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What If?... Speculation About Mergers Which Might Have Been


Although the official count for the HP-Compaq merger could take weeks, it's likely that both companies will do better this year, regardless of the outcome, because of the IT recovery that's already started.

Maybe it's the Spring weather, or maybe when a market has already been in recession for a year, the quarterly comparisons with the year before don't look so bad any more. And even PCs do start to look a bit tired and need replacing if you hang onto them for a third or fourth year. If the options are to replace old systems or decomputerise, then eventually companies will have to buy some new stuff.

There have been over 100 mergers and acquisitions in the storage market since January 2000, and this got me speculating about matches which, unlike the HP-Compaq merger, wouldn't be so synergistic.

In the mid 1990's there was strong speculation that Sun Microsystems was planning to buy Apple Computer. Imagine what the results would be now, if that had gone ahead. When a customer buys a iMac they have to go on a two week systems administration course on the SunMacOS operating system before they're allowed to turn it on. Or when you order your next SPARC mainframe for the datacenter there's a four week delay before delivery, because the color you wanted (to match your carpet) is not in stock, and you don't want to risk the faster delivery but tatty appearance offered by a gray Sun VAR of an ex-stock model with a garage respray.

Then there are those other possible mergers, which even their managements haven't considered yet, and I want a percentage of the proceeds if this article gives them ideas.

Suppose EMC were to merge with Palm? You'd get the amazing PalmBack, a PDA with 10 Terabytes of data including all your favorite DVDs, CDs and business reports etc (much more than 4 hours of music!) connected to your neat little hand sized device connected via a BlueTooth wireless interface to a backpack weighing 60 pounds which straps to your shoulders. The PalmBack standard model would run for 30 minutes with its built in power source, but you could get an optional UPS based on ten car batteries strapped together which you pull along on a little trolley behind you.

Then there's the merger between Microsoft and the entertainment industry which we've been waiting to really happen for the last ten years or so. Only let's give it the proper name, the Content Delivery Industry. If Microsoft merged with Lucas Films, you'd be half way through watching the next episode of Star Wars, delivered down your broadband pipe, when, fifteen minutes from the end, the screen would go blue with a message saying "There is a fault with this system, please press control-alt-delete to restart, and contact your software vendor." You reset the system, but like Groundhog Day, it doesn't resume from where it crashed, instead you have to start watching the movie all over again from the beginning... That's what you get for being a beta site, and buying the new content delivery system in the first year after it came out. You should have known better. Version 4.3 will fix that problem.

OK maybe those later mergers might never happen, so I won't get any credit for proposing them. But you never know, if the Nasdaq heats up again we're going to see some crazy things again. (I'm going to watch CNBC tonight to see if my suggestions get a mention, just in case.) And maybe the HP-Compaq merger doesn't look so strange now that we've had enough time to get used to it.

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Sunnyvale, California - March 14, 2002 – MCE announces its presence at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show April 8, 2002 through April 11, 2002. The company has worldwide experience and specializes in CISCO, SUN, Silicon Graphics and related services & support.

In booth S6028, Business Development Director, Terry Drasny, will present findings regarding SGI hardware support and software maintenance. MCE will discuss its new support division and expanded warranty, parts care and on-site offerings. In addition, two new partnerships will be introduced. ...MCE profile, ...NAB 2002
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. "With this announcement, Sun is delivering exceptional performance and features at very competitive price points," said IDC Senior Research Analyst Kara Yokley. "The perennial workstation leader should see strong demand for the Sun Blade 2000 from the traditional markets it has served during the past 20 years, as well as fresh interest from new customers looking at Sun's new high performance personal visualization solutions."
Sun's New 1 GHz SPARC Desktop

SANTA CLARA, CA and HANOVER, GERMANY - March 14, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today introduced the new flagship model of its workstation line, the Sun Blade 2000 workstation. Featuring dual 1.05 Ghz UltraSPARC) III CU processors, mature 64-bit architecture, high-end 3D visualization capabilities, and the robust Solaris 8 Operating Environment, the Sun Blade 2000 workstation stands on the leading edge of technological innovation and holds the new industry record for floating point performance.

With up to two 73 GB internal FC-AL disk drives and 4.8 GB per second throughput, Sun Blade 2000 workstations are designed for compute- and graphically- intensive applications that require high-performance, multiprocessing capabilities, high-end 3D graphics, and large expansion capacity. The new workstation is designed to meet the needs of users in a number of technical disciplines who require desktop processing power capable of handling the manipulation and analysis of extremely large data sets.

The Sun Blade 2000 workstation is currently available worldwide through Sun and its authorized reseller channels. The entry configuration begins at $10,995 U.S. list price.
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. "Previously unheard of in embedded computing, Force offers turnaround time of just two weeks on ModuSys—with dedicated speed-to-delivery from order booking to shipping. We accomplish such quick response because of our optimized logistic procedures and strategic component stock, from which we build systems to spec. We're committed to deliver 'on-the-fly' configurations so systems can be put to work now—not remain in inventory—all part of our one-stop source for cost-effective products and support."
Force Announces Line of Flexible, Modular compactPCI Systems For Low-Cost Integration

FREMONT, Calif. - March 13, 2002 - Force Computers today announced the ModuSys™ line of cPCI systems, designed to meet the needs of system integrators, value-added resellers, OEMs and others for flexible, modular application platforms. Intended for data communications, broadband, enterprise and telecommunications applications with normal-to-optimum operating condition requirements, these 1U, 2U, 4U and 9U systems provide low-cost solutions with unique professional features, which improve reliability and maintainability. Standard with Force's Pentium III 800MHz processor-based CPCI-735 SBC, custom ModuSys systems are also available with PowerPC™ or SPARC® processors.

Comprising a complete system solution line, ModuSys platforms are available in 1U, 2U, 4U and 9U CPCI and 4U and 9U cPSB configurations.

ModuSys 1000 (1U), 2000 (2U) and 4000 (4U) CPCI systems will be available through Force's Early Access Unit (EAU) program in May 2002 with volume shipments slated for July 2002. Single-unit-quantity prices range from $2,100 to $2,750. ModuSys 4000P (4U) and 9000P (9U) cPSB units will be available H2 2002. For purchase information, call (800) 367-2399. ...Force Computers profile
Fujitsu
. Ken Mason, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc., Vice President of Marketing and Business Development comments, "Our customers have told us that migration is one of their biggest headaches. Through 'Destination Solaris,' we aim to make it simple. Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. has more than 30 years experience in the System/390 and UNIX markets and has worked together with Sun Microsystems to solve high end data center challenges since 1991. In fact, we are one of the largest integrators of Sun's high-end servers on a global basis. Bringing together the expertise of Sun and Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. provides customers with unparalleled migration expertise."
Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. Announces "DESTINATION SOLARIS" Program

Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2002 - Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. today announced a new initiative called "Destination Solaris," which enables customers to migrate enterprise applications from the System/390® operating environment to the Sun Microsystems™ Solaris™ platform, with a single point of accountability for every element of the migration

Legacy migration is one of the largest and most complex challenges facing IT executives. "Destination Solaris" coordinates every element of migration on behalf of the customer, using expertise from Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc., Sun Microsystems and Relativity Technologies. Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. will provide overall program management from project inception through deployment and With the move of strategic application deployment from the legacy System/390 environment to the improved functionality and reduced costs of Open Systems, many customers are faced with the challenge of migrating existing mission critical applications to this new open environment. This challenge is intensified by a scarcity of resources experienced in System/390 systems and in managing large-scale application and platform migrations.

"Destination Solaris" will address four key migration requirements:
  • offload, re-host or migrate existing legacy IT applications;
  • consolidate IT equipment where appropriate;
  • provide enterprise systems management equivalent to the mainframe environment;
  • optimize the customer's overall investment in IT
...Fujitsu Technology Solutions profile

Editor's comments:-
even IBM was surprised to report System/390 revenues actually increased last year. I speculated at the time that this was probably due to FUD about Sun's server problems. A lot of people who would have transitioned last year, instead bit the bullet and bought more "safe" IBM solutions. Sun's cache problems didn't affect Fujitsu's SPARC servers, but Fujitsu isn't an aggressive marketing company and presumably decided to play fair and wait until Sun was in the clear before going after this business.

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SPARC VARs - USA New Listing Scheme Rewards VARs Who Provide Editorial Content

SPARC Product Directory - March 11, 2002 - we've changed the listings for SPARC VARs today to make it quicker and easier for readers to find relevant information. Previously the US SPARC VARs page was a 2 tier listing, with advertisers listed first (highlighted in bold), followed by a full list which included all other companies. Starting today we have a 3 tier listing which follows a scheme we've been running for some time on our storage site.

Companies which have supplied editorial content to this publication, such as press releases or articles and which have company profiles on this site, are rewarded by getting listed above those which have requested listings via our "add url" facility, but which not supplied any editorial content. As a result readers can find rich content more quickly (listed nearer the top of the page) and less rich content, such as links only, listed lower down.

You'll get the hang of it soon, and it's an incentive to hundreds of Sun VARs out there to copy me on their press releases. It's not rocket science, they can see PR FAQs for templates etc.
Sun Microsystems Sun's OC48 PCI Adapter Provides Fast Remote Interconnects

SANTA CLARA, CA - March 11, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today introduced the Sun OC48 Packet Over Sonet Adapter, providing Sun servers with up to 2.4 Gbps of high-performance networking and high network resiliency. The Sun OC48 Packet Over Sonet Adapter provides multi-gigabit speed connectivity for next-generation networking, enabling Sun Fire V880 servers, Sun Fire 4800 servers and Sun Fire 6800 servers to take full advantage of Packet Over Sonet technology.

A Sun innovation, the new PCI network interface adapter allows network engineers to connect Sun servers directly onto an OC48 Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) network, improving efficiency and network reliability. The adapter provides high-bandwidth network connections at OC48 speeds up to 2.4 Gbps.

By supporting Point-to-Point (PPP) and Spatial Reuse Protocol (SRP), the Sun OC48 Packet Over Sonet Adapter delivers network resiliency in the RPR network through self-healing failover and restoration after link failure - an absolute requirement in both the migration and ongoing support of mission-critical network and backbone applications. The Sun OC48 Packet Over Sonet Adapter is designed for compatibility with Cisco's Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT)/RPR technology.

The Sun OC48 Packet Over Sonet Adapter with PPP support lists for $12,000 and with SRP support lists for $24,250. The new server connectivity solution is expected to be available on the Sun Fire V880 server in April, 2002.
Tech-Source Tech-Source Will Show Fastest Sun compatible 2D Graphics Accelerator and First Sun compatible Single Slot TV At CeBIT

Altamonte Springs, FL - March 11, 2002 - Tech-Source has revealed details of two new Sun compatible graphics cards it will be launching this month atCeBIT.

The Raptor GFX 450 is a high performance PCI graphics card for Sun Microsystems workstations and enterprise servers. This product has higher 2D performance than any other current graphics card on a Sun platform.
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. The Raptor GFX TV product from Tech Source, Inc. is a perfect solution for financial and command & control markets where TV/video feed is an important ingredient in data analysis. The Raptor GFX TV card is a single slot PCI card that provides "Video in a Window" on your Sun Microsystems desktops and servers. Raptor GFX TV processes the video using the on board video processor without host CPU overhead. ...Tech-Source profile
Solid state disks Real-Time Acceleration for Those of You Who Need 2GHz SPARC Performance Today

Editor - March 8, 2002 - last year in our sister publication STORAGEsearch.com, I commented on the fast growth in reader interest in solid state disks (SSDs), which had increased by over 1,000% year on year measured by pageviews, and 500% as a percentage of readers.

This trend shows no sign of slowing down in 2002, and as this 20 year old technology moves out from the obscurity of its military roots, it shows every sign of becoming a mainstream technology, like other recent network computing products such as rackmount servers, SAN and NAS. I predict that once this trend is recognised by marketers in the rest of the computer industry there will be a rush of new manufacturers entering the market. After all, a mid range SSD can cost about the same as a server. The number of manufacturers will probably double in the next 18 months.

Just how big the SSD has to be to double the speed of your system depends on the application, and your tuning strategy. A new series of articles about this will be appearing on STORAGEsearch starting next week.

In the meantime, if you've been waiting for those 2GHz SPARC chips, or 4GHz Pentiums, to give that much needed real-time boost in your digital business applications, take a look at the companies and articles already listed on the Solid state disks directory, which, as one SSD manufacturer recently commented, seems to be the #1 place on the web for this type of information.

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