Sun Fire[TM] V890 servers are tripling the performance for ESRI, which is why Sun was chosen to maximize the GIS software company's overall system . A new Open Source Office was launched by Sun this week with Simon Phipps at its helm . Additionally, the company is planning on opening a new European data center for remote management in the near future .
Sun also is making news by going on tour with Coldplay in support of the Fair Trade Movement . A new Sun Center of Excellence was recently inaugurated in India . And, a survey reveals which programming skills are currently in-demand .
XML Pioneer Tim Bray  and Sun Distinguished Engineer Jim Waldo  share their experience and latest projects in the Features section, where you can also learn about transient blocking synchronization  and how InnovationWell is improving knowledge management for healthcare .
In Hardware, Sun has repriced CPU parts for the Sun Fire[TM] V40z servers , announced the end of life (EOL) for Brocade 12000 FC Port Blade  and released new and repriced hardware spare parts .
Read eWeek Labs take on the Sun Java[TM] Studio Creator 2 Early Access (EA) release , which also is the topic for an article on design patterns . Early adopters may be interested in downloading the Sun Java[TM] Studio Enterprise 8 EA . Subscription pricing is being offered on the new Sun Java StorEdge[TM] Software and Suites . Plus, learn how to use the Sun Java[TM] System Identity Manager for service and RBAC profiles .
The Servers section covers remanufactured offerings on the Sun Fire[TM] 15K/12K  and Sun Fire[TM] E2900  servers. EOL announcements have been made for the Sun Fire[TM] V880 , Netra[TM] CT820  and Netra[TM] 120, whose last order date has been extended .
In the Sun and Standards section, readers are invited to attend an upcoming two-day conference entitled "Standardization and the Law: Developing the Golden Mean for Global Trade," that will explore international trade, law and standards .
Finally, in the Education section, a white paper describes data-grid architecture for higher education , Sun Fire servers that can save educators up to 50 percent  and how to sign-up for an e-newsletter designed for student developers .
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