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|Sun Microsystems||Sun Microsystems
Introduces Web-based Enterprise Management Dynamic Reconfiguration for Midframe
and High-end Servers
SANTA CLARA, CA - September 17, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. introduces Web-based Enterprise Management Dynamic Reconfiguration (WDR) on its Sun Fire Midframe and high-end 3800-15K servers. With the help of workload monitoring and measurement tools developed by BMC Software, Inc., such as PATROL for Sun Automated Dynamic Reconfiguration, WDR will allow customers to automate the changing of hardware resources to coincide with shifts in user demand.
Sun's Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR) technology, which allows customers to add, remove and reallocate resources on-the-fly is unmatched in the industry. With today's announcement, Sun further improves on DR by introducing an application programming interface that takes advantage of Internet technologies to manage systems and networks throughout the enterprise. ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's comments:- in some ways this is similar to the hotSPARC technology described by HotServer Technologies in their press release April 1st. In that earlier announcement SPARC processors were dynamically speeded up at busy times of the day when there was peak server load. The increased heat output from the faster clock operation was piped out through the users' coffee machines, with a Java connected feedback mechanism. It'll be interesting to see if Sun decides to support hotSPARC technology in a later version of its WBEM.
Innovates With Tadpole's Laptops Launching Industry's First "Bank-In-A-Box,"
Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery Solution|
Orlando (FL) and Carlsbad (CA) - September 17, 2002 - Kirchman Corporation, the leader in banking software, and Tadpole, the leading builder of specialized UNIX® laptops, servers and appliances, today announced a strategic business and technology alliance providing financial institutions with the first low cost, disaster recovery alternative to large mainframe systems. The companies have created a new slimline "bank-in-a-box" SPARC® Solaris-based appliance for simple plug and play deployment across a network infrastructure with complete compatibility to Sun Microsystems' full range of servers.
When configured as a hub of business continuity processes, the appliance offers banks and financial institutions a convenient way to test networks. It also provides a cost-effective disaster recovery system that can be easily moved and quickly deployed from remote locations. Under terms of the alliance, Kirchman Corporation will pre-configure its core banking automation software, Kirchman Bankway, into Tadpole's plug-in Sun SPARC notebook. Kirchman Corporation will then market the resulting disaster recovery appliance to its customer base of over 1,000 banks and financial institutions. These include super regional Union Planters, Commerce Bank and community banks, Traditional Bank, and First Security Bank.
Tadpole's laptops are legendary in the business-critical world of Sun Solaris computing and form the mobile computing hub of Fortune 500 customers and federal agencies alike. Designed around the UltraSPARC microprocessor technology, they are compatible with the complete range of SPARC Solaris systems from Sun Microsystems, but in a notebook format. The plug-in appliances have remarkable DRAM memory and removable disk capacity to 2GB and 120GB respectively, feature ports for extensive I/O expansion and peripheral connectivity, and are capable of running the full 12,000 plus inventory of Solaris applications. Pre-configured with Kirchman Bankway software, they require no expensive bundling and testing and are simply deployable out-of-the-box. ...Kirchman, ...Tadpole profile
Editor's comments:- I have a lot of empathy with this concept, because, to borrow Tapole's phraseology I have a kind of "publisher in a box" as part of my own disaster recovery scenario, with a ready to run portable located in a fireproof safe. I guess that banks already have enough iron mongery on site so they don't need to buy that part. But offsite or web based backup is also a must for comprehensive disaster recovery planning
|SunNetwork Conference||Let's Have Less "Vision"
and More Execution on Sun's Traditional Values This Week at SunNetwork
Editor:- September 16, 2002 - The "Dot in dotcom" company has taken a beating in the marketplace in the past year, and at one stage seemed to heading towards becoming a Microdot.
|Kaspersky Labs||Kaspersky Labs Warns Linux
Users about Slapper Worm|
September 14, 2002 - Kaspersky Labs, an international data-security software-development company, warns about the detection of a new dangerous Internet-worm called "Slapper", which infects computers running Linux operating system and uses the source code spreading technology that was used in the notorious Morris Worm in 1988.
Up to date, Kaspersky Labs has received no user reports that this malicious program has been detected "in-the-wild". However a detailed analysis of the worm confirms its high potential to cause a global virus outbreak and therefore poses a threat to Linux users.
To find a victim, "Slapper" scans computers connected to the Internet and chooses those that are running the Linux operating system and have an Apache Web-server installed. After detecting such a computer, the worm stealthily uploads its copy by exploiting the OpenSSL security breach (buffer overflow). The main distinctive feature of "Slapper" is that the uploaded worm copy is in the source code, not in an already compiled executable package. After the uploading is competed, the worm uses the locally installed C compiler (gcc) to produce an executable copy of the worm and then launches it. Such an original method provides "Slapper" compatibility with all Linux types regardless of the distribution manufacturer and version of the kernel. This method was invented in November 1988 and was applied for the first time in notorious Morris Worm that succeeded to infect more than 6000 companies worldwide (including NASA Research Institute) resulting in $96 million loss. Until now, this method of spreading source code has never been used. ...Kaspersky Labs
|eMag Solutions||eMag Solutions Helps
Customers Import Data to Sun Servers from IBM Legacy Tapes|
Atlanta - September 13, 2002 - Since its release less than one year ago, eMag Solutions' MediaMerge/UNIX has quickly become the product of choice for Unix users looking to restore, convert and duplicate data via a SCSI attached device totally from within the Unix environment. Designed for seamless data interchange between legacy, incompatible and current SCSI storage technology, MM/UNIX is compatible with most leading SCSI tape drives. It can automatically detect, process and restore hundreds of different tape formats. Data can be Bit converted from ASCII to EBCDIC or visa-versa, and can optionally have Packed Decimal Fields decoded as well as other types of record based data manipulation. Other benefits include: Forensic Tape Logging, tape-to-tape duplication, tape initialization and media testing. Two recent installs have won eMag accolades from our customers.
CompuCredit Alan Borchers, the Data Operations Manager writes: "CompuCredit receives a variety of computer media tapes and uses both Microsoft NT and Unix operating systems for processing data received on these tapes. Recently our company purchased a new IBM 3590 tape reader, which was to be connected to a Sun server in the Unix operating system.
While we could read fixed length files using Unix commands from the new tape drive, our largest and most important file, a multi-gigabytes file, was formatted with variable record lengths. As such, the file could not be read into our system! The solution to our problem came from eMag Solutions and one of their products called, MM/UNIX. eMag allowed CompuCredit to use a trial version of the product and MMUnix worked. eMag's technical team was able to answer all our questions on setting up and using the program. Once connections were established, an operator was able to use the product with very little help. Reading in our large, variable length file was very easy. Without this program, operations would have moved the tape drive to a NT server causing delays in our daily processing. MMUnix is easy to use and eMag provided timely and effective advice through their technical help personnel." ...eMag Solutions profile
|Serial ATA||Is Sun Going to Lose Out as
Peripheral Makers Rush to Adopt Serial ATA?|
Editor:- September 12, 2002 - the big buzz in the computer industry this week, which you won't have heard about on Sun's web site, was at the Intel Developers Forum in San Jose. There's a new gold rush as peripheral manufacturers race to bring out real storage products using the Serial ATA standard. That will be the new default standard for low cost high performance disk drives, DVD drives, tape drives etc.
Like many new computer standards, nothing much happens for a few years, and then you blink, and suddenly you start seeing these products sitting on someone's desk.
The original ATA standard was pretty useless for SPARC systems, because it was too slow. And until about a year ago ATA didn't even support a large enough address space to work with a big disk like the ones you use in a real server. By the time those problems got fixed the Sun market had largely passed ATA storage by. The fact that the standard was rooted in the original IBM PC-AT bus specification, and Intel 286 processor speeds, didn't endear it much to Sun designers either.
The new Serial ATA standard is quite different. It supports speeds faster than most of the disks in your current server, will be very low cost, and even includes Native Command Queuing which, according to Seagate, enables a hard drive to take multiple requests for data from the processor and rearrange the order of those requests to maximize throughput. (Just like good old SCSI.) If Sun is serious about its x86 Linux strategy then Serial ATA should start to appear in those servers soon.
Serial ATA will start shipping on Intel motherboards in a few weeks' time.
The legacy low cost storage device interface for Sun systems is SCSI which at 21 years old is even older than Sun. If you're wondering what's been happening there recently, here's a quick update.
iSCSI, which emulates SCSI over gigabit IP networks already has dozens of suppliers. You can buy real products which implement this in software, and a number of companies supply hardware accelerators which provide wireline speeds. That, along with its counterpart FCIP, is one of the hottest things happening in server style storage. It's useful because you can do simple offsite disk to disk backup without a degree in computer science. And if you haven't yet installed a Fibre-channel network, iSCSI gives you most of the functionality of a SAN, without the high cost.
Although we never expect to see Serial ATA in a SPARC system this side of hell freezing over, its analog - Serial Attached SCSI may start to appear in SPARC systems in about the third quarter of 2003 in low cost workstations and blade servers.
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