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Moving Forward with N1
Terraspring, Pirus Network Acquisitions Bring New Technologies to N1 Vision

Only three months after first laying out the roadmap for the revolutionary IT architecture called N1, Sun has acquired two companies, Terraspring and Pirus Networks. With Terraspring, Sun gains virtualization and infrastructure provisioning technology. Pirus Networks's virtual storage technology allows Sun to deliver a key component of the N1 vision--an open, easily managed storage infrastructure.

Sun Environmental Services Program
Assesses Datacenter Environment to Optimize Availability, ROI

Sun Environmental Services is a tiered suite of integrated global services designed to increase system availability, increase customer satisfaction and reduce service calls by evaluating the customer's physical environment in the datacenter. These services assess physical system layout, air quality and temperature/humidity. Each inspection and/or assessment will comply with Sun Datacenter Best Practices. The intended target market is every Sun Service program maintenance customer.

    Sun to Integrate Sun ONE Software Stack into Solaris Operating Environment
    Pricing Structure Changes from Standalone-per-Buy to per Usage

    Writing in eWeek, Peter Galli comments on the Sun initiative to incorporate all its Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software components into the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE). Galli includes information on a change in the Sun pricing structure as well, which is moving from stand-alone per product to pricing based on usage.

    Chutney Apptimizer Speeds Up Web Site
    Stores Output of Common Requests on Sun ONE Application Server

    A major investment bank deployed the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) and Chutney Technologies Apptimizer to speed up its Web-based applications and Web site. Chutney Apptimizer assisted the Sun ONE Application Server (formerly iPlanet Application Server) by storing the output of common requests instead of regenerating them for each subsequent request.

    Events
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    IP Storage Networks at Work User Symposium
    February 4 - 6, 2003

    The SNIA IP Storage Forum's IP Storage Networks at Work User Symposium takes place February 4-6 at the SNIA Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the first educational event and demonstration dedicated to bringing together IP storage networking industry expertise and working end-user solutions.

    Free ROI Seminar at Sun in Santa Clara and McLean
    Two January Dates

    David Hadden, President and CTO, New Course Analytics, will present a complimentary seminar at Sun in Santa Clara, CA, on January 15 and in McLean, VA, on January 28, titled "Beyond ROI: Measuring and Optimizing the True Impact of Training, IT, and Other Interventions on the Enterprise."

    FinExpo 2003: Shaping the Financial Landscape of the Future
    Free Seminar Set for January 29, 2003, in London

    With a theme of "Shaping the Financial Landscape of the Future," the free FinExpo 2003 exhibition and seminar opens up January 29, 2003, at the Cabot Hall, Canary Wharf, London. FinExpo 2003 will feature presentations on Web Services, next-generation trading systems, STP, business process outsourcing and risk management.

    Java Developer Connection Online Chats
    Topics: J2ME Wireless Toolkit 2.0, High-Performance GUIs

    Two Java Developer Connection online chats are slated for January. On January 7, 2003 at 9 a.m. PST, there will be a discussion of the Java 2 Platform, Mobile Edition (J2ME) Wireless Toolkit 2.0. On January 21, at 11 a.m. PST, there will be an online discussion on High Performance GUIs with the Java Foundation Classes (J.F.C./Swing) API.

    Servers
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    Sun Fire 280R Server's New Standard Configuration
    Includes Two 1.015 GHz UltraSPARC III CPUs

    Sun has developed a new standard configuration on the Sun Fire 280R server. This configuration includes two 1.015 GHz UltraSPARC III CPUs, 4 GB RAM and two 36-GB FC-AL hard disk drives. The configuration is identical to a currently shipping "random" configuration, except for inclusion of new 1 GB memory DIMMs.

    Sun Fire 15K Server Security White Paper
    Domain Capability Requires Firm Separations

    The 18-page white paper, "Sun Fire 15K Server Security" discusses the security characteristics designed into the Sun Fire 15K server. The server is a network of domains and control points, including System Controllers and any remote administrative workstations. This helps ensure that no unauthorized user on one domain can access data belonging to other users or other domains.

    Publications
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    "PHP Cookbook" Gives Programmers Best Practices and Solutions
    Includes Theory and Background, not just Cut-and-paste Code

    Always pressed for time, programmers often find it necessary to study best practices worked out by others or to follow a solution to a common problem rather than expend the effort to solve it on their own. PHP programmers will find that the impressive collection of code in the new "PHP Cookbook" by David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg provides quick "recipes" to help them put their programming skills to the most productive use possible.

    "Hack Proofing Sun Solaris 8" and "Mastering Solaris 8"
    Two Guides to Getting the Most Out of Solaris 8 Operating Environment

    For system administrators and security professionals concerned with protecting their Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), the book, "Hack Proofing Sun Solaris 8" (from Syngress Media Inc.) by Wyman Miles, Ed Mitchell, F. William Lynch, Randy Cook (editors) and Ido Dubrawsky and F. William Lynch (contributors) provides instructions for securing a Solaris OE system and its environment.

    "UNIX Filesystems: Evolution, Design, and Implementation"
    Author Reviews UNIX and Linux Filesystems

    Written by Steve Pate, a senior member of the VERITAS Filesystems Group, "UNIX Filesystems: Evolution, Design, and Implementation" sheds light on the inner workings of UNIX filesystems and gives you the know-how to fine-tune your UNIX filesystems for optimal performance. Pate also provides a complete implementation of the System V filesystem on Linux, as well as instructions on how to build, install and analyze it.

    "802.11 Security" Explains IEEE Protocol
    Dispels the Myths of Wireless Security

    802.11b, or "Wi-Fi," is the IEEE wireless standard that most companies are adopting. In their new book, "802.11 Security," Bruce Potter and Bob Fleck explain the underlying structure of the 802.11 protocol, the risks associated with deploying and using a wireless network and how attackers will attempt to exploit inherent weak spots and the tools that can be used to successfully defend against them.

    New Product Marketplace
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    Security Tool: @stake WebProxy
    Tests Web Applications for Security at Development Level

    WebProxy is an interactive security tool that helps developers test and enhance the security of Web applications. Sitting between the developer's browser and the Web application, @stake Inc.'s WebProxy acts as a proxy to let the developer observe precisely how a Web application responds to staged attacks.

    Platform Intelligence Solution
    Improves IT Management

    Platform Computing Inc. has released Platform Intelligence, which enables IT professionals to understand and proactively manage complex distributed IT computing environments. It provides decision-ready data marts, visual reporting and real-time analysis tools, proactive event response, a customizable management portal, reliable and secure data delivery and low-impact data-collection agents.

    Tek-Tools Ships Storage Profiler Version 2
    Adds DNS, Uptime Monitoring

    In its new version 2.4 of its flagship Storage Profiler application, Tek-Tools has added functionality for DNS monitoring, uptime monitoring, scheduled reports, duplicate files and enterprise reports. Storage Profiler is completely Web-based, enabling proactive, location-independent monitoring of critical storage resources within multi-vendor enterprise networks, including the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

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