|BakBone Simplifies Disaster
Recovery for Linux and SPARC Solaris
DIEGO - November 30, 2004 - BakBone Software today introduced VaultDR
Plugin Modules , a comprehensive disaster recovery solution for Linux and
VaultDR PMs substantially reduce downtime in a disaster recovery
scenario by allowing full system recovery including the operating system,
applications, system settings, disk partitioning information, and data in hours
as opposed to days. By implementing VaultDR PMs, customers can address their
high availability needs by protecting their entire system from corruption, user
errors, virus hits and hardware failures.
VaultDR PMs provide broad platform support including Solaris SPARC,
Intel X86 and Opteron as well as multiple operating systems including UNIX,
Windows and Linux. Both VaultDR solutions ensure that all critical system files,
user data and applications required to fully recover the system are in a 'ready
state' for complete backup. The VaultDR Online for Linux makes it possible for
administrators to perform an 'online backup', backing up a full Linux system
while it remains online and active.
Since VaultDR is seamlessly integrated with NetVault data protection
software, VaultDR Online for Linux and VaultDR Offline for Solaris SPARC are
significantly easier to use than standalone disaster recovery applications
IDC Says Sun Missed the Server Revenue Growth Wave
Mass. - November 24, 2004 According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly
Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew at 5.5% year
over year to $11.5 billion in the third quarter of 2004, marking the 6th
consecutive quarter of positive overall revenue growth.
Volume server revenue grew 18.2% year over year and continues to
represent the primary growth engine for the server market overall. Revenue for
midrange enterprise servers declined 10.2% year over year marking the third
consecutive quarterly decline as traditional midrange workloads continue to
migrate to volume systems. Buoyed by renewed enterprise spending, the high-end
enterprise server market grew 1.9% year over year, its forth consecutive quarter
of positive revenue growth.
Linux server revenues surpassed $1 billion in quarterly
factory revenue for the first time in 3Q04. Linux server revenues showed 42.6%
growth, while unit shipments grew 31.7%, reaching 9.2% of overall quarterly
server revenue. Worldwide investment in Linux servers for both technical and
commercial workloads remains strong as the platform continues to expand its
presence in data centers around the world. HP maintained its number 1 spot in
the Linux server market, with 26.9% market share in terms of revenue, while IBM
was second with 20.5%. Dell maintained the third spot with 17.4% of Linux server
Unix servers experienced 8.3% unit growth year over year and a 2.3%
revenue decline over 3Q03 with total Unix revenues of $4.0 billion for the
While the average year on year revenue growth for all vendors
was 5.5%, Sun Microsystems had a mere 0.1% growth - compared to 4.4% for Fujitsu
and 14.1% for Dell.
Gartner Analyzes Solaris 10 Implications
November 19, 2004 - an article published today by Gartner discusses the
implications of Solaris 10.
After summarising the main features
and benefits, it recommends that users should "not view Solaris 10 as
excluding Linux" and they "should exercise caution". ...read
the article , ...Gartner
Sun to Resell DeepNines Security Edge Platform
TEXAS - November 16, 2004 - Deep Nines Inc. today announced that Sun
Microsystems has become a reseller of the DeepNines Security Edge Platform.
company's patent-pending system is a comprehensive security platform that sits
in front of the router. The DeepNines Security Edge Platform, which serves as
the single, centralized network security and traffic management system for an
entire organization, integrates a firewall, intrusion prevention, secure content
management functionality and forensic reporting.
The DeepNines Security Edge Platform was developed on the Solaris
Operating System and tested on SunFire SPARC-based and Opteron-based systems,
which offer scalability and availability performance. The DeepNines Security
Edge Platform provides in-front-of-the-router protection and creates a new layer
of security to prevent known and unknown attacks from penetrating the network.
This pre-tested, preconfigured solution is available from DeepNines and Sun
Microsystems Client Solutions Group and selected channel partners.
Remember Xenix? - No Not the Warrior Princess
Editor:- November 16,
2004 - the first in a 3 part series of articles is published today in the SPARC
Product Directory - called - Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars.
recent commitment to making Solaris open source means the phoney marketing war
for Solaris x86 is over. It lasted 18 years and Sun retreated 3 times. The real
marketing war will take place in 2005.
Part 1 - published today reviews
the history of marketing failures by Sun and others to establish long term
viable operating systems within the Intel Architecture market.
- of Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars - Sun's Track Record with IHVs, ISVs and
VARs - will be published next month. Part 3 of Surviving the Solaris
x86 Wars - Predicting Winners and Losers - will be published in January. ..read the article
Atempo Becomes Sun iForce Partner
PALO ALTO, Calif.
- November 16, 2004 - Atempo, Inc. today announced that it has joined
Sun Microsystems' iForce Partner Program.
Program brings together Sun and its best of breed partners worldwide to deliver
proven solutions that reduce cost and time to market.
Solaris 10 Lifts UltraSPARC Server Performance
CLARA, Calif. - November 15, 2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc today
announced that its Sun Fire V440 4-way server just got better thanks to the
new 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC IIIi processor running the Solaris 10 OS.
Additionally, Sun today previewed the radical new Chip Multithreading
technology used in its Niagara processor design, due to hit the market in 2006,
with 32 high-performance threads on a single piece of silicon.
"The key to unlocking the potential of Sun's new Niagara
processor-based systems will be the ability to manage the highly threaded
environment using Solaris," said Kevin Krewell, senior analyst for
Microprocessor Report. "Here, Sun has a significant advantage over the
open-source Linux operating system. Niagara pushes the envelope of highly
threaded yet power efficient server systems."
"Solaris 10 will dramatically increase the performance of our
existing and future UltraSPARC systems," said David Yen, executive vice
president, scalable systems group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "From the current
design of our UltraSPARC IIIi-based systems all the way to the radical
architecture of the Niagara processor, Sun is completely rethinking how systems
are architected in order to provide the best application throughput in the most
dense and lowest power form factor in the industry."
The industry leading innovation in the Solaris 10 OS will allow Sun's
existing UltraSPARC system customers to dramatically improve server performance
without changing their hardware environment. For example, according to internal
benchmarks, customers who upgrade to the Solaris 10 OS on their UltraSPARC
systems can benefit from a 47% to 73% increase in Web Server performance from
the Solaris 9 and Solaris 8 OS, respectively.
ComputerWeekly Quizes Jonathan Schwartz About Solaris 10
November 12, 2004 - ComputerWeekly.com published an article
interviewing Sun's Jonathan Schwartz about Solaris 10 and Sun's new
stance to open source.
CW - "Is there anything preventing you
from making all of Solaris open source?"
Schwartz - "Nothing at all. And let me repeat that: nothing at
Published today - the new Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
Editor:- November 12,
2004 - the new edition of the STORAGEsearch - Solid State Disks Buyers
Guide is published today.
It includes every SSD product
family from every manufacturer in tables organised by form factor and
interface. Researched during October and early November the guide summarizes the
major changes in the market in the past year and records which companies have
exited the market and which new ones have come in. It also includes useful
discussions about the pros and cons of the two main SSD technologies and looks
ahead at emerging technologies which will impact this market in the next 5
Last year's guide was seen by over 50,000 readers. This year's
guide will be regarded as the SSD buyers bible for the next 12 months and
includes some preliminary market statistics from the STORAGEsearch SSD Buyers
Texas Memory Systems Doubles Capacity of the "World's
HOUSTON, TEXAS -
November 9, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced today
availability of a new solid state disk model, the RamSan-325.
250,000 I/Os per second RamSan-325 is available in capacities upto 128
gigabytes. The RamSan-325 can accelerate I/O intensive applications such as
databases up to 25x by delivering random data at sustained rates exceeding 1.5
gigabytes per second. Applications that benefit include OLTP, OLAP, modeling,
and data acquisition. Typical RamSan users include corporations in the
financial, telecom, broadcasting, and e-commerce sectors as well as government,
military, and research organizations such as Japan's highly respected Nara
Institute of Technology.
"The RamSan-325 meets the immediate needs
of Nara Institute of Technology whose application requires 128 gigabytes to
support a single file," said Teruo Yamada, CEO of System Create, Texas
Memory Systems' resale partner in Japan, "The customer was willing to wait
for the higher density system to be available before buying."
The higher capacity RamSan-325 solid state systems allow organizations
with large database files to store the entire file on a single LUN, rather than
splitting the data across several systems. The higher storage density of the
RamSan-325 also allows a terabyte system to be built with only 8 units, rather
than 16 units.
"We've already sold a number of terabyte and
half-terabyte solid state systems this year," said Woody Hutsell, Executive
Vice President of Texas Memory Systems. "Demand for these higher capacity
units has gone up considerably as the user community has applied solid state
storage to a broader range of applications."
Systems profile, Solid
Sun resells these
products in the UK.
Kashya's WAN Replicator Certified Solaris Ready
JOSE, Calif. November 8, 2004 Kashya today announced that
its KBX5000 has received Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems,
The KBX5000 is an advanced enterprise-class disaster
recovery solution that delivers data protection over long distances. The
intelligent Kashya appliance connects to the SAN and IP infrastructure and
provides bi-directional replication across any distance for heterogeneous
storage and server environments.
"A vast number of organizations have deployed Sun systems and
storage, and many are looking for a reliable end-to-end disaster recovery
solution that is network based," said Michael Lewin, Kashya's CEO. "The
Solaris Ready program provides customers with a recognizable symbol for tested
Solaris network server solutions from third-party providers. Our KBX5000
offering provides companies with the ability to implement a KBX5000
enterprise-class solution that addresses their data protection needs and is
certified to meet Sun's interoperability requirements." ...Kashya profile,
Simplifies Solaris Disaster Recovery|
Sun Missed the Server Revenue
Gartner Analyzes Solaris 10 Implications
Resell DeepNines Security Platform
Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars
Atempo Becomes Sun iForce
Solaris 10 Lifts UltraSPARC Server Performance
Quizes Jonathan Schwartz
new Solid State Disks Buyers Guide
Memory Systems Doubles RamSan Capacity
Kashya's WAN Replicator is
earlier news -
manufacturers of computer peripheral products since 1984: KVM switches, video
switches, video splitters, keyboard/ monitor/ mouse splitters. |
Serial Attached SCSI - Delivering Flexibility to the
Data Center - article by LSI Logic and Maxtor
"SAS gains a
performance advantage through its support of multiple initiators, or the ability
to support I/O requests from more than one controller at a time. With dual ports
and multiple initiator support, SAS RAID arrays can implement dynamic load
balancing, allowing I/O requests to be evenly spread across multiple
controllers, leveraging the full processing power of all of them. Without this
capability, the I/O requests can become skewed, and overload one controller,
while the others may not be at full capacity. SATA technology does not
support this capability."
...read the article,
...LSI Logic profile,
Serial Attached SCSI
State Disks:- Pushing the Envelope in Blade Server Design - article by BiTMICRO|
terms of power consumption, mechanical hard disks typically devour around 500mA
while flash SSDs consume a mere 50mA. The difference may seem insignificant in
small enterprise apps, but for huge data farms, the cost savings become
apparent. This further enhances the blade server's advantage over proprietary
systems with regard to operational costs. The reliable performance of
mechanical disk drives can only be ensured if these drives operate within
specified temperature ranges. As drive manufacturers introduce newer models
featuring spindle speeds as high as 15,000 RPM, cooling has emerged as a major
read the article,
Email Archiving and Information Lifecycle Management -
article by StorageTek
"Each year, across the global community,
between one and two exabytes of unique data is being created. As well dealing
with email management, companies need to start taking a strategic, holistic view
of data storage and look at the issue in terms of an Information Lifecycle
Management process. At the heart of ILM is an understanding of the value
information holds at each stage of its life and from that, the importance of a
co-ordinated approach to managing the storage and archiving of all forms of
...read the article,...StorageTek profile,
Trivia Quiz - Test your knowledge of Sun's technologies and marketing
Sun has had an impressive track record of promoting
innovation and inventing new computer technology, especially in its younger
more creative days. Which of the following statements is true?
- Sun invented the microprocessor.
(b) - Sun invented Unix.
- the first C compiler was written on a Sun-1 workstation.
(d) - Sun
was the co-inventor of Ethernet (along with Xerox and DEC).
(e) - Sun
(f) - Sun invented RISC.
(g) - all of the
(h) - none of the above.
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