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Sun Plans to Offer Entire Software Line Free of Charge in Future
Sun President and COO Sees Increased Business as the Result
The plans of Sun to eventually make all of its software available free of charge were announced by Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz at the recent AlwaysOn conference. Paul Krill of InfoWorld reported Schwartz's remarks, including an absence of comment on whether future no-charge offerings of Sun hardware will be forthcoming.
Sun Sharpens Its Focus, Regains Stride
VP Larry Singer Vows Sun Will Return to the Top of Its Game
Sun has regained its pre-dot-com stride, according to Larry Singer, vice president, Global Information Systems Strategy Office, reports Matthew Aslett in Computer Business Review Online. Aslett observes that the company has undergone some major restructuring and changes of focus that Singer affirms will put Sun back in the running.
Finacle, Sun Infrastructure Replace Union Bank's Legacy System
A First for Open Systems-based Core Banking Solutions
Union Bank of the Philippines, seeking to replace its mainframe legacy system, chose the Finacle core banking solution that runs on Sun infrastructure. The solution includes the Sun Retail Banking Reference Architecture that employs Sun Fire servers, Sun StorEdge arrays, the Sun Java System platform and the Finacle core banking solution.
Java Technology
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The Java Input API Project
Platform-neutral Game Controller for Discovery and Polled Input

The Java Input (JInput) API Project, part of the open-source technologies effort initiated by the Game Technology Group at Sun, hosts an implementation of an API that is pure Java technology and presents a platform-neutral completely portable model for game controller discovery and polled input.

Walmart's Migration to Java SE 5.0
Challenging Migration Completed with Minimum Frustration
The upgrade of the walmart.com web site from the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 4.0 to Java SE 5.0 was a challenge since it had to be accomplished with a minimum of operational impact to the seven million daily sessions and 106 million page views per day that the site receives.
Add "Swing Hacks" to Your Developer's Tool Kit
Along with "Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework"
"Swing Hacks" from O'Reilly and "Professional Java Development with the Spring Framework" are two new titles for the developer community that will make the life of anyone writing applications in Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) easier and more productive.
Software
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Two Sun Mainframe Software Upgrades Released
Open System Offerings Yield Potential Savings Over Mainframe Environments
Sun Mainframe Transaction Processing (Sun MTP) software 8.1 and Sun Mainframe Batch Manager (Sun MBM) software 10.1 have been announced though without a general availability date as yet. These solutions are intended for customers looking for low risk alternatives to restrictive and costly mainframe environments.
"Creating Self-Balancing Solutions with Solaris Containers"
Easier Method for Allocating CPU Resources
In a recent Sun BluePrints OnLine article, David Collier-Brown of Sun PS Data Center Solutions, considered the possibilities for using the containers feature in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) to balance workloads across the computing resources of an enterprise.
"Restricting Service Administration in the Solaris 10 OS"
Using Least Privilege for Greater Control of Service Administration
Glen Brunette writes in a recent Sun BluePrints OnLine article about how to restrict service administration in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) by requiring specific authorizations for certain types of operations. Brunette shows how using the concept of least privilege gives system administrators a firmer hand on access control policies than past solutions allowed.
Storage
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Details on the Sun StorEdge 9985 System
Shares Many Features with Sun StorEdge 9990 System
The Sun StorEdge 9985 system has been designed for users who require a compact version of the Sun StorEdge 9900 series. The Sun StorEdge 9985 system replaces the Sun StorEdge 9970 series with just the scaled-down performance, capacity, scalability and manageability for that particular niche.
eWeek Labs Evaluates Sun Content Infrastructure System
Scalability, Ease of Implementation Rated Excellent
Writing in eWeek, Henry Baltazar pronounces the Sun Content Infrastructure System (CIS) "...the closest thing to a plug-and-play, (multitiered) Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) solution on the market today." He rates the solution's scalability and ease of implementation as excellent and its interoperability good.
Sun StorEdge 6130 Array 146GB 15,000rpm Configurations
Lower Costs, Faster Time-to-Data
The Sun StorEdge 6130 array is now available in configurations using 146GB 15,000 rpm FC disk drives that allow users to pack up to 16TB into a single Sun StorEdge 6130 array. The resulting higher performance using fewer drives translates into savings and more responsive applications.
Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager 5.6
New High Availability Path Management Solution Debuts

Sun is now marketing the Sun StorEdge 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager (SDLM) 5.6, a high availability path management software product designed for use with Sun StorEdge 9900 storage array systems. The Sun StorEdge 9900 SDLM 5.6 is designed for use with HP-UX, AIX, Linux, Windows and Solaris Operating Systems (Solaris OS).

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