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2001, March week 1

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Microsoft and Sun Microsystems Take to the Ice: Children with Cancer are Winners in Microsoft Hockey Challenge

REDMOND, Wash., March 7, 2001 -
The competition between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems could be described as "passionate" - and that's just the companies' ice hockey teams. The two teams will face off Sunday in Seattle's Key Arena in one of the featured games of the Microsoft Hockey Challenge tournament. What's at stake is company pride and much more -- they'll be playing to help raise $1 million for the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle.

"What's really cool is that Sun Microsystems has agreed to come up and play us at Key Arena," Nadine Kano of the Windows division at Microsoft. says. "We think that takes a lot of guts. We're friends of the hockey team -- they're the big draw, they're what everybody wants to see. As much as we compete with their company, we love their hockey team." ...Microsoft profile ...Sun Microsystems profile
Microsoft and Sun Microsystems Take to the Ice

Sun and BMC Software Work to Dynamically Increase Utilization of Sun Enterprise 10000 Servers

Dataram Offers Memory for New Sun Netra T1 and X1 Servers

SBE Announces New PTMC Intelligent CompactPCI Core Processing Platform

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Conferences in the Web Age: Are They Useful?

by Active Communications International

In today's world of constantly evolving technologies, more and more organizations are finding themselves being invited to attend seminars, conferences, trade shows and expositions. How should companies and individuals keep abreast of the new and ever-changing knowledge?

There are numerous resources available today. One leading source is the Internet, as it is an extremely useful and expedient way to obtain information. However, what usually happens when surfing the Net? Log on. Search the subject. See what comes up. 1,019,876 different Web sites with the key words entered. Narrow the search. Still, enough Web sites to take days to sift through. Is anything missing? Maybe. Have all possible grounds been covered? Maybe not.

How can attending a conference be more beneficial?

Successful conferences developed today are produced with three key purposes in mind. One, a conference must provide the audience with new knowledge and information on the particular topic of interest. The industry's leading experts, companies and trade media are presenting their experiences.

Two, the event must have the necessary resources available for hands-on learning. A variety of vendors, all with the various tools, services and products are available for questions and demonstrations.

Three, there must be a circle of individuals within that particular industry or focus, including case studies or peers, vendors and consultants. Meet, network and build business relationships with the experts.

Be sure not to fall out of the race. Don't let the competition gain the edge because a lack of information.


Sun Microsystems

BMC Software
Sun and BMC Software Work to Dynamically Increase Utilization of Sun Enterprise 10000 Servers

PALO ALTO, CA - March 6, 2001 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced new workload-balancing and mainframe connectivity features that make it easier for data center customers to maximize the flexibility of their Sun Enterprise[tm] 10000 servers, as well as ease the integration of their Sun Enterprise 10000 servers into legacy data centers. These solutions enhance Sun's Dynamic System Domains and are the first example of workload management capabilities being integrated with industry leading systems management software.

Sun has worked with BMC Software to integrate Sun's automated Dynamic Systems Domains with BMC Software's PATROL® to produce a new solution for Workload-based Automated Dynamic Reconfiguration (LADR). BMC Software developed its PATROL® for Sun Automated Dynamic Reconfiguration (ADR) solution specifically for Sun to monitor system performance and proactively manage the domains of the Sun Enterprise 10000 server.

PATROL for Sun ADR provides Sun's Starfire server customers with truly automatic, capacity-based workload management of their server domains. With "on the fly" load balancing, workloads are monitored within domains and CPUs are automatically dynamically reconfigured (DR) between domains in response to workload changes. Using PATROL for Sun ADR, customers can dramatically lower their total cost of ownership and increase utilization on these servers. ...BMC Software profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
Dataram Dataram Offers Memory for New Sun Netra T1 and X1 Servers

Princeton, NJ - March 5, 2001 - Dataram Corporation today announced the immediate availability of memory for Sun Microsystems' Netra T1 AC200 and Netra X1 servers. ...Dataram profile
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SBE SBE Announces New PTMC Intelligent CompactPCI Core Processing Platform

SAN RAMON, CA, March 1, 2001 — SBE Inc today announced the HighWire HW400c/M, an intelligent cPCI core platform with dual PCI Telecom Mezzanine Card (PTMC) sites and a Dual Node CompactPCI Packet Switched Backplane (cPSB) interface. This newest addition to SBE's carrier class HighWire product family integrates emerging PTMC and cPSB technologies with the H.110 Computer Telephony and 64-bit/66MHz PCI Buses.

The HW400c/M PTMC sites provide Computer Telephony Bus connectivity for Computer Mezzanine Card form factor modules used in VoIP, VoATM, VPN, and AIN applications. Dual Node cPSB technology overlays the cPCI backplane with a high availability packet switching fabric. Both PTMC and cPSB are currently undergoing standardization by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufactures Group (PICMG). PTMC and cPSB functionality allows integrators to build flexible, standards-based telephony solutions from off-the-shelf components.

The PTMC modularity of the HW400c/M provides a core platform enabling a wide range of communications solutions. The dual PTMC mezzanine sites provide full support for both the new PTMC and existing PMC modules. The HW400c/M may be integrated with SBE's soon-to-be-announced wanPTMC modules for T1/E1/J1 and channelized T3 connectivity, the existing SBE wanPMC family of modules, and a wide range of standards-compliant third party modules.

Software selectable support for dual 10/100 Ethernet or Dual Node cPSB, combined with full CompactPCIHot Swap capability, make the HW400c/M an ideal solution for both existing and future carrier-class high-availability systems.

Support for both front and rear I/O access positions the HW400c/M as a solution for today's global telecommunications market. ...SBE profile

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