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Sun's Reference Architecture Program
Cuts IT Architecting Costs, Time to Implementation

IT managers faced with the task of architecting complex, multi-tier systems and charged with responsibility for lowering TCO and ensuring quick ROI have an alternative in the new Reference Architectures from Sun.

Sun Time-to-Repair Service
Restoration of Service Guaranteed, Backed by Credits for New Products, Services

Sun has a new Time-to-Repair service that commits to repair a customer's mission-critical system within four, six or eight hours, depending on the level of service agreed to.

Taking the "Fear Factor" out of Network Computing
Clark Masters Explains the Sun Solutions-led Approach to Systems and Software

According to Clark Masters, writing on the Sun Web site, Sun is working to eliminate the anxiety for users concerned with maintaining competitive advantage or fearful of investing more than they should on new solutions and services. Sun, says Masters, is concentrating on a solutions-led approach to the deployment of systems and software, an approach whose aim is to reduce the cost and complexity of network computing.

    Authentication Is the Answer
    Jonathan Schwartz on Improvements in PC Security

    Jonathan Schwartz says that Sun is about to offer customers a new, more secure desktop PC that will follow in the technological footprints of the cellphone industry to combat spam, viruses and the plague of identity theft. Unlike the unauthenticated Windows PC, Schwartz argues, the incorporation of Java Card technology in the Sun PC will provide authentication at the first level and eliminate the license for mischief that anonymity presents.

    Sun Sigma Helps Deliver Higher Service Levels to Customers
    Service Level Agreements Become Key to Identifying, Eliminating Defects

    Sun recently sponsored an IDC white paper by Doug Chandler and Lionel Lamy that focuses on how "Sun Sigma Helps Deliver Higher Service Levels to Customers." The document examines what is involved in today's service level agreements (SLAs) and how Sun Sigma can help reach a desired goal of improvement through customer input.

    Sun's Utility Computing Infrastructure Procurement Service
    Pay-for-use Model

    Sun's Utility Computing Infrastructure Procurement service combines Sun hardware that is based on the UltraSPARC III processor and/or Sun StorEdge products, the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and services under a utility pricing model that allows acquisition of IT infrastructure on a pay-for-use basis. Sun's utility computing service is structured to maximize customer choice and control over IT environments, cost management and service levels.

    Java Technology
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    Information Module Profile 1.0
    For Embedded Networked Devices with Constrained Resources

    The Information Module Profile (IMP) is an optional Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) package for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME). When it is put together with the CLDC, the IMP offers a Java technology application environment targeted at embedded networked devices that are constrained and lack rich graphical display capabilities.

    Tools in the Java Web Services Developer Pack 1.2
    XML Signature and WS-I Basic Profile Included

    Java Web Services Developer Pack (Java WSDP) 1.2 contains the latest versions of XML and Java technologies for building reliable and secure Web Services. It has added new features, fixed bugs from earlier releases and made developing and deploying Web Services easier, according to Qusay H. Mahmoud in his overview of the new technologies and tools in the Java WSDP 1.2. More importantly, he states, Java WSDP 1.2 is implementing cutting-edge industrial technologies such as the XML Web Services Security (XML Signature) and Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Basic Profile.

    Software
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    Java Desktop System: Secure & Affordable
    Familar Desktop Themes & Interoperability

    The Java Desktop System, introduced at the SunNetwork Conference 2003, includes a desktop environment based on GNOME; an office suite featuring StarOffice 7 software; browser, email, calendar and instant messaging applications; and a Linux operating system. Included in the system is one year of maintenance and other support services. The desktop targeted is for small and medium businesses. It can run on older, existing hardware.

    StarOffice 7 Office Suite, Enterprise and Retail Versions
    Both Offer Full Productivity Suite with Cost Savings

    StarOffice 7 Office Suite Retail software aims to offer a full-function suite with functionality for the home and office. The numerous stand-alone applications are fully integrated and compatible with Microsoft Office. StarOffice 7 Enterprise Edition Office Suite software includes additional enhanced support for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and Linux.

    "Creating Presentations with StarOffice Impress"
    Edit Presentations, Switch Views, Add Slides and More

    Chapter 5 of the StarOffice 6 software User's Guide describes how the software allows users to create presentations using the StarOffice Impress tool. After creating the presentation with the AutoPilot feature the user can also edit the presentation, switch views, add slides, export, create a business report or create an organization chart.

    Events
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    Net Talk: Achieving High Availability: Beyond Five 9's to "Always On"
    October 2, 10-11 a.m. PT/1-2 p.m. ET

    A Sun Net Talk will be held on October 2, 1-2 p.m. ET, detailing high availability demands in today's high tech environment. "Achieving High Availability: Beyond Five 9's to 'Always On,'" examines those mission-critical applications that some businesses just can't afford to have ever go down.

    Storage Expo 2003
    October 15-16, London

    Storage Expo 2003 is intended for IT professionals facing the task of choosing and implementing a data storage technology. Details will be available on the latest storage solutions from more than 90 major vendors exhibiting on the show floor. The event is scheduled for October 15-16 in London, U.K. and will open at 10:00 a.m. both days.

    Web Seminar: "Taming the Infrastructure Beast: Does Sun's New Model Deliver?"
    Nov. 10, 2003, 2 p.m. (Eastern)/11 a.m. (Pacific)

    Sun veterans will assemble for an upcoming Web seminar that will examine and debate the highly touted Java Enterprise System that was recently announced at the SunNetwork Conference 2003. "Taming the Infrastructure Beast: Does Sun's New Model Deliver?" will be held online on November 10, at 2 p.m. ET.

    Servers
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    Capacity On Demand 2.0 and Temporary Capacity On Demand
    Improve System Scalability and Increase System Availability

    Capacity On Demand 2.0 (COD 2.0) and Temporary Capacity On Demand (T- COD) are designed to offer easy access to additional system capacity with no disruption to computing services, helping to improve availability and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in your data center.

    Sun Fire Workgroup Server Maintenance and Administration Course (SM-258)
    Covers Installation, Configuration, Maintenance of Mid-level, Workgroup Servers

    The Sun Fire Workgroup server course (SM-258) introduces students to the Sun Fire 280R, Sun Fire V480 and Sun Fire V880 servers, covering installation, configuration and maintenance issues.

    Extended Support for Certain Sun Enterprise Servers
    End of Service Date Extended

    Sun customers with operating Sun Enterprise 3000/4000/5000 and 6000 servers have been given an additional two years to determine their migration path to the current Sun Fire server line. SunSpectrum program End of Service Life (EOSL) support on the Sun Enterprise server series has been extended from March 31, 2004 to March 31, 2006 in response to customer demand. Concurrently, the EOSL date for SPARCstorage arrays is being extended to coincide with the extension on the Sun Enterprise servers mentioned above, March 31, 2006.

      Security
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      Solaris Operating System Security Exploit Involving the sadmind Daemon
      Simple Workaround Available

      A recent exploit has been identified that can allow remote attackers to gain super-user privileges by executing arbitrary commands against Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) hosts that are running the default Remote Procedure Call (RPC) authentication scheme in Solstice AdminSuite software. A workaround is available involving the sadmind daemon.

      Sun Certified Security Administrator for Solaris 9 Operating System
      Exam and Course

      Sun is offering the Sun Certified Security Administrator for the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) exam for interested candidates who have six to twelve months of experience administering security in Solaris OS. The course provides students with the skills to implement, administer and maintain a secure Solaris OS.

      How to Follow Up After a Security Incident
      Protecting Evidence, Learning from Errors and Building Better Policies

      Vijay Masurkar of Sun Services provides best practices tips and more in his Sun BluePrints OnLine document "Responding to a Customer's Security Incidents -- Part 3: Following Up After an Incident". Topics in the third paper present best practices such as acquiring incident data, resorting to legal actions when deemed necessary, and post-incident activities, such as taking inventory of the affected assets, assessing the damage and capturing the lessons learned.

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