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Lexmark Lexmark makes printing easy and affordable for Sun Ray™ appliance customers

LEXINGTON, Ky., Sep 28, 2000 - Lexmark International, Inc. today made printing with Sun Microsystems' Sun Ray™ appliances via Universal Serial Bus (USB) easier and more affordable for Sun Ray appliance customers.

Sun Ray Server Software 1.2, announced yesterday by Sun, will enable Sun Ray appliance customers to print directly via a USB connection to locally attached Lexmark Optra™ printers. In addition, Lexmark's Optra printers have been certified by Sun through the Solaris™ Ready program and are available for both network and locally attached printing in the Sun Ray appliance workgroup environment.

Lexmark offers three Optra laser printer models with standard USB connections, eliminating the additional costs associated with adding a USB option separately. These Lexmark printers range in price from $399 to $799* and print 10 to 17 pages per minute, depending on the model. ...Lexmark profile
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Lexmark makes printing easy and affordable for Sun Ray™ appliance customers

HIARC CAB Software Provides Linux Users with Online, Centralized Archiving and Backup

Sun Debuts the First Member of its Next-Generation Ultrasparc III Sun Fire Family of Servers

Force Computers Introduces First Embedded System With Sentinel 'Universal Mode' Technology

SS8 Networks Utilizes Sun Microsystems

Themis Computer now shipping industry's broadest line of SPARC® VME single board computers
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What is Data Recovery? - article by  Disklabs
What is Data Recovery? - article by Disklabs

The first time you try any new technology service it can be a bit daunting. Who do you choose? What if it goes wrong? The pressure really turns up when you are in the situation of having lost your data due to a backup failure, hardware fault, operator error or physical disaster. That's usually the first time you look at the data recovery market. and it's when you're in a high state of anxiety and can't take the risk of anything else going wrong. This article is a simple guide to how the data recovery industry works and how it can help you in this frightening situation. ...read the article,...Disklabs profile, Data Recovery, backup software, Hard disk drives
HIARC HIARC CAB Software Provides Linux Users with Online, Centralized Archiving and Backup

ANAHEIM, CA - September 26, 2000 - HIARC Inc. today introduced its new online Centralized Archiving and Backup (CAB) data management software for Linux. HIARC CAB(tm) provides businesses with an on-line central point of management for their data backup and retrieval needs.

CAB gives businesses an on-line, lights out, cross platform, data protection and retrieval solution that automatically replicates and archives any kind of file - such as documents, spreadsheets, images and Internet related data - located on Linux, Solaris, Unix or Windows-based clients and routes these files to local or off-site storage. CAB acquires data by taking point in time data snapshots.

Point in time snapshots record the state of network data without having to worry about traditional backup windows. CAB archives snapshots as defined by the parameters entered for each snapshot entry, creating historical step by step evolution of a business' data. Because the data snapshot method is task oriented and replicates only changed data, it does not strain network bandwidth like batch-oriented disk-to-tape backups can.

The frequency rate for each snapshot is programmable and can be changed at any time. When retrieving data, CAB gives clients true 7 x 24 access to both their archived and last snapshot data. Now users can retrieve data from the time period they need and view these archived files with response times that can equal what they get from their live or production data files. With CAB, no one has to wait for someone to schedule the time to restore his or her data from a backup tape. CAB can be configured for server-to-server applications. This allows a higher-level corporate server to backup data from a lower-level server - and the lower-level server to backup data from workstations located on the network it manages.

CAB gives organizations the scalability they need because CAB backs up data over any IP based shared or dedicated LAN, WAN or SAN.

CAB offers out-of-the-box functionality and scalability for managing content, does not require installation of vendor supplied client specific software, and complements existing corporate disk-to-tape backup procedures. CAB pricing starts at $2,475 MSRP. ...HIARC profile
Sun Microsystems Sun Debuts the First Member of its Next-Generation Ultrasparc III Sun Fire Family of Servers

NEW YORK CITY, NY - September 27, 2000 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today introduced the first UltraSPARC[tm] III server: the Sun Fire[tm] 280R.

This 4U rackmountable system includes upto two 750 MHz UltraSPARC III processors; dual, hot-swappable power supplies with independent power cords; front accessible, hot-swappable FC-AL disk drives; 4 PCI slots, 10/100 base T Ethernet port; and Automatic System Recovery and Remote System Control for remote system management in a lights-out situation.

Comparing this new model with the competition, Sun justifiably claims that its superior cache and I/O throughput will deliver a more powerful server platform. Its 8MB cache is 32 times that of Compaq's DL380 and its ultra-fast interconnect technology is more than 4 times faster than the DL380 and more than twice as fast as Hewlett-Packard's A500. The excellent I/O performance of the blazing Fire Plane interconnect at 4.8GB/sec makes it a great Web, e-commerce or Internet gateway server. In addition, Sun is the only hardware vendor to bring two hot-swappable internal FC-AL (fibrechannel) disk drives to entry-level servers.

Pricing and Availability Sun will announce configurations starting as low as $10,000 later this year. The company's first offering is a complete, pre-configured and tested package to address the needs of the fast-growing segment of the market: service providers that require a dot-com infrastructure with high density and high availability. This configuration will include a dual 750Mhz Sun Fire 280R server with 8GB of memory, dual internal FC-AL drives, dual power supplies, and Sun StorEdge[tm] T3 external storage disk array with 327GB, available in late 2000. Pricing for this configuration is $89,995. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's note:- in the same week which saw embedded systems companies announcing 1GHz Pentium based systems, Sun has finally got enough yield on its new processors to announce 750MHz SPARC systems. In fact Sun was having no difficulty in shipping vast volumes of 400MHz (approx) systems until recently, so the new announcement should open up the order floodgates. The superior operational performance of Solaris compared to Windows is one reason why big server buyers have hung onto their SPARC based systems. Compatibility and legacy systems are also an issue. For new ecommerce systems the gaps between SPARC and Pentium based servers have been closing. If you're interested in reading case studies from real web sites, you can see success stories from Sun and Intel. Our own web ad server for this site is a SPARC based system, which was upgraded about a week ago, but we prefer to use PC's on our desktops.
Force Computers Force Computers Introduces First Embedded System With Sentinel 'Universal Mode' Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 26, 2000 - Force Computers today announced the Centellis™ 8540 CompactPCI system, featuring the SENTINEL™ "universal mode" PCI-to-PCI bridge technology, for telecommunications, industrial control, data communications and medical imaging applications. By integrating the SENTINEL technology with the second-generation UltraSPARC-IIi™ 440 MHz processor, the Centellis 8540 is the first embedded system on the market that makes the advantages of universal mode technology available to embedded Solaris® applications.

"...The Centellis 8540 is focused on compactness, for clustering, IP networking and powerful mass storage systems," said Luise Czech, Force Computers product manager. "In addition, with full Hot Swap capability, the 8540 supports most modules with no need to shut down and reboot to activate the modules."

Additionally, the Centellis 8540 can include up to seven Ethernet ports, three SCSI ports and 512 MBytes of memory, without losing the use of any I/O slots.

The Centellis 8540 will ship in September under Force's Early Access Unit (EAU) program, and volume shipments are scheduled for the end of Q4 2000. ...FORCE COMPUTERS profile
SS8 Networks SS8 Networks Utilizes Sun Microsystems

September 25, 2000 - NetWorld + Interop, Atlanta, GA - SS8 Networks today announced that Sun Microsystems will provide its industry-leading CompactPCI technologies for SS8 Networks' next generation signaling and IP Advanced Intelligent Network/Intelligent Network (IP-AIN/IN) solutions. Foremost in the agreement is the use of critical Sun Microsystems technology in SS8 Networks' carrier-class platform that enables telecommunications companies to deliver high-performance, reliable and scalable telephony, video and data services on IP networks.

SS8 Networks™ provides a signaling and service infrastructure upon which service providers such as Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs), Incumbent Local Exchange(ILECs), Greenfield carriers, and Inter-Exchange Carriers (IXCs) can rapidly deploy next-generation IP AIN/IN Services. SS8 Networks' ServiceSwitch™, as the essential service control element, will enable these providers to offer single number service, Internet roaming, unified personal communications integrating voice/text/video, and integration of wireless, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable modem access services.

By 2003, Probe Research predicts IP telephony traffic to total 71 billion minutes of use. SS8 Networks expects its signaling solutions to garner a significant share of the IP telephony signaling marketplace, which is projected to reach $1.7 billion in the next three years. ...SS8 Networks profile
Themis Computer Themis Computer now shipping industry's broadest line of SPARC® VME single board computers

FREMONT, California-September 24, 1999 - Themis Computer's line of SPARC VME single board computers (SBCs), comprising seven basic products and numerous optional configurations, is the industry's largest. Themis' SPARC based single board computer product line includes dual UltraSPARC-II platforms (USPII) and UltraSPARC-IIi chip and module based SBC's (USPIIi-1V, USPIIi-3V). All Themis UltraSPARC SBCs support the latest versions of Sun's popular Solaris Operating System. The family members includes single and dual processor SMP SBCs based on the high-performance UltraSPARC-II, and both UltraSPARC-IIi chip-on-board and module based embedded platforms. All Themis' single board computers are compatible with the embedded industry's leading software and peripheral controller including real time operating systems, vector array processors, graphics accelerators and I/O boards for networking and communications.

Recent contracts awarded to Themis for delivery of its single board computers include the NATO AWACS program, USAF Rivet Joint program and the Marine Tactical Air Operations Center program. In addition, Themis has been chosen as the sole UltraSPARC VME single board computer and systems supplier to the U.S. Navy's AN/UYQ-70(V) program. This Q-70 program is the Navy's premier COTS/OSA display and processor family of systems for mission critical applications. Notes John E. George, vice president of sales and marketing for Themis,

"We are 100% focused on UltraSPARC®. We've developed five generations of SPARC-based VME platforms since 1991 and our current products offer the greatest range of performance available. We have also been chosen this year as one of Sun's select Value Added Integrators (VAI)." ...THEMIS COMPUTER profile

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