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Indemnifying Sun Customers
Sun CEO Avows Protection for End-Users, Developers

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).

Solaris 10 Early Users Report
Networking Enhancements, DTrace Receive Rave Reviews

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.

Sun Fire V20z Propels Leading-Edge Research
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Relies on Sun

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.

Low-cost DNA Sequencing Solution
Enterprise-Level Data Management at Entry-level Price
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.
Hardware
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Largest Hard Disk Drive Ever Offered
For the Sun Java W2100z Workstation

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.

New Sun GigaSwift Ethernet Adapters
Alleviates Network Congestion, Provides High-speed Backup

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.

    New 24.1-inch Sun LCD Flat Panel
    Enhanced Luminance, Response Time and More
    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.
      New and Repriced Sun Hardware Spare Parts
      On-site Spares Support Critical Applications

      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.

      Servers
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      Sun Fire E20K and E25K Servers
      To Replace Sun Fire 12K and 15K Servers
      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.
      UltraSPARC Server Performance with Solaris 10
      Up to 73 Percent Increase in Web Server Performance

      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.

      EOL for Sun Fire 4800 and 6800 Servers
      Plus New PCI+ I/O Assembly for Sun Fire Midrange Servers

      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.

      UltraSPARC IV Uniboards
      For Sun Fire 4800, 6800, 12K and 15K Servers

      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.

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