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Sun's Acquisition of Nauticus Networks Furthers Convergence Goals
Nauticus Staff Will Bolster Development Efforts on N1 Provisioning System
In an interview available on, Neil Knox, Sun's executive VP of Volume System Products, called the convergence of computing and networking a natural, inevitable process that was set in motion when servers were first networked. He characterized the technological progression as a natural one for Sun as a result of its long-term focus on entire system solutions, which would be strengthened by the acquisition of Nauticus Networks.
Ever-changing Web Site Turns 10
Once Directed to Engineers, Site Now Addresses Customers
It was the tenth birthday of during the last week of January 2004. Started on a single-processor SPARCstation used to post a single page of type, has grown to a federation of Web sites served from four data centers that house two million pages and serve more than one million visitors daily.
Ford Infotronics Project Implements Jini Technology & Java Technology
Sun Proves to be Best Vendor for Integration of Home, Office, Auto
K. Venkatesh Prasad, Infotronics Project Leader at the Ford Scientific Research Laboratory, envisions a future when it will be possible to drive to work while, using Sun solutions from the car, being able to check your day's calendar, activate your home security system, listen to the latest MP3 tunes and receive a reminder to pick up milk -- all while keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
Sun Java System
Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 Promotion
Buy with a Server and Save up to 90 Percent

For a limited-time, purchase one of a select group of Sun Fire servers and get the Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 (formerly Sun ONE Web Server) for U.S. $399 per server, saving over 90 percent from the list price.

Comparison of Sun Java System Web Server with Apache and Tomcat
Web Server Performance Under Load

A 24-page report produced by KeyLabs for Sun measured and reported the peak client connections for the Sun Java System Web Server and Apache/Tomcat to determine the effect on Web server performance of adding additional processors to the system and to determine the response time and number of successful transactions of the Web server under load.

Monitoring Process, Interfaces of Sun Java System Application Server 7.x
Statistical Info Key In Improving Server's Performance, Availability

Writers Kavya Muthanna and Marina Sum describe the procedures required in effectively monitoring the Sun Java System Application Server 7.x's performance and availability in their article entitled, "Monitoring Sun Java System Application Server 7.x." Gathering statistical data is of utmost importance, and the authors examine two main monitoring interfaces for collecting the data.

Net Talk: "Deploying the Sun Java Enterprise System: Start Here"
Current, Future Benefits Addressed in This Webcast
Calling the Sun Java Enterprise System a "framework for future success," Sun Chief Technology Officer Hal Stern identified three key points solidifying the system's future: 1) architecture 2) cost savings and 3) exploration.
x Survey -- The Software 500
Sun Continues Its Revenue Rise, Ranks 14th
Sun continues getting better according to a survey. This year's Software 500 survey ranked Sun at number 14 with $4 billion in software sales, moving from its number 15 spot in 2003. The Software 500 survey bases its results on revenue earned from both software license sales and services.
Formidable Contender -- StarOffice 7 Office Suite
Sun's Economical, User-friendly Software Takes on Competitors
Economical and efficient, StarOffice 7 may be Sun's most formidable competitor to Microsoft Office. With an HTML editor, Draw graphics program, Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet, Impress presentation program and a database component accessed from within the other components, this software can be characterized as a real contender.
Project JXTA Increases Technological Advances, Developers' Interest
Surge in Downloads Spurs on More JXTA Enabled Products
Sun's commercial software products will soon have more offerings from Project JXTA. Servers and desktop product lines are targeted for the Project JXTA tools in order to increase their collaborative abilities. The recent surge in downloads of the free Project JXTA code has encouraged Sun to direct Project JXTA toward more commercial applications.
Web Download of StarOffice 7 Office Suite Available for x86
Download and Try the Speed, Power and Simplicity

StarOffice 7 Office Suite for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) is now available as a Web download.

O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
February 9-12, San Diego, CA

Registration is still open for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference which opens February 9, 2004, in San Diego. The event features the ETech Conference, a Digital Democracy Teach-In and more.

Linux Asia 2004
February 11-13, New Delhi, India
The Linux Asia Conference and Expo in New Delhi, India, will present the latest technology developments in open source and Linux. Scheduled speakers include Bhaskar Pramanik, CEO of Sun, India, and Danese Cooper, Chief Open Source Evangelist, Sun.
Review of the Sun Fire V210 Server
Sun Server Goes Up Against Intel-based Servers

A recent article by Logan Harbaugh at provides a complete evaluation of the Sun Fire V210 server. Noting that Sun's servers have long had a reputation of being more expensive, but more reliable, than Intel-based servers, the article sets out to put the record straight.

Solaris 9 Operating System (x86 Platform Edition) RTU Licenses
For Midrange Servers with a Maximum of 8 CPUs

New Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) RTU licenses and upgrade licenses are currently available for midrange servers with a maximum CPU capacity of 8 CPUs. A new x86 part number is included so that new x86 hardware with expanded CPU capacity can be licensed.

Sun Management Center 3.5 Software Sun Fire Server Supplements Version 2
Add-on Software Supports SMS 1.4

Now available is a special release of the add-on software for the Sun Fire 15K server and Sun Fire 12K server that supports System Management Services (SMS) 1.4 software and the automatic fault event notification feature.

EOL: Sun Enterprise 4500-6500 Server Internal Disk Board
Support Continues Through 2007 at the Earliest

Sun is discontinuing the internal disk board option for Sun Enterprise 4500 through Sun Enterprise 6500 servers, though support for the systems will continue until at least 2007.

Entry Level Servers
Lower Prices: Sun Fire V60x Compute Grid Rack System
New Standard Configuration, ATO Options

Sun is offering new standard configuration and compute node configurations at lower prices for the Sun Fire V60x Compute Grid rack system. The 32 compute nodes in the new standard configuration, as well as the two new compute node ATO options, have dual Xeon processor, 2 GB of memory, 1x36 GB internal disk and no front bezel.

D.H. Brown Report Evaluates Sun Fire V440 Server
"Impressive Price/Performance"
A D.H. Brown Associates report on the Sun Fire V440 server outlines the server's features, its price advantage and other details such as the TPC benchmark.
Netra 240 Server's DVD-ROM Option
Unique Part Number

A DVD-ROM drive x-option is available for the Netra 240 server. Other factory-configurable options for the DVD-ROM, 73 GB 15Krpm disk drive and DVD-RW drive are available for the Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program.

Sun Fire B100x Blade Server Software Downloads Available
Memory Diagnostic Utility and Solaris 9 12/03 Operating System (x86 Platform Edition)

Two downloads are available for the Sun Fire B100x Blade server: A Memory Diagnostic Utility and a limited-time, right-to-use license for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) that enables you to download and install at no additional cost Solaris 9 12/03 OS (x86 Platform Edition).

Free and Open Source S/W
Mozilla Gains Momentum
Oracle, IBM and Sun All Support the Open Source Browser
Support for the open source Web browser Mozilla is increasing, specifically from Sun, Oracle and IBM, according to an article on by Jason Lopez. The article points out that while many consider Mozilla a technically superior browser to Microsoft Explorer, distribution of Mozilla remains a challenge.
Nukes on JBoss Application Server
Ports, Integrates PHP BB Under Java Platform, JBoss Architecture

Nukes is an open source content management system (CMS) entirely based on Java technology. Nukes is available on the JBoss application server. One of the key functionalities in the Nukes on JBoss is the porting and integration of PHP BB (the forum) under a new Java platform and JBoss architecture.

Build Grids with Globus Toolkit 3.0
Implements OGSI
The Globus Toolkit is an open source software toolkit used for building grids. It is being developed by the Globus Alliance and others. Globus Toolkit 3.0 (GT3) is a stable release.
How to Install a Thawte Digital Certificate on an Apache Web Server
Best Practices White Paper
The white paper, "Securing Your Apache Web Server with a Thawte Digital Certificate" covers how to test, purchase, install and use a Thawte Digital Certificate on an Apache Web server. Best practices for set-up are highlighted to help ensure efficient ongoing management of encryption keys and digital certificates.
"The Object-Oriented Thought Process"
by Matt Weisfeld
The second edition of Matt Weisfeld's book, "The Object-Oriented Thought Process," is now in print. In it Weisfeld lays the foundation in object-oriented concepts and then explains how various object technologies are used.
"Jakarta Pitfalls: Time-Saving Solutions for Struts, Ant, JUnit, and Cactus"
by Bill Dudney and Jonathan Lehr
"Jakarta Pitfalls: Time-Saving Solutions for Struts, Ant, JUnit, and Cactus" documents the common programming mistakes that can occur when working with Java technology Open Source tools. Authors Bill Dudney and Jonathan Lehr describe some of the most common pitfalls in detail, explain how developers have walked into the trap, and discuss the common symptoms and consequences, providing refactored solutions for each pitfall, complete with code.
"Wicked Cool Shell Scripts"
by Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor's latest book, "Wicked Cool Shell Scripts: 101 Scripts for Linux, Mac OS X and UNIX Systems," (No Starch Press) gives Linux, UNIX system, and Mac OS X power users 101 customizable shell scripts they can use to solve common problems, personalize their computing environment and soup-up Web and Internet productivity.
"Tapestry in Action"
by Howard Lewis Ship
Howard Lewis Ship has written "Tapestry in Action" as an introduction to Tapestry and a guide to the world of Tapestry development. It shows you how you can create complex applications by combining HTML with the framework's components, and connect them to small amounts of application-specific logic. It illustrates the practical benefits of Tapestry's built-in management of state and its clean separation of presentation logic from business logic.
Financial Services
Tokyo Mitsubishi International Sticks with Sun
Upgrade Continues High-performance, Scalability Characteristics

Several years ago, TMI signed a deal with Coexis as part of its push into the equity brokerage business. Already largely based on Sun equipment, TMI needed to convert Syn~ code to the Java programming language. TMI believed the Java programming language would have a long-term future. More recently, TMI continued its reliance on Sun by upgrading its entire server infrastructure to Sun systems.

First State Bank Converts to UNIX Platform
Sun Provides Smooth Deployment, Compute Power

First State Bank, in Waynesboro, Mississippi, recently made the decision to convert to a UNIX platform, to better offer its range of personal and business account services including online and telephone banking. Within months, Sun helped the company achieve its goals with a complete and successful deployment.

Bank Chooses Syntellect's Vista Technology
Solution Capitalizes on Open, Standards-based, Java Technology

A major regional bank has chosen Syntellect Inc.'s Vista technology to power customer self-service solutions for its two call centers. The bank is attempting to incorporate open standards technology as well as take advantage of its current staff of Java technology developers. Vista offers open, standards-based Java technology, as well as VoiceXML technology.

Cable & Wireless Real Time Nostro
Real-time Financial Data Powered by Sun

Cable & Wireless Real Time Nostro solution is a way to share real-time data in the currency community. The service is run on Sun Enterprise class servers and enabled by an application from Gresham Computing.

    New Product Marketplace
    Nuance Releases Two Speech Recognition Programs
    Nuance 8.5 and Nuance Verifier 3.5

    The speech recognition software supplier, Nuance, is introducing the latest version of its speech recognition engine, Nuance 8.5. The company is also releasing its latest voice authentication software, Nuance Verifier 3.5, which includes new features that increase performance in an array of communications environments, including wireless, hands-free and landline phones.

    Sanctum's AppShield 4.5
    Bulletproof Defense for Large Application Deployments

    AppShield 4.5, an application security firewall, is currently available from Sanctum Inc. The solution provides bulletproof defense for large application deployments by dealing with critical operational requirements and role-based administration and distributed management capabilities. This helps to insure security best practices throughout the organization.

    Tecplot RS (Reservoir Simulation) Version 4.0
    An Integrated Plotting Environment for Oil Reservoir Modeling

    The data visualization software developer, Tecplot Inc. is releasing the Tecplot RS (Reservoir Simulation) Version 4.0. The integrated plotting environment is designed for oil reservoir modeling and came as the result of a collaboration between ChevronTexaco and Tecplot. The solution allows data from different sources to be loaded and displayed in plots. Data from multiple simulators and observed data -- such as production rates and formation rates -- can be easily managed. Tecplot is available on Windows or UNIX systems.

    Ricoh Releases Codehost's BrightQ Next Generation Solution
    For Users of Linux and UNIX Operating Systems

    BrightQ is a printing solution designed by Codehost Inc. and released by Ricoh Corp. The solution aims to provide IT system administrators and printer support personnel with an easy-to-use, graphically rich X Window System and UNIX Shell-based printing environment. The solution is developed to give users of UNIX and Linux operating systems the ability to access all of the finishing features of the Ricoh Aficio and other support Ricoh devices. BrightQ is supported by a variety of systems, including the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition and SPARC Platform Edition).

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