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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-07-27 Print this article Print

Companies will also be upgraded to Solaris 10 when it ships at the end of the year at no additional cost, giving them access to new technologies like dynamic tracing, dynamic file system, predictive self healing and N1 Grid Containers, as well as optimized 64-bit Solaris support for Opteron-based systems. This promotion is available through the end of the year.
This move follows Suns February announcement of free hardware for its U.S.-based developer network community. The Java Enterprise Developer Promotion, which ended June 30, included an entry-level Opteron-based Sun server, called the V20Z and was priced at $2,750, plus tools, support and services. That promotion cost $4,497, paid in three annual subscription payments of $1,499.
"Sun developers can now get hardware, software and development tools for a single, low annual subscription fee," said Schwartz at that time, adding that Sun was considering making a similar offer on its enterprise SPARC servers. Dana Gardner, a senior analyst for application infrastructure and software platforms at the Yankee Group, said the existing Java Enterprise System business model is steadily changing how companies evaluate and select infrastructure software. "This announcement will spur wider examination of the benefits," he said. Sun is also extending its existing special promotion for qualified small businesses through the end of this year. Sun officials first announced the promotion at the iForce conference in San Diego in April. Under this promotion, companies who qualify and have less than 100 employees will receive the Java Enterprise System software free of charge for one year. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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