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|CCPU Introduces Hot-Swappable, PICMG 2.16-Compliant, SPARC Processor-Based SBC||
|San Diego, February 26, 2002 -
Continuous Computing Corporation today announced the first product in its
SPARCblade processor board family. |
The SPARCblade IIe-500 processor board is a hot-swappable, PICMG 2.16-compliant single board computer with substantial flexibility designed onto the board, providing power and functionality for a range of embedded applications written for the Solaris operating environment. Powered by the 500 MHz UltraSPARC IIe processor, the uniquely designed SPARCblade IIe-500 provides high performance with such innovative configurations as:
The SPARCblade IIe-500's PMC site provides for user I/O expansion or coprocessor modules. Configurations with the IDE disk on the rear transition board allow for stand-alone operation, while rear VHDCI connectors support external SCSI drives for either direct-attached or NFS storage. Serial and PMC I/O are provided through the rear transition board.
The SPARCblade IIe-500 is available off-the-shelf from Continuous Computing, or it may be customized by CCPU with additional hardware and software for deeply embedded applications. ...Continuous Computing profile
Editor's comments:- Market research company Gartner defines a blade as follows:- A blade server is a server contained on a card. Rather than installing servers one chassis at a time into a rack cabinet as is most common today, with blade servers, network administrators can install a server card (or blade) into a chassis that has multiple slots to hold these server cards.
In a recent report Gartner forecasted worldwide blade server shipmentsto grow from 84,810 units in 2002 to more than 1 million by 2006 but warned that standardisation questions may slow down market acceptance.
|Sun Microsystems||Sun Helps iForce Partners
Reduce Costs, Differentiate Their Services and Gain a Competitive Advantage
SANTA CLARA, CA - February 26, 2002 - Exemplary of Sun's commitment of "Collaborating for Customer Success", Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced new free programs that make partnering even easier. Designed specifically for Sun's Worldwide iForce Partner Community, the iForce Information Source, iForce Partners Portal, Sun Developer Connection[sm] Partner Program and iForce Community Executive Management Forum initiatives provide Sun[tm] technology partners with direct access to the people, information and tools they need to help them accelerate time to market, differentiate value and reduce costs. By enhancing partner relationships, Sun is assuring its customers they will get best-of-breed, single-source solutions for financial services, government, healthcare, wireless, customer relationship management, and other key markets.
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|LSI Logic Storage Systems
|Legato and LSI Logic
Storage Systems Demonstrate Ability to Rapidly Protect Massive Amounts of Data
Mountain View, CA, and Milpitas, CA - February 26, 2002 At the SNIA's Backup and Restore Workshop this week, Legato Systems, Inc. and LSI Logic Storage Systems will demonstrate how businesses can rapidly protect massive, growing amounts of data by optimizing their SAN infrastructure and consolidating storage.
More than 1 terabyte of data will be backed up in less than one hour using a combination of Legato NetWorker® 6 in a Fibre Channel SAN, LSI Logic MetaStor E4600, Sun E450 with LSI449290 host adapters, Brocade Silkworm 3800 switch, and Spectralogic 64000 Library AIT-3 tape drives.
"Businesses continue to generate data volumes at extraordinarily high growth rates while facing increasing application service level requirements. Meanwhile, there is less time to complete backup operations without impacting user productivity," said Flavio Santoni, vice president of sales and marketing, LSI Logic Storage Systems. "As a result, businesses are under relentless pressure to protect growing amounts of business-critical data faster. We are pleased to demonstrate with Legato, at SNIA's Backup and Restore Workshop, solutions that will help users backup massive amounts of information at extraordinary speed."
"Time to backup" is the number one backup and restore issue cited by enterprise companies, according to SNIA. ...Legato Systems profile, ...LSI Logic Storage Systems profile
|I-Bus/Phoenix||I-Bus/Phoenix's C08XX Line
of compactPCI® Enclosures Wins Product of the Year Honor from Communications
Solutions Magazine |
February 22, 2002 - Communications Solutions Magazine has awarded I-Bus/Phoenix (IBP) a Product of the Year Award for the C0814-CF. The C0814-CF is part of IBP's C08xx line of CompactPCI enclosures.
The C0814 version is the first I-Bus/Phoenix (IBP) CompactPCI based system to employ the patented Fail-Safe OptiCool technology. In 8U of space, the C0814 boasts the high availability features needed to cater to the "five nines" requirements of the communications, network, broadcast and medical OEM. All critical modules on the C0814 are front accessible and fully hot-swap. The C0814 supports full I/O card hot-swap to PICMG 2.1 R2.0, a 4 SCA hot-swap SCSI disk array and N+1 redundant hot-swap power supplies.
"In 8U the most critical component is the cooling. IBP continues to lead the CompactPCI market with the patented Fail-Safe OptiCool method of push-mix-pull cooling," stated Johni Chan, I-Bus/Phoenix's Vice President of Engineering.
Fail-Safe Opticool incorporates a unique lower hot-swap fan array that takes advantage of the axial direction of the fans to most efficiently pressurize the air at the bottom of the chassis. The unique mixing tray can be tuned to mix the intake air, redirect the air upward and distribute the air to where it is needed most, continuing to operate within specification even in the event of a single fan failure. ...Communications Solutions Magazine, ...I-Bus/Phoenix profile
|Force Computers Receives
Platinum, Gold Supplier Ratings from Independent Research Firm|
FREMONT, Calif. - Feb. 22, 2002 - Force Computers today announced that it received a Platinum Vendor Rating from Venture Development Corporation (VDC), an independent research firm, in its inaugural survey of merchant computer board buyers. Also, Force's newly merged Dy 4 Systems business unit received a Gold Vendor Rating.
VDC's impartial vendor-ratings model is based on a series of independent, anonymous end-user surveys that cover a broad range of criteria including quality, breadth of product line, technology leadership, ISO certification, participation on standards committees and other objective factors as well as user perception, toward which surveys were heavily weighted.
Force was awarded a Platinum Vendor Rating-the highest rating-in four categories: General (all bus architectures and form-factors), CompactPCI, PCI and VME. Dy 4 Systems was awarded a Gold Vendor Rating in the CompactPCI category. ...Force Computers profile, ...VDC profile
Solutions Reclaims SAP Benchmark Crown
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 22, 2002 - Fujitsu Technology Solutions today announced that a Solaris based PRIMEPOWER server has reclaimed its long-standing SAP R/3 SD two-tier Standard Application Benchmark world record.
The 128-processor PRIMEPOWER 2000 server and software configuration, running an Oracle 9i database and coupled with Fujitsu's GR storage system, achieved a score of 7,800 SAP SD benchmark users. This was almost twice the mark of the second-place competitor, and puts PRIMEPOWER and Oracle back in the number one SAP benchmark position-a status previously held by PRIMEPOWER from February 2000 to September 2001.
Benchmark certification and stats
The SAP SD 4.6 C Standard Application Benchmark performed on January 18, 2002 by Fujitsu in Numazu, Japan, was certified on January 24, 2002 with the following data:
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