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The IT Utility Model -- Part I
Maximizing Utilization, Recovering Costs of Compute Resources

Emlyn Pagden's Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "The IT Utility Model, Part I," defines both utility computing (a method for consuming the resources of a computer based on its utilization rather than its ownership) and utility pricing (a method of billing customers for computer resources they have consumed).

Dell Departs 8-way Server Market Segment
Sun Exec Examines Dell's Motives, Finds Them Lacking

Dell has left the 8-way server market segment, arguing that horizontally scaled 2- and 4-way servers will meet the needs of that market just as well. Souheil Saliba, Vice President of Volume Server Product Marketing at Sun questions that assertion and presents Sun's case to the enterprise server customer.

Sun Games Technologies Group Works on Several Fronts
Online Gaming Receives New Emphasis

Sun, through its recently created Game Technologies Group, is committing its expertise in building back-end systems that support online game play and in creating interoperable Java technology systems to enlarge the portable gaming experience.

Software
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StarOffice 6.0 Software User Guide: Spotlight on Calc
How to Use Spreadsheets

The guide covers all functions of StarOffice software. Chapter 4, "Creating Spreadsheets with StarOffice Calc", covers topics such as structure of a spreadsheet, cells, handling multiple sheets, database functions and exporting spreadsheets.

Sun Offers Cluster Software Installation Validation Service
Validate Your Installation Against EIS Standards

Sun Support Services has announced the availability of a new Sun Cluster Software Installation Validation Service which allows experienced customers to self-perform Sun Cluster software installations and then have Sun Support Services validate the installation against the Enterprise Installation Services standards. Validated installations are eligible for a support contract. This service is recommended for non-mission critical deployments.

Sun Transitions the Solaris 9 4/03 System Administrator Kits
Also Miscellaneous Solaris 7 OS and Solaris 8 OS Part Numbers

Sun is transitioning the Solaris 9 4/03 System Administrator media kits and several Solaris 7 and 8 OS part numbers. Solaris 9 4/03 Slim kits (Media only) will continue to be available.

Events
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CeBIT Asia
September 18-21, Shanghai, China

CeBIT Asia, the huge information and communication technology (ICT) trade fair, will take place in Shanghai, China, from September 18-21. The event will be widened this year to include numerous international organizations and institutions which will present their solutions and theme-oriented shows. The event is designed to allow attendees to get in the door in this competitive market.

NFS Industry Conference
September 22-24, Santa Clara, California

NFS vendors, customers, end users, ISVs and industry experts are all expected to come together at the NFS Industry Conference for an in-depth discussion from a marketing, managerial and technical perspective. The conference will be held September 22-24, in Santa Clara, California. Rob Gingell, Sun Fellow and chief engineer, will make a keynote.

EMINENT IV
October 9-10, Geneva, Switzerland

The European Schoolnet's annual Expert Meeting of International and National Educational Networks (EMINENT) will be held October 9-10, 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will be hosted by the Swiss Agency for ICT in Education (SFIB/CTIE) and will focus on the theme of "Empowering the Actors of Tomorrow's School."

    Entry Level Servers
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    New Configurations for Sun Fire V60x Servers
    More RAM, Support for 3.06 GHz CPUs

    New configurations are available for Sun Fire V60x servers. One configuration includes a 2x2.8 GHz CPUs, 2 GB RAM and 2x36 GB 10K RPM disk drives. A second configuration offers a 2x3.06 GHz CUs w/512K cache, 2 GB RAM and 2x36 GB 10k RPM drives. Other existing Sun Fire V60x server configurations have not been changed.

    Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 Server Appliance and Netra Server Announcements
    Lead Time Change, EOL and Simplified Ordering Process

    The Netra CT 400/410 servers and Netra CT 800/810 servers now benefit from a simplified ordering procedure. Additionally, lead times for the Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance have changed from four days to eight days, as Sun plans to End of Life (EOL) the server appliance.

    Sun Fire Blade Platform's Switch and System Controller
    Now Available as an X-option

    The Sun Fire Blade Platform Switch and System Controller (SSC) is currently available as an X-option. This announcement coincides with the recent release of the new SC firmware version 1.2, which allows for the possibility of failover between the two System Controllers in a chassis.

      Sun Fire B1600 Blade Platform Standard Configuration EOL'd
      Sun Fire B100s Blade Servers Repriced

      The standard configuration of the Sun Fire B1600 Blade Platform with eight Sun Fire B100s blade servers (which are being repriced) is being End of Life'd (EOL'd). The entry blade configuration with 512 MB of memory will also EOL. The last order date for the platform is November 21, 2003, with the last ship date set for February 20, 2004.

      Storage
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      Sun StorEdge LTO Gen 2 SCSI Desktop Tape Drive Released
      Features 200 GB Native Capacity, 30 MB/sec. Throughput

      The new Sun StorEdge LTO Gen 2 Desktop SCSI Tape Drive, featuring 200 GB native capacity and 30 MB/sec. throughput, is now available for customers in the market for workstations and/or workgroup servers, as well as those requiring local, non-automated backup and restore solutions. The drive's 30 MB/sec. throughput enables users to backup 200 GB in less than two hours.

      Redesigned Sun StorEdge 9900 System 48 ESCON Channel Card Released
      Extends Sun StorEdge 9970, 9980 Systems to 48 Ports

      Users of the Sun StorEdge 9980 system and of DB Discovery for Oracle to map an Oracle9iR2 database will welcome the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series 48 ESCON Channel Card Feature, which extends the reach of the system from 32 ports to 48.

      X-options Available for Sun StorEdge 6120 Array, Single Controller Configuration
      Brings Scalable Hardware RAID Fibre Channel Storage to Midrange Market

      In order to make the Sun StorEdge 6120 array more readily available to users, Sun has simplified the sales and ordering process for the single controller configuration. New x-option part numbers include both controller trays and expansion trays with seven or fourteen 36GB-15K, 73GB-10K and 146GB-10K drives per tray. A maximum of two expansion trays can be attached to one Sun StorEdge 6120 controller tray.

        Sun Transitions Sun StorEdge A5200 Array Product Line
        Offers Sun StorEdge 3510 and 6120 Arrays to Entry-level, Enterprise Users

        Given that many users of the Sun StorEdge A5200 array have already upgraded to newer Fibre Channel products such as the Sun StorEdge 6120 array or the Sun StorEdge 3510 array, Sun has determined to transition the Sun StorEdge A5200 array from its price list. The last order date for the Sun StorEdge A5200 array is November 21, 2003; the last ship date, February 20, 2004.

        Developer
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        A Step-by-step Guide to Developing Nokia Wireless Web Services
        With Sun ONE Studio 5, Standard Edition

        Vaughn Spurlin has written a guide to developing Nokia wireless Web Services using Sun ONE Studio 5, Standard Edition and the Nokia Developer's Suite. Spurlin includes details on developing, deploying and debugging the Web service with the Nokia emulator and a Web server.

        Using Sun ONE Studio 8, Compiler Collection to Develop for the Solaris OS
        Provides Easy Porting to Either SPARC or x86 Platform Edition

        Neelakanth Nadgir and Amjad Khan recommend the use of Sun ONE Studio 8, Compiler Collection software for applications developed for either the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) or the Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition). In a related article, Khan writes about enhancing support in the Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition) for existing applications available on the Solaris OS (SPARC Platform Edition).

        Technical Case Study: Porting Apache Web Server
        With Sun ONE Studio 8, Compiler Collection

        Amjad Khan undertook this case study to cover the various aspects of building and installing the Apache Web Server source on both the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) and the Solaris 9 OS (x86 Platform Edition). It compares the build on both platforms and offers an analysis of issues that came up during the compilation of source code.

        Publications
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        Two Books from IT-minds.com
        "Oracle 8i and Java" and "Firewalls and Internet Security"

        Two new titles from IT-minds.com aim to comprehensively cover Oracle 8i and Java technology, and firewalls and Internet security. Both are written for the IT user by experts, with one book providing coverage from e-commerce to the client server, and the other focusing on repelling hackers.

        "XQuery from the Experts: A Guide to the W3C XML Query Language"
        Written By Members of the W3C XML Query Language Working Group

        Written by the following select members of the W3C XML Query Language working group -- Howard Katz, Don Chamberlin, Denise Draper, Mary Fernandez, Michael Kay, Jonathan Robie, Michael Rys, Jerome Simeon, Jim Tivy and Philip Wadler -- "XQuery from the Experts: A Guide to the W3C XML Query Language" is written in language and format (both tutorial and reference) that the novice and the expert programmer can understand and profit from.

          "Murach's Java Servlets and JSP"
          Format Aims to Make Learning Easier

          Authors Andrea Steelman and Joel Murach aim to provide readers with all the information needed to learn how to develop Java technology servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP). Designed to consolidate the information typically found in several different books, "Murach's Java Servlets and JSP" teaches all the skills needed to develop Java Web applications.

          Java Technology
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          "Fast Web Services"
          Efficient Binary Encodings as an Alternative to Textual XML Representations

          A recent Sun article examines Fast Web Services, an initiative by Sun for the identification of performance problems in existing implementations of Web Services standards. The article examines one individual solution that offers maximum performance gains. Fast Web Services explores the use of more efficient binary encodings as an alternative to textual XML representations.

          "The Value of Java"
          Jonathan Schwartz Examines What Java Technology Means Today

          Sun's executive vice president, Software, Jonathan Schwartz, recently wrote a few words for the Sun Web site describing the "Value of Java." The article discusses the impact Java technology has made throughout the tech industry and how valuable it has become in today's society.

          Newly Available Exam: Sun Certified Business Component Developer
          For Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.3

          For programmers and developers who are responsible for designing, developing, testing, deploying and integrating Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) applications, Sun offers the Sun Certified Business Component Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.3 exam. Those interested in the exam will be able to take a Web-based practice exam in October.

          Java Authentication and Authorization Service in Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.4
          For Authentication and Authorization

          A recent article on Sun's Java technology Web site presents a fast track tutorial on Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) in the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4. Author Qusay H. Mahmoud examines how to use JAAS for authentication and authorization and provides numerous code examples throughout.

          New Product Marketplace
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          MonoSphere's Storage Manager Adds Solaris Operating System Support
          Efficient, Needs-based Storage Allocation

          MonoSphere's automated storage resource management products provide businesses improved data protection, data movement, reporting and notification. The latest version of MonoSphere's Storage Manager (MSM) product suite offers key new features while expanding operating system support across heterogeneous storage environments.

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