This section reviews the top articles of the past month, grouped by topic, to provide a quick recap of the news from Sun. The article numbers in brackets are hotlinks to the Web version of the article.
The major announcements from Sun this past month were made at the
SunNetworkSM Conference 2003.
- JavaTM Desktop System (formerly called Mad Hatter): See article
 for Jonathan Schwartz's take on it; the system's support of the
AMD Athlon 64 processor ; article  delves into the details of the
desktop, its open source components and what's included in the JavaTM
Runtime Environment (JRE).
- JavaTM Enterprise System (formerly called Project Orion) is being
offered for $100/Employee/Year ; for details on components:
; ISV support ; support in Asia .
- The JavaTM Studio Enterprise development system combines
all the tools necessary to build modern Web-based enterprise
- Sun expands its next phase of N1 technology with N1TM CenterRun 4.0
(for news of Sun's acquisition of CenterRun see ); more N1
Some of the other products announced:
- Sun FireTM V250 server and Sun BladeTM 1500 workstation 
- Temporary Capacity on Demand 
- Eight new Reference Architectures: Get an overview of what they offer
and how they are developed ;  presents a brief look at
some successful implementations; to see a reference architecture in
action, read  on the solution from Sun and Infosys for the
National Commercial Bank of Jamaica.
Keynotes from the conference are available online; see article  for a
brief overview of them and a link to the Webcasts.
More detailed articles are available on certain keynotes: McNealy's
, Schwartz , Papadopoulos & Yen .
Sun Corporate News
- Sun Outperforms Overall UNIXR Server Market Q/Q 
- Sun's Overall Storage Revenue Grew 22 Percent: IDC's Q2-2003 Worldwide
Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker 
- IDC Reports an End to the Nine-quarter Decline in Server Market
Revenues as Sun Regains the Top Spot in the UNIX Segment with
33 Percent Marketshare 
- Sun Holds the Lead in HPTC Market Growth 
- Bill Joy retired from Sun in September 
- Dr. Jim Mitchell will lead the new High Productivity Computing
Systems (HPCS) Research and Development program  and Glenn
Edens will take over for the departing Mitchell and run the Sun Labs 
How to develop and make a business case for technologies continues to
be on the minds of developers and executives. Read about different
revenue models for wireless in article . To identify performance
problems in existing implementations of Web Services standards Sun
started the Fast Web Services initiative . Sun continues to
support standards-compliant, JavaTM Web Services platforms, .
Partner news from Sun and the following:
- Oracle  -- The Oracle Database 10g is the first database technology to
take advantage of the new data center environment Sun is building with Sun
- Xiran  -- A solution from Xiran combined with the Sun FireTM V65x
is are improving the performance of Helix streaming media.
- Arcot  -- Arcot is providing e-payment authorization software to
facilitate the implementation of MasterCard SecureCode on Sun Fire servers.
- RealNetworks  -- Sun will redistribute RealPlayer with the Java Desktop
- Topspin  -- Topspin now provides Sun and Oracle customers with a
complete InfiniBand clustering solution optimized for Oracle.
- Siebel  -- The SunTM ONE Identity Server 6.0 software
(formerly iPlanetTM) has been validated with Siebel 7.5 for better
integration and more secure access to Web-based resources.
- Danger  -- The wireless solution provider, Danger Inc., will become a
licensee of the JavaTM 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2METM).
- Bank One  -- Sun and Bank One are bringing a solution to
market that consists of a flexible architecture and offers consumer
payment initiation and transaction processing via the Web.
Using technology securely continues to be a concern for
companies implementing strategies such as Web Services or portals. Sun
proposes a three-step approach to the creation of a network
identity-enabled environment in a white paper summarized in article
A company that turned to Sun for a portal is Philips Semiconductors.
They consolidated data and migrated a portal with solutions from Sun and
some iForceSM partners. See article .
Sun in Education
Sun has business continuity solutions for every campus need to cope
with problems such as the power outage of 2003, natural disasters such
as hurricanes or earthquakes, human error, or terrorism/vandalism
The New Zealand National Library has selected a Sun FireTM 12K server
to help them make their archives of images available online .
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