Reassuring developers and end-users, Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy says his company is willing to indemnify customers from any patent and copyright litigation that companies with intellectual property claims may threaten in regards to the controversial open source version of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).
Sun customers who participated in the early release of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) are reporting positive results from this release's innovative features. In an article by ComputerWorld's Patrick Thibodeau, IT managers said they were pleased with what the operating system has delivered thus far.
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) recently purchased 296 Sun Fire V20z servers for use in advanced research projects. Funded by the US Department of Energy, these research projects will include the initial development of a leadership-class computing facility for data-intensive science and the PEP-II/BaBar program.
Life Sciences researchers may be interested in a low-cost, integrated DNA sequencing solution recently launched by Sun and Geospiza. This solution offers Geospiza Finch Sequencing Center software for DNA sequencing data collection, management and analysis, bundled with Sun Fire servers running the Solaris Operating Systems (Solaris OS) or Linux platform.
The largest hard disk drive ever offered on a Sun workstation is now available on the Sun Java W2100z Workstation. The 146 GB 10,000 rpm Ultra320 hard disk drive will amass up to 584 GB of internal storage (4 x 146 GB) and is available as an X-option or ATO.
The new Sun GigaSwift Ethernet Adapters X4150A/4150A and X4151A/4151A are ideal for customers that require high performance bandwidth within their network backbone or need to replace multiple 10/100 adapters. These latest adapters from Sun will be replacing the existing X3150A/3150A and X3151A/3151A single port networking adapters.
Sun will be releasing a new 24.1-inch flat panel LCD monitor directed at customers with space limitations, weight issues or power concerns.
Scheduled for release on December 7, 2004, this new monitor will replace the existing 24.1-inch LCD monitor that will remain available for purchase until January 21, 2005.
Corporations that require on-site spares to support critical applications with demanding system availability and uptime requirements will be interested in the following list of Sun hardware spare parts. As Sun products, these parts are reliable and have the latest design revisions incorporated within them by Sun engineering.
The Sun Fire E20K and E25K are the recommended servers for customers needing to migrate from the UltraSPARC III-based Sun Fire 12K and 15K high-end servers, which are reaching their end of life (EOL). Sun also has set EOL for the hsPCI factory-configured I/O assembly and all UltraSPARC III MaxCPU boards.
Sun's internal benchmarks report that the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) running on UltraSPARC systems can benefit from a 47 to 73 percent increase in Web server performance in comparison to the Solaris 9 and Solaris 8 OS, respectively.
Sun announced the end of life (EOL) for the Sun Fire 4800 and 6800 servers and its factory options. The last order date is set for February 04, 2005, with the last ship date scheduled for May 06, 2005. The end of service life will be May 06, 2010.
The new UltraSPARC IV Uniboards are being offered as replacements for the EOL UltraSPARC III Uniboards. In association with this announcement, the Sun Upgrade Allowance Program (UAP) is offering trade-in options for customers wanting to upgrade their UltraSPARC III Uniboards.
Customers can receive trade-in credit towards the purchase of replacement UltraSPARC IV Uniboards.