SPARC History - 2003, January weeks 3 - 4
|Squeak! - the Top 10 SSD
Squeak! - How Solid is Hard Disk's Future?
Squeak! - the Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
article:- the Benefits of SAS for External Subsystems
article:- Recovering Data from Drowned / Flooded Hard Drives
article:- Sanitization Methods for Cleaning Up Hard Disk Drives
article:- Why Zero RPM Disks will Beat 20K RPM Disks in the High RPM Data Center
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|Paralan Corporation||Paralan Launches Ultra320
SCSI HBAs for Solaris
San Diego, CA - January 31, 2003 - A new Ultra320 SCSI Host Bus Adapter, which interfaces the vast majority of new and legacy SCSI devices to a host's PCI bus, is being introduced today by Paralan Corporation.
The Model P79320 Host Bus Adapter, or HBA, supports SCSI peripherals with seamless backward compatibility, from SCSI-1, Fast, Ultra, Wide Ultra, Ultra2 through Ultra320 - both single-ended and multimode LVD/MSE. The Ultra320 HBA is especially suited for workstations, servers, and high-end power users. Up to 16 SCSI IDs are supported.
On the host side, the P79320 interfaces with 32 or 64-bit (up to 133 MHz) DMA bus master PCI and PCI-X. With all Ultra320 peripherals, the HBA can maintain a full, sustained parallel data transmission rate of 320 Mbytes/sec. To facilitate installation, there are no jumpers or switches to set for a standard installation. On-board Status LEDs provide system information to the installer, including Bus Activity, Terminator Status and Board Status.
The P79320 HBA is ported to a number of operating systems, including Windows NT®, Windows 2000 and XP Pro, Sun Solaris, Linux, UnixWare and others. Complete software tools and utilities are provided. The P79320 single piece price starts at $299. For OEM applications, Paralan can build to suit, with modifications or design alterations to match the customer's specific needs. ...Paralan profile
|Sun||How Sun can pull out of its
slump? - article on LinuxWorld.com|
Editor:- January 29, 2003 - a new article called How Sun can pull out of its slump? - by Paul Murphy appears this week on LinuxWorld.com. Among other things, the author Paul Murphy wrote and published The Unix Guide to Defenestration. Murphy is a 20-year veteran of the IT consulting industry.
Paul's article starts from a more technically rooted view than most of the analysis you'll see in the SPARC Product Directory. At the SPD we tend to be more marketing oriented. So if you'd like see a different viewpoint, the article is well written, makes many good observations and is well worth reading.
|Valley of the Geeks||New "Valley of the
Geeks" Book Blasts Silicon Valley|
SANTA CRUZ, CA - January 28, 2003 - Tired of all the bad news about business scandals and an economic downturn that's sent Silicon Valley stock prices falling faster than a llama on a ski slope?
"Valley of the Geeks", a newly published book of high-tech satire, may be the cure to January blues. The book includes over 80 original essays that poke fun at Silicon Valley and its cast of characters including geeky programmers, unscrupulous sales people and conniving CEOs.
"Valley of the Geeks" takes its name from the award-winning web site www.valleyofthegeeks.com launch in early 2002. The site has drawn accolades from the San Jose Mercury News, USA Today, Washington Post and others for its biting satire on Silicon Valley.
Features such as "Banner Ads We'd Like to See," "Unofficial HP FAQ" and advertising spoofs have been some of the most popular items on the site. The book includes the best material from the web as well as new essays not available elsewhere. Companies such as WorldCom, Arthur Andersen, Merrill-Lynch, Sun, HP and Microsoft all get their comeuppance.
The author:- Zack Urlocker is a pseudonym for a Silicon Valley executive rapidly approaching mid-life crisis. In his spare time, Mr. Urlocker is a marathon runner and digital piano tuner. He is married and has five computers.
Valley of the Geeks", 232 pages, price $14.95, is available at major online resellers, chain stores and independent booksellers. ...Valley of the Geeks (book)
|SQL Slammer Web Virus
Provides Strong Sales Pitch for Sun Servers|
Editor:- January 27, 2003 - there was a great advert today for Solaris caused by the shutdown of thousands of web sites worldwide due to a web virus which attacked Microsoft based servers.
Our own ISP, Verio, shut down their datacenter this morning as a precaution to isolate the virus. Later information showed that the virus was memory resident.
The networks load demands of the virus indirectly affected all web sites on the Verio network - not just those hosted on NT. As a result our publications went offline for 8 hours. We apologise to readers for this inconvenience.
Some regions, like Asia, where the virus is assumed to have started, fared worse, with widespread shutdowns of web sites reoprted over the weekend.
Although users don't have control over what their ISP does, criminals who create viruses seem to find it easier to attack Microsoft based systems than those running Solaris. This targeting may be a good argument for companies to set up pure 100% Sun shops, that is server farms which do not contain any hosts running Microsoft operating systems.
Microsoft says that a patch for the SQL Server 2000 vulnerability was released as long ago as July 2002. Nevertheless millions of users have been unable to access web sites today because of this server based virus.
Is there a market for higher priced web hosting based on higher security infrastructure?
My guess is - yes. Maybe Sun should make more marketing capital out of this issue.
It's unlikely that other major Unix server vendors such as HP or IBM will use this incident to talk up the superiority of Unix derivatives over Microsoft servers. That would jeopardize their relationships with Microsoft.
See also:- STORAGE Security
Wondering what to do with a can of worms? - See recipe for Laura's Worm Custard
|SimDesk||Houston Closes the Office
Door on XP|
Editor:- January 24, 2003 - an interesting story has emerged this week of how one organization, the city of Houston, exasperated with aggressive monopolistic style licensing demands, has dumped Microsoft Office on thousands of PC desktops. The story, which started on USA TODAY, is repeated on SimDesk's web site.
|Ximian Evolution and Mono
Project Awarded Top Honors At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo |
NEW YORK, NY - January 23, 2003 - Ximian, Inc. announced today that it received two prestigious LinuxWorld Open Source Product Excellence Awards. Ximian Evolution, the premier personal and workgroup information management solution for Linux and UNIX-based systems, was named Best Front Office Solution and the Mono Project, an open source community collaboration led by Ximian, won the award for Best Open Source Project.
Ximian Evolution, in use by hundreds of thousands of users around the world, uniquely integrates email, calendar, contact and task list management in one powerful, fast and easy-to-use application. The product's broad support for data exchange and communications standards enables Linux and UNIX users to be integrated into corporate networks and messaging systems. Evolution supports a broad range of Linux distributions and UNIX variants, including Solaris, Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE and more. The company also offers Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange, add-on software that enables Linux and UNIX users of Ximian Evolution to be full clients of Microsoft Exchange 2000 systems.
At the show, Ximian and Sun Microsystems announced Sun ONE Connector for Ximian Evolution, which enables integration of Evolution users with the Sun ONE Calendar and Messaging Servers to support calendaring, shared address book access, task and contact management, and centralized mail storage. ...Ximian profile
|Gartner||Gartner Dataquest Says 14
Vertical Markets to Increase IT Spending in 2003|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - January 21, 2003 - Worldwide IT spending in business vertical markets is forecast to reach $2.1 trillion in 2003, a 4.9% increase over 2002, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. Gartner Dataquest covers IT spending projections for 14 vertical business segments, and the forecast for 2003 shows all of the markets increasing IT spending. These results show a slight recovery from the last few years. In 2001, five segments decreased spending and, in 2002, there were three markets that cut their IT spending.
Worldwide IT spending by vertical markets includes business spending on IT, as well as internal IT spending. It does not include consumer spending. According to the report, the industries that are projected to show the strongest growth in 2003 and 2004 are government and healthcare, but even these segments will attain only single-digit growth. ...Gartner profile
|UltraSPARC 64 bit Solaris
Notebooks Break the $3,000 Barrier
Nashua, NH - January 20, 2003 - NextCom LLC announces the first sub $3,000 UltraSPARC 64 bit Solaris Notebook and mobile server. The Naturetech 747S product family bring the power of Sun Microsystems 64 bit UltraSPARC IIe architecture and 64 bit Solaris operating system to a portable PC style notebook package without compromising performance and with an innovative hardware Personal ID security feature.
A $2,995 priced configuration includes a 14.1" high resolution TFT display, UltraSPARC IIe 400Mhz RISC processor, 2D/3D graphics, 30GB Hard drive, 256MB SDRAM, 10/100 Ethernet, floppy drive, Solaris 8 or 9, Sun's Star Office suite and an innovative Hardware Security ID feature. This hardware based personal ID security based on innovative technology from Naturetech includes a unique, self-contained digital signature ciphering security tracking device with over 800K password possibilities. With no software intervention, the locking mechanism is relatively hacker proof. When enabled, users cannot power on computer without this password preventing unauthorized access to any data and the system. ...Naturetech profile, ...NextCom profile
Editor's comments:- users been more used to seeing prices like $10,000 (and more) associated with a new SPARC notebook. This new pricing level makes SPARC notebooks affordable to everyone who needs them and could massively increase the take up for this type of product.
|Industry Effort Launched to
Establish InfiniBand® Architecture as Standard Interconnect In Embedded
Long Beach, CA - January 20, 2003 - Today a group of technology companies announced the launch of an industry effort to establish the InfiniBand® architecture as the premier interconnect fabric in embedded computing.
The co-sponsoring companies, Mellanox Technologies, SBS Technologies and SKY Computers, announced they will lead a newly established Embedded InfiniBand Subgroup within the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA). The companies also announced that they have developed a special interest group for embedded InfiniBand within the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA). The announcement was made at the Bus&Board 2003 Conference in Long Beach, California. ...IBTA profile, ...Mellanox Technologies profile, ...SBS Technologies profile, ...SKY Computers profile, ...VITA
See also:- InfiniBand software & systems
|Antares Scheduled to
Release Enterprise 450 Series Upgrade Kit
CAMPBELL, CALIFORNIA - January 17, 2003 - Antares Microsystems today announced a SCSI performance upgrade kit for existing Sun Enterprise 450 series systems. These servers will now have an option to upgrade to SCSI 320m, Ultra 3 or Ultra 2. ...Antares Microsystems profile
The first available USB Flash disk with Solaris support
|Sun Microsystems Reports
Second Fiscal Quarter Results|
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - January 16, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) reported results today for its fiscal second quarter which ended December 29, 2002. Revenues for the second quarter were $2.915 billion, a decline of 6% as compared with $3.108 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2002. Total gross margin as a percent of revenues was 43.3%, an increase of 6.7% as compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2002. Net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2003 was $2.283 billion or $.72 net loss per share.
Net loss for the second quarter includes a $2.125 billion expense related to the impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets. In addition, Sun recognized in the second quarter $357 million in expense related to previously announced restructuring actions. Excluding these items, as well as an in-process research and development expense of $4 million, losses on equity investments of $11 million and the related tax benefit of $204 million for all of these items, net income for the quarter was $10 million, slightly better than break-even on a per share basis. This compares with a net loss excluding special items of $99 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2002.
On a sequential basis, revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2003 increased $168 million or six percent from the first quarter. Gross margin as a percent of revenue for the second quarter increased 2.1 percentage points from the overall gross margin percentage in the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Net loss for the second quarter increased $2.172 billion from the net loss of $111 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2003, primarily due to the impairment of intangible assets and restructuring charges. Net loss excluding special items improved $88 million from a net loss of $78 million to a net income of $10 million. ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's comments:- although Sun's quarterly revenue takes it back to where it was in 1999, that's still a lot better than I expected in the darkest days of 2002 when I was worried that Sun was "sliding towards being a $10 Billion company." That's unlikely to happen anytime soon. And I think that, from now, on we may see some year on year revenue parity, or even growth.
Sun's huge $2 billion loss for the quarter looks scary. But this is a one off accounting adjustment. A lot of companies will have to make this kind of correction because of new accounting rules. The underlying reality is that with a 20% smaller headcount than its peak, Sun can still be profitable as a $12 billion a year company. I haven't changed my upbeat assessment of Sun's prospects for 2003.
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