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Bill Vass Pares Down IT Budget Inside Sun
Simultaneously Maintains Ambitious Plans for Grid System
Bill Vass, Sun's CIO, spends quite a bit less than his direct competition on the company's internal IT. Eric Lai spoke with Vass for ComputerWorld and discovered that Vass plans to spend only about two percent of Sun's expected revenue for the year on IT. “For an IT company, my budget is really lean,” Vass told Lai.
Making the Case for Federated Identity
Internet Business Practices Force the Issue
Rajeev Angal, product architect for Sun Java System Access Manager and Federation Manager, recently discussed the subject of federated identity with Sun Inner Circle, arguing that enterprises cannot any longer afford to use silo applications and outlining best practices for federated identity services and the Sun and Microsoft collaboration on creating a single sign-on solution for federated identity.
Sun's "One Touch" Supply Chain Reduces Logistics Costs
VP Eugene McCabe Explains the Process

"Simplicity is very complicated," Eugene McCabe, Sun's executive vice president for worldwide operations, told Robert Malone of Forbes.com. McCabe was explaining the Sun "One Touch" supply chain, which has cut logistics costs at the company by 20 percent in the last six quarters.

    Java EE 5: New and Improved
    Makes Developing Possible Without Comprehensive Concept Mastery
    Sun Distinguished Engineer Bill Shannon is the specification lead for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), Version 5. Janice J. Heiss interviewed Shannon for the Sun Developer Network to get an update on this new release.
    A Developer Who Values Evangelism: Arun Gupta
    Says Getting Code Adopted is as Important as Writing It
    A staff engineer on Sun's web technologies and standards team, Arun Gupta is currently the co-specification lead on Java Specification Request 261 (Java APIs for XML Web Services Addressing) and represents Sun in the W3C WS-Addressing Working Group. He shared some of his experiences with Janice J. Heiss in a Sun Developer Network article.
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    New Versions of Java Platform, Standard Edition Released
    Enhances Offerings for the Embedded Development Market

    Two new editions of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) have been released. One is a reduced-footprint build that uses less than 25 megabytes (MB) of storage, and the second is a fully supported custom port for PowerPC users. Sun also announced a new tuning and benchmarking service for optimizing performance of Java SE for embedded deployments.

    Sun Launches Mobile Java Web Site
    Sell, Deliver, Purchase and Download Mobile Java Applications
    Sun has launched a new Java mobile web site that provides mobile Java technology-based applications for purchase and download, along with information for consumers about Java technology and the Java brand. Mobile.java.com can be accessed by over 250 wireless carriers worldwide via a web browser on any Java Powered mobile device (cell phone, PDA, etc.).
    Java Web Start Next Topic for Sun's Ask the Experts
    Pose Your Questions Between April 10th - 14th

    Beginning April 10, visitors to Sun's Ask the Experts Web site can submit questions to learn more about Java Web Start - the technology designed to make it easy for users to access and work with robust Java applications. Members of the Java deployment team in Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) will be answering questions through April 14.

    Early Access Release of Sun Game Server
    Game Agnostic, Universal Platform Server Technology
    An early access release of the Sun Game Server has been made available to the developer community. This is the first technology delivered from Sun's "Project Darkstar," which is a research effort aimed at simplifying the process of developing multi-player online games that can be deployed on a massive scale and made available to players using virtually any client device.
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    Sun Storage and Identity Management Software to be Combined
    Company Working on Integrating Solutions to Meet Market Needs

    Sun is innovating, again. The company is working toward integrating its data storage and identity management software, specifically the Sun StorEdge SAM-FS software and the identity management technology Sun acquired with the purchase of Waveset Technologies in late 2003, said Mark Canepa, executive vice president of Sun’s Data Management Group.

    Solaris 10 OS to Support SAS Software
    SAS to Port Data Integration, Business and Analytic Intelligence Software
    Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) running on x64 servers will soon have SAS' data integration, business intelligence and analytic intelligence software ported to the UNIX platform. This new support will benefit customers wanting to use SAS data mining and data integration products in a grid architecture.
    Upgraded Sun Compliance and Content Management Solution
    Adds AXS-One Compliance Platform with New Functionality for Lotus Notes

    An upgraded Sun Compliance and Content Management Solution will include a new AXS-One Compliance Platform that adds a new functionality for Lotus Notes. Benefits include processing improvements that enable Lotus Domino users to continue to reduce infrastructure and backup costs with greater reliability and efficiency, as well as mitigate corporate e-mail liability and enable e-discovery.

    BrandZ (Solaris Containers for Linux Applications) DVD 35
    Free Download Now Available

    If you are interested in downloading the Solaris Containers for Linux Applications functionality, BrandZ DVD 35 for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) for x86 platforms is available now from the Sun Download Center. Based on Solaris Express build 35, this download includes all of the modifications added by the BrandZ project.

    Consolidating Servers in a Virtualized Environment
    UGS Corp. Finds Solaris Containers Ups Efficiency/Flexibility, Lowers Costs
    Solaris Containers is being leveraged by UGS Corp. to consolidate its servers in a virtualized environment in order to increase efficiency and flexibility as well as reduce its operational costs. As part of the Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), Solaris Containers are a key component of UGS Corp.'s IT virtualization strategy.
    Security
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    Freeing Up CPU Cycles with the UltraSPARC T1 Processor
    Cryptographic Operations Accelerate with Solaris 10 OS

    Ning Sun and Pallab Bhattacharya's Sun BluePrints OnLine article "Using the Cryptographic Accelerator of the UltraSPARC T1 Processor" discusses how this feature can be used to provide cryptographic services for both kernel-level and user-level consumers, as well as several software encryption modules.

    The Solaris Fingerprint Database
    A Tool for Determining Solaris OS File Integrity

    The difficulty of knowing whether any of the files distributed with the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) have been altered over time lies chiefly in the ability to establish a baseline reading against which later integrity checks can be made. "The Solaris Fingerprint Database" shows how this tool can demonstrate the integrity of a Solaris OS file.

    Securing Common Web Servers
    Making Best Use of Solaris Containers to Upgrade Security

    How-to guide, "Solaris 10 Security: Eliminating Web Page Hijacking," instructs system administrators in the use of Solaris Containers to secure common web servers. The guide concludes with a sample configuration that allows web content to be securely maintained by content owners while simultaneously enabling the web server to run with minimal privileges in a secured container of its own.

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