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Sun Java Identity Server 6.1 Offers New Identity Management Features
Promises Increased Revenue Streams, Reduced Risk, Complexity

The new minor release of the Sun Java System Identity Server 6.1 (formerly Sun ONE Identity Server 6.1), an integral part of the Sun Java Enterprise System, is the first commercially available identity management product to support both Liberty v. 1.1 and SAML 1.0, providing enterprises and service providers with the possibility of increased revenues and efficiencies.

StarOffice 7 Office Productivity Suite Debuts in India
Price, Cross-platform Support Threaten Microsoft Office Market Segment

The CIOL, a Cyber Times newsletter published in India, recently reported on the availability in that country of the Sun Microsystems StarOffice 7 Office Productivity Suite and the implications of that development for the market share currently enjoyed by Microsoft Office.

Beta Program Participants Sought for StarOffice 7.0 Calc Application Add-in for Hyperion Essbase
Benefits Include Cost Savings and Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Applied OLAP Inc. is seeking participants in a beta program to add in the StarOffice 7.0 Calc application to Hyperion Essbase. StarOffice Calc is the spreadsheet component to the StarOffice 7.0 Suite offered by Sun Microsystems. It offers significant cost savings over other office software suites.

Hardware
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Sun, AMD Execs Discuss Agreement to Build Opteron-based Sun Systems
Sun Sees Move as Extending Range of Choices for the User

Patrick Thibodeau wrote a Q & A for Computerworld that provided Neil Knox, executive VP for volume systems products at Sun and Dirk Meyer, senior VP of computational products at AMD, a forum to discuss the recent agreement under which Sun will begin shipping systems with AMD's Opteron processor, which can run both 64-bit and 32-bit applications. Customers will be able to choose between Linux and the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

Sun Introduces Two New Netra Server Motherboards
SX1500 and SX2500 Offer OEMs Entree to UltraSPARC IIIi Technology

Sun introduced two new motherboards for the Netra server line at SunNetwork Berlin 2003. They are the SX2500 and the SX1500 motherboards. The introduction of these boards gives embedded OEMs and system integrators direct access to the latest dual-processor UltraSPARC IIIi technology.

SX2500 Board for Graphics-intensive Applications
Multi-Processing Power in a Board-based Package

The SX2500 board gives OEMs a flexible platform for embedded applications, including image and visualization, design and analysis, and telecommunications. The SX2500 board features two 1.28-GHz UltraSPARC IIIi processors with 64-bit application performance. It can support up to 16 GB of DDR-1 ECC memory so larger data sets can be stored directly in RAM and accessed quickly.

Events
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SANS Biscayne Bay 2004
January 12-17, Miami, FL

The SANS Biscayne Bay 2004 conference will offer several tracks for those interested in computer security, including: SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp and the CISSP 10 Domains; Firewalls, Perimeter Protection and VPNs; and Auditing Networks, Perimeters and Systems. The event will be held in Miami, FL, from January 12-17.

HIMSS Conference & Exhibition
February 22-26, Orlando, FL

The HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Conference and Exhibition offers a vast range of education sessions, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions and over 700 exhibitors. Over 20,000 professionals, primarily decision-makers and decision-influencers, are expected to attend. As a Diamond member of HIMSS, Sun will be actively involved in the conference.

CTIA WIRELESS 2004
March 22-24, Atlanta, GA

The CTIA WIRELESS 2004 event is considered one of the largest wireless events in the world and the largest telecommunications event in the U.S. The event brings together attendees from an array of industries in more than 80 countries around the world, including providers, users, developers, buyers and manufacturers.

Workstation
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Sun Blade 2500 Workstation: More Memory & Faster Storage
Solution for High-End Graphics, Database Sets

Visually demanding graphic applications can now run smoothly with Sun's introduction of the Sun Blade 2500 workstation. The 64-bit, dual processor-capable workstation features up to two 1.28-GHz UltraSPARC IIIi processors; up to 8 GB of DDR memory with ECC; high-bandwidth, low-latency memory controllers; expandable, high-performance storage options; multiple PCI buses and visualization-class graphics.

80 GB Hard Drive Now Standard on Sun Blade 150 Workstation
Double Memory for Same Price

Sun is ending the 40 GB hard drive version of the Sun Blade 150 workstation and replacing it with Sun Blade 150 workstation (Refresh) which has an 80 GB hard drive, a DVD-ROM as standard and 48x CD-RW option, for the same price.

Sun XVR-600 Graphics Accelerator Technical Details
32 MB Dedicated Texture Memory

Sun is replacing the Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator with the Sun XVR-600 graphics accelerator, which provides higher performance, more frame buffer and texture memory, higher resolution support and DVI-I video output than the Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator.

Servers
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Upgraded MPO Kits for Sun Fire 12K-15K Servers
Increased Benefits for High-Performance Technical Computing

Three Memory Placement Optimization (MPO) upgrade kits for the Sun Fire 12K and Sun Fire 15K servers will be replaced with new kits to enable the servers to take advantage of the MPO feature in the Solaris 9 12/02 Operating System (Solaris OS) or higher versions.

Sun Fire Visual Grid Solution Installation and User's Guide
Recommended for Experienced Administrators

The Sun Fire Visual Grid Solution Installation and User's Guide describes the installation of the Sun Fire Visual Grid system that consists of the networking interconnect of Sun Fire 4800/6800 Visual Grid computers and Sun Fire V880z Visual Grid computers through Sun XVR-4000 graphics accelerators.

Sun Java System Web Server, Sun Fire Server Licenses Offered at Discount
Solution Beats Out Apache, Microsoft IIS on Security, Speed

Discounts of up to 87 percent are currently available on Sun Java Web Server (formerly Sun ONE Web Server) licenses purchased with the Sun Fire V210, V240, V250, V60x, V65x or Sun Blade B200x servers. Special prices are also available on Sun Software Support contracts which can be purchased at special prices. The promotion expires on June 30, 2004.

Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.0 Has Host of New Features
Solution can Provide the Foundation for Unified Messaging of Voice and Fax

A new version of the Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.0 (formerly Sun ONE Messaging Server 6.0) is now available with such added features as LTMP, streamlined MTA API, Brightmail and Spamassassin support, two-way SMS, flexible message aging and purge capability, and updated shared components, including support of Administration Server 5, among others. With these features, the solution is more powerful and versatile than ever.

Sun Fire Visual Grid System Builds on Sun Fire Servers
Available for High Performance Technical Computing, as well as Visualization

The Sun Fire Visual Grid Software, the Sun Fire Visual Grid Interconnect and the Sun Fire 6800 or Sun Fire 4800 servers with one or more Sun Fire V880z servers together make up the Sun Fire Visual Grid System, a scalable, flexible system the high-end visualization market can use for collaborative and immersive work group and large group visualization environments, as well as for high-performance computing solutions with integrated visualization requirements.

Entry Level Servers
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New Configurations for the Sun Fire V1280 Server and Netra 1280 Server
1.2 GHz UltraSPARC III Cu Processors, 73 GB Drives and Expanded Memory Options

Sun is releasing higher performance standard configurations for its Sun Fire V1280 servers and Netra 1280 servers, complete with 1.2 GHz UltraSPARC III Cu processors, 73 GB drives and expanded memory options. Factory configurable versions of these servers are being introduced for the Sun Customer Ready program.

Netra CT 820 Blade Server
For High Availability, Serviceability and Manageability Requirements

The Netra CT 820 blade server is aimed at meeting the high availability, serviceability and manageability requirements of Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) who deploy wireless, wireline and Internet services in a communications network. The blade server is designed to have a high level of modularity for server applications.

Sun Fire V60x and Sun Fire V65x Servers Now Support Intel 3.2 GHz CPU
Repricing and New X-option and XATO Options

Sun has released the Sun Fire V60x and Sun Fire V65x rack optimized server with the latest Intel 3.2 GHz CPU supported. New support options are available for the servers, and a new 3.2 GHz CPU X-option and XATO option have been announced as well. The 4 GB RAM kit is also being repriced.

Site Planning Guide for Entry-Level Servers Version 1.3
Shows How to Plan, Configure, Install and Operate the Data Center

Sun customers who have just purchased their first entry-level server will find this free download to be a helpful guide to the proper installation and operation of their new hardware. "Site Planning Guide for Entry-Level Servers Version 1.3," which is available as a free download from the URL below, covers all aspects of entry-level server installation.

Storage
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Sun, Red Hat Move to Embed Native Management Tools into Solaris Operating System, Linux
Planning, Assembly and Maintenance of Storage Networks Becomes Simpler

Sun and Red Hat plan to build native management tools into their respective operating systems, which will simplify the job of assembling and maintaining storage networks controlled by either the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) or Linux. With fewer ports to write, providers should appreciate faster product launch times, according to a report by eWeek.

Sun StorEdge 6120 Array Available In New Configurations
Updated Management Software for the Sun StorEdge 6000 Family

The Sun StorEdge 6120 array is now available in new configurations while the entire Sun StorEdge 6000 family benefits from updated management software. The new configurations are aimed at Sun mid-range storage customers who desire scalable hardware RAID Fibre Channel storage.

Brocade Fabric Manager 4.1
To Manage Multiple Brocade Silkworm Switches and Fabrics

Sun is releasing Brocade Fabric Manager version 4.1, an application designed to manage multiple Brocade Silkworm switches and fabrics. The solution offers the essential functions for efficiently configuring, monitoring, dynamically provisioning and managing Brocade SAN fabrics through its single-point management platform.

Developer
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Developers Web Site Continues Improvement
New Collaborations, Features Added

Sun is continuing to improve on its recently released Web site The Source for Developers by incorporating three more developer-oriented sites -- Java technology, developer and wireless sites. The site provides tools, the latest technologies and expertise for professional developers, system administrators, test and support engineers who use a variety of online and offline resources.

Developer Web Camps Available on Audiocast
Learn About Servlets, JavaServer Pages, Programming for the Java Card API and More

A number of code camps of interest to developers are available, including: JavaServer Pages and Servlets Programming; Advanced Servlets and JSP Technology Programming; Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Programming with Passion; Programming the Smallest Java Card Platform; and A Quick Overview of Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4 Features.

Sun Java Studio Creator Undergoes Test Run
The Simplified, Visual Development Tool Increases Productivity

Sun Java Studio Creator, designed to assist developers in expediting the creation of business-critical applications, is undergoing consumer testing to refine the application and its support infrastructure to ensure the product's effectiveness and efficiency. Formerly known as Project Rave, Java Studio Creator incorporates the Java platform with a simplified development model to improve developer productivity for Java technology applications.

New Product Marketplace
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AmberPoint Express for Java Technology-based Web Services
Offers Monitoring and Management Capabilities

The Web Services management software company AmberPoint Inc. is releasing a new version of its no-cost developer's tool for monitoring, diagnosing and debugging Java technology-based Web Services. AmberPoint Express offers IT organizations the monitoring and management capabilities needed to ensure their Web Services developments meet enterprise standards for performance and reliability.

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