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Sun Moves to Facilitate Interoperability Between Java and .NET
Developing Open Source Implementations of Key WS*-Specifications

Sun plans on facilitating the integration of Java technology and .Net platforms by developing and distributing open source implementations of key WS*-specifications required to interoperate with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Sun announced it will be implementing WS*-specifications pertaining to SOAP-based Messaging, Metadata, Security and Quality of Service.

Gartner Upgrades Sun's Vendor Rating to "Promising"
Analysts Cite Improved Strategy, Management and Product Portfolio
A September 2005 Gartner, Inc. report classifies Sun Microsystems as "promising" in an updated vendor rating due to recent improvements in the company's strategy, management and product portfolio. The Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) was graded positive with its "superior application portfolio," Gartner summarized, and Sun's new Opteron/x64 servers deemed promising with their "high degree of energy efficiency and data center-class manageability and high-availability features."
Sun Grid Selected to Host Over One Million CPU Hours
Virtual Compute Corporation Signs Deal with Sun
The Sun Grid Compute Utility will be hosting its largest customer to date with Virtual Compute Corporation (VCC) signing on to use over a million hours of central processing units (CPUs). VCC is a high performance computing service provider that currently is using the Sun Grid to serve its customers in the oil and gas industry.
The New Sun Microsystems Global Financial Services
Offering Flexible and Affordable Financing Options Worldwide

Sun is expanding its customer financing and leasing unit under the new name Sun Microsystems Global Financial Services (SMGFS), formerly called Sun Microsystems Finance. The goal of SMGFS is to deliver custom-fitted financing plans so customers can take advantage of Sun's latest technologies without significant upfront costs.

    Newly Formed Technology Advisory Board
    To Advise Sun on Future Development and Product Plans

    Sun is bringing together some of its top technologists and outside experts in a range of industries to partner in shaping Sun's technological vision for future development and product plans. Known as the Technology Advisory Board (TAB), this group will meet several times a year to discuss key technical topics and trends.

    Top Ten Articles for Last 3 Issues
    Vol 92 Issues 3 and 4, Vol 92 Issue 1

    Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last three issues. The Web version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last three issues. The top articles for the three most recent issues were:

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    Solaris 10 OS Career Accelerator Packages
    Take the Well-defined Path to Certification
    Getting trained and certified as a Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) network or security administrator can assist in advancing your professional development. Sun recently announced comprehensive Career Accelerator Packages (CAPs) for the Solaris 10 OS that can help ease the learning and certification process.
    Learn Core System Administration Tasks for Solaris 10 OS
    Course Also Covers Corresponding Tasks in HP-UX and Tru64

    The "Solaris Operating System Administration for Experienced HP-UX and Tru64 Administrators" course is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to perform core system administration tasks in the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and identify corresponding HP-UX or Tru64 operating system elements.

    Tutorials for the Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8
    Sun Offers One-stop Site for Easy-to-access Training Materials

    If you are interested in learning more about the Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8, a number of tutorials are available as either Flash presentations or in conventional, detailed written form on the Sun Web site. Topics covered developer collaboration, UML modeling, portlets and more.

    Sun Offers Price Break on Certification Exams
    Students Pay Tuition and an Additional $5.00 for the Test
    If you act now, Sun will enroll you in one of several training and certification courses and, for a mere USD$5.00 in addition to the course fee, Sun will include the appropriate certification exam. The qualifying packages cover technologies for the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) and Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE).
    Spend the Holidays with Sun
    A USB Powerdisk Watch Sweetens the Offer
    For a limited time, register for, attend and complete any three-day Sun instructor-led course during the week of November 21-25 (U.S. only) or any four- or five-day Sun instructor-led course during the weeks of December 19-23, December 26-30 and January 2-6 (U.S. and Canada only) and receive a free USB Powerdisk watch.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    OpenSolaris Community Releases Sun Java Desktop System
    Extends Scope of OpenSolaris from Being Only Server-based
    With the source-only release of the Sun Java Desktop System, the OpenSolaris Desktop Community takes an important step with this secure, enterprise desktop software, enlarging the scope of OpenSolaris from being chiefly a server-based operating system and bringing it to the desktop.
    "A Comparison of Solaris, Linux, and FreeBSD Kernels"
    Max Bruning Studies Kernel Subsystems, Compares Implementations

    In his examination of three of the basic subsystems of the kernel and comparison of implementation among the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), Linux 2.6, and FreeBSD, "A Comparison of Solaris, Linux, and FreeBSD Kernels", Max Bruning looks at scheduling, memory management, and file system architecture.

    Open-source Group Aperi Forms to Unify Storage Management
    First Statement of Standards Expected by Mid-2006

    A report by Brian Fonseca in eWeek discloses that IBM has joined Aperi, a consortium of storage, hardware and IT systems vendors organized to form an open-source community whose aim will be to accelerate the deployment and implementation of key standards in order to promote a unified storage management software infrastructure for end users.

    OSGi Alliance Announces Release 4 of Mobile Environment Specifications
    Treats Software Services Lifecycle Management in Next-generation Devices
    The OSGi Alliance, of which Sun is a member, has issued Release 4 of its Service Platform specification, which will enable the platform management and service management features required by the next generation of mobile devices. The alliance has also submitted the mobile specification to the Java Community Process (JCP).
    Liberty Alliance Business and Policy Guidelines Stress Circles of Trust
    Helps Companies Build Federated Identity Management Systems
    Working from the governing assumption that technology alone will prove inadequate to the task of deploying federation, the Liberty Alliance Project has published its Business and Policy Deployment Guidelines in an effort to enable users to develop the Circles of Trust essential to a successful implementation of federation.
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    2005 StorageTek FORUM
    Sun Introduces Data Management Group, New Tape Drive
    The 2005 StorageTek FORUM held in Washington, D.C. from November 1-3, was the first opportunity for many StorageTek customers to take the pulse of Sun's executive leadership and meet the combined entity of Sun's Network Storage Group and StorageTek called the Data Management Group (DMG).
    Sun StorageTek T10000 Tape Drive
    Efficiency Advancements in Capacity, Throughput and Media Reusability
    The Sun StorageTek T10000 Enterprise Tape Drive is the first offering from Sun's Data Management Group (DMG), which is the combined entity of Sun's Network Storage Group and StorageTek. The high-duty-cycle Sun StorageTek T10000 tape drive is designed to work in both mainframe and open systems environments and is ideal for large commercial and government enterprises.
    Get Increased Storage Capacity for Sun StorEdge 9990, 9985 Systems
    Sun Releases 146 GB 15K Hard Disk Drives

    Customers of the Sun StorEdge 9990 and Sun StorEdge 9985 systems now can increase their storage capacity with Sun's October 25th release of 146 GB 15K RPM Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). This 146 GB 15K HDD may be optimized within the subsystem for performance at a higher capacity.

    Sun StorEdge 9900 HiCommand Replication Monitor 4.2
    Provides an Easy to Understand Topical View of the Environment

    A monitoring/reporting application that interfaces to replication management functions provided by an Element Manager for Sun StorEdge 9900 systems and replication software has been released by Sun. The Sun StorEdge 9900 HiCommand Replication Monitor (HRpM) 4.2 allows customers to get a visual reference for data under replication management along with a point-in-time status indicator of pairs.

    Sun Offering Trade-in Allowance of up to 15 Percent
    Apply Toward Sun StorEdge NAS Systems
    If you've been considering upgrading to a Sun StorEdge 5210 or Sun StorEdge 5310 NAS System, Sun is adding an incentive to make this decision a bit easier. Trade-in a Procom NetFORCE NAS System, Sun or Non Sun NFS server and receive up to a 15 percent trade-in allowance.
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