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Fiscal Second Quarter Report
Operating Expenses Reduced

Sun's fiscal second quarter report showed a decline in revenues of six percent as compared with $3.108 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2002. On a sequential basis, revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2003 increased $168 million or six percent from the first quarter.

Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 Software
Supports Liberty Alliance Federated Identity and SAML

Sun ONE Identity Server 6.0 software (formerly iPlanet Identity Server) supports Liberty Alliance federated identity and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) Web Services security standards. It is the industry's first open-standards-based network identity solution that fully integrates access management, delegated administration, directory and federation services into a single product.

NRF Online University for Training Retail Employees
Customizable, Global Delivery

Sun and the National Retail Federation are offering a new training solution for retailers, NRF University wired. It is a customizable, online university that offers training courses that can be made available to employees in disparate locations.

The Gap Optimizes Retail Store Profits
Standards-based Solution Built on Sun Technology

The Gap has chosen Sun Fire servers to power Gap Inc.'s Oracle Financials implementation for a variety of financial and back end services and Sun Enterprise servers for retail data warehousing, merchandise planning system and other supply chain applications.

Sun Linux Competency Centre in Canada
beONix Technology Will Offer Technical Consulting

Sun Microsystems of Canada and beONix Technology are collaborating to establish the first Sun Linux Competency Centre in Canada. The center will be equipped with Sun Ray thin client desktops and will offer training on the Sun Linux operating system and on Open Source productivity products available for the Sun Linux platform.

iForce Partner Engage Inc. Releases AMP Solution for Sun ONE Platform
New Tool for Retailers to Manage Advertising, Marketing, Promotion

An instance of the continuing success of the iForce Community initiative was recently demonstrated in the release of the integrated advertising, marketing and promotion (AMP) solution from Engage Inc. Engage has designed its AMP solution for the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) platform and to support the retail sector in producing corporate and in-store advertising, marketing and promotion materials.

    Association for Retail Technology Standards Previews POSlog
    Provides Point of Service Data Capture

    Since its founding in 1993, the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) has developed three standards recognized and adopted worldwide by retailers: the Standard Retail Data Model, UnifiedPOS and IXRetail. ARTS previewed the first implementation of POSlog, which is the standard TLOG for integrating point-of-sale data to numerous related applications, at the recent National Retail Federation's 92nd Annual Convention and Expo in New York City.

    Sun and Kliger-Weiss Infosystems Offer Back-office Management System
    Specialty Retailers Reduce IT Costs, Improve Control Over Data

    Collaboration between Sun and Kliger-Weiss Infosystems (KWI) has resulted in a solution called the KWI Web-based Retail Management System outsourcing service. This back-office retail management system, which uses Java technology on Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE), is being marketed to specialty retailers. The open, centralized solution helps retailers lower IT costs and improve control over mission-critical information.

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    Web Services Application from AfterBOT Inc. -- ReceiptsPLUS
    Sun Technology Delivers Digital Receipts Using In-store POS Data

    AfterBOT Inc. has developed ReceiptsPLUS, an XML-based database of customer transactions that, according to Jim Nadler, senior vice president, "...is easily integrated with other applications and...that can be easily accessed and leveraged across other applications. By leveraging open standards, our customers can upgrade their systems quickly and easily while at the same time integrate applications like ReceiptsPLUS with other business applications."

    EPL Shifts Technology to Meet Changing Credit Union Marketplace
    Software ISV/ASP Moves from UNISYS to Sun Open Net Environment

    Hoping to capitalize on the movement toward consolidation among credit unions, EPL has determined to shift its software products for in-house use by credit unions away from a UNISYS mainframe to the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) running an Oracle database. EPL will develop new systems on the Java2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) with the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) architecture.

    Convergys Turns to Sun for High Availability CRM Solutions
    Sun Enterprise Servers, SunSpectrum Program Fill the Bill

    To characterize the nature of operations at Convergys as "mission-critical" is something of an understatement. With clients such as Sprint, Toys 'R Us, Pfizer and Telewest Communications who have turned over their wireless billing and customer care support operations to Convergys, Convergys has a mandate to keep its IT systems up and running. They turned to Sun for a reliable technology solution.

    French Retailer Kiabi Picks Sun Technology for ERP Infrastructure
    Sun Fire Server Domain Allocation Solves Capacity Problem

    Kiabi has modernized its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) capabilities by selecting technology from Sun Microsystems. The second largest clothing retailer in France, Kiabi uses a Sun Fire 6800 server equipped with Sun StorEdge T3 disk arrays to power its Retek application and human resources software from HR Access. The resulting improvements in productivity and added sales convince Kiabi that it will recover its costs in short order.

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    Nominees Sought for Jini Technology Technical Oversight Committee
    Three Individual Seats Open

    Nominations are now being accepted for three General House members for the Jini technology Technical Oversight Committee (TOC). The Jini technology TOC is an oversight body for the Jini Community program, made up equally of three individuals (General House), three commercial licensees (Commercial House) and three representatives from the original contributor, Sun. Nominations are being accepted through January 31, 2003.

      The Three Layers of I-Fabric Architecture
      Creating Server Farms and Supporting N1

      I-Fabric (Infrastructure Fabric) software from Terraspring consists of three layers that create server farms within the I-Fabric. The server farms are managed by Terraspring software. Farm Mark-up Language (FML) is a Terraspring-developed XML dialect used to represent the logical blueprint of a server farm. This all works together to support and enhance Sun's N1 strategy and architecture.

      Sun Ray Server Software 2.0 Download Available
      Now Deploys on Existing LANs

      Sun Ray server appliance software 2.0 is available for download. Sun Ray server appliance software authenticates users, can redirect input and output to the Sun Ray thin clients, and includes administrative functions such as managing authentication policies. New features of version 2.0 include the ability to deploy Sun Ray thin clients on existing Local Area Network infrastructure.

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      Net Talks on Identity Management and Web Services
      Join Jonathan Schwartz, Mark Tolliver, Hal Stern and Others

      Upcoming Net Talks in January and February include topics of Identity Management, how Network Identity makes buisness sense, Web Services and more. Speakers include Mark Tolliver, Jonathan Schwartz and Gary O'Brien.

      AFCOM's Spring Conference and Expo
      March 23-27, Las Vegas, NV

      Sun will be participating in the AFCOM Spring Conference and Expo to be held in Las Vegas, NV, from March 23 to March 27, 2003. Topics include mainframe rehosting. An optional data center tour will be available for attendees.

      MicroStrategy World 2003
      February 3-6 in Las Vegas

      The MicroStrategy World 2003 event in Las Vegas on February 3-6 takes a look at the latest developments and trends in business intelligence (BI). Topics presented will cover enterprise-deployments, advanced analytics, event-driven reporting with Narrowcast Server, and building extranet applications with MicroStrategy technology.

      Retail Finance Asia-Pacific 2003 Conference and Expo
      March 12-14 in Singapore

      Retail Finance Asia-Pacific 2003 Conference and Expo will be held in Singapore on March 12-14. Plenary sessions will focus on defining the market for retail financial services and understanding segments of deposit gathering, consumer and mortgage lending and card products.

        Storage
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        StorageTek's Email Xcelerator and Sun SAM-FS
        Helping Archive Email Efficiently

        Sun and StorageTek recently launched an initiative in London to offer tailored solutions of software, hardware and professional services. They are specifically targeting the need to effectively archive email.

        Sun Hardware RAID Storage Systems Administration Course
        Focus on RAID Groups, Logical and Virtual Volumes

        The Sun Hardware RAID Storage Systems Administration course (number ES-255) covers successfully performing administrative-type tasks on RAID controller-based storage arrays. It provides hands-on experience creating RAID groups and logical and virtual volumes on storage systems such as the Sun StorEdge T3 array, Sun StorEdge A1000 array and Sun StorEdge A3500 array.

        Transitioning of Sun SAM-FS 3.5
        Also Replacing Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite 3.5

        Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite 4.0 software is replacing Sun SAM-FS 3.5 and version 3 of the Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite software. Some of the powerful new features in version 4.0 include disk to disk archiving capability, both locally and to a remote site, for better performance.

        Developer
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        Solaris OE Implementation for Win32 API Version 1.1
        Adds 43 More Win32 APIs, Windows 2000 APIs

        Sun's Web page on migrating from NT to the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) provides an implementation for porting Windows NT/2K applications to Solaris OE. New features in the Solaris OE Implementation for Win32 APIs (library) include support for the Windows 2000 APIs.

        Developer Technical Support Programs
        Longer-term, Personalized Support and Per Incident Options

        Sun offers developers a variety of support programs, including the Developer Support Plus program, Developer Support Direct program and the Developer Support Online program which has two levels of support.

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