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MarZ Consulting MarZ Consulting Inc. Offers New on Site Training Option and Free Sun SPARC Workstation

CENTREVILLE, Va., Sept. 6 - MarZ Consulting Inc. is changing the way IT organizations calculate their training budgets. The independent training firm, which specializes in Sun Solaris Administration training and consulting, now offers a mobile training environment that will allow companies to receive the services they require with minimal cost and employee inconvenience. The MarZ mobile training team travels to firms around the country providing on site Sun Solaris UNIX Administration courses at client sites.

``Absolute insanity!'' remarks Steve Maher, President and founder of MarZ Consulting. ``If you need to get 4 to 20 people trained as Unix administrators, it is going to cost at least $3000 per five day course per student. The travel alone including airfare, lodging, food and car rental is going to run $1000 per trainee! Why pay an extra eight to fifteen thousand dollars for travel? That is our market. We come to the customer site and conduct the hands on Sun Solaris UNIX Administration training in any available training room or conference room.''

The training is, in fact, hands on. MarZ trainers still provide the same depth of learning and hands on experience by bringing Sun Sparc 5, 10 or 20 workstations for every student, as well as a Sun Enterprise 250 server. The switches and hubs are also provided to complete the fully networked training environment.

``If there's a question about the need for this kind of service,'' said Maher, ``consider this. There are thousands of open positions for UNIX related positions in the US alone. Monsterboard.com errors out with more than 1,000 jobs and Dice.com with more than 5000! The reason for this is the cost of getting employees up to speed without an extra influx of venture capital.'' After the course, each student receives a free Sun Sparc 2 workstation to keep for continued practice.

``Students lose newly acquired knowledge if they don't use the technology on a daily basis. Now they can train hands on during the course and have a Sun workstation to continue to hone their skills on their own'' says Maher. For more information, visit www.marzconsulting.com or call +1 888 226 4341. ...MarZ profile

Editor's note:- for the benefit of our younger readers I looked up the SPARCstation 2 spec in an old edition of this directory. 28.5 MIPS, 4.2 MFLOPS, 32M RAM expandable to 64M, 424M winchester. The SS 2 was launched in 1990. You wouldn't want to use it today as an applications machine, but it'll be fine for sys admin or writing software.
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Rapid Growth at Resilience Corporation Results in Headquarters Move

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Sanitization Methods for Cleaning Up Hard Disk Drives - article by Intelligent Computer Solutions

Removing the data on old unwanted disk drives has become a concern for all users.

In 2005 Pointsec found that they were able to read 7 out of 10 hard-drives bought over the Internet at auctions such as eBay, for less than the cost of a McDonald's meal, all of which had "supposedly" been "wiped-clean" or "re-formatted".

This article reviews the various methods available to sanitize hard disks along with the advantages and disadvantages in each case....read the article, ...Intelligent Computer Solutions profile, disk sanitizers
Sun Microsystems Sun Broadens Tape Library Line with New Automation Products to Address Increasing Backup Needs Fueled by Internet Data Centers

PALO ALTO, CA. - September 5, 2000 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., today expanded its tape backup product family with the introduction of the Sun StorEdge[tm] L180 tape library, the Sun StorEdge L20 tape library and the Sun StorEdge L9 tape autoloader. These new additions to the Sun StorEdge tape family address the need for increasing automatic backup options fueled by the trend toward Internet data centers. The new products include rackmount or deskside packaging options.

The Sun StorEdge L180 tape library starts at a list price of $97,510 for an 80-cartridge, two DLT7000-drive configuration or $120,510 for an 80 cartridge, two 9840-drive configuration. The Sun StorEdge L20 tape library is available in configuration increments of 20, 40, or 60 cartridges and is list priced from $22,500 for a 20-cartridge deskside configuration with one DLT7000 tape drive. The Sun StorEdge L9 tape autoloader is list priced at $9,399. Pricing is subject to change without notice. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's note:- see also Tape libraries, and View from the hill - Will Sun Succeed in the STORAGE market?
Resilience Rapid Growth at Resilience Corporation Results in Headquarters Move

Sunnyvale, CA - September 5, 2000 - Resilience Corporation today announced that it is moving to its new corporate headquarters in order to accommodate the company 's rapid growth. The company expects to more than double its roster of employees within the next year.

"This is an exciting time in Resilience 's history," said Denny Olmsted, President and CEO, Resilience Corporation. "We are now an established start-up on the verge of meteoric growth. The size of our new corporate headquarters and its location in the heart of Silicon Valley will allow Resilience to retain and attract quality personnel, provide a state-of-the-art workplace, and expand with the needs of the fault-tolerant server market."

Located in Sunnyvale California, Resilience 's new headquarters occupies 15,000 square feet of office space, an increase of 66% from the company 's previous Palo Alto location. Resilience is expanding its organization in all functional areas, including sales, marketing and hardware and software engineering for the company 's fault tolerant Continuous Availability Server product line. ...Resilience profile
Cisco Systems New Versions of CiscoWorks Blue Network Management Tools Offer Enhanced Monitoring in Mixed SNA/IP Environments

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 5, 2000 - Cisco Systems Inc today announced extensions to its CiscoWorks Blue family with the availability of CiscoWorks Blue SNA View 3.0, CiscoWorks Blue Maps 3.0, and Internetwork Status Monitor for System/390Version 2.0. These web-based applications provide customers with easy-to-use tools for effective management of Systems Network Architecture (SNA)/IP networks.

As customers migrate from SNA-centric to more IP-centric networks, sophisticated troubleshooting and monitoring tools are required to address the associated complexities with ease. Network administrators managing a multiprotocol environment need to ensure optimal network performance in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Enhancements to the CiscoWorks Blue family of network management applications address the complex management needs of a mixed SNA/IP network. CiscoWorks Blue SNA View 3.0 provides SNA/IP network troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities via network and mainframe correlation.

Pricing and Availability:- CiscoWorks Blue SNA View 3.0 on Windows NT, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX is available now for $9,995-$19,995 USD (depending on mainframe group). CiscoWorks Blue Maps 3.0 on Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX is available now for $9,995-$19,995 USD (depending on mainframe group). CiscoWorks Blue Internetwork Status Monitor for System/390 Version 2.0 is available at the end of September for $19,995 USD. ...Cisco Systems profile
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