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Sun Microsystems Sun Outsources Customer Training

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and NEW YORK - September 12, 2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. has selected Accenture to deliver instructor-led training on a comprehensive portfolio of Sun technologies to Sun's customers at specified locations across the United States and Europe. Under this agreement, Accenture will deliver high-quality training developed by Sun on Java technologies and the Solaris Operating System in both Sun and authorized Accenture training centers. Accenture will deliver these services through Accenture Learning, its BPO business that provides outsourced learning solutions.

Accenture will begin to provide training in the United States immediately and plans to offer training in 11 countries throughout Europe by the end of calendar year 2003. Sun will retain 11 training centers located around the world, which will focus primarily on internal Sun technical training, instructor development and customer training on advanced courses. ...Sun Microsystems profile

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SBE teams with Gcom to address demand for Solaris-based WAN solutions

Orphans from 9/11 Still Need Your Help

Decru Integrates with Sun for Trusted Application Platform

Gartner Nixes Linux on the Desktop

Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service Continues to Block Spam at the Internet Gateway Despite Spam's Virus-Like Behavior

Interphase Introduces New Communications Appliance Designed for Carrier DSL, Cable, and Fixed Wireless Access Applications

Peritek Launches Online store for PMC Carrier Board Sales is 5 years old this month

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Nibble:- Buyers Interests in the Sun Market Have Changed

This is the busiest time of year for buyers in the Sun Microsystems market. During September, October and November we typically see double digit month on month growth rates in pageviews in the SPARC Product Directory. That's been true in every year since 1996, with the exception of 2001 - because of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

The server side of the SPARC market has been seeing significant revenue declines recently compared to servers based on other architectures - and this has led to a change in the kind of products which our readers are looking at.

For the first time in 5 years - our PCI, cPCI & SBus cards directory significantly overtook the SPARC servers directory during the last quarter by very large margin. That suggests buyers are actively looking at add-in cards which will help them get the most out of their SPARC servers, even though they are less actively looking at new replacement SPARC servers.

Many host bus adapter companies were badly hit in 2002 by shakeouts in the Fibre-channel market, and the slow adoption of new technologies like iSCSI and Infiniband. So most HBA vendors have cut back on their advertising spends compared to a few years ago. But our readers statistics indicate that buyer activity in the HBA area is picking up in the Sun market. So marketers, take note, or lose out to your competitors.
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SBE SBE teams with Gcom to address demand for Solaris-based WAN solutions

San Ramon, CA - September 11, 2003 - SBE Inc. today announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Gcom, a recognized developer of SNA, X.25, Frame Relay, LAPD and other data communications software, to deliver comprehensive Solaris-based WAN solutions to the marketplace.

As SBE's exclusive global provider of Solaris WAN protocol drivers and stacks, Gcom is porting its Solaris protocols to SBE's broad array of PCI and PMC WAN adapters. Currently, Gcom's WAN protocols are successfully running on SBE's wanADAPT-CxT1E1, a single, dual or quad port channelized T1/E1 PCI interface; and its wanPMC-C4T1E1, a quad port channelized T1/E1 PMC adapter. Other SBE WAN products supporting Solaris are available upon request. ...SBE profile
Twin Towers Orphan Fund Orphans from 9/11 Still Need Your Help

Editor:- 9/11 is a day which will live in infamy - to paraphrase President Roosevelt's speech after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, two years after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and for many years still to come, there are victims who still need your care and support. Please spare a few minutes of your time today looking at the Twin Towers Orphan Fund web site and help in any way you can. Thank you.

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. Enterprises and government agencies have grown increasingly concerned about the security of their critical applications and data. Key drivers for security investment include regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, homeland security, customer privacy and internal controls. Historically, security solutions such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems have been deployed at the network perimeter, but these systems fail to address the 50-80 percent of attacks that originate behind the firewall. To make matters worse, the rapidly increasing storage demands of recent years have led many organizations to consolidate their data in networked storage, where a single breach can expose terabytes of sensitive information.
Decru Integrates with Sun for Trusted Application Platform

REDWOOD CITY, CA - September 10, 2003 - Decru, Inc. today announced a joint initiative with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to build secure application environments, and has joined the Sun iForce partner program.

The Trusted Application Platform (TAP) integrates security capabilities from Sun and Decru that span servers, networks and storage, delivering unprecedented protection for sensitive data and applications. The TAP solution combines capabilities including role-based access controls, labeling, hardware-based encryption and key management, and secure logging to create the industry's most secure open systems platform for applications.

The Trusted Application Platform integrates Sun's Solaris OS security features, with the Decru DataFort storage security appliance to create a secure, integrated application environment. Capabilities such as strong authentication, compartmentalization, auditing and fine-grain access controls are implemented across the TAP solution, and can be integrated for seamless end-to-end protection. ...Decru profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
. "Many servers are dedicated to running a single application; in many cases, it has been relatively easy for enterprises to replace specific servers, such as a Web server and implement Linux," said David Smith, vice president and Gartner fellow. "However, the environment for Linux on the desktop is significantly different. Knowledge workers use PCs to run diverse combinations of applications. For those users, migration costs will be very high because all Windows applications must be replaced or rewritten."
Gartner Says Linux on the Desktop Is Not a Cost-Effective Alternative for Most Enterprises Looking for Savings

STAMFORD, CONN. - September 9, 2003 - Linux has had success in the server market in reducing costs, but in most cases enterprises should not expect to achieve reduced costs by migrating from their Windows desktop platforms to Linux on the desktop, according to Gartner, Inc.

Gartner analysts said migrating PC desktops to Linux makes sense only in a very narrow, limited range of situations. The Linux migration should be considered only if there are relatively few applications and those applications are fixed-function or low-function, such as data entry, call center or bank teller/platform automation. In those cases, the cost of migration may be low enough to justify the move to Linux.

However, before any migration plan is implemented, it is imperative that enterprises gain a full understanding of the total cost of ownership. Gartner analysts said enterprises must look beyond the initial costs and realize the full spectrum of costs that can evolve. "Understanding the current TCO and the expected Linux TCO can help an enterprise determine the estimated migration savings," said Michael Silver, vice president and research director at Gartner.

"When calculating such costs, it is important to realize that the cost of the PC and client operating system represents only a small part of the overall TCO - generally 20 percent to 30 percent - and that other costs such as labor, training and external services must be considered."

Another consideration when determining whether to migrate to Linux is comparing the costs and savings of a move to Linux with the cost and savings to upgrade to a newer version of Windows. The difference in TCO between Windows and Linux depends on which version of Windows is being considered.

"The TCO of Windows 95 is relatively high and increasing because support from Microsoft has been eliminated and support from independent software vendors and other third parties continues to wane," said Silver. "Therefore, enterprises running Windows 95 will likely see more benefits by a move to Linux than will enterprises using Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Windows 2000 and Windows XP include more modern technology than Window 95 and are generally more stable and incur lower costs." ...Gartner Group profile

Editor's comments:- this supports my gut feel that Sun's Mad Hatter project is unlikely to achieve more than dumb terminal replacement.
Trend Micro
. The growing convergence of spam and virus behaviors suggests the increasing need to stop spam at the network perimeter. The spam problem has already affected, by many estimates, half the email on the Internet, and drawn the attention of governments, corporations, and consumers alike. In recent months, there has been a noticeable trend in spam incorporating certain aspects of viruses, such as methods for harvesting email addresses and bypassing detection. Spam has been seen to introduce spyware into a victim's environment. Likewise, viruses (such as "SoBig") are manipulating open relay servers and open proxies to send copies through unsuspecting sources, typically a spammer tactic. This convergence of methodologies suggests that spam, like viruses, is best halted at the Internet gateway.
Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service Continues to Block Spam at the Internet Gateway Despite Spam's Virus-Like Behavior

Cupertino, California - September 8, 2003 - Trend Micro, Inc. today announced the availability of its newest version of Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service. Addressing the need for organizations to protect themselves against the increased prevalence of unsolicited emails, Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service is designed to block non-productive and malicious spam at the Internet Gateway.

Interoperating seamlessly with Trend Micro's other antivirus and content security products, Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service delivers finely tuned and constantly adjusted heuristic engine files to ensure customers have the latest means of capturing the most elusive spam threats.

Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service 1.1 for Microsoft Windows is available now. The product is also available for the Solaris platform, and will be offered for Linux before the end of 2003. Pricing begins at $30 per user per year for 25 users, with volume discounts available. ...Trend Micro profile
. Network convergence is a recurring challenge in today's communications networks, which is driven by the carriers' need to both satisfy the end-user demand for communicating across multiple network mediums and consolidate network infrastructure for cost control. The legacy circuit-switched communications infrastructure is slowly evolving to packet-based technologies, such as IP, but most carriers would prefer to migrate networks to next generation technologies to extend the lifespan of existing equipment rather than discard previous infrastructure investments.

Interphase expects the iNAV 9200 to play a key role in this transition by serving as a link between dissimilar network technologies while also supporting packet-based services that will future-proof today's deployments from obsolescence in the foreseeable future.
Interphase Introduces New Communications Appliance Designed for Carrier DSL, Cable, and Fixed Wireless Access Applications

PLANO, Texas - September 3, 2003 - Interphase Corporation today announced the iNAV 9200 Multiprotocol Gateway Solution, the flagship product in a new series of specialized communications appliances. The first of its kind on the market, the iNAV 9200 functions as a standalone gateway that bridges multiple communications protocols for converging networks.

The iNAV 9200 Multiprotocol Gateway Solution is an intelligent, stand-alone 1U system designed to unite networks that lack a common communications language by interworking, or translating, different network protocols. Alternative solutions on the market today that perform protocol processing and interworking are generally costly, large-scale platforms that consume a larger physical footprint and fulfill multiple secondary functions.

Powered by the WinPath Packet Processor from Wintegra, the iNAV 9200 yields multimillion packet processing per second, a substantial performance improvement over comparable platform-based alternatives. The compact, 1U design conserves space at the network POP, saving service providers a significant amount of equipment real estate. In addition, the iNAV 9200 offers substantial cost of ownership savings over traditional multi-slot gateways since Interphase offers comparable gateway functionality at a fraction of the price. ...Interphase profile
. "PMC Carrier boards are a great way to expand system functionality. What's more, they can save significant time during the system design phase," said Victor Gold, president and founder of Peritek. "The Peritek Store makes it simple and fast for designers to find the PMC carrier solution they need."
Peritek Launches Online store for PMC Carrier Board Sales

Oakland, Calif. - September 2, 2003 - Peritek has announced the launch of The Peritek Store a new online store for the purchase of PMC Carrier boards. The Peritek Store features Peritek's PM family of CompactPCI and PCI form factor PMC carriers, including hot swap, and both passive and active carrier designs. The online store enables North American customers to easily locate and purchase PMC carriers over the Internet using major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. ...visit store, ...Peritek profile is 5 years old this month

Editor:- September 2, 2003 - our sister publication is 5 years old this month. Thanks to all our readers, advertisers and contributors who have made this possible.

The storage market has changed out all of recognition since 1998. In 1998 most enterprise storage was directly attached. In 2003 - most new enterprise storage is purchased as attached to a network. I estimated in 1998 there were about 250 to 300 storage manufacturers. Today STORAGEsearch lists over 600 storage manufacturers and over 140 storage ISVs, plus hundreds of storage service companies in other categories.

When I'm asked to summarise the changes in the last 5 years I can do so in this simple statement:- "Storage used to be boring. Now it's not."

What does the future hold for storage? That's discussed in many articles and in other content throughout the STORAGEsearch web site. Users have recognised that their biggest investment in enterprise computing is storage. And the most important part of their IT investment is data. We're going to see a new way of thinking in system design which puts data access and availability above considerations like processor type and the flavor of the operating system which characterised earlier IT generations. ...ACSL publisher profile

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