U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training
Washington, D. C. 20210
February 17, 2000
PROGRAM LETTER NO. 13-00
STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
GRACE A. KILBANE
Office of Workforce Security
Purchase of New Sun Enterprise Servers for the Unemployment Insurance Data Base System (UIDB)
To provide State Employment Security Agencies
(SESAs) with advance information concerning the purchase of new Sun Enterprise Ultra SPARC 10 computer systems.
UIPL 5-94 and UIPL 37-95
In 1995, the Department of Labor (DOL) provided Sun SPARC Model 10/40 computers to all SESAs. These systems are no longer manufatured or supported by the manufacturer, Sun Microsystems. When required, many of the essential computer parts for these systems have become difficult to find and purchase. In order to continue providing States with the necessary support and computer equipment to process unemployment insurance data, DOL will replace the current equipment with a new and faster Unix computer system.
Enterprise Ultra SPARC 10 computer has been chosen as the replacement server for the States.
This new system has larger disk drives, faster central processing units (CPUs) and ample space for
adding additional storage devices. It allows for future PCI and memory expansion and has built-in
ECC memory error correction technology in each unit which increases the stability and reliability of
the system. The Ultra SPARC 10 computer is Sun's entry-level workgroup server which incorporates
the Sun Enterprise Ultra 10's architecture providing universal connectivity. It integrates with all
diverse clients on networks such as Macintosh, Windows 95/98/NT and UNIX® workstations
providing TCP/IP connectivity over Ethernet and Token ring LANs.
Software:DOL will be providing
software upgrades for the new systems. The upgrades include the latest versions of the Informix
Relational Database SE (Standard Edition) Version 7.24, Sun Solaris 2.7 (or most current version)
Operating System and several new system utilities.
5.New Sun UltraSPARC 10 Enterprise
Server Configuration.After several technical
meetings with Sun Microsystems, Inc., DOL decided on a configuration that will provide the necessary
functionality and is conducive to the States' needs. All SESAs will receive the following configuration:
Sun Ultra Workgroup Enterprise 10 Server
333 MHZ Central Processing Unit (CPU)
256 MB RAM (Maximum of 1 GB)
9.0 GB Hard Drive (internal)
Internal 32 x CD ROM
Internal 1.44 MB 3.5" floppy drive
SCSI/Ethernet 10/100MB PCI Adapter
1.2 Meter 50-68 Pin SCSI Cable (Required for Exabyte 8700 Tape Drive.)
More technical information can be found at Sun's Web site:
6.Sun Ultra SPARC 10 Upgrade Plan.
These new systems were purchased under a
"special upgrade plan" from Sun Microsystems, Inc. Under
this plan the new systems will be shipped directly to each SESA and installed by the State SUN
Administrator with assistance from the DOL technical staff. The agreement with Sun requires that
the old Sun SPARC 10 system must be returned to the vendor within 30
days of the delivery of the new equipment. In order to meet this 30-day deadline, DOL technical
staff will schedule and provide the necessary assistance required by the State SUN Administrator
to install the new systems within 20 days of the delivery of the new systems.
Once the new system is installed and adequately tested, the old Sun SPARC 10 (Sun 10/40 CPU
chassis - which is the required component to be returned) must be boxed
and prepared for pickup. Packing materials provided with the new Sun Ultra 10 system will be used
for packing the old system for pickup. Inside the box of the new Sun Ultra 10 is a "blue and
orange" packet for the System Administrators. This packet contains "Action
Required-Upgrade Return Procedures" and will provide all of the necessary paperwork and
instructions for returning the old system to Sun Microsystems. A Return Merchandise Authorization
Number (RMA) and an 800 number will be provided to make arrangements for SUN to pick up the
DOL will keep all System Administrators informed regarding the implementation process. The
projected completion date for this project is mid 2000. More detailed information will follow concerning
the installation plans and this effort will be coordinated in detail with the State SUN System
Special Technical Notes:
Hardware components (other than the SUN 10/40 CPU chassis) from the old SUN
system are not required to be returned to Sun Microsystems.
HP 4Si Laserjet Printers, external Exabyte Model 8700 tape drives and cables already in
the SESA sites are not being replaced and will be used in the new system's configuration.
Administrators are to provide the above information to all
appropriate State staff including State System Administrators providing support for the
SESA's Sun Unix system.
All inquiries should be directed to your Regional