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2005, March

See also:- article:- Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars
article:- Sun, SPARC and Solaris Highlights and Lowlights in 2005
article:- Sun and its SPARC IHVs - Paint it Black? or Not Fade Away?
article:- the Benefits of SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) for External Subsystems
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Sun's Relationships with Independent Hardware Vendors - State of the Market Report

Editor:- March 29, 2005 - a new article is published today in the SPARC Product Directory, called - "Sun and its SPARC IHVs - Paint it Black? or Not Fade Away?."

Active marketing support for Sun's SPARC platform by Independent Hardware Vendors in the first quarter of 2005 has declined to a lower level now than it was back in 1990, the year after Sun launched the SPARCstation 1. Does this mean a bleak prospect for users and stakeholders in the market? This article describes what's happening now in the SPARC compatible systems market , and puts it into a historical context. It also predicts which segments in the Sun compatible hardware market have the most upside potential for suitable partners. the article

Solaris 10 Passes One Million Licenses Milestone

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - March 28, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that it has distributed more than one million registered licenses for the Solaris 10 Operating System since the software became available on Sun's Web site two months ago.

Sun also announced that the Solaris 10 OS has set 14 world-record benchmarks in this same timeframe and demonstrated application performance improvements greater than 50 times that of previous versions of Solaris. ...Sun profile

Themis Computer Announces New Subsidiary in Basingstoke, UK

FREMONT, California - March 22, 2005 - Themis Computer continues to strengthen its presence in Europe by announcing the opening of Themis Computer Ltd, based in Basingstoke, England.

Themis Computer Ltd., a subsidiary of its parent company Themis Computer, headquartered in Fremont, California USA, will sell its embedded server and single-board computers into communications, commercial and government markets, in Northern Europe.

"I am pleased to announce our new subsidiary in the United Kingdom, at a time when we are rolling out new boards and systems," stated William E. Kehret, president of Themis Computer. "Our new UK office will allow us to better serve our Northern European customers and support the increased demand for our products," he added. "The formation of Themis Computer Ltd., along with Themis Computer GmbH, demonstrates our commitment to the European market and will allow us to improve our level of services in this region."

The new Themis Computer Ltd. office is located at Suite 17, Worting House, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 8PX UK and may be contacted by phone at: +44 (0)1256 345 533. ...Themis Computer profile, SPARC VARs in the UK

VERITAS Supports Solaris 10

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - March 15, 2005 - VERITAS Software today extended its storage management and high availability offerings to include full support of Sun Microsystems' Solaris 10 Operating System.

VERITAS Storage Foundation, VERITAS Cluster Server and VERITAS Volume Replicator software for Solaris 10 are scheduled to become generally available in April 2005. ...VERITAS Software profile, Backup Software, SPARC Product Directory

Neterion and Sun Work on 10Gbe Offload Engine

Cupertino, California - March 14, 2005 - Neterion, Inc. announced that its Xframe family of products will support the Solaris 10 OS for SPARC, x86 and x64 architectures.

Additionally, its Xframe product line has achieved Solaris Ready Certification. Neterion will be working with Sun to deliver an iWARP-enabled offload engine for 10 Gigabit Ethernets to enhance performance and scalability in intense server/storage environments. Further announcements regarding this agreement will be made during the course of 2005. ...Neterion profile, iSCSI

New Rugged ARINC 429 PMC

Leesburg, VA - March 14, 2005 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has announced a new rugged avionics communications controller PMC card that combines 4 channels of ARINC 429 (4 transmit & 8 receive) and four serial channels on a single card.

The new P429A ARINC 429 communications controller is designed for use in VME and CompactPCI embedded systems. Software Support Software support for the P429A includes drivers for Windows NT/Windows 2000, VxWorks and Solaris. ...Curtiss-Wright Controls profile, ARINC Interfaces , military SPARC systems

What Do SPARC Readers Want?

Editor:- March 10, 2005 - ACSL, publisher of the SPARC Product Directory, today revealed a glimpse into the changing pattern of readers interests in the Sun compatible SPARC / Solaris systems market.

The #1 product category viewed by SPARC readers in February 2005 was SPARC notebooks, followed by rackmount servers, memory and military servers.

There have been big changes in the market. Four years ago, in Feb 2001, SPARC motherboard upgrades and desktop workstations topped the list.

SPARC history is the most popular article viewed by readers today. In a recent reader survey approximately 40% of readers classified themselves as end users in the government, military, or education segments. ...ACSL profile, SPARC Product Directory

Curtis Solid State Disk Speeds Up 30 million Customer Telco Database on Sun Servers

Editor:- March 3, 2005 - Curtis, Inc. today published an article on STORAGEsearch about the use of its Nitro solid state disks to speed up the network infrastucture in a major phone provider in China.

The customer, the GuangDong Branch of China Mobile is the biggest provincial branch in the Chinese Telecom industry, with over 30 million users. Their MIS system relies on real-time, accurate data for efficient employee, finance and material resource management. Increased demands meant that the performance needed to be accelerated. They made their selection after testing and turning down fast RAID devices.

"They were simply not fast enough. The Nitro SSD was chosen because it was the fastest storage we could find," said Mr. Yong Zhang Project Manager at GuangDong Branch of China Mobile.

The Nitro SSD seamlessly installed into GuangDong Branch of China Mobile's SUN environment, including SUN Fire6800 Servers, SUN StorEdge6120 RAID storage, and Oracle RDBMS application. It connected to Servers via two SUN Fibre Channel Switch. The Nitro SSD has met stringent testing requirements for system compatibility, interoperability, functionality, fault tolerance, and high availability in an SUN environment. The solid state disk from Curtis halved the time to run reports. the article (Word), ...Curtis profile, Solid State Disks

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New Report on Sun's Relationships with IHVs

Solaris 10 Passes One Million Licenses Milestone

Themis Computer Announces UK Subsidiary

VERITAS Supports Solaris 10

Neterion and Sun Work on 10Gbe Offload Engine

New Rugged ARINC 429 PMC

What Do SPARC Readers Want?

Curtis Speeds Up Telco Database on Sun Servers

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All Aboard the 4 Gigabit Train? - by Steve Gardner, Director of Product Marketing, Engenio
The future of 4 Gigabit Fibre Channel technology is here and by 2006 it will be widely adopted by organisations around the world.
Just 6 -months ago that statement would have been met with heavy skepticism; but today, industry analysts, customers and manufacturers all agree that 4 Gbps technology will be available from the world's leading IT vendors by mid-2005.

Companies with high performance computing needs, such as scientists, engineers, artists and others who need access to large amounts of data to solve complex problems, will be the first to adopt the technology. Four Gigabit Fibre Channel technology will enable auto manufacturers to reduce time to market and improve the safety of vehicles by making testing and simulations less time consuming. Energy companies will be able to conduct more iterations of analysis thereby improving the bidding process and increasing their probability of finding petroleum. Companies that aren't considered "traditional" high performance computing customers will also benefit. Food manufacturers, for example, will be able to redesign and improve packaging in less time by using 4 Gbps technology.

The entertainment industry will produce higher quality animated movies, in less time, when they adopt 4 Gbps technology. The producers of Polar Express, an animated film that was a holiday hit, used a new technique called "Performance Capture" that allows an actor to be covered in hundreds of tiny computer chips. The data from these chips contains precise information about all of the actor's movements, including facial expressions. Production of the graphics involved in the endeavor required millions of time consuming calculations. Had 4 Gbps been available, the time required to produce the movie could have been reduced significantly.

The most frequently asked question regarding 4 Gbps technology is "Why do I need this?" After all, most users still aren't taking full advantage of all that 2 Gbps SANs have to offer. The answer is twofold: technology and economics. As technology advances components become smaller, faster and less expensive. Vendors push improvements to differentiate and create competitive advantage. As a by product, the new technology can drive lower costs, creating an economic incentive for buyers to use the latest technology, even if their need is not immediate. When you add the fact that the new 4 Gbps technology will be compatible with 2 Gbps and 1 Gbps installations. There will be no need to uninstall 2 Gbps investments, and customers will be able to seamlessly plug into the improved infrastructure. This understanding changed the question from "Why do I need this?" to "When can I have this?"

It's important to remember that 4 Gbps Fibre Channel Technology is only part of the computing equation. If your performance bottleneck is the server horsepower for example, adding 4 Gbps infrastructure won't produce improved results. 4Gbps technology is just around the corner. The speed is impressive, and the costs are attractive. This train will be leaving the station soon. Don't be left behind. ...Engenio profile, Fibre-channel adapter cards, SAN, article:- Fibre-Channel SAN History

See also:- another article by Steve Gardner - Disk to Disk Backup versus Tape - War or Truce?
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