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Sun vs. Microsoft Appeal Court Says Microsoft Doesn't Have to Help Sun Distribute Java

Editor:- June 27, 2003 - Java is outside the scope of subjects covered in the SPARC Product Directory, but a court ruling yesterday could have a significant impact on Sun's penetration into the web services market. That, in turn, could negatively impact sales of Sun's servers. The extract below is from Microsoft's news page about this. ..

On June 26, 2003, a panel of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia overturned a lower court's preliminary injunction that would have required Microsoft to carry Sun's Java technology in the Windows operating system. The court upheld the same lower court's ruling that Microsoft had infringed on Sun's copyrights.
Appeal Court Says Microsoft Doesn't Have to Help Sun Distribute Java

Themis Computer Names UK Distributor to Expand its European Presence

Force Computers Rated Overall Number One Supplier of Single Board Computers and Embedded Motherboards by Leading Research Firm VDC

Themis Computer Announces UltraSPARC IIIi based VMEbus Computers

Sun and Sybase Combination Outperforms Competing Systems

RedPoint Announces Support For Solaris

Sun Microsystems Recommends NE Computing Plc for Pharmaceutical Server Headaches in the UK

Tadpole Computer Strengthens Public Sector Support with New Office in Dulles, Virginia

Michael Craige Enhances Mobile Computing Offerings

4GB Memory Upgrade for Sun Fire V210 And V240 Server Announced by Dataram

Sun Named "Top 5" Disk Storage Vendor by IDC based on Q1 2003 Revenue

Oracle Launches Cash Tender Offer for PeopleSoft

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Sun Reduces Prices on Sun Fire V880 and V480 Systems by Up to 25%

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View from the Hill: - Should Sun, Apple and Red Hat form an anti Microsoft Marketing Alliance?

This year the 4th of July marks the start of a long holiday weekend which will be celebrated by millions of Americans at home and abroad. But let's not forget that back in 1776 the declaration of independence from the world's then superpower (the British Empire) was a serious and deadly undertaking. Now, we all know that it ended well, and despite a rematch in 1812, the US and UK have enjoyed the advantage of mostly being on the same side in world conflicts for nearly 200 years.

With my headline - "Should Sun, Apple and Red Hat form an anti Microsoft Alliance?" I'm suggesting that it's time for the disjointed territories in the world of computing to join together in a union of states to oppose the tyranny of the mighty Microsoft empire. The US government has tried it and failed. It's time for market forces to tackle this job. It's not that I think Microsoft is an evil company, any more than the British Empire back in the 1770s was intrinsically evil. There were good and bad parts. But it's basically not right when one huge entity can wield so much power and ignore the wishes and aspirations of minorities.

In the past Sun Microsystems (in servers), Apple Computer (in the desktop world) and Red Hat (as the pioneer of commercial Linux) have done their part to offer alternative solutions to the hegemony of Windows. But disunited as they are, these market forces will continue to be marginalised and picked off one by one in marketing skirmishes where Microsoft can lose 5 time as many men or resources as any of these companies to win any piece of strategic business and yet still emerge as the winner.

I'm not a lawyer and I don't know what the legal aspects of an anti-Microsoft Marketing Alliance would be. But I do know that without it, I would expect Sun and Apple to disappear as independent architecture forces within the next 5 years. The Linux camp will last longer than that, but it will be easy for Microsoft to pick them off or buy them off with favors one by one.

There would be two main advantages in forming an anti-Microsoft Marketing Alliance
  • the companies could pool together marketing resources to educate the wider public that alternatives to Windows do exist from the desktop to the mainframe.
  • the companies could cooperate technically to make sure that their products worked together more easily than they do at present. This would simplify the integration of alternative systems and lead to lower and more competitive alternate systems.
Holidays are a good time for people to get away from the pressures of work. But for those marketers out there, who are workaholics, I just thought you'd like something challenging to think about while everyone else is watching TV or warming up the barbeque.
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Learn How to Trust Your Storage Drives - article by the Trusted Computing Group
Learn How to Trust Your Storage Drives - article by the Trusted Computing Group

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ow much can you trust the security of data on your storage drives?

Snugly nestling in a RAID system in your datacenter - maybe. Now what about when those self same drives are in some one else's mitts - because they've been replaced, sold or stolen?

The Trusted Computing Group has been working with storage manufacturers and other industry trade bodies to create a standard model and framework for extending security into the storage drive - using extensions of the SCSI and ATA command sets - and by extending the features originally designed for internal error logging. Although at an early stage, readers may be interested in reading and commenting (to TCG) on the draft document - which is published here as part of their market liaison exercise. ...read the article, ...Trusted Computing Group profile, Storage Security, disk sanitizers
Themis Computer
. "I am pleased that Diamond Point International will add their market sector expertise to our European Sales organization, stated William E. Kehret, president of Themis Computer. "Their systems engineering capabilities and high level of customer service will expand our opportunities in these demanding markets."
Themis Computer Names UK Distributor to Expand its European Presence

FREMONT, California - June 26, 2003 - Themis Computer announced the selection of Diamond Point International to sell its extended operating environment server and single-board computers into government, aerospace, communications, wireless, and embedded systems markets.

Headquartered in Kent, in the UK, Diamond Point will sell Themis servers and single-board computer solutions throughout Ireland and United Kingdom. Established in 1983, Diamond Point services a mix of OEMs and system integrators. Offering a broad range of hardware and software solutions, Diamond Point provides an extensive integration service for users in the government, aerospace, communications, wireless and embedded systems markets. Diamond Point's market expertise, and strong sales and support coverage were vital factors in Themis' selection of the company. ...Diamond Point profile, ...Themis Computer profile
Force Computers
. "Based on VDC's independent market research among users of single board computers and embedded motherboards, Force has gained the distinction of leading both product categories in terms of total revenue-generating shipments in 2002," said Eric Gulliksen, practice director of VDC's Embedded Hardware Research Group. "In addition, the company led the VME subcategory and came in second in CompactPCI. Combined with its platinum vendor rating, developed through our non-product-specific, user-driven model, one can certainly say that Force has established a high level of regard among the community of embedded CPU board users."
Force Computers Rated Overall #1 Supplier of Single Board Computers and Embedded Motherboards by Leading Research Firm VDC

FREMONT, Calif. - June 25, 2003 - Force Computers today announced that Venture Development Corporation (VDC), a highly respected research firm in the embedded industry, recently named Force Computers as the leading provider of merchant-market embedded CPU boards. In a recent research report, the firm finds that Force has the overall largest share of the single board computer (SBC) market and the largest share of the VMEbus SBC sub-segment. The company also ranks second in the CompactPCI SBC niche. In addition, VDC concluded that Force led all vendors in supplying embedded motherboards based on variations of the ATX form-factor.

In its report, VDC also honored Force as one of five embedded CPU board providers to receive a "platinum" vendor rating. As a platinum vendor, Force ranks in the top 5% of embedded board providers based on an independent survey of user-derived, non-product criteria. This year's criteria included product availability, pricing and a variety of service and support factors, as well as how users rated each vendor. ...Force Computers profile, ...VDC profile
Themis Computer
. "I am pleased to announce a new generation of UltraSPARC VMEbus computers that provide outstanding performance and exceptional reliability for mission-critical applications," said William Kehret, president of Themis Computer. "Our new USPIIIi VMEbus computers demonstrate Themis Computers' commitment to building the highest performance, rugged VME computers in the industry."
Themis Computer Announces UltraSPARC IIIi based VMEbus Computers

FREMONT, California - June 25, 2003 - Themis Computer announced its new USPIIIi, VMEbus computers that incorporate Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC IIIi processors and a new system architecture to provide users with exceptional computing speed, graphics and I/O capabilities. Themis' new USPIIIi is the industry's highest performance family of single-processor and dual-processor UltraSPARC-based VME computers. The new USPIIIi architecture delivers the industry's best data bandwidth, providing next generation I/O performance for government, industrial, military, and commercial VME embedded processing applications.

The USPIIIi is a multi-slot VME board assembly that implements a dual SMP UltraSPARC IIIi architecture. Based a Sun workstation platform, modified by Themis, the USPIIIi is a next generation solution for demanding new applications and is ideal for use as an upgraded replacement of earlier USP-2 SMP VME products. The USPIIIi may be configured with either one or two UltraSPARC IIIi CPUs.

The single CPU configuration consists of an I/O board and a CPU board assembly occupying two VME slots. An additional processor board is available as an ordering option; it connects to the first CPU board via the UltraSPARC IIIi processor local bus.

A dual-CPU configuration occupies three VME slots. Although the I/O board includes a rich complement of I/O functionality, up to two additional 6U VME I/O boards may be configured with the base I/O board. These additional boards can be PMC carriers or TGA3D+ graphics boards. The USPIIIi's optional Themis TGA3D+ graphics adapter incorporates Sun XVR-500 graphics technologies and Solaris support.

Each UltraSPARC IIIi CPU has a local SMP readable memory module. A dual CPU configuration can have up to 8-GB total memory. True SMP is maintained since each UltraSPARC IIIi CPU can access memory from the other CPU via the high-performance J-Bus. To provide CPU connection to I/O devices, two J-Bus bridge chips are used. Data-flow bottlenecks are minimized since each J-Bus device provides two separate and independent PCI buses.

The USPIIIi runs the Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Operating Environments. The USPIIIi can also run 64-bit applications unmodified from the Solaris 7 Operating Environment, as well as 32-bit applications from previous versions of the Solaris Operating Environment, making these systems compatible with previous systems and software.

The USPIIIi VMEbus computers reflect Themis Computer's extensive experience designing rugged, high performance aerospace and military systems. To ensure reliable operation in extended operating environments, the USPIIIi is designed to withstand shock loads of up to 30G @ 40 msec and operate in ambient temperatures to 50°C. ...Themis Computer profile
Sun Microsystems Sun and Sybase Combination Outperforms Competing Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - June 24, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced three record-breaking benchmarks for its Sun Fire systems, further validating its superior price-performance and storage efficiency on the TPC-H benchmark. Benchmark tests of the Sun Fire V240 and V880, Sun StorEdge 3310 array running Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS and the Sun ONE platform, were conducted using three different configurations - 100GB, 300GB and 1 Terabyte. In all three circumstances, the Sun Fire systems outperformed the previous world record holders in their respective TPC-H categories, including the Dell 6650, the HP Proliant DL760G2 and the HP 9000, yielding the best price-performance, highest storage efficiency and lowest total system cost....Sun Microsystems profile, ...Sybase profile
RedPoint
. "Our large data center customers need network management solutions that reside on Solaris and Linux," said John Catalano, Executive Vice President of RedPoint.
RedPoint Announces Support For Solaris

Irving, TX - June 19, 2003 - RedPoint, a leading developer and supplier of web-based network performance management and reporting software, announces the availability of all three versions of their NetVoyant product family for the Solaris, Linux, and Windows NT/2000/XP operating systems.

The NetVoyant product family consists of three main product versions; the entry-level NetVoyant-Lite, mid-tier NetVoyant-Professional, and high-end enterprise and service provider oriented NetVoyant Enterprise. ...RedPoint
NE Computing
. "Larger resellers offer generic services to the customer with lots of added value, but in some cases that's not what the customer wants," said Jon Eyres, NE Computing's managing director for Europe. "Our clients have their own ideas as to their requirements. NE Computing has been successful in focusing on those needs and providing a bespoke service. Larger resellers have failed to do this and have been unable to gain traction."
Sun Microsystems Recommends NE Computing Plc for Pharma Server Headaches in the UK

Chesham, Bucks, UK - June 19, 2003 - NE Computing has been appointed by Sun Microsystems as a key VAR to address the IT requirements of the pharmaceutical marketplace.

Although an established VAR currently working with other leading vendors, this is the first time NE Computing has partnered with Sun Microsystems to provide its clients with complete server networking data solutions and services. NE Computing is tasked with providing a value-added service over and above the sale of the product, this includes additional software, skills, professional services and the ability to bundle complete solutions.

"A core value that NE Computing brings to our corporate customers is its ability to bundle together solutions that cover not only Sun's products, but other vendor's products as well. Sun's ultimate goal was to appoint a VAR who had a broad set of solutions and contacts in the pharmaceutical sector that would facilitate visibility of everything that's going on within our clients and also have the ability to address it," said Steve Kettlewell, Global Account Executive, Sun Microsystems.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Sun Microsystems, it has a long and prestigious history in the networking sector and we look forward to building a strong and successful relationship," concluded Jon Eyres, NE Computing's managing director for Europe.. ...NE Computing profile
Tadpole Computer
. "Opening an office in the greater Washington area is the best way to meet the needs of our growing public sector customer base," said Payne. "Tadpole Computer has a long history of outfitting government clients with mobile 64-bit solutions for the field. In order to provide these valuable customers with the service, support and products that meet their unique requirements, it's critical that our government technologists be readily available for on-site consultation and solution testing. By working with customers to analyze problems, and create solutions, these organizations for the first time are able to get secure, high-end 64-bit compute power out to the front lines while overcoming major barriers."
Tadpole Computer Strengthens Public Sector Support with New Office in Dulles, Virginia

CUPERTINO, Calif. - June 17, 2003 - Tadpole Computer today announced the opening of a new office in Dulles, VA. Headed by Barbara Payne, Tadpole Computer's vice president of public sector sales, the Dulles office (located at 21355 Ridgetop Circle) will be solely focused on servicing the company's federal and civilian government customers.

Payne is responsible for all federal and civilian government sales and has extensive sales and program management background in the federal government market. She will play an integral role in helping Tadpole Computer extend its reach in this market to be the number-one provider of mobile UNIX workstations to the public sector.

For over a decade, Tadpole Computer has provided solutions - all of which are manufactured in the United States - to a client roster of industry-leading federal and civilian government organizations. Tadpole's public sector team was recently selected by General Dynamics to provide the U.S. Army with UNIX notebook technology for the Common Hardware/Software II and the recent Common Hardware/Software III contract award. ...Tadpole Computer profile
Michael Craige Michael Craige Enhances Mobile Computing Offerings

ATLANTA - June 17, 2003 - Michael Craige announced today it has expanded its mobile computing products offerings with a selection of new Solaris and Linux products from NextCom. NextCom is a US marketing and sales partner of Naturetech. This is the second consecutive year of partnership for Michael Craige Corporation and NextCom. Michael Craige has widened its inventory of SPARC Notebooks and also added a new line of Linux Notebook workstation products. ...Michael Craige profile
Dataram 4GB Memory Upgrade for Sun Fire V210 And V240 Server Announced by Dataram

Princeton, NJ - June 10, 2003 - Dataram Corporation today announced the immediate availability of the industry's first 4 gigabyte memory upgrade for the Sun Fire™ V240, powering the system to a full 16GB of memory capacity. This innovative 4GB upgrade is not yet available from Sun Microsystems and is Dataram's "third" first-to-market memory upgrade for Sun in seven weeks.

Also released today were 1GB and 2GB memory upgrades for Sun's entry-level Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers. Each DRS240 memory upgrade consists of two ECC DDR DIMMs and were fully qualified for use in the Sun Fire V210 and V240 servers. All Dataram memory products for Sun systems are guaranteed to be 100% compatible with Sun's hardware and software and are backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support. ...Dataram profile

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Sun Sun Named "Top 5" Disk Storage Vendor by IDC based on Q1 2003 Revenue

Editor:- June 9, 2003 - Sun was named as one of the top 5 disk storage systems companies, in a report by IDC last week. Although Sun has lost the most market share of the companies listed, there are hundreds of other RAID systems oems who still rank below Sun. So that's a positive thought.
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. "First quarter results continue to illustrate increased customer adoption of network storage systems (NAS and Open SAN)," said Charlotte Rancourt, research director of IDC's Disk Storage Systems program. "Network storage for the first time represents more than half (53% revenue share) of the total external disk storage systems market, up 5 points from a year ago. The traditional direct-attached storage systems represents 42% of total external disk storage revenue in the first quarter, down from 46% a year ago." ...IDC profile
Oracle
. "The acquisition of PeopleSoft will immediately make Oracle an even more profitable and competitive company," said Oracle's Chairman and CEO, Larry Ellison.

"Although we will not be actively selling PeopleSoft products to new customers, we will provide enhanced support for all PeopleSoft products. Furthermore, we will be incorporating the advanced features from the PeopleSoft products into future versions of the Oracle eBusiness Suite."
Oracle Launches Cash Tender Offer for PeopleSoft

Redwood Shores, Calif. - June 6, 2003 - Today, Oracle Corporation announced that it will commence a cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of PeopleSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSFT) for $16 per share, or approximately $5.1 billion. Separately, Oracle announced that it will meet or exceed consensus earnings estimates for the fiscal fourth quarter.

In connection with announcing the tender offer, Mr. Ellison has submitted a letter to PeopleSoft's Board of Directors in which he expressed a desire to discuss the offer with the Board.

The tender offer will be subject to customary conditions, including expiration of the applicable Hart-Scott- Rodino waiting period, a majority of PeopleSoft's shares on a fully diluted basis being tendered and not withdrawn, and the redemption or amendment of PeopleSoft's shareholder rights plan. The offer will not be subject to due diligence or financing. Oracle expects to commence the tender offer on Monday, June 9, 2003. Credit Suisse First Boston LLC has provided a bridge financing facility and is advising Oracle on the transaction. ...Oracle profile

Editor's comments:- share prices of both Oracle and PeopleSoft increased over yesterday's close in pre market trading Friday morning.
Fastest Growing Storage Companies the Fastest Growing Storage Companies in 2003

Editor:- June 4, 2003 - a new article published today on STORAGEsearch.com lists the "Fastest Growing Storage Companies in 2003". The slowest growing companies in this list had year on year revenue growth of 19%. Find out the hottest companies and fastest growing product segments in 2003... ...read the article
Sun Microsystems Sun Reduces Prices on Sun Fire V880 and V480 Systems by Up to 25%

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - June 3, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a price reduction of up to 25% and a 17% increase in processor speed on its industry-leading Sun Fire V880 systems. Sun is also reducing prices on its fastest-growing four-way Sun Fire V480 systems by up to 20%.

The Sun Fire V880 system starts at $32,995 with 2 CPUs and 4GB of memory. The Sun Fire V480 system starts at $19,995 with 2 CPUs and 4GB of memory. Both systems allow for growth to meet demanding business requirements.

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