Stuart Wells has been named as executive vice president for Strategic Development and Sun Financing, and will lead the development of the Sun[tm] Grid Compute Utility offerings . Also in news, the Solaris[tm] 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) Security Benchmark has been published by the Center for Internet Security and is available for download .
The Features section reports on how the Niagara chip is expected to reduce the total cost of ownership within data centers  and a new opportunity for channel partners to sell Microsoft Windows on Sun platforms .
New product offerings comprise the Hardware section including an updated Sun Grid Rack System ; rear fan door ATO option for the Sun[tm] Rack 1000-42 ; and a new cartridge expansion module for the Sun StorEdge[tm] L500 tape library .
The Sun[sm] Software Express for Solaris[tm] has posted its 4/05 snapshots for download . A StarOffice[tm] 7 promotion offers discounted pricing along with free online training  and StarOffice 8 prepares for its summer release .
Sales for High Performance Computing Servers are on an upswing  and the last order date for Sun Fire[tm] 4800 and 6800 systems has been extended .
In Storage, read about multiple new and updated offerings for the Sun StorEdge[tm] 9900 product line ; EOL for the Sun StorEdge[tm] 6320 System  and more.
Cryptographic implementations highlight the Developer's section with articles on the Solaris OS cryptographic framework  and incorporating the Solaris RBAC with the two man rule .
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