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"Managed Services from Sun"
An IDC Report Looks at Benefits, Case Studies
A recent IDC report takes a look at "Managed Services from Sun,"
including the challenges of managing an IT infrastructure in-house and
options for managing a technology environment. The report, written by
analyst David Tapper, also focuses on Sun's ability to provide
customers with a set of services to help manage and operate Sun
technology and heterogeneous environments.
Project Looking Glass Demo
New Prototype Offers 3-D Windowing Capabilities
At the recent San Francisco SunNetwork 2003 Conference, Jonathan
Schwartz, Sun's executive vice president, Software, demonstrated the
new Project Looking Glass. The new Java technology-based
development is designed to bring 3-D windowing capabilities to the
desktop for a much richer user experience. The demo of the project is
available on the Sun Web site.
Sun and the CFL Deliver Real-time Info at Grey Cup 2003
Fans and Media Benefit from Championship Game Content
The Canadian Football League (CFL) and Sun Microsystems of Canada
recently joined together to offer football enthusiasts real-time
play-by-play and game statistics from this year's Grey Cup Championship
game held in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Liberty Alliance Recognizes Nine Companies for Interoperability
Companies Earn Usage of the "Liberty Alliance Interoperable" Logo
Products and services from nine companies have successfully passed the
first Liberty-sponsored conformance test, according to the Liberty
Alliance Project, which develops open standards for federated network
identity and identity-based Web Services. The companies are Ericsson,
Nokia, NTT, NTT Communications, NTT Software, Phaos Technology, Ping
Identity, Sun Microsystems and Trustgenix.
January 26-29, San Diego, CA
This year's Oracle AppsWorld conference and exhibition aims to
comprehensively cover Oracle E-Business Suite strategies, business
processes and technical directions. The event is designed to be a forum
where Oracle customers and industry leaders can come together to meet
with Oracle executives, developers and other customers and partners.
Sun will be an exhibitor at the event.
March 18-24, Hannover, Germany
CeBIT 2004 aims to provide new momentum for the ICT market, showcase
new products and solutions and generate new investments in the sector.
Representatives of business, science, politics and media all attend the
event to experience the latest industry trends. CeBIT 2004 will be held
March 18-24 in Hannover, Germany.
February 23-27, San Francisco, CA
Registration has begun for the 13th Annual RSA Conference 2004,
scheduled for February 23-27 at San Francisco's Moscone Center. More
than 200 class sessions on solutions and best practices in identity and
access management, perimeter defense, network forensics, hacks and
threats and other related topics will be presented this year by a number of the industry's dignitaries.
Fibre Channel Bridge (FC420) Rejuvenates Sun StorEdge L25, L100 Tape Libraries
Direct SAN Connectivity Extends Competitive Edge of These Tape Libraries
There is now an internal, PCI-based SCSI LVD-to-Fibre Channel Bridge
(FC420 card), sold as an x-option, that provides connectivity to a
SAN for the Sun StorEdge L25 and the Sun
StorEdge L100 tape libraries. This bridge is needed only by those
customers who require fibre channel connectivity for these two Sun
StorEdge tape libraries.
Sun StorEdge 9980, 9970 Arrays Get Memory Boost
High Density Cache Memory, Shared Memory Module Improve Response Times
A new high density cache memory feature from Sun allows upgrades to 128
GB of cache memory on the Sun StorEdge 9980 storage system and up
to 64 GB on the Sun StorEdge 9970 system. There is also a new
shared memory module that can extend capacity to 4 GB on the above
mentioned storage systems when total cache memory capacity is 64 GB or
Sun Releases 18 146 GB Configurations for the Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI Array
Capacity Scales up to 5.2 TB When Run With Two Sun StorEdge 3310 Array Expansion Units
There are now 18 new scalable 146 GB/10K RPM hard disk drive
configurations available for the Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI array.
Configured with 12 of these 146 GB drives, a Sun StorEdge 3310 array can
provide 1.7 TB of raw storage capacity; configured with one or more
RAID controllers and connected to two Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI array JBOD
(expansion units), the array supports total raw storage of 5.2 GB, and
it can do all of this in 6U of rack space.
Sun StorEdge Traffic Manager 3.1 Software Features Enhanced Interoperability
Multi-pathing Failover, Load Balancing Extends to Windows, IBM AIX
Sun has extended the interoperability of Sun StorEdge Traffic
Manager by enabling support for multi-pathing failover and load
balancing use within the Windows 2003 server operating environment
and making it interoperable by
providing load balancing across all paths to symmetric storage devices
within the IBM AIX 4.3.3 and IBM AIX 5.1 operating environments. In
addition, it is now supported as well for failover use with Sun
StorEdge 9900 arrays and within the Microsoft Clustering Services
Enhancements to Sun StorEdge Availability Suite 3.2 Include Remote Mirroring
Data Continuance, Disaster Recovery Features are Strengthened
The Sun StorEdge Availability Suite v3.2 comprises both
point-in-time and remote mirror facilities. Now, a new release adds
several performance enhancements in the areas of asynchronous and
synchronous remote mirroring. Additional new enhancements include
support for Sun Cluster software, the Solaris Operating System
(Solaris OS) and improved integration with Sun StorEdge Enterprise
Education and Research
Sun Java Enterprise System Released for Worldwide Education, Research Markets
Single Price Includes Software, Support, Maintenance
The Sun Java Enterprise System is newly available to the worldwide
global education and research market from Sun. This
integrated enterprise network services software system is designed,
developed and tested to provide a consistent experience to IT and
business users across the value chain. Also included in the single
price for the Sun Java Enterprise System for Education are support and
Sun Picks Kerala Campus as First Indian Regional Center of Excellence
School Set to Open Data-intensive Global Grid Test Bed
Sun has named the Indian Institute of Information Technology and
Management in Kerala (IIITM-K) as the fourth university in the world
chosen to be a Regional Center of Excellence (COE) for E-Learning,
according to a report by Cyber India Online Limited (CIOL).
Sun Donates $1.5 Million to University of Toronto at Scarborough
Grid Computers Power Digital Library and Accelerate Research
Sun's $1.5 million contribution to the University of Toronto at
Scarborough (UTSC) for the Academic Resource Centre (ARC) successfully
came to fruition with last month's inauguration. Sun's significant
donation included computer hardware, software and training.
A cluster of leading-edge grid computers is one of the facility's
highlights, which will accelerate cutting-edge research and
Unicon Offers Commercial Support for uPortal
Global Access to Open Source Solutions
uPortal release 2.1.4 by Java Architectures Special Interest Group
(JA-SIG) will receive commercial support from Unicon Inc. beginning the
first quarter of 2004. With Unicon's uPortal Support, institutions will receive rapid response, depth of knowledge about the uPortal framework, consistent availability and dependable service for specific uPortal support needs.
Two Java Platform Programming Books
Developing Games and Mobile Applications
Two recently released publications examine Java
technology development. "Developing Games in Java," is designed to help
experienced Java technology programmers make fast, full-screen action
games. "Enterprise J2ME: Developing Mobile Java Applications," tries
to cover all the aspects of constructing industrial-strength
applications with Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME).
Step-By-Step Guide to Using XSLT
"Learning XSLT," by Michael Fitzgerald, provides a hands-on
introduction to XSLT and XPath with step-by-step instructions, allowing
the reader to practice using the language while progressing through the
book. Fitzgerald explains the differences between XSLT and
more conventional programming languages as well as demonstrates how to transform XML documents into other types such as HTML.
"Securing Solaris 8 & 9 Using the Center for Internet Security Benchmark"
Security Techniques Guards Against Invasion
"Securing Solaris 8 & 9 Using the Center for Internet Security
Benchmark," (Version 1.0) helps users secure their Solaris
Operating Systems (Solaris OS) from unwanted intrusions. This manual
outlines a variety of techniques to ensure Solaris OS complies with the
Solaris CIS Level-1 Benchmark.
Two Books for Developers: Smart Cards, IP
Smart Card Applications, 3GPP Packet Data Networks
There are two forthcoming books from Wiley Publishers: One covers smart
card technology, its current and future applications, terminals and
architectures; the other discusses IP-based wireless networks.
Free Workshops on FIX and SWIFT
Help Define Future Networking Goals
Two free workshops sponsored by Sun (a $10,000 market value) are being
offered to corporations strategizing about market connectivity.
"The FIX Implementation Workshop" and "The SWIFT Migration Workshop"
are customized half-day working sessions with a FIX and/or SWIFT expert
who will address issues concerning corporate high-level issues, goals,
success criteria, requirements and current IT environment.
Financial Fusion Consumer Banking Solution 5.0
Offers Integrated, Multi-Channel Delivery Solution
integrated, multi-channel delivery solution for retail banking
Consumer Banking Solution 5.0 by Financial Fusion is a
comprehensive Web-based account and payment management system offering
a fully integrated, multi-channel delivery solution for retail
banking. It is based on the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE).
Hungary's Largest Bank Implements Sun, BEA Technology
Internet Banking Delivers Cost-Effective, Time Saving Solutions
Hungary's largest retail bank selected Sun and BEA to advance their
banking technology using BEA WebLogic technology based on the Java
application environment. National Savings and Commercial Bank of
Hungary (OTP Bank) officials choose Sun due to its servers and
Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) superior performance running