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2001, April week 4
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|Aladdin Systems||Aladdin Releases Betas of
Stuffit for Linux and Solaris
WATSONVILLE, CA - April 30, 2001 - Driving towards development of a universal compression solution for all computing platforms and file types, Aladdin Systems, Inc. today unveiled public beta versions of StuffIt its award-winning, powerful compression technology , and StuffIt Expander, a decompression utility, for Linux®, including the popular Red Hat® operating system and Sun's Solaris operating systems.
"In this 'information age' businesses and consumers are challenged with sending and receiving files that come in a myriad of formats and from a variety of platforms," said David Polzine, StuffIt Linux/Unix product manager. "At Aladdin we recognize the growing role being played by Linux and Solaris, in the global exchange of information and believe StuffIt technology gives users a powerful tool to aid in this exchange."
StuffIt is the industry leader in cross-platform multi-format file compression. Wherever there is a need for compressing large files into smaller archives, whether to fit them on removable media, posting them to a web site, or sending them via email, or storing them on a server, StuffIt is the solution. On the other side, when downloading files from the Internet or receiving files via email, StuffIt gives users the power to expand and access any file type they receive.
Supported Formats: StuffIt for Linux and Solaris can be utilized to create Zip, StuffIt, Binhex, MacBinary, Uuencode, Unix Compress, self-extracting archives for Windows or Macintosh platforms and it can be used to expand all of the above plus tar files, bzip, gzip, arj, lha, rar, BtoAtext and Mime. ...Aladdin Systems profile
|Fonix||Fonix® Releases FAAST®
TTS 5.1 for Linux and Solaris|
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - April 30, 2001 - Fonix® Corporation today announced that Fonix Accelerated Application Solutions Technology (FAAST®) Text-To-Speech (TTS) version 5.1 is now available on several Unix platforms, including Linux on x86 and Solaris on SPARC. With the availability of these high-end platforms, developers can handle increased server loads and demands, companies operating on or supporting multiple platforms only need to code to a single API, and that code can easily be ported from one platform to another. FAAST TTS 5.1 continues to be available for Microsoft Windows 95/98, NT, ME, and Windows 2000 operating systems.
The FAAST Framework delivers high-quality solutions for developers seeking to incorporate "best-of-breed" technology. Fonix speech solutions enable developers to deliver voice and audio connectivity between intelligent devices such as wireless devices, PDAs, servers, desktop computers, consumer appliances, and automobiles. ...Fonix profile
|Imperial Technology||Imperial Technology
MegaRam-5000 Achieves Sun Solaris Ready Certification
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - April 26, 2001 - Imperial Technology today announced that its MegaRam-5000 storage accelerator has been awarded the Sun's Solaris Ready certification for compatibility and interoperability with the Sun Solaris Operating Environment. Solaris Ready products, such as the MegaRam-5000, are certified and tested in Sun laboratories to meet specific requirements and are verified to work with Sun platforms.
"We are excited to complete Solaris Ready certification with the MegaRam-5000 and have it join our growing family of Solaris Ready storage accelerator products," said Robert David, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Imperial Technology. "Sun Solaris users around the world can take comfort in knowing that the industry leading MegaRam-5000 seamlessly integrates into their Sun environment, as evidenced by Sun's rigorous and through testing process."
Imperial's MegaRam-5000 solid state accelerator is designed to complement the performance of Sun StorEdge T3 systems, often achieving a 200-400% performance improvement in transaction-intensive applications. By moving a small percentage of files from the StorEdge system to an Imperial MegaRam accelerator, I/O bottlenecks are eliminated and Sun servers are allowed to perform at their optimum. Typical files to relocate to solid state include temp, log and swap files, message queues, and frequently accessed index files. ...Imperial Technology profile
See also:- Solid state disks
|JNI||JNI Achieves Quarterly
Revenue Growth of 14% Year Over Year|
SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2001 JNI® Corporation (Nasdaq: JNIC) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2001, and provided outlook for the second quarter. First Quarter Operating Results Revenue increased to $21.1 million for the first quarter of 2001, an increase of 14% over revenue of $18.5 million for the first quarter of 2000, and a sequential decrease of 31% from $30.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2000. First quarter gross margins decreased to 59.4% from 60.2% for the year-ago quarter, but increased from 58.9% for the fourth quarter of 2000.
Commenting on JNI's first quarter performance, President and Chief Executive Officer Neal Waddington said, "Our revenue decline for the quarter was largely the result of the slowdown in IT spending for SAN expansion. Presently, the majority of our revenue is derived from sales of Solaris-based products, and we are taking important strategic steps to diversify our business mix. During the quarter, our Solaris-based revenue declined more sharply than non-Solaris revenue. At the same time, we recognized 16% growth sequentially in sales of our Emerald III PCI and OS driver products compatible with a range of non-Solaris operating systems, a favorable indicator of our progress." ...JNI profile
Editor's comments:- whereas many computer companies would be happy to report any year to year growth during the last quarter, JNI's growth is much lower than the fastest growing US storage companies. The JNI release suggests that the company's revenue has been strongly tied to the Solaris market, and as reported earlier, Sun Microsystems, the biggest vendor in this market, had almost zero growth during the last quarter. However the biggest potential for growth in storage is within the installed base, as companies generate more digital business data. This market opportunity is not tied to the sales of new servers. However, the sales of fibre-channel adapter cards into the installed base may have slowed down recently as users have been evaluating the emerging alternatives of iSCSI and NAS which can use their pre-existing IP networks.
|VMIC||VMIC Announces a New
PMC-Based Gigabit Ethernet Adapter|
Huntsville, AL - April 24, 2001 - VMIC introduces the VMIPMC-6101, a PMC-based Gigabit Ethernet adapter with copper interface. This product is ideal for applications requiring 1000SX Ethernet. The VMIPMC-6101 features the Intel 82543GC Gigabit Ethernet MAC. The 82543GC provides a 32-/64-bit, 33/66 MHz interface compliant to PCI Rev. 2.2. It also has a 64 Kbyte packet buffer to maintain high performance. A 1000T CAT5 copper interface is provided via the front panel RJ45 connector. Drivers are included, making the VMIPMC-6101 easy to integrate with single-board computer (SBC) products that support PMC.
|Mylex||Mylex Brings RAID
Protection to Wider Market|
FREMONT, Calif., April 24, 2001 Mylex today announced it is offering its value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators significant price reductions across the board for Mylex AcceleRAIDTM and eXtremeRAIDTM controllers. Aggressively reducing prices by up to 25 percent, or $400, Mylex is establishing a new benchmark in value for PCI RAID controllers, while bringing the features, performance and manageability of RAID protection to a wider market.
Mylex's eXtremeRAID 2000 controller has been used by the first nine servers listed in the Transaction Processing Performance Council's current 'Top Ten TPC-C Price/Performance' list (version 5) for server benchmark records.
Mylex AcceleRAID and eXtremeRAID controllers offer support for RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 10, 30, 50 and JBOD, and most major operating systems, including Windows NT, Windows 2000, Linux (through third parties), NetWare, Sun Solaris, SCO UNIX, SCO UnixWare, and DOS. ...Mylex profile
|Network Information Systems||New T1 Line Causing Email
Problems for Network Information Systems|
April 25, 2001 - One of our advertisers, Colorado based, Network Information Systems, confirmed today that they have been having technical difficulties associated with the installation of a new T1 line. Although you can view their web site, many emails during the last few days have been returned to senders as being undeliverable. Another way you can still reach the company, is the old fashioned way... by phone. ...Network Information Systems profile
|IBM And Informix Corp. Sign
Agreement for Sale of Informix Database Business to IBM
ARMONK, N.Y. & WESTBORO, Mass. - April 24, 2001 - IBM and Informix Corporation today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire the assets of Informix Software--Informix's database business--in a cash transaction valued at $1 billion.
The acquisition strengthens IBM in the fast-growing distributed database business, a key strategic priority for IBM. IBM's distributed database revenues grew 36% year-to-year in the first quarter of 2001.
"Customers are aggressively investing in data management software because data collection, storage and use are at the core of a successful e-business," said Sam Palmisano, president and chief operating officer of IBM. "This acquisition of Informix allows IBM to bring the benefits of leadership database technologies to more customers faster." ...IBM profile
Editor's comment:- the growing use of "open" databases was a critical boost to Sun's business in the late 1980's and early 1990's, because users could easily compare the cost-benefits of database processing on different platforms. In recent years Sun has become enmeshed with Oracle, almost to the point where you might forget that you can run Oracle on other platforms as well. IBM's move will secure an important part of this market for its growing AIX platform.
According to an IBM release yesterday about AIX 5L... AIX gains APIs (application programming interface) and header files that allow popular Linux applications to run on AIX with a simple recompilation.
|Novell||Novell's eDirectory the
First Directory to Achieve SunTone Certification
PROVO, Utah April 23, 2001 Novell, Inc. today announced that the company's cross-platform directory, Novell® NDS® eDirectory, is the first directory to complete SunTone Program Certification. This certification means that eDirectory has passed rigorous evaluation and demonstrated superior levels of reliability and quality on the Sun platform.
Novell's eDirectory remains the only directory on the market to work on all leading operating systems, which significantly simplifies the complexities of managing users, identities and resources in mixed environments. The reliability and extreme scalability of eDirectory makes it a powerful addition to many of Sun's Solaris OE deployments. Customers such as Toyota and Freddie Mac have deployed eDirectory, DirXML and other Net services software on the Solaris platform to enable them to integrate disparate business systems and securely extend those systems to internal and external users while still lowering administrative overhead. ...Novell profile
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