Sun Services Commits to Larger Market Share for Channel Partners
Four Pilot Programs Aim to Quantify Hardware Capacity
Writing for CRN, Elizabeth Montalbano reported on a new series of
utility computing service pilot programs being launched by Sun
Services in an effort to foster a more amicable relationship with its
solutions providers. Engineers are studying the runtime attributes of the Sun Web site to assess the blade servers which the site is housed on.
Know Your Benchmarks
Selecting and Sizing IT Systems
Cindee Mock, director of competitive intelligence at Sun, has some good
advice for IT managers who are in the market for new or upgraded
infrastructure. Benchmarks, she suggests, especially vendor benchmarks,
often tell you what you want to hear but not necessarily the whole
story. Other factors are every bit as telling as benchmarks, she says.
These include real-world performance, availability, upgradability and
Concept-based Information Retrieval Under Development
Sun Labs Addresses the "Paraphrase Problem"
Sun Labs is at work on the Conceptual Indexing Project, an effort to
provide Internet users with a search tool with more subtlety than the
standard keyword approach that counts the words in a query and matches
them against those words in a document.
The java.net Web Site: A Place for Collaboration
Origin of the Site, Vision, Goals and Features
Sun's new site for developers of Java technology,
http://www.java.net, has been formed as a central meeting place for
developers and Java technology enthusiasts to collaborate on projects,
share ideas, and create the next "big thing." There are links for
communities such as NetBeans software, Jini technology, Project
JXTA, and games, desktop and patterns for Java technology.
New Pricing Options for Trademark of the Java Verified Program
Enterprises Can Reference Their Own Tested Application as Approved by the Java Verified Program
Sun is offering new pricing options for its Java Verified program
Trademark, which provides a key market differentiator for developers
who have Java Verified applications. Customers who purchase the
Java Application Verification Kit for the Enterprise (Java AVK
Enterprise) and the Java Verified Trademark License can test
applications to provide support to Java 2 Platform, Enterprise
Edition (J2EE) compatible application servers.
New Features for Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.2
Bug Fixes, Performance Enhancements and More
The Java technology Web site describes the Java Web Services Developer Pack
(Java WSDP) 1.2 as an integrated toolkit that allows Java
programming language developers to build, test and deploy XML
applications, Web Services and Web applications with the latest Web
Services technologies and standards implementation.
"CDC: An Application Framework for Personal Mobile Devices"
Sun White Paper Examines CDC's Problem Domain, Features and Capabilities
The Java technology white paper, "CDC: An Application Framework
for Personal Mobile Devices," examines how the Connected Device
Configuration (CDC) rises to meet the current challenges for software
developers to quickly create mobile applications for a variety of
different kinds of personal mobile devices.
JavaServer Faces Technology
A Structured Programming Model to Easily Build Applications
JavaServer Faces technology is used to easily create user
interfaces for JavaServer product family applications. By providing
a structured programming model, developers can quickly and easily build
Web applications. The technology allows users to: assemble reusable UI
components in a page, connect the components to an application data
source and wire client-generated events to server-side event handlers.
Unified Testing and Certification Initiative
From Sun, Motorola, Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson
Sun and Motorola, Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson plan to unify their
application testing and certification programs into a single initiative
that will help accelerate the availability of applications and services
for Java technology-enabled wireless devices. Sun will provide a
Java technology logo under license for applications that have passed
Vodafone To Base its Data Services on Sun Open Net Environment
Streamlining its Global Software Strategy
Vodafone will use Sun middleware software, including the Sun ONE
Application Server and Sun ONE Directory Server (both were formerly
iPlanet products) for a worldwide deployment to streamline its
global software strategy. Vodafone will base a majority of its data
services on Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) software.
Real-time HR Solution from ACS and Sun for Motorola
Improves Response Time by 50 Percent
ACS and Sun are providing a Web-based HR solution to Motorola that has
improved the response time for transactions by 50 percent. The solution
is called Enet, Employee Self-Service Network, and it is based on the
Sun ONE Application Server (formerly iPlanet Application
Server). Enet enables employees and supervisors to update information
in real time.
HP to Distribute Products with Java Technology Support
Dell, Apple and Others to Ship the Latest Java Runtime Environment
HP has joined an industry group that will ship Sun's current compatible
Java technology on their products, allowing consumers and
enterprise users to have immediate access to Java desktop applications.
The move demonstrates the growing support for Java technology on the
desktop, and underscores developer commitment to the Java platform.
Sun Distributes Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Third-party Solution will Replace Sun Linux 5.0 Platform
Sun Linux 5.0 platform is being replaced by the new distribution of
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, WS and ES, which will now ship with new
and existing x86 systems from Sun. Sun will also provide support,
training and professional services for these products.
Sun Debuts the Sun Streaming Server 2.1
High-performance Streaming Over IP-based Networks
Sun has debuted the Sun Streaming Server 2.1, designed to be a
high-performance, open-standards compliant and industrial-strength
streaming services platform. The Sun Streaming Server supports MPEG-4,
QuickTime and 3GPP's file formats, and streams Live and Video-on-Demand
multimedia over IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as through firewalls.
Introducing the Sun Management Center Change Manager 1.0.1
Increase System Administrator Efficiency and Productivity
Sun is releasing the Sun Management Center Change Manager 1.0.1
software. The solution aims to provide a quick and simple way to install,
configure, upgrade, provision and audit the integrated software
application payloads running on a Sun-based system. It also
allows enterprises to facilitate the provisioning of Sun Open Net
Environment (Sun ONE) software stacks.
New Sun Management Center 3.5 Software
With New Enhancements to Help Increase Service Levels and Decrease Administrative Costs
The new Sun Management Center 3.5 software aims to make it easier
to install, deploy and use Sun Management Center software to manage the
Sun systems in the enterprise. The software is designed with new
enhancements that should help increase service levels and decrease
administrative costs in enterprise computing environments.
Management Briefing Seminars
August 4-8, Traverse City, Michigan
The 38th annual Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) will offer sessions
for automotive manufacturers, suppliers, the UAW and the media.
Participants include the Center for Automotive Research, the University
of Michigan's Center for Professional Development and the Office for
the Study of Automotive Transportation.
Going Mobile: Extending the Enterprise -- Securely and Effectively
Sun Net Talk in Two Parts: June 18-19
The upcoming Sun Net Talk on June 18 and 19, 2003, will be held in
two parts. The first part is titled "Going Mobile: Extending the
Enterprise -- Securely and Effectively," and part two is a Sun Inner
Circle chat. Discussions will focus on mobility solutions and Java
technology-powered solutions from Sun and its partners.
Sun Fire V60x Server and Sun Fire V65x Server: Intel Xeon Processors
The Sun Fire V60x server and Sun Fire V65x server are Sun's
next-generation, x86-based, entry-level servers. These
second-generation servers contain 1 or 2, 2.8 GHz or 3.06 GHz
Intel Xeon processors (note: the 3.06 GHz processor is available only
for the Sun Fire V65x server), and support up to 6 hard disks and 12 GB
of memory (Sun Fire V65x server) or 3 hard disks and 6 GB of memory
(Sun Fire V60x server).
Promotion: Sun Ray Server Appliance Building Block Bundle
Fifteen Server Appliances, 20 Smart Cards and Software Media Kit
The "Sun Ray (server appliance) Building Blocks" promotion bundles
the Sun Fire V210 server, fifteen (15) Sun Ray 1 server appliances
or Sun Ray 150 thin clients, 20 smart cards and Sun Ray Server Software
2.0 media kit. Also included are sizing guidelines with configuration
information and the third-party software trial version of secure, remote
access application broker software from Tarantella. This promotion will
run until December 31, 2003.
Get Increased Price/Performance with Sun Fire V880 Servers at 1050 MHz
Support More Complex Applications
Sun Fire V880 servers are being offered with 1050 MHz processors,
increasing the price/performance advantage of these systems. With
faster processors, these servers are capable of supporting more complex
applications and larger user communities. Customers can also receive
trade-in value towards the purchase of a new 1050 MHz CPU/Memory board
by trading in their 750 MHz or 900 MHz CPU/Memory board.
Hardware Compatibility Lists for Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Edition)
New Web Site
The BigAdmin Web site offers a new Hardware Compatibility Lists (HCL)
section. It provides compatibility information on resources for
Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition).
The site provides a way to submit a component or system, HCL tier
definitions and HCL lists for Solaris 8 OS and Solaris 9 OS.
Solving Portal Integration Problems: Sun ONE Portal Server and Microsoft Exchange
Cookbook-style Sun BluePrints Document
Portal administrators and Sun Professional Services personnel
are working to solve portal server integration problems with Microsoft
Exchange, 2000 SP3, and the Sun ONE Portal Server software,
versions 3 and 6, (formerly iPlanet Portal Server). The author of
the Sun BluePrints document, Rob Baker of the Sun ONE Portal Server
Group, outlines the integration requirements and best practices of
advanced rewriting techniques and content pitfalls.
Architecture Workshop for Web Services
Assess Your Readiness to Deploy Web Services
To help customers understand what Web Services can do for their
business, Sun Services is offering the Architecture Workshop for
Web Services, a two-day service to create a plan to implement Web
Services. The workshop goals include reviewing the current state of
your Web Services infrastructure and identifying technology options.
Sun Cluster 3.1 Systems Administration Course
Configuration and System Operation
The Sun Cluster 3.1 software administration course covers the
essential information and skills needed to install and administer Sun
Cluster 3.1 software systems. Topics in the course include an
introduction to the Sun Cluster product features, hardware
configuration and software installation, data service configuration and