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Preston, WA based Sun reseller Solar Systems & Peripherals, changed their company logo earlier this month. If some readers, like me, were initially confused, here are the 2 logos, old and new. They've also redesigned their web site. Editor ... Solar Systems & Peripherals profile
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Compex Announces Cost-Effective Family of Fast-Ethernet Switches With Easy-To-Use Web Browser Management Interface

SCO and Industry Leaders Establish Free Standards Group

SRI International Introduces EMERALD: A Novel Approach to Network Surveillance and Intrusion Detection

Transition Networks Receives Sun Microsystems' Solaris Ready Certification

Lynx Becomes LynuxWorks

Tatung Science and Technology, Inc. Moves to New Corporate Headquarters

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Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
Animal marketing metaphors are popular in service industries, but you'd be surprised how many companies have used animals in their marketing of data storage products and services.

The storage market was worth over $150 billion in 2005, and as it gets bigger - more companies will turn to animal brands to help differentiate their otherwise bland products and lend them artificial (or deserving) characters and virtues.

The idea behind this type of marketing is to suggest positive connotations so it's unlikely that anyone will choose to associate their products with gremlins. But you may be surprised by the population of the storage ark.

This reference articles lists all known companies who have furry marketing brands, and also includes some which are slimy, scaly and scary too. the article, Mice in storage
Compex Compex Announces Cost-Effective Family of Fast-Ethernet Switches With Easy-To-Use Web Browser Management Interface

Anaheim, May 11, 2000 - Compex Inc. announces a family of Fast-Ethernet switches with a user-friendly Web browser management interface. Featuring 16 and 24 10/100 Mbps RJ45 ports respectively, the SXP1216WM and SXP1224WM switches come with built-in Web servers supporting Compex's Web-based management application. This allows users to easily control the switches' functions via any popular Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

Capable of Port Trunking support, the SXP1216WM/1224WM allow users to group up to 4 ports into a single trunk or link, attaining an aggregate transmission speed of up to 800 Mbps through the trunk. This is useful in cascading two or more SXP switches. The management interface allows users to specify both the number and position of the ports to be used as trunk ports. The graphical management interface also allows for flexible grouping of ports into VLANs (Virtual LANs). Its VLAN support provides a secure isolation of network traffic and suppresses broadcast storms by keeping data packets within the logical VLAN group. This is a useful feature for high-powered workgroup users.

Having a backplane capacity of 4.8 Gbps, the SXP1216WM/1224WM can be mounted onto any standard 19" rack and offer an optional 100Base-FX fiber module, which users can use to link up to another switch over a distance of 2 km. Offices of the enterprise that are in different locations within a 2 km range can be connected within the same LAN with the SXP1216WM/1224WMs' fiber module.

The SXP1216WM and SXP1224WM have MSRPs of $699 (US) and $899 (US) respectively and are available now through Compex Inc.'s extensive network of distributors, value-added resellers and system integrators in Asia, the United States and Europe. ...Compex profile
SCO SCO and Industry Leaders Establish Free Standards Group

SANTA CRUZ, CA May 10, 2000 - The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. (SCO) announced today it has become a charter member of the Free Standards Group, an assembly of industry-leading companies driving to establish the Linux Standard Base (LSB). SCO has been involved since late 1999 in an effort to standardize Linux. LSB is designed to help the Linux market reach a new level of maturity and give ISVs a single target port rather than multiple ports for multiple platforms. Currently, there are minor variations among Linux distributions that make it difficult for ISVs to support Linux. The ultimate goal of the LSB is to provide a single, standard reference that will allow vendors to reap the benefit of seeing greater ISV support for Linux.

Charter members of the Free Standards Group include IBM, LinuxCare, Sun, Red Hat, VALinux, Caldera Systems, TurboLinux, SuSE and others. Specifically, the LSB project consists of Linux developers, users and companies who have a vested interest in the overall success of the Linux market and share SCO's goal and vision of standards and interoperability.
SRI International SRI International Introduces EMERALD: A Novel Approach to Network Surveillance and Intrusion Detection

Menlo Park, CA May 9, 2000 - Silicon Valley-based SRI International, a leading independent technology innovator, announced today the release of an evaluation edition of one component from a suite of advanced technologies being developed for the Department of Defense's cyber defense research program. Available for free download on the Internet, the component, called eXpert-BSM, provides a complete host-based intrusion detection solution for Sun Microsystems SPARC Solaris™ servers and will run on other major systems in the future. Funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the technology suite, EMERALD (Event Monitoring Enabling Responses to Anomalous Live Disturbances), further underscores the need to develop advanced technologies for cyber defense against hacking and other malicious activities.

To widely distribute this state-of-the-art intrusion detection and surveillance technology, SRI applied EMERALD to the Sun Solaris™ Operating Environment™ -- the most widely-deployed platform used in eBusiness today -- so that it is available to a large number of users. This free Internet distribution of eXpert-BSM is the first in a series of proactive measures SRI and DARPA will be taking this year to give corporate security administrators a glimpse into the capabilities that will set the standards for next-generation intrusion detection products. First in a series of advanced EMERALD intrusion detection sensors, eXpert-BSM is now available for free download and use at
Transition Networks Transition Networks Receives Sun Microsystems' Solaris Ready Certification

MINNEAPOLIS-May 9, 2000 -Transition Networks, the conversion technology expert, today announced that its Conversion Center chassis has received the Solaris Ready certification from Sun Microsystems, Inc. for its TN-View management suite. Transition is the only conversion technology platform to receive this certification. The Solaris Ready certification indicates that Transition's TN-View management suite is compatible with the Sun SolarisTM Operating Environment. The Conversion Center's TN-View management suite underwent extensive testing to provide this level of interoperability.

The Conversion Center is a high-density, multiprotocol and multimedia converter mounting option. Capable of accepting converter modules from numerous networking protocols, the 16-slot chassis-like design is an ideal solution for many media interface problems. The Conversion Center can convert many networking protocols, including UTP to fiber conversions for Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, ATM, FDDI and Token Ring, as well as single-mode to multi-mode fiber conversions for these and Gigabit Ethernet and OC-12 environments. A redundant power option provides additional network and data protection. "As the industry-leading provider of conversion technology, it is crucial that our products work the first time every time," said Cheri Podzimek, vice president of marketing for Transition Networks. "The Solaris Ready certification provides our customers with seamless plug and play installation in a Sun environment."
Lynx Real-Time Systems Lynx Becomes LynuxWorks

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 8, 2000 - Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. today announced it has changed its name to LynuxWorks, Inc. to reflect its new focus on bringing the benefits of Linux to the embedded market. LynuxWorks is leveraging proven technology, 12 years of experience and well-established relationships in embedded systems to address the diverse operating systems needs in telecommunications, networking, office automation, aerospace/defense and process control.

As Lynx Real-Time Systems, LynuxWorks established leadership in the embedded systems market based on its proven, hard real-time technology in the LynxOS real-time operating system. In November of 1999, the company leveraged that experience with the introduction of a complete Linux environment for the cost-effective development of embedded operating systems- the BlueCat Linux operating system. Customers worldwide can choose Linux compatible LynxOS for industrial-class, mission-critical embedded applications or BlueCat Linux when "hard" real-time isn't required. ...LynuxWorks profile
Tatung Science and Technology Tatung Science and Technology, Inc. Moves to New Corporate Headquarters

Fremont, CA - May 8, 2000 - Tatung Science and Technology, Inc. (TSTI), celebrating more than 10 years of commitment to the SPARC systems market, today announced that the Company has moved its corporate headquarters to a new office and manufacturing complex, located at 436 Kato Terrace, in Fremont, California. The new facility consolidates all of Tatung's SPARC workstation and server production, support, marketing and sales operations. According to TSTI president Kam Chan, the new headquarters includes a larger, more efficient manufacturing area capable of handling higher production capacity at lower cost.

"Tatung has experienced strong sales growth over the last several years, especially due to the wide acceptance of Tatung servers throughout the Internet market," Chan said. "The new facility has been designed to streamline production and pass on manufacturing cost savings to our customers."

Tatung Science & Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of SPARC compatible workstations and Web servers and U.S. subsidiary of the over $4 billion, multinational Tatung Company. Backed by more than ten years of commitment to the SPARC systems market, TSTI workstations and servers are installed at thousands of user sites throughout North America. TSTI is a founding member of SPARC International. For more information, contact

Tatung Science and Technology, Inc.
436 Kato Terrace
Fremont, CA 94539
Toll Free: 1-800-659-5902

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