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Differences in Utility Computing Services
Sun and IBM Models Compared

Sun plans on doubling its regional grid computing center network in the coming year from its five current regional centers. Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz says Sun's utility-computing effort is more attuned to mainstream market usage than other efforts such as IBM's per-use offering of its high-end Blue Gene computer.

Sun and Microsoft - One Year Later
Slow Yet Significant Progress Reported

A year has passed since Sun and Microsoft entered into a broad collaboration arrangement to enable more interoperability between their products and settle all of their pending litigation. The two companies have been diligently working toward achieving interoperability in Web Services and networking, and are expected to make announcements on their progress soon.

Poll Shows CIOs Plan on Increasing IT Expenditures
Application Backlog Assists in Motivating Spending

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) predict spending will grow 6.4 percent during the next 12 months, reported CIO Magazine Tech Poll's monthly results. Additionally, the March poll registered 85 percent of responding CIOs currently are experiencing application backlog and 15.4 percent of those plan to increase spending to alleviate the problem.

Java Technology
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U.S. Air Force Implements Java Center of Excellence Program
Selected for Development and Deployment Benefits
The USAF Headquarters Operations and Sustainment Systems Group has implemented a Java Center of Excellence (JCOE) program that provides proven and tested methodologies for Java technology-based application development. Sun and USAF developed and codified an iterative application development methodology and architecture plan to streamline future development efforts.
Java Research Center Opens in Korea
Focus on Java Technology-based Mobile and Embedded Software

Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy and Korea's Information and Communication Minister Chin Dae-Je attended the opening ceremony of a Java Research Center in Korea held April 6, 2005. According to a news article by Telecoms Korea, Sun plans on investing USD$50 million over the next four years to fund this center's development activities.

"Concurrent Programming with J2SE 5.0"
A New Path to Multithreading in the Java Programming Language

The Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0 release has a new path to multithreading in the Java programming language. This release has new and sophisticated mechanisms for working with threads as part of the java.util.concurrent package. A Sun Developer Network website article delves into this new concurrent programming with J2SE 5.0.

Securing Web Services Using End-to-End Security
XWS-Security Framework Recommended for Top Security

Web Services are on the uptake due to their simplicity in building business applications, cost savings and enablement of new business models. Enterprises wanting to incorporate these computing services into their IT environment are expressing concern about security. Qusay H. Mahmoud offers some basic concepts on securing Web Services.

Software
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Solaris Service Plans
Three Software Support Levels with Per Processor Socket Pricing

With the release of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), Sun also made available three optional subscription-based Solaris Service Plans that offer customers a choice in their desired software support level. The Solaris Service Plans come in Premium, Standard and Basic, and are offered at predictable and scalable "per processor socket" price.

Jini Technology Starter Kit Version 2.1 Beta Release
Number of Technical Enhancements Included
The Jini Technology Starter Kit Version 2.1 Beta release is available as a free download for interested users to test and evaluate. This starter kit release is the first to be offered under the new Jini technology licensing model that is using the Apache License Version 2.0.
Get an Adventure DV3 Camera with Purchase of Select Sun Training
Offer Valid Through July 29, 2005
Purchase one of a select number of Java technology or Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) Career Accelerator Packages (CAPs) from Sun and receive an Adventure DV3 Camera. This 7-in-1 multi-functional digital camera features a digital camcorder, digital still camera, digital voice recorder, MP3 player, Card Reader and PC Cam and mass storage.
Sysadmin
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New Access Privileges for SunSolve and Sun System Handbook
Varying Levels of Accessibility Distinguish Customers

Sun has updated its access privileges to its SunSolve program and Sun System Handbook. Varying types of information will be available for two different types of Sun customers: the general Sun community and customers with Sun Service Plans or contracts.

"Challenges of Data Retention Compliance"
Sun Business Brief Tackles Issues, Offers Solutions

Learn about the industry drivers for effective data management in a Sun white paper entitled, "Challenges of Data Retention Compliance." This business brief also covers the importance of meeting requirements for regulatory compliance, corporate governance and litigation support in relation to building effective data retention solutions. Sun infrastructure and technology are highlighted.

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