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ISVs Capitalizing on Sun Partner Advantage Program
New Industry Advantage Track for ISVs to Further Enhance Appeal

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.

Driving Partners to Generate New Business
Sun's Channel Program Updating Key Elements Beginning in February

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 Updates Pricing Structure for Multi-core Processors
Aim is to Help Customers Leverage Multi-core Chip Technology
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 Sets New World Record with Sun Fire T2000 Servers
Demonstrated to be 31% Faster Than Competitive Servers
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 Scores Major Win with Sun's Assistance
16th Largest U.S. Bank Holding Co. Selects AXS-One With Sun

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.

Understanding the UltraSPARC T1 Processor
Designed with High Transaction Throughput in Mind

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.

Metaphors: A New Programming Language
Victoria Livschitz Explains how to Make Programming Less Counterintuitive
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.
Is Microsoft Really Behind Office Open XML Formats?
Some Observers Suggest It Is Not

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.

Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5.0: Ready for Migration
James Gosling and Mark Reinhold Invite Adopters
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.
Integrating Sun and StorageTek's Product Lines
Randy Kerns Comments on the Process and on Holographic Storage

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.

    Applying Information Lifecycle Management Techniques
    How to Make Data more Accessible and Less Expensive to Keep

    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.

    Repricing of the Sun StorEdge 3320 SCSI Array
    Positions Storage Solution More Competitively

    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.

    Three White Papers Examine the Sun StorEdge 5210/5310 NAS Appliance
    Storage Consolidation and Home Directories, Disaster Recovery and Web Serving

    Three recent white papers provide perspectives on NAS storage consolidation as it involves web serving, home directories and disaster recovery. Each is considered in brief in this article.

    Education and Research
    2005 Campus Computing Survey Reveals Network, Data Security Top Concerns
    Half of Institutions Report Attack on Campus Networks Over Past Year
    The 2005 Campus Computing Report revealed that half (50.7 percent) of participating institutions experienced hacks or attacks on their campus networks in the past academic year, two-fifths (41.2 percent) suffered major spyware infestations during the 2004/05 academic year, while one-third (35.2 percent) experienced major virus infestations at their institutions.
    Sun Fire x64 Servers Enable USC to Break Benchmark Results
    Nearly a 50 Percent Increase Recorded for Linpack Benchmark

    The University of Southern California (USC) Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) recent purchase of 360 dual-core Sun Fire V20z x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers has increased the HPCC system's total number of compute nodes from 1,716 to 1,830. USC selected these servers for their advanced cooling capabilities, smaller form factor, energy efficiency and price/performance.

    Princeton University Receives Sun Grid Grant
    Awarded 100,000 CPU Hours on the Sun Grid

    Sun has awarded Princeton University a Sun Grid Grant, which entitles the institution to 100,000 hours of central processing units (CPUs) on the Sun Grid Compute Utility that will be available for Princeton to use as needed, without reservation or intervention from Sun.

    Dartmouth's Secure Computing Paired with Sun's OpenSolaris
    Two Collaborating on Security Features for the Open Source Project
    Dartmouth College's Department of Computer Science will be working with Sun to add security features to the OpenSolaris project. Experts in Dartmouth's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Laboratory will work to develop a Certificate Authority that can be delivered through the OpenSolaris OS development process, and they will explore integration of OpenSolaris OS with trusted computing technology.
    Argonne National Laboratory Standardizes on Sun Technologies
    Realizes Reduced IT Cost, Complexity on Scalable, Reliable Solutions

    Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) recently called in Sun to help the organization build a unified infrastructure and a centralized web portal. Argonne is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest research centers and harbors a complex IT environment, including a large mix of UNIX and Linux systems that run on IBM, SGI, HP and Sun platforms.

    Centers of Excellence for Sun Technologies to be Established in India
    Sun and PNBIIT Announce Agreement
    Sun and Punjab National Bank Institute of Information Technology (PNBIIT) announced plans to create a Java Center of Excellence and Solaris Center of Excellence on PNBIIT's Lucknow, India campus. With this announcement, PNBIIT becomes India's first Authorized Sun Education Center.
    Financial Services
    Trend Toward Virtualization Seen in Financial Services Sector
    Reduces the Burden and Expense of Tech Silos

    Virtualization is becoming the next big thing in the financial services sector as more and more financial institutions realize the benefits of reducing their IT environments through consolidating into a single infrastructure. Michael Grebb with Bank Technology News recently covered this growing trend.

    JP Morgan Chase Recognized for Virtualization Project
    Sun Helps Global Financial Services Firm Create Virtual Infrastructure Service
    JP Morgan Chase has won the M.A. Partners Technology Initiative of the Year in the American Financial Technology Awards (AFTAS) for its Credit Derivatives Infrastructure Refresh (CDIR), which utilizes Sun Fire servers and the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). JP Morgan Chase and Sun worked together in designing this system.
    Sun Provides Real-time Visibility, Reconciliation to Germany's 2nd Largest Bank
    HVB Americas Realizes Cost and Data Quality Benefits with Sun Solution

    HVB Americas is the New York branch of the second largest bank in Germany. When the financial institution was looking to manage trade lifecycle process across all systems, regardless of their integration with straight through processing (STP) platform, and understand trade process cycle times and be alerted when SLA was breached, it turned to Sun.

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