Introduction to Generics
        Added to Java Programming Language

        Generics -- also commonly known as parameterized types -- have been used in other computing languages for years. And now generics will be added to the Java programming language with the 1.5 release. Paul Mingardi's article, "Preparing for Generics: An Introduction," gives examples of how generics can help Java technology programmers.

        Telco
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        Netra High Availability (HA) Suite Foundation Services
        Gets the Nod for Building HA Clusters

        The Netra High Availability (HA) Suite Foundation Services provide a suite of reliable software services for building HA clusters and for complementing existing HA frameworks that enable the deployment of Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) applications in an HA environment. The Netra High Availability (HA) Suite Foundation Services can be used to create a highly available, dynamically scalable cluster of distributed nodes enabling applications to leverage the enhanced reliability of the platform.

        Netra CP2160 CompactPCI Board
        Operates as System Controller or Standalone Single-Board Computer

        Powered by a 650-MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor, the Netra CP2160 CompactPCI (CPCI) single-board computer functions either as a system controller, as a satellite in a CPCI configuration or as a standalone, single-board computer in an embedded environment and delivers host functionality while offloading I/O-intensive functions from the main host processor.

        Netra CP2060/CP2080 CompactPCI Satellite Board
        Low-cost, Easily Customized Solution for Satellite Processing

        The Netra CP2060/CP2080 CompactPCI (CPCI) satellite board is a crucial building block that network equipment providers (NEPs) and carriers can use when scaling and improving the availability of next-generation, carrier-grade systems in the wireless, wireline and access arenas. With the introduction of PMC support, the Netra CP2060/CP2080 CPCI satellite board enables customers to mix and match third-party PMC cards.

        New Product Marketplace
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        Rhapsody HIPAA Validation Service
        Rhapsody Integration Engine v 1.2

        Rhapsody HIPAA Validation service from Orion Systems is a free online service that allows the healthcare industry to validate its electronic messages for HIPAA compliance (to 5 types). The new 1.2 version of the Rhapsody Integration Engine accelerates messaging speeds and improves the ability of organizations to control their IT infrastructure.

        CYA HOTBackup Software Available for Sybase's RDBMS
        Incremental Hot Backups, No Downtime

        CYA HOTBackup software is now available for use with Sybase's relational database management system (RDBMS) Adaptive Server Enterprise. CYA HOTBackup performs incremental hot backups of a client's repository without requiring application downtime. In addition to full application restores, CYA HOTBackup restores individual objects to a system, with all related information intact.

        Long View Systems Selects NetVigil
        Adding New Capabilities to Remote Managed Services

        Long View Systems (LVS) of Canada has selected Fidelia Inc.'s NetVigil to add new capabilities to its Remote Managed Services (RMS) infrastructure reporting portal. Fidelia's business service management software will allow Long View's RMS customers to have on-demand access to real-time status and performance reporting on servers, routers, applications and other infrastructure resources.

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