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Sun to Acquire Nauticus Networks in Q304 in All-cash Deal
Potential for Massive Horizontal Scalability will Result from Acquisition

Sun has arranged to acquire Nauticus Networks, a privately held company whose products include a high-performance content-switch, including SSL, security, load-balancing and virtualization that will become key components of Sun's volume systems strategy to enable massive horizontal scalability and to enable convergence of compute and network services.

Sun Launches Linux Java Technology Developer Site
Making Java Technology More Accessible Than Ever

Sun introduced a new Web site for Java technology developers who create products for Linux. The site,, will offer software tools and project infrastructure required to support collaborative development projects.

Sun Wins with Large Data Warehouses
Top Spots in Number of Rows, Normalized Data Volume and Database Size Categories

The consulting service Winter Corporation shows Sun has moved past competitors NCR/Teradata, IBM and HP as the infrastructure platform as for the top two data warehouse implementations in the Number of Rows category. Through AT&T's call detail data store, Sun also took the top spot in Normalized Data Volume and Database Size.

Sun Microsystems Forges New Alliances Worldwide to Support the Linux OS
Customers in Australia, the U.K. and China Join the Ranks of Linux Users
With new partners in Australia, the U.K. and China, Sun Microsystems continues to consolidate its support for the growing Linux server market, for which it has designed the increasingly popular Sun Fire V60x and Sun Fire V65x Linux-based servers.
Sun's Alliance Partner Program Bolsters HPTC Solutions
Recent New Members Include Important Interconnect Technology Firms

The HPTC Alliance Partner Program, recently developed by Sun, has been joined by a number of interconnect technology companies with an interest in fostering the growth and advancement of grid computing. Among the new members are Infinicon, Force10 Networks, Mellanox, Myrinet, Quadrics, Topspin Communications and Voltaire.

Key Industries Reduce Costs, Simplify Network Computing By Choosing Sun
Health, Telco, Government, Financial Services -- All Sectors Benefit

During the last 90 days a number of major businesses and governmental entities around the globe have opted for solutions from Sun and its partners in an effort to reduce cost and complexity in their IT infrastructure. Among these adopters are The American Red Cross, China Unicom, DaimlerChrysler Consult Graz, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Office Depot and the United Kingdom's National Health Service.

Next-Generation Products, Roadmaps for Linux Presented by Sun
Advanced Sun Java Desktop System Features and More Previewed at LinuxWorld

Desktop technologies, enterprise software and hardware and Linux development tools are three key areas Sun is concentrating on in its next-generation products and roadmaps for Linux support of the Sun Java Enterprise System, Sun Java Studio development tools and new AMD Opteron processor-based x86 systems. These were previewed at the recent LinuxWorld Conference & Expo.

EPL, Inc. Moves to Sun and Oracle, Kisses Microsoft Goodbye
TCO, Productivity, Maintenance and Administration Improve with Shift

EPL Inc. provides software and services to run the core business of credit unions. EPL used Microsoft Exchange and a variety of third-party applications, all running on Wintel until they determined that the solutions were too costly and problem prone. Management shifted to Oracle Collaboration Suite running on the Solaris Operating System (SPARC Platform Edition).

Nation's Largest Classified Advertising Firm Chooses Sun
Alliances, Reputation and Expertise Sway Corporation's Decision

A single Sun Fire 6800 server running the Solaris 8 Operating System along with a Sun StorEdge 3910 system helped lower operating costs for the nation's largest classified advertising firm. Trader Publishing Company's portal,, choose Sun to migrate its Oracle 9i database from two Sun servers to one.

Dynamically Resizing the SGA in Oracle 9i
How to Configure the SGA to Use DISM

The Sun BluePrints OnLine article by Erik Vanden Meersch and Kristien Hens of Global Sales Organization explains how Oracle 9i can operate in combination with Sun's dynamic reconfiguration (DR). It provides a brief overview of DR, intimate shared memory (ISM), dynamic intimate shared memory (DISM) and dynamically resizable system global area (SGA) and explains how these technologies fit together.

Khronos Group Ratifies OpenGL ES 1.0 Adopter's Package
Gives Graphics Market Tool for Rapid Evaluation, Deployment of OpenGL API

Members of the Khronos Group have ratified the OpenGL ES 1.0 Adopter's Package and Conformance Testing Program, making it available to users who require rapid evaluation, deployment and acceptance of the OpenGL ES API in embedded markets that employ state-of-the-art 3-D graphics.

Auto-ID Technology Basics
The Components and Infrastructure

Auto-ID technology is a product identification system based on low-cost smart tags and readers and a unique object identification scheme. Auto-ID can give enterprises a real-time view of their assets and inventories throughout the supply chain.

    Sun EPC Initiative Provides Services, Software and Hardware
    Complete Package Provides Operational Efficiencies and Brand Protection

    The Sun Electronic Product Code (EPC) Initiative offers services, software and hardware -- a complete package -- that distinguish it from other solutions for EPC applications and for the EPC Network. The package includes Savant software, a federated service architecture that enables dynamic provisioning of software components at run time; the Sun ONE Integration Server, which acts as middleware between Savant and other applications requiring Savant data; and, of course, the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), along with the Linux OS.

    Sun Labs Offers the Brazil Project
    Using Existing Standards and Protocol to Link People Securely to Web Content

    The Brazil Project is a Web-based infrastructure that links people securely to information, computers and other devices leveraging existing standards and protocols.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    Not-so-open Open Source Software
    Article Warns of the Potential Risks of Using Open Source Software

    The Web site recently published an article by Steve Henry and Liza Vertinsky discussing the potential hidden costs in open source biotech software. While open source code offers great potential to the biotech sector, users should be aware of possible third-party copyright issues and other license terms.

    Israel Aims for an Open Source Future
    Government will Suspend the Purchase of New Microsoft Software

    Mercury News recently reported on Israel's adoption of the open source movement in software, commenting on its recent decision to suspend purchases of Microsoft's productivity software in favor of cheaper open source alternatives. Open source advocates are hailing the move as a significant move towards open source.

    Wget Software Package Available
    Retrieve Files Using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP

    The free software package Wget is used for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols. It is a non-interactive commandline tool, so it may easily be called from scripts, cron jobs, terminals without Xsupport, etc. The latest stable version is 1.8, but 1.9.1 is also available.

    Sun Announces Australian Linux Community Winners
    Nine Winners will Attend the Regional Delegate Program 2004

    The nine winners of the 2004 Regional Delegates program have been announced. These individuals are recognized and rewarded for their outstanding contributions to the Linux and Open Source developer community.

    Three Sun Net Talks
    Focus on Sun Java Enterprise System, Sun Java Desktop System and Java Technology

    Three online events from Sun are coming up: On January 28, join in a discussion on deploying the Sun Java Enterprise System, on February 5 attend a talk on business integration with Java technology and on February 3 join a special discussion on the Sun Java Desktop System.

    11th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium
    February 5-6, San Diego, CA
    The 11th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS'04) will be held February 5-6, 2004, in San Diego, CA. Topics include network security protocols, biometrics, IPsec and more.
    UK Sun Tech Days Developer Conference
    February 17-18, London

    The Sun Tech Days Developer Conference in London will showcase solutions and insights into the latest technology like mobile computing, security, Web Services, developer, productivity and open source technology at no cost. The two-day event will present two educational tracks and multiple exhibitions with innovative ideas and new approaches.

    Software Development Conference and Expo West 2004
    March 15-19, Santa Clara, CA

    The Software Development Conference and Expo West 2004 (SD 2004) promises to answer developer questions from the everyday to the latest trends within the industry. Topics to be covered range from Java technology , C++, to Web Services, XML development and more. A series of networking events is also planned.

    Seventh Jini Community Meeting
    March 23-25, 2004, Cambridge, MA
    Call for Presentations for the Seventh Jini Community Meeting will be open through February 17, 2004. The Seventh Jini Community Meeting will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts from March 23-25, 2004.
      Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
      March 28-April 1, 2004, San Diego, CA

      Market trends, cutting edge innovations and technological breakthroughs will highlight the upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to be held March 28-April 1, 2004, in San Diego. The four-day event focuses on the business needs of senior IT executives and offers 200 sessions and more than 300 "test drives" of the latest technological products.

      Fundamentals of Storage Area Networks Bundle Course
      Learn Architecture, Components, Technological Underpinnings of SAN
      Storage professionals responsible for designing, implementing or managing storage in a Storage Area Network (SAN) environment will be interested in examining The Fundamentals of Storage Area Networks bundle course (WEB-2030-365). This course provides information on learning the architecture and components of a SAN and the technological underpinnings that make SANs work.
      VERITAS NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack 6 (FP6)
      New Open File Backup Method for Windows, Netware

      Increasing NetBackup capabilities is the primary function of the VERITAS NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack 6 (FP6), which is a media refresh replacing the VERITAS NetBackup 4.5 Feature Pack 3. Replacement of the open file backup method for Windows and NetWare allows more accessibility providing easier configuration backup methods.

      Sun StorEdge 6000 Family Host Installation Software Version 2.2
      User Interface Improvements, Simplifies Large System Configurations

      Sun StorEdge 6000 Family Host Installation Software version 2.2 comes with new user interface improvements and simplifies the management of large system configurations. With new device management software and Sun StorEdge Configuration Service version 2.2 for the StorEdge 6000 family, this new software is ideal for current and interested consumers of the Sun StorEdge 6000 family storage systems.

      Verisign Class 3 and Class 2 PCA Root Certificate Expiration May Cause Problems
      SunSolve Web Site Offers Three Solutions

      Sun Alert 57436 warns users of the possible consequences of the expiration on January 7, 2004 of the class 3 and class 2 Verisign PCA root certificate that was included in various releases of the software development kit and runtime environment.

      Sun Fire B10p SSL Proxy Blade
      Increased SSL Processing Benefits Performance, Availability

      Economical high-performance and increased availability of secure applications is what makes the Sun Fire B10p SSL Proxy Blade ideal for organizations handling moderate to high levels of secure transactions. Whether online commerce or financial transactions, the Sun Fire B10p SSL Proxy Blade processes SSL transactions faster than CPU-based SSL processing.

      Precise Biometrics AB now Supports Solaris Operating System with Its Smart Card
      Precise Match-on-Card Uses Fingerprint and Java Technology
      Precise Biometrics AB of Sweden has developed its smart card technology, Precise Match-on-Card, to support the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). Precise Biometrics combines fingerprint and smart card technology in its solution, which is now integrated into a Java technology-based smart card.
      New Service Pack Eliminates Vulnerability in Sun ONE Web Server, HP-UX
      Corrects Possible Denial of Service Problem

      Sun Alert 57464 reports a possible vulnerability in the Sun ONE Web Server (i.e. Sun Java System) buffer overflow that may result in "Denial of Service" (DoS) for users of the Sun ONE/iPlanet Web Server 6.0 Service Pack 5 and earlier on the HP-UX platform.

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