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2004, November

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BakBone Simplifies Disaster Recovery for Linux and SPARC Solaris

SAN DIEGO - November 30, 2004 - BakBone Software today introduced VaultDR Plugin Modules , a comprehensive disaster recovery solution for Linux and Solaris SPARC.

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 currently available. ...BakBone profile, Linux Portals


IDC Says Sun Missed the Server Revenue Growth Wave

FRAMINGHAM, 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 spending.

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 quarter.

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. ...IDC profile, Market research


Gartner Analyzes Solaris 10 Implications

Editor:- 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 profile, Market research


Sun to Resell DeepNines Security Edge Platform

DALLAS, TEXAS - November 16, 2004 - Deep Nines Inc. today announced that Sun Microsystems has become a reseller of the DeepNines Security Edge Platform.

The 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. ...DeepNines profile, Storage Security


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.

Sun's 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.

Part 2 - 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.

Sun's iForce Program brings together Sun and its best of breed partners worldwide to deliver proven solutions that reduce cost and time to market. ...Atempo profile


Solaris 10 Lifts UltraSPARC Server Performance

SANTA 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. ...Sun profile


ComputerWeekly Quizes Jonathan Schwartz About Solaris 10

Editor:- 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 all." ...read the article


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 years.

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 Survey. ...read the article


Texas Memory Systems Doubles Capacity of the "World's Fastest Storage"

HOUSTON, TEXAS - November 9, 2004 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced today availability of a new solid state disk model, the RamSan-325.

The 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." ...Texas Memory Systems profile, Solid state disks

Editor's comments:- Sun resells these products in the UK.



Kashya's WAN Replicator Certified Solaris Ready

SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 8, 2004 – Kashya today announced that its KBX5000 has received Solaris Ready Certification from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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, SAN routers
BakBone Simplifies Solaris Disaster Recovery

Sun Missed the Server Revenue Growth Wave

Gartner Analyzes Solaris 10 Implications

Sun to Resell DeepNines Security Platform

Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars

Atempo Becomes Sun iForce Partner

Solaris 10 Lifts UltraSPARC Server Performance

ComputerWeekly Quizes Jonathan Schwartz

new Solid State Disks Buyers Guide

Texas Memory Systems Doubles RamSan Capacity

Kashya's WAN Replicator is Solaris Ready

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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."

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Solid State Disks:- Pushing the Envelope in Blade Server Design - article by BiTMICRO

"In 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 issue." ... read the article, ...BiTMICRO profile
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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 digital data."

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SPARC Trivia Quiz - Test your knowledge of Sun's technologies and marketing strategies.

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?

(a) - Sun invented the microprocessor.

(b) - Sun invented Unix.

(c) - 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 invented RAID.

(f) - Sun invented RISC.

(g) - all of the above.

(h) - none of the above.

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