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VERITAS VERITAS Software Announces New UNIX Enterprise-Class Data Protection Solution for Desktops and Mobile Laptops

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.- January 29, 2001 - VERITAS Software Corporation today announced a new version of VERITAS NetBackup™ Professional, which extends its protection of mobile and laptop computers to UNIX-based servers as well as Windows-based servers. The new version 3.1 of VERITAS NetBackup Professional provides an easy-to-manage solution for backing up and recovering valuable and irreplaceable data stored on corporate desktops and mobile laptops.

"VERITAS NetBackup Professional (for Microsoft® Windows® NT) has been well-received in the market since its initial release last year. The next logical step for the product was to introduce a UNIX server component," said Neal Ater, senior vice president, Data Protection Product Group, VERITAS Software. "By implementing VERITAS NetBackup Professional on either a Windows- or Solaris-based server, organizations benefit from the scalability and the flexibility that modern desktop and mobile laptop data protection strategies demand." ...VERITAS profile
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VERITAS Software Announces New UNIX Enterprise-Class Data Protection Solution for Desktops and Mobile Laptops

Scyld Announces the First Commercial Release of its Next Generation Beowulf Cluster Operating System Called Scyld Beowulf

Force and Lineo Announce Partnership to Provide High Availability Linux Solutions

Kdb Demos Sub-second Response on Billion-Row Databases on Linux Platform from Concorde

New Members, $24 Million in Funding Mark Opening of Industry Linux Lab

QLogic to Produce SBus-to-Fibre Channel Host Adapters for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Sun and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit

Industry Analysts Rank Force Computers The Pacesetter in Worldwide CompactPCI Market

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The Future of Storage

by:- Farid J. Neema - President of Peripheral Concepts, Inc

The future of storage networking is contingent upon the evolution of SAN and NAS architectures, the distribution model for storage, and the advances in telecommunications techniques. These in turn will create new applications demanding higher levels of performance, very scalable interoperable systems, and universal data access. Storage beyond 2003 will inter-operate with the rest of the IT and IP environment

SAN and NAS Architectures

The frontiers of SAN and NAS are rapidly growing and evolving making it increasingly difficult to identify separate markets. Ultimately, much of the differing functionality of the two architectures will merge. NAS will find a way to overcome the slow nature of TCP, and take advantage of the higher Ethernet speeds, as NAS appliances scale and layer in additional software functionality SAN will overcome its interoperability problems, will incorporate both caching and heterogeneous data sharing, while moving to easy-to-install, low-cost products. The road to NAS and SAN convergence will go through some "SAN over IP" solution

The exact outcome of SAN and NAS merger is not clear at this point. The most likely outcome is that FC prevails in the mid-term for the metropolitan area, a SAN file system emerges as a standard, and bridges are built to either encapsulate FC (or SCSI) over IP or to translate FC into IP for WAN connections. IP protocol will prevail in the long term with the advent of 10-gigabit Ethernet, its advantages override FC merits, and many SAN products will be implemented based on IP.

Just like in any major new development, there won't be one technology that fits everyone's needs. There will be complementary technologies that address different market segments. The proper solution will likely differ by application, connectivity requirements, scalability, performance, and price sensitivity. Fibre Channel SAN has acquired enough momentum to ensure its continued high acceptance rate for the next three to five years. For any architecture to be successful, it will have to guarantee continuity/ integration with Fibre channel.

Storage Distribution

The profile of distribution channels is changing, driven by service providers. Service providers represent a very significant discontinuity in the way storage is distributed and the way vendors interact with their users and channels. They will constitute a great market opportunity and create a new business model for storage. A data tone model will prevail. Storage will be provided as a utility by service providers, except for larger corporations that will be very reluctant to give away all of their data to someone else to manage. To succeed, a VAR will need to offer a complete solution and service.


The Internet revolution is causing businesses to rethink every interaction with customers, suppliers and partners. While the Internet is merely the trigger, the real effect lies in the better use of corporate information, leading to broader market reach and additional business. Corporations will aggressively invest in the development of more efficient and optimized IT infrastructures to leverage new and existing data. Mobile business, consumer retail purchase, entertainment, combined with multi-media support, will drive the creation of an infrastructure where content is independent of the data format and the storage location. In such an environment, data security will grow to a become a vital necessity.

Industry and Industry Leaders

The storage leader in year 2003-2005 will:

  • Provide reliable, scalable solution to open storage that is easily managed
  • Stay closest to his customers
  • Execute in a timely way
  • Offer a high Quality of Service
  • Have very high software, system and network skills

Industry consolidation will continue, many storage vendors will disappear, and a new breed of companies will emerge as storage leaders.

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Scyld Computing Scyld Announces the First Commercial Release of its Next Generation Beowulf Cluster Operating System Called Scyld Beowulf

ANNAPOLIS, MD - January 29, 2001 - Scyld Computing Corporation today released the first commercial version of its Scyld Beowulf Next Generation Cluster Operating System software. The first of quarterly planned releases, the Scyld Beowulf software provides simplified cluster integration and setup, easy administration, and seamless scalability.

Beowulf-style cluster systems are computers running open-source operating systems that are networked together to form a parallel processing supercomputer.

Scyld has formed, and is in the process of forming, partnerships and alliances with over two dozen corporations around the world including experienced traditional high performance computer providers and system integrators such as API, Compaq, Microway, Paralogic, Aspen Systems, Atipa, eLinux, Linux Networx, Myricom, PSSC Labs, VA Linux, and Cendio Systems amongst others. ...Scyld profile
Force Computers

Force and Lineo Announce Partnership to Provide High Availability Linux Solutions

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2001 - Force Computers today announced a partnership with Lineo, Inc. to develop a Linux cluster solution with High Availability features for mission-critical applications. Branded the Force Availix™ Platform 8-i500, this unique Linux operating system-based cluster solution demonstrates Force's capabilities to integrate CompactPCI® technology with third-party hardware and software to provide embedded systems for differing availability requirements.

The Force Availix Platform brings enhanced reliability to mid-range CompactPCI applications with redundant features such as cluster controller boards, RAID controllers, hot-swappable power supplies, as well as 2 x 36GByte hot-swappable RAID disks and a redundant fan option for increased availability and serviceability. The system can scale to seven Pentium® III processor-based single board computers (SBCs) and supports CompactPCI HA Hot Swap.

At the heart of the platform is the Lineo HA Arbiter board that features redundant hot-swappable arbiter logic to synchronize clocks of all boards and coordinates access of peripheral boards to the bus. Lineo Availix clustering software includes a load balancer, cluster manager/monitor and hot-swap manager and controller monitor, offering several powerful features for configuring, monitoring and administering Linux clusters.

"The implementation of Lineo Availix software on a Force CompactPCI platform offers a very competitive solution for companies in search of high availability features at an affordable price point," said Bruno Simon, general manager of Lineo's HA Group. ...FORCE COMPUTERS profile, ...Lineo profile
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Kx Systems
Kdb Demos Sub-second Response on Billion-Row Databases on Linux Platform from Concorde

Miami, Florida, January 26, 2001 - Kx Systems announced today that it has built a multi-billion tick database application that gives traders and analysts a powerful new tool for making investment decisions. Based on Kdb, its ultra-high performance relational database, Kx has built a demonstration version of the solution in partnership with the Concorde Group Ltd., to show at the LinuxWorld Expo in NYC next week. This solution leverages the efficiency of Red Hat Linux and utilizes high performance, high-density compute servers.

The tick database application was built in response to requests from financial institutions who are under pressure to bring more powerful predictive tools to the trading floor, particularly tools that use time series analysis that is, look at a stock's past series of trade and quote prices in consecutive order. Providing real time analysis of this data has become impossible for significant time horizons, because there is simply too much data accumulating too quickly. In this tick database system, Kx gets sub-second query response rates on 2 years of NYSE tick data for all publicly traded stocks - over 2.5 billion trades and quotes.

"Before Kdb, we were waiting 60 to 90 seconds for responses to queries on our system," says an IT Manager for a large private hedge fund. "I decided to try to speed things up with Kdb, and was able to build a prototype trading system in Kdb in one week that ran 1,000 times faster than what we were running at the time. That convinced us to add a significant historical component to the real time system, and even with billions of rows of tick data our response rates are still out of this world." ...Concorde Group profile, ...Kx Systems profile
Open Source Development Lab New Members and $24 Million in Funding Mark Opening of Industry Linux Lab

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 24, 2001 - The industry's first independent, non-profit lab designed for developers who are adding new business-oriented capabilities to Linux and Linux-based software opened today with the support of 19 sponsor companies and more than $24 million in funding.

The Open Source Development Lab™ (OSDL), an 11,000-square-foot computing center in the high-tech district west of Portland, Ore., provides Linux and open source developers with access to high-end enterprise hardware and an open forum where they can build and test software for powerful servers and business computing environments.

Computer Associates, Fujitsu and Hitachi today joined original lab sponsors Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, IBM and NEC Corporation in supporting the lab. Miracle Linux, Mitsubishi Electric and Covalent joined original members Caldera, Dell, Linuxcare, LynuxWorks, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux and VA Linux as additional contributors and sponsors. The lab is managed by an independent board and officers, as well as a full-time director and staff.

"The Open Source Development Lab provides tremendous resources that enable collaborative development of enterprise-class capabilities in Linux," said Dr. Larry M. Augustin, president and CEO of VA Linux Systems. "Projects supported by the lab will further accelerate the acceptance of Open Source solutions in large-scale business environments."

Initial Lab Projects Identified The first OSDL project is a scalability project designed to enhance the Linux operating system to support 16 64-bit processors with near-linear performance improvement. The second project, identified with, an open source company, is focused on increasing Linux TCP/IP concurrent connection support from 20,000 to greater than 64,000.

Sun Microsystems
QLogic to Produce SBus-to-Fibre Channel Host Adapters for Sun Microsystems, Inc.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., January 23, 2001 - QLogic Corp. today announced plans to produce an SBus-to-Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter for Sun Microsystems, Inc.. The product is being developed in response to demands from Global 2000 IT professionals for a highly reliable and interoperable solution for SBus connectivity from Sun Enterprise™ servers to Fibre Channel switched fabrics. Scheduled for introduction mid-year, the Sun branded product, developed by QLogic, will eliminate the need for SAN administrators in mission-critical environments to source after-market products. QLogic, ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comment:- here's the link to find all those "after-market products" which provide fibre-channel today. A lot of these also support SBus.
Sun Microsystems

Sun and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit

PALO ALTO, CA - January 23, 2001 - Sun Microsystems Inc. announced today that Microsoft Corporation has agreed to settle Sun's lawsuit regarding Java technology. The settlement reached today will protect the future integrity of the Java platform. In addition, as part of the agreement, Microsoft has agreed to pay Sun $20 million, to accept Sun's termination of the prior license agreement, and to a permanent injunction against unauthorized use of Sun's JAVA COMPATIBLE trademark.

To protect those developers using Microsoft's outdated implementation of Sun's technology, Sun has licensed Microsoft to distribute its existing versions, provided that all future versions of such products conform to and pass Sun's compatibility tests.

"It's pretty simple: This is a victory for our licensees and consumers," said Sun's Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy. "The community wants one Java technology: one brand, one process and one great platform. We've accomplished that, and this agreement further protects the authenticity and value of Sun's Java technology." ...Microsoft profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comment:- although Sun and Microsoft compete head to head in important markets like server operating systems, and web browsers, it's important for future developments in storage networks (the next Big Thing in computing) for both these companies to collaborate in key technical areas. That kind of co-operation has been made more difficult with the Java litigation hanging around in the background. I don't expect these two companies to start liking each other, but I do expect you're going to see some significant "collaboration" style press releases this year which involve both companies, now that the Java issue is dusted and shelved.

See also:- REDMOND, Wash. -- Jan. 25, 2001 -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the Java User Migration Path to Microsoft .NET (JUMP to .NET), a set of independently- developed technologies and service offerings to enable programmers to preserve, enhance and migrate Java language projects onto the Microsoft® .NET Platform. JUMP to .NET enables Microsoft Visual J++® customers and other programmers who use the Java language to take advantage of existing skills and code investments while fully exploiting the Microsoft platform today and into the future.
FORCE COMPUTERS Industry Analysts Rank Force Computers The Pacesetter in Worldwide CompactPCI Market

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2001 - Force Computers received formal recognition as the CompactPCI(r) market leader during the 2001 Bus & Boards Conference, held Jan. 15-17, in San Diego. Three leading industry analysts ranked Force as the number one company in the CompactPCI space, as determined by their independent research findings, which they presented at the annual VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA) and PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) sponsored conference.

"Based upon our comprehensive research of the embedded worldwide market for merchant computer boards, Force Computers was the market leader for worldwide shipments of CompactPCI merchant boards in 2000," Jerry Krasner, Ph.D., executive director of Electronics Market Forecasters, said. "Force, having finished second in 1999, regained the lead in CompactPCI merchant board shipments from Intel/Ziatech in 2000."

His report listed the top 5 cPCI board vendors in 2000 as:-
  • Force
  • Intel/Ziatech
  • RadiSys
  • SBS
  • Natural Micro

In another presentation at the conference , analyst J. Eric Gulliksen of Venture Development Corp. (VDC) said, "Our research shows Force Computers as a global leader in sales of merchant computer boards for real-time and embedded applications. VDC ranks Force Computers as the top vendor worldwide of merchant boards utilizing CompactPCI bus architecture."

Also at the conference, Lars Johan Larsson of the Sweden-based research firm MODT AB indicated that Force has increased its lead in the European CompactPCI market. He credits this pan-European acceleration in business to growing systems sales and strong results from board-level products for telecommunications applications, as well as Force's traditional strength in the industrial sector.

"With expansion in telecommunications, Force is at the top of the European CompactPCI market," Larsson said. "Their broad range of CompactPCI systems and board-level products for communications, industrial and other embedded applications-along with the growth of their Centellis(tm) product line-has enabled them to create a leadership position in Europe. Force has had a strong presence in Europe for many years. We are also seeing major market-share increases for Force in the United Kingdom, France and Scandinavia."

Company commits resources to CompactPCI development "We are certainly proud of being recognized as a CompactPCI market leader-it's clear to us that supporting CompactPCI offers attractive growth potential," Torsten Ballentin, Force director of strategic marketing, said. "Force continues to commit significant resources for the long term to provide top quality manufacturing solutions, as well as developing market-leading CompactPCI products." ...FORCE COMPUTERS profile

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