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Sun to Acquire Tarantella
Plans to Deliver Desktop as a Service
Sun has announced that it plans to acquire Tarantella, Inc. for approximately USD$25 million, or 90 cents per share. Tarantella software enables its customers to access and manage information, data and applications across virtually all platforms, networks and devices. Sun's interest in Tarantella is to accelerate the adoption of a utility computing model for the desktop.
Sun to Purchase Procom NAS Assets
Strengthening Sun's Future NAS and File-based Storage Systems
Sun has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all intellectual property rights of Procom Technology, Inc. relating to Procom's Network Attached Storage (NAS) offerings in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately USD$50 million. With this new agreement, Sun will own the intellectual property rights relating to this technology.
Sun to Expand Overseas Engineering Centers
India and China Top the List for Growth

Sun plans on expanding its overseas engineering centers with India and China identified as particularly important areas for new software development and high-growth economies yielding key customers. According to Reuters, Sun plans on doubling the number of staff in India to 2,000 over the next two to three years.

    Industry's First Reference Model for Enterprise Grids
    EGA Establishes Framework to Accelerate Grid Deployment
    The industry's first Reference Model for enterprise grids has been released by the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA), providing the foundation for standardized solutions. This Reference Model delivers a framework and set of customer-based requirements needed to accelerate enterprise grid adoption.
    Top Ten Articles for Last 3 Issues
    Vol 86 Issues 3 and 4, Vol 87 Issue 1

    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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    Interface Specifications for Identity-based Web Services
    Liberty Alliance Project Releases Three
    Three interface specifications have been released by the Liberty Alliance Project that support presence, contact book and geo-location Web services. Deployable on Liberty’s Identity Web Services Framework (ID-WSF), these specifications offer new application functionality to enterprises and service providers, as well as privacy, personalization and security benefits to users.
    Developers with Open Source, Java Experience Needed
    Invitation to Share Knowledge on Leveraging Projects

    Matt Thompson, director of Technology Outreach & Open Source Programs Office at Sun has issued an official request for open source Java developers. Thompson is coordinating a discussion between Sun executives and experienced developers, who are familiar with leveraging the Java platform and open source projects.

    OpenOffice Team Requests Assistance from IBM
    Big Blue's Developer Contributions Sought
    The OpenOffice project team leader Louis Suarez-Potts is requesting that IBM donate developer time to the open source productivity suite, which it sells as part of its Workplace suite. As an open source project, OpenOffice depends upon the contributions of developers and end users. There are approximately 600 active contributors to the OpenOffice project.
    ObjectWeb Welcomes Four New Companies
    Business Integration Experts to Enhance Open Source Middleware

    Four more companies have joined the ObjectWeb consortium and expectations are for a strengthening in the group's open source middleware suite. ADNEOM, EBM WebSourcing, e-Care and EdifiXio specialize in business integration and will bring differentiated added-value offers and professional services.

    "Firefox and Thunderbird Garage"
    Prentice Hall Garage Series Offers Guide on Mozilla Projects
    The recently released guide, "Firefox & Thunderbird Garage", promises to help readers master free software efficiently and safely with quick-learning modules, insider tips, rants and blog entries. Mozilla insiders Chris Hofmann and Marcia Knous along with writer John Hedtke have authored this first edition manual that describes how to customize and extend Firefox and Thunderbird to suit users' needs.
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    Sun 10-Gigabit Ethernet PCI-X Adapter Soon to be Released
    Provides Critical Bandwidth for LAN Systems

    LAN systems requiring increased amounts of critical bandwidth can install the Sun 10-Gigabit Ethernet adapter that is comprised of a 133 MHz PCI-X, 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber card. Supporting IEEE 802.1Q VLAN, this soon to be released adapter increases network security resulting in reduced network congestion.

    Updated iWay Adapters Now Use Standard Configurations
    Complies with J2EE Connector Architecture Release 1.5

    iWay Adapters have been updated to comply with the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Connector Architecture 1.5 specification. Release 5.5 provides much of the same functionality as prior releases, but now uses standard interfaces. Standards compliance supported with this release includes inbound messaging, life cycle management contract and more.

    New 19-inch LCD Monitors Come with New Lower Price
    Several Feature Enhancements Integrated in Upcoming Release
    A new Sun 19-inch LCD monitor offers several feature enhancements, including improved ergonomics with an adjustable stand and rotating base, advanced motion performance and IPS viewing angle technology. Set for release by month's end, this flat panel technology is ideal for customers with space, weight or power concerns.
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      Upgraded Sun StorEdge 6920 System Set for Release
      Version 3.0.0 Incorporates New Data Services and Capabilities
      An upgraded version of the Sun StorEdge 6920 system is expected to be released at the end of May with new data services and capabilities. Software version 3.0.0 is designed to help address data growth and unmanageability, risk of data loss and variations in asset utilization.
      Sun Java StorEdge Software and Suites
      Get Benefits of Subscription Pricing with Solution-oriented Suites

      Customers now have an alternative in purchasing storage software to reduce costs and complexity. The Sun Java StorEdge Software and Suites provide a complete storage software bundle that is available through subscription pricing that makes licensing payments predictable, lowers the initial acquisition cost and improves overall resource IT management and planning.

      Updated Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup Software 7.2
      Additional Licensing for Windows and Linux Platforms
      The Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup Software (EBS) 7.2 now supports Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms on Sun's line of AMD Opteron-based servers. Announced this month, additional licenses for both the Workgroup and Network Editions have been issued for 32-bit Windows 2000/2003 and 32-bit Red Hat 3.0.
      Three Sets of Tiered Licensing for Universal Volume Manager
      Sun Reports Restructuring Lowers Costs Up to 90%

      Customers with Sun StorEdge Universal Volume Manager (UVM) with Hitachi storage wanting to consolidate and centralize their storage and optimize their applications in a multi-tiered storage environment should examine the Sun StorEdge 9900 UVM software. This product offers three sets of license tiers based on usable capacity.

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