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Sun Offers Users Sun Grid Compute Utility in Two Flavors
Both Commercial and Public Varieties Attract Customers
The future of the grid looks bright to Sun executive Stuart Wells, who is driving the Utility Grid Computing initiatives, Managed Services, Sun Financing and the Remanufacturing Program. With two grid offerings in place, Sun is well ahead of both IBM and HP, its rivals in the field.
Sun Java Identity Management Suite: A Dual-purpose Solution
Sun VP Sara Gates Sees Possibilities for Both Protection and Growth
Sara Gates is VP of Identity Management for Sun Microsystems and, demonstrably, a contrarian thinker. For example, it's her view that cars have brakes, not so they can stop, but so they can go fast. Going fast through automation is what Gates has in mind for Sun's enterprise customers who use the Sun Java Identity Management Suite.
Death of UNIX Announcement is Premature
Still Alive and Kicking, Says Charles Babcock

Charles Babcock is nowhere near ready to bury UNIX. With US$2 billion market share, he finds it still a contender in the world of operating systems, though he concedes in his January 24, 2006, InformationWeek Weblog that "the future belongs to Linux."

Hiring on the Increase in Tech Sector
Some Slow Spots But, as a Whole, Industry Seems Upbeat

Employment in the tech sector is looking up, according to Spencer Ante, writing for Business Week online. Ante reports the creation of 125,000 jobs in 2005, as determined by Moody's Mark Zandi, its chief economist, projects the creation of 217,000 in 2006, along with wage increases.

Java Technology
2006 JavaOne Conference Call for Exhibitors Now Open
Early Registration Also Being Taken With Added Benefits
Registration and call for exhibitors for the 2006 JavaOne Conference scheduled for May 16-19 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco is now open. The 2006 Conference will encompass hundreds of in-depth technical sessions, hands-on labs, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BOFs), industry panels, advanced how-to's, technical case studies, tutorials and more.
Use of Java Technology on the Rise for SMB Developers
Evans Data Corporation Survey Indicates Java EE Up 50% in 6 Months

An Evans Data Corporation's Small-Medium Businesses (SMB) Development Survey recently revealed that the use of Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) has jumped by 50 percent in the last six months with nearly 40 percent of SMB developers using Java EE and another 13 percent indicating they will be using it within 2 years.

Web Services Integration Profile Released by OSS Through Java
Supports Web-service-based SOA Demanded by Telecom Carriers
The OSS (Operations Support Systems) through Java (OSS/J) Initiative has made available a web services integration profile for its Trouble Ticket API (JSR 91). OSS/J-enabled web services will allow service providers to make OSS services available to customers and business partners without major investments in client software and custom communications software.
Nominations Being Taken for Fourth Annual Duke's Choice Awards
Search is On for the Most Innovative Projects Using the Java Platform
Nominations for the 2006 Duke's Choice Awards are now being accepted for the best and most innovative uses of Java technology with a submission deadline of March 15, 2006. The primary judging criterion for this prestigious award is innovation and places small developers on an equal footing with multi-national giants.
The Project Mustang Regressions Challenge Contest
Report Compatibility Bugs and Possibly Win Ultra 20 Workstation
Win one of five Ultra 20 workstations from Sun when you find a bug in the version to version compatibility of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) in its upcoming release 6, also known as Mustang. From now to March 31, 2006, software developers acknowledging a "regression" in Mustang from earlier versions are eligible to win.
A New "Get Java" Button Program is Launched
Your Web Site Can Offer Easy Access to Latest Java Plug-in
A new "Get Java" Button program is being launched for third parties to show their support for Java technology and help their customers access the tools necessary to run their Java technology-based applications. With a "Get Java" button on a web site, third parties are offering customers and web site users easy access to the Java runtime environment (JRE).
Sun's UltraSPARC T1 Servers to Get Virtualization Technology
Logical Domain Feature to be Added in Firmware Update Later This Year

Executive Vice President of Sun's Scalable Systems Group David Yen revealed that virtualization technology called logical domains will be added to the Sun Fire T2000 and Sun Fire T1000 servers later this year, allowing these UltraSPARC T1 servers to run multiple operating systems simultaneously, reported Stephen Shankland with CNET

Customers Choose Sun for System Availability, Performance, Functionality
In IDC 2005 U.S. Enterprise Server Vertical Market Survey

In an IDC 2005 U.S. enterprise server vertical market survey, buyers cited 'better value for money' and 'better systems performance' as the key determinants influencing their system investment decisions. Respondents noting Sun as their preferred vendor cited system availability, followed by better system performance and better system functionality as the reasoning behind their decision.

New ATO CPU/Memory Board Options
For Sun Fire E2900 Servers

All existing UltraSPARC III and UltraSPARC IV CPU/memory boards are available as assemble-to-order (ATO) options on the Sun Fire E2900 server. Customers can now factory integrate any UltraSPARC III, UltraSPARC IV or UltraSPARC IV+ CPU/memory board onto a new Sun Fire E2900 server.

Last Order Date for PCI I/O Assembly for Sun Fire Servers Extended
Applies to Sun Fire E4900 and E6900 Servers

The end of life (EOL) for the Sun Fire midrange server PCI I/O Assembly announced in the summer of 2005 is still in effect; however, the last order date for assembly part number 4050A for the Sun Fire E4900 and Sun Fire E6900 servers has been extended to March 26, 2006.

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