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|Dataram Introduces Low-Cost
4GB Memory Upgrade For Sun Blade 1000/2000 & Sun Fire 280R
Princeton, NJ - March 18 , 2003 - Dataram Corporation announced today the immediate availability of its latest low-cost 4GB upgrade for Sun Microsystems' Sun Blade 1000/2000 and Sun Fire 280R systems, offering customers a cost savings of about 50% over Sun's equivalent product.
The newly released Dataram DRSB2000A/4096, like Sun Microsystems's X7063A, is available for the Sun Blade 1000, 2000 and Sun Fire 280R. However, Dataram's list price is $1,984 as compared to Sun's list price of $3,800. As always, Dataram's 4GB upgrade is designed to the specific system requirements and has undergone extensive compatibility and validation testing in the targeted systems. Dataram's lower-cost modules are 100% form factor compatible to Sun's X7063A modules, being one-half inch taller than the optional X7056A and DRS280 1GB DIMMs. ...Dataram profile
|Sun's New Blade |
CTIA Wireless, New Orleans - March 17, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today adds its first commercial-off-the-shelf cPSB product to its portfolio of NEBS level 3-certified solutions - the Netra CP2300 PICMG 2.16 telecom blade server.
Based on both cPCI and cPSB standards, the Netra CP2300 telecom blade offers the ability to leverage cPCI and Ethernet technology, with standards-based Hot Swap capability, while providing mission-critical high availability and robust systems management capabilities in a rugged system. The Netra CP2300 telecom blade is powered by a 650MHz UltraSPARC® IIi processor supporting up to 2.5GB of memory and supports the Solaris Operating Environment, in addition to Sun's Netra HA software.
Meeting the needs of network equipment providers, the Netra CP2300 telecom blade server can function in any of the available blade server slots in the cPCI chassis adhering to PICMG 2.16 or as a stand-alone SBC in an embedded environment.
The Netra CP2300 telecom blade comes with a full complement of I/O interfaces, including one serial port to the front panel, dual Ethernet and serial, one USB, and EIDE to the rear panel, and dual PMC slots.
An entry Netra CP 2300 telecom blade server configured with the UltraSPARC IIi processor, and 512 MB of on-board memory is available for $1,995 list price U.S., and will be available in May. ...Sun Microsystems profile
See also:- Blades - SPARC
and Topspin Collaborate on Delivering InfiniBand Technology|
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - March 14, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Topspin Communications today announced that they have entered into a joint technology development and software licensing agreement.
Sun has selected Topspin to provide both the Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet I/O modules for Sun's next-generation InfiniBand-based server platforms that help deliver improved application scalability, performance and resource utilization. Under the agreement, Topspin will also help develop InfiniBand server software components for the Solaris Operating System. Sun will embed these components in their next generation volume server products. Topspin will offer the software components for building high-performance computing and scalable database clusters in conjunction with its industry-leading family of InfiniBand host channel adapters and switched computing systems. ...Topspin Communications profile
See also:- InfiniBand
|Avocent Introduces Next
Generation KVM Switching System |
Hannover, Germany - March 12, 2003 - Avocent Corporation today announced its new high density AMX5010 analogue matrix KVM switch, extending its popular AMX analogue matrix switching system that provides centralised control of hundreds of servers. Each matrix switch provides server access from a single point or simultaneous access for as many as 16 users throughout the data centre. Capable of connecting 64 servers per device, the new AMX analogue matrix switching system provides a scalable solution for PS/2, Sun and USB server installations. The AMX solution features end-to-end CAT 5 connectivity, efficient scalability for multiple servers and unparalleled video compensation for a wide range of targeted devices and cable types.
Each device in the AMX system can be administered through AMWorks, a Java-based advanced system administration tool. This interface supports customised server names, simplifies creating user profiles and provides multi-level security of server environments.
Avocent will be demonstrating its AMX analogue KVM switching solution as well as its KVM OVER IP switching systems at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, March 12-19, in Hall 15, Stand B11. ...Avocent profile
Welcomes New Member Mobile Workstations, Inc.|
San Jose, California - March 11, 2003 - SPARC International is pleased to welcome their newest OEM member Mobile Workstations, Inc. located in Miramar, Florida.
Mobile Workstations, Inc. is evolving as a leading innovator and manufacturer of deployable products & peripherals including: SOLARIS, semi rugged field LINUX, and Microsoft notebooks, wireless, and security products. They support a full range of SPARC and Intel processors. ...Mobile Workstations profile, ...SPARC International
|Tadpole Computer Executes
Cupertino, CA - March 10, 2003 - Tadpole Computer, Inc today officially announced its successful management buyout from its former parent and unveiled plans to extend its market reach to commercial customers while continuing to build its core government and military business via new product families.
Tadpole Computer executives purchased the hardware division of UK-based Tadpole Technology, plc to focus the company's efforts on driving 64-bit UNIX productivity at each end of the data center from back-end servers to mobile notebooks.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Tadpole has long been a leader in the 64-bit UNIX computing market. It was the first company to offer 64-bit notebooks and it has the largest installed base of 64-bit portable systems. The new company, headed by President and CEO and former Tadpole Technology executive Mark Johnston, is already executing on a plan for fast-track success, having achieved profitability after only one quarter since the completion of its management buyout.
Tadpole plans to expand its world-class UNIX notebook line into low-end and high-end families to take advantage of the emerging growth opportunities in mobile 64-bit UNIX solutions.
The low-end line will be introduced within the next two months. It will target commercial-class customers, offering 64-bit performance, reliability and security in a mobile system at breakthrough prices.
The new high-end line will deliver true server capabilities in a portable, multiprocessor, 1GHz+ machine, specifically targeted at core government and military customers. Tadpole will continue to manufacture and support its world-class line of UNIX notebooks, portable servers and slim form factor rackmount servers. ...Tadpole profile
Announces PCI-Based Solution for FPDP and Serial FPDP Data Transfers
Dayton, Ohio - March 7, 2003 - Systran Corporation today introduced its new FibreXtreme PCI-based Common Mezzanine Card (CMC) carrier. The carrier gives PCI-based platforms the capability to send and receive FPDP and Serial FPDP signals via an onboard CMC module. More importantly, FPDP signals can be received by the carrier and translated into Serial FPDP signals, extending the distance the signals can travel to up to 10 kilometers.
FibreXtreme hardware uses the Serial FPDP protocol, an emerging standard (VITA 17.1) pioneered by Systran, providing up to 247 MB/sec sustained throughput over fiber optic media.
FibreXtreme boards are designed for use in advanced DSP systems and other environments where data transmission from the source to the processor requires very high bandwidth connections. The protocol's extremely low overhead allows utilization of over 99% of its potential bandwidth, providing sustainable and continuous high-speed data streaming. ...Systran profile
|SCO files billion dollar
lawsuit against IBM|
LINDON, Utah - March 7, 2003 - The SCO® Group (SCO), the owner of the UNIX operating system, announced today that it has filed legal action against IBM in the State Court of Utah, for misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair competition and breach of contract.
The complaint alleges that IBM made concentrated efforts to improperly destroy the economic value of UNIX, particularly UNIX on Intel, to benefit IBM's new Linux services business. IBM originally entered into their UNIX license agreement with AT&T in February 1985 in order to produce the AIX operating system. These agreements require that the UNIX software code be held in confidence, and prohibit unauthorized distribution or transfer. In 1995, SCO purchased the rights and ownership of UNIX and UnixWare that had been originally owned by AT&T. This included source code, source documentation, software development contracts, licenses and other intellectual property that pertained to UNIX-related business. SCO became the successor in interest to the UNIX software licenses originally licensed by AT&T Bell Laboratories to all UNIX distributors, including HP, IBM, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, and many others.
As a result of IBM's unfair competition and the marketplace injury sustained by SCO, SCO is requesting damages in an amount to be proven at trial, but no less than $1 billion, together with additional damages through and after the time of trial. SCO is also demanding that IBM cease these anti-competitive practices based on specific requirements sent in a notification letter to IBM. If these requirements are not met, SCO will have the authority to revoke IBM's AIX license 100 days following the receipt of SCO's letter. ...SCO
Editor's comments:- what's this got to do with Sun? Nothing really. It just shows that Sun's rivals have their own fair share of problems.
Business Week recently ran an article in which they said IBM was the main beneficiary of the shift to Linux. That makes them an attractive target for this sort of action. But IBM's lawyers fought off the US government successfully during the 1970s and 80s, so I don't think they'll be too worried about this SCO suit.
|SurfControl Offers Sun
Microsystems' LX50 Customers High-Performance Internet Filtering for the
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - March 4, 2003 - SurfControl today announced SurfControl Web Filter VS for Linux and SurfControl Web Filter for Check Point FireWall-1® are now available for Sun Microsystems' LX50 server, allowing enterprise customers to better manage Internet access and maximize network resources.
With SurfControl Web Filter, customers have access to a database of more than 5 million sites in 40 well-organized categories and in more than 65 languages. The SurfControl Content Database, the industry's premier database, provides extensive coverage of the most widely accessed sites on the Internet, and is organized into categories that are easy to manage. Content is kept current with a combination of expert human review, state-of-the-art automated tools and customer submissions.
SurfControl Web Filter, including a subscription to the full category list, is priced at approximately $16 per user, based on installation of 500 users. Discounts also are available for resellers and larger organizations and when sold in combination with SurfControl E-mail Filter. SurfControl Web Filter typically delivers a positive ROI within just a few hours. ...SurfControl
|Quatech Introduces New
ThinQ Serial Device Servers|
Akron OH - March 4, 2003 - Quatech Inc announces the availability of ThinQ, the smart choice in serial device servers. The new line addresses two longstanding industry problems with serial device servers-slow data processing that causes network latency problems, and complex, time consuming installations.
Quatech's ThinQ serial device servers are based on reliable Motorola® Digital DNA technology and use a best-in-class PowerPC® processor. On the serial side, ThinQ contains Quatech's proven high-speed, 921k-baud serial technology. Thus, users can be assured that critical business applications won't be slowed down by throughput or latency issues - even with multiple serial devices attached to one ThinQ unit. Moreover, as future network speeds and peripheral devices become faster, ThinQ gives systems room to grow.
The first ThinQ serial device servers are available in one, two, four and eight port RS-232 versions. Each independent port provides full modem control and hardware flow control. The auto-sensing, 10/100 Base T Ethernet connection is made using a standard RJ-45 connector. Serial connections are made using either an RJ-45 or DB-9 connector, depending on model. The devices have CE and FCC approvals. ...Quatech profile
See also:- Terminal Servers
|Spam Prevention Service for
Sun Solaris Now Available
Cupertino, CA - March 03, 2003 - Trend Micro, Inc. today announced the introduction of its Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service for enterprise networks. The service is designed to block non-productive and malicious spam at the Internet gateway and interoperates seamlessly with the company's other antivirus and content security products. Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service provides another level of spam protection, working with Trend Micro eManager, a content filtering application, to ensure the highest level of spam prevention.
This Trend Micro service is based on heuristic technology anti-spam filtering rules provided by Postini, Inc., a leading email security service provider, who analyzes nearly 50 million messages a day for enterprise clients worldwide.
Beta test results suggest that Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service can potentially block 90-95% or more of spam, with a very low occurrence of incorrectly identifying messages as spam.
Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service for Sun Solaris is available immediately. Pricing begins at $30 per user per year for 25 users, with volume discounts available for higher numbers of users. ...Trend Micro profile
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