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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.
Hardware
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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.

    Events
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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.
      Sysadmin
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      Learn Installation, Administration of the Sun Java Enterprise System
      Course Covers Outlining a Roadmap to Hands-on Installation and Deployment

      Learn the common architecture and system-level features of the Sun Java Enterprise System first release in this Web-based course that covers the required introductory skills to deploy, upgrade and migrate to this system. Installer architecture, pre- and post-install processes as well as configuring and troubleshooting skills will be taught.

      Let Sun Know About Your Driver
      Point of Contact Offers Answers for Questions Regarding Drivers

      Sun would like to know more about your driver for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). A point of contact email address has been established so developers can relate information regarding their developed product or have general driver questions answered.

      Update of the Sun Management Center 3.5 Released
      Supports Agents on Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Edition) and Linux
      The release of Sun Management Center 3.5 Product Update 1 extends monitoring and management capability to the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) and will support an agent for Linux that has been released concurrently. Other new features include Foundation for N1 Grid Console, Performance Reporting Manager enhancements and more.
      Security
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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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