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"This new class of products will improve our customers'
overall system performance by offloading security-processing cycles from the
host CPU," said Randall McComas, Vice President of Global Sales and
Marketing at Interphase Corporation. "The 45NS and 55NS are premium IPSec
acceleration products featuring 500Mbps 3DES throughput, which is greater than
our closest competitor at a more affordable price." ||Interphase Debuts Network
Security Acceleration Cards
PLANO, Texas - April 29, 2003 - Interphase Corporation today
announced its new Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) accelerator cards at the
Real World Linux Conference in Toronto, Canada (Booth #319), the first two
products in a new line of network security solutions.
The new Interphase 45NS (PMC) and 55NS (PCI) network security
acceleration adapters are designed to eliminate the bottleneck on network
traffic caused by today's VPNs, gateways, secure routers, and firewalls.
Integrating the Interphase security accelerator cards into these applications
will increase network efficiency and response times by offloading
bandwidth-intensive IPSec security protocol processing from the host CPU in
systems. By providing intelligent packet processing, the 45NS and 55NS modules
can perform a variety of functions for addressing the complex security needs of
today's enterprise and carrier grade systems, including header analysis, payload
extraction, compression, encryption, authentication, and packet assembly.
The 45NS and 55NS are currently sampling, and will be generally
available with Linux drivers and FreeSWAN IPSec stack integration software in
early June, 2003. ...Interphase
|Interphase Debuts Network
Security Acceleration Cards
JNI Reports 32% Decline in Revenue but Pins Hopes on Recovery in Sun
Market and InfiniBand
Sun's Competitors Grew Worldwide Server Shipments
by 17% in the First Quarter of 2003, while Sun Shipments Declined 13%
Computers Introduces Highest Performance SPARC Processor-Based VMEbus SBC
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Nibble:- No silver bullets for slaying storage demons
I used to watch the first series of Buffy
the Vampire Slayer, I was impressed and intrigued by the impressive array of
weapons which the Scoobies used to take out of Giles' armory. Not just sharpened
stakes, but axes, knives, crossbows, swords and crucifixes too - an impressive
range of symbolic medieval ironmongery. Not so often silver bullets because
silver bullets kill werewolves, and these were rarely a problem in Sunnydale.
Yet despite being well stocked with slayer cutlery, and extensive
training, sometimes our heroes had to use tactics other than heart staking or
decapitation to save the world once more from the armageddon.
imagine that Giles, who had an extensive library on demons, could be a difficult
customer when approached by a wannabe demon weapons sales person. The
conversation might go something like this...
"The Demon Slayer 4
is the latest and greatest weapon made by Demon Death Corp. Incorporating the
latest technology and feedback from out focus groups it kills all demons and
other nasty things at close and medium range. It's clockwork powered, requires
no batteries, is portable and can be operated by someone no stronger than a
teenage girl. The product is kept continuously up to date by downloading the
latest adjustment settings from our web site."
"Give me a
demonstration" says Giles. The salesperson from Demon Death Corp complies
by dialing up a holographic demon which is quickly despatched into electron
"Tell you what" says Giles, not very convinced. "If
you can survive one night on patrol in Sunnydale, armed with nothing more than
the Demon Slayer 4, I'll buy three of them."
The salesperson is no
fool. The Demon Slayer 4 is much improved compared to the Mark 3 model, but
given a choice between losing your commission or losing your soul, it's better
to find more gullible customers elsewhere.
And this is where I get
back to the storage market...
Nobody is going to offer your
organization a cast iron guarantee that they can keep your data available no
matter what. And I mean a guarantee which includes reimbursing you for loss of
profits and other consequential losses which occur when their product fails to
work, even when the storage demon is one which was not specified in the
contract. Fire flood, and having a haunted server are not valid getout clauses.
Here are just a few examples of what can go wrong.
disk to disk backup system
replicates your data in real-time across all your sites... What could go
wrong? - Due to a programming error by your storage administrator who was
testing a new hardware upgrade the live data and backed up data got deleted by
accident. (We're going to run an article soon about what happened to one
this happened to their Sun server in real life. None of their software or
hardware suppliers were able to help them.)
web based backup system
has been so reliable and convenient in recent years that you decided not to
upgrade your tape libraries. Instead the web backup has become your primary form
of data protection. What could go wrong? - On Monday morning you need to
recover data on a server in one of your factories which was stolen at the
weekend. But you keep getting error messages. Eventually you ring the online
backup company. Or try too. Later that day after a lot of phone calls and web
research you learn that they went bust last week. The press was warning about
it, but you never saw those headlines. Their equipment has already been boxed up
and bought by a reputable broker who diligently wiped the disks and tapes
Your accounting records are archived according to the latest
standards on optical media which is guaranteed to last 30 years and could even
last longer. The network attached
jukebox is so
convenient that you decided to stop paying for the storage and testing of the
reel to reel tape backups which the new system replaced... What could go
wrong? - A fire in the nearby stationery cupboard spread to your computer
room. The servers are being replaced tomorrow, and you've got an offsite daily
tape backup for your live data, but your archived optical data is black sticky
backup, set up by your predecessor works like a dream. Because your company
has downsized to less than half the size it used to be, the original system
still has plenty of capacity. Every day for the last few years you've been
getting reassuring reports which confirm that the backups, have been going OK.
Every day you do an incremental backup (which take 45 minutes) which you take
home for safe keeping, and every Friday you do a full backup and rotate the
tapes to make sure that you always have at least two sets of workable backups.
What could go wrong? - The marketing director calls. Your new company
catalog got trashed by a virus. Not to worry you've got the backup tape from
yesterday. That's when you discover that the backup software parameters were set
up long before your company bought the tools and workstations it uses to compile
the catalog, and the data has never actually been backed up at all. The only
reason you didn't discover this before was because the users were making
unofficial backups of their individual work and they didn't bother you if minor
things went wrong. Now something major has gone wrong they've contacted you. But
you don't have a solution.
The lesson from this story is the
Like the Demon Slayer 4, all backup technologies are
merely simple tools designed to solve one problem well. Sometimes they can be
adapted to solve more than one problem. But when you meet the backup storage
demon one dark night on patrol be sure you've got more than just a pointy stick
and a clove of garlic in your pocket because you can't be sure that the demon's
going to be a vampire.
||JNI Reports 32% Decline in
Revenue but Pins Hopes on Recovery in Sun Market and InfiniBand|
April 29, 2003 - in an otherwise dismal set of
published today for the quarter ended March 31, 2003, JNI was upbeat about
JNI's President and Chief Executive Officer Russell
Stern said "JNI continued to progress this quarter; we have defined our
business strategy and developed a growth plan to expand and strengthen our Fibre
Channel business, particularly our market share in Solaris environments. As
evidence of our expanding relationship with Sun, Sun has recently selected JNI's
FibreStar HBAs for integration with Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation software, which
provides a common interface between the Solaris Operating System and the HBA.
We anticipate revenue from these products in the second half of this year."
JNI also indicated that its revenue might have been even lower, but
for its buoyant InfiniBand
sales. This must make JNI one of the only companies actually making any money
from this non emerging technology. ...JNI profile
worldwide server market performed better than expected in the first quarter of
2003, but the threat of a lingering war with Iraq, combined with a weak economy,
still had an effect on IT spending during the quarter," said Shahin
Naftchi, principal analyst covering servers for Gartner's servers worldwide
group. "As a result, the life cycle for existing large systems was extended
and corporate buyers delayed purchases of high-end equipment, preferring the
quick returns from short-term investments instead."
||Gartner Reports Sun's
Competitors Grew Worldwide Server Shipments by 17% in the First Quarter of 2003,
while Sun Shipments Declined 13%|
STAMFORD, CONN. - April 28, 2003 -
Worldwide server shipments totaled 1.2 million units in the first quarter of
2003, a 10.4% increase from the same period last year, according to preliminary
statistics from Gartner, Inc.
Hewlett-Packard retained the top spot in
the worldwide rankings with 29.1% of server shipments. Dell Computer remained in
the No. 2 spot with 20.2% of the market, followed by IBM with market share of
||Sun Microsystems was the
only top-tier vendor to experience a decline in worldwide server shipments
in the first quarter of 2003. The top three vendors continued to dominate the
market and accounted for more than half of all units shipped during the quarter
(see Table 1).
The U.S. server market experienced an increase of 13.2% in the first
quarter of 2003, with shipments of 499,609 units, up from 441,540 units in the
first quarter of 2002. This is the fifth consecutive quarter in which the United
States posted a year-over-year growth rate greater than 10%.
moved into the No. 1 spot in the U.S. server market with 27% of the market.
benign defense and aerospace, to medical, industrial control, telecom and data
comm, Force's new CPU-56 SPARC VME board provides OEMs a completely integrated,
highly reliable solution for virtually any embedded computing need," said
Daniel Wuhrer, Force product marketing manager. "By launching this SBC,
Force has completed its widely recognized line of VME offerings with this
industry-first implementation of dual Gigabit Ethernet and an onboard
large-capacity hard disk drive in conjunction with the high-performance SPARC
processor - features not found altogether on competitive platforms."||Force Computers Introduces
Highest Performance SPARC Processor-Based VMEbus SBC
& AEROSPACE ELECTRONICS EAST, BALTIMORE - April 23, 2003 - Force Computers
today introduced the CPU-56, the highest performance UltraSPARC-IIi+
processor-based VMEbus SBC.
As the successor to the well-regarded
CPU-54 SBC, the CPU-56 offers greater processing power at 650MHz, more bandwidth
with dual GigE interfaces and an option for an onboard IDE hard-disk drive with
30 to 60GBytes storage capacity - all of which combine for the best-in-class
VMEbus embedded computing platform. It also features up to 2GBytes SDRAM and as
well as three optional PMC slots when used with the IO-56 companion board. With
the UltraSPARC-IIi+ processor - CPU-56 provides a high-performance Solaris
based "system-on-a-board" solution. Overall, it's ideal for benign
defense and aerospace, medical, industrial control, communications and other
In addition, the CPU-56 offers the option for
conformal coating to address the special requirements of ruggedized military
CPU-56 SBCs will be available through Force's Early Access Unit
program in May. Single-unit prices start at $4,970. ...Force Computers
||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
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.