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Quantum|ATL Certifies the Emulex LP8000S SBus HBA with its Fibre Channel-Based Network Storage Solutions

IRVINE and COSTA MESA, Calif., April 5, 2001 - Quantum|ATL and Emulex Corporation today announced that the Emulex LightPulse® LP8000S SBus Fibre Channel (FC) HBA has been awarded certification of interoperability with Quantum|ATL's SAN solution offerings for Sun Solaris environments. Certification of the Emulex LP8000S provides customers with the assurance that this product is not only compatible with Quantum|ATL's P1000, P2000 and P3000 Series FC tape libraries, but also will perform with Quantum|ATL-certified solutions in a SAN environment.

"Our certification process consists of rigorous laboratory testing of the product in a Quantum|ATL SAN environment. The Emulex LP8000S SBus host bus adapter demonstrated the performance and reliability demanded by our mutual customers," said Richard Toomey, technical marketing SAN engineer, Quantum|ATL. "With this announcement, our SAN customers can now choose both PCI and SBus host bus adapters from Emulex with full confidence of interoperability with our SAN solutions." ...Emulex profile, ...Quantum|ATL profile
Quantum|ATL Certifies the Emulex LP8000S SBus HBA with its Fibre Channel-Based Network Storage Solutions

BSDi to Become iXsystems, Inc.

Tatung Announces New Dual 750 MHz UltraSPARC III Compatible Server

BBj Technology Marries Java with Business BASIC

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Nibble:- The Changing Map of the New Storage Frontier

" I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto" - from the movie - Wizard of Oz

Today's system managers would be forgiven for thinking that their predecessors had a much easier time managing storage.

In the 1980's the choices were simple. You only had two types of mass storage to worry about:- disk drives and tape. You ran software on the disks, and backed everything up onto tape. Mainframe managers backed up their systems overnight, Unix systems administrators backed up their networks on Friday afternoons.

That was it. Nice and simple.

In the late 1980's optical disks entered the computer scene. Write Only Read Many times (WORM) drives could be used to archive critical data for people who worried that their tape media might not last more than 10 to 20 years. And Sun was the first Unix company to switch from tape to CD-ROM as the media for distributing software. That meant we all bought CD-ROM drives, but things were still simple (relatively).

High capacity hard drives (200M) were still expensive in those days, so things got a little bit more complicated when Sun introduced the Sun-3 (68020 based) diskless node workstations. These saved money by loading porgrams and data from the ethernet. But that idea quickly faded away, as drives became cheaper, and faster workstations couldn't wait to get data off the network. It was a good marketing ploy though because it made Sun's entry level workstations look cheaper than their rival HP.

During most of the 1990's systems managers simply had to shuffle around the concepts of three types of mass storage:- hard disks (sometimes bundled in RAID), tape drives (sometimes bundled in libraries) and CD-ROMs (sometimes bundled in jukeboxes). The differences in capacity, performance, and cost of this storage trinity were well understood, and the scope for overlap was minimal.

Nowadays things are a lot more complicated...

Not only has a new type of mass storage device - the internet, been added to the list, but everything has gotten faster and comes with more connection and intelligence options. R/W optical drives have got fast enough to compete with tape. Some vendors are now offering disk to disk backup. Jukeboxes have inbuilt disk drives to cache the data. RAID systems can back themselves up onto tape without requiring any server intervention. The storage can work with all your computer operating systems. And any of the storage systems can be placed almost anywhere...

Should you buy hybrid storage systems which integrate several functions? Or single function systems which are tied together by your own SAN software?

When there are so many viable looking combinations, it's no wonder that things are confusing. Which will be winners? And which, like the Sun-3 diskless nodes of the 1980's, will be consigned to computer history as architectural dead-ends?

I hope that's why you'll continue reading STORAGEsearch, as with the help of our hundreds of contributing information partners we continue to explore the new storage frontier and see how the new territories get mapped into their own recognisable states.

The destination may not be Kansas, and the path may not be as simple as following the yellow brick road. But we'll try and help you find it.


BSDi BSDi to Become iXsystems, Inc.

San Jose, CA, April 4, 2001 - BSDi announced today that it intends to adopt a new name and business focus following the signing of a definitive agreement for the sale of the company's BSD operating systems units to Wind River Systems, Inc. To be known as iXsystems, Inc., the company will focus on developing and marketing the world's most reliable and scalable rackmount servers, server appliances, and advanced systems offerings especially for Internet data centers, content providers, and Web hosting providers.

Upon closing of the sale to Wind River, which is expected by the end of April, the company will change its name to iXsystems; will be licensed to use the BSD operating system, networking and Internet technologies; and will gain access to Wind River's industry-leading embedded software and development tools. This will enable iXsystems and third-party developers to leverage a range of advanced technologies when building solutions for iXsystems platforms. iXsystems will maintain BSDi's corporate and manufacturing operations in the Silicon Valley.

"We're very excited about this opportunity to focus exclusively on the growing systems segment of our business with our iXtreme Series of Internet infrastructure-grade server solutions," said Gary J. Johnson, CEO of BSDi. "Going forward, iXsystems will be in an excellent position to deliver advanced server solutions based on both BSD and Wind River technology streams." ...iXsystems profile

Editor's note:- although the company's products will initially be Intel based, I included this news item because BSDi was one of the original operating systems technologies which users had to understand in the early days of managing their SunOS workstations, before Sun rewrote everything for Solaris 2.
Tatung Announces New Dual 750 MHz UltraSPARC III Compatible Server

Fremont, CA - April 2, 2001 - Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. (TSTI), celebrating more than ten years of commitment to the SPARC® systems market, has announced the COMPstation® U280R/2750, a new 4U high rack-mountable server based on Sun Microsystems' 750MHz UltraSPARC III processors.

"The COMPstation U280R/2750 is a very powerful and flexible system that can be used in a variety of high end applications," said Dr. Kam Chan, president of TSTI. "Because the system is highly scalable, it is equally effective as an enterprise-class server, in e-commerce applications for Internet Service Providers and for design-station applications in small to medium-size workgroups."

Expansion options include:
  • up to 2 x UltraSPARC III processors with 8MB L2-cache
  • 1 x PCI slot, 32/64-bit, at 33 or 66 MHz and
  • 3 x PCI slots, 32/64-bit at 33 MHz.
  • 2 x 5-1/4" drive slots for CD-ROM or tape drives, and
  • 3 x 3-1/4" FC-AL disk drive slots (or 6 drives in 5U high model)
  • internal disk storage from 18 GB to 216 GB
  • RAM - 128 MB, 256 MB or 1 GB of system memory per DIMM, for a maximum capacity of 8 GB.
  • 2 x serial ports, 1 Centronics-compatible parallel port, optional 16-bit audio,
  • 1 x HSSDC copper FC-AL connector,
  • 10/100-BaseT Ethernet interface.
The system also comes with a 2+1 redundant power supply. The COMPstation U280R/2750 supports three accessible drive bays, which allow FC-AL hard drives to be easily swapped from the front panel without opening or removing the system from the rack. This unique feature facilitates easy upgrades, routine maintenance and service. With an extremely fast system bus interconnect speed of 4.8 GB/second, 8MB L-2 cache per processor and 8GB of memory bundled with the robust Solaris 8 operating system, the COMPstation U280R/2750 is an ideal system for e-commerce and other Web-based applications.

Suggested list pricing starts at $19,800 for a standard configuration of dual 750MHz processors, 1GB of memory and 36GB of FC-AL disk drives. ...Tatung profile
BASIS International BBj Technology Marries Java with Business BASIC

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - April 2, 2001- BASIS International Ltd. announced the release of BBj(R), the new Java(TM)-based Business BASIC product. BBj is the most significant development in the Business BASIC world since the porting of the language to non-proprietary systems in the 1980s. Combining the networking strengths of Java with the ease and business processing of Business BASIC, BBj allows thousands of companies around the world to bring their legacy business applications into the 21st century of computing technology.

For 15 years, BASIS has provided over 7,000 software application developers the tools to create leading business applications that are reliable, scalable and cost effective. BASIS products form the foundation of thousands of mission-critical systems in industries as varied as banking to manufacturing to health care and serve 1.7 million end-users worldwide.

The BBj Enterprise Edition(TM) provides true client/server and distributed processing with a power and portability never before available for Business BASIC users. With its Thin Client, running locally over a LAN or remotely over a WAN, either on a stand-alone machine or in a Web browser, applications can be accessed from anywhere. With the Java-based interpreter, GUI code now runs in the native GUI mode of most any operating system, making it available on UNIX as well as Microsoft Windows clients. And its server-centric, Java-based data server ensures that whether the user is remote or local, data access is fast and reliable.

BBj is available on Compaq Tru64 UNIX, Hewlett Packard HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris Intel and Sun Solaris SPARC operating systems.

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