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Software
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Sun LX50 Server VPN/Firewall Appliance Solution Now Sold Through Resellers
Hardened Version of Red Hat Linux

Sun LX50 server VPN/Firewall appliance -- "Secured by Check Point" software will now be sold exclusively through Sun's iForce partners in the USA, Japan and EMEA. There are new features for the software solution such as a hardened version of Red Hat Linux.

VERITAS Volume Manager 3.5 Now in Japanese, French and Simplified Chinese
Version 3.2 Being Transitioned

Sun is introducing three new localized offerings, referred to as an L10N release, for its VERITAS Volume Manager 3.5 product. This product is now available in Japanese, French and Simplified Chinese. Version 3.2 of the VERITAS Volume Manager for the Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) will be transitioned off the Sun price list.

Japanese Variant of VERITAS File System 3.5
EOL of VERITAS File System 3.4 for Solaris 9 Operating Environment

A Japanese variant of VERITAS File System 3.5 is now available. The English version will continue to be offered. Version 3.4 of the VERITAS File System for Solaris 9 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) is being transitioned off the Sun price list.

Events
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Wave 2003 Wireless Conference
February 10-12 in Las Vegas

WAVE 2003 is an opportunity to see first-hand the wireless voice and data trends and applications that drive business strategy and decision making, increase profits and improve service delivery. This year's forum will be on February 10-12, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featured speakers include George H.W. Bush, Former President of the United States of America; Mark L. Feidler, COO, Cingular Wireless; and Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun, one of the sponsors.

RSA Conference 2003
April 13-17, San Francisco, CA

The upcoming RSA Conference in San Francisco will provide in-depth information for those who are deploying, developing or investigating data security or cryptography products. The event will have four main components: General sessions, an expo, tutorials and class tracks.

Adaptive Manufacturing Seminar Series
Visiting Four Cities in February and March

There will be a special Adaptive Manufacturing seminar series hosted by Sun and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, covering four cities in February and March. Hear about the latest Adaptive Manufacturing trends and technologies that can help users lower costs and improve efficiency throughout the value chain. The focus of this event is "Technologies for Enabling the Adaptive Enterprise."

February and March Java Technology Developer Community Chats
Sun ONE Studio 4, JavaServer Pages, Web Services and Security

Upcoming Java technology-related chats in February and March include topics of Web Services Security, Sun ONE Studio 4 (formerly Forte for Java) software and JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology.

Storage Management 2003
April 9-12, Chicago, IL

Storage Management 2003 is designed to help you get the most out of your storage operations, especially in today's atmosphere of shrinking budgets and increasing data. This event is free for qualified storage professionals and will offer state-of-the-art advice on the processes, procedures and technologies and unbiased expertise from the leading independent experts.

Storage Networking World
April 14-17, Scottsdale, AZ

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Computerworld will stage their fifth annual conference and expo, Storage Networking World (SNW), in Scottsdale, AZ on April 14-17. This event has become the standard for the industry with an agenda typically crammed with technology insights and practical, user-focused information.

ASUG Annual Conference and Vendor Fair
May 18 - 21 in New Orleans, LA

The Americas' SAP Users' Group, ASUG, is presenting its annual conference and vendor fair in New Orleans in May. Gain direct access to SAP through multiple channels and have the chance to meet SAP representatives and discuss your company's specific business requirements.

Workstation
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Factory Configurable Sun Blade 150 Workstation now Available
Sun Customer Ready Systems Program Members are Eligible to Buy

The Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program now offers the Sun Blade 150 workstation in a factory configured version that includes Customer Provided Software. Users can now specify options involving memory, drives, video and other I/O options as well, which will make solution deployment faster, safer and easier. The offering also includes factory integration of the Sun LX50 server and the Sun Blade 150 workstation.

Auriga from FTL Systems -- The Billion Gate Design Solution
Compilation and Simulation Tool Runs on Sun IT Infrastructure

In its three years of being in business, FTL Systems has produced three generations of its compilation and simulation tool Auriga, known throughout the industry as the "Billion Gate Design Solution." Now, large applications that require multiple processor hardware designs (process control systems, jet aircraft, automobiles) can be developed in Auriga, whose capacity exceeds anything produced by the competition.

Advantages of GNOME 2.0 Desktop for the Solaris Operating Environment
An Alternative to CDE, KDE and Windows

The GNOME 2.0 Desktop is an easy-to-use, advanced desktop for the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE), version 8 or 9, SPARC Platform Edition or Intel Platform Edition. It is an alternative to the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) and provides fast access to the most frequently used applications, utilities and accessories.

Servers
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Sun Rack 900 Support: Data Storage Rack Option
And New Rackmount Kit for Sun Fire V880 Server, New Cables

The Sun Rack 900 is now supported as a data storage rack option for Sun Fire 12K servers and Sun Fire 15K servers. The rack will accommodate Sun StorEdge S1 devices and Sun StorEdge T3 arrays. Also, a new rackmount kit has been designed to support the Sun Fire V880 server within the Sun Rack 900, and longer cables are now available.

Sun LX50 Server Now in Sun Customer Ready Systems Program
Qualified for Sun StorEdge Cabinet

The Sun LX50 server will now be available through the Sun Customer Ready Systems (Sun CRS) program. With the Sun CRS program, customers can have systems built to their specifications and shipped as complete systems ready to deploy. The Sun LX50 server can be integrated with qualified drives and memory and is qualified to be racked and cabled in the Sun StorEdge Cabinet.

Entry Level Servers
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EOL: 80 GB SKUs -- Sun Cobalt RaQ XTR Server Appliances
Recommended Upgrade: Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 Server Appliance

Sun Cobalt RaQ XTR server appliances with 80 GB SKUs are being transitioned off the Sun price list. The Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance is being recommended instead. The Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance offers new and improved features and functionality on an enhanced hardware platform.

36 GB/73 GB 10K RPM SCSI and Fibre Channel NEBS-compliant Disk Drives
Transitioning 36 GB 10K RPM SCSI Disk Drives

The 36 GB 10K rpm SCSI NEBS-compliant Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is being transitioned, and a new 36 GB 10K rpm SCSI NEBS-compliant HDD, is being introduced. Sun is also introducing the 36 GB and 73 GB 10K rpm Fibre Channel (FC) NEBS-compliant HDD for the Netra 20 server. The Fibre Channel NEBS-compliant HDDs are no longer supported on the Netra 20 server platform.

Storage
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New Accelerated Storage Allowances
Sun Upgrade Advantage Program

The Sun Upgrade Advantage Program (UAP) is offering new accelerated storage trade-in allowances: for those ending in AC1 for systems less than one year old and AC2 for systems between one and two years old are available. Selected storage array systems found in the Sun Upgrade Advantage Program are eligible for trade prior to two years of age.

    Storage Bundles Offering: Transition of Sun StorEdge L9 LTO-based Tape Autoloader
    Bundles with VERITAS Netbackup and Solstice Backup Software

    Sun is offering Sun StorEdge L8 tape autoloader, Sun StorEdge L7 and Sun StorEdge L8 autoloader bundles with Solstice Backup software Business Edition and VERITAS NetBackup BusinesServer. Sun is also transitioning the Sun StorEdge L9 LTO-based autoloader and all Sun StorEdge L9 autoloader options (it will no longer be manufactured).

    New 146 GB Hard Disk Drive Reduces Storage TCO
    Brings Improved Productivity to Sun StorEdge 9970, 9980 Arrays

    Sun has made a 146 GB hard disk drive (HDD) available for the Sun StorEdge 9980 and the Sun StorEdge 9970 systems as a replacement for the slower 73 GB HDD. With twice the capacity, the 146 GB HDDs reduce the cost per GB while also reducing the footprint of both systems because fewer frames and array controllers are required for a given capacity.

    Announcing VERITAS NetBackup 4.5 Japanese L10N
    Four New Media and Documentation Kits Introduced

    Four new VERITAS NetBackup version 4.5 media and documentation kits for UNIX systems and Windows have been released in Japanese. The media kits do not include documentation, which must be purchased separately.

    Sysadmin
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    A Patch Management Strategy for the Solaris Operating Environment
    Scheme Applies to All Patch Installation Utilities

    Ramesh Radhakrishnan of Sun Professional Services has devised a seven-phase method for keeping software up-to-date which he outlines in his 30-page Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "A Patch Management Strategy for the Solaris Operating Environment."

    "BluePrint for Benchmarking Success"
    A "How-to" Approach to Assembling a Benchmark

    There is a 15-page Sun BluePrints OnLine paper by Barbara Perz and Hans Joraandstad that presents an approach to benchmarking hardware and software regardless of vendor. The authors divide the task of setting up a benchmarking scheme designed to evaluate compute resources for purchase into four categories: goals, commitment, practicality and defining the rules. They also distinguish between the benchmarking requirements that apply to High Performance and Technical Computing (HPTC) environments and those that apply to commercial computing (database and related applications).

    Quality of Service and Policy Fundamentals
    On Networking and Systems Resources

    The white paper by Sun engineer Deepak Kakadia on Quality of Service (QoS) and policy fundamentals covers the end-to-end Network and Systems Architecture and identifies the complete beginning-to-end path of a flow. Kakadia analyzes sources of delay, summarizes QoS mechanisms and functions, and the delays experienced by a non-QoS architecture without differentiated services. The author also discusses the impact of applying QoS Policies on Networking and Systems resources in an integrated solution.

    Publications
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    Third Edition of "sendmail" Bat Book
    Covers Changes to Version 8.12

    The latest version of sendmail, the UNIX-based email routing program, is 8.12, has been fundamentally changed with new features, options and macros. The "bat" book by Bryan Costales and the creator of sendmail, Eric Allman, covers these changes and provides new chapters on performance tuning and dealing with spam.

    "Mastering UNIX Shell Scripting" -- End-to-end Shell Scripts
    Collection Stresses Logical Approach to Problem Solving

    The collection of end-to-end shell scripts put together by Randal K. Michael in his book "Mastering UNIX Shell Scripting" contains answers to a number of real-world system administration problems presented in a step-by-step approach to the process of writing shell scripts.

    Book on Building Enterprise-level Database Applications with MySQL
    Pros and Cons, Case Studies and Code

    If you are a corporate user considering adopting MySQL, author and programmer Alexander Pachev has written a guide to building enterprise-level database applications with MySQL, "MySQL Enterprise Solutions."

    Practical Guide to Developing Applications with Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
    Solving Common Problems

    For tips on how to use the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technologies to reduce complexity, see Rod Johnson's book, "Expert One-on-One: J2EE Design and Development." It covers when to use a distributed architecture, when and how to use Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technology and more.

    Java Technology
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    Open Letter on Java Technology for the Wireless Industry
    Java Specification Request 185 and Roadmap

    With a declared focus on innovation, time-to-market and interoperability, a group of carriers, manufacturers and software developers, all members of the Java Community Process (JCP) program, have formed the Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI) Expert Group. The initial task of the JTWI Expert Group is development of Java Specification Request 185.

    Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition Wireless Toolkit 2.0 Beta 2 Now Available
    New Features

    Jonathan Knudsen describes some of the new features of the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) Wireless Toolkit 2.0, such as new emulator skins. Knudsen discusses setting MIDlet permissions and a new Run via OTA feature.

    Java Application Verification Kit
    Testing Applications and Showing Credibility

    Large companies and ISVs have been taking advantage of the Java Application Verification Kit (Java AVK) for the Enterprise and its testing capabilities. Companies who use it can cite that in their marketing programs and use the distinctive Java Verified logo. Backed by the Sun brand, the company can enhance their presence in the market and increase their credibility.

    Java Advanced Imaging Image I/O Tools 1.0 RC
    For a Richer API Set for Image Manipulation

    For a richer API set for image manipulation, including built-in support for many common imaging operations, John Zukowski encourages readers to try the Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) API. He focuses on a set of image reader/writer (codec) classes that comes with the API but has been separated into its own installable library, the Java Advanced Imaging Image I/O Tools 1.0 RC.

    New Product Marketplace
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    @HDL Releases Assertion-Based Verification Support for Accellera PSL Sugar Language
    Speeds Up Functional Verification Process

    @HDL Inc. has released new versions of its products for electronic design automation. @Verifier and @Designer 3.0, which accelerate functional verification, have the full support of the Accellera PSL Sugar 2.0 language. The assertion-based verification and debugging capabilities available in @Verifier and @Designer are directly interoperable with the newest release of the Cadence NC-Sim logic simulation product, LDV 4.1.

    Software- and Hardware-based IP Media Server Products
    From Pactolus Communications

    Pactolus Communications is offering software- and hardware-based IP media server products. RapidFLEX Soft Media Server is the software-based media server implementation. It is available on commercial, off-the-shelf hardware. The hardware-based solution consists of IP media server products from Convedia Corp. of Vancouver.

    Data Connection Releases DC-VPN Manager for BGP/MPLS VPN Management
    Provides Non-stop Forwarding, Flexible Distribution on Multiple Cards

    DC-VPN Manager, a new BGP/MPLS VPN management product from Data Connection Limited, is now available to the market. An important part of DCL's carrier-class IP Routing Suite, DC-VPN Manager coordinates the provision of BGP/MPLS VPNs, in part through its fully portable source code.

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