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New Multivendor ASP 2000 Initiative in Europe Helps ASPs Get to Market Earlier, Reduce Risk

Sun Microsystems, Inc. Appoints New Head of Corporate Strategy and Planning

nStor Adds Sun Support to Storage Consolidation Product

Zzyzx Announces the Addition of Rocketstor 500 to its Powerful RAID Storage Solution Line

Linux Leaders from Linuxcare and Motorola Bolster Product Marketing and Services

Resilience to Offer Continuous Availability Servers for the Dotcom Market Through Sun Resellers

Software Enhancement to LSC's QFS File System Software Enables Cost-Saving SAN Solution

Mission Critical Linux VP To Speak At LINUXFest2000

Peritek Corp. Acquires Megatek Graphics Product Line from Maxwell Technologies

PDSi Awarded Order Exceeding $1 Million From LTX Corporation
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Squeak! - Why are Most Analysts Wrong About Solid State Disks?
read the article - Why are Most Analysts  Wrong About Solid State Disks?
Most analysts and editors of other computer publications don't really understand the solid state disk market.

They show their ignorance and naivete by prefacing every discussion of SSDs with a superficial analysis which compares the cost per byte of storage between flash and hard disk drives. That's the wrong answer to the wrong question. And it's far removed from why the SSD market is racing to become a multi billion dollar market seemingly in blithe ignorance of the cost per byte proposition.

This article tells you what's important to users and the main applications in which SSDs are already being used and new applications where they will be used in the next 3 years. ...read the article, Solid State Disks
Unisys New Multivendor ASP 2000 Initiative in Europe Helps ASPs Get to Market Earlier, Reduce Risk

Blue Bell, PA, June 21, 2000 - Leading e-business technology and solutions providers Microsoft, Unisys, Cisco, EMC and StorageTek today announced "ASP 2000," a European initiative that brings together market-leading technologies to meet the end-to-end infrastructure needs of application service providers (ASPs). "ASP 2000" will enable ASPs to draw on the members' expertise, services and R&D investment to develop new solutions based on the latest technology more quickly and provide more reliable and comprehensive service to their customers. As part of the initiative, the group is opening a European Centre of Excellence (COE) in Paris in September 2000 where ASPs can fine-tune their infrastructure and solutions and obtain Applications Performance Certification.

This initiative provides technology and services, delivered by Unisys as a complete solution, integrating the network, datacenter servers, software, storage and backup so that ASPs can go to market earlier with the best, most thoroughly proven and most competitive offerings. Designed to support the demanding requirements of e-business, the Unisys e-@ction Enterprise Server ES7000, combined with the imminent Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, is the cornerstone of the "ASP 2000" data centre architecture, delivering the highest levels of performance, availability, interoperability and manageability for such mission-critical environments.

Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group, predicts that the European ASP market is expected to grow from US$293 million in 1998 to over US$7.1 billion by 2003. The ASP business model offers considerable technical and financial advantages over traditional software purchasing and licensing. ...Unisys company profile
Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. Appoints New Head of Corporate Strategy and Planning

PALO ALTO, CA -- June 21, 2000 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced today that it has promoted Jonathan Schwartz to the position of senior vice president of corporate strategy and planning. Formerly head of Sun's venture and strategic investment group, Schwartz will lead the strategic planning process at Sun, along with its corporate development and investment initiatives.

In his new role, Schwartz will serve as a member of Sun's executive management group, and will be responsible for the company's long range planning and business development functions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture and strategic investments, and the oversight of certain strategic relationships. Previously, Schwartz held the position of vice president of venture and strategic investments at Sun where he directed Sun's $400 million venture group, leading its investments in businesses and technologies at the forefront of Internet innovation. ...Sun Microsystems company profile
nStor nStor Adds Sun Support to Storage Consolidation Product

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - June 21, 2000 - nStor Technologies, Inc. today announced it has added support for Sun platforms in its new SANStor storage consolidation product, thereby greatly broadening the market for this open systems SAN solution. The initial SANStor offering, announced May 31, 2000, introduced SANStor as a complete, end-to-end open system storage consolidation system for NT platforms.

SANStor includes nStor storage components as its core technology, and Fibre Channel switches from Ancor, Q-Logic Fibre Channel host bus adapters, and Hewlett-Packard SAN Manager software as the other key elements of the solution.

"Adding Sun platform support to SANStor's initial support of NT-based platforms gives us the opportunity to reach a huge audience, since this combination of platforms accounts for the vast majority of the installed base," commented Larry Hemmerich, nStor President and CEO. "We are also excited about Sun support in light of their recent move toward open systems storage. In fact, we view Sun's announcement as a strong validation of our SANStor offering. The key difference is that we can scale SANStor more easily, provide better choices, and go far beyond Sun's stated goal of interoperability testing of key components. While Sun stated their focus is principally on Solaris, as you would expect from a server manufacturer, our solution is designed to be a true open system with support for a broad range of platforms and components." ...nStor company profile
Zzyzx Peripherals Zzyzx Announces the Addition of Rocketstor 500 to its Powerful RAID Storage Solution Line

SAN DIEGO - USENIX Show (Booth 35/36), June 21, 2000 - Zzyzx Peripherals, Inc. today announced the expansion of its cutting-edge Fibre Channel storage product line with the immediate availability of the RocketSTOR 500. Zzyzx is debuting the system here at USENIX, where visitors can see full demonstrations of the product integrated into a SAN environment. The RocketSTOR 500 is a powerful new midrange class Fibre Channel interfaced SAN-attached RAID array designed for high-performance computing applications requiring up to 1.6 TB of usable disk storage and mission-critical data availability.

System features include hot swap, active/active, dual redundant RAID controllers with two 100 MB/sec Fibre Channel host interfaces. It is designed for Storage Area Network (SAN) implementations, and is another key component to the company's highly scalable SAN solutions featuring centrally managed high-availability data clusters, data sharing, server-less back-up and LAN-free back-up. Complementing Zzyzx' data center class RocketSTOR 2000, the RocketSTOR 500 is the second product offering of Zzyzx' industry-leading RocketSTOR line of Fibre Channel RAID systems. With the RocketSTOR 500, Zzyzx now offers its customers fault tolerant SAN-ready RAID solutions for capacity requirements ranging from 18GB to 5TB. ...Zzyzx company profile
Lineo Linux Leaders from Linuxcare and Motorola Bolster Product Marketing and Services

LINDON, Utah - June 20, 2000 - Lineo™, Inc., a leading developer of embedded Linux® system software™, today announced the appointments of Michael Angelo and Dave Peters to strengthen Lineo in the areas of technical services and product marketing.

Angelo recently joined Lineo from Linuxcare where he managed the technical support call center, and built the Linuxcare Training Partner Program. Angelo joins Lineo as Senior Director of Technical Services and will also act as an internal advisor to Lineo's education and technical support departments.

Peters joins Lineo as senior director of corporate marketing after 14 years with Motorola Computer Group. Peters will be responsible for driving Lineo's product lines on a global basis and integrating the marketing efforts of the company across 11 worldwide offices. ...Lineo company profile
Resilience Resilience to Offer Continuous Availability Servers for the Dotcom Market Through Sun Resellers

Palo Alto, CA - June 20, 2000 -- Resilience Corporation, today announced a major initiative to market its Resilient™ Continuous Availability Servers through resellers of Sun Microsystems' products. Based on Sun UltraSPARC II technology, Resilient servers run any of the thousands of Solaris applications without modification. Resilience's technology ensures that Resilient servers will continue to run with no downtime or data loss in the event of a hardware outage. Additional benefits include ease of maintenance, simple Solaris-based administration and a dramatically lower price point than typical fault-tolerant systems. Resilience server prices range from $35,000 to $80,000.

"Resilience is the perfect choice for Sun resellers that need to provide their customers with an appliance-like Continuous Availability server for their Internet Infrastructure applications," said Denny Olmsted, Resilience President and CEO. "As Resilient servers run on the Solaris operating system, Sun resellers are already well-qualified to market them. When true hardware fault-tolerance, no ongoing systems administration and a low price point are key requirements, Resilient servers are the logical choice." ...Resilience company profile
LSC Software Enhancement to LSC's QFS File System Software Enables Cost-Saving SAN Solution

June 19, 2000, St. Paul, Minnesota… A new enhancement to LSC's QFS file system software enables multiple Solaris (UNIX) system file servers to share the same data on the same disk drives, was announced by LSC, Incorporated today. St. Paul based LSC is a provider of enterprise data storage software. "The advantage of the Shared Readers/Single Writer functionality is that the same physical file system can be configured and mounted directly on multiple Solaris systems simultaneously to enable true file sharing in a SAN environment," according to Ernst M. Mutke, director of product and field marketing.

With the Shared Readers/Single Writer enhancement, one system can mount the file system as a Reader/Writer and all other remaining system servers can mount the same file system as readers. This improves work load-balancing and avoids bottlenecks -- especially for demanding internet applications. In a system failure, the file system can be re-mounted on any of the Reader systems as a Reader/Writer. QFS automatically updates the metadata (or inodes) and disk blocks when a file is closed. Once the inode and file blocks have been written to the physical disk (synced), the Readers can access the file locally to take full advantage of the Fibre Channel or SAN network.

QFS, LSC's high-performance, fast recovery file system was designed to maximize the performance of the file system in conjunction with the underlying disk technology and hardware. QFS provides the benefits of raw disk speed with the administrative ease of a file system. It can be implemented as a stand-alone file management system, or integrated with LSC's core storage management product, SAM-FS, for a complete online, near-line, and offline storage management configuration. LSC's data storage software products also enable computer servers to communicate directly or in clusters with a variety of high speed fibre channel attached peripheral devices -- disk, tape and optical drives -- and in a variety of environments, including SAN and network attached storage (NAS). The software license fee for QFS starts at $12,500. (Prices are determined the class of server used.) ...LSC company profile
Mission Critical Linux Mission Critical Linux VP To Speak At LINUXFest2000

LOWELL, Mass. -June 19, 2000 - Brian Stevens, VP of Internet Strategy for Mission Critical Linux, will be a presenter in the "Linux and the Bleeding Edge" track at LINUXFest 2000! Brian will speak about "Mission Critical Applications in Linux Computing Environments" and will highlight how Mission Critical Linux's technology and services enable customers to build Internet infrastructure and enterprise solutions on the Linux platform.

Keynote speakers for the event include industry gurus such as Eric Raymond, well-reknown author of the "Cathedral and the Bazaar'" and Larry Augustin, CEO of VA Linux Systems. LINUXFest 2000 is a four day event (June 20-24) dedicated to providing business professionals in the Midwest the opportunity to better understand the Linux operating system and its available software and consulting services, as applied to using Linux in the enterprise.

Peritek Peritek Corp. Acquires Megatek Graphics Product Line from Maxwell Technologies

Oakland, Calif - Peritek Corporation announced the acquisition of the Megatek product line of embedded display controllers from Maxwell Technologies.

"This expansion positions Peritek as the leading supplier of display control products in the embedded computing industry," states Charles Casselman, manager of the Megatek product group.
Pinnacle Data Systems PDSi Awarded Order Exceeding $1 Million From LTX Corporation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BUSINESS WIRE) June 15 - Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc., a leading engineering design center and repair facility providing high-end Unix-based technical solutions for the telecommunications industry and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), announced today that it has been awarded an order exceeding $1 million from LTX Corporation, one of the world's leading suppliers and manufacturers of semiconductor test equipment.

Working together with LTX, PDSi and Sun Microsystems developed a SPARCengine AXmp-based solution for LTX Corporation's LTX Fusion product, which offers a broad range of leading-edge semiconductor test capability in one platform, including advanced mixed signal, high-speed digital, digital signal processing, RF wireless, embedded memory, power and time measurement. Under requirements set forth by LTX, PDSi's solution provides a high performance and modular tester controller with a compact footprint. Working with LTX and Sun, PDSi was able to develop a system that exceeded these requirements - and fit LTX's budgetary requirements as well. Shipments of the new systems began in 1999 and are expected to be complete by December of 2000. Further orders for a higher and lower end version of the system are also expected sometime in 2000.
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