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New Sun Business Unit to Focus on Needs of OEMs
Better Support to be Offered Via Dedicated Sales, Services

A new business unit at Sun will serve the needs of its Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) customers by establishing dedicated sales, support and services for Sun's current products as well as delivering new, tailored solutions to them. All of Sun's key hardware and software technologies are covered by this business unit, which will be headed by Senior VP Joe Heel.

Sun, Openwave Collaborate on Integration of Mobile Technologies
Agreement Will Help Developers in Mass Market Mobile Services
Sun and Openwave Systems have signed an agreement to integrate the Sun Java System, Micro Edition (Java ME) technology with the Openwave Mobile Integrated Dynamic Application System (MIDAS) in an effort to help operators and developers create, customize and deploy powerful new applications and interfaces for mass market mobile phones.
Sun Becomes IT Operations Services Provider for Frontier Communications
Frontier Expects 50 Percent Reduction in Legacy Servers
Sun has signed a five-year contract to provide IT operations services for Frontier Communications. Sun will provide Frontier with mainframe, midrange and storage support services, as well as delivery of server and maintenance consolidation services, remote monitoring and management services. Frontier expects to reduce its server inventory by more than fifty percent.
VeriSign Opts for Sun Fire V40z, X2100 Servers, Solaris OS
x64 Server Line Supports Multi-billion Transaction Traffic Level Daily
Sun Fire V40z servers running the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) deliver the cost-effective scalability and reliability VeriSign requires for the successful operation of its Advanced Transaction Look-up and Signaling (ATLAS) global infrastructure. In addition, VeriSign has added the Sun Fire X2100 server to its Internet structure in the operation of .com and .net.
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Sun Storage Technologies to Strengthen with Imation Agreement
Sun StorageTek Product Line to Benefit
A strategic agreement between Sun and Imation Corp. is expected to strengthen the Sun StorageTek product line and other Sun storage technologies. The agreement announced earlier this month will have the companies working toward developing and launching an extension to the existing Sun StorageTek T9840 drive platform, among other things.
Sun StorageTek L8500 Enterprise Tape Library
Redundant Robotics Ensures High Availability
The Sun StorageTek L8500 enterprise tape library is now available with eight HandBot high performance robots that work in parallel to mitigate risk and ensure business continuity. This breakthrough in robotics can reduce unscheduled downtime with redundant robotics that eliminates waiting for data during queue back-ups, performance lags and robotic failure.
Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup Software 7.3
Latest Version Provides Support for Solaris OS on x64 Systems

Sun StorEdge Enterprise Backup Software (EBS) 7.3 provides backup server, storage node and client support for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) on x64 systems. This latest version offers enhanced speed, security and simplicity, increasing the capabilities needed to protect customers' data and applications.

Trade-in Discounts Offered Towards Sun StorEdge 3510 Array
One for One Promotion Allows for Up to 15 Percent Off List Price of Array
Receive up to 15 percent off the purchase of Sun StorEdge 3510 FC array when trading in a variety of Sun and non-Sun systems. This is a one for one promotion superseding the standard Sun UAP storage consolidation program and allows for double and triple the trade-in value of an older system.
NetApp FC-based Storage Qualified for Sun Cluster Open Storage Program
Can Now Use Sun Cluster for Application Availability
The Sun Cluster Open Storage Program now includes Network Appliance, Inc.'s NetApp Fibre Channel (FC)-based storage systems as part of its program, allowing customers who have invested in NetApp unified storage and want to use Sun Cluster for application availability to easily and seamlessly utilize it.
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Consolidation as the Way to Optimize Server Utilization
Virtualization and Partitioning on the Sun Fire x64 Server Line

This Sun Microsystems/VMware Datacenter Solution Brief discusses the use of virtualization and partitioning to consolidate multiple applications onto fewer servers. Specifically, the brief shows how to consolidate multiple instances of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) onto a single Sun Fire x64 server using Solaris Containers.

Sun x64 Servers as Hosts for Legacy Applications
How to Consolidate Using VMware ESX Server
Marshall Choy's Sun BluePrints OnLine article "Consolidating Legacy Applications onto Sun x64 Servers" provides step-by-step guidance for consolidating an Apache Web server running on the Windows NT Server OS onto an ESX server running on an off-the-shelf Sun Fire V40z server with internal SCSI disk drives and four single-core AMD Opteron processors.
"Consolidating the Sun Store Onto Sun Fire T2000 Servers"
Savings Result in Reduced Power, Cooling, Real Estate Costs

The Sun BluePrints OnLine article by Casey Costley, Srinivasa Bodicharla, Brad Coates, Yunas Nadiadi, and Ragu Benkatesan entitled "Consolidating the Sun Store onto Sun Fire T2000 Servers" discusses the existing Sun Store architecture and describes a consolidation effort that includes configuration information and an analysis of anticipated savings in power, cooling and real estate.

How-to Guides on Solaris Containers, DTrace and Solaris Installation
Gives the Novice User a Running Start on Using these Tools
Readers will find several helpful how-to guides on Solaris Containers, DTrace and Solaris 10 Operating System Installation written to make easier the lives of users, system administrators and developers who have yet to become aware of the new features in the latest version of the Solaris OS.
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Summer Release Expected for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0
To Offer Support for Elliptic Curve Cryptography

The Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 will support Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), a next generation security technology selected by the National Security Agency to protect classified U.S. Government information. ECC encryption increases the security of the Java System Web Server by enabling secure transactions with ECC-enabled devices.

Next-Generation Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 Introduced
High-performance HSM for Sun Fire Servers

The new Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 (SCA6000) is designed as a high-performance Hardware Security Module (HSM) for Sun Fire servers with a tamper-resistant secure crypto key store and, Sun reports, it is priced lower than competing HSM products on the market.

Solaris Trusted Extensions Beta Version Expected in April
To Be Eventual Replacement for Trusted Solaris

Chris Ratcliffe, Sun's director of Solaris marketing, confirmed that Trusted Solaris will essentially be replaced with Solaris Trusted Extensions [15311], reported an article in ComputerWorld by Robert McMilliam. Trusted Solaris will still be available for purchase for another year, Ratcliffe said.

UNIX Security Mistakes
Paul Murphy Shares His Opinion on the Four Most Common Errors

In his ZDNetWeblog, Paul Murphy recently outlined what he views as the four worst security strategies affecting UNIX deployment in business and government. Part of the problem, according to Murphy, is that many IT environments have incorporated Windows and mainframe skilled individuals, whose policies may not be appropriate for UNIX environments.

An Open Approach to Security
McNealy Asserts You Can be Secure and Open

Security in the Participation Age relies on trust that an open approach to security can facilitate, asserts Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy in a column featured in the January/February 2006 Boardroom Minutes that proposes three general rules to ensure public trust, less complex security and an open approach.

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