||other news on this page|
Unix market is going through some changes," said Nancy Taylor, Senior Unix
Analyst within IDC's European Server Group. "The high-end portfolio
build-up of RISC Unix has been significant and had a positive effect on
revenues, but everywhere else these systems are under immense pricing pressure
from customers with tight IT budgets and Intel-based offerings."
||Western European Server
Factory Revenues Contract 17% in Second-Quarter 2002, Says IDC
#2 Unix Server Vendor in Western Europe
LONDON, September 11, 2002 The Western European server market
contracted again in the second quarter of 2002 after dropping by 22.5% in the
first quarter, according to IDC. Western European factory revenues declined 17%
from $3.5 billion in 2Q01 to $2.9 billion in 2Q02. The quarter also marked the
first time that IBM was challenged and outrun by a major competitor HP
for the leading position of overall server market revenue leader. HP's May
acquisition of Compaq allowed it to pass IBM in terms of server revenues in
|Sun is #2 Unix Server Vendor in
Sun Boosts Sun Fire V100 Server Performance by 30%
Microsystems Appoints Elie Simon VP EMEA
QLogic Introduces First
Rackmount Server Remote Management Controller on a Chip
'Shame on you,
Scott' Ad in the San Jose Mercury News
An Interview with Rave
Computer's president and CEO Rick Darter
Megabyte the Mouse is 4 Years
Stonesoft Announces StoneGate Firewall and VPN Solutions for the
Sun Looking for OEMs to Resell Solaris x86
news - archive
Thoughts about Public and Private Days of Remembrance
11, 2002 - I knew I would find it difficult to write about this anniversary.
The horror of that day a year ago still seems too vivid and fresh.
Bush yesterday made a good speech at the Afghanistan embassy. During questions
afterwards in a light moment he brushed aside reporters' attempts to ask him
about his policy on Iraq, saying they would have to wait until his speech to the
UN on Thursday, And he reminded us then what it was all about.
(September 11) will be a terrible day for many Americans - he said. Well, "tomorrow"
is now today, and I guess he's right.
For all of us, the memory of that
day September 11, 2001 will remain with us till the end of our days. How we
first learned what had happened. The disbelief and the horror. I was lucky. I
did not lose loved ones or friends. I know that many of you did. There is
nothing that anyone can say to ease that pain. That loss has been a living
nightmare for 365 days. The pain will not go away tomorrow, or next week when
the rest of the world goes back to thinking about something else.
long will the world remember?
At first my mind goes back to another
tragedy in the last century - the Titanic. That was a disaster partly caused by
the elements and partly by folly. That was 1912, 90 years ago. But September 11
was much worse than that. Your grandchildren may remember you as being really
old, because you can remember where you were on that day. But the memory will
live on much longer than that.
Christians still commemorate
Good Friday, nearly
2000 years later. To those handful of people there at the time when their
spiritual leader and guide Jesus was being executed it must have seemed that the
world was coming to an end. For the christian faith, as we now know, it was only
just a beginning. Jews still commemorate
Passover, which celebrates the
exodus of the Israelites from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II,
over 3,000 years ago.
As America and her friends mourn today, this
first anniversary makes us strong. It keeps alive the memory of the loved ones
and friends who died. Those who have suffered loss may feel some comfort from
knowing that they are not alone.
September 11, is an unusual
anniversary in another way, because in our society we are better at remembering
happy things like birthdays or holidays like Thanksgiving.. This day, 9/11,
helps us remember that at the end of life there is death. Those private
anniversaries are different for us all, and on those lonely days we see the rest
of the world go by and they do not see our sorrow.
October 22, 1999 - I
get a phone call about 1 a.m. to say my young brother Charles has died. I can't
believe it. We were only talking on the phone a few hours ago it seems. He was
packing his case for a weekend vacation in Boston. We spoke on the phone several
times that day, as we did every day. he was looking forward to making a lot of
changes in his life when he got back, including working with me. He had tried it
for a short time and enjoyed it. We were both looking forward to it. But he
didn't know he was ill. He died of a sudden massive heart attack. For the next
few months, like an idiot I comfort his friends and other members of our family
and reassure them how happy he was in his last days. It's true. But while I try
to cheer everyone else up with this thought I put off the process of my own
grieving. It hits me very hard about 6 months later. There is something in my
life which is gone forever, and nothing fills that gap. My wife and friends try
to help, but I am in deep depression. I'm seeing my doctor for a health check
up. My physical health is fine. But my emotional state is a mess. Prozac helps.
It helps a lot. If I could worry now, I would worried that a little white pill
can make so much difference. After a few months I can operate as a human being
taking less pills and, then it seems safe to stop taking them.
4, 2002 - my young sister, Anna, has learned the results of her biopsy. Because
she has had no symptoms apart from a few minutes loss of her speech, we were
worrying more about the biopsy than what it might signify. An MRI scan a few
weeks earlier had shown a small lump in her brain. The doctors said they didn't
know what it was. Could be, she had had a small stroke without realising it at
"You've got a glioblastoma multiforme type 4,"
the surgeon said. "It's bad, very bad. It's the most aggressive type of
cancer, and because of where it is we can't operate. You'll see an oncologist in
about 5 days and they will tell you more about it." Anna is stunned. Her
husband Mark asks the question that you should ask when you have been told this
kind of thing. "How long? Six months? A year?" The surgeon shakes his
head. "I can't say, maybe three months." He goes away. A few minutes
later a nurse comes along. My sister has made an excellent recovery from the
operation, and they ask if she would mind going home that afternoon. They need
Our world has turned upside down. Anna says to me "You're
the one who spend all his time on the web and is good at searching for things.
Find out what a glioblastoma is. Find out if there any treatments. Find out if
there are any survivors."
During the next few days and weeks I
learn more than I ever wanted to know about this terrible thing. The web sites I
visit now are not just computer sites, but a new world which I didn't know was
out there:- Virtualtrials.com to
find out about research in this area, Quackwatch
to get a counter view on so called "natural" remedies. But the best
one is Young Adults Surviving Glioblastoma.
When I read out some of the personal stories from that site we both cry, but she
is pleased to learn that some people do survive this thing. The long term
survival rate for a GBM type 4 , as we learn, is about 1%, and "long term"
means anything over a year.
We're learning a lot from the web. As well
as increasing our vocabulary which now includes new words like Temozolomide,
Melatonin, Tamoxifen and PSK, we're also learning the difference between Phase I
and Phase II FDA trials. Some researchers are keen to get my sister into a
trial. The reason? It's a rare condition. Less than 15 people per million
population will get a GBM type 4. Researchers find it difficult to russle up
enough people to take part in a trial. We look at the data and decide against
it. The problem with being in a trial is that the sponsoring doctor will not
tell you about any better treatments which may be available. Mixing drug
treatments invalidates their results.
Later we learn that some people
with GBM type 4 have survived for years confounding the medical profession. One
of them has written a book which is due to be published in the middle of August.
I preorder it on Amazon and have it sent directly to Anna. She can still read,
but her speech is slurring and she can't say some words. Also she can't write
any more. That part of her brain is affected by pressure from the tumor.
31, 2002 - "You must read this book" Anna says excitedly on the phone
. "It arrived in the post this morning at 7 o'clock and I've nearly
finished it. The author had the same lump as me, and he survived. Buy your own
copy though, I need to keep this for myself." The book, Surviving Terminal
Cancer by Ben Williams, does indeed give hope.
He believes that
oncologists are not sufficiently up to date with the data about treatments in
this field, and will typically prescribe a limited range of treatments, even
though they know that they will not work. His theory, which he practised on
himself, is that patients can increase their chances of survival by finding out
more and using supplementary treatments. He advocates using a cocktail approach
for chemotherapy, to avoid the growback of resistant strains of tumor, and just
as important says that some pills and potions and foods can help boost the imune
system. The problem is that some vitamins which are good at preventing the onset
of cancer actually interfere with the operation of the chemo, and diulte the
effect. So you have to be sure not to take those vitamins on the days that
you're taking the chemo. Also many health supplement and drugs companies make a
living out of selling things which provide false hope. Trying to decide which
may work and which don't needs careful evaluation of research data.
1, 2002 - Anna lost her speech today and had a series of fits. An ambulance
takes her to hospital. Because they know she has a tumor they do a new MRI scan.
It shows bleeding in the brain. She may die tonight. It's a long night.
2, 2002 - I still have a sister. She is alive but can't talk. This is what she
September 3, 2002 - The lady in the adjacent bed died
today of MRSA, the
hospital killer bug. This will be a day her family remembers.
5, 2002 - Great news. Anna can talk again, although it's very slurred. Her
thinking is still sharp and focused. She is pleased to learn that some of my
customers in the US are praying for her. She reminds me what she wants me to do
with the children, if she and her husband Mark both die. Mark tells her not be
so ghoulish. We should cheer up because tomorrow they may be letting her go back
home. I return to my car. The drive to the hospital in Brighton was 110 miles,
but they are rebuilding their car park. When I arrived the waiting time to get
into the car park was estimated to be 90 minutes. I can't wait that long,
because Anna is seeing the doctors in a few hours to be fitted up for a
radiotherapy mask. So I drive around and discover that every street in the area
is parked solid, and signs warn you that your car will be towed away if you park
in an unapproved place. So I eventually park down by the beach half a mile or so
away and walk. It's a beautiful summer day, and sailing yachts are skimming
across the water. It's hard to believe that this is the same world as inside
September 10, 2002 - My niece Laura (age 5) was playing
this morning with a new friend. We discovered a few days ago that her father has
a friend who was diagnosed with a GBM type 4 about a week ago. Anna thinks
that's a spooky coincidence. Anna and the other little girl will both start
their first day of school next Monday (Sept 16). The school thought it was a
good idea that new children should know someone when they start their first day.
I remember my own first day of school over 40 years ago, and I'm sure you do
too. It's a lifechanging time. Laura will remember hers too, but for another
reason. The oncologist has said that because Anna's imune system is weak from
the chemo, she should avoid contact with groups of people who may be ill. She
shouldn't go to the school gate on Laura's first day. My sister is a fighter and
is determined to make sure that Laura is not remembered as that girl in the
class whose mother died.
September 11, 2002 - we remember today the
thousands of people who were murdered in America a year ago. Our thoughts go
out to their families and friends, and all the millions who have been touched by
those events. That memory will not fade.
grueling competition fueled by continually constrained budgets made its mark on
the Western European server market again, affecting most but not all countries,"
said Thomas Meyer, Expertise Center Manager for IDC's European Server Group. "The
UK continued to show annual growth but weakness in the German, French and
Italian markets weighed heavily. As corporate budgets remained tight, vendors
kept focusing on the SMB market, server and application consolidation issues and
solution stack building."
||In the first quarter after its
merger with Compaq, HP managed to gain the No. 1 position in the Western
European market in terms of factory revenues. Despite IBM gaining a percentage
market share point and declining at a slower rate than HP, the combined
portfolio of the historically No. 2 and No. 3 in the server market in factory
revenue terms, translated into a $114 million lead. Of the top-tier vendors,
Dell was the only company to show annual unit and factory revenue growth and,
like IBM, gained one percentage point market share over the quarter a year ago.
Sun Microsystems generated the highest annual unit growth, followed by Fujitsu
On a sequential basis, Sun Microsystems was the only company to show
positive growth in both units and revenues. As a result of this growth Sun
Microsystems was able to hold on to top spot in the Unix RISC segment of the
market, which showed an overall revenue decline sequentially of 6%, but narrowly
lost out on the lead of the total Unix market, which again went to HP. ...IDC profile
||Sun Boosts Sun Fire V100
Server Performance by 30%|
SANTA CLARA, CA - September 10, 2002 -
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has added the more powerful 550 MHz and 650 MHz
UltraSPARC® IIi processor to its Sun Fire V100 rack-optimized, low end entry
server. With the UltraSPARC IIi processor, the Sun Fire V100 server now delivers
greater performance of up to 30%, twice the Level 2 cache and an entry
configuration with double the memory at no additional cost to customers.
Sun Fire V100 server which comes with a choice of 550MHz or 650MHz UltraSPARC
IIi processor with 512KB of on chip Level 2 cache, 2GB of maximum memory, and up
to 80GB of internal storage is available today directly from Sun and authorized
Sun Resellers. The Sun Fire V100 starts at $995 list price U.S. and includes one
550MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor, 256MB of memory and one 40GB 7.2Krpm IDE drive.
goal is to ensure that customers are truly satisfied with the products, services
and solutions they buy from Sun," commented Simon. "Sun has a
leadership position in the market in Europe and worldwide, great products and a
compelling value proposition. I aim to use this position to add real business
benefits to existing and new customers. I am very excited about leading the
European team and delivering great results for Sun and for our customers."
||Sun Microsystems Appoints
Elie Simon VP EMEA|
Geneva, Switzerland - September 6, 2002 - Sun
Microsystems, Inc. announced today that Elie Simon, 42, vice president of Sun's
Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa region, succeeds Robert Youngjohns, 50,
as Vice President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Sun
previously announced Youngjohns appointment to the role of Executive VP for
Sun's Global Sales Organization.
"Elie is taking over at the head of the EMEA region at a very
exciting time for Sun," commented Youngjohns. "The whole industry has
experienced a challenging 18 months, but Sun's vision and strategy has remained
focused, enabling us to take share from competitors, win in new sectors and
drive new, low cost products to market."
During his 15-year
career at Sun, Simon has successfully grown Sun's presence in the Southern
European and African region, as well as holding a number of other roles in Sun,
including Sales, Marketing and Management position. Simon was appointed VP of
the Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa region in 1998. Prior to joining
Sun, Simon spent 3 years as a Project Manager at Schlumberger, specializing in
the Oil/Gas sector. Simon holds a degree from ESIEE and an MBA from IAE. Simon
will continue to work out of Sun's Geneva office and manage a senior team
located in various Sun offices across the region.
is the first to consolidate the management features found in expensive remote
management cards into a single, standards-based ASIC," said David Race,
vice president and general manager, QLogic management products. "Major
server OEMs including Dell, HP, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel and Sun are now able to
include high-end features in their entry-level servers at a fraction of the
cost."||QLogic Introduces First
Rackmount Server Remote Management Controller on a Chip|
VIEJO, Calif. - September 6, 2002 - QLogic Corp. today introduced a line of
Remote Management Controllers (RMCs) that integrate the capabilities of
expensive remote management cards into a single chip. Targeted at the market
for rack optimized servers and bladed servers without PCI slots, the
ultra-compact single chip RMCs enable system administrators to turn servers off,
diagnose problems and restart servers-all from a remote management station on
the LAN. Previously found only in high-end servers, the low cost of the
single-chip RMCs also enables server manufacturers to provide these
sophisticated remote management capabilities in their entry-level servers.
The Zircon UL & BL are a new class of remote management
controllers that support the Intelligent Platform Management (IPMI)
specification version 1.5. They meet the platform management requirements of IT
administrators and data center managers via a highly integrated design that
incorporates advanced management functionality into a small package. These RMCs
provide baseboard management, remote management and virtual storage management
on a single chip. These features allow system administrators to remotely access
system configuration and status information, detect and diagnose errors, restart
failed systems and install and upgrade component software.
The Zircon UL & BL architecture provides maximum design
flexibility in the smallest possible package. It incorporates a RISC
microprocessor with support for large addressable space, general-purpose
input/output pins, and multiple interfaces including the Low Pin Count (LPC)
bus, I2C and serial port. The Zircon UL and BL are 128-pin PQFP and 100-pin PQFP
packages respectively. The Virtual Storage Interface provides the capability of
booting the system from a remote boot disk and updating components such as BIOS
and firmware. ...QLogic
||"Shame on you, Scott"
Ad in the San Jose Mercury News|
Editor:- September 4, 2002 - I
rarely read magazines because the news etc is always out of date, but
apparently print ads can be quite interesting. This following route is a bit
tortuous, but bear with me... An
today in Silicon.com reports on an open letter to Scott McNealy (which
was contained in an ad printed in the
San Jose Mercury News). The
point of the ad is to complain about Sun's policy regarding Solaris 9 on Intel
I don't normally condone print advertising about
enterprise server products. because compared to web ads they're a rip off and
achieve very little. But I guess that today the people who placed the "Shame
on you, Scott" ad have got their money's worth. But hey guys, next time
please remember that PR
is a lot cheaper for this kind of message and doesn't waste trees. Also Sun has
less of a stranglehold on the computer media than you might think (and they
might wish they had.)
president and CEO of Rave Computer,
Daily photo by David Dalton||An Interview with Rave
Computer's president and CEO Rick Darter|
Editor:- September 4,
2002 - if you'd like to know more about the thinking and operations inside Rave
Computer (the #2 company on our top SPARC companies list) there's an extensive
article which was published a few days ago in the Macomb Daily, a local
newspaper based in Michigan.
with Rave Computer's president and CEO Rick Darter, we learn that Rave has
started to supply systems to the U.S. military, and was recently designated as
one of seven Technology Provider Partners by Sun Microsystems
lot of other interesting information about Rave's customers and way of doing
business which I didn't know before, and comments about the company from Sun.
||STORAGEsearch.com was the second major
publication to come out from privately owned ACSL, whose
SPARC Product Directory has
been a landmark publication in the Sun Microsystems compatible workstation and
server market since 1992.|
Editor:- The SPARC site got better as a
result of formatting experiments which started out on the mouse site.
|Megabyte the Mouse is 4
Baughurst, Hampshire, UK - September 3, 2002 - Megabyte
the Mouse, the cartoon character known to more than 0.5 million readers
of STORAGEsearch.com is four years old this month. Four years is a long
time in the life of a mouse, and also in the life of a fast moving market like
enterprise storage. In that time hundreds of storage companies have disappeared
from the market, as they went
bust, or merged or got acquired, but the total number of storage companies
listed in the STORAGEsearch.com web site has kept growing.
slowdown during the US IT recession in 2001, the network storage market has been
growing back upto the historic high levels of $24 billion achieved in 2000
according to a recent report by California based market research company
However, an earlier (May 2002) feature on the mouse site, which looked at
the fastest growing
profitable US storage companies revealed the worrying problem that few if
any storage companies are currently making a profit in a fiercely competitive
market which makes the recovery look in many ways worse than the recession.
"I wasn't too sure how seriously people within the industry would accept
the mouse site" admits publisher and editor Zsolt Kerekes. "But 2002
was our second year partnering with many of the most significant storage
conferences and exhibitions in the USA and Europe, so I suppose
STORAGEsearch.com has been accepted. At a time when the number of storage
related publications on the web has risen to over one hundred, it's nice to see
that our readership is still growing." ...ACSL profile
StoneGate Firewall and VPN Solutions for the Sun LX50 |
Finland. - September 3, 2002 - Stonesoft Corporation today announced the
availability of StoneGate High Availability Firewall and VPN solution for the
Sun LX50 system. StoneGate provides several distinct advantages for IT security
administrators looking at the LX50 offering. The enterprise software includes
clustering and load balancing out of the box, enabling multiple LX50s to
function as a single firewall, and also allowing for load balancing multiple
network providers and load balanced, high availability VPN tunnels. Multiple Sun
LX50 systems can be added to a cluster to improve performance and throughput as
demand grows, or removed for maintenance and upgradesboth transparently to
"The availability and scalability of services is increasingly
important to our customers, and the LX50 server running the StoneGate solution
fulfills this need while helping decrease costs and speed time-to-market.,"
remarked Christer Juhl-Nielsen, Country Manager, Sun Professional Services,
||Sun is Looking for OEMs to
Resell Solaris x86 |
September 2, 2002 -
an article in The Register says that Sun want to sign up server
OEMs to resell Solaris x86 on their servers. With its recent LX50 launch,
Sun walked back from its earlier decision to end of life Solaris x86. But the
LX50 is a low end server. If Solaris on Intel architecture servers is to have a
viable future, users have to know they can buy it to run on any size of server.
(Like they did before.)