Cloud computing generally means accessing resources that are owned and run by third parties in consolidated groups in data centers. BBC World News has published its pick of best cloud applications and services: Sun's
network.com, Apple Mobile Me, Google Docs, and others.
Have a look at the newly launched OpenSSO Resource Center, which brings you at a glance reference material on OpenSSO, Sun's open-source project for access management, federation, and secure Web services.
See a recent slide show on Network World with the pictures, along with a brief introduction, of ten "inventor[s], originator[s,] or driving force behind a new product or technology." Among them is Sun's James Gosling, Father of Java technology.
The others are
Check out the ninth segment of the FAQ for Sun Java System Access Manager on Sun Developer Network.
Fedlets, a key new feature in the upcoming Sun Federated Access Manager, twin of OpenSSO, are, to paraphrase Sun identity architect Pat Patterson, lightweight packages created by identity providers to efficiently federation-enable small service providers.
A recent Forbes interview with Sun CIO Bob Worrall on how Sun IT has been streamlining and consolidating internal applications since late 2005 sheds light on the challenges and rewards.
Do check out the presentations for JavaOne 2008. They are all in PDF, organized by subject: Cool Stuff, Java SE, Java EE, and so forth. Only a very few presentations are missing, I heard, and they will be available soon.
A ton of expertise and insight is reflected in the presentations.
Sun identity architect Rajeev Angal starts a recent interview with Sun Developer Network with explaining why identity federation among enterprises, a must-do in the present-day Web economy, is a momentous challenge.
Sun is offering students worldwide free online training courses, taught by technical experts and evangelists. The topics include Sun SPOT [Small Programmable Object Technology], JRuby, JavaFX, and the Solaris OS, with certificates awarded on completion of the requirements.
Valuable learning opportunities! Do check them out.