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Sun Expands HP Away Program with More Providers and Coverage in Europe
Added Resources Make Migration Easy

Sun has expanded its Sun HP Away migration program by making it available in Europe and by adding six migration solution providers and two ISVs. The mission of the HP Away migration program is to help customers move from the EOL'd Alpha/Tru64 to the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

Expanded Liberty Functionality Available in Sun Java System Identity Server
Helping Customers Deliver Mobility with Security

The Liberty Alliance approved its Phase 2 specifications on November 12, 2003. Sun is expanding the existing Liberty functionality of the Sun Java Enterprise System through its Sun Java System Identity Server (formerly Sun ONE Identity Server) to include support for Liberty's Phase 2 specifications. The alliance is providing a best practices guide.

Price Cut and Performance Improvement on Two Sun Blade Workstations
Sun Blade 2000 Workstation; Sun Blade 150 Workstation

Sun has cut prices and increased performance on some of its workstations. The Sun Blade 150 workstation will feature double the memory and disk capacity and a DVD-ROM at no additional cost. The Sun Blade 2000 workstation will be available for $3,000 less than the base configuration.

Sun CEO Speaks at the Sun Annual Investors Meeting
McNealy Predicts a Brighter Future

Sun CEO Scott McNealy spoke recently at the Sun annual investors meeting, admitting that the company was disappointed in the previous fiscal year, but remained confident in a better 2004. McNealy pins the success of Sun on the growing trend to connect everything digital to a computer network.

Grid Everywhere Initiative from Sun
Building Blocks that Suit Customers' Needs

To help customers use their resources better, Sun is offering a building block approach to grids with the new Grid Everywhere initiative. The building blocks come in four categories: Access, data, computation and visualization.

Vignette to Integrate and Support Sun Java System Products
With Vignette V7 Content Management Suites

Vignette will integrate the Sun Java System Directory Server with the Vignette V7 content management suites and support components of the Sun Java Enterprise System such as the Sun Java System Application Server. Vignette will also work with Sun to develop and support a portlet library connecting Vignette V7 content management suites to the Sun Java System Portal Server.

James Gosling Moving to Sun's Developer Platforms Group
Bringing Research into the Java Technology Product Set

Dr. James Gosling, vice president, Sun Fellow and Java technology creator, will join Sun's Developer Platforms group as chief technology officer. His goals are to bring the advances achieved by the Sun Labs team into the commercial space.

SPC Benchmark Demonstrates Sun StorEdge 3510 FC Array Performance over IBM Array
17 Percent More Performance

Results of an SPC benchmark demonstrated that the Sun StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel (FC) system delivered 17 percent more performance, 33 percent more price-performance with 30 percent less storage than IBM TotalStorage FAStT600 with Turbo Option.

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.

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.

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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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