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Red Hat Launches University Program To Accelerate the Use of Open Source at Universities Around the World

Genroco and VideoPropulsion Announce Stock Splits After Spinoff

Performance Technologies Joins Industry Leaders in Successful International Test of Key Internet Telephony Protocol

Mission Critical Linux Announces Release of Cluster Technology Source Code to Open Source Community

Sun Continues its Commanding Lead over HP and IBM in the UNIX Server Market
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Squeak! - Why are Most Analysts Wrong About Solid State Disks?
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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
Learn How to Trust Your Storage Drives - article by the Trusted Computing Group
Learn How to Trust Your Storage Drives - article by the Trusted Computing Group

H
ow much can you trust the security of data on your storage drives?

Snugly nestling in a RAID system in your datacenter - maybe. Now what about when those self same drives are in some one else's mitts - because they've been replaced, sold or stolen?

The Trusted Computing Group has been working with storage manufacturers and other industry trade bodies to create a standard model and framework for extending security into the storage drive - using extensions of the SCSI and ATA command sets - and by extending the features originally designed for internal error logging. Although at an early stage, readers may be interested in reading and commenting (to TCG) on the draft document - which is published here as part of their market liaison exercise. ...read the article, ...Trusted Computing Group profile, Storage Security, disk sanitizers
Red Hat Red Hat Launches University Program To Accelerate the Use of Open Source at Universities Around the World

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—June 28, 2000—Red Hat®, Inc. today announced the Red Hat University Program, a global program designed to use Red Hat's comprehensive resources to accelerate the use of open source solutions in the educational environment. Under the direction of the University Program, an initial donation of over $350,000 in open source software and tools, including GNU Pro Dev Kits and Code Fusion packages, has been made to the following universities: California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Georgetown University, University of Alberta, University of California at San Diego, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina, University of Washington; and the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo, both in Canada.

The Red Hat University Program is designed to help universities build out their internet infrastructure with open source and expand universities' teaching and development resources. ...Red Hat company profile
GENROCO Genroco and VideoPropulsion Announce Stock Splits After Spinoff

SLINGER, WI - June 29, 2000 - GENROCO, Inc. a world leader in SAN technology along with its digital video transport subsidiary, VideoPropulsion, Inc., which will be spunoff to shareholders on Friday, announced that both companies will split their respective stocks the following Monday. GENROCO shareholders of record as of June 30, 2000 will receive a dividend of one share of VideoPropulsion for each share of GENROCO owned. There are now approximately 4.6 million shares of GENROCO outstanding. GENROCO will undertake a 2 for 1 forward split and VPI will do a 4 for 1 forward split. Owners of GENROCO stock on July 3 will receive one new share of GENROCO common stock for each share that they hold, thereby doubling the amount of outstanding stock.

Upon completion of the stock split, there will be approximately 9.2 million shares of GENROCO outstanding with about 2 million shares in the "float". GENROCO executed a 3 for 1 split last fall. VPI shareholders of record on July 3 will take in an additional three shares of VPI stock for each VPI share, thus increasing the number of outstanding shares by a factor of four to roughly 18.4 million shares. Management now expects VPI shares to be listed on the OTC Bulletin Board in early July. The Boards of Directors of the two firms are performing the stock splits in order to increase the number of their tradable shares and reduce the price of a minimum one hundred share block of stock for small investors. ...Genroco company profile, ...VideoPropulsion company profile
Performance Technologies Performance Technologies Joins Industry Leaders in Successful International Test of Key Internet Telephony Protocol

Rochester, New York - Tuesday, June 27, 2000 - Performance Technologies, Inc. announced today the successful completion of interoperability testing with a core group of leading telecommunications companies of a key technical building block for worldwide deployments of Internet telephony services. PTI joined 3Com, Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel Networks, S-Link, Siemens, Sun, Telcordia and Trillium in five days of testing of the new Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) signaling protocol SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol).

SCTP will allow companies to exchange signaling information between telephone switching systems using Internet technology and to implement new telephony services more easily. The new protocol is designed to add performance and reliability to IP to support the transport of SS7 signaling, the backbone of existing traditional public switched networks. ...Performance Technologies company profile
Mission Critical Linux Mission Critical Linux Announces Release of Cluster Technology Source Code to Open Source Community

Lowell, Massachusetts; June 26th, 2000 - Mission Critical Linux, Inc announced today that it has released the source code for its innovative, high-availability Kimberlite cluster technology to the Open Source community under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Using off-the-shelf commodity hardware running any Linux distribution, Kimberlite delivers exceptional high availability in enterprise computing environments while guaranteeing data integrity -- even in the face of multiple hardware and software failures. This technology is being demonstrated in the DVD-RAM Pavilion at this week's PC Expo in New

Today's announcement reflects the strong commitment Mission Critical Linux has made to support the Open Source community in its efforts to advance the adoption of Linux in the enterprise.

"Kimberlite technology represents a giant step in the evolution of Linux in the enterprise; issues concerning availability and data integrity will no longer be a roadblock to wide-scale acceptance of Linux in the high-end server market," said Moiz Kohari, President and CEO of Mission Critical Linux. "We are delighted to be able to share our knowledge and expertise in this area and look forward to collaborating with the Open Source community to extend the reach of this technology," he added.

In late July, Mission Critical Linux will launch branded cluster solutions built on Kimberlite technology. These solutions will add full-product qualification on leading hardware and Linux distributions, product warranty, and support services to the Open Source technology. ...Mission Critical Linux company profile
Sun Microsystems Sun Continues its Commanding Lead over HP and IBM in the UNIX Server Market

PALO ALTO, CA - June 26, 2000 - Led by accelerating demand for its entry-level systems, Sun Microsystems Inc. brought home top scores and widened its lead over IBM and HP in the UNIX(R) server market. According to International Data Corporation's (IDC) Q1CY00 Server Tracker report, Sun shipped twice as many UNIX servers as HP and nearly three times as many as IBM -- ending the quarter with a resounding 38 percent share. It was the 12th consecutive quarter that Sun lead in UNIX server shipments. Sun was also number one in UNIX server revenue with 32 percent market share -- a category the company has led for five consecutive quarters.

Sun servers continue at an unparalled growth rate. The company posted 51 percent higher shipments and 27 percent more revenue in Q1CY00 than in the same period last year, and in the process outpaced its nearest rivals in both UNIX and total (UNIX, Windows NT and other platforms) server markets. This growth was propelled by astounding performance in the entry-level UNIX server space where the popularity of the Sun Enterprise[tm] workgroup, Sun Enterprise 3500 and Netra[tm] servers were responsible for a whopping 62 percent growth rate (Q1CY00 over Q1CY99) to take a staggering 39 percent of the market in unit shipments -- well more than double the next closest vendor, HP with 16 percent. Sun also led this class in revenue scoring 39 percent of the market and a 29 percent quarter-over-quarter growth rate. This quarter's number one ranking in the UNIX entry server class marks 9 consecutive quarters of leadership in UNIX revenue and 12 consecutive quarters in shipments. ...Sun Microsystems company profile
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