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Sun Extends OEM Agreement with Engenio

Milpitas, CA - October 26, 2004 - Engenio Information Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has broadened its OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Engenio will provide Sun with new modular storage technology and will co-develop future Sun storage products. The first Sun product to emerge through the new arrangement, the Sun StorEdge 6130 array, was announced today at Storage Networking World. ...Engenio profile, ...Sun profile, SAN

Serial Attached SCSI Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center

Editor:- October 20, 2004 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch, jointly written byLSI Logic and Maxtor, it's called - Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center.

A decade ago, in 1994, Sun introduced a new disk interface technology to the server market when it launched the SPARCstorageArray. That interface was Fibre-Channel and FC SANs have become a $7 billion a year market.

Next year, Sun will start shipping SPARC servers with the first major new disk interface technology to appear on SPARC motherboards since 1994:- Serial Attached SCSI. It will increase server performance and have a disruptive effect on the blade market.

STORAGEsearch has been tracking the progress of SAS to market over the past several years since the interface was first proposed, and LSI Logic and Maxtor have been at the forefront of bringing that technology to reality with demonstrations at events throughout this year. Written by Kevin Gray, business development manager, Server Products Group at Maxtor and David So, product marketing manager, Storage Standard Products Division at LSI Logic this article gives our readers a unique definitive insight into what SAS will mean for server users.

If you think you already know SAS because you know SATA and traditional SCSI then think again.

Sometimes disruptive technologies wear an unassuming disguise. In fiction, Clark Kent, Frodo Baggins and Buffy Summers at first seem harmless, but we see them change into Superman, the Ring Bearer and the Slayer. SAS too comes cloaked in plain garb - with a physical layer which looks a lot like SATA. But like the Incredible Hulk there are muscles rippling under that shirt - and you would be wrong to dismiss SAS so lightly. There's a lot more inside this interface than it says on the box as this informative article reveals. the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI

EMC Reports 34% Revenue Growth

Hopkinton, Mass. - October 19, 2004 - EMC Corporation today reported financial results for the 3rd quarter of 2004, achieving its 5th consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year revenue growth.

Total consolidated revenue for EMC's third quarter was $2.03 billion, 34% higher than the $1.51 billion reported for the third quarter of 2003. Net income for the quarter was $218 million or $.09 per diluted share. Core EMC revenue, which excludes revenue related to EMC's Documentum, Legato and VMware acquisitions, grew 19% compared with the third quarter of 2003. All of EMC's major geographies recorded double-digit core revenue growth, with each of EMC's international regions gaining more than 20%. ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- there was a time in 2000 / 2001 when it looked like the fortunes of EMC and Sun were closely aligned because selling storage into Sun's customer base was an important part of EMC's business. But EMC re-engineered itself as a truly server independent storage company and did deals with Dell in the US and Siemens in Europe to broaden its operating system base. The result has been that EMC is now reaping the rewards of an operating system agnostic storage strategy. That's important because the storage market at $70 billion annual revenue is bigger than the server market. Sun failed in the untied storage market - and has pulled its revenue back up more slowly by the harder route of bootstrapping new server sales.

Sun to Resell iSCSI Storage from EqualLogic

Nashua, N.H. - October 18, 2004 - EqualLogic, Inc. today announced an agreement with Sun Microsystems to resell the PeerStorage Array 100E which successfully completed Sun Blade Server Verification and achieved Solaris Ready Certification last year.

Each PeerStorage Array 100E supports up to 3.5TB of storage capacity, comes with fully redundant fault-tolerant hardware and includes full-featured automatic storage-management software. Up to 32 arrays can be combined to form a scalable enterprise storage grid of more than 100TB. ...EqualLogic profile, iSCSI

Sun Announces 2nd Quarter of Year on Year Revenue Growth

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - October .14, 2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported results today for its fiscal first quarter, which ended September 26, 2004.

Revenues for the first quarter grew to $2.628 billion, an increase of 3.6% as compared with $2.536 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2004. Net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2005 was $174 million or $0.05 per share as compared with a net loss of $286 million or $0.09 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2004. This loss includes a charge of $108 million for previously announced workforce and real estate restructuring, an $82 million charge related to litigation settlement, a $4 million loss on equity investments, and a $7 million benefit for related tax effects. Cash generated from operating activities was $124 million for the quarter, and the balance of cash and marketable debt securities was $7.433 billion.

"The first fiscal quarter is usually our toughest but the management team executed well operationally," said Scott McNealy, chairman and chief executive officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Following a solid June quarter, we now have two quarters in a row of year over year revenue growth. And we are on the offense again as a result of our newly revamped product line, a result of our sometimes controversial but continued commitment to R&D investments in the last three years. Stay tuned as we announce Solaris 10 OS in November. We believe this is one of our best new products in maybe a decade. And it runs on Opteron and SPARC." ...Sun profile

Sun UK to Resell Solid State Disks from Texas Memory Systems

London, UK - October 11, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems today announced a relationship that allows Sun Microsystems UK to sell the TMS' RamSan solid state disk.

Texas Memory Systems' RamSan solid state storage products, paired with Sun's servers, can accelerate enterprise applications like databases and data warehouses up to 2,500%. Typical RamSan users include corporations in the financial, telecom, and e-commerce sectors as well as government, military, and research organizations.

"There is increasing scope for organizations to deploy solid state disk technology to assist in the most mission critical business systems," said Tony Lock, chief analyst at Bloor Research. "The quality of the Texas Memory Systems' products in combination with the enterprise data centre service skills of Sun Microsystems holds the potential to bring solid state storage to a much larger customer base."

"Sun requires a very high standard from their vendors because their customers demand the highest levels of performance and reliability," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President at Texas Memory Systems. "We are delighted that Sun has chosen to represent the Texas Memory Systems' RamSan to those customers in the UK." ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid state disks

Editor's comments:- I predicted that Sun would start selling SSDs as a special supported solution in my August 2003 article Solid State Disks - a $10 Billion Market in 2007?

It's ironic that Sun in Europe is ahead of the curve on SSDs compared to in the US - where they haven't done this yet. But maybe they have more flexibility about responding to customer needs compared to their US counterparts.

Sun to Pay Kodak $92 Million as Part of Lawsuit Agreement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - October 7, 2004 - Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it and Sun Microsystems Inc., with the assistance of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, have reached a tentative agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by Kodak regarding a software architecture based on the Java computer language.

On October 1, 2004, a federal jury determined that Sun infringed three Kodak patents. Kodak filed suit in February 2002. Pending the signing of a final agreement, Sun will pay Kodak $92 million cash in return for a license for the patents at issue. Additional details were not disclosed.

"We achieved our goals in this case, which was to protect our intellectual property rights," said Willy Shih, Kodak senior vice president. "We are pleased that the Court has validated these fundamental Kodak patents and we now look forward to building a more productive relationship and continued collaboration with Sun, with whom we have enjoyed a close partnership for nearly two decades." ...Kodak profile, ...Sun profile

Sun Reveals More Silver Bullets in SPARC IV Plus

SAN JOSE, Calif - Fall Processor Forum - October 5, 2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today unveiled its next generation UltraSPARC IV+ processor at In-Stat MDR's Fall Processor Forum.

UltraSPARC IV+, powered by Chip Multithreading technology, continues Sun's momentum in delivering on its Throughput Computing strategy by enabling a large number of operations, or threads, to be executed simultaneously in order to increase system performance.

"Sun is showing the market that it is serious about delivering on the promise of Throughput Computing," said Kevin Krewell, senior analyst for Microprocessor Report. "The UltraSPARC IV+ is the second generation of Sun's evolutionary dual-core design. We are impatiently awaiting the revolutionary Niagara processor to hit the market in 2006. This will be a huge departure from conventional processor design that will subsequently alter the face of network computing infrastructure as we know it."

Implemented using Texas Instruments' 90 nanometer process technology, UltraSPARC IV+ will double the application throughput of the existing UltraSPARC IV through expanded caches and buffers, a better branch prediction mechanism, augmented prefetching capabilities and new computational abilities. In addition, UltraSPARC IV+ incorporates a new 3-level cache hierarchy, with a fast on-chip 2MB second level cache and a large 32MB off-chip third level cache.

These new performance features combine with much higher operating frequencies (1.8 Ghz initially) to make UltraSPARC IV+ the highest throughput UltraSPARC processor ever built, with roughly twice the per-thread performance of the original UltraSPARC IV processor. At the same time, an array of new RAS features cooperate to make this design the most reliable UltraSPARC processor ever.

As with the UltraSPARC IV processor, this new second generation UltraSPARC IV+ processor maintains Sun's tradition of binary compatibility, preserving the investment customers have made in development tools and application software. It provides Sun customers with an easy upgrade path that effectively raises both the performance and reliability of their system with no change in its footprint, and relatively little change in either its power or thermal envelope. ...Sun profile

Editor's comments:-
In the book "DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC" by Edgar Schein - we learn that DEC's founder - Ken Olsen - failed to graps in time how semiconductor chips could replace whole boards and cabinets of other stuff in the early VAXes and yet still run faster.

It doesn't take a great leap of imagination to see how the SPARC IV plus chip will reduce the cabinetry and other expenses in its own servers. Although Sun's SPARC semiconductor technology is no better, and often inferior to that deployed by its rivals Sun does have the advantage that it controls the operating system and can use its knowledge of popular applications to tune the critical bits - to business applications.

In the past Intel has added new features to its chips only to have them ignored by Microsoft - or adopted much later. Intel's best selling processors also have their performance optimised for desktop multimedia applications - a trade-off in chip real-estate which costs performance in other areas.

Sybase / Sun Data Warehouse Compresses 155 Terabytes of Input Data By 65%

SANTA CLARA and DUBLIN, Calif. - October 4, 2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Sybase, Inc. today announced that they have created the largest, verified data warehouse in the world, according to an independent audit conducted by InfoSizing, Inc.

Larger data warehouses are becoming critical to enterprises that must store, track, and manage a growing volume of data to meet government compliance regulations. The Sun and Sybase iForce Enterprise Data Warehouse enables customers to set up such highly scalable data warehouses in days instead of months, while also minimizing storage costs.

Using its patented data compression, Sybase IQ needed less than 55 terabytes on the Sun StorEdge storage sub-systems to store the 155 terabytes of input data, providing proof that Sybase IQ can dramatically reduce storage costs by up to 90% over competitors. Additionally, support costs and data center footprint were lower when compared to conventional databases, which would require up to one petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of storage for this example.

With one trillion rows of data, the Sun and Sybase data warehouse can hold enough data to track the history of all world financial trades on all stock exchanges or hold enough data to track all credit (and debit) card transactions in the entire world over the last seven years. ...Sun profile
Sun Extends OEM Agreement with Engenio

SAS Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center

EMC Reports 34% Revenue Growth

Sun to Resell iSCSI Storage from EqualLogic

Sun Announces 2nd Quarter of Revenue Growth

Sun to Resell Solid State Disks from TMS

Sun to Pay Kodak $92 Million

Sun Reveals More Silver Bullets in SPARC IV Plus

Sybase and Sun Compress Data Warehouses

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