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|Sun Microsystems||Sun And Ebay Celebrate
Another Successful Year with Record Uptime
SANTA CLARA, CA - December 20, 2001 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and eBay are celebrating the sixth year of their relationship by looking back on a string of successful developments during 2001. Both companies agree that the highlight of the year was eBay's record performance during the third quarter when Sun and eBay delivered a record 99.9% site accessibility to the eBay community.
"The strategic implementation of Sun's technology plays a critical role in the success of the eBay community," said Maynard Webb, president of eBay Technologies. "Sun powers our back-end systems and search infrastructure which has been pivotal in allowing us to deliver a record 99.9% uptime performance."
Webb added that the third quarter performance levels produced by Sun and eBay are even more remarkable considering that the eBay site supported 250 million page views per day and sent out more than 1.2 giga-bits of data per second during peak usage during that period.
Continuous Computing Enter Product Partnership|
San Diego, December 18th, 2001 - Continuous Computing Corporation (CCPU) announced today that I-Bus/Phoenix (IBP) will begin integrating CCPU's software and hardware products into its telecommunications, networks, and broadcast market solutions as part of its new role as a Value-Added Reseller and Technology Partner. CCPU will also integrate IBP CompactPCI Intel solutions and chassis products into its platform offerings to CCPU customers.
The first CCPU product that I-Bus/Phoenix will offer is upSuite HA, CCPU's award-winning high-availability middleware package. UpSuite HA provides the highest level of availability for any telco or enterprise application, detecting and managing any software, hardware, or network failure. The creation of a hot standby through both disk data replication and in-memory data replication enables upSuite HA to provide sub-second IP failover of the service to a standby server.
Designed for Solaris 2.6, 7, and 8, upSuite HA installs in minutes and requires no application recompiles to take advantage of its IP failover and data replication features. It is completely transparent to both the application and the storage media, thus protecting the customer's existing hardware investment.
IBP has plans to integrate additional board products such as CCPU's switchUp line of gigabit Ethernet switches for CompactPCI and the IIe-500, CCPU's own SPARC-based CompactPCI processor board into future computing platforms.
"The integration of Continuous Computing's industry leading upSuite HA software into I-Bus/Phoenix's hardware platforms results in a further enhancement of our market-ready high availability product offering," said Johni Chan, IBP's VP of Engineering. "The partnership enables us to provide a complete application-ready solution to our Solaris customers, allowing them to focus on their core competencies, rather than on managing a diverse set of independent vendors."
"I-Bus/Phoenix's world-class experience and knowledge make them an ideal technology partner for Continuous Computing," Continuous Computing CEO Ken Kalb said, "Our customers in the telecom, broadcast, and network infrastructure spaces can expect an even greater level of convenience and technology excellence from us, and to dominate in their markets as a result of that excellence and the rapid time-to-market we can offer." ...Continuous Computing profile, ...I-Bus/Phoenix profile
|Quantum||Quantum's NAS Products
Obtain Solaris Ready Certification|
MILPITAS, Calif., Dec. 17, 2001 - Quantum Corp. today announced its Snap Server® products, including the Snap Server 4100, Snap Server 2200 and Snap Server 1000, have achieved Solaris® Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems, Inc.
To receive the Solaris Ready designation, products must complete a rigorous testing process conducted by KeyLabs, an independent computer products testing laboratory. KeyLabs evaluates products for interoperability, platform support, Solaris compliance, ease-of-installation, driver compatibility, and product documentation.
The Snap Server product family includes desktop and rack-mountable NAS servers with storage capacities ranging from 40 gigabytes to nearly a terabyte. Snap Server products typically install in five minutes or less without any disruptions to the network and deliver automatic, simultaneous multi-platform file-sharing support for Windows, Novell, Macintosh and UNIX/Linux users on the same network. ...Quantum profile
|HELIOS Software||HELIOS Create PDF Server on
Windows now in beta Provides Acrobat Distiller functionality to UNIX platform|
Garbsen, Germany - December 17, 2001 - HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading provider of network and prepress software, announced the beta availability of its Create PDF Server solution using a Windows NT/2000/XP based workstation or server. HELIOS PDF Handshake 2, Create PDF Server enables every major UNIX-based server platform to create PDF documents from any UNIX, Macintosh, or Windows client with the simple click of the "print" button.
Using a "Create PDF" printer queue - published for Macintosh, Windows and UNIX clients, and which include custom Distiller and security settings for each queue on the HELIOS server - provides the most automated server-based PDF generation solution available today. Especially well suited for large print and production facilities and education sites, the "Create PDF Server" functionality of HELIOS PDF Handshake is fully scalable from just a few users on a single server to an entire enterprise with dozens of servers. ...HELIOS Software profile
|Intel, Sun sketch
multiprocessor chip plans
December 13, 2001 - a recent article on EBN discusses future directions for SPARC and Pentium chips. The article says that Sun and Intel are both working on multiprocessor chips, that is implementing two or more processors on the same silicon.
The reason that gives a speedup is because there's a huge time delay penalty when signals come off the chip. Techniques like register scoreboarding, in which the next program instruction is executed by a second processor, if the results of the current instruction don't affect the same registers, first implemented commercially in Motorola's RISC processor the 88000 in the 1980's, can give a peak speedup of x2, x3 or x4. That's used in current SPARC systems, and Sun calls it multi-threading. But it would work a helluvalot faster if all the processors were on the same chip.
BTW - The 88K was a skunkworks design which was way ahead of SPARC and everything else at the time. But the top management at Motorola wasn't interested in processors which competed with its 68K. So the design group packed up and went to Cypress Semiconductor, which spun off Ross Technology and made competing 32 bit SPARC chips in the early 1990's under the hyperSPARC brand. Motorola later regretted its lost opportunity, and became a partner with Apple in IBM's PowerPC chip. But as Andy Grove of Intel remarked, there are two types of company:- the quick and the dead.
...Anyway, back to the multiprocesser core story. The bottom line, is that because of architectural bottlenecks in current SPARC systems, the technique should provide faster system execution even if the on chip clock speed remains the same. How much? At a wild guess, I'd say 30 to 50%. That'll be good news for all users.
|Fujitsu PRIMEPOWER 800
Scores Best in Class Internet Web Server|
Sunnyvale, Calif., December 12, 2001 Fujitsu Technology Solutions today announced that the SPARC compliant, Solaris compatible PRIMEPOWER 800 server achieved top position for 12-processor servers in the SPECweb99 benchmark. This benchmark is the industry-standard measuring performance for high-end Internet business computing.
The PRIMEPOWER 800 recorded 11,223 Simultaneous Connections (SPECweb99 metric)23-28 percent higher than its closest competitorsdemonstrating that PRIMEPOWER servers are the ideal servers for an e-business environment supporting fast and efficient Internet response for customers and partners. This is the first time that a 12-processor server succeeded in breaking the barrier of 10,000 simultaneous connections.
The PRIMEPOWER 800 achieved its record utilizing only three-fourths of the server's total 16-processor capacity, and still allowing significant room for growth. With partitioning, the extra capacity can also be used to run other workloads with the same or different versions of the operating system for unprecedented flexibility.
The PRIMEPOWER family is capable of scaling to 128 processors offering excellent growth potential for business-critical computing requirements. ...Fujitsu Technology Solutions profile
|Tadpole Appoints Anteon
Corporation As Its Systems Integrator For Government Markets|
Carlsbad (CA), Cambridge (UK), and Fairfax (VA) - December 11, 2001 - Tadpole today announced the appointment of Anteon Corporation as its systems integrator for government markets. Under the appointment, Anteon will integrate a number of Department of Defense C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) systems into the full range of Tadpole's UltraSPARC-based products and market the solutions to its federal customer base. Anteon will offer "cradle to grave" support.
Anteon's customers flagged initially for Tadpole's systems include the US Navy, specifically vessels in the fleet where space is at a premium, such as submarines and small combatant surface ship vessels. Anteon has selected Tadpole's rack mountable 3200 Compute Server as the preferred solution for these vessels.
Anteon is one of the top 25 suppliers of IT products and services to the federal government through GSA schedules. With annual revenue exceeding $700 million, Anteon has 5,400 employees in over 80 offices serving more than 600 customer organizations worldwide. ...Anteon profile, ...Tadpole-Cycle profile
Detection Systems for Airports get Peritek Graphics Technology|
OAKLAND, Calif. - December 10, 2001 - Peritek Corp. today announced that its new Eclipse3/PMC Graphics Module was successfully integrated into InVision Technologies' line of baggage inspection equipment for civil aviation. Peritek and InVision engineering teams combined efforts to implement the latest embedded display control technology into the CTX 9000 DSi series, CTX 5500 DS series and CTX 2500 series.
InVision's family of checked baggage screening products includes the CTX 5000 SP system, its successor the CTX 5500 DS system, the top-of-the line CTX 9300 DSi system, and the compact and mobile CTX 2500 DS unit. All of these explosive detection systems are FAA-certified.
Peritek's President, Victor Gold, stated "We are proud to partner with InVision Technologies as they use technology to make commercial aviation safer for everyone." ...Peritek profile, ...InVision Technologies
|HP No.1 in Worldwide
High-end and Mid-range UNIX Server Revenue|
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Dec. 10, 2001 - Hewlett-Packard Company announced today that in the third quarter of calendar year 2001 it grew revenue market share in the entry-level, mid-range, high-end and total UNIX® server categories worldwide and is in the lead position in mid-range and high-end server revenue. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), in terms of total UNIX revenue for entry-level, mid-range and high-end servers, HP is in a virtual dead heat with the current leader, Sun, gaining 28.5% of total market share to Sun's 28.8%, with IBM in third place at 21%.
During this quarter, HP was the only vendor to grow total UNIX revenue sequentially (4%), while the top four UNIX vendors dropped revenue by 15% or more. HP grew its share of the total UNIX server market by 6.2% sequentially at the expense of Sun and IBM, whose figures declined by 6.5% and 0.4%, respectively (total UNIX revenue in the third quarter of 2001 versus second quarter of 2001). HP also was the only top four vendor to grow market share sequentially in total UNIX units.
The IDC figures show HP continuing its four years of sustained leadership in the mid-range server market, which is the highest revenue UNIX segment. HP is the clear leader in mid-range UNIX server revenue market share, with 33.7%, while IBM and Sun compete for the number two position with 25.3% and 25.2%, respectively. Again, HP was the only top four vendor to grow market share sequentially, with a 7.3% increase and was the only vendor to grow revenue sequentially, while Sun and IBM lost revenue at 25% or more.
HP took the number one position in high-end UNIX server revenue, surpassing Sun and IBM and demonstrating the strength and success of the HP Superdome server in comparison with Sun's and IBM's high-end server offerings. In a tough economic climate, HP grew its high-end server revenue sequentially by 39.6%, while Sun declined 55.0% and IBM declined 19.8%. HP's market share in the high-end was 27.6% in third quarter of 2001, an increase of 12.6%, while Sun declined by 15.8%.
In the entry-level UNIX server category, HP grew its revenue market share by 2.5%, narrowing the gap with the current leader, Sun, which saw a decline of 6%. In the emerging IA-64 UNIX category, HP leads with 74% of the market in revenue and 71.6% in units. ...HP profile, ...IDC profile
Editor's comment:- if your Sun sales person has been looking a bit depressed lately, now you know the reason. This has not been a good year for Sun, but actually the market share figures could have been a lot worse, and say a lot for the loyalty and patience of Sun users. Sun needs to do 3 simple things in the next year to overtake HP again.
(1) - speed up the introduction of the next generation of faster SPARC chips
(2) - attack its Unix rivals head-on where it hurts most by becoming a reseller of low cost Fujitsu or other Pentium based servers running Solaris. That will take Sun into new customers who will not use SPARC, and provide a fast growing new revenue stream
(3) - repair fences with its VARs and other strategic partners
None of these suggestions are new.
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