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McNealy: High on CDDL, Sun Ray Thin Client, Solaris OS
Sun Chief Warns Against High Cost of Exiting IT Agreements

Sun has found a solution to the market's lack of an open source license that would both enable community sharing and allow for profitability with its Community Development and Distribution License (CDDL). So said Scott McNealy, Sun chairman and CEO, to a meeting of IT industry representatives in Singapore in mid-September.

Web Services Trumps the PC
And Jonathan Schwartz is Betting on Mobile Phones

The next big IT thing, says Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, is web services, and they won't deliver their utility to customers over the desktop, but rather on a mobile phone handset. In his view, the PCs days are numbered, as Stephen Shankland reports for CNET News.com.

Java Technology Aims to Conquer the Mojave Desert
"Tommy" Contends in the DARPA Grand Challenge
When the starting flag goes down at the California Speedway in Fontana on October 8, a field of 20 unmanned, autonomous vehicles will compete for a USD$2 million prize in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge. One of the vehicles could be "Tommy," which is controlled by Java technology solutions.
Sun Trio Urges Companies to Let Bloggers Speak
People Who Make a Company Great, Make Great Spokesfolks

Perhaps the best assessment of blogging lies in what Tim Bray, director of Web Technologies at Sun, told Juan Carlos Perez with IDG News Service: "If you don't have an employee base that you can trust to talk to the world...then blogging is the least of your problems."

Hardware
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Sun Announces 1.5GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Uniboards
Delivers up to 50-80% Increased Throughput
Sun will be releasing new 1.5GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Uniboards supported across its entire midrange and high-end server line in the next few weeks. These uniboards are designed to allow Sun Fire servers to deliver up to 50-80 percent increased throughput over the UltraSPARC IV-based servers and 3-3.5 times the throughput of the UltraSPARC III-based systems.
New Alloy Design for the Sun Rack Cabinets
Functional Improvements with Aesthetic Appeal

Sun customers, partners and resellers who need to rack and power their data center network products and are looking to simplify and speed deployment of new systems may want to consider the new alloy look design of Sun Rack Cabinets. These will be generally available October 13th.

New High-performance Low-latency Network Fabric Interconnects
Sun IB Switch 9p and Sun Dual Port 4x IB Host Channel Adapter PCI-X

Sun is announcing the Sun InfiniBand (IB) Switch 9p and Sun Dual Port 4x IB Host Channel Adapter PCI-X. Based on 4x(10Gbps) IB technology, these Sun hardware products now offer customers the ability to scale horizontally in clustered configurations without losing performance.

New and Repriced Sun Hardware Spare Parts
Includes Products for the Sun Fire V440 Server and More

Recent releases of new and repriced Sun hardware spare parts include CPU motherboards for the Sun Fire V440 server and Sun StorEdge disk drives. These Sun products incorporate design improvements by Sun engineering and have been updated to reflect the latest revisions.

Entry Level Servers
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Configuring Multiboot Environments on Sun x64 Systems
Providing Access to Multiple Operating Systems on a Single System

Barton Fiske's Sun BluePrints OnLine article gives detailed procedures for configuring Sun x64 workstations with AMD Opteron processors to boot more than one operating system or "multibooting" - the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Linux and Windows - from the same physical hard drive.

BIOS and Service Processor Updates on Sun x64 Servers
A Way to Optimize Existing Computer Resources

A Sun BluePrints OnLine article written by Pierre Reynes provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for performing BIOS and Service Processor updates on Sun Fire V20z or Sun Fire V40z servers and Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Windows XP operating environments.

Education and Research
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Education Software Discount Product List
Sun Solutions for Unrestricted Education Use at Reduced Prices

Sun's Education Software Product Discount List contains numerous solutions available at discounts to education customers. There are no restrictions on the on-campus uses of software purchased from this list. All prices on the list are for the U.S. market and may change without notice.

Sun Offers 17 Percent Savings on Sun Ray 170 Ultra-thin Clients
Available to Education and Research Customers
For a limited time, education and research customers can save 17 percent on the Sun Ray 170 ultra-thin client, featuring an all-in-one design with the client built into a 17-inch TFT flat-panel monitor. The stateless nature of Sun Ray ultra-thin clients allows for complete session mobility and improved workflow.
Sun to Furnish IT Infrastructure for Korean National Education Information System
Korea Plans System Around Sun Fire Servers, Solaris OS

Sun will provide the bulk of the IT infrastructure required to implement the Korean National Education Information System (NEIS). Sun's contribution will include 1,200 Sun Fire V40z x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers and 200 Sun Fire V440 and Sun Fire V240 SPARC-based servers, all running the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

SQL Star International Ltd. Becomes Sun Newest Education Partner
Training Centers to Offer Java, Sun Technology Courses

SQL Star International Ltd. has become an authorized education partner of Sun Microsystems in India, where SQL will begin offering courses in Java technology. SQL Star will also set up Sun Learning Centers where students can receive instruction in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and the Sun Java Enterprise System.

UTSC Adopts StarOffice Productivity Suite
Software Runs on Solaris OS, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X
The University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC) has standardized its mixed computing environment with the adoption of Sun's StarOffice Office Productivity Software, which runs on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Windows, Linux and Mac OS X systems using NeoOffice, a Mac-supported version of OpenOffice software.
Georgetown Implements Regional Health Information Network Initiative
Sun, InstantDx Infrastructure Create Intuitive, Interoperable System

Georgetown University will implement its regional health information network (RHIO) initiative using the Sun Java Integration Suite to integrate its existing network of electronic health record (EHR) systems and InstantDx, an e-prescribing solution as the basis for OnCallData, which will enable electronic prescriptions and refill requests in real time at the point of care.

Sysadmin
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Bolstering Developer Productivity
Yankee Group White Paper Recommends Utilizing IDEs
Tom Dwyer has written a white paper advising the importance of adopting state-of-the-art tools and integrated development environments (IDEs) to achieve high levels of productivity among developer teams along with better quality applications. In this report, Dwyer addresses performance improvement, project productivity and quality assurance benefits of the latest developer productivity approaches.
Sun's Service Delivery Network
Framework for Designing Service-optimized Network Architectures

Sun's Service Delivery Network (SDN) is an approach used to design service optimized network architectures for customer and in-house implementations with the goal of offering service delivery at any time, from anywhere, to any device. A September 2005 Sun BluePrints OnLine article introduces Sun's SDN.

Powering the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)
Sun Java System Products Help Integrate Core IMS Facilities

IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) offers interactive, multimedia-enabled, Internet Protocol (IP)-based sessions that can incorporate any device, on any access network, from anywhere, at any time. A recent Sun white paper outlines a deployment strategy involving a Home Subscriber Server, one of the core components of the IMS architecture.

Gathering Profile Feedback on Code Behavior During Runtime
Information Can Lead to Application Performance Improvements

A Sun Developer Network article explains how using profile feedback can improve performance by providing the compiler with information on code behavior during runtime. Sun engineers Darryl Gove and Chris Aoki argue that this information can lead to significant performance enhancements and offer examples that demonstrate a 25 percent improvement.

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