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John Fowler Sees Big Things for Sun's Network Systems Group
Opteron Technology Leads the Way for x86 Servers

Sun has a new x86 server division and a new executive VP to lead the group, John Fowler, who recently shared his view of the division's prospects with Timothy Prickett Morgan of Computer Business Review Online.

Sun's John Gage Talks about the Road to N1
The Third Stage of Network Computing
John Gage is the chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office for Sun. He recently spoke out on several different topics including N1 and how Sun plans to continue to evolve the models it uses to design systems. Gage also outlines how Sun benefits from taking a pro-change view of its work in the industry.
Sun's Piper Cole Discusses Stock Option Expensing
VP of Global Public Policy Warns of the Results
Sun's Web site recently posted an interview with its VP of Global Public Policy, Piper Cole. She discusses the issues involved with stock option expensing, focusing on questions about the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and why the requirement to expense stock options is so significant.
    First State Bank Selects Solaris Operating System for its Compatibility, Savings
    Sun IT Infrastructure Replaces Legacy IBM P390 Mainframe, VSE OS

    For nearly two decades, First State Bank of Waynesboro, Mississippi, had run its core banking applications on an IBM mainframe that ran the VSE operating system. When it became clear that the legacy system had reached capacity, First State Bank opted for a Sun solution.

    Sun Java System
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    Spark 6 pCM for Sun Java System Portal Server
    Accentuates and Extends the Strengths of this Sun Solution

    The Sun Java System Portal Server now comes with Fatwire Software's latest portal content management solution called Spark 6 pCM. This new release uses the Sun Java Identity Server user and group management for single sign-on authentication and authorization, plus it supports the latest standards including JSR 168.

    Review of the Sun Java Desktop System 2.0
    Earns Four Tech Stars from CRN and eWeek's Analyst's Choice Award

    The Sun Java Desktop System Release 2 is garnering approval from the enterprise desktop Linux community. Both CRN and eWeek have reviewed Sun's latest corporate desktop system and recommend it for its management enhancements and installation ease.

    Sun Java System Portal Server Mobile Access 6 2004Q2
    Anytime, Anywhere Access to Key Applications, Content, Services

    Sun Java System Portal Server Mobile Access 6 2004Q2 (formerly Sun ONE Portal Server Mobile Access) not only works for games and specialty programs, but also increases enterprise productivity and in-house development. It recognizes and supports hundreds of devices, multiple mark-up languages, protocols and standards.

    Software
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    "N1 Grid Architecture Realized: Strategic Flexibility"
    Chapter Explores Architecture's Importance, Concept of Strategic Flexibility

    Understanding N1 architecture and the concept of strategic flexibility is covered in chapter seven of the upcoming Sun BluePrints book "Building N1 Grid Solutions: Preparing, Architecting, and Implementing Service-Centric Data Centers," by authors Jason Carolan, Scott Radeztsky, Paul Strong and Ed Turner.

    SaverBeans Screensaver SDK Produces Multi-platform Screensavers
    Create Screensavers for Windows, Solaris Operating System, Linux Platform

    The SaverBeans Screensaver software development kit (SDK) allows developers to write a set of Java classes, along with an XML description of the screensaver settings, and produce a screensaver with native behavior running on either the Windows, Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) or Linux platforms.

    Newest and Most Popular Software Downloads
    Offered at Sun's Download Center

    Download Sun's newest and most popular softwares currently listed at the download center. These include the Sun StorEdge 6920 System Host Installation Software for Solaris 1.0 Operating System (Solaris OS), Sun Fire V60x and Sun Fire V65x Hot-Swap Controller (HSC) Update, Sun Java Studio Standard 5 update 1 and Java Communication API 3.0 Early Access.

    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.

    NetBeans Software Day at the 2004 JavaOne Conference
    June 29, San Francisco, CA

    This companion event to the 2004 JavaOne Conference will preview the latest NetBeans release and look inside NetBeans technology. Speakers include James Gosling, the father of the Java language and CTO for Sun's Developer Platforms Group, and Steve Wilson, Sun Engineering Director responsible for NetBeans development. Registration for NetBeans Software Day is free.

    Catalyst Conference North America 2004
    July 21-23, San Diego, CA
    This annual educational event hosts an end-user-driven agenda bringing together end users, vendors and Burton Group analysts and consultants in a dynamic forum presenting in-depth information about IT infrastructure. Three conference tracks are available: Application Platform Strategies, Directory and Security Strategies, and Network and Telecom Strategies.
    Meet the Authors -- Java Event
    June 30, San Francisco, CA

    Interested individuals can take the opportunity to Meet the Authors at the upcoming Java technology event on June 30th in San Francisco. Authors Simon Roberts, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, Sang Shin and Daniel Brookshire will all be present for a book signing and reception. Several breakout sessions will be offered by the authors, as well.

    Workstation
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    Trade-in Promotion on Sun Blade 1500 and Sun Blade 2500 Workstations
    SunSpectrum Three-year Hardware Only Upgrade also Available
    Sun is offering a new trade-in promotion that allows customers to trade in any Sun workstation to receive a 20 percent allowance towards the purchase of a Sun Blade 1500 or Sun Blade 2500 workstation. This program offers the potential for savings that are more than double the standard program trade-in allowance.
      New Standard Configuration for the Sun Blade 2500 Workstation
      73 GB, 10,000 rpm, Ultra SCSI 320 Hard Disk Drive

      The Sun Blade 2500 workstation now has a standard configuration of 73 GB, 10,000 rpm, Ultra SCSI 320 hard disk drive at no additional cost. Customers will now have faster access and twice the capacity of the previous configuration, minimizing the need for network or attached storage.

      TAB Bets on Sun Ray Ultra-thin Clients and Wins Big
      Lower Administrative Costs Plus New Earning Potential Equals a Winning Wager
      An Australian call center decided three years ago to wager on upgrading its computer system to the country's first large-scale, mission-critical implementation of Sun Ray ultra-thin clients. Now, the company reports that its bet has paid off with slashed IT administration costs, extra revenue by offering its resources to other companies and more.
      Free and Open Source S/W
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      Mozilla 1.7 for Windows, Linux and Mac Released
      Download Its New Features, Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements
      Download Mozilla 1.7 for Windows, Linux and Mac and try out its new features and bug fixes in the browser, mail and Chatzilla. Size and performance improvements increase startup by 7 percent, window opening by 8 percent, page loading by 9 percent and decrease binary size by 5 percent when compared to Mozilla 1.6.
      Free Download of the Symbiont Workstation Manager Software
      Rejuvenate Outdated PCs into Updated Diskless Thin Client
      The Symbiont Workstation Manager is a Linux-based thin client management tool that allows network administrators to connect diskless thin clients to a Linux server and to configure and control them while offering the look and feel of a full version of a management suite. SourceForge.net and TheSymbiont.com are hosting the free download.
      Technology Previews of Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 1 and Thunderbird 0.7
      Pre-release Versions Not for Mission Critical Tasks
      The Mozilla organization has released two technology previews for users to try and report any bugs they encounter. Mozilla 1.8 Alpha 1 and Thunderbird 0.7 are pre-release products and are reliable enough to performance tasks appropriately in most cases, however they should not be relied upon for mission-critical tasks.
      OpenOffice.org Version 1.1.2 Released
      Improved and Expanded Version of the Multi-platform Office Suite

      OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 is now available for download. This latest stable release of the open source office suite will initially be available on Windows (98/ME/NT/2000/XP), GNU/Linux (X86 and PowerPC) and Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) and (x86 Platform Edition). This version introduces the FontOOo Autopilot and other improvements.

      Sysadmin
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      Subscription-based Sun Preventive Services Improves Datacenter Health
      Innovative Service Ties Pricing to Performance Improvements

      Sun Preventive Services (SPS) is an innovative subscription-based service from Sun that exposes, mitigates, measures and manages leading risk indicators to improve system availability and drive down operating and support costs. Early deployments of the SPS portfolio have provided customers with dramatic improvements in risk reduction and system availability.

        Solaris 10 Operating System Features Predictive Self-healing Architecture
        Technology Automatically Diagnoses Problem, Initiates Corrective Action

        Among the new features in Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) is a self-healing architecture that enables Sun systems and services to maximize availability in the face of software and hardware faults. This first set of technologies includes Solaris OS components that implement predictive self-healing for CPU, memory and I/O bus nexus components.

        "Advanced UNIX Programming, 2/E" by Marc J. Rochkind
        A Classic Text Revised and Updated
        Marc J. Rochkind wrote one of the foundation texts in UNIX programming in 1985, "Advanced UNIX Programming." Now in its second edition, the book amounts to an entirely new work. Only 70 or so system calls were included in the first edition; the second edition includes around 300.
        Managing System Resources with Solaris Resource Manager
        Achieve Fair Distribution of Resources Among Sun Ray Appliance Users

        One way to manage system resources for a group of Sun Ray appliance users is with the Solaris Resource Manager software. The author of this Sun BluePrints article, Marcel Guerin, suggests approaches to integrating and using the software to achieve a fair distribution of system resources when users insert and remove smart cards from their Sun Ray appliances.

        Java Technology
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        Java Technology Spurring Mobile Data Services Growth
        Sun's Java.com Aggregates Global Developer Content

        Sun credits Java technology with driving growth in the mobile data services market. "Java is everywhere," said Juan Dewar, marketing and business strategy, consumer and mobile systems senior director of Sun Microsystems during his presentation at Sun Network 2004.

        Understanding the Java Portlet Specification
        Michael Klaene Explains How JSR 168 Avoids Vendor Lock-in

        Java Specification Request (JSR) 168 effectively puts an end to the vendor lock-in many portlet developers suffered in implementing enterprise portals developed by Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) vendors to host internal and external applications.

        "Covert Java: Techniques for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering"
        Reviewer Finds Book Useful for Beginning, Intermediate Developers
        Recognizing the possibility that both hackers and non-hackers will find value in the techniques discussed in his book "Covert Java: Techniques for Decompiling, Patching, and Reverse Engineering," Alex Kalinovsky nevertheless made its contents public with this caution: "Any book... can be used for good or ill. This book is for the good guys, and if you are a bad guy please stop reading right now...."
        Government
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        Army Expands Recruitment Document Management System
        Will Let Potential Recruits Explore Job Opportunities Online
        The Army Accessions Command is implementing a document management system for use by its recruiters that will facilitate the sharing of information among interested Army systems and recruits themselves. The Sun IT infrastructure was chosen for its scalability and because of the potential it poses for moving in the direction of a paperless operation.
        Sun Creates Global Government Office
        New Sun Division to Focus on Worldwide Government Growth Opportunities

        Looking to advance secure network computing solutions within the government sectors, Sun created the Global Government Office and appointed Clark Masters as executive vice president, naming him president of Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc. as well. The new division will focus on governmental, individual and technological needs and advancements.

        Sun Launches Secure Network Access Platform in UK
        Offers Defense, Government Secure Access to Sensitive Files, Applications

        Sun has released its Secure Network Access Platform (SNAP), based on the Trusted Solaris Operating System, in the UK where it will offer government clients secure access to highly sensitive data and important applications. SNAP will also ensure safe collaboration between government organizations, dramatically reducing the threat posed by viruses, worms and hackers to the integrity of their networks.

        New Product Marketplace
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        Sun, Metatomix Team to Deliver SMARTE for Operational Risk in Financial Services
        Solution Runs on Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition), RedHat Linux
        Metatomix Inc. will provide its SMARTE for Operational Risk solution to the financial services industry on both the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) and RedHat Linux. The product delivers financial messaging and risk-management solutions.
        Integrated Solution Combines Oracle Software and Sun Hardware
        Result: High Availability with Scalability and Secure Storage

        Sun and The Aluminum Company of Egypt have deployed an integrated solution incorporating software applications and Sun hardware. As part of a major initiative to integrate operations at two of EgyptAlum's key sites, this installation is listed among the largest enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects in Egypt's manufacturing sector.

        Sun Joins Flarion Alliance Program
        Support of IP-friendly Mobile Broadband
        Sun has joined the Flarion Alliance Program in support of IP-friendly mobile broadband. Fujitsu and Amdocs also recently joined this alliance created by Flarion Technologies, the architect of the FLASH-OFDM wireless broadband system. Flarion Alliance Program members will cooperate to accomplish many IP-based wireless objectives.
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