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"Vertical and Horizontal Computing Architectures -- Trends and Attributes"
Sun Document Examines the Two Computing Architectures

A document released by Sun takes issue with the recent media reports that medium to large servers are rapidly being replaced by racks and clusters of smaller servers. Sun's "Vertical and Horizontal Computing Architectures -- Trends and Attributes" document is aimed at giving readers information on the appropriate times to select a horizontal computing architecture and a vertical computing architecture.

BlueStar Solutions Finds Success for Chemicals Company
SAP Outsourcing on Sun Platform

IT outsourcing services provider BlueStar Solutions maintains a number of industry certifications, including SunTone certification for high availability, in order to demonstrate its service capabilities to customers. Aware of the value of SunTone certification, BlueStar Solutions recently began a recertification audit to retain the SunTone Certified seal for its fully hosted SAP service.

Choosing a Multitier Computing Environment
Sun Highlights Solution Variety, Complexity

Sun believes that offering customers choice and flexibility is the most realistic way to deal with today's consumer needs. A recent Sun Web site article discusses the depth of choice the company tries to present consumers. Specifically looking at the decisions involved with multitier computing environments.

    Java Technology
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    Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB)
    Now Included in the Java Web Services Developer Pack

    Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) software is now included in the Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP). The JAXB software is a new Java technology that allows the user to generate Java classes from XML schemas. An article on the Sun Web site provides further details on the new software.

    Java Technology Aids in Robotic Development
    Java Speech API and the Java Media Framework

    As robotics becomes an increasingly important field, a technology infrastructure is needed that is both robust and compatible with future needs. Java technology offers strong, device-neutral, platform-neutral systems that can answer many of these needs. Both the Java Speech API and the Java Media Framework are powerful tools with significant potential for the robotics market.

    Java Advanced Imaging API
    Develop Image Processing Applications and Applets in Java Programming Language

    The Java Advanced Imaging application programming interface (API) allows developers to take advantage of high-performance, network-enabled, scalable, platform-independent image processing by placing it in Java technology-based applications and applets. Java Advanced Imaging 1.1.2-FCS (First Customer Shipping) and Java Advanced Imaging Image I/O Tools 1.0-FCS are currently available to customers.

    Using MMAPI to Take Pictures
    Building a Simple Camera Application

    The Mobile Media API (MMAPI) allows MIDlets to play and record audio and video data. Depending on how the device is implemented, the specific capabilities can vary. The Java technology Web site article, "Taking Pictures with MMAPI," by Jonathan Knudsen, explains how a simple camera application can be built using MMAPI.

    Software
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    Overview of Jini Technology Starter Kit v2.0
    New Components in Programming Model and Infrastructure

    Jini Technology Starter Kit v2.0 contains new components to the programming model and infrastructure categories of the architecture. There is an overview to the starter kit available that discusses these new components and how they fit together and fit within the existing Jini technology infrastructure.

    Collaborate Across the Globe with SunForum Software
    Audio and Video Conferencing; Share 3-D Applications

    One of Sun's collaboration tools is SunForum software. This real-time conferencing software uses industry-standard protocols. It can be used for audio and video conferencing and whiteboard sessions, to share applications and transfer files and multimedia information seamlessly among Sun systems, PCs and other computers running standards-based video-conferencing software. There is also a version available for collaborating and sharing of three-dimensional applications.

    Events
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    Supercomputing Conference 2003
    November 15-21, Phoenix, Arizona

    Supercomputing Conference 2003 (SC2003) will be held from November 15-21, in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference, which has been running for 15 years, aims to highlight the most innovative developments taking place in the high-performance computing and networking sector. Scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers all come together to discuss new ideas and industries.

    Sun Tech Days 2003-2004
    Save the Date for this Important Conference

    This year's cycle of Sun Tech Days is about to begin. Every developer will want to attend a session in order to enhance skill levels and absorb information about the latest technology being featured in Sun solutions. The first event is in Seattle during September.

    Sun Net Talk: "Best Practices in Security Architecture: Lessons from the US Department of Defense"
    Thursday, August 14, 9-10 a.m. PT/12-1 p.m. ET

    Sun's vice president of Corporate Software Services, Bill Vass, will discuss the lessons he learned during his years as a CTO and CIO for the Department of Defense (DoD) in a Sun Net Talk on August 14. The online presentation, titled, "Best Practices in Security Architecture: Lessons from the U.S. Department of Defense," will be held from 9-10 a.m.

    Storage
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    Sun Rack 900 Rack Kit and 0.8 Meter FC Cable for Sun StorEdge 6120 Arrays
    Factory or Field Installation

    With the new Sun Rack 900 rack kit, a maximum of ten 3RU trays of Sun StorEdge 6120 arrays can now be installed in the Sun Rack 900. The installation can be a factory or field installation. 0.8 meter LC to LC fibre channel cables are also being introduced with the rack kit.

    Sun StorEdge Traffic Manager Software Version 3.0
    Multipathing, Availability and Data Continuance Applications

    Get load balancing and server-based dynamic path failover with the Sun StorEdge Traffic Manager software. A download is now available for the AIX, HP-UX, HP-UNIX, Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 platforms in English, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The software improves the reliability and availability of business and mission-critical applications by enabling multiple data paths to Sun storage systems and multi-platform operating environments.

    Transition: DLT8000 Drive for Sun StorEdge L180 and L700 Tape Libraries
    Sun StorEdge L7 Tape Autoloader Transitioned

    The DLT8000 drive for the Sun StorEdge L180 and L700 tape libraries is being transitioned off the Sun price list. The last order date is October 17, 2003. The last ship date is January 16, 2004. Sun is also transitioning the Sun StorEdge L7 tape autoloader, Sun StorEdge L7 VERITAS NetBackup and Solstice Backup software bundles, and Sun StorEdge L7 Barcode Reader Option. The last order date is October 17, 2003.

    Developer
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    CoolStuff Program -- Test Emerging Technoloiges
    New Federated Web Site Enlists Developer Help in R & D

    The Sun Developer Network solicits the input of developers by providing them with its CoolStuff program, a java.net Federated site, which gives users access to new technologies not yet released commercially. Interactions with Sun engineers give developers an opportunity to lend their suggestions to the R & D process. There are plans to add mailing lists and forums to the Web site as well.

    Dead Code and Dead Variable Elimination
    Enhancements in the Link-editor in Solaris 9 Operating System 12/02

    The link-editor in the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) 12/02 release, contains enhancements that allow it to perform dead code elimination by excluding program data sections which don't contribute to the object being built. These enhancements are included in the linker patches, making them available to earlier releases of the Solaris OS. Andrew Walton provides a how-to for performing dead code and dead variable elimination when creating executables and shared objects.

    Sysadmin
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    Benefits of Upgrading to the Solaris 9 Operating System
    Performance Improvements, Enhanced Security

    Upgrading to the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) is easy to do and will give you a faster and more secure OS that could reduce costs. Performance improvements include Multiple Page Size Support (MPSS) and Remote Shared Memory API (RSMAPI).

    Creating Users, Groups and More in Request Tracker
    Planning Tips Also Offered

    Part two of Amy Rich's how-to article on the request tracker (RT) picks up where she left off in part one. Part one defined the RT help desk/ticketing system and its installation. Part two covers RT concepts and configuration options, creating a user, assigning rights and more.

    Guarantee Applications will Run on the Solaris 9 Operating System
    Solaris Application Guarantee Program

    Would you like a guarantee that existing applications written to the Solaris Application Binary Interface (ABI) will run on the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS)? Wish granted: The Solaris Application Guarantee program from Sun will guarantee, at no cost, that existing applications written to the Solaris OS ABI will run without modification on the recently released Solaris 9 OS.

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