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Sun Releases the Sun Java Desktop System, Release 2
Features and Tools Included in the Enterprise-class Desktop Solution

Sun is releasing the Sun Java Desktop System, Release 2, the enterprise-class desktop solution that is designed to be affordable, comprehensive and secure. The solution includes a client desktop, including an office productivity suite, email, calendar, browser, instant messaging tools and more.

Sun and VERITAS Broaden 10 Year Global Alliance
Customers to Benefit From Exchange of Support from Both Companies

Sun and VERITAS Software Company are broadening their alliance. Both the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) and the AMD Opteron- and Intel-based platforms will be supported by VERITAS. In addition, customers will be able to acquire VERITAS Storage Foundation 4.0 software through Sun representatives.

U.S. Cable Operators and Technology Providers Form JCP Expert Group
Begin Work on New Java Technology Set-Top Box Standard
U.S. cable operators and technology providers are collaborating by means of a Java Community Process (JCP) Expert Group EG to develop a new Java technology-based digital television API standard: OnRamp to OCAP. The standard is geared towards legacy, resource-constrained cable television set-top boxes.
RFID Compliance Testing Will Save Customers Time and Money
The Sun RFID Test Center Opening Promises Positive Return on Investment

The Sun RFID Test Center in Dallas, Texas, is up and running. Designed to simulate Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) deployments, Sun's new facility will assist many of the top 100 suppliers to achieve RFID compliance status in a timely manner.

    Bohler Edelstahl Hopes to Save with the Sun Mainframe Rehosting Solution
    Steel Manufacturer Implements Open Systems Platform from Sun
    The high-speed steels, tool steels and special materials manufacturer, Bohler Edelstahl GmbH, is implementing an open systems platform from Sun in an effort to move away from expensive legacy mainframe computing environments. Bohler Edelstahl plans to migrate from an IBM system to Sun Fire systems running the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).
    The Future of the Solaris Operating System
    Free and Open Source May be Linked With the Operating System Soon

    Sun's next plans for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) may include designing an open-source version or incorporating the Sun Java Desktop System within it. Overall, creating a more competitive strategy is the goal of these Sun initiatives shared recently by Jonathan Schwartz, president and COO, Sun.

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    City of Montreal Installs Wireless Parking Payment Stations
    Solar-powered Devices Use Linux and Java Technology
    Linuxdevices.com reports that the City of Montreal will shortly introduce wireless solar-powered parking payment stations based on embedded Linux and application software using Java technology and a Java virtual machine (JVM software) from Sun. NOTE: The terms "Java Virtual Machine" and "JVM" mean a Virtual Machine for the Java platform.
    Solaris Operating System x86 Community Evangelist Interview
    Alan DuBoff Discusses Sun's Solaris OS x86 Commitment, and Recent x86 Efforts

    Alan DuBoff, a Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) Community Evangelist recently shared his thoughts in an interview on Sun's commitment to the Solaris OS on x86 systems, Sun's x86 efforts since the May 2003, Low Cost Computing Event and what the future of the Solaris OS may hold.

    SLOOH Program Provides Views of the Skies with Java Technologies
    Look Through a Telescope in the Canary Islands without Leaving Your Desktop
    A recent article appearing on the java.sun.com Web site explains how Java technology is allowing a program called SLOOH to provide amateur astronomers with real-time views of the heavens from the comfort of home. Author Dana Nourie describes the process and technology involved.
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    Sun Releases Hardware Certification Test Suite Version 2.3
    Verifies Compatability with Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Edition)

    Independent hardware vendors (IHVs), system manufacturers, system integrators and end users can test their hardware to verify its compatibility with the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) with Sun's Hardware Certification Test Suite (HCTS). The latest version, 2.3, contains new features such as an improved user interface.

    IDC Article Examines SPARC-based Systems and Vertical Computing Architectures
    Ideal Environments Incorporate both Vertical and Horizontal Scaling Solutions

    A recent whitepaper from IDC looks at how SPARC-based systems are able to support vertical computing architectures. The document finds that IT executives are continuing to find value in investing in medium-sized and large servers. These servers are able to provide the capability and capacity to safely support growing and unpredictable workloads.

    Select UltraSPARC III Uniboards EOL'd
    750 MHz and 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Uniboards Effected

    Sun plans to EOL (End of Life) its 750 MHz UltraSPARC III Uniboards and selected 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Uniboards. Sun expects the move to result in a more simplified portfolio of product offerings, which will retain the same level of performance, features and flexibility.

    Sun Ends Separate Power Distribution System Option
    Component will Continue to be Available Pre-installed

    Sun is doing away with the option that allowed customers to order a Power Distribution System (PDS) and install it in the Sun Rack cabinet. Previously, customers had the option of ordering the PDS as a pre-installed option in the rack, or ordering the PDS separately and completing a self-installation.

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      Calendar of Events
      Links to Articles on Upcoming Events

      This article is a calendar of upcoming events, with links to the articles about them. Click on the article numbers in the calendar to get more details about the event and how to register.

      WebCT Online Seminar
      May 18 and 20, Online

      WebCT will hold a free online seminar on its WebCT Vista 3.0, which is implemented 90 percent of the time on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). The seminar will take place on two dates: May 18 at 12:00 p.m. EST and May 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

      10th Annual Gartner IT Security Summit
      June 7-9, Washington, D.C.
      Sun is Platinum Sponsor of the 10th Annual Gartner IT Security Summit, held this year in Washington, D.C. from June 7-9. This year's event will focus on the new and emerging technologies best suited to enterprises, as well as the policy, planning and compliance issues that should be understood to best serve an organization's specific business needs.
      Design Automation Conference (DAC)
      June 7-11, San Diego, CA
      The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is considered by many in the industry as one of the top Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and silicon solution events. It offers over 50 technical sessions focusing on the latest in design methodologies and EDA tool developments. Sun will be present at booth #2139.
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        Sun's Secure Web Server Reference Architecture Updated
        Now Includes Sun Fire V20z Server

        The Sun Secure Web Server Reference Architecture has been updated to include the Sun Fire V20z server and the Sun Java System Web Server 6.1. It comes with the secure, hardened Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

        "The Sun Infrastructure Solution for Secure Network Access Platform"
        Technical White Paper Addresses Thin Client Access to Multiple Security Domains

        Precise security boundaries are essential in government organizations with classified information that must be protected, restricted and isolated. The Secure Network Access Platform for Government was developed by the Sun Infrastructure Solution to solve these unique security issues. This technical white paper outlines the platform's components, purpose and implementation.

        Sun, Check Point and Westcon Aim for Mid-market Security Demands
        iForce VPN/Firewall Appliance -- High Performance, Low Cost
        A new network security solution bundling hardware, software and services has been launched by the collaborative efforts of Sun, Check Point Software Technologies and Westcon. Sun's iForce appliance, specifically designed to support the latest Check Point software, has resulted in a combined security solution -- the iForce VPN/Firewall Appliance, powered by Sun and Check Point.
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