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OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Named
Sun VP Comments on Board, Next Version of Solaris OS
The OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board (CAB) has been selected to guide the growth of OpenSolaris community toward self-governance. The five member board consists of two members who were nominated and elected by the OpenSolaris pilot community and the remaining three members were appointed by Sun.
Sun and NEC Expand Strategic Alliance
Focus on System Integration, Technological Development
Sun and NEC Corporation are expanding their strategic alliance to create new system solutions that combine their technologies and products. Under this new alliance, the two companies' collaborative efforts will focus on the expansion of the joint systems integration business relationship, development of secure voice and data solutions and concentrated participation in the development of middleware software.
Sun's Asia-Pacific Region Gains x86 Market Shares
Unit Shipments Increase 160 Percent in the Last Quarter

Sun's Asia-Pacific Region is gaining market shares for both the x86 and non-x86 platforms. The company reported a 160 percent increase in unit shipments of its x86 platforms during the last quarter and a 16 percent year-on-year increase for its UltraSPARC servers with the Solaris Operating Systems (Solaris OS).

Save on Sun Systems Powered by AMD
Get 64-bit Performance at Reduced Prices
Customers can save 15-18 percent on Sun systems powered by AMD Opteron processors now through June 30, 2005. Specific systems available under this promotion include the Sun Fire V40z server, the Sun Java Workstation W2100z and the Sun Java Workstation W1100z.
Top Ten Articles for Last 3 Issues
Vol 85 Issue 3, 4 and 5

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with the most popular articles of the current and last volumes. The top articles for the three most recent issues were:

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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.

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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.
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