Santa Clara, Calif. – Sun

Microsystems Inc. plans to offer its Sun Java Enterprise System to both the HP-UX and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The platform will be offered on HP-UX in combination with PA-Risc architecture and on Windows on x36 based hardware, including AMD Opteron-based

systems at the beginning of next year.

“”Sun is opening up significant new opportunities for customers and partners, and giving them an opportunity to mix and match systems to meet their technology needs, (and) help reduce the costs and complexity associated with systems management,”” said John Loiacono, executive vice-president of software at Sun.

The Java Enterprise System is available on Solaris for SPARC.

Open source Java server delayed

Forest Hill, Md. – The Apache Software Foundation has hit a snag on its open source project to build a Java application server. The application server will have missed its target date of Aug. 6 for code writing and certification testing on the software, CNET News.com reported recently. The project, known as Geronimo, was launched a year ago. Apache still hopes to have the project completed in the same quarter.

Once launched, Geronimo will become the third open source Java application server. It will join Jonas from the ObjectWeb consortium and JBoss, which is offered by a commercial company of the same name.

MICROSOFT’S SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 available to enterprise users

Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft’s SQL Server 2005 Beta 2, which is now available, is geared toward enterprise data management, developer productivity and business intelligence. It will feature SQL Server Management Studio, which was previously referred to as the SQL Server workbench. The product also includes database encryption, so database administrators can protect customer data.

Microsoft also announced that it would add support for AMD Opteron with Direct Connection Architecture in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. The offering is designed to provide users with simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing.

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