Vol 71 Issue 1 2004-01-05 Article 11956 from section "Executive Review"

Top News Stories

This section recaps the top articles of the past month, grouped by
topic, to provide a quick glance at the most important recent news from
Sun. The article numbers are hot links to the Web version of the
article, giving you a one-stop resource to the news.

SunNetwork[SM] 2003 Conference Announcements

Sun held its fourth quarterly announcement event at the SunNetwork 2003
Conference in Berlin. Announcements from the NC 03 event expanded on
Sun's low-cost computing strategy. New products included:

- Sun Fire[TM] B100x, a single processor, x86 blade server that
utilizes AMD's Mobile Athlon XP 1800 processor [11765]

- Netra[TM] 240 server, the telco industry's first and only 64-bit,
NEBS Level 3 certified server [11817]

- The Netra[TM] CT820 server, with a high level of modularity and
flexibility [11751]

- High Performance Visualization and Technical Computing Solutions
[11722]: Sun Blade[TM] 2500 workstation [11734], the Sun Fire[TM]
Visual Grid solution [11762], the Sun[TM] XVR-600 graphics
accelerator card [11787] and the SX1500 and SX2500 boards [11743]

- Five new Reference Architectures and two Infrastructure Solutions:
From supply chains to firewalls, Web servers and more [11723]

- N1[TM] Service Provisioning System, for faster deployment and
grid-like utilization [11726]

For a brief overview of the SunNetwork 2003 Conference in Berlin see
article [11713].

Other News Stories:

Sun and Office Depot have signed a multiyear, multimillion dollar
agreement aimed at renovating the office retailer's technology
infrastructure in the supply chain and merchandising areas [11902].

Sun completed its acquisition of Waveset Technologies, bringing secure
identity management capabilities to the Sun Java[TM] Enterprise System

British Telecommunications chose Sun to provide hardware and software
for a $1.1 billion contract to develop, deliver and manage a national
electronic patient database for 50 million patients in England [11938].

Sun has achieved double-digit server unit growth both year-to-year (+29
percent) and quarter-to-quarter (+21 percent), according to the Gartner
Dataquest 3Q03 Worldwide Server Quarterly Statistics Database report

Sun nearly doubled its total server unit shipments in Q3CY03 to capture
the number one position in total server units shipped to the HPTC,
according to calculations by IDC's Worldwide Technical Server report

Quick News Highlights:
- NetBeans[TM] 4.0 roadmap [11740]
- software now supported by Sun [11715]
- New features of the Solaris[TM] 9 12/03 Operating System (Solaris OS) [11826]
- Migrating from Tru64 UNIX to Solaris OS [11711]

- New configurations for Sun StorEdge[TM] 6120 arrays [11785] and for
Sun StorEdge[TM] 3310 SCSI array [11821]
- Memory ungrades for Sun StorEdge[TM] 9980 system
- Enhanced Sun StorEdge[TM] Availability Suite 3.2 [11829]

Partner News
- POS enterprise management system for Jessops, the largest
independent photographic retailer in the UK [11718]
- Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon consolidated its supply chain
management and data warehouse solutions on the Solaris OS running
on two 32-processor Sun Fire[TM] 15K servers [11719]
- Special Broadcasting Service of Australia adds SMS alert feature to
phones [11700]

New Sun Centers of Excellence
- Sun opened a Sun Center of Excellence (COE) at the Genome Institute
of Singapore [11689]

- Sun named the Indian Institute of Information Technology and
Management in Kerala (IIITM-K) as the fourth university in the
world chosen to be a Regional COE for E-Learning [11687]

Promos -- Deals Still Available
- Save 50 percent of first year fee of Sun Java[TM] Desktop System
when trading up from a Windows or Linux desktop [11831]
- Get storage and Sun Java Enterprise System [11830]
- Sun Blade[TM] workstation deals: [11708]

Sun Success Stories

Sun helped the international law firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP
move its IT infrastructure to Sun StorEdge[TM] systems and Sun Fire[TM]
servers from a distributed storage environment based on HP with
Microsoft Windows-based servers [11874].

Fans get real-time content on the Canadian Football League Web site [11811].

Hungary's largest retail bank selected Sun and BEA Systems to advance
their banking technology [11841].

Industry Sections

Financial Services: Sign up for on-site, free workshops on FIX and SWIFT [11576]
Government: Sun helps Nova Scotia's ERP system scale as usage increases [11822]
FOSS: The city of Austin, TX, evaluates open source software [11905]
Life Sciences: Interview with Loralyn Mears, Sun's market development
group manager for life sciences [11897]

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