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2002, January week 3SPARC history / SSD market history / memory channel SSDs
|Dy 4 Systems Becomes a
Business unit of Force Computers
FREMONT, Calif. - Jan. 21, 2002 - Force Computers today announced that Dy 4 Systems has become a business unit of Force Computers, which results from parent company Solectron's December 2001 merger with C-MAC Industries. Dy 4, a leader in ruggedized embedded computing products for the defense and aerospace markets, will maintain its brand identity and focus on providing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products for defense and aerospace.
"With the integration of the Dy 4 and Force product lines, we bring Force's cutting-edge hardware and software know-how from the commercial and telecom spaces to defense and aerospacewhich we'll leverage to make our products better and our portfolio even richer," said Tom Quinly, president of Force's Dy 4 business unit. "And existing Dy 4 capabilities in developing DSP solutions are immediately deployable into Force's current OEM business. Overall, our combined strength positions Force to drive the next wave of embedded computing and enables us to offer increasingly competitive solutions over the entire program lifecycle." ...Force Computers profile, high availability SSDs
|Sun Microsystems||Sun Microsystems Reports
Second Quarter Results|
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - January 18, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) reported results today for the second quarter of fiscal year 2002 which ended December 30, 2001. Revenues for the second quarter were $3.108 billion, a sequential increase of 9% compared with revenues reported for the first quarter of fiscal year 2002, and a decrease of 39% compared with the same period a year ago. Net loss for the second quarter was $99 million (excluding losses on Sun's equity investment portfolio, restructuring charges, in-process research and development and related tax effects).
For the first six months of fiscal year 2002, Sun reported revenues of $5.969 billion, a decrease of 41% compared with the same period a year ago. Net loss for this period was $257 million (excluding losses on Sun's equity investment portfolio, restructuring charges, in-process research and development, and related tax effects).
Sun's Chairman and CEO, Scott McNealy stated, "Sun's vision, strategy, and execution continue to provide focus and strength in this difficult economic environment. We're innovators, pure and simple; always have been, always will be. Sun is a low cost provider by concentrating on one chip technology, the SPARC architecture, and one operating environment, the Solaris platform. This means we can efficiently leverage R&D investments across products ranging from multimillion dollar mainframe replacement servers right down to sub-$1,000 entry-level servers." ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's comments:- no surprises here for SPD readers, the year on year revenue dropoff is in line with previous results, and is due to the special circumstances which made last year a particularly difficult year for Sun. IBM did much better, and may have gained from Sun's woes see STORAGEsearch news today for the details.
|Red Hat||Linux vs. Unix: An IDC
Study Comparing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)|
January 16, 2002 - Sun's competitors in the Solaris X86 space have lost no time establishing where they stand on the Intel versus SPARC (and other RISC processors) issue. Red Hat, which you may remember dumped SPARC, from its support list a few years ago, seems to have a better crystal ball than most. They commissioned research company IDC to do a study at the back end of last year, and if you're interested, you can sign up on their web site to get the resulting white paper, "The Role of Linux in Reducing the Cost of Enterprise Computing".
They claim the report will show a 45-80 percent lower TCO for Linux on the Intel architecture over RISC/Unix environments. I never sign up for anything, so I haven't read it. But Red Hat and othe Linux makers would seem to be the main beneficiaries of Sun's recent decision to pull the plug on Solaris X86.
If you care about Sun's decision, and believe they will take the slightest notice of what users tell them, then Save-Solaris-x86.ORG is a site where you can voice your concern in an open letter to Sun. If there's a real market opportunity out there, and enough Solaris X86 demand, maybe some future ex-Sun techies will do a startup to produce a Linux which can run Solaris binaries... They'll need good lawyers though.
There's actually no good technical reason why a SPARC/Solaris server should cost any more than an Intel/Linux one. A smart move for Sun would be to issue a press release with a pricing roadmap to reassure users.
See also:- Linux portals, ...Red Hat profile
PS - now Sun will have to pay another company to write a report which says that SPARC has a lower TCO etc, or maybe they'll just write their own like they seemed to do with storage... It shouldn't be too hard. Since SPARC system pricing is totally within Sun's control, they can just tweak the prices of the models in the report to make the result come out right... I doubt if anyone believes these kind of comparisons or acts on them. They just stir up hot air in the press on a slow news day.
|Solaris on x86||Solaris on Intel Has Been
January 16, 2002 - according to an article in ZDNet today, Sun has terminated plans to do a production release of Solaris 9 on Intel architecure processors.
See also:- Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars
Editor's comments:- this move, designed to save Sun development and marketing resources in the short term, will start a surge of users away from Solaris onto Linux. It cuts off one of the business development options for Sun, which I outlined in a recent article:- that of becoming a reseller for Intel servers running Solaris.
It's a high risk strategy for Sun which will increase their profitability, but also reduces the available market which Sun can address, because some companies are never going to buy SPARC.
So the great experiment has ended...
This makes it even more critical for Sun to produce new SPARC chips and re-establish good relations with other OEMs who use them. Many moons ago, Microsoft had a similar experiment, with a product called Xenix, which was a version of Unix running on Intel. I can't remember when they dumped it, but that didn't do their business any harm. One way to view this move is that Sun is saving costs by cancelling its Intel insurance policy. That's OK as long as there's no fire. Now Sun will make or break on the SPARC platform. That's a good thing if they get it right. But they can't afford another chip related fiasco. The next thing they should dump (or transfer to Open Source) is Java.
|GNP Computers Receives
Internet Telephony's 2001 Product of the Year Award
MONROVIA, Calif. - January 15, 2002 - GNP Computers received Internet Telephony's 2001 Product of the Year award for Continuant Cluster Suite, its applications development framework and operating environment for high-availability telecommunications applications.
Unveiled in June 2001, GNP's Continuant Cluster Suite was recognized as an innovative solution because of its ability to deliver significantly more than 99.999 percent availability in carrier-grade telecommunications platforms based on Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. In addition, it provides a complete applications development environment that includes documentation, embedded intelligence and professional services for optimizing the application architecture, implementation and execution.
Continuant Cluster Suite was developed for applications such as softswitches, gateways and controllers, intelligent voice response, wireless, Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other critical systems that require fewer than five minutes of downtime per year. ... Internet Telephony 2001 Products of the Year article, ...GNP Computers profile
Editor's note SBS Technologies also won an award for their CP61016 platform
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