Sun Unveils Industry's First Throughput Computing Systems
Sun Fire Enterprise Servers Nearly Double Performance at Little Cost
Sun has just introduced the first throughput computing systems in the
industry with its Sun Fire Enterprise Servers that rely on the
UltraSPARC IV processor and the Sun Java Enterprise System. The new
family of servers combines the advances of throughput computing
technology from the processor and SMP architecture with the Solaris
10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and multithreaded applications.
Sun, AMD Deliver Sun Fire V20z Server
Runs Solaris Operating System, Red Hat and SUSE Linux
Sun has introduced a server, the Sun Fire V20z, that incorporates
dual AMD Opteron x86 32-/64-bit processors and is capable of running
the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) as
well as Red Hat and SUSE Linux at price lower than IBM's Opteron
Sun Fire Systems Family -- New Features and Solutions Released
Updates Feature Speed, Compatability, Affordability
The Sun Fire systems family continues to mature with innovations.
A number of new products, features and solutions have been revealed
including Sun's new family of throughput computing systems, the
first Sun Fire system powered by the AMD Opteron processor, new industry
standard blades powered by Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) or Linux and the N1 Grid
System and more.
Five New Sun Reference Architectures and Solutions
To Help IT Departments Speed Time-to-service and Improve Business Performance
Sun is introducing five new Sun Reference Architectures and
Solutions that are designed to help IT departments speed
time-to-service and improve business performance. The Giga Information
Group recently studied four Sun customers who realized gains of up to $7.8
million over a three-year period with the data warehousing Reference
Architecture featuring SybaseIQ highly scalable analytic engine.
Sun's New Security Solutions, Technologies Fight Cyber Threats
New Services, SNAP and Advanced Board Features
At Sun's product launch, CEO Scott McNealy addressed the concern many
customers have about security of computer systems by highlighting the
security features in new Sun products such as the Reference Solution
for Secure Network Access Platform (SNAP), expanded Sun Managed
Security Services and advanced features for the Sun Crypto
Accelerator 4000 board.
The Solaris 10 Operating System
Increased Performance & Optimal System Utilization
Sun previewed the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), the upcoming version
of its OS to be available later this year for systems based on x86
UltraSPARC microprocessors. Early access versions will be available
for download this summer. Solaris 10 OS will have over 600 new features.
Sun Developer Promotion: Get a Free Server
Sign up for the Java Enterprise Developer Promotion
Sun developers can get a free AMD Opteron-based server when they sign
up for a three-year subscription for the software and hardware.
The Java Enterprise Developer Promotion (US only promotion) ends June
30, 2004. Only members of the Sun Developer Network (SDN) program are
Next Release of Sun Java Enterprise System Scheduled for April
Interoperability, Enhancement of Features Define this Latest Version
The Sun Java Enterprise System 2004Q2 is scheduled for release in
April with a 90-day free evaluation. This upcoming version offers
increased platform support as well as availability, portal, identity,
Web enablement, communications and collaboration services. An automatic
term renewal will be offered each year based on the current number of
Sun, Oracle Collaboration Excel in Performance on Scalability Test
Oracle Collaboration Suite with Sun Midrange Servers Offer Single, Enterprise-Wide Email Solution
Scaling from 5,000 to more than 52,000 email users during a scalability
characterization test, Sun and Oracle Corporation proved that a single,
enterprise-wide email solution to simplify business communication and
consolidate information is plausible. These tests were conducted using
the Oracle Collaboration Suite on a variety of Sun midrange servers.
Informatica to Offer Sun Java Enterprise System Pricing Model
Cost Effective Analysis of Large Volumes of Data
Informatica will offer the Sun Java Enterprise System pricing model
for its PowerAnalyzer business intelligence software running on the Sun
Java Enterprise System on Sun platforms.
Sun to Acquire Advanced Server Technology Company Kealia
Former Sun Co-founder, Andy Bechtolsheim, to Return to Sun
Sun plans to acquire Kealia Inc., a privately-held advanced server
technology company co-founded by Andy Bechtolsheim who was a co-founder
of Sun. This acquisition will bring to Sun computing technology that
directly applies to Sun's systems business, as well as bring Bechtolsheim back to Sun.
Key Facts on the UltraSPARC IV Processor
Binary Compatibility and More
The dual-thread UltraSPARC IV processor marks the first milestone in
Sun's Chip Multithreading (CMT) roadmap. Key highlights include binary
compatibility with previous generations of SPARC processors and up
to two times the application throughput of the UltraSPARC III
Free and Open Source S/W
KDE 3.2 Released, Download For Free
Improved Performance, Usability and Appearance Enhance This Latest Version
KDE 3.2 is now available with an integrated desktop and a comprehensive
set of applications. As a leading open-source desktop software solution
for Linux and UNIX, KDE 3.2 can be downloaded for free along with all source
code and vendor supplied and supported binary packages.
Open-Source -- The Next Generation
Panel Discussion Reveals True Costs, Benefits of OSS
Open-source software (OSS) is commonly referred to as "free", but it
involves costs. But those costs are still less than proprietary
software. This was the topic of discussion at the Nasscom 2004
technology forum titled, "Open Source-The Next Generation," which
outlined the true costs and proven benefits of using OSS. The three-day event hosted over 900 delegates who debated over the industry's latest issues.
OSDL Delivers Guidelines on Linux for Data Centers
Consortium Aims to Foster Wider Adoption of Linux for Enterprise Use
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has issued Data Center Linux (DCL)
Technical Capabilities, version 1.0, a set of technical guidelines for
the use of the open source operating system in running mission-critical
enterprise applications on server platforms. With this document, and
the forthcoming DCL requirements document for use by Linux
distributors, enterprise users and developers of the Linux kernel, OSDL
hopes to promote the adoption of Linux for large-scale IT initiatives.
Sun Management Center 3.5 Agent Update
Best Practices for This Flexible, Intelligent Agent Deployment Solution
The Sun White Paper "Sun Management Center 3.5 Agent Update" details
the design, benefits and best practices of Agent Update. This agent
deployment solution enables administrators to create software images of
agent packages and patches, which it then automatically installs on
multiple hosts simultaneously.
Software Express Program Previews New Solaris Operating System Version
Test Functionality, Features with Pre-release Download
Preview an upcoming version of the Solaris Operating System
(Solaris OS) with Sun's Software Express program. With this program,
downloading prerelease software allows users to experience true
cutting-edge technology. Software developers and system administrators,
who either port their applications or support Solaris OS environments,
will find this application useful.
Sun Configuration and Service Tracker 3.5
Web-enabled App Delivers Higher System Availability
Achieve higher levels of system availability with the Sun Configuration
and Service Tracker 3.5 . This Web-enabled application tracks
critical hardware and software events continuously allowing system
administrators to perform root cause analysis, track system
availability, detect system configuration changes and more.
FOSDEM: Free and Open-Source Developers' Conference
February 21-22, Brussels, Belgium
Free and Open-Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) is
scheduled for February 21-22, 2004, in Brussels, Belgium. This
free event offers the latest on free and open-source software
developments. Six tracks are slated for FOSDEM's third annual meeting
including accessibility, Java technology, Linux kernel, scripting languages,
security and X & Co.
Business Aspects of Open Source: OSBC 2004
March 16-17, San Francisco, CA
Decision-makers associated with businesses leveraging open-source
software (OSS) may be interested in attending the Open Source Business
Conference (OSBC), which will be held March 16-17, in San Francisco.
Information will focus on the role and opportunities OSS has in
current and future markets.