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3Dlabs 3Dlabs Wildcat Technology Powers Sun XVR-1200 Graphics Accelerators

MILPITAS, Calif. - April 16, 2003 - 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd today announced that its Wildcat technology is powering the Sun XVR-1200 graphics accelerator.

The Sun XVR-1200 card is available for Sun Blade 2000 workstations and Sun Fire 6800 servers from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

With 416 MB of total onboard memory and its unique dual pipeline architecture, the Sun XVR-1200 graphics accelerator achieves up to five times the geometric performance and over four times the texture mapping performance of its predecessor, the Sun Expert3D graphics accelerator. ...3Dlabs profile
3dlabs Wildcat Technology Powers Sun XVR-1200 Graphics Accelerators

Sun Microsystems Reports Slight Profit in Third Fiscal Quarter Results

Sun Gets back to Winning the Server Benchmark Wars

The 10 biggest storage companies in 2005

JNI Corp Deepens Strategic Reseller Relationship with Sun Microsystems

Sun's SPARC Servers get More Affordable as Price Dips below $3,000

Sun Microsystems Expands High Performance and Technical Computing Business

Gartner Publishes New Ratings for Sun Microsystems

Adax, Inc. acquires Radisys Signaling Gateway Division

PSSC Unveils Escape Pod Backup Regenerator Service for Linux & Solaris

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Nibble:- Coming of Age for Solid State Disks

lthough manufacturers in the industrial controls market, like Square D and AB were using rewritable non volatile solid state storage as early as the 1970s, it wasn't till 1985 when Curtis introduced their ROMDISK for the original IBM PC, that the solid state disk market started in a form which we would recognise today. For most of its early life, this technology remained an open secret - mainly used in embedded systems in military applications, or in high performance computer research labs.

Now at 18 years old, the SSD market is ready to come out as a fully mature easy to use technology which will change the way in which all computer systems, from the desktop to the mainframe, are architected.

Here are some trends which track the interest of readers in the subject of SSDs over the past few years.

In Q1 2001 - SSDs were the 18th most popular subject.

In Q1 2002 - SSDs were #4.

In Q1 2003 - SSDs were #2.

That means there's more interest in SSDs in our readership than in NAS, or backup software, both subjects which attract hundreds of thousands of readers.

The reason is simple. The SSD market has the potential to become a bigger market than NAS and storage software are right now. In 2008 the SSD market will be worth more than $10 billion a year. You, our readers, like to have a foretaste of emerging storage technologies. That's why many of the subjects on this website like iSCSI and Serial ATA shot into our top 5 most popular subjects more than a year before a single one of these products had been shipped.

SSD systems, if properly engineered, have the potential to replace dozens of processors in your most expensive mainframe, at a small fraction of the cost. At the low end, SSD software running on a desktop PC with a few hundred bucks of add in memory can outperform a $20K workstation in some critical business analysis applications.

Next month , we're going to publish the definitive buyers guide to SSD products and suppliers, collecting together information from all the vendors in the industry.

In the meantime you can do your own research in the many articles, products and companies listed on our Solid State Disk page. Products already shipping in this market segment span the range of budgets from under $50 up to $2 million and everything in between.

During this recession. many of the companies in the SSD market have been achieving double digit and triple digit revenue growth rates. But you'd be surprised how many of the leading companies in this market have been around for ten years or more, working quietly away at this technology. All that is going to change soon, and I have a feeling that some of them will become as well known in the general IT market place as VERITAS and Network Appliance are today.

And my ScryWare crystal ball to market report generator is seldom wrong...

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. Sun's Chairman, President, and CEO Scott McNealy said, "Sun's Network Computing strategy is resonating well as customers look to Sun to reduce complexity and cost through a singular focus on the Network Computer. CIOs are increasingly managing their diverse IT portfolio as a single enterprise architecture rather than a haphazard collection of distributed technologies. Sun is well positioned to address this growing need."
Sun Microsystems Reports Slight Profit in Third Fiscal Quarter Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - April 16, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) reported results today for its fiscal third quarter which ended March 30, 2003.

Revenues for the third quarter were $2.790 billion, a decline of 10.2% as compared with $3.107 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2002. Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2003 was $4 million or zero cents per share compared with a net loss of $37 million or a net loss of $.01 per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2002. Cash generated from operating activities was $379 million for the quarter, and cash and marketable securities increased to over $5.5 billion as compared with approximately $5.3 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2003. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- I said in January that 2003 would be a better year for Sun. But "better" means keeping the focus on profit. Revenue increases are not on the menu this year or next. That's because structural changes in the way that users buy big servers
mean it's inevitable that Sun's server revenue (and HP's and IBM's) will decline even if there's an upswing in the economy. Sun has to get more aggessive about promoting SPARC. That's no different to what I've been saying since 2001. My trusty ScryWare package never lets me down.
Sun Sun Gets back to Winning the Server Benchmark Wars

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - April 15, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced another record-breaking benchmark. Performance tests of Oracle9i Database Release 2 running on the Sun Fire 15K server, Sun StorEdge arrays and the Sun ONE platform have established Sun as the fastest performing and best price/performance single system on the market. This industry standard benchmark represents ad-hoc queries and is representative of the real-world decision support and data warehousing applications.

The Sun Fire 15K system outperformed the next best single server, the HP Superdome, 23% on the high-load throughput test. It also beat HPs price/performance by 7%.

The benchmark was performed on a 72-way 1.2 GHz UltraSPARC III processor-based Sun Fire 15K system with 288GB of memory, running Solaris 9 and Oracle9i Database Release 2, topping the performance of all HP systems. The server also utilized 33 Sun StorEdge A5200 disk arrays.

The system delivered 28,948.1 QphH@3000GB at a price performance of $184/QphH@3000GB.

The versatile 72-way Sun Fire 15K server with 1.200 GHz CPUs is rated by Sun at 7,250 Mainframe Equivalent MIPS. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- this news ends a 10 month dark period in Sun's history when it was losing the Server Benchmark Wars.
The biggest storage companies The 10 biggest storage companies in 2005

Editor:- April 14, 2003 - published today on the 10 biggest storage companies in 2005 predicts the biggest storage companies measured by revenue at the end of 2005. Now in its 3rd year, this very popular feature also looks back to see how accurate were the forecasts made for 2003.

With an established track record and hundreds of thousands of readers, you can't afford to miss this important reference if it's important for you to avoid investing your IT budget in dead storage companies.

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. "Sun chose to integrate JNI HBAs into our Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation software because of JNI's proven experience in the Solaris market," said Kathleen Holmgren, vice president, Network Storage Marketing Group, Sun Microsystems. "Our SAN Foundation software is critical to Sun's SAN management strategy and JNI is an integral part of our plan."
JNI Corp Deepens Strategic Reseller Relationship with Sun Microsystems

ORLANDO - April 9, 2003 - JNI Corp today announced an expansion of its reseller agreement with Sun Microsystems. Sun has selected JNI's FibreStar single and dual-port PCI-X-to-Fibre Channel HBAs for integration with Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation software. This software provides a common interface between the Solaris Operating System and the HBA. In addition to providing a common set of HBA configuration tools, it provides dynamic integrated multipathing through Sun StorEdge Traffic Manager software. Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation software represents a key milestone in Sun's commitment to open SAN architecture.

This expanded reseller agreement will enable Sun to install JNI FibreStar HBAs at the factory and resell JNI HBAs through authorized Sun channels worldwide. Sun Services provides support for Sun's entire SAN infrastructure, including the JNI HBAs. JNI HBAs are the first non-Sun adapters endorsed by Sun for their open SAN ...JNI profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
. "Today we're delivering the availability and reliability of SPARC/Solaris servers with Sun ONE software starting at less than $3,000 – comparable to PC server prices," said Neil Knox, executive vice president, Volume Systems Products, Sun Microsystems.
Sun's SPARC Servers get More Affordable as Price Dips below $3,000

SAN FRANCISCO - April 8, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today expanded its affordable network computing offerings with two new dual processor-capable entry-level systems - the Sun Fire V210 server and the rack-optimized Sun Fire V240 server.

Both servers run the UltraSPARC IIIi processor on the Solaris (OS) and ship with a full suite of integrated and integrateable Sun ONE software. Sun also enhanced the performance of its entry-level products including the Solaris-based Sun Fire 280R server, the Netra 20 server and the Sun Blade 2000 workstation with the UltraSPARC III 1.2 GHz processor.

An entry-level configuration of the Sun Fire V210 server starts at $2,995 U.S. list price and is available May 20. An entry level configuration of the Sun Fire V240 server is available May 20, for $3,495 U.S.
Sun Sun Microsystems Expands High Performance and Technical Computing Business

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - April 4, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced today the creation of a new, expanded High Performance and Technical Computing (HPTC) business unit to span Sun and drive HPTC customer requirements to a broader range of future developments. The move brings into a single view Sun's HPTC products, programs and investments across all of its divisions, including software, services, sales, storage and computer systems products.

Sun also announced Shahin Khan as vice president of the new High Performance and Technical Computing business unit. Highly respected throughout the industry and considered among Sun's top luminaries since joining the systems company in 1996, Khan is chartered with integrating product development plans and spearheading HPTC marketing and strategy initiatives into the future.
Sun Gartner Publishes New Ratings for Sun Microsystems

Editor:- April 2, 2003 - market research company Gartner has today published an updated assessment of Sun's products and prospects. You hear enough from me already, so you may be interested in getting an alternative set of views. ...Gartner profile

Adax, Inc. acquires Radisys Signaling Gateway Division

Berkeley, CA - April 1, 2003 - Adax, Inc. announced today its acquisition of Radisys' Signaling Gateway division. With this acquisition, Adax gains the Savvi product line of signaling gateways for SS7/IP switching, routing, tunneling and backhaul. Adax products are already ideal for signaling gateways with multiple protocol capabilities and supporting T1/E1, OC3/STM-1 and Ethernet interfaces for the connection of existing SS7 infrastructure to IP networks.

The addition of the Savvi gateways, will enable the company to anticipate and efficiently serve the future demands of the wireless market as it moves towards integration of IP-based infrastructure with SS7. These leading-edge signaling gateway products enable customers to deploy IP and ATM-enabled switches, STPs and databases over traditional SS7 networks. Combining these gateways with Adax's industry leading products will allow customers to quickly and easily leverage their applications on a true platform signaling gateway. The integration of the signaling gateways and Adax's software and hardware will provide a cost-effective signaling platform with dramatically increased capacity, throughput and performance. ...ADAX profile
. PSSC's software architect, Deleta Lotta said "Everyone understands that sometimes a backup doesn't work. Escape Pod Backup Regenerator provides data files which look under forensic analysis, as if they really could be the critical missing backup backup files which the company desperately needs. However, our refragmentation technology guarantees that even the industry's best data recovery service will be unable to prove anything conclusive."
PSSC Unveils Escape Pod Backup Regenerator Service for Linux & Solaris

Basingstoke, UK - April 1, 2003 - Prickly Spine Software Company (PSSC) today announced the availability of their Escape Pod Backup Regenerator service which is being offered as a service accessible through the PSSC web site.

Escape Pod Backup Regenerator is aimed at storage administrators who are faced with a total data loss situation, which can often arise when a vulnerability is discovered too late in the data backup and recovery process.

Recovering data often proves to be more difficult than most people think. the Data Emergency Guide (pdf) from ActionFront Data Recovery, quotes the classic problem on page 10 of their excellent 42 page reference paper - "My backup worked fine, however the restore did not." A recent press release from NewTech Infosystems (NTI) quoted the worrying statistic that "Less than 30% of business PCs are backed up."

PSSC, which recently announced a $15 million dollar investment from naiive venture capitalists in the Bay area, says that its product is based on extensive market research and addresses an important market segment which other data protection and recovery products entirely fail to meet :- protecting the jobs of storage administrators who didn't actually do a back up at all.

Escape Pod Backup Regenerator offers a web based menu which prompts customers to fill in the main characteristics of their network storage system, such as operating systems, main applications used, and type of business. The product uses an expert system to supply a plausible but irrecoverable backup on user selected media which is sent to the storage administrator's home address. Depending on user selected parameters, the media package can be selectively aged or distressed to make it look more convincing.

Zsolt Kerekes, editor of has reviewed the product and commented "This is a dream product which will transform the careers of many storage administrators. I can't recommend it too highly."

The service is available now on the the PSSC web site. Pricing starts from $200 for a department level single processor server restore up to $3,000 for the full enterprise version. Full discretion is assured. PSSC does not publish a list of satisfied customers who have used the service. PSSC is currently seeking iFarce channel partners to remarket this service in the Sun market. ...Prickly Spine Software profile

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