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Network Identity Assessment Tool Available
Helps Sun Customers Pinpoint Identity-Enabled Services Capabilities

Sun's Network Identity Assessment Tool helps a company evaluate what they need to do to deliver Web Services. It provides a report with recommendations for improving business process and operational effiencies. The Sun ONE Platform for Network Identity provides a complete package for companies to deploy a network identity solution.

Credit Suisse Success Story
Improving Accuracy in Trade Execution

Credit Suisse Group has recently implemented SECOR Monitor, an automated monitoring tool to check the accuracy of trades, executions or instruments data in the bank's order routing system. The Java technology-based system tracks trading data, routes them to the middle or back office for investigation and leaves an audit trail for regulators.

Asia Pacific Market Offers Bright Prospects for Sun
Telecom Market Called Horizontal, with New Vertical Opportunities

"Asia Pacific is one of the brighter spots for the telecommunications industry," according to Sun manager of communications Bill Steen. Opportunities lie with companies that are "going straight to mobile" technologies, "and established players who are looking to leverage content and service delivery through 2.5 and 3G technologies."

McNealy Reaffirming Sun's Identity and Mission
The Underdog that Won't Go Under

Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems chairman, CEO and president, assured Ashlee Vance of IDG News Service that he is not uncomfortable in the least with the Rodney Dangerfield label the media has perennially attached to the company. McNealy said it does not bother him that, like Dangerfield, Sun gets no respect. Sun has been pronounced a goner for much of the past 20 years, McNealy recalled, and the company is still very much alive and kicking.

Java Technology
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Chat Transcript: New Networking Support in Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition v 1.4
Plus Plans for Enhancements in Future Releases

Appearing on a recent Java technology Live! forum moderated by Edward Ort, guests Alan Bateman and Yingxian Wang shed some light on the new networking support that is available for Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) v 1.4.

Adventure Builder from Java BluePrints
Building a Basic Web Site Travel Application

The Adventure Builder Sample Application Version 1.0 is the first release of the new Java BluePrints sample application that shows how to use the capabilities of the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4. Adventure Builder is a basic Web-site travel application, where customers shop for travel packages by browsing a catalog of packages.

Maximize Your IT Investment with Java Technology Center Services
Architecture Assessment and Support

Java technology Center services can help you protect your investments in hardware, software and training because they help you integrate legacy resources into a more flexible and cost-efficient open environment based on Java technology. Services include architecture assessment, design and validation, troubleshooting and more.

Software
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Introduction of Solaris 8 and 9 OE Right-to-Use Licenses
Solaris Free Binary License Program Requires Single-CPU License

Changes to the Solaris Free Binary License program will require the introduction of additional right-to-use (RTU) licenses for the commercial use of Solaris 8 and 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE). For Solaris 9 OE, (SPARC Platform Edition), an upgrade license for desktop computer systems with a maximum capacity of a single CPU is being announced. A license for systems with a maximum capacity of one CPU is also being announced for the Solaris 8 OE.

StarOffice 6.0 and StarSuite 6.0 Software Pack Repriced
Reductions Affect Small and Medium Business Pack

Prices on the StarOffice 6.0 and StarSuite 6.0 software Small and Medium Business Pack (SMB) are changing from $1,750 to $1,500. The package includes a 25-user license. This repricing makes the StarOffice/StarSuite 6.0 software Small-Medium Business Pack more competitive with the retail edition of StarOffice/StarSuite 6.0 software.

Sun Software Support Services
Available in Standard and Premium Service Levels

As of December 3, 2002, a new program became available from Sun called Sun Software Support Services. This new program incorporates the best features of Sun Software Only Support (SWON) and iPlanet Maintenance (recently branded as Sun Software Support services -- Gold, Silver, Bronze and Subscription Only plans) in two new levels of service: Standard and Premium.

SunPlex System Clusters Delivered by Sun Customer Ready Systems Program
Database and Cluster Platforms EOL

SunPlex System Clusters can now be delivered through the Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program. Sun is also announcing the EOL of some Database and Cluster Platforms.

Events
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LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Heads to New York
Slated for January 22-24, 2003

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is heading for New York City, January 22-24, 2003. Topics include business/emerging technologies, developer issues, Linux use in government, defense and communications and security issues. The keynoter is Hector Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of AMD.

European Events Involve Sun
OOP 2003 Conference in Germany and Sun ONE University Center in Italy

Sun's James Gosling, founder of Java technology, will be a keynote speaker at this year's OOP 2003 Conference in Germany, January 20-24, 2003. Also, Sun ONE University Italy is offering workshops on Java technology and the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE). The workshops take place in Turin, Milan, Padua and Rome, Italy.

Two Automotive Events Set for 2003
Automotive News World Congress in January, Forrester Automotive Summit in February

Two major automotive-themed conferences take place early next year. Sun is a sponsor and will exhibit at the Automotive News World Congress in Dearborn, Mich., January 13-16, 2003. The other conference is the 2003 Forrester Auto Summit. This February 18-19 meeting in Los Angeles will explore the move from a production-driven "push" to a demand-driven "pull" model.

University Developer Days in Canada
University of Ottawa and Carleton University

Sun's Annual Tech Days global tour is stopping in Ottawa next month to address its community of present and future developers. In addition to a Developer Day event January 10, 2003, at the Westin Hotel, the tour will also offer sessions January 9 at two Ottawa universities - the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Storage
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Sun StorEdge SAN 4.1
Features the Brocade Silkworm Family of Switches

Sun StorEdge SAN 4.1 features the Brocade Silkworm family of switches: 2 Gb Brocade Silkworm 12000, 3800 & 3200. These switches operate with non-price-listed Brocade switches. Sun StorEdge SAN 4.1 adds functionality over version 4.0 (tape fabric, better heterogeneous support and SNIA HBA API support).

Sun StorEdge HiCommand Device Manager Software Version 2.2
Support for CIM and Solaris 9 Operating Environment

Sun is introducing version 2.2 of the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Device Manager Software and transitioning version 2.1. New for version 2.2 is support for the Common Information Model (CIM) 2.7, Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE), Japanese language, 7D+1P RAID-5, 4D+4D RAID-1+, and additional HiScan HBA support.

Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager v. 3.2 for Solaris Operating Environment
Brocade 12000 Universal Country Kit, Rack Also Announced

Sun has announced the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager (SDLM) Version 3.2 for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), a Sun StorEdge SDLM Version 4.0 for AIX and Windows NT/W2K. The Sun StorEdge SDLM provides automatic and manual failover and failback connectivity to the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series storage systems.

Storage Performance Council Releases SPC Benchmark-1
First Industry-standard Benchmark for Enterprise Storage Systems

The Storage Performance Council (SPC) has released the SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1), the first industry-standard benchmark for enterprise storage systems. The SPC has constructed a complete multi-platform toolkit for SPC-1 that quickly evaluates performance and price/performance using a variety of storage topologies, including direct-attach and network storage.

SCSI 73-GB 10K rpm Hard Disk Drive Configurations
For Select Sun StorEdge Volume Storage Products

New SCSI 73-GB 10K rpm hard disk drive (HDD) configurations are now available for select Sun StorEdge volume storage products, including the Sun StorEdge S1 array and the Sun StorEdge D240 Media Tray. The introduction of the new configurations effectively doubles the capacity of these products from 36 GB to 73 GB.

Oracle ServerFree Agent License Options for VERITAS NetBackup Datacenter
NetBackup Enhancements Offer Online Database Backup Features

Eliminating the backup footprint on a production server is a requirement for many of today's online, all-the-time e-business applications. NetBackup ServerFree Agent provides snapshot backup technology combined with server-free data movement for storage area network (SAN) environments. A data snapshot can be created in seconds and then backed up directly from disk to tape. Users can significantly reduce CPU and I/O overhead from application or database servers while eliminating the backup window altogether.

Transitioning of Sun StorEdge Products
Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite Software 4.0 Replacing Sun StorEdge SAM-FS 3.5 and Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite 3.5 Software

Sun has announced the transition of Sun StorEdge SAM-FS 3.5 and Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite software 3.5. The Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite software 4.0 will replace these transitioned products. It offers disk-to-disk archiving capability, both locally and to a remote site, tape-drive sharing on the network, access-control lists and quotas on space consumption.

Sysadmin
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Solaris Operating Environment Guide for New System Administrators
Technical Applications, Demo Setup and Benchmarks

Rolf Kersten of Sun asserts his 41-page guide to the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) will answer 80 percent of your questions about the Solaris OE. While it does not replace more detailed books, it contains the most relevant technical information you will need to know when working with Solaris OE and Sun platforms. The guide is geared toward those who are new to the OE or who do not administer it daily.

Differences Between Sun Linux 5.0 Software and the Red Hat 7.2
Includes Table of RPM Version Numbers

Sun has a guide that outlines the differences between Sun Linux 5.0 software and the Red Hat 7.2 Linux distribution. The 18-page document covers differences in how the Linux installer works and a table of RPM version numbers for both Linux distributions.

"Modeling Sun Cluster Availability"
For the Data Service Layer

The deployment of clusters as highly available platforms has increased as companies need to reduce costs. Some of the ways the availability of a clustering solution can be found is by analyzing the availability offered by the system or measuring it, both in pre- and post-deployment phases. Ira Pramanick of the Sun Cluster Software Group addresses the difficulties and benefits of accurately evaluating software availability in his document titled "Modeling Sun Cluster Availability."

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