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Best Buy Chooses Oracle Database for Streamlined Operations
Cost, Flexibility, Technology and Hardware Vendor Independence

In 1996, Best Buy chose to implement a data warehouse for better merchandising and supply chain management. Specifically, IT management sought an open system architecture that would be able to provide long term advantages in cost, flexibility, technology and hardware vendor independence. Oracle was able to provide the solution.

Sun and Oracle Help BT Reduce Recovery Time
Oracle9i RAC Provides Rapid Failover and Fast Recovery

BT recently undertook a project that involved beta testing the failover and high-availability capabilities of Oracle9i. The goals of the test included rapid failover and fast recovery from hardware and software failures. Through Oracle's solution, users were successfully reconnected to another database instance and applications and queries continued uninterrupted.

Migrating to Oracle E-Business Suite 11i
White Paper Provides a Road Map

The new Oracle E-Business Suite 11i is highly suited to new companies that need integrated applications to become e-businesses and take advantage of the the Internet. However, existing Oracle customers often find an upgrade technically daunting, despite the benefits. Sun's new white paper, "Infrastructure Readiness for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i," helps put such a changeover in perspective.

Sun Infrastructure Solution for Infinite Mailbox
Designed to Ease Storage for Lotus Notes Applications

The Sun Infrastructure Solution for Infinite Mailbox is a real-time document management and archiving storage solution designed specifically for Lotus Notes applications running on a Domino server. The advantages of the Sun Infrastructure Solution for Infinite Mailbox are its ability to automate processes such as backups and its ability to archive emails and leverage an existing storage environment.

"Network Identity: Unlocking the Value of Web Services" White Paper
Bringing Open, Standards-based Technology to Bear on Identity Management

Sun has developed an approach to Web Services through identity management that is outlined in the 14-page Sun white paper, "Network Identity: Unlocking the Value of Web Services."

Gosling and McNealy Selected for Computer Business Review Yearbook
Sun Noted for its Forward Thinking

The Computer Business Review (CBR) has included James Gosling, Sun fellow and VP, Sun Labs; and Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO, Sun, in its list of ten innovators who have influenced IT and business in the past ten years. CBR's Tenth Anniversary Yearbook stated Gosling and McNealy have influenced the technology market with the Java programming language and with Sun's forward thinking.

Sun Blade 2000 Workstation 1.015 GHz and 1.05 GHz Configurations Transitioned
Replaced with 1.2 GHz Configurations

The Sun Blade 2000 workstation 1.2 GHz configurations were announced in April of 2003 (see article number [9513]). Now Sun is announcing Sun Blade 2000 workstations using the 1.015 GHz and 1.05 GHz configurations are being transitioned. The 1.2 GHz offers better performance at equivalent or lower price points.

Sun PGX64 Graphics Card Replaced with Sun XVR-100 Graphics Accelerator
Sun PGX64 Graphics Card Last Order Date Extended

Sun Blade 2000 workstation systems that use the Sun PGX64 hardware graphics card are being transitioned off the Sun price list. They are being replaced with the new Sun XVR-100 graphics accelerator. The Sun PGX64 graphics card has been EOLed, but the last order date has been extended to September 30, 2003.

Key Features of Sun Blade 2000 900 MHz Systems with Sun XVR-100 Graphics Accelerator
Faster Processing with the UltraSPARC III Cu 900 MHz Processors

The Sun XVR-100 graphics accelerator provides a low-cost, 2-D display solution for workstations and servers. Users can drive two displays at full 24-bit 2-D resolutions. Increased resolution improves desktop real estate and image quality. The Sun XVR-100 graphics accelerator also provides multiple platform support and supports the latest Sun workstations and servers that are PCI based.

Sun Fire V880 Server to Sun Fire V880z System Upgrade Kit Promotion Extended
Add High-end Visualization to the Sun Fire V880 Server

Sun has extended the availability of its "Sun Fire V880 to Sun Fire V880z System Upgrade Kit" promotion to November 30, 2003. The upgrade kit adds high-end visualization capabilities to the Sun Fire V880 server.

Sun Transitions Netra t 1400 Server, Netra t 1405 Server and 512 MB Memory Expansion Kit
Component Supply Constraints

Sun has announced the transitioning of several products including all configurations of both the Netra t 1400 server and Netra t 1405 server as well as the 512 MB Memory Expansion Kit used in UltraSPARC II systems. Sun has transitioned the products due to component supply constraints.

New Sun Remanufactured Offerings
Include New, Repriced and Transitioned Products

Sun is introducing several new product offerings, repricings and transitions of select existing remanufactured product offerings. These include the introduction of a new Sun Blade 100 workstation Remanufactured configuration, a new Sun Fire V880 server offering, repricing for several select servers and options and transition of Sun Fire 280R server and Sun Fire V880 server 750 MHz configurations.

Entry Level Servers
Pre-installed Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Edition)
Available on Sun Fire V60x Servers and Sun Fire V65x Servers

Customers wishing to purchase Sun Fire V60x servers and Sun Fire V65x servers with Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) pre-installed can now do so using an XATO option. Pre-installation of the operating system avails customers of ready-to-deploy machines and saves them time and costs associated with deploying new Sun servers.

Sun Fire V60x Server and Sun Fire V65x Server Repricing
Reductions of 10 and 20 Percent Make Additional Processing Power Available

Sun has reduced by 10 and 20 percent respectively the prices of the Sun Fire V60x server and Sun Fire V65x server 2.8 GHz and 3.06 GHz CPU X-options/XATO options. The reduced prices allow customers to achieve increased system performance by configuring systems with faster or additional CPUs at lower cost.

EOL of Sun LX50 Server and Sun Linux 5.0.x Server
Last Order Date: October 17, 2003

Sun has announced the end of life (EOL) of the Sun LX50 servers and Sun Linux 5.0.x platform. The end of life extends to all Sun LX50-only X-options and associated CRS part numbers. Customers with existing Sun LX50 server hardware that shipped with Sun Linux have several choices for operating systems going forward.

Sun StorEdge Switch Installation Service
For Entry-level 8-port and 16-port Switches Sold by Sun

Sun StorEdge Switch Installation Service is specifically designed for installation of entry-level 8-port and 16-port switches sold by Sun. This service provides fast, reliable, basic switch installation performed by experienced Sun Services engineers.

Enhanced Disk Controllers and Additional Power Supply for Sun StorEdge 9970 and 9980 Systems
Current Disk Controllers Being Transitioned

To accommodate future feature enhancements without additional expense, Sun is introducing new disk controllers and an additional power supply for the Sun StorEdge 9970 system and Sun StorEdge 9980 systems. The current disk controllers for these systems will be transitioned off the Sun price list.

Sun Price Lists McData Intrepid 6140 and Brocade Silkworm 3900 Switch
Offering Support for Sun StorEdge SAN 4.2

Sun has announced the price listing of the McData Intrepid 6140 140-port Director and the Brocade Silkworm 3900 32-port switch supporting the Sun StorEdge SAN 4.2 release. These products expand Sun's ability to implement storage area networks (SAN) and add to its growing portfolio of fibre channel switches.

Two New Titles from Sun for Web Page Authors and Wireless Developers
Guides to Using Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition and JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library

There are two new titles available from Sun. They are "Programming Wireless Devices with the Java Platform, Micro Edition, Second Edition," by Roger Riggs, Antero Taivalsaari, Jyri Huopaniemi, Mark Patel, James Peursem and Aleksi Uotila, and "Core JSTL: Mastering the JSP Standard Tag Library," by David Geary.

"Algorithms in Java, Part 5: Graph Algorithms, Third Edition"
For Implementing, Debugging and Using Graph Algorithms

A new book by Robert Sedgewick aims to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to graph algorithms. "Algorithms in Java, Part 5: Graph Algorithms, Third Edition" focuses on how algorithms are used for an array of applications, such as network connectivity, circuit design, scheduling, transaction processing and resource allocation.

"Secure Programming Cookbook for C and C++"
Securing C and C++ Programs

A new resource is available for developers who are passionate about writing secure code. "Secure Programming Cookbook for C and C++," by John Viega and Matt Messier, offers developers a number of solutions to the many security problems faced by developers in the programming environment today.

Java Technology
Java Technology for the Wireless Industry 1.0 RI & TCK
Java 2 Platform Micro Edition, CLDC and MIDP Working Together

Sun has released Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI) 1.0 Reference Implementation (RI) and Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK). An integrated TCK is available to test third-party implementation compliance with the JTWI 1.0 specification, while an integrated RI in binary format will be available to help configure the JTWI 1.0 TCK.

JavaServer Pages 2.0 Simplifies Dynamic Content Creation
New Features Eliminate Need for Java Programming Language Knowledge

Release 2.0 of JavaServer Pages (JSP), detailed by Qusay H. Mahmoud in his article "Developing Web Applications With JavaServer Pages 2.0" on, adds new features to simplify dynamic content creation and frees developers from having to know the Java programming language itself.

China Unicom Adds Java Technology for Cellular Downloads
Ends Exclusive Use of BREW

China Unicom has announced that it will begin using Sun's Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) to distribute cell phone downloads, ending its exclusive use of Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) software to deliver over-the-air downloads to subscribers.

Beta of Java Specification Request 168 and Sun ONE Studio Portlet Builder Now Available
First Public Releases

Sun has publicly released a Java Specification Request (JSR) and Sun ONE Studio Portlet Builder beta that is designed to standardize how content is transmitted to Java technology-based servers, according to an article released by JSR 168 is being released initially for public review, with a final version expected from the Java Community Process (JCP) in August or September.

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