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products are easy to use, install and support. We are very excited to be the
first Sun authorized reseller to offer the UniTrends crash recovery product for
the SPARC platform," said Tony Scicluna, Director of Sales at Rave
Computer. "By incorporating UniTrends software with our proven disk to disk
and tape products, our customers will be enjoying the benefits of a very
attractive and robust disaster recovery solution." ||Rave Computer Announces
Strategic Partnership with UniTrends
Sterling Heights, Michigan - May 14, 2002 - Rave Computer
Association, Inc. and UniTrends Software Corporation have forged an alliance to
deliver superior Disaster Recovery Solutions to businesses nationwide. This
strategic partnership fulfills Rave Computer's corporate initiative to deliver
disaster recovery solutions for multiple industries requiring high availability
and fast data recovery. Rave Computer will carry UniTrend's complete suite of
Backup, Restore and Crash Recovery products.
The products offer
disk-to-disk and tape file by file backup, complete bare metal integrated crash
recovery, agents, lights out scheduling and are easy to use for virtually every
operating system (Windows 3.1/95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, Free BSD, Linux, BSDI,
NetBSD, Novell, SCO Open Server, UnixWare 7, Solaris, HP, Alpha, RS6000 and
In 2000, UniTrends introduced Solar Shield - a complete crash
recovery for Solaris users, allowing for bare metal recovery without
re-installing the operating systems and carefully preserving device drivers,
security patches, file system sizes and mount points, permissions and kernel
boot straps. Solar Shield completely rebuilds an identical Solaris operating
system on a new hard disk and, in most cases, enables a totally automated
recovery in less than one hour.
Data recovery services,
D2D - Disk to disk backup
|Rave Computer Announces
Strategic Partnership with UniTrends
Jareva Unveils First Management Suite to Automatically Discover,
Deploy, Control and Customize Blade Servers Across Operating Systems and Vendors
Associates' Etrust Antivirus is First to Achieve ICSA Labs Certification for
Solaris and Linux
Interphase Announces Enhanced Software Development Suites to Assist
with Next Generation I/O System Design
NTI Introduces USB Matrix KVM Switch
Gartner Dataquest Says
Sun's Worldwide Workstation Shipments Declined 27% in the First Quarter of 2002
earlier news -
|Market research |
research can help you avoid going down a dead end, mused Megabyte. Luckily his
niece Killerbyte came to the rescue with a quick getaway plan.|
View from the Hill
Should Sun Rename All its
Products in Line with the New Reorganization Thinking?
May 2002 -
Sun Microsystems has recently come out of deep-thought mode and made sweeping
changes to a whole bunch of things. In case you've missed them, here's a quick
- Sun is going to do Linux, like all those other computer
companies which use those "Intel Inside" chips.
- Sun has renamed most of its forgetable software products.
So all those applications you couldn't remember before are now called "Sun"
plus "something". Remembering half the name is better than remembering
none. But wait a minute! Solaris, which was previously called SunOS, is still
called Solaris. Now there's a flaw in the naming convention which no one else
seems to have spotted yet.
- Sun is making changes at the the top of the organization
to bring in vitally needed new blood. So when Ed Zander retires, Scott McNealy
will step in as President. Meanwhile Carly Fiorina, who is suspected of working
for Sun as a double agent, will, for the time being, stay under cover in her job
- Sun Microsystems has started up a marketing organization.
Most start-ups have one in place before they do their IPO, but this is a sign of
maturity in the 20 year old Sun, that it can learn from benchmarking the best
practise of other organizations. I think some management consultants may have
been involved here, possibly the clever ones which split off from Anderson and
became called something with an accent which I can't reproduce on this keyboard,
long before the Enron fiasco made it an even better idea.
Now, I know that many influential people in Sun, read the
SPARC Product Directory, and look for new business ideas in these columns. So
here are a few free suggestions guys and gals for the next few steps to take,
while Dell is still drooling about taking over Compaq's PC and server business,
and while HP does a deja vu in acquisition a la HP acquiring Apollo, and Compaq
acquiring DEC. (There's a lot of foreign words in there, but I'm sure you take
my point, and we do have some European readers who we want to feel comfortable
here.) The strategic ideas below are not in any particular order, and are
freely contributed in the spirit of open source/ open systems to be used
whenever the circumstances seem appropriate / desperate.
- Good idea #1 - rename all the "SPARC chips" to "Sun
chips". So the "UltraSPARC 4" would become the "SunCPU 1".
That will make it easier for all your younger customers whose memories don't
stretch back far enough into all that exciting SPARC stuff in the 1980's. It
will also be compatible with all the new "Sun" plus "something
else" naming conventions.
Now I realise there is a small problem
here, because other companies, most notably Fujitsu also make SPARC chips, and
they may cry "foul". But let's be honest, they also do a lot of that
"Intel Inside" stuff. So they aren't as totally committed to the Sun
success idea as Sun. But I've thought of a way around this problem as well. In
the spirit of complete and utter equality, you can agree to let them call their
chips, the "FujitsuCPU" family. No one could object to that, could
they? And it will be a lot clearer for all end-users... Now there is a slight
flaw with this plan if we look at Sun's other idea of expanding into the Intel
Server market. I forgot to mention that one above, but it is true. I didn't make
it up. The grit in the ointment here is that I don't think Intel will agree to
Sun renaming its Pentium processors, just because they happen to be operating
inside a Sun server. But that's where "thinking outside the box"
Sun could market the new Intel based servers as "Sun
Eureka! I don't claim any royalty fees for that idea
- Good idea #2 - concerns another software product which
again seems to have missed the first round of software renaming, and we all know
I'm talking about that coffee stuff. Now I've never been a great fan of Java,
partly because the hype in the early days seemed to go a little bit too far when
Sun's dumb terminal was named the JavaStation. Let's just admit that I was
wrong, a lot of people do actually use Java, but actually on PCs. The dumb
terminal idea was just, well, dumb... The problem with Java is that Sun doesn't
get enough credit for the idea. So let's just rename "Java" to "Sun
C" or Sun/PL (Sun Programming Language) and start all over.
- Good idea #3 - a long time ago Sun used to feature a dog
in its ads. That made the company seem a lot more friendly and approachable. So
think about introducing a new animal into all Sun's ads. But not a mouse... Mice
have already been done. Otherwise people may mistakenly think that Sun is a
systems management approaches weren't designed for this environment or this type
of server which creates headaches for enterprise customers and slows
overall market adoption of this much needed technology," said Jagadish
Bandhole, president and chief executive officer for Jareva. "As a result,
Jareva is emerging as the leader in a whole new software category focused on
deployment, access, control, and update of blade servers."
||Jareva Unveils First
Management Suite to Automatically Discover, Deploy, Control and Customize Blade
Servers Across Operating Systems and Vendors|
Sunnyvale, Calif.- May
14, 2002 Jareva Technologies, a leader in IT abstraction and automation
software, today announced the June availability of its new BladeForce Blade
Management Suite. The first software platform designed to bring bare metal
discovery, provisioning and deployment, control and management, and update
capabilities to blade servers, BladeForce works across multiple vendors and
operating systems in a dynamic, multi-tiered networked environment.
A blade server's high-density design necessitates the removal of
attached media devices such as a CD or floppy drive. As a result, the complexity
of deployment and setup of operating systems, applications, firmware, BIOS, and
RAID is amplified and becomes a critical issue. In addition, the headless nature
of blades makes it difficult to gain remote access. Current approaches via
IP-based remote access software are complicated and time consuming to setup
through multiple network segments.
Designed to manage all blade server lifecycle management tasks and
activities, BladeForce discovers all bare metal hardware, deploys Linux, Windows
and/or Solaris operating systems, allows for network personalization, updates
software stacks, provides rich remote access, and customizes and saves blade
snapshots all in a networked environment. The BladeForce software
provides flexibility that makes it possible for customers to realize the density
and power-consumption benefits of a blade server's form factor and design.
||Computer Associates' Etrust
Antivirus is First to Achieve ICSA Labs Certification for Solaris and Linux |
VA and ISLANDIA, N.Y. - May 13, 2002 TruSecure Corporation, a leading
security services provider, today announced that its independent ICSAR Labs
division has completed the industry's first certification tests for antivirus
products designed for the Solaris and Linux operating systems. Computer
Associates' eTrust Antivirus is the first product to receive this certification.
The ICSA Labs Anti-Virus Certification program is an independent and
comprehensive process that rigorously tests, assesses, and validates the
security of antivirus products relied upon by all types of companies worldwide....Computer Associates
pleased to release our new iWARE software development suites," said Greg
Kalush, CEO and President of Interphase Corporation. "iWARE is designed to
optimize I/O performance as well as dramatically reduce telecommunication
equipment manufacturers' software development efforts, so our customers will
benefit greatly by using these software suites along with our board-level
Enhanced Software Development Suites to Assist with Next Generation I/O System
DALLAS, Texas - May 13, 2002 - Interphase Corporation today
announced the availability of iWARE, an enhanced package of software tools
to assist with board-level software integration in next generation
telecommunications I/O development. Designed to maximize performance, reduce
costs and shorten the development cycle, iWARE Software Development Suites
provide the least amount of complexity and effort on the part of design teams to
enable seamless integration.
The iWARE software development suite is available in several
configurations, each suited to work in conjunction with a specific communication
environment. Each iWARE package contains multiple development tools, each
tailored to the needs of different integration types. The suites include
Interphase-developed firmware protocol stacks (which are accessible via APIs
provided by Interphase), Interphase's own real-time kernel for maximum protocol
processing performance, base drivers for selected operating systems,
configuration and diagnostic utilities, and clear and comprehensive
documentation and sample programs.
Additional suite versions for VxWorks, Solaris and Linux are available
for multiple Interphase iSPAN Communications Controllers. In addition,
iWARE protocol modules are offered for ATM AAL5, ATM AAL2, SS7 MTP1/2, Frame
Relay, PPP, HDLC and IP/Ethernet, along with convergence layer software for
third party protocol stacks, such as Hughes Software Systems.
ST-nXm-USBV-U switch features NTI's patented USB electronic autoboot
technology, allowing users to boot all attached computers in one operation.
(Other USB KVM switches require individual, sequential boot-up.) USB host
computers and USB devices can be hot-plugged or removed at any time, and the
switch can be powered-down without having to reboot the attached computers.
||NTI Introduces USB Matrix
AURORA, OH - May 10, 2002 - Network Technologies Inc
(NTI) today announced the newest addition to their popular line of USB KVM
switches. The USB Matrix KVM Switch allows up to eight users to individually
command or simultaneously share up to 32 USB-enabled computers using USB
keyboards, USB mice and VGA monitors. This switch supports any USB-enhanced
computer, including the following:
- -SUN Blade 100s, 1000s, SUN Rays and Sun Fire 280R. SUN extra keys are
emulated on USB keyboards with Windows keyboard layouts.
Users can choose the keyboard layout they prefer (PC, MAC or SUN) to
control all attached computers. Keystroke translation and special key emulation
are programmed into the switch. The switch can also recognize international
keyboard layouts, or a layout code can be programmed manually. Any USB device
(keyboard and/or mouse) can be utilized to control any attached USB host
computer. The switch supports most USB keyboards and mice, including USB
- -MAC G3/G4s. Supports Mac soft (keyboard) power-on capability.
Prices range from $1,200 to $9,995, and the switch is immediately
worldwide market is hampered by uncertainty because the U.S. economy continues
to be soft and the pending HP-Compaq merger may be leaving some end users
undecided on product roadmaps. There are also signs of saturation in the U.S.
workstation market," said Pia Rieppo, principal analyst covering
workstations for Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platform Worldwide group. "In
addition, there is little technological innovation to get excited about, with
possible exception of notebook workstations, and the future of the Itanium
product family is still undecided. All this uncertainty leads to conservatism in
Dataquest Says Sun's Worldwide Workstation Shipments Declined 27% in the First
Quarter of 2002|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - May 10, 2002 - Worldwide
workstation shipments for all manufacturers totaled 358,829 units in the first
quarter of 2002, a 5.4 percent decline from the first quarter of 2001, according
to preliminary results from Dataquest Inc.When worldwide workstation shipments
declined rapidly from the third quarter of 2000 to the third quarter of 2001,
the hope was that the industry would soon show signs of a recovery, but Gartner
Dataquest analysts said the industry still has obstacles to overcome.
extended its lead as the No. 1 vendor in worldwide workstation shipments, as its
market share grew to 37.5 percent (see Table 1). IBM was the only other top-tier
vendor in 2001 to experience an increase in shipments from the previous year.
All vendors experienced flat or declining shipments from the fourth quarter of
Market Share (%)
Market Share (%)
||Editor's comments:- these
results are not as bad for Sun as you may think for 2 reasons.
- The workstation market has been a declining part of Sun's business for the
last 5 years. For example in Q1 this year Sun shipped more servers (68,655)
than workstations. Servers have a much higher average selling price.
|Rave Computer Elevates to
Master Distributor Status for Naturetech Solaris-Powered Laptops - Seeking
Sterling Heights, Michigan - May 8, 2002 - Rave Computer has this
week elevated its distributor agreement to become Master Distributor of
Naturetech's GENIALstation SPARC-based laptop computers in North America. Rave
Computer is now one of four Master distributors of Nature Worldwide Technology
products in North America. GENIALstations laptops are ready for delivery. Rave
Computer is currently soliciting resellers. Please contact
Dave Francis for further information
on becoming a reseller at 1-800-966-7283. ...Naturetech