Sunday, July 31, 2005

Vol 89 Issue 4 - July 25th - 31st, 2005

Many were pleased by the news in this week's Sun report of earnings for Q4FY05 [14774]. Judging from the number of new customers opting for Sun IT infrastructure in the same quarter, market share is on a positive trend [14851]. It was certainly no small triumph that General Motors has selected the Sun Java[TM] Enterprise System and will run its
corporate IT infrastructure with the Solaris[TM] 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) [14853]. It was also announced this week that more than two million Solaris 10 OS licenses have been distributed since the solutions debut in January of this year [14835].

This week's Features section includes an interview with Sun's VP for Global Information Systems Strategy, Larry Singer, who takes an optimistic view of the companys prospects [14834]. And, there is word of Sun's plans to eventually offer its entire software line free of charge [14832].

In Software this week are stories about mainframe software upgrade releases [14812], employing Solaris[TM] Containers for allocating CPU resources [14727] and using least privilege to maintain security in
service administration [14728].

The Sun Java System section offers readers articles about the virtues of the Sun Java[TM] Studio Creator application [14752], tips on migrating to the Sun Java[TM] System Application Server 8 [14681] and news of the extended promotional offering for the Sun Java[TM] Studio
Developer [14768].

The Sun StorEdge[TM] 9985 System reveals a bit more about itself in this week's Storage section [14814]. And there is also a story on eWeek's evaluation of the Sun Content Infrastructure System [14805],
plus information about new, faster, higher-capacity configurations for the Sun StorEdge[TM] 6130 Array [14813] and the release of Sun StorEdge[TM] 9900 Series Dynamic Link Manager 5.6 [14815].

Walmart's migration to the Java[TM] Platform, Standard Edition (Java[TM] SE) 5.0 is chronicled in this week's Java section [14701], along with stories on a platform-neutral game controller now available as a result of the efforts of the Java[TM] Input API Project [14808]. Closing out the section are announcements of two new books on tools for developers working with Java[TM] Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java[TM] EE) [14688].

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Vol 89 Issue 3 - July 18th - 24th, 2005

In this week's features section, you can read about Sun's efforts on behalf of Bono's campaign to raise world consciousness about issues of debt relief and AIDS in African nations [14725], as well as an article on processor design culminating in the MT mediaLib[TM] solution for chip multi-threaded processors [14682], and how Ciena Corporation sped up its design and testing processes with the Sun Ray[TM] V20z server [14811].

Readers with an interest in FOSS will find several articles, including one on Solaris[TM] Containers [14751], another on the latest release of OpenOffice 1.1.5 [14780], an announcement of the Mozilla[TM] Firefox
1.0.5 release and the accelerating rate of adoption for this solution [14806], as well as a guide to customizing the Firefox browser [14773].

The section on entry level servers features articles on the dual-core AMD Opteron Processors now available in the Sun server line [14797], new standard configurations for the Sun Fire[TM] V40z server, [14798], the Sun Fire[TM] V20z systems [14795], and the Sun fire[TM] V210 and Sun Fire[TM] V240 server lines [14796].

The news in this week's hardware section includes an article on the new 2 GB FC HBAs for the Sun StorEdge[TM] family of products [14801], a DVD optical drive floppy blocking plate for the Sun Fire[TM] V40z server [14802], an XATO filler panel option for the Netra[TM] 440 server line [14803], and an article on a variety of new and repriced spare parts [14800].

Readers of the Java[TM] section will find an article on a developer's test drive of the Sun Java[TM] Studio Creator solution [14778], a tech talk on JavaServer[TM] Faces [14654] and an article that serves as an introduction to the Java[TM] Platform, Micro Edition [14623].

This week's NetBeans[TM] section includes news on Project Matisse [14781], a tutorial on NetBeans[TM] IDE 4.0 Profiler [14406], and a piece on the JFluid Profiling Tool [14405].

The versatility of the Sun Ultra[TM] 20 Workstation is highlighted in the workstation section [14793], along with with an article on the new Sun Ultra[TM] 3 Mobile Workstation [14799], and a report on how the Sun Ray[TM] thin client offering stacks up against its Windows counterpart [14810].

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Vol 89 Issue 2 - July 11th - 17th, 2005

Sun announced plans this week to open source its web site authentication and web single sign-on (SSO) technologies through the Open Source Web Single Sign-On (OpenSSO) project [14776]. The company also announced the completion of its acquisition of Tarantella, Inc. [14777].

In other Sun news, a joint initiative between Sun and National LambdaRail is expected to extend Sun's grid computing [14771]; Sun Microsystems Federal Inc. has named a COO [14775]; and the company is addressing the IT industry's global responsibility through a new strategy called Sustainable Computing [14760].

The early access release of the Sun Java[TM] Studio Creator 2.0 [14700] tops the Sun Java System section, which also offers service part numbers for the Sun Java[TM] System Identity Auditor [14770] and information on the latest release of the Sun Java[TM] System Web Proxy Server [14769].

New storage releases include SATA configurations for the Sun StorEdge[TM] 5310 NAS Appliance [14767]; tape drive options for multiple Sun StorEdge tape libraries [14764]; version 4.1 of the Sun StorEdge[TM] 9900 HiCommand Tuning Manager Software [14661] and the new Sun StorEdge[TM] 9900 Business Continuity Manager 4.0 and the Sun StorEdge[TM] 9900 Compatible Replication for IBM XRC [14664].

Four new services have been announced, providing customers with support and remote management [14762]. Plus, read about the benefits Sun[SM] Managed Services offers customers in comparison to outsourcing [14697].

The Developer section reports on an Evans Data Corporation survey that
indicates a warming trend among developers to 64-bit technology [14583]. A Sun technical article demonstrates how to use assertions to detect program errors [14637].

Learn more about the new Sun Ultra[TM] 20 Workstation [14717] in the SysAdmin's Section that also provides information on why Network Attached Storage (NAS) is important to business [14655].

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Vol 89 Issue 1 - July 4th to10th, 2005

In the News this week, Sun teamed with Red Hat to relay to the European Parliament the importance in rejecting the Computer-Implemented Inventions directive that would have permitted the patenting of software [14750]. The D.E. Shaw group joins other financial services companies relying on Sun technology [14694].

A market access acceleration program for international games content owners is being developed by Sun and Pacific Internet Limited [14652].

Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy reviews the company's direction in the Participation Age [14696] in the Features section, which also offers information from Jeff Jackson, vice president of Java Developer Platforms Group, about the challenges of keeping Java[TM] technology open, innovative and reliable [14601], and Sun Vice President of Identity Management Sara Gates on an effective identity management program [14492].

The Software section links readers to a Solaris 10 OS self-help guide [14689]; an article overview of the Solaris[TM] Operating System (Solaris OS) and security APIs, SPIs and frameworks [14691]; and Sun[SM] Software Express for Solaris[TM] 6/05 software [14693].

Read the latest best practices on Sun Fire[TM] midrange servers and firmware 5.18.x [14627]. Customers wanting to upgrade to UltraSPARCR IV servers can save up to 20 percent with trade-ins [14731]. Plus, two articles cover the end-of-life announcements on Netra[TM] 240, 440 [14666] and 120 [14665] configurations.

In the Telco section, the Netra[TM] server line of telecom hardware now is certified for the Solaris OS [14684]. Also covered are Sun's partnerships with Ericsson [14704], Toshiba [14724] and NTT DoCoMo [14723].

The Java Community Process[SM] is scoring high marks from developers [14695] to top the Java section, which also has information on the JDBC[TM] 4.0 API specification early draft release [14657] and a promotional training bundle for the Java[TM] Platform, Standard Edition (Java[TM] SE) 5.0 [14622].

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Vol 88 Issue 5

The JavaOne[sm] 2005 Conference held this past week in San Francisco encompasses most of the articles in this edition with multiple announcements on new products, technologies, strategies and alliances. An overview of the conference [14713] highlights these announcements. For specifics, the News section covers Sun's move to acquire SeeBeyond [14716], the new Sun[sm] Developer Network Student Developer Program [14714], winners of the Duke's Choice Awards [14719] and Sun's role in the Live 8 concert [14729].

In Java, read about key Java Enterprise technologies that are being open sourced [14705], updates for the next edition of the Java[tm] Platform, Enterprise Edition [14710], approval of JBI 1.0 [14706], the Java[tm], Standard Edition's technology roadmap [14709] and the move toward simplifying the Java platform's name [14721].

The Partners section details the Sun/IBM extended Java technology agreement [14712], Sun and EMC's work to ensure product compatibility [14687], the Solaris[tm] 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) and Veraz's next generation ControlSwitch [14692] and Sun's collaboration with eSys to expand its reaches into the enterprise network market [14686].

New product announcements in the Sun Java section include the Sun Java[tm] Web Services Developer Pack 1.6 [14711], Sun Java[tm] Real-Time System software [14715] and the latest version of the Sun Java[tm] System RFID Software [14722].

Two new Sun Ultra[tm] workstations widen the choices for customers [14707]. Plus, the Sun Ray[tm] Ultra-thin client supports SAVVIS' virtualized IT utility service platform [14680].

OpenSolaris' new boot architecture tops the FOSS section that also includes information on Liberty Alliance Project's service interface specifications for content messaging [14683] and its Conformance Program awards eight companies interoperable certifications [14591].

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