Reiterating that Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is not in competition with Linux, Sun's Vice President for Software John Loiacono says the company's lack of control over Linux, but with undeniable respect for the open-source platform, has led Sun to embrace both operating systems.
Sun is providing BMW with computer technology that will extend past the Apple Computer iPod music players and could forever change the automotive industry. New lines of BMWs now have built-in software called iDrive that controls a car's audio system, navigation and the cabin's temperature, all regulated by a single knob.
SunServices and RouteOne are streamlining vehicle application processes with Web-based technology that offers a highly secure system that transfers information faster with more accessibility, easing time and procedural constraints for vehicle financing. RouteOne's Credit Application Management System (CAMS) is currently being deployed to auto dealerships nationwide.
MIT's Magazine for Innovation, Technology Review (TR), has named Dr. Robert Drost to its 100 Top Young Innovators for 2004. Drost is a principal research scientist with Sun and has led the study of a new chip-to-chip communication technology called "Proximity Communication" at Sun Labs.
Announced at Sun's quarterly products release, the Sun StorEdge 5210 NAS is a heterogeneous file server storage device that integrates seamlessly with UNIX and Microsoft Windows platforms. It offers policy-based data services, including integrated file management and SNAP/point-in-time copy to ensure data protection and business continuity.
Sun is offering an optical/multi mode fiber (MMF) network interface card (NIC) and rackmount kit, as x-options, for the Sun StorEdge 5000 NAS product family. New features include one 10/100/1000 auto negotiating optical Ethernet port and a rackmount kit designed for the new Sun StorEdge 5210 NAS.
Price reductions and new parts are now available for all customers on selected Sun StorEdge 3000 family product arrays. These storage arrays have an open and flexible architecture, and these latest updates will add to their flexibility in price as well as proximity between themselves and their respectable servers.
The new Sun StorEdge 3511 FC Array with SATA now can be converted from rack-ready to tabletop with the recently released Sun StorEdge 3000 Tabletop Conversion Kit that offers a common form factor for all 2U Sun StorEdge 3000 products. Sun also has released an air management sled for this family of arrays.
Sun Java System Access Manager 2004Q2 provides open, standards-based authentication and policy-based authorization with a single, unified framework. The Sun Developer Web site is hosting an article demonstrating how to use the Access Manager to authenticate accesses to Web applications against databases.
Authors Jennifer Glore, Prashant Srinivasan and Marina Sum recommend integrating Sun Java System Access Manager 2004Q2 with the Oracle Application Server 10g (9.0.4) so that Single Sign-On (SSO) can be implemented within a heterogeneous environment. Seven performance tasks are listed as benefits of Oracle Server.
A tech tip from Vlad Grama describes how developers can use the ctelnet application in Sun Cluster software to connect to systems by using the ssh command. Grama notes that by using this method, users are offered flexibility from the telnet command and can create this configuration to run by default or indirectly.
User experience often provides the best methods and advice when installing and using new software. Sun recognizes this fact and has posted a BigAdmin article from a reader who recently installed the Sun Java Desktop System. From downloading and burning CDs to project management, the author details his/her first-hand experience.