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Stuart Wells Promoted to Executive Vice President
To Head Strategic Development and Sun Financing
Sun announced that Stuart Wells will be heading the Strategic Development and Sun Financing division as executive vice president, where he will be responsible for driving high-level business opportunities and directing the Sun Grid utility offerings. With this promotion, Wells now is a member of Sun's Executive Management Group.
Center for Internet Security Publishes Solaris 10 Security Benchmark
Now Available for Download
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) has published the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) Security Benchmark. CIS and Sun have been working together to establish this benchmark for the past two years and just recently published its contents that describe how to implement CIS Level-I security on the Solaris 10 OS.
Study Estimates US IT Spending to Reach USD$417 Billion in 2005
IDC Predicts USD$497 Billion by 2008

Increases in IT spending within the U.S. are expected to reach USD$417 billion during 2005 and USD$497 billion by 2008, according to IDC. Vertical markets identified as driving forces include government, manufacturing and banking, which are allocating monies for process management and content management solutions.

First Installation of 10Gb Ethernet Over Copper/UTP Cabling Technology
Sun Upgrades Network with SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D Solution

Sun is installing the world's first SYSTIMAX 10 Gigabit Ethernet over copper/UTP cabling solution into a major operational hub in the UK. SYSTIMAX GigaSPEED X10D Solution provides a full end-to-end 10 Gigabit solution over copper, compatible with the current IEEE task force standards.

Top Ten Articles for Last 3 Issues
Vol 86 Issues 1, 2 and 3

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:

  • 86.1: Enhanced Sun Fire V40z Server - Sun's First Dual-core Server
  • 86.2: Solaris OS End-of-Software Support Announcements
  • 86.1: Differences in Utility Computing Services
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Niagara Chip to Reduce TCO
Sun Chief Architect Defines Data Center Savings
Sun is encouraging organizations to calculate the electricity levels used within their data centers when factoring TCO and predicts the company's eight-core Niagara chip will provide significant cost savings. Read about the Niagara chip and the advancements it could bring to the data center.
Microsoft Windows on Sun Platforms
Channel Partners May Soon Have New Selling Opportunity

Sun's channel partners will have an opportunity to offer customers front-line support for Microsoft Windows running on Sun systems sometime this year. John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president of Network Systems, told Michael Vizard with CRN that this initiative is part of the future interoperability between Sun and Microsoft.

Telecom Ottawa Selects Sun Java Enterprise System
Identifies Cost Effective Benefits for Decision
One of the world's largest Ethernet networks is relying on the Sun Java Enterprise System to standardize the software required to run its numerous business applications. Telecom Ottawa is a broadband data and Internet services provider to Eastern Ontario businesses and public-sector organizations, capitalizing on the Sun Java Enterprise System's benefits.
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Sun Software Express for Solaris 4/05 Software
Now Available for Download

The Sun Software Express for Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) has released its 4/05 snapshots for download on its Web site. This program offers the latest technologies built from the development team's work-in-progress code base released at monthly intervals for both SPARC and x86 platforms.

Get StarOffice 7 at 25% Discount and Free Online Training
Web-based Training Course Helps Maximize Latest Features
Sun is offering the electronic version of StarOffice 7 Office Suite at 25% off its retail price along with free online training to ensure customers an easy transition and full maximization of this software's latest features. The free Web-based training course introduces customers to modules of the StarOffice 7 Application Suite.
StarOffice 8 Software to be Released This Summer
Improved Microsoft Office Compatibility and Overall Usability Enhancements

StarOffice 8 is expected to be released this July and promises better usability, improved Microsoft Office compatibility and enhanced manageability. With this upcoming software, Sun reports that users will be able to exchange files across platforms more easily.

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Sun Grid Rack System Offers Added Configurations, Flexibility
End of Life for Sun Fire V60x, V20z Compute Grid ATO Part Numbers

Sun now offers customers the option to choose any available standard configuration of Sun Fire V20z or Sun Fire V40z servers for the Sun Grid Rack System, maintaining the same full integration and support features of the Sun Fire V20z Compute Grid Rack System.

Factory Installed Rear Fan Door for Sun Rack 1000-42
Reduce Heat, System Deployment Time with ATO Option

The Sun Customer Ready Systems (CRS) program recently announced the option of a factory integrated rear fan door to the Sun Rack 1000-42. Previously, this feature was only available as an X-option. Customers now can choose their preferred installation - on-site or factory installed.

Up to 132 Cartridge Slot Capacity for Sun StorEdge L500 Tape Library
New Cartridge Expansion Module Released
A new Cartridge Expansion Module (CEM) can add 131 or 132 cartridge slot capacity to the Sun StorEdge L500 tape library without requiring drives or additional licensing. With the CEM, the Sun StorEdge L500 tape library is capable of scaling to 577 slots in a 40 RU enclosure, increasing performance and capacity.
    Enterprise Installation Service Available for Sun Secure Application Switch - N2000 Series
    Get Sun Installation, Setup for Faster Time-to-deployment, Stability

    The Sun Secure Application Switch - N2000 Series now comes with Sun's Enterprise Installation Service (EIS) that provides customers with Sun installation and set up to Sun's Enterprise Installation standards. With EIS, customers are assured that installation is of a quality standard that can speed time-to-deployment with enhanced stability and performance.

    Country Specific Power Cords Released for Argentina, Korea
    New North American Product Answers Demand for Twist Locks

    Sun has released power cords for the Argentinian and Korean markets for use on all WGS servers, workstations, monitors and storage arrays shipped to these countries. In addition, the company now is providing a choice of twist-lock power cords for North American customers using Sun Fire V490 and Sun Fire V890 servers.

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    Multiple Offerings for the Sun StorEdge 9900 Family
    New and Updated Products Released
    Sun has released a number of new products for its Sun StorEdge 9900 systems family, including version 5.5 of its Dynamic Link Manager for Windows, HiCommand Device Manager version 4.0, HiCommand Storage Services Manager version 3.6, Virtual Partition Manager software and a license transfer offer for the Sun StorEdge 9990 Series software.
    EOL for the Sun StorEdge 6320 System
    Sun StorEdge 6920 Systems, Sun StorEdge 6130 Arrays Recommended
    The Sun StorEdge 6320 systems and trade-in allowances have reached their end of life (EOL). The last order date for the system is July 8, 2005, with the last ship date set for October 7, 2005. Trade-in allowances can be ordered through July 22, 2005, with a last ship date for October 21, 2005.
    Trade-in Values on Purchases of Sun StorEdge Solutions
    Get up to 25% Off the List Price of Select Arrays, Tape Libraries

    Trade in aging Sun or non-Sun storage equipment and save up to 25 percent off select Sun StorEdge 6130 arrays and Sun StorEdge L100 and L25 tape libraries. This Trade-up, Consolidate and Save (TCS) promotion is valid through September 30, 2005. This offer is available only while supplies last.

    Remanufactured Sun StorEdge 3310 and 3510 Arrays Available
    Same Quality and Reliability as New Arrays at a Lower Cost
    Sun is offering remanufactured Sun StorEdge 3310 and SCSI arrays and Sun StorEdge 3510 FC arrays looking for these types of performance solutions at an economical cost. Remanufactured Sun products are rebuilt to deliver the same performance, quality and investment protection as new Sun systems at reduced prices.
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    Cryptographic Framework of the Solaris OS
    Provides Differing Cryptographic Algorithm Implementations

    The cryptographic framework of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is the topic of a Sun BigAdmin feature article that explains the architecture, application and security services offered by this framework. Components of the Solaris Cryptographic Framework are described along with how they interact to give developers and system administrators flexibility.

    Solaris Role-based Access Control and the Two Man Rule
    Securing Cryptographic Management Operations on IT Systems

    Glenn Brunette, a Sun Distinguished Engineer and frequent Sun BluePrints contributor, has written an entry in his security Weblog explaining how to enforce the two man rule by using the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) Role-based Access Control (RBAC).

    Web Services and Service Oriented Architecture
    Two Technical Articles Offer Information on Popular Technologies

    Interest in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services has prompted two recently published Sun Developer Network Site articles that address the general concepts, technologies and tools of these technologies and how to evolve and integrate existing enterprise information systems with the next generation of technologies.

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