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|The Open Group Announces
Formation of The Interconnect Software Consortium
January 28, 2002 - San Francisco, CA- The Open Group today announced formation of the Interconnect Software Consortium (ICSC) to develop and promote specifications that will enable deployment of fast interconnects by providing full software compatibility across a range of media. Founding Members of the Consortium are Compaq, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Network Appliance, Sun Microsystems, and VIEO. The Open Group will provide standards process and infrastructure services for the ICSC.
"The Founding Members of the ICSC will lead the industry in developing software specifications that enable successful deployment of next-generation, fast interconnects, including the emerging InfiniBand specification," said Allen Brown, President and CEO of The Open Group. "The Open Group is proud to demonstrate our strong commitment to the rapid uptake of such solutions by providing infrastructure services to the ICSC."
The ICSC will develop specifications, guidelines and compliance tests that software developers need to take advantage of the latest interconnect technologies. The specifications will include extensions to the Linux®/UNIX® Sockets API (Application Programming Interface) and an API that provides access to the full capabilities of the InfiniBand transport. These common APIs are essential for interoperability among the software products of the Consortium's members. The Open Group will provide its expertise in the operation of the standards process as well as provide the legal, administrative, membership and conference services for the consortium. ...The Open Group
See also:- Industry trade associations, InfiniBand
|SBE||SBE Inks Global OEM
San Ramon, CA, January 24, 2002 - SBE Inc. today announced that it has signed an OEM Volume Purchase Agreement with a global provider of server appliances and anti-virus services, which enable secure and cost effective customer premises solutions to business and enterprise markets.
Under the terms of the agreement (valued at $1.4 million annually), SBE's wanADAPT-1TE1 adapter will be configured into anti-virus VPN routers and resold to ISPs, end users, and OEMs through international channels and US distributors including Ingram-Micro and Tech Data.
"Widely publicized incidents and increasing security concerns have spurred a rapid growth in demand for secure Internet, VPN, anti-virus and firewall appliance products," said Dan Grey, senior vice president of sales and marketing for SBE. "SBE's array of adapter products are enabling the high performance, scalable and low cost network security solutions required in today's business environment."
The SBE wanADAPT-1T1E1 with integrated CSU/DSU is an industry standard PCI card that provides direct high-speed access for connecting networks using T1 or E1 service. It delivers reliable high-performance WAN connectivity for telecommunications servers, switches, routers and broadband test equipment. ...SBE profile
|Sun Microsystems||Sun Opens Three New Storage
SANTA CLARA, CA - January 23, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced today the opening of three new Sun Storage Centers designed to help customers develop and implement complete storage solutions. The new facilities, located in regions worldwide, will bring together at a Sun site the hardware, software and staff resources needed to architect, test and develop support for specific storage and SAN solutions. The Sun Storage Centers will offer the advantage of testing complex configurations without disrupting customer operations. By doing this, Sun's customers can gain the confidence that when systems are deployed they can be up and running quickly and more efficiently, helping to lower total costs.
The three centers are located in Denver, Colorado; Singapore; and the UK. In these centers, Sun's network storage experts, along with consultants from Sun Professional Services, specialists from Sun Support Services, and system engineers work together to develop the optimum solutions in the shortest possible time. Each center houses a variety of servers, storage devices, the most advanced Sun StorEdge systems and storage management software as well as best-of-breed partner products. Using a Sun Storage Center as the test bed minimizes the impact on customer datacenter operations and staff resources. ...Sun Microsystems profile
See also:- SAN - software, SAN training
|Sun Microsystems||Solaris 9 Early Access
Software Now Available |
SANTA CLARA, CA - Jan. 22, 2002 - Sun Microsystems today announced it is making available Solaris 9 Early Access software, introducing customers to new features available in its upcoming Solaris 9 Operating Environment(OE). Beginning today, customers can download Solaris 9 Early Access to explore new resource management capabilities; the integration of the iPlanet Directory Server; security enhancements; and new Linux APIs. The Solaris 9 Early Access software enables users to validate application compatibility with previous versions of Solaris and prepare integration schedules for the general release of Solaris 9 OE -- scheduled for the first half of 2002. Because of version compatibility, Solaris users can simply run their existing applications on Solaris 9.
Editor's comments:- as reported last year, Solaris 9 is expected to provide a performance boost if you've got Sun's 900MHz SPARC processors in your box.
|Interphase||Interphase 6535 CompactPCI
T1/E1/J1 Telecommunications Controller Selected by Ericsson for use in Signaling
DALLAS, Texas - January 22, 2002 - Interphase Corporationtoday announced that Ericsson, Inc., has selected Interphase as its provider of CompactPCI® T1/E1/J1 controllers for use in Ericsson's Signaling System 7 (SS7) Signaling Gateway product.
The Interphase 6535 is the industry's most advanced controller for telecommunication systems based on the industry standard CompactPCI bus architecture. Ericsson will utilize the Signaling Gateway in SS7 transport solutions for wireline and wireless systems to support both narrowband and broadband SS7 services. Interphase was selected in a formal product selection process based on its ATM and SS7 technology leadership, advanced product capabilities, and responsive technical and customer service.
"Ericsson has captured one of the most dominant positions in the telecom arena, particularly in next generation wireless," said Interphase President and CEO, Greg Kalush. "Our 6535 is enabling Ericsson to deploy their design to market quickly and cost effectively. We are excited to work with them on this endeavor." ...Interphase profile
Editor's comments:- Ericsson is a huge Sun user, with over 10,000 SPARC systems in use in the 1990's.
|QLogic||QLogic cPCI Fibre Channel
Host Bus Adapter Qualified by EMC as E-Lab Tested
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - January 22, 2002 - QLogic today announced that EMC has qualified the QLogic SANblade cPCI Fibre Channel host bus adapter as "E-Lab Tested" for use in EMC Enterprise Storage Network environments running Solaris server platforms with its Symmetrix® information storage systems.
"With over $2 billion invested in equipment and resources, EMC is committed to qualify and test the industry's widest range of components for continuous interoperability across networked storage environments," said Chuck Hollis, vice president of markets and products at EMC. "EMC has completed its E-Lab Tested qualification of QLogic SANblade cPCI-Fibre Channel HBAs across all cPCI compatible Sun Fire server platforms, providing additional performance, flexibility and interoperability for complex SAN environments."
"We estimate that the Fibre Channel cPCI market will approach $100 million by 2004," said Mike Knudsen, vice president and general manager of QLogic's Computer Systems Group. "As the exclusive supplier of Sun's native 1Gb cPCI-to-Fibre Channel host bus adapters, QLogic has a great deal of experience in this growing marketplace. We're enthusiastic about adding cPCI solutions to the industry's only end-to-end portfolio of SAN infrastructure products." ...EMC profile, ...QLogic profile
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