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||Mark Metz Wins Entrepreneur
Of The Year®|
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - June 29, 2001 -
Optimus Solutions, a leading provider of IT solutions, announces that founder
and CEO Mark Metz won the prestigious title "Entrepreneur of the Year,"
an award sponsored by Ernst & Young. The
award marks the end of an intensive search to identify and recognize
entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success.
include innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to business
and community. In his third year of business with Optimus, Mr. Metz is
confident his company will generate over $110 million in revenues in 2001, grow
30%, retain more than 90% of employees, and add an additional 30 by years' end.
The firm has built an impeccable reputation for dealing with customers, vendors,
and employees. Mr. Metz won in the Technology/Business Solutions category.
Entrepreneur of the Year program is founded and produced by Ernst & Young
LLP and nationally co-sponsored by CNN, CNNfn, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and the
Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman
|"This award really honors
the entrepenuerial efforts of all of Optimus Solutions employees," says
Mark Metz, president and CEO. "We've worked hard to create a strong,
growth oriented company that's delivering comprehensive technology solutions to
Mr. Metz co-founded Optimus in 1998 with three of the industry's top
executives, James Davie, Ed Flachbarth, and Sean Murphy. The company sells
throughout the U.S. and in 39 countries around the world. The firm has grown to
100 employees and is rapidly emerging as a premier technology solutions
||Akamba Releases Velobahn
Silicon Valley, CA., June 28, 2001 -
Akamba Corporation today announced shipments of its Velobahn card appliance.
Velobahn expands Web server capacity by taking over the HTTP transaction
processing function - and is the only solution available to do so within the
server. The Akamba solution supports popular OS platforms including Linux,
Windows 2000, Solaris and FreeBSD.
is a high-performance single-board computer system with embedded software
designed to integrate into front-end Web servers. Velobahn offloads tasks
associated with client/server connections from the host system-enabling the
server to handle more HTTP requests. Velobahn increases Web server capacity up
to four times and dramatically improves response time for overloaded
By inserting it into the PCI slot, Velobahn's HTTP connection
management scales one server-at-a-time. Velobahn allows Web site administrators
to focus on the most effective and efficient use of site infrastructure to
deliver a consistently high-quality end user experience.
- Solaris x86 and SPARC support
- over 2,000 concurrent connections
- sustained 500 client connections per second
|"Customers who co-locate
with hosting service providers (HSP) must meet growing Internet traffic needs
while reducing power consumption and cage costs," said Bennet Goldberg,
Akamba's president and CEO. "For these co-location customers, HSPs, and
enterprises with in-house data centers, Velobahn directly addresses HTTP
transaction capacity requirements, saves rack space, and reduces operational
"For Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris customers running
Apache, Velobahn reduces the need for numerous processes and connections under
high load conditions, allowing Web servers to run at optimum speed," said
Spencer Worley, Akamba's CTO. "Windows 2000 users benefit from the
increased server stability Velobahn offers as it reduces CPU loads to safer
levels. By shielding servers from the effects of slow connections, Velobahn
enables Web servers to use more efficient large packet sizes, lowering demands
on the CPU."
Velobahn will be distributed worldwide through VARs and system
integrators. Velobahn list price is $3,250.00.
Editor's note:- the HTTP and IP accelerator market
is a new one with few players at the present time, see also
|Mark Metz Wins Entrepreneur Of
Akamba Releases Velobahn HTTP Appliance-On-A-Card
Midframe Server and Sun Storedge Arrays Deliver World's Best Price/Performance
Result at 1000GB Scale Factor on TPC-H Benchmark
to Showcase Next Generation Contact Centre Technology at Networks Telecom UK
Rave Computer and NCR Form Services Alliance NCR to Provide
Installation and Support for Rave Systems Worldwide
Watchdog Simplifies Telecom System Management
Availability Servers Provide Fault Tolerant Platform for Interlink Networks AAA
RADIUS Server Software
Tatung Announces New Small Form Factor UltraSPARC III Server
Company Profiles in the SPARC Product Directory
earlier news -
|RAID systems on|
found that tying lots of barrels together to make his raft worked just as well
as having a single huge one. And if one of the barrels got punctured, the raft
Re: What is the InfiniBand Ecosystem?
is a new industry standard for server input/output (I/O) communications. It
eases the data congestion among hardware devices by enabling servers, remote
storage and other networking devices to be attached in a central "fabric"
of switches and links. This high bandwidth, highly scalable, switched serial
infrastructure addresses the bandwidth and connectivity limitations facing data
centers today without compromising availability.
One of the most remarkable things about InfiniBand is that it enables
I/O to be completely removed from the server. Next generation InfiniBand-based
servers, some of which may be much smaller than traditional servers, can be
connected by a sharable I/O infrastructure that will provide server clustering
and integration of existing data center infrastructures. Ultra-dense server
clusters connected through stand-alone, InfiniBand-enabled I/O subsystems will
soon be deployed to handle heavy-transaction environments. The results will be
higher bandwidth, better data availability and lower administration costs.
The InfiniBand architecture delivers three levels of performance with
the 1X link technology (500MB/s), the 4X link technology (2GB/s) and the 12X
link technology (6GB/s). These performance levels will be commercially
available at different points over the next eighteen months. InfiniCon Systems
is developing I/O subsystems that will provide InfiniBand switching for
clustering applications, as well as the I/O infrastructure for connectivity into
existing Ethernet LANs and fibre channel-based storage networks.
The InfiniBand Ecosystem
InfiniBand is already being implemented in hardware components
such as Host Channel Adaptor (HCA), Target Channel Adaptor (TCA) and InfiniBand
Switch silicon. In addition, InfiniBand subnet management software is being
developed to manage the fabric. These components and software management
entities will need to be leveraged into complete system solutions to enable data
centers to reap the benefits of the InfiniBand architecture.
"With processor speeds increasing to two gigahertz and high
bandwidth connectivity becoming more prevalent, the bottleneck of the server I/O
complex has to be removed. In order for users to benefit from faster processing
power and increased data movement, a new paradigm is required. By moving the
I/O complex from the server into an independent, scalable I/O subsystem, users
will benefit from higher scalability than previously possible, as well as the
ability to connect into existing infrastructures," explained Philip Murphy,
president and co-founder, InfiniCon Systems.
InfiniCon Systems believes that InfiniBand will become a major
standard in data centers, and that as InfiniBand applications mature, a tier
will begin to emerge with increasing degrees of intelligence. As a result of the
new InfiniBand technology, data centers will be able to deploy sharable I/O
subsystems that enable customers to fully exploit their CPU power without
replacing their existing network and storage infrastructure investment.
Additionally, more common sharable services will be deployed within the
"InfiniBand will expand the horizons of enterprise
interconnectivity over the next eight years as the intelligent controller has
for enterprise storage over the past eight. Evidenced by InfiniCon Systems'
choice of the word 'ecosystem,' InfiniBand defines an evolving systems
environment," commented John Young, research program director, enterprise
storage, D.H. Brown Associates. "This
environment is one that expands infrastructure possibilities, stretches data
center boundaries, and supports the needs of highly differentiated end-user
communities. With InfiniBand, the computing industry takes a giant step towards
ultimate responsiveness to user needs."
Additional topics regarding InfiniBand in the data center will be
addressed by InfiniCon
Systems in future columns.
to Trust Your Storage Drives - article by the Trusted Computing Group|
ow much can you trust the security of data on your storage drives?
Snugly nestling in a RAID
system in your datacenter - maybe. Now what about when those self same
drives are in some one else's mitts - because they've been replaced, sold or
The Trusted Computing Group has been working with
and other industry trade bodies
to create a standard model and framework for extending security into the storage
drive - using extensions of the
SCSI and ATA command sets
- and by extending the features originally designed for internal error logging.
Although at an early stage, readers may be interested in reading and commenting
(to TCG) on the draft document - which is published here as part of their
market liaison exercise. ...read the article,
...Trusted Computing Group
Infiniband Established Itself in the Market? - article by Engenio|
article looks at the state of the Infiniband market at the end of 2005.
5 years stirring in the emerging market cauldron the Infiniband market hasn't
turned out to be the popular flavor which was originally anticipated. But
it's finally starting to get served up in some important markets.
Infiniband port now costs half as much as a fibre-channel port and delivers
many times the performance rate. According to the author, Infiniband is now
ready to take its place on the mainstream technology menu. ...read the article ,
|Storage Portals on|
thought that storage portals |
were a bit like wines. The new ones were
fizzy, lacked body and could give you a
headache. The old ones had more
||Sun Midframe Server and Sun
Storedge Arrays Deliver World's Best Price/Performance Result at 1000GB Scale
Factor on TPC-H Benchmark|
PALO ALTO, CA - June 25, 2001 -
Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the world's best price/performance result
at 1000GB on the TPC-H benchmark, an industry standard benchmark representative
of real-world tasks performed in large data warehouse environments. Sun's
Midframe server and Sun StorEdge[tm] arrays delivered 4,735.7 QphH@1000GB at a
price performance of $581/QphH@1000GB, with an expected availability date of
October 31, 2001. The Sun Fire[tm] 6800 Midframe is the only 24-processor system
to run the 1000GB TPC-H benchmark. This world record marks the fourth world
record set for performance or price/performance on the Sun Fire Midframe systems
since their introduction in March 2001.
Sun takes the position of price/performance world leader at the 1000GB
scale factor with a price performance result of $581/QphH@1000GB on the TPC-H
benchmark. QphH@1000GB and $/QphH@1000GB are the two primary metrics for the
TPC-H at the 1000GB scale factor. In a performance/CPU comparison, the Sun Fire
6800 Midframe outperforms all of the competition, demonstrating the power of the
UltraSPARC III processor and Sun Fire system architecture. The table below
compares the Sun Fire 6800 Midframe per-CPU performance and price/performance to
the HP 9000 Superdome, NCR WorldMark 5250, and the IBM RS/6000 SP 550:
RS/6000 SP 550
|NCR WorldMark 5250
|HP 9000 Superdome
||The benchmark was performed on
a 24-processor Sun Fire 6800 Midframe running the Solaris[tm] 8 Operating
Environment and the IBM DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition Extended,
Version 7.2. The midframe also utilized 16 A5200 Sun StorEdge disk arrays, each
with 22x18.2GB 10K rpm disks. The high density, high-performance fibre-channel
arrays were configured split-loop using 16 dual-port and 8 single-port FC
Network Adaptors. ...Sun
||Brooktrout Technology to
Showcase Next Generation Contact Centre Technology at Networks Telecom UK
June 26 - 28, 2001 - Brooktrout Technology, Inc., a
leading provider of innovative hardware and software platforms that enable
applications for the New Network, will be exhibiting at this year's
Networks Telecom 2001 in
Birmingham, UK. On display will be the latest technology that enables the
development of New Network enterprise communication platforms and next
generation multimedia contact centres.
Brooktrout will showcase its TR1100 Converged Communications Platform
and display the latest in high-density fax technology with the TR1034. In
addition, there will be an ongoing demonstration of Brooktrout Technology's
award-winning RealComm 100 media server.
On 27 June at 2:00 p.m., Brooktrout Technology's, Vice President of
International Sales, Paul Butler, will speak in a session entitled, "Hosted
Solutions for Voice Over IP" which will focus on how hosted services are
allowing enterprises to take advantage of new IP telephony capabilities without
making huge infrastructure investments. The session will highlight the emerging
services available - focusing on those that offer productivity enhancements to
the enterprise - such as IP centrex, virtual call centres, voice portals, and
||Rave Computer and NCR Form
Services Alliance NCR to Provide Installation and Support for Rave Systems
Sterling Heights, Michigan June 21, 2001 -
Rave Computer Association, Inc. is pleased to announce their services alliance
with NCR Corporation's Worldwide Customer
Services Division. Under the three-year agreement, NCR will provide a suite
of services for Rave Computer's Rave Systems customers worldwide.
Service Offerings: Rave Systems customers can choose NCR's support
services of 4-hour response time or next business day, and 8 x 5 or 7 x 24
coverage windows, and with or without software support. The basic software
support is offered for the Solaris operating system and it entitles customers'
patches and incremental releases. Flexible On-Site Service Options Available
for Rave Systems Customers offered through NCR
- 8 x 5, 4 hour on-site response time hardware support with or without
Solaris software support
- 8 x 5, next business day on-site hardware support with or without Solaris
- 7 x 24, 4 hour on-site response time hardware support with or without
Solaris software support
Customers may also select NCR's additional services
including help desk management for hardware and software, and implementation.
NCR's implementation services include installation and staging of equipment to
ensure it all works properly. NCR's engineers and consultants will be fully
trained on Rave Systems, further broadening their range of expertise in
- 7 x 24, next business day on-site hardware support with or without Solaris
Third Party Maintenance
||GNP Continuant Watchdog
Simplifies Telecom System Management|
MONROVIA, Calif. - June
20, 2001 - GNP Computers now offers Continuant Watchdog, an alarm card that
provides a unified interface for diagnostics and fault management of local and
remote system elements including all Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware.
for rackmount in a standard 1U chassis, or as a single slot CompactPCI® Rear
Transition Module (RTM), the GNP Continuant Watchdog monitors temperature,
voltage, air flow, non-volatile information storage, or other critical system
parameters. Continuant Watchdog acts as a single port terminal server and, in
the case of the rackmount System Management Framework (SMF), is customized by
installing up to six interface cards in GNP's 1U chassis. |
are available with a wide range of common interfaces including 10 BaseT
Ethernet, RS-232 serial, dry contact alarm, scan point network, Dallas
Semiconductor's 1-Wire, I2C and external device hard power control.
| It is designed for use in
Central Office equipment and other mission critical telecom systems, where it
connects directly to system elements including computers, Ethernet
hubs/switches, disk arrays and other I/O devices, or special functional units
like frame alarms and external access modems.
Compatible with most Central Office alarming schemes, Continuant
Watchdog provides a management adaptation layer that enables monitoring the
operational status of system hardware and separates the control and management
functionality from application software and hardware specific interfaces. By
enabling hard-power control and out-of-band management, the Continuant Watchdog
ensures system integrity by protecting against functional unresponsiveness or
failure regardless of the status of the application.
The Continuant Watchdog RTM offers the same monitoring and alarming
features as the SMF, in addition to a SCSI pass through connector for rear I/O
support of a front-mounted hard drive and PMC expansion slot in a single cPCI
Support packages are available for use in a wide range of platform
operating environments including Sun Netra and cPCI, Intel x86, PowerPC, Linux
and RTOS, and for linking with equipment from Cisco, Intel and Linksys,
uninterruptible power supplies and distribution panels and modems. Standard
Network Management Protocol (SNMP) support is also available.
for GNP Continuant Watchdog begin at under $500 in OEM quantities and include a
one-year parts and labor standard warranty. A variety of service plan options
are also available to match a range of customer requirements.
Watchdog cards and
Availability SPARC systems
Availability Servers Provide Fault Tolerant Platform for Interlink Networks AAA
RADIUS Server Software
Availability Systems from Resilience Corporation use the company's patented
Triple Modular Redundant architecture, which allows them to deliver
fault-tolerant computing that can withstand the failure of processor, storage,
memory, Ethernet or any other component without affecting application programs
running on the system. Resilience SPARC-based systems run all Solaris
applications without modification.
||Sunnyvale, CA - June 19,
2001 - Resilience Corporation today announced that it has entered into a
partnership agreement with Interlink
Networks, an independent software vendor specializing in Internet
infrastructure products that provide Authentication, Authorization, and
Accounting (AAA) functions to ISPs and enterprises. Interlink Networks' AAA
RADIUS Server software is a high performance, highly scalable carrier-class
RADIUS server. It is widely installed, rigorously tested and deployed by
thousands of ISPs around the world.
"Interlink Networks is a fast growing company and is well
respected for its state-of-the-art AAA software," said Denny Olmsted,
president and CEO of Resilience Corporation. "The primary concern of their
AAA security customers is identifying a single point of failure. Resilience
eliminates that problem. We are proud to add Interlink Networks to our steadily
growing list of partners."
||Tatung Announces New Small
Form Factor UltraSPARC III Server |
FREMONT, CA - June 18, 2001
- Tatung Science & Technology Inc. (TSTI), celebrating more than 10
years of commitment to the SPARC systems market, has announced the small form
factor COMPstation(R) U1000T/1750 and the COMPstation(R) U1000T/2750, two new
servers based on Sun Microsystems' UltraSPARC III processors and its latest
generation 64-bit, SPARC v9 architecture.
To accompany the COMPstation(R) U1000T/1750 and
U1000T/2750 servers, Tatung is also introducing a new COMP-raid 3000 series
compact Fiber Channel (FC-AL) Disk Array Subsystem. With a compact rackmountable
4U form factor and single high-performance RAID controller, the COMP-raid 3000
subsystem supports eight hard drives, up to 500 GB of capacity. The maximum
capacity of the COMP-raid 3000 can be extended to more than 1.1 TB by utilizing
an additional enclosure with nine more hard drives.
controller in the COMP-raid 3000 utilizes a high-performance RISC CPU with a
64-bit data bus at a peak memory bandwidth of 528 MB/second, and supports SDRAM
cache from 64 MB up to 1 GB. Suggested list pricing for the COMP-raid 3000
starts at $17,100 for a 500 GB (RAID 5) configuration.
| The new server dimensions
are 7 inches X 17.23 inches X 20 inches, providing a downsized form factor that
allows the same system to be used in either tower, desktop or rackmount
The new Tatung servers support up to 2 x UltraSPARC III
processors with 8 MB L2-cache; up to 8 GB of memory; and a variety of peripheral
With extremely fast system bus interconnect speeds of 4.8 GB/second, 8
MB L-2 cache per processor and 8 GB of memory bundled with the robust Solaris 8
operating system, the COMPstation U1000T/1750 and U1000T/2750 are ideal systems
for engineering design, medical imaging, animation, e-commerce and other
Web-based applications. They perform equally well as Internet gateway servers or
as demanding application servers.
Suggested list pricing starts at
$13,690 for a standard configuration with a single 750 MHz processor, 1 GB of
memory and 18 GB of FC-AL disk drive and $18,690 for a configuration with dual
750 MHz processors, 1 GB of memory and 18 GB of FC-AL disk drive. ...Tatung profile
|SPARC Product Directory
||Updating Company Profiles
in the SPARC Product Directory |
June 18, 2001 -
ACSL, publisher of
this directory would like to remind manufacturers of SPARC compatible systems
products to update their company profiles. Companies which do not have currently
their profiles listed, but who think they should be, can email
stating their company name, web site address, and including a short profile.
Emails must be sent from a recognisable sales or marketing contact, with an
email address which relates to that company. No charge is made for listing
Although we automatically update profiles from
companies which send us press releases, at least once a year, some companies
seem to exist is a state of stasis where nothing new ever occurs, or perhaps
they do not employ any marketing personnel. We're currently going through the
process of purging a lot of older files from this web site, and will purge all
companies which do not reply to our QA emails, to ensure that readers don't end
up wasting their time.
Please note:- if your products are primarily
storage systems, then the relevant site for you to contact is