Vol 70 Issue 1 2003-12-01 Article 11697 from section "Executive Review"

Top News Stories
Sun and AMD [11601] will offer Sun systems with the AMD Opteron
processor and the 64-bit Solaris[TM] Operating System (Solaris OS)
available on the Opteron. Benchmark test results for AMD processors are
also available [11610].

The Sun and China Standard Software Co. (CSSC) deal to establish the Sun
Java[TM] Desktop System as the foundation for standard desktop
development in the People's Republic of China will start by installing
500,000 to one million seats per year, with plans to install at least
200 million copies [11605].

To expand the capabilities of the Sun Java[TM] Enterprise System, Sun
acquired Waveset Technologies [11608].

Sun's low-cost strategy is paying off, according to the latest IDC
Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report [11677], which revealed Sun's
double-digit growth in unit shipments in the volume server segment.

Grid Computing News
Sun introduced the Grid Everywhere Initiative [11539]. The goal is to
make data, compute and visualization resources available to HPTC
applications, wherever and whenever they're needed.

To demonstrate how easy it is to assemble a Compute Grid supercomputer,
Sun assembled one on stage at the Supercomputing 2003 conference; see
[11617] and [11616].

Sun also introduced the Infrastructure Solution for Grid Computing [11516].

Jonathan Schwartz of Sun talks about how the Sun Java[TM] Enterprise
System overcomes issues companies deal with such as having to integrate,
and pay for, new software [11575].

Sun is expanding the existing Liberty Alliance functionality of the Sun
Java Enterprise System to include support for Liberty's recently
approved Phase 2 specifications [11554].

An analyst review of Sun Java Desktop System asserts Sun will pose a
challenge to Microsoft's marketshare [11423].

In other software news:

Sun[TM] Management Center Change Manager 1.0.1 enables upgrades or
changes to servers such as reconfiguring to meet changing service
demands [11519].

Retailers such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Staples and others will carry
StarOffice[TM] software [11587].

Java[TM] Technology
Version 1.4 of the Java[TM] 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE[TM])
was approved by the Java Community Process[SM] (JCP[SM]) [11618].

Three Java Card[TM] Technology initiatives [11607] were introduced:
- The flexible Java Card S Program
- Enhancements to the 2.2.1 specification (see also [11621])
- Certification for the Java Card Protection Profile

The Sun Java Enterprise System can benefit schools who need a low-cost,
easy-to-deploy software solution [11487]. Schools can get the Sun Java
Enterprise System for $50 per faculty/administrator per year [11463].

To help campuses manage intellectual property on the network, Sun is
working with Cornell, Stanford and WGBH [11464].

The first Sun Center of Excellence in Pervasive Computing in Hong Kong
was established at the City University of Hong Kong [11563].

Sun and Texas Instruments (TI) recently marked 15 years of working
together. For a look at the benefits of their research, see [11443]. Sun
and TI continue to make progress with a collaboration on end-to-end
wireless solutions for 2.5G and 3G networks [11448].

Sun solutions have achieved a world record with Oracle Application
Server 10g running on a heterogeneous Sun configuration in the
SPECjAppServer 2002 benchmark [11477].

A Sun and i2 benchmark showed improved forecast accuracy and optimized
inventory for real-world supply chain scenarios [11480].

Sun and WGBH opened a proof-of-concept facility, the iForce[SM] Solution
Center for Digital Asset Management [11465].

The U.S. Army Accessions Command turned to Sun for a portal solution to
manage 18 million records per year of recruits [11474].

Vignette will integrate the Sun Java[TM] System Directory Server with
the Vignette V7 content management suites and support components of the
Sun Java Enterprise System [11553].

Sun and BEA will port BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 to the Solaris[TM]
Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) [11643]

A recent storage benchmark demonstrated the Sun StorEdge[TM] 2510 FC
system's advantages over an IBM storage product [11552].

Sun introduced two storage softwares: Sun StorEdge[TM] 9900 Series
HiCommand Tuning Manager software 3.0, designed for organizations that
have a large storage infrastructure, and Sun StorEdge[TM] 9900 Dynamic
Link Manager software for Solaris 5.1, designed for the Sun StorEdge[TM]
9900 storage array systems [11461].

There are now 146 GB 10K RPM HDDs for Sun StorEdge[TM] 9960 and 9910
systems [11628].

November covered the Telco (Volume 69.3) and Life Sciences (Volume 69.4)
sectors. Highlights included a SaskTel and Kasenna video-on-demand
solution [11562] and an end-to-end content delivery solution for Bell
Mobility [11570]. Sun grid technologies are being used by Oxford
GlycoSciences, Caprion Pharmaceuticals and Plexxikon [11632].

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