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Sun Executive Answers StarOffice Software Questions
Microsoft Office Compatibility and Ease of Migration

In a Q&A on the Sun Web site, Curtis Sasaki, vice president of engineering, Desktop Solutions, Sun, discusses StarOffice software and interoperability on the desktop. Sasaki looks at the current productivity suites available today, StarOffice software's compatibility with Microsoft Office documents and the logistics of making a software switch.

N1 Gives DB Administrators an Alternative to Outsourcing, Adding Hardware
Delivers Provisioning for Infrastructure, Applications, Service-level Automation

There are several approaches a DB administrator can take in complying with the mandate to reduce cost and complexity in the data center. Adding more hardware and/or software is one approach, but problems are always a part of that bargain. Outsourcing IT operations results in loss of enterprise agility, making it difficult to adapt the IT infrastructure as business conditions change. Fortunately, there is an alternative: N1, the enterprise data center architecture from Sun.

    StarOffice 7 Software Features Increased Interoperability
    Small Device Support; License Per User

    The new release of StarOffice 7 software (and StarSuite 7 software) provides enterprise-class office productivity while offering substantial savings to customers. The software adds more interoperability with third-party applications such as PDF export and Flash support, improved MS Office compatibility and Accessibility support.

    Infinite Mailbox for Lotus Performs Automated Email Archiving
    Uses Sun StorEdge Utilization Suite for Policy-based Archiving, Disk Caching

    The Infinite Mailbox for Lotus solution provides real-time data management of Lotus Notes email databases. The solution reduces the cost of storage provisioning and management by automatically archiving older Lotus/Domino email from online storage to alternative/lower cost devices based on customizable policies.

      Top 8 Reasons StarOffice Software Provides Greater ROI than MS Office 2003
      Familiar Look and Feel, Innovation and Mainstream Focus

      A Sun article highlights the top eight reasons that StarOffice software offers a greater return on investment (ROI) than Microsoft Office 2003. Some of the top reasons include: Lower cost, familiar look and feel, more innovation, mainstream focus and compatibility.

      Red Hat Linux Releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0
      Designed for Commercial IT Deployments

      Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0 (RHEL) with numerous new and useful features, has just been released. Among these are a Native Posix Threading Library that will greatly increase the performance of multi-threaded applications. Second, the new Logical Volume Manager (LVM) will significantly improve the storage management capabilities of RHEL. Third, RHEL 3 includes a number of NFS performance and stability improvements. Finally, RHEL 3.0 is well suited to High Performance Computing environments.

      Events
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      Java DataBase Connectivity API Live Chat
      November 11, at 11:00 A.M. PST

      The Sun Developer Network presents a live chat on the Java DataBase Connectivity (JDBC) API focusing on RowSet implementations and version 4.0 of the API. The chat on November 11 will feature guests Jonathan Bruce and Amit Handa of Sun.

      HPC Consortium
      November 15-17, Phoenix, Arizona

      The HPC Consortium is a Sun Global Education and Research worldwide customer forum which meets to research and discuss high-end scientific and engineering computing issues and trends. The next HPC meeting is set for November 15-16, 2003, in Phoenix AZ, in conjunction with the IEEE SC2003 conference. Scheduled speakers include Shahin Khan, VP of Sun HPTC; Adrian Cockroft, Chief Architect Sun HPTC; Wolfgang Gentzsch, Director of Sun Grid Computing and many others.

      UCISA-MISG Annual Conference on IT and Higher Education in the UK
      November 12-14, Southampton, UK

      The UCISA-MISG Annual Conference will focus on the changes in higher education, the challenges of accommodating a diverse student population and developing new courses to better meet the needs of business and industry. The event will be held at De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 November, 2003.

      Entry Level Servers
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      Sun Fire V250 Server Configuration Using 1 GB DIMMs
      Offers a Simple Expansion Path to Higher Memory Capacities

      A new configuration for the Sun Fire V250 server is available that uses two 1 GB DIMMS. This will replace the existing 2 GB configuration. The release is designed to allow customers the simplest expansion path to higher memory capacities. The Sun Fire V250 server is a tower system platform that is ready to deploy out of the box.

      New Sun Fire V480 Server Configuration
      1.2 GHz UltraSPARC III Now Available

      A 1.2 GHz UltraSPARC III is now available on the Sun Fire V480 server. Sun is adding the new configuration to provide a faster processor speed option for the Sun Fire V480 server. The configuration offers four CPUs and 16 GB of memory and is intended for applications such as application server, Web server, computer farms, small database, mail server and directory servers.

      Sun Fire V60x Compute Grid Rack System Technical Details
      An Integrated, Scalable and Robust Solution

      The Sun Fire V60x Compute Grid rack system is designed to facilitate setup and management. The solution includes the latest x86 processor and Cisco's StackWise interconnect technology. With competitively priced components and fast and reliable deployment built in, the solution is aimed squarely at most technical markets.

      Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager 1.2 (ALOM) for VSP Servers
      ALOM Firmware is Pre-installed

      Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) is the standard System Controller (SC) for remote out-of-band management. ALOM 1.2 supports the Sun Fire V210 server, Sun Fire V240 server, Sun Fire V250 server and Sun Fire V440 server, as well as future Volume Server Products (VSP) servers.

      Storage
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      New Hard Disk Drives for the Sun StorEdge 9980 and Sun StorEdge 9970 Systems
      For Improved Data Access Speeds

      New 73 GB 15K RPM hard disk drives (HDD) are now available for the Sun StorEdge 9980 and Sun StorEdge 9970 systems. The new products offer twice the capacity of the 36 GB 15K RPM HDDs and are aimed at customers that need the combination of storage density with high performance when it comes to data access speeds.

      Sun Achieves Storage Market Customer Wins
      Blue Shield, EPL, Howrey, Lodgian and Trader Publishing Included

      Sun has achieved a number of customer wins in a variety of industries, which the company believes is evidence of its momentum in the storage market. The heterogeneous, competitively priced Sun StorEdge family of solutions has attracted companies and organizations including Blue Shield, EPL, Howrey, Lodgian and Trader Publishing.

      Mark Canepa Talks About Data Management and N1
      Focus on Sun Network Storage Support

      Mark Canepa, executive vice president for Sun Network Storage, delivered a keynote speech at the recent Storage Networking World event, discussing the evolution of data management and Sun N1, Sun's architecture for tomorrow's data center. The speech focused on how the Network Storage division is supporting the corporate-wide initiative.

        Free and Open Source S/W
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        Jakarta Helps Java Programming Language Professionals
        InfoWorld Article Highlights Advantages

        A recent article from Eric Knorr at InfoWorld takes a look at how Java programming language professionals are capitalizing on Jakarta. Senior Java technology developer Stan Baranek has been utilizing Jakarta in his work for Genentech Inc., which involves writing mission-critical software code and constructing Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technology.

        "Performing Centralized Concurrent Backups with Amanda"
        Article Details Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver

        In an article on the Sun Web site, Amy Rich writes about "Performing Centralized Concurrent Backups with Amanda." Amanda is the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, and is considered a free enterprise tape backup solution ideal for smaller corporations.

        Openwave to Distribute NetBeans Open Source Development Technology
        Agreement Aims at the Expanding Mobile Development Community

        Openwave Systems, a provider of open software and services for the communications industry, has signed a joint marketing agreement with Sun. As part of the agreement Openwave will distribute NetBeans open source development technology and a trial version of Java Studio with its Openwave Mobile Software Developer Kit.

        Java Technology
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        Project Rave Outlook According to the IDC
        A Strategy Whose Time Has Come

        An IDC report on Sun's Project Rave evaluates Sun's strategy for encouraging Visual Basic developers to use the Java programming language. The report covers how the Java language evolved, what tools Project Rave offers developers, how the market is segmented and the Project Rave road map. As far as the future outlook for Project Rave, the IDC report states, "Project Rave from Sun is a Java product strategy whose time has come."

        Overview of Two Optional Packages: FCOP & PIMOP
        Tech Tips for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition

        Software developer Eric Giguere outlines the File Connection optional package (FCOP) and the personal information management (PIM) optional package. He explains the purposes of the optional packages and how to write applications using them.

        Financial Services
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        PowerLender Loan Origination System Streamlines Workflow
        Bringing Electronic Mortgage Process to Zions Bank

        Zions First National Bank (Zions Bank) has implemented PowerLender, Associated Software Consultants' (ASC) Java technology-based loan origination system (LOS), to process its residential mortgage loans. The solution will streamline workflow and enhance customization capabilities.

        Sun, Concise to Offer Joint Payment Practice to the Financial Services Market
        Allows Banks to Design and Market Unique Payment Infrastructures and Products

        Sun and Concise Group Ltd. have created a joint Payments Practice that banks can use to design, develop and deliver payment infrastructures and innovative payment products, regardless of clearing and settlement method, market segment, currency and transaction volumes. The Sun and Concise Payments Practice is targeted at core payments processing, especially SWIFT, RTGS, Domestic (e.g. BACS) and Eurozone cross-border payments.

        Sun Partners with Singapore Banking Industry to Provide Automated Check Processing
        Check Truncation System Eliminates Moving Checks from Bank to Bank

        Sun and its partner BCS Information Systems (BCSIS) have successfully implemented the world's first nation-wide Check Truncation System (CTS) in Singapore as of July 2003. The CTS, which runs on Sun servers, replaces physical checks with electronic images on all four legs of a clearing cycle, expediting the clearing process and resulting in cost savings for the banks.

        Liberty Alliance Standard Helps Financial Institutions Extend Trusted Relationships
        Enhancing Protection from Fraud and Network Attack

        An independent report from the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) concluded that the Liberty Alliance specifications and OASIS' SAML provide financial institutions with a standardized way to extend trusted relationships with customers and employees to third-parties.

        New Product Marketplace
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        Next Generation Java Technology Development Environment: Borland JBuilder X
        Includes Standards-based Visual Designer for Apache Struts Framework

        Borland Software launched Borland JBuilder X, the latest version of their cross-platform IDE for Java technology. Enhancements include advanced Web application development support that includes a standards-based visual designer for the Apache Struts framework and first-time comprehensive support for the popular open source application server JBoss.

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