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Why are most Sun resellers invisible on the web?

For large systems, Solaris on SPARC will continue to be a better choice than NT for many years. These are the real reasons why...

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SPARC resellers - are they important? Do we really need them? Resellers were important in the development of the SPARC market in the 1990's. Will the web change that?

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Gartner Gartner's Midsize Enterprise Summit Selected as Venue By "e" Product and Service Providers

STAMFORD, Conn., January 18, 2001 – Gartner Group, Inc announced today that more than 50 technology product vendors and service providers will join senior IT executives and Gartner analysts at Midsize Enterprise Summit. The Summit focuses on the issues critical to managing e-business in the midsize enterprise, and takes place at East and West Coast venues - January 28-30th in San Francisco, and February 21-23rd in Tampa Bay.

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Sun Microsystems Sun Pre-announces Sub $1,000 SPARC Rackmount Server

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 17, 2001 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today unveiled the Netra[tm] X1 server. With a starting price of $995, this complete one processor, rack mountable, and 1 RU height (1.75 inches) ultra-thin server presents an affordable entree to Sun[tm] technology. Features include:
  • Rack-mountable 1U height to allow for more servers in existing rack space
  • Pre-installed Solaris 8 Operating Environment and lights-out management (LOM) software for remote monitoring and control
  • Small server footprint (17" width x 13" depth) for streamlined installation and maintenance
  • Front and back LEDs, removable system configuration card, space for system label, cable management hardware
  • Easy out of the box installation

Pricing and Availability Sun's Netra X1 thin server will be available starting March 6, 2001 through Sun and Sun's existing worldwide sales channels. The starting list price is $995 for a system configured with an UltraSPARC IIe 400MHz processor, 128MB memory (1GB max), 1-20GB hard drive (2 drives max), and Solaris 8 and LOM management software pre-installed. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- you're going to see the Netra X1 described in many other places as a "PC Killer", but that's far from the truth because this is very much an entry level performance limited machine. The best way to view it, in my opinion is as a Trojan horse. Until this announcement, there was a price barrier which made the evaluation of the SPARC/Solaris patform an expensive option for small new companies. The $1,000 price tag means that a PC literate company can now afford to try out a Sun compatible solution, and if they decide not to use it, they can afford to throw it away.

Most data centers can't afford to waste precious space and effort filling up 1U rack space with a single processor low power server, so I don't see this eating into the mid and high range server business. But this new product may open the door to tens of thousands of new customer sites who can now afford to evaluate an alternative to PC servers.

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FusionStorm FusionStorm Announces Sun National System Provider Status

San Francisco, USA - 17 January, 2001 - FusionStorm, a leading remote managed IT services provider, today announced it has become a Sun Microsystems, Inc. iForce National System Provider, enabling FusionStorm to deliver Sun™ technology anywhere in the United States along with its remote managed and professional services.

"FusionStorm has worked with Sun for many years, delivering complex, high end Sun and Oracle solutions in addition to our remote managed solutions" stated, John Varel, CEO of FusionStorm. "Sun's recognition of FusionStorm as a National System Provider will allow us to continue our expansion across the country with Sun as one of our key solution partners." ...FusionStorm profile
Verio Verio Announces Availability of Virtual Private Server (VPS) On Solaris™ Platform

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 16, 2001 - The flexibility vs. finance decision that many small-to-medium-sized companies face when outsourcing their Internet operations today took a major step towards extinction. Verio Inc., a subsidiary of NTT Communications and the world's largest Web-hosting company, has announced the availability of its Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting product on the industry-leading Sun Solaris™ Operating Environment.

The Verio VPS solution provides the functionality of a dedicated server at a price comparable to most shared-server environments and is for the first time combined with the stability and high-performance levels of the Solaris system.

Laura Zung, Verio's vice president of product management commented "The cost for this product is $150 per month, similar to most shared-server environments, while it offers a rich set of features normally reserved for much more costly and sophisticated dedicated solutions." ...Verio profile

Editor's comments:- ACSL publisher of SPARC Product Directory and use Verio to host those web sites from 1999 to around August 2016.

Verio exited the hosting business in September 2016 and in the final few quarters its customer services became uncontactable. On the technical side their hostong business was mostly very reliable. The new hosting service which we switched to in the summer of 2016 is much faster and cheaper however - based on the first 12 months of our experience.
SiteSmith Sun Names SiteSmith an iForce National Systems Provider

SANTA CLARA, CALIF., January 16, 2001 - SiteSmith, Inc. announced today that it has been named as a Sun Microsystems, Inc. iForce(SM) National System Provider. Sun's iForce National System Provider requires one of the highest level of certification for Sun channel members. The program recognizes that National System Providers have the expertise and ability to deliver Sun's critical ebusiness solutions nationwide.

SiteSmith provides the technology and services that automate the construction and management of complex Internet site infrastructures. At the core of its service offering is the SiteSmith Operations Platform, a comprehensive and flexible Internet service utility that can accelerate site deployment, provide predictable and cost effective site management, and enable capacity planning for companies with new and existing Internet sites. SiteSmith relies on Sun products to build solid Internet operations platforms that support its customers' business requirements. ...SiteSmith profile
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Morse Achieves BMC Software OnSite™ Certification

HOUSTON and SURESNES, FRANCE - Jan. 15, 2001 - BMC Software, Inc. today announced that Morse, a leading European system integrator (and Sun reseller), has achieved the BMC Software OnSite™ certification. Morse, the second company in France to join the growing list of BMC Software OnSite-certified customers, underwent a rigorous certification process to implement BMC Software's management methodology.

The methodology involves the right combination of solutions implementation and regular HealthChecks by BMC Software Professional Services, enabling Morse to provide its customers with the highest levels of availability from their Web-based and other ebusiness applications.

The rush to take traditional businesses online has resulted in ebusiness standards that are less than those required from the traditional brick and mortar counterparts. BMC Software OnSite is a program that extends the promise of assuring continuous application service to the Web and ebusiness environments. ...BMC Software profile, ...Morse profile

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