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|Sun vs Microsoft||Windows Must Include Java -
Rules Judge in Antitrust Ruling
Editor:- December 24, 2002 - just when you thought that nothing would be happening in the run up to the holidays, an important ruling has been made in the Sun versus Microsoft legal saga which has been widely reported in the brodcast media today. Although there was no mention of this news on Sun's or Microsoft's web sites this morning. A report in USA TODAY gives more details. If upheld, this could provide a back door for Sun to load applications into every PC desktop.
23, 2002 - I'd like to wish all our readers a Happy Holiday and a Prosperous
New Year. We'll be back as usual in the first week of January, starting our
12th year as a publisher in the SPARC systems market, and our 7th year online on
this web site. |
Although the SPARC systems market has taken many hits in 2002, and faces strong competition from Linux and Wintel, it appears that new applications are emerging which, for now, no other platform does better. As ever, we'll be tracking these new changes, new products and new companies in these pages, and I very much hope that you'll be able to join us in the SPARC Product Directory. We'll also be continuing our monthly feature:- "Déjà viewing SPARC History" in which I try to relate past market events to what happened after. As the famous quote from George Santayana says - "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Thanks to all of you for using and recommending this publication. Without you readers, I wouldn't have this interesting job. I hope I can keep you interested and maybe sometimes entertained for another year and as long as there's a market for SPARC systems.
See you again soon. ...publisher profile
|Sun Microsystems||Sun Embraces InfiniBand
Technology for Next-Generation Data Center|
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - December 19, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced its intention to leverage InfiniBand technology in the build out of next-generation data center infrastructure. The company will incorporate the open interface standard into future server, software and storage products. Customers can benefit from the new high-speed technology's ability to integrate easily with their existing environments while providing improved application performance, scalability, resource utilization and management capabilities.
Sun plans to leverage InfiniBand technology in future server platforms, application environments, switches and storage. Future InfiniBand-based platforms are expected to include Sun's next-generation horizontally scalable blade servers expected in 2004 and future vertically scalable enterprise servers. Sun expects applications (such as databases, directories, applicaton servers, J2EE environments, ERP and CRM) running on these systems to show significantly improved performance. Sun also plans to integrate InfiniBand into storage virtualization and aggregation products and controllers. ...Sun Microsystems profile
See also:- article:- Centralizing Server I/O Infrastructure with InfiniBand, InfiniBand software & systems directory
|Network Technologies||NTI's 2002 Catalog Features
First USB Matrix KVM Switch!
AURORA, OH - December 18, 2002 - Network Technologies Inc today announced availability of its new 2002 Product Catalog, featuring an extensive range of KVM (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) switches, splitters, and cabling for PC, PS/2, Sun, Macintosh, and Silicon Graphics systems. The NTI 2002 Catalog introduces several new product releases, and NTI's new family of brand names. It provides color photographs and clear, color-coded configuration & cable illustrations in eight color-coded sections.
Among the many products included of interest to Sun users are the new UNIMUX USB KVM Switch introduces multiple-user switchingfor USB-enabled PC, Sun and Mac computers! Up to eight users control up to 32 USB computers. Both this switch and the single-user UNIMUX USB KVM Switch feature NTI's patented USB autoboot technology, which allows users to boot all attached USB-enabled computers in one operation (other USB KVM switches require individual, sequential boot-up). Both switches provide flawless Sun compatibility (verified by Sun's independent test labs). ...Network Technologies profile
|Sun Microsystems||Sun to Help DoD Assess and
Develop High Productivity Computing Systems |
SANTA CLARA, CA - December 17, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced Sun has been awarded a 12-month contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) program to assess and develop technology solutions to address future Department of Defense (DoD) high-performance requirements.
The goal of the HPCS program is to provide the next generation of high productivity computing systems, both hardware and software, to address future DoD high-performance requirements in a number of critical areas, including: weather and ocean forecasting; analysis of circulation patterns and the dispersal of airborne vectors; cryptanalysis; weapons, survivability and stealth design; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; virtual manufacturing and failure analysis; emerging biotechnology. ...Sun Microsystems profile
See also:- military SPARC systems, Military STORAGE
|Winfessor||Winfessor's SDK for XMPP
and Jabber bring .NET Instant Messaging Tools to Linux, Windows, Solaris,
FreeBSD, Windows CE, and Windows Pocket PC 2002|
Sacramento, CA - December 16, 2002 - Winfessor, a software development firm specializing in universal collaboration tools, broadens their instant messaging offering with XMPP compliance and full cross platform interoperability by announcing their .NET Jabber SDK for Mono. Now .NET developers can build cross platform instant messaging applications that target Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD, Windows CE, and Windows Pocket PC 2002. Winfessor's SDK also provides full support for creating applications using multiple languages including German, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Italian, and Chinese.
Winfessor's .NET Jabber SDK frees the developer from the detailed inner workings of the Jabber protocol by providing an additional layer that improves communication with Jabber. Developers new to the Jabber protocol can rapidly create robust instant messaging applications for both desktop and mobile environments. Mono support greatly increases the range of devices that can be targeted for instant messaging development using .NET. Winfessor's SDK provides interoperability with third party instant messaging applications from Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Microsoft MSN Messenger, and ICQ. The IETF is currently reviewing the Jabber protocol for standard approval. ...Winfessor
|Storage Software||Top 10 Storage Software
December 12, 2002 - STORAGEsearch.com today published the new edition of the "Top 10 Storage Software Companies" list and reference article. There are four new companies on the list, which is ranked by reader pageviews during the last 6 months.
"This is the definitive list of which storage software companies our 0.5 million readers are most interested in" said Zsolt Kerekes, editor of STORAGEsearch. "After our venture capital readers have digested this article, I expect a number of companies not mentioned in this list, to be put on the block for sale. The hardening of the top slots in two successive years shows that many well funded storage startups are not going to break through the glass ceiling and that the market is maturing at the same time as adapting to important new technology trends." ...article:- the Top 10 Storage Software Companies
|SPARC based PRIMEPOWER is
fastest 8 way Oracle server|
Sunnyvale, CA - December 10, 2002 Fujitsu Technology Solutions Inc. today announced best-in-class results in industry-leading benchmarks on its PRIMEPOWER 850 SPARC® compliant, Solaris compatible servers.
PRIMEPOWER 850 is now the top performing 8-way server running Oracle® applications that is currently shipping. The PRIMEPOWER 850 recently took first place in the latest Oracle Applications benchmark for 8-way servers with a superior average response time of 1.07 seconds and a top user count of 6272. The user count measures the number of concurrent Oracle applications users that the system can sustain while response times are kept under a pre-defined maximum value. This was the first ERP benchmark in an advanced real-world business environment using Direct Access Files System protocol.
This midrange server offers users higher system performance at a lower cost than comparably featured machines. Because the PRIMEPOWER 850 can be scaled up to 16 CPUs, customers can realize significant application growth and attain an outstanding price/performance ratio. This produces a lower total cost of ownership for users.
The PRIMEPOWER 850 is priced at $135,400 for an 8-way with 16GB of memory, and $194,600 for a 12-way with 24 GB of memory. ...Fujitsu Technology Solutions profile, ...Oracle profile
|Novell Nabs 1,500 Sun ONE
Customers in Just Over a Month of New Marketing Program|
PROVO, Utah - December 09, 2002 - Novell has scored a big win with an aggressive promotion around its market-leading directory software. Coinciding with the recent release of Novell® eDirectory 8.7, the company began offering Sun ONE/iPlanet Directory Server customers free licenses of eDirectory, to help them migrate to Novell's more stable and scalable directory service. For Novell, the uptake has exceeded all expectations: In just over one month, more than 1,500 competitive directory customers have signed up to take advantage of the offer.
Directory services, which simplify the management of user identities and access rights, are rapidly becoming an essential part of today's complex networks. By deploying eDirectory, companies lay the foundation for Novell Nsure secure identity management solutions. These solutions, which are available from Novell and many of its partners, help organizations cost-effectively deliver real-time, role-based resources to a distributed workforce, partners and customers from any location, while keeping their systems secure.
Sun ONE/iPlanet Directory Server customers who want to take advantage of the benefits of eDirectory should click here. ...Novell profile
Editor's comments:- at one time in the early 1990's Novell was the undisputed leader in the network operating system market. Then after a series of unfortunate changes in strategic direction the company almost became extinct. They've improved their marketing recently, although the link to the eDirectory benefits page given in the text of their original release didn't work... but I looked it up.
|Sun and Computerworld
Launch Awards Program to Honor U.S Resellers|
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - December 9, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. will host the iForce Partner Excellence Awards, a new awards program co-sponsored by Computerworld to honor U.S. iForce partners who have excelled in providing quality products, innovative solutions and superior services to customers. The awards program is part of Sun's commitment to increase channel partner recognition, as well as help increase profitability. Partners and customers may submit entries online until January 31, 2003.
Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 9, 2003, at the iForce Partner Summit in Orlando, Fla. ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's comments:- during the last year or so Sun has been learning a painful lesson from more successful mainframe competitors like IBM.
The lesson:- Services are a way to maintain revenue and profit even when hardware shipments slow down.
Unfortunately Sun is a lightweight in the services market and doesn't have the headcount to grow this business organically. So instead, Sun has publicly announced its strategy will be to leverage its VAR relationships to plug this gap, while at the same time developing productivity tools to increase the effectiveness of Sun sys admins. The iForce awards program can be viewed as an attempt by Sun to improve relations with its surviving battered channel partners, at a time when many of them must be wondering whether the Sun game is still worth the candle.
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