Enterprises trying to meet a rising volume of customer and partner interactions on the web have routinely added more servers at the edge and middle tiers of the typical three-tier architecture. This approach has been ineffective in a number of ways. Now, customers have the UltraSPARC T1 processor as the ideal solution.
Victoria Livschitz is a principal architect at Sun and an adjunct staff member at Sun Labs. She is, as well, expert in next-generation programming languages that address the issue of counterintuitiveness in modern programming paradigms. Janice J. Heiss interviewed Livschitz on this subject and the language that she calls Metaphors.
While Microsoft professes enthusiasm for the pending acceptance of its Office Open XML Formats as a standard, there are plenty of skeptics who question exactly what they have in mind up in Redmond, Wash. as some critical elements are being withheld from the deal.
Few people have as complete a sense as James Gosling of just how ready for migration the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE 5.0) is. He and Java SE Chief Engineer Mark Reinhold recently shared their views with Janice J. Heiss. Gosling, in particular, deems the version eminently ready for use.
The number of independent software vendors (ISVs) joining the Sun Partner Advantage Program has risen significantly since the program's inception in September 2005, Sun reports, so it is adding to this program by launching the nomination-based Sun Partner Advantage Program for ISVs Industry Advantage Track where nominated participants will be promoted to Principal Partner status.
Sun is revamping its channel program with promised upgrades in rebates and discounts for its Strategic Data Center Elite and Storage Elite programs that are to take effect this coming February. Sun also is working on a new campaign to replace its SunFund marketing program.
Oracle is updating its multi-core processor pricing and licensing policy to help customers take advantage of the recent advancements in multi-core processor chips from leading vendors such as AMD, IBM, Intel and Sun. According to Charles Babcock with InformationWeek, Oracle's pricing change favors Sun's UltraSPARC Niagara processors.
BEA Systems, Inc. has set new world performance records with the Sun Fire T2000 servers, the company reported recently. BEA Weblogic Server on the Sun Fire T2000 was 31 percent faster than the performance of a four-way 1.6 GHz competitive server on the dual node SPECjAppServer2004.
AXS-One Inc.'s partnership with Sun StorageTek has helped lead the high-performance records compliance management software solutions provider in winning over the 16th largest bank holding company in the U.S. - North Fork Bancorp. AXS-One will be providing a comprehensive information lifecycle management, records compliance and legal discovery solution to North Fork Bank.
Among the many things Randy Kerns is responsible for as vice president for strategy and planning in the Sun Microsystems Data Management Group is integration of the StorageTek product line into the overall Sun price list. Lucas Mearian of Computerworld spoke with Kerns about developments involving Sun and its recent acquisition.
W.H. Inmon discusses strategies for effective database management and cost reduction in his Sun White Paper "Managing the Lifecycle of Data," where he considers methods for hierarchical organization of data that expedite the searching process and allocate expenditures for data storage according to their frequency of use.
Sun is repricing its average hardware configurations for the Sun StorEdge 3320 SCSI Array by an average of 10-15 percent. At the same time, Sun is announcing the pending retirement from its price list of the Sun StorEdge 3310 SCSI Array, the Sun StorEdge 3120 SCSI Array 36 GB 15K rpm drive configurations and 36 GB 15K rpm SCSI disk drives.