SPARC History - 2001, October weeks 1 - 2
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||NEW KVM Switch from NTI:
One USB Keyboard, USB Mouse and Monitor Controls Multiple USB Computers!
AURORA, OH - October 10, 2001 - Network Technologies Inc (NTI) today announced their first electronic keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switch that controls multiple computers with one USB keyboard, USB mouse and monitor.
|The KEEMUX-USBV-8U Universal
USB KVM Switch is immediately available with a suggested retail price of $840.
This switch allows users to control up to eight USB computers from one USB
keyboard, USB mouse, and monitor.|
It features NTI's patent-pending USB autoboot technology which allows users to boot all attached USB-enabled computers in one operation. Other USB KVM switches on the market require individual, sequential boot-up. This switch also supports Mac soft (keyboard) Power-On capability. Users select the desired CPU channels with the front-panel pushbuttons or with hotkeys. The keyboard hot-plug feature allows users to change their keyboard on the fly - even to a different keyboard platform (PS/2, Sun, or Mac) - with no need to power-cycle the switch.
Users can connect any USB-enhanced computer, including the following:
|Fujitsu Technology Solutions||Fujitsu Technology
Solutions PRIMEPOWER Servers Extend Existing Lead in Performance and Value|
Sunnyvale, Calif., October 9, 2001 Fujitsu Technology Solutions today announced that it has given its PRIMEPOWER servers an additional 20% performance boost. Fujitsu SPARC compliant, Solaris compatible PRIMEPOWER servers have been upgraded to 675 MHz for high-end systems and 600 MHz for mid-range systems and are immediately available. ...Fujitsu Technology Solutions profile
|everStor||everStor Expands Reseller
Program to Include Resellers and Integrators of Linux-Based Storage Solutions|
ANAHEIM, CA - October 9, 2001 - everStor, Inc., a developer of enterprise-class storage-management software solutions, has announced an expanded reseller program that now includes resellers and integrators of Linux-based storage solutions - and compliments everStor's existing Sun Solaris reseller program. The expanded program includes Replicator, which centralizes data replication and archiving; jb driver, an intelligent robotics driver for controlling tape libraries and optical jukeboxes; and Hiarc HSM, which transparently manages data, migrates it to secondary media, and provides virtually limitless storage capacity. The program offers resellers and integrators an aggressive pricing structure with various discount options, and extensive sales and product support.
everStor's sales team will help generate leads and close accounts; and its support team will provide priority assistance. In addition, everStor will provide sales presentations. Program participants can also access a "Partners Only" area at everStor's Web site that includes promotions, marketing tools, product information and up-to-date pricing.
"everStor is committed to building and providing profitable solutions for resellers and integrators of Solaris and Linux server products," said Jamie Broadbent, director of sales for everStor. "Our products allow resellers and integrators to provide very effective protection for their customers that require high-availability data." ...everStor profile
|Sun Microsystems||Sun Will Decimate Workforce to Reduce Burn Rate|
|October 5, 2001 - in a
conference call today, to discuss the
results of Sun's fiscal 2002 first quarter which ended September 30th,
2001, Sun Microsystems said it will reduce its workforce by 9% (4,000 people) in
an effort to reduce operating costs. |
Estimated quarterly revenue of $2.9 billion was a 38% decline for the same quarter last year. As a result, the company will report a loss this quarter when the complete results are published on or before October 18th.
Mike Lehman of Sun cited the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks as a factor.
"As many other companies have experienced, our business nearly ground to a halt in the two weeks after that tragic day. As you know, historically a large percentage of orders are recorded in the last month of the quarter. Accordingly, though impossible to quantify, we believe that this event had a significant impact on the last 2-3 weeks of the quarter. Further, we believe the impact of these events will not be limited to our fiscal first quarter."
Editor's comments:- for most of this year year Sun has operated like a company in denial about the IT recession. The optimistic line ran soemthing like "Sure the recession might effect other computer companies, but we're Sun. Sun is the future." As a result Sun was slower than most other computer manufacturers to take the drastic step of laying off its workforce, preferring in July this year to have a worldwide shut down to reduce operating expenses. That was the triumph of optimism over experience because a number of trends were at work in the market which would make Sun suffer even more than its Wintel architectur competitors. We've been reporting and analysing these factor for a couple of years now and Tuesday will publish an in depth article charting Sun's decline in
"View from the Hill - How Sun Got Burned...
What should Sun do now?".
|SPARC VARs - USA page||Inadvertant Link to a Porn
Editor - October 5, 2001 - one of our readers, Selim Dincer at Sun Valley Technical Repair warned me today that we had a link to a porn site in the US Sun Reseller List. Naturally, I checked it and deleted it immediately, but how did this happen? And can it happen to you if you run a web site for your own organisation?
We have nearly 30,000 links in our two main directories, and every single one is chosen either as a result of an input from a reader, advertiser or research such as datamining a press release or article. This original request came from our "add url", and had a home page which definitely looked like a Sun reseller web site at the time we looked.
This has happened a few times in the past when porn sites create a home page which looks like a computer site and then try to mislead publishers like me into linking to it. Then after a while, they change the site back to its true colors. They rely on the fact that publishers use software to track and report dead links, and for large sites it can be a year or more before each link is rechecked by a human editor. In this case I was lucky that a vigilant reader advised me of the problem, but the same can happen to anyone running a web site. If you see an inappropriate link, please let me know.
Don't worry about dead links, our QA service from SEVENtwentyfour Inc. gives me weekly reports which I prioritise according to traffic on the relevant pages.
|Sun Microsystems||News Corporation Names Sun
as Preferred Unix Platform in 2 year $100M Agreement|
PALO ALTO, CA - October 3, 2001 - Sun Microsystems announced today that News Corporation, one of the world's largest media companies, has awarded the company with a two-year $100M global sourcing pact. Under the terms of the agreement, Sun is named the preferred vendor for UNIX® systems, and is granted first right of refusal to sell UNIX-based servers and related products throughout News Corporation's affiliated companies worldwide.
"We chose Sun to supply our UNIX-based servers for the quality and cost of their products, and for Sun's ability to support News Corp operations globally," said Loran Fite, executive vice president and CIO, News Corporation. "We look forward to working with Sun as we continue to build and service our global IT infrastructure."
News Corporation uses Sun platforms in back office applications, including data warehousing and CRM applications, accelerate the development of smart media services, and enhance the management and dissemination of digital entertainment, education, news and information content. ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's note:- News Corp has had a relationship with Sun which goes back many years. They used to buy the print edition of this directory back in the dark ages (pre-web). Now that Sun's got faster boxes again, it will be announcing a lot more deals with super users. I'm not sure if the NSA does press releases though.
Launches switchUp 8G -- A New 8-Port Gigabit Switch for CompactPCI Telecom
SAN DIEGO, October 3, 2001 - Continuous Computing Corporation (CCPU), the leading provider of high-availability platform solutions for telecom equipment manufacturers, today announced the launch of its switchUp 8G Gigabit Ethernet switch for CompactPCI applications.
The first Gigabit Ethernet switch in a 6U compactPCI form factor, the switchUp 8G is an 8-port non-blocking, fully managed switch with eight 1000Base-TX ports accessible through the rear transition board. With rear I/O for clean system cabling and easy card replacement, the switchUp 8G also provides full support for either standard compactPCI or PICMG 2.16 packet switched backplane systems.
The switch provides full-wire speed Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching supporting up to 8k MAC address, 512kB of packet buffer memory, full-duplex flow control and half-duplex backpressure handling, and IEEE 802.1p/Q Quality of Service. Designed around industry standards, the switchUp 8G enables high-speed communication between elements in compactPCI high-availability systems without the need for external hubs that often block airflow. Its vertical, low-power design increases system density, lowers cost and provides seamless system integration.
Operating in either a CompactPCI slot or in an isolated backplane, the switchUp 8G supports both TCP/IP and serial management interfaces. Offering SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and web-based network management, as well as telnet for remote console control and RMON (Remote MONitoring) support, the switchUp 8G provides a complete network management solution.
Prices for switchUp 8G start at $5,200 (USD), depending on configuration. ...Continuous Computing profile
|Sanera Systems||Sanera Systems, Inc. Garners $38.3 Million in Second Round Funding to Build Industry's First Terabit, Protocol Transparent, Storage Area Network Switch|
|SUNNYVALE, CALIF., October
2, 2001 - Sanera Systems, Inc., a start-up building industry's first
terabit, protocol transparent SAN switch, announced today that it has secured
$38.3 million in second round financing. Enterprise Partners Venture Capital and
Greylock Ventures led the funding. Current investors Storm Ventures, CMEA and
E*Trade also participated in the second round funding validating Sanera Systems'
vision. First round investors included Storm Ventures, CMEA, Acorn Venture
Partners, E*Trade Ventures and angels who collectively invested $17.5 million in
September 2000, bringing total venture funding raised to $55.8 million.
The company also announced that Alex Mendez, former Cisco Systems and StrataCom executive and founding partner of Storm Ventures, has been named interim CEO. In addition Bill Stensrud of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital and Charles Chi of Greylock Ventures will join the board of directors. The company was founded in August 2000 by industry veterans Raj Cherabuddi and Joe Chamdani, formerly with Sun Microsystems and Sudhakar Muddu, formerly with SGI.
"Networking storage has simultaneously introduced flexibility and new levels of complexity into the data storage environment," said Bill Stensrud of Enterprise Partners. "Sanera's products remove a significant portion of this complexity by essentially making the 'connectivity' aspect of a SAN completely transparent to the end user."
"In addition to securing $38.3 million in venture backing in an extremely difficult funding environment, Sanera has managed to attract top engineers and managers from the world's leading networking and systems companies such as SUN, SGI, Cisco, Intel, Lucent and Agilent among others," said Raj Cherabuddi, Sanera co-founder.
"Many venture-backed start-ups have often been headed by a visionary with an excellent technical background at a leading IT company. But it is highly unusual for a company to recruit managers representing most of the key players in the networking world and that gives Sanera an unusually strong head start. We're drawing on the strength of technical experts from a half-dozen networking giants, not just one," said Sudhakar Muddu, Sanera co-founder. The funding will enable Sanera to accelerate product development and expand its management, engineering, marketing and sales teams. ...Sanera Systems profile
See also:- Fibre channel switches, InfiniBand, Venture funds in storage
|WorldCom and Sun Team to
Deliver Best-In-Class Managed Hosting Solutions to Businesses Worldwide |
CLINTON, Miss., and PALO ALTO, Calif., October 1, 2001 WorldCom and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced an agreement to jointly market and promote global hosting product and service offerings for enterprise customers. Sun will also become WorldCom's provider of UNIX® system-based hardware and software for its global network of data centers. Under the joint marketing and sales agreement, WorldCom and Sun will team on sales opportunities, leveraging the combined capabilities, products and services of both companies.
"This agreement enables WorldCom and Sun customers to rely on the combined strengths of two Internet pioneers that will deliver the advanced networking and hosting technologies they need with solid confidence and maximum value," said Ron McMurtrie, vice president of WorldCom global e-Services.
WorldCom offers its customers access to the secure, high-performance Sun platform in its managed hosting data centers in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. The company will support Sun servers and storage running on the robust Solaris Operating Environment, as well as iPlanetTM Web Server software from iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance. Sun is also providing consulting, service and support to help meet the availability standards WorldCom customers expect.
Additionally, the agreement allows WorldCom to serve as a reseller of Sun hardware and software to its Internet colocation customers. This new capability enables WorldCom to offer its colocation customers a complete, one-stop, single-source solution for all of their hosting needs. ...WorldCom profile
|EMC||EMC Broadens Database
Support for Automated Performance Management Software |
Hopkinton, Mass.- October 1, 2001 - EMC Corporation today extended the reach of its market-leading EMC ControlCenter Database Tuner performance management software. The enhancements include support for EMC CLARiiON® storage systems in Oracle database environments, and the addition of IBM DB2 UDB support for EMC Symmetrix® Enterprise Storage systems. Database Tuner now addresses more than 60 percent of the entire database market.
EMC Database Tuner is the only performance management tool that enables administrators to automatically monitor and proactively configure, control and fine-tune three critical elements of the information infrastructure: databases, host operating system, and EMC Symmetrix or CLARiiON systems.
Database Tuner automatically collects, correlates and presents database mapping and performance information that can be customized for use by database administrators, system administrators and storage managers. Conventional solutions require multiple software applications and manual consolidation and comparison of these data.
With Database Tuner, users can better employ IT resources by optimizing Symmetrix and CLARiiON performance across key database applications. By creating a dynamic view of enterprise information assets that can be shared locally or over the Internet by IT managers from various disciplines, Database Tuner enables businesses to run more efficiently.
"Virtually all mission-critical applications, such as ERP, CRM, OLTP, e-business and data warehousing, are deployed on a relational database such as DB2 UDB or Oracle," said Chuck Hollis, EMC Vice President of Markets and Products. "By efficiently enabling database, system and storage administrators to improve the performance of Oracle and IBM database applications, Database Tuner helps raise the return on investment of not only the database applications, but also customers' host platforms and EMC storage systems at the same time." ...EMC profile
See also:- STORAGE Software
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