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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.

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.

      Entry Level Servers
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      Downloads for Sun Fire Blade Servers, Sun Fire V60x Servers & Sun Fire V65x Servers
      Link to Installation Guide

      Two recent downloads listed on the Sun Download Center are for entry-level servers: The Sun Fire B100x / B200x, 1.0 and the Sun Fire V60x server and Sun Fire V65x server: Red Hat Linux 9 server management.

      Site Planning Guide for Entry-level Servers, Version 1.3
      Installation Process, Environmental Concerns, Rackmounting and More

      The site planning guide is designed to assist Sun customers who have purchased Sun entry-level servers and who seek information about the proper way to house the servers in a data center. It provides information about the servers' environmental requirements, power consumption, cooling requirements, electrical specifications and space requirements.

      Sun Transitions Select Netra Servers and Sun Fire Base System
      Netra ct 400 Server, Netra ct 800 Server and Sun Fire 280R ATO Base System

      Sun is making the decision to End of Life (EOL) their first compactPCI systems; the pair is being replaced by the Netra CT 410 server and the Netra CT 810 server. Sun is also transitioning Sun Fire 280R server Assemble to Order (ATO) Base Systems.

      Education and Research
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      Education-only Promotions on Workstations, Storage, Thin Clients
      Some Deals End Soon!

      Act now to save with Sun's Education-only promotions, some ending soon. Sun solutions help your campus expand its technology capabilities while consolidating IT resources. Get special prices on Sun Blade 1500 workstations, Sun Blade 150 workstations, thin clients, the Sun Fire V880 server and Sun StorEdge systems.

      Sun EduConnection Email Newsletter
      Preview of Upcoming Issue

      A valuable part of the Sun EduConnection Program is the EduConnection email newsletter. Published every 4-6 weeks, it features original articles on education trends, research and analysis, best practices and solution case studies. The December 2003 issue will include articles on the 2003 Campus Computing Survey, e-learning, grid infrastructures and a case study of Imperial College LOndon.

      Announcing the Sun EduConnection Program
      Get the Email Newsletter, Net Talks and More

      The Sun EduConnection Program is a free online forum for the education and research community that delivers valuable information on technology trends in education. EduConnection includes the EduConnection email newsletter, Sun Net Talks, Expert Exchanges and special offers.

        Sun Java Enterprise System for Education
        Priced at $50 for Faculty and Administrative Employees

        The Sun Java Enterprise System for Education is designed to be a significantly different approach to software infrastructure, allowing customers to synchronize IT investments with business priorities. Three fundamental elements make up the system: A new software system, a new systematic approach to design, development test and delivery and a new business model.

        "Measuring Success in E-learning: The Academic Perspective" White Paper
        An Assessment of Seventeen E-learning Initiatives in Education

        A recent Sun white paper, "Measuring Success in E-Learning: The Academic Perspective" uses specific examples from successful initiatives to demonstrate that enterprise-level, Web-based e-learning works in education. The paper also focuses on issues such as scalability, impact on student achievement, economic and resource impacts and success factors.

          Publications
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          "Head First EJB"
          For the Sun Certified Business Component Developer Exam

          The new book by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates aims to help readers pass the Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD) exam for Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). "Head First EJB" teaches what the new technology is, why it was created and what it is and isn't used for. The book also offers tips and tricks for EJB development.

          "Art of Java Web Development"
          Web Development Frameworks and Best Practices

          "Art of Java Web Development," by Neal Ford, is written as a guide to the array of wide-ranging topics required for today's top Web development. These include several different types of Web development frameworks and best practices.

          "Applying UML"
          Advanced Applications for Real Life Situations

          The book "Applying UML" looks at the practical issues that users must face when adopting "Unified Modeling Language" UML. Rather than just help teach the language, the text aims to help the reader apply UML to real life situations. A thorough and detailed look at UML covers notation on profiles and extensions. The book is written by Rob Pooley and Pauline Wilcox.

            "Design Concepts with Code: An Approach for Developers "
            Design Concepts, Examples and Projects

            A new book tries to cut through the superfluous graphics application tutorials and design details to provide developers with clear and concise design concepts, examples and projects to support developer proficiency with design in a short period of time. "Design Concepts with Code: An Approach for Developers" is written by Stanko Blatnik and Kelley Carey.

            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.

            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.

            New Product Marketplace
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            IONA Introduces Orbix Connect
            Solution Supports Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition

            IONA has introduced Orbix Connect, which allows Java technology developers to achieve seamless connectivity between Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and CORBA. The company is also launching a new strategic alliance with the JBoss Group.

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