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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-12-03 Print this article Print

Turning to the new Java Studio Creator product, Schwartz said it is targeted at less sophisticated developers who want to build principally Web-based service applications. "It builds on top of the momentum weve had around NetBeans. "Until now the competition on the Java side in the marketplace has been between Eclipse and NetBeans, with Eclipse having an early lead but NetBeans now starting to pull into its own. Now, as we add Project Rave on top of that, we will finally be back in a position of controlling our destiny on the tools side," Schwartz said.
Sun also sees a strong link between tools and the desktop as many developers write code on their laptops and not on their handsets, servers or smartcards, he said.
Also on Wednesday, Sun will announce new performance numbers for its Solaris operating environment. Sun engineers have been working on the performance of one- and-two CPU systems for Solaris, Schwartz said, and basic networking has been improved anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent. "One of the biggest knocks against Solaris, against low-end Linux especially, has been performance. So we will be talking about some of the new features coming in the next release of Solaris in terms of both raw performance on basic networking as well as the introduction of black box diagnosability and traceability, so users can probe a running application and understand everything about it," he said. Sun will also be taking aim at Hewlett-Packard Co. and its installed base, particularly given its focus on systems using Intel Itanium processors. Sun believes that, given the complexity of moving from a Xeon to an Itanium system, its Opteron-based systems will pick up the momentum. "We intend to warn HPs installed customer base that they are on a very risky trajectory and that we would like to give them a safe harbor and upgrade path," Schwartz said. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum Read what Suns Schwartz has to say about Longhorn.

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.

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