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Oracle
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Oracle E-Business Suite on the Solaris Operating System
The Number 1 Deployment Platform for Oracle E-BS

The number one deployment platform for Oracle's E-Business Suite (E-BS) (AKA Oracle Applications 11i) is the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition). A version of E-BS that will run on Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition) is under development. This article lists resources to find out more about the benefits of the Oracle E-Business Suite on Sun.

Save up to 50 Percent on Sun Cluster License and High Performance
Benefits of Sun Cluster 3.1 Software for Oracle9i RAC Customers

For customers running Oracle Real Application Clusters with Sun Cluster software (now rebranded as Sun Java System Cluster), Sun is offering a promotion with savings of up to 50 percent. The promotion reduces the license fees for Sun Cluster 3 agent licenses and SCI cards and switches. The promotion will run until April 28, 2004.

World Record Benchmark: Oracle Application Server 10g on Sun Hardware
36 Percent Improvement in Price/Performance

Sun solutions have achieved a world record with Oracle Application Server 10g running on a heterogeneous Sun configuration in the SPECjAppServer 2002 benchmark. The multi-tier operating system and processor architecture included a seven-node Sun Fire V65x server cluster, each equipped with two Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz processors running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, and linked to the SPARC processor-based Sun Fire 6800 database server running the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) and the Sun Fire V65x server running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 with x86 chip technology.

Features
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Sun Discusses Business Strategy, Sales Revenues in 2003 Annual Report
Cutting Cost and Complexity Through Focus on Network Computing

Sun Microsystems has a six-fold business strategy for delivering networking solutions that cut cost and complexity to its customers. These are discussed in the company's 2003 annual report.

Sun Targets Cost and Complexity
From the 2003 Annual Report

In its campaign against cost and complexity, Sun has introduced servers based on SPARC and Solaris Operating Systems (Solaris OS) technologies that undercut the price of comparable systems from the competition. Sun customers also have wider choices from among the systems based on Solaris OS, Linux and 32-bit x86 technologies. Economies of even greater importance result from the possibilities the new N1 architecture introduces, among them the ability to manage a data center as if it were a single computer.

Sun Releases Communications Internet Data Center Reference Architecture

Gives Users Enterprise-wide, Web-based Communications System communications system

The newly released Communications Internet Data Center (CIDC) Reference Architecture supports the Sun Java System Messaging Server 5.2 (formerly Sun ONE Messaging Server) and the Sun ONE Directory Server 5.1, delivering the sizing and performance characterizations that enable reduced time-to-revenue in messaging implementations.

Westdeutsche Landesbank AG Chooses Sun Fire 6800 Server
Sun Research Shows Vertical Architecture Is Best for Hosting SAP Application

IT managers at Westdeutsche Landesbank AG were persuaded to choose Sun Microsystems as the hardware vendor for its SAP implementation by the findings of the report "Consolidated SAP Operation -- A Review of Costs," in which Sun compared a Sun Fire 6800 server, five 4-way servers and a distributed scenario of five small servers and 16 blades to determine the best system for hosting that solution. The report concluded that a consolidated Sun solution provides the highest degree of performance, scalability and availability at the lowest cost.

Java Technology
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Survey Finds Java Programming Language Best for Web Services
Java Programming Language Takes Top Honor in Five of Six Categories

A recent Web Services Development Survey conducted by Evans Data Corporation found that the Java programming language was considered the best language in five of six categories. The Web Services features categories that the Java programming language received top marks for include: Flow control; Syntax; Object/memory separation; Easy access to libraries and Tight integration with XML.

Reducing the Size of Wireless Java Technology Applications
Size Reduction, Problems with Class Libraries and Helpful Techniques

A recent article by Qusay H. Mahmoud discusses the phenomenon of "Slimming Wireless Java Applications." The article begins with a discussion of some of the reasons for reducing the size of wireless Java technology applications, discusses problems that arise from using class libraries, then offers some techniques for shrinking applications without sacrificing quality.

Sun Ponders Joining Eclipse Group for Creating Developer Tools in Java Technology
Sun Management Finds Group Name a Little Bothersome

Sun Microsystems continues to mull over the possibility of membership in Eclipse, the IBM-led open source development tools project for Java technology, according to Paul Krill writing in InfoWorld.

Eclipse Release 2.1.2
Fixes Serious Defects Present in Earlier Eclipse Versions

The latest release of the Eclipse platform, version 2.1.2, is designed as a maintenance release that fixes serious defects present in earlier versions (2.1.0 and 2.1.1). The main role of the Eclipse platform is to offer tool providers mechanisms to use and rules to follow, which lead to seamlessly integrated tools.

Events
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China Education & Research Conference
November 21-22, Beijing, China

The 2003 China Education & Research Conference (China ERC) will be held in Beijing, November 20 to 21. This annual event is jointly organized by Sun Microsystems China Limited and Ministry of Education of People's Republic of China. The focus is on how Information Technology is being used for Education.

    Network Computing 03-Q4 Webcast
    December 3, Online

    Tune in for Sun's next Webcast in its Network Computing 03-Q4 on Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at 8 a.m. PST (16:00 GMT).

      ObjectWeb Conference 2003
      November 20-21, Rocquencourt, France

      The third annual ObjectWeb Conference will feature speakers from corporate members, computer research laboratories and the Open Source software community. The event will be held from November 20-21, in Rocquencourt, France (located just outside Paris).

      JA-SIG "Open Java!" Conference
      December 7-9, Miami, FL

      The JA-SIG Conference on December 7-9, 2003, in Bal Harbour, (Miami) FL, will present sessions on Java technology architecture, development and solutions specifically as they can be applied in Higher Education. Catch speakers from Sun and many universities.

      IEEE International Conference on Cluster Computing
      December 1-4, Hong Kong

      The conference on cluster technology will be held at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowlool, Hong Kong, from December 1 to 4, 2003. Ira Pramanick and Simon Chong-Wee See of Sun will make presentations.

      Three Sun Net Talks
      November and December, Online

      Upcoming Sun Net Talks in November and early December will cover business continuity, best practices for migrating to the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and how a hospital in Ireland switched from Microsoft to the Sun Java Desktop System.

      SANS CDI East 2003 Annual Conference
      December 8-13, Washington, DC

      The SANS CDI East 2003 Annual Conference will feature tracks on securing UNIX systems and Windows, hacker techniques, firewalls and more. The conference will be held December 8-13, 2003, in Washington, DC. The Cyber Defense Initiative (CDI) conference will also offer a SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp.

      Security
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      Sun Certification Programs Recognized by "Certification Magazine"
      Publication Compiles a "Best-of" Listing

      Gathering information both from the press and from published certification surveys, Certification Magazine has compiled a list of certification programs ranked on their appeal, popularity, enhancement of employment prospects and pay. Sun programs in the Top 10 List are highlighted in the article.

      Security Vulnerability Issues With Solstice x.25 snmpx25d daemon
      Patches Available for Buffer Overflow Fix; Workaround Offered Also

      The Solstice X.25 software, which provides transparent access to systems and resources across public and private X.25 networks, contains a vulnerability in the SNMP daemon (snmpx25d) that can be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with possible root privileges resulting.

      CIOs Share Blame for Lax Security in IT World
      ComputerWorld's Paul Strassmann Indicts IT Managers

      According to Paul A. Strassmann's opinion piece in ComputerWorld, part of the blame for the shambles involving security in IT these days lies on CIOs themselves. He all but exculpates Microsoft's monopoly powers as the cause of widespread security threats and says that IT managers laissez faire attitude toward the proliferations of hardware and software and uncontrolled networking deserve a larger share of blame.

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