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InClose Design

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InClose Design Acquires Leading PCI I/O Maker Antares Microsystems

SAN JOSE, CA - February 14, 2001 - InClose Design today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire high performance workstation and server peripherals manufacturer, Antares Microsystems, for an undisclosed sum.

"This acquisition allows us to strengthen our enterprise-class storage focus, while diversifying our product lines," notes InClose CEO and Founder, Sunny Behl. "We are especially pleased to announce Antares President, Carl Munio, will become our Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately, and will direct the combined engineering resources of both companies."

Munio adds "We have an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the two companies' past successes with an exciting new array of SAN innovations. We are working on cutting-edge technology in both serial and parallel SCSI, giving us performance leadership that may surpass what the market expects."

Antares Founder, James J. Ludemann, who joins the InClose Board of Directors, notes " We were impressed by the innovation and initiative InClose has displayed in the marketplace. We are confident they will do what it takes to grow the business to the next level." ...Antares Microsystems profile, ...InClose Design profile

Editor's note:- Antares Microsystems launched the world's first 3rd party Sun compatible SBus card in 1989, and pioneered a market which resulted in the need for our independent publication which was originally called the SBus Product Directory. I've noticed during the last year, that newer Antares products targeted at the storage market started to appear with support for Windows NT, 2000, Linux etc in addition to the traditional support for Solaris. As I know from doing my own market estimates for there's a bigger market out there which companies born in the shadow of Sun can reach out for and thrive in.
InClose Design Acquires Leading PCI I/O Maker Antares Microsystems

Sun launches low cost motherboard for embedded systems

Sun Microsystems to resell ESCON® interfaces from Crossroads Systems

Mutek Solutions and Sun Microsystems Develop Risk Management Solutions

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Nibbles:- How to cut back expenses 21st century style.

Spend less on PC's, mailroom and paper. Spend more on servers and storage. That's what everyone's doing, and it's showing in IT companies' results...

In the current economic climate most organizations will find it a no-brainer to change their desktop buying strategies to keep their old PC's for another year before replacing them. In fact many new PC's, which have a clock speed twice as fast as the your current office generation may actually run slower, because of power saving modes which can't be turned off without crashing everything, fatter operating system software and loads of ready to run multimedia options which you don't even use at work.

You can't avoid upgrading your servers. For many companies, their web site is how they communicate with customers and attract new ones. The faster the better. As you add on 2nd generation CRM software to analyse the effectiveness of those web transactions, you need faster servers and more storage.

The good news is that you can easily justify doubling your server budget by cutting back on more traditional and wasteful forms of communication. Your mailroom costs can be slashed because most communication can be by web and email instead of post and Fedex. Your marketing costs can also be slashed while getting better results. You don't need to send all those mailshots and print new color catalogs - ever again..

Remember the old days when offices used to have filing cabinets? Hire a skip and throw half of them away. You don't need what's in them. You do not have to file every magazine, mailshot, catalog or letter to keep your business in good shape. In another 6 months you can throw away most of the filing cabinets which are still left. If you have legacy paperwork which you need for legal reasons, digitise it or archive it.

Here's a rule of thumb...

If it's not already digital, it's probably not important. That saves you masses of floor space. You can cut down the number of floors you rent, hire more people or create more meeting rooms.

Plan to buy more storage systems. You know the sort of thing:- RAID, NAS jukeboxes, tape libraries. You're going to need a lot more of that then you think.

You may say that these ideas are a little extreme...

As a publisher, we switched from a paper based company to an electronic based company about 5 years ago. When we did paper, we used a lot. We also fuelled the old paper economy by selling zillions of mailing lists from our own and other publications to help vendors communicate with their markets.

Now, we don't even send mailshots to advertisers. They want to see what we offer? They come to our web site, and we communicate by email. End of paper. Good for trees and global warming.

Now you have to be a little bit suspicious of any born again evangelists, because your own situation may not be so extreme at either end. But if you're trying to understand why most IT company results today are showing that the PC market sucks, whereas the server market is expanding, and the storage business is exploding, it's because a lot of managers in a lot of organizations have been going through the thought processes above, and the pressure of a market slowdown will make a lot of this stuff change faster.

Another cost cutting measure when you're trying to recruit hard to get experienced people...

Recruit mice instead. You can pay them less. They take up less space, and they like working night shifts. But the best ones have already gone;-)

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Sun launches low cost motherboard for embedded systems

PALO ALTO, CA - February 12, 2001 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the newest member of Sun's processor board family. Designed to complement the Netra family of servers, the new Netra[tm] AX1105-500 PCI board helps systems designers and integrators embed the power, performance and reliability of Sun's UltraSPARC[tm] IIe processor and the Solaris[tm] Operating Environment into applications where a traditional server cannot be used due to environmental or space requirements.

An integrated memory controller delivers 800-MB/sec peak and 400-MB/sec sustained bandwidth with external memory. A PCI bus bridge supports two PCI bus extensions, and each extension can support up to four PCI devices. The board also supports dual Ethernet ports to provide redundant network connections; has three industry-standard PCI expansion slots for expandability; and includes a full complement of peripheral devices, such as EIDE, USB, serial and parallel ports.

Sun's Netra AX1105 motherboard will ship in late February. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's note:- systems integrators in the UK can get this product from distributor - Microtronica
Crossroads Systems

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Sun Microsystems to resell ESCON® interfaces from Crossroads Systems

AUSTIN, Texas, February 12, 2001 - Crossroads Systems Inc. today announced it has entered into an OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems. Under the agreement, Sun will sell Crossroads' Enterprise System Connection (ESCON®) channel interface adapters to connect Sun Ultra Enterprise servers and IBM or compatible System 390 (S/390) mainframes via a high-speed fiber optic link.

"With more than half of the world's data stored on mainframes, medium-to-large businesses are constantly seeking ways to move data efficiently to and from open systems," said Brian R. Smith, chairman and CEO of Crossroads Systems. "This process can be very time consuming over a local area network. However, by connecting directly to a Sun Solaris® platform using our ESCON solution, data transfer performance is significantly improved."

The OEM agreement includes Crossroads' 6950 PCI-to-ESCON Channel Interface and software for TCP/IP applications and fast data movement. The products will be sold under the Sun brand, providing Sun customers with increased bandwidth and a high-speed ESCON connection between mainframes and Sun Enterprise servers for data intensive applications.

"High-speed data movement is essential in many applications, such as data warehousing and data backup and recovery," said Steve Campbell, director of marketing for Sun Microsystems. "With increased amounts of data and shrinking processing windows, direct, fiber optic connections between mainframes and Sun's Enterprise servers make a great deal of sense. Sun customers will have a way to move large amounts of data quickly without overloading their network." ...Crossroads Systems profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
Mutek Solutions

Sun Microsystems
Mutek Solutions and Sun Microsystems Develop Risk Management Solutions

Or-Yehuda, Israel and Palo Alto, Calif.- February 8, 2001 - Mutek Solutions LTD and Sun Microsystems, Inc. are working together to deliver Mutek's Black Box Flight Recorder on the Sun(TM) platform. As part of the joint development and marketing agreement, Mutek will deliver a Solaris(TM) Operating Environment-based version of its Server Black Box Flight Recorder for business-critical applications.

Mutek's solutions help maintain maximum application availability by alerting IT staff to application errors, and by pinpointing the root cause of those errors so that they can be fixed quickly. Mutek's Black Box Flight Recorder for software operates for business-critical applications much like an airplane's in-flight recorder, however, it is often capable of alerting system administrators before application and system failures occur.

The Black Box Flight Recorder transparently records the online operation of applications and delivers system alerts to the IT department about software and system irregularities and errors, often before they significantly effect business operations. No modifications are required to an enterprise's applications or the system in integrating Mutek's solutions. Mutek's solutions record application activity at multiple levels, from the user's experience, through the system-level operations and application performance and down to the program's code lines executed by the running process.

When there is a software or system error, IT support can access the Black Box Flight Recorder via the network and playback the error scenario to pinpoint the root cause of the problem. Mutek's Black Box Flight Recorder solutions include Black Boxes for servers and clients, with front-end consoles for configuration, root cause analysis, as well as Black Box management. ...Mutek Solutions profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile

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Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
Squeak! - Animal Brands and Metaphors in the Storage Market
Animal marketing metaphors are popular in service industries, but you'd be surprised how many companies have used animals in their marketing of data storage products and services.

The storage market was worth over $150 billion in 2005, and as it gets bigger - more companies will turn to animal brands to help differentiate their otherwise bland products and lend them artificial (or deserving) characters and virtues.

The idea behind this type of marketing is to suggest positive connotations so it's unlikely that anyone will choose to associate their products with gremlins. But you may be surprised by the population of the storage ark.

This reference articles lists all known companies who have furry marketing brands, and also includes some which are slimy, scaly and scary too. the article, Mice in storage
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