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|Tech Data and Sun Expand
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and CLEARWATER, Fla. - July 28, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Tech Data Corporation are expanding their distribution agreement to more aggressively drive Sun technology solutions to midsize enterprises across the United States. Tech Data resellers can now offer customers Sun's line of entry-level systems, which provide a low-cost, high-performance technology solution for small and midsize businesses. As part of Sun's 100% partner-led mid-market strategy, this expanded relationship adds to the portfolio of Sun servers, storage, software and services that Tech Data resellers can leverage to build and deploy Network Computing solutions with maximum levels of reliability, availability and scalability.
To help solution providers enter or expand their reach within the mid-market, Tech Data and Sun have created two new partner categories: "Registered Volume Reseller" and "Authorized Volume Reseller." As entry-level partners, Registered Volume Resellers will have access to Sun's full line of Linux-based servers and the workgroup storage products for the mid-market. No certification or fees are required to participate in this program; new partners must register with Tech Data.
Authorized Volume Resellers will be a part of Sun's iForce Community and gain access to related benefits, including leasing, SunFund, rebate and other programs. ...Sun Microsystems profile, ...Tech Data profile
|Sun Microsystems||Sun's Reports Declining
Revenue as Expected |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July 22, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) reported results today for its fiscal fourth quarter and full fiscal year which ended June 30, 2003.
Revenues for the fourth quarter were $2.982 billion, a decline of 13% as compared with $3.420 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 was $12 million or zero cents per share.
Cash generated from operating activities was $335 million for the quarter, and the balance of cash and marketable securities was over $5.7 billion.
For the full 2003 fiscal year, Sun reported revenues of $11.434 billion, a decline of 8.5% as compared with $12.496 billion for the full 2002 fiscal year. The net loss for fiscal year 2003 was $2.378 billion or a net loss of $.75 per share as compared with a net loss of $587 million or a net loss per share of $.18 for the 2002 fiscal year. The net loss for fiscal year 2003 included a non-cash impairment expense of $2.125 billion. ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's coments:- no surprises here for anyone who read my March article. Open systems buyers are cherry picking server solutions to get best price performance. To increase revenue Sun will have to increase the amount of non core SPARC solutions - like storage - for which it is a reseller. Upcoming disruptive technologies will give Sun a chance to bounce back. But only if it is willing to partner with acceleration technology companies as a democratically equal partner among equals and not in classic Sun style - primus inter pares.
|SBE announces passive
64-Bit PMC-to-PCI adapter card to ease integration of PMCs into PCI systems
San Ramon, CA - July 21, 2003 - SBE Inc. today introduced adaptPCI-1PMC, a single slot PCI card that facilitates the integration of any PMC or PTMC board into standard PCI systems.
Designed to host any 32- or 64-bit PMC module, adaptPCI-1PMC is a passive PMC-to-PCI requiring no special bridge software to integrate PMC mezzanine cards into a PCI system. The user I/O signals from the PMC J4 connector are accessible via connector pads at the side of the board. The adaptPCI-1PMC card allows data transfers of 32 or 64 bits at up to 66 MHz, and supports PN1 to PN4 connections with 3.3V or 5V signaling. ...SBE profile
|Plug & Play PMC
Graphics Support for Force Computers' CPU-56 SPARC-Based VME SBC|
OAKLAND, Calif. - July 21, 2003 - Peritek Corporation has qualified its popular family of Solaris-compatible PMC graphics and frame grabber modules with Force Computers' CPU-56, a high-performance UltraSPARC-IIi+ VME single board computer.
Now, system designers seeking to add single- or dual-head high-performance 128-bit graphics to the CPU-56 can simply plug a Peritek PMC module into the CPU-56's on-board PMC slot or one of the three PMC slots available on the CPU-56's companion IO-56 board. Peritek offers 2D and OpenGL graphics compatibility with the CPU-56 for Solaris 9 operating system environments. All configurations of the CPU-56 are supported. ...Force Computers profile, ...Peritek profile
See also:- VMEbus SBCs, Graphics Adapters
|the Top #10 SPARC
Hampshire, UK - July 21, 2003 - ACSL, publisher of the SPARC Product Directory today published its annual article listing the Top #10 SPARC Manufacturers ranked by reader pageviews.
The #1 company for the second year running is SPARC notebook maker - Tadpole Computer.
Five out of the top ten companies in this list manufacture SPARC compatible compactPCI SBCs reflecting the growing importance of embedded systems in the Sun compatible SPARC systems market.
First published in 1992, the SPARC Product Directory has been tracking and reporting on trends in the Sun market, informed by its own web statistics since 1996. ...read the article, ...ACSL profile
|Sun Offers Migration Path
to SPARC/Solaris for DEC/Compaq/HP Alpha/Tru64 Users|
SANTA CLARA, Calif - July 15, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a new program designed to take advantage of disruption within a competitor's installed base and move these customers to a Sun Solaris environment. The HP Away migration program offers a no-risk alternative for customers fed-up with the havoc created by the end of development for the Alpha/Tru64 platform, and forced migration to Itanium-based systems. Sun is taking advantage of this opportunity to aggressively attract new customers in the very lucrative UNIX server market.
As a result of HP's plans, an estimated 400,000 Alpha/Tru64 installed servers have to be moved to a new architecture and operating environment, the only question is to which platform and vendor. Sun is offering a shared, no risk model where the company works with customers to deploy an effective migration solution. Included in the program is a free two-day assessment, designed to determine the cost and technical requirements involved in a migration. Customers that meet the determined requirements will also receive the following:
Editor's comments:- It's good to see Sun going into classic aggressive mode again. My memory may be faulty on the sad Alpha/Tru64 saga, but I think it went something like this...
DEC denied that RISC processors were a threat to its Vax line, and that Unix was a threat to its VMS OS. Then DEC lost lots of sales to Sun and responded by badge engineering a line of MIPS RISC servers running Unix. Then DEC decided to orphan its MIPS customer base by designing its own Alpha processors. Then DEC couldn't decide what OS its customers should really use and changed its mind a few times. Then DEC got decked and acquired by Compaq which had its own screwy incompatible server products acquired from all over the place. Then Compaq got Delled out of the PC business. Instead of declining into oblivion quickly it merged with HP, whose server strategy is as comical and inconsistent as all the antecedants it acquired.
Although Sun's own farcical history with Linux and Solaris X86 was just as amusing as the antics of its server rivals, Sun never made the mistake of taking this subplot too seriously. Instead it continued investment with the only viable server line which the company sells - its SPARC/Solaris family.
|Texas Memory Systems||Texas Memory Systems
Targets Sun VARs|
Editor:- July 11, 2003 - Texas Memory Systems, manufacturers of the "World's Fastest Storage®" have recently started an information campaign to educate Sun VARs on the potential business benefits of Solid State Disk systems.
Our sister site STORAGEsearch.com says that the SSD market is currently growing at nearly 100% a year, and could be a $10 Billion market in 2 - 3 years. SSDs were the #1 most popular subject visited by STORAGEsearch readers in the 2nd quarter of 2003.
This month Texas Memory Systems launched a new family of SSD systems which can complement mid to high end Sun servers.
Sun VARs who are interested in discussing business growth opportunities using these new products are invited to contact Brian Harding, the new Director of Sales at Texas Memory Systems. Email: email@example.com Direct phone: (603)-893-2677 ...Texas Memory Systems profile
See also:- Solid state disks
|Sun Awarded $50m DoD
Contract to Develop High Productivity Computing|
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July 8, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that DARPA, in conjunction with the Department of Interior, has awarded funding for a 36-month effort to Sun Microsystems worth nearly $50 million for Phase II of the High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) Program. Phase II of the project focuses on research and development that will produce a prototype design for an innovative high performance computing system that is also capable of delivering high programmer productivity.
DARPA's award to Sun Labs for Phase II of the HPCS Program signals acceptance of Sun's Phase I concept design, developed by a team of Sun Microsystems' top scientists and engineers in collaboration with leading academic institutions. Sun's Phase I design includes revolutionary chip technologies that will dramatically increase computer systems performance and productivity.
DARPA's goal for the HPCS program is to provide a new generation of economically viable and holistically designed systems with breakaway levels of performance, programmability, reliability and portability. DARPA challenged vendors to provide 'petascale' systems in the coming decade that can perform quadrillions of operations per second without the problems of achieving ease-of-use and reliability that have plagued giant computer systems in recent years. ...Sun Microsystems profile
|Avocent||Avocent Launches KVM Switch
with Integrated USB Hub|
Bracknell, UK - July 7, 2003 - A new SwitchView KVM (keyboard, monitor and mouse) switch and integrated USB hub from Avocent Corporation gives home office and small business users the ability to use a single keyboard, monitor and mouse to access up to four computers and share access to multiple USB devices. People can use one keyboard, monitor and mouse to switch between connected computers and share access to multiple USB devices, such as a digital camera, external hard drive, external CD-ROM, printer, scanner or PDA. The 4-port audio model includes the additional value of being able to share one set of speakers and a microphone.
The SwitchView USB devices, available in 2-port and 4-port models, are scheduled to begin shipping this month. SwitchView USB features either push-button control for switching between connected computers or switching through the keyboard with hotkey commands. The SwitchView USB provides full control of all connected USB devices, regardless of which computer is in use. All SwitchView USB models support high resolution video up to 2048 x 1536 @ 85 Hz. All include colour-coded connectors to simplify installation, a flash upgrade cable and a two-year warranty. ...Avocent profile
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