System News
Executive Review of November 2003
Top News
December 1, 2003,
Volume 70, Issue 1

This section recaps the top articles of the past month, grouped by topic, to provide a quick glance at the most important recent news from Sun. The article numbers are hot links to the Web version of the article, giving you a one-stop resource to the news.

Top News Stories

Sun and AMD [11601] will offer Sun systems with the AMD Opteron processor and the 64-bit SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) available on the Opteron. Benchmark test results for AMD processors are also available [11610].

The Sun and China Standard Software Co. (CSSC) deal to establish the Sun JavaTM Desktop System as the foundation for standard desktop development in the People's Republic of China will start by installing 500,000 to one million seats per year, with plans to install at least 200 million copies [11605].

To expand the capabilities of the Sun JavaTM Enterprise System, Sun acquired Waveset Technologies to use with Sun's identity management tools [11608].

Sun's low-cost strategy is paying off, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report [11677], which revealed Sun's double-digit growth in unit shipments in the volume server segment.

Also in the News in November, Sun expanded its HP Away program to help customers in Europe move to the Solaris OS [11529].

Grid Computing News

Sun introduced the Grid Everywhere Initiative [11539]: Sun's Grid Everywhere technologies make data, compute and visualization resources available to HPTC applications, wherever and whenever they're needed.

To demonstrate how easy it is to assemble a Compute Grid supercomputer, Sun assembled one on stage at the Supercomputing 2003 conference; see [11617] and [11616].

Sun designed the Infrastructure Solution for Grid Computing to simplify creating a grid and tailoring it for specific needs [11516].

Software

Jonathan Schwartz of Sun talks about how the Sun JavaTM Enterprise System overcomes issues companies deal with such as having to integrate, and pay for, new software [11575]. Factory installations now available for the Sun Java Enterprise System [11629].

Sun is expanding the existing Liberty Alliance functionality of the Sun Java Enterprise System through its Sun JavaTM System Identity Server (formerly SunTM ONE Identity Server) to include support for Liberty's recently approved Phase 2 specifications [11554].

An analyst review of Sun Java Desktop System asserts Sun will pose a challenge to Microsoft's marketshare [11423].

In other software news:

SunTM Management Center Change Manager 1.0.1 enables upgrades or changes to servers such as reconfiguring to meet changing service demands [11519].

Retailers such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples and others will carry StarOfficeTM software [11587].

JavaTM Technology

Version 1.4 of the JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM) was approved by the Java Community ProcessSM (JCPSM) [11618].

Three Java CardTM Technology initiatives [11607] were introduced:

  • The flexible Java Card S Program
  • Enhancements to the 2.2.1 specification (see also [11621])
  • Certification for the Java Card Protection Profile

Java Card interoperability was demonstrated at the recent Plugtest [11650].

Education

The Sun Java Enterprise System can benefit schools who need a low-cost, easy-to-deploy software solution [11487]. Learn more about how schools can get the Sun Java Enterprise System for $50 per faculty/administrator per year [11463].

To help campuses manage intellectual property on the network, Sun joined with Cornell, Stanford and WGBH to work on digital asset management [11464].

The first Sun Center of Excellence in Pervasive Computing in Hong Kong was established at the City University of Hong Kong [11563].

See what the EduConnection Program can offer you: Online exchanges with experts, special offers and more [11550].

Partners

Sun and Texas Instruments (TI) recently marked 15 years of working together. For a look at the benefits of their research, see [11443]. Sun and TI continue to make progress with a collaboration on end-to-end wireless solutions for 2.5G and 3G networks [11448].

Sun solutions have achieved a world record with Oracle Application Server 10g running on a heterogeneous Sun configuration in the SPECjAppServer 2002 benchmark [11477].

A Sun and i2 benchmark showed improved forecast accuracy and optimized inventory for real-world supply chain scenarios [11480].

Sun and WGBH opened a proof-of-concept facility, the iForceSM Solution Center for Digital Asset Management [11465].

The U.S. Army Accessions Command turned to Sun for a portal solution to manage 18 million records per year of recruits [11474].

Vignette will integrate the Sun JavaTM System Directory Server with the Vignette V7 content management suites and support components of the Sun Java Enterprise System [11553].

Sun and BEA will port BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 to the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) [11643].

Storage

A recent storage benchmark demonstrated the Sun StorEdgeTM 2510 FC system's advantages over an IBM storage product [11552].

Check out the new features in Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup software 7.1 [11459].

Sun introduced two storage softwares: Sun StorEdgeTM 9900 Series HiCommand Tuning Manager Software Version 3.0, designed for organizations that have a large storage infrastructure, and Sun StorEdgeTM 9900 Dynamic Link Manager Software for Solaris Version 5.1, designed for use with the Sun StorEdgeTM 9900 storage array systems and for organizations running mission-critical applications [11461].

There are now 146 GB 10K RPM HDDs for Sun StorEdgeTM 9960 and 9910 systems [11628].

November covered the Telco (Volume 69.3) and Life Sciences (Volume 69.4) sectors. Highlights included a SaskTel and Kasenna video-on-demand solution [11562] and an end-to-end content delivery solution for Bell Mobility [11570]. Sun grid technologies are being used by Oxford GlycoSciences, Caprion Pharmaceuticals and Plexxikon [11632]. "

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