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Sun to Sell SPARC Notebooks
Editor:- June 27, 2005 - a story today on Yahoo news says that Sun Microsystems will launch a SPARC notebook next month.

The article is incorrect in stating that this would be Sun's first SPARC portable. Sun launched a product called Voyager in the early 1990s, but it was heavier and much bigger than the alternatives at the time and failed to achieve market success. Sun has been reselling notebooks from several manufacturers in recent years.

Sun's new Ultra 3 SPARC notebook line includes products which are supplied by two companies:- Naturetech and Tadpole.

The notebook segment was one of the highest growth segments identified in our article the 2005 Market Report on Sun Compatible OEMs

See also:- SPARC Notebooks

...Later:- (June 29, 2005) David Miles, Director of Marketing, Tadpole Computer, Inc commented - "As the market leader in the USA and Europe for SPARC notebooks, Tadpole is delighted to expand its market reach by providing Sun with a series of custom notebooks. With 22 years experience in the UNIX market Tadpole is an acknowledged leader in the manufacture of reliable mobile solutions. In the US Military and Federal Government, Tadpole's SPARC notebooks and mobile servers are highly regarded for their reliability and small form factors, making them the mobility platform of choice. As an adjunct to Tadpole's already successful Government business, Tadpole welcomes the opportunity to expand its market into commercial opportunities under the Sun brand."

EMC Increases Support for Storage on Solaris 10

HOPKINTON, Mass. - June 23, 2005 - EMC Corp and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced they've reached an agreement on a number of hardware, software and support initiatives designed to help customers more easily deploy their technologies together.

The companies will work to ensure compatibility between the EMC family of networked storage platforms and the Solaris 10 Operating System. EMC also intends to port key storage management software to Solaris 10 including EMC PowerPath and EMC Legato NetWorker, as well as software from its EMC Documentum, EMC Legato and EMC Smarts product families. Once these efforts are complete, EMC and Sun customers will be able to cost-effectively manage, protect and share information, using EMC storage systems and software with Solaris 10 OS on both SPARC and AMD Opteron x64 processor-based systems. ...EMC profile, ...Sun profile

Neterion Launches 10GbE VARs Program

Cupertino, CA - June 13, 2005 - Today Neterion Inc. announced that it is developing a channel program for marketing and support of its family of 10 GbE Xframe adapters. The program targets resellers whose customers include senior IT management at major enterprise and government data centers.

Current industry research indicates that these are markets poised for considerable growth. According to analysts at IDC, 10 GbE LAN switch ports revenue grew at an 87% sequential rate between the third and the fourth quarter of 2004. Industry research firm Gartner is forecasting that sales of 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber adapters will dramatically increase in the last quarter of 2005 and actually surpass 1GbE fiber shipments by the first quarter of 2007. The 10 Gigabit Ethernet ecosystem is already in place with all the leading switch, server, storage and software vendors offering 10-GbE based products.

Channel partners will be able to leverage Neterion's leading intellectual property as well as its strong OEM relationships. Neterion customers include SGI, Cray, HP and Sun Microsystems. Later this year additional server and storage OEMs will be announced. Neterion's strategy is 100% channel-focused with no direct sales to end-user datacenter customers. Currently, the overwhelming majority of Neterion's revenue comes through its OEM relationships, but the company is projecting at least 50% of its sales will originate from the channel within 18 months. ...Neterion profile

Death Knell Sounds for IBM's PowerPC

SAN FRANCISCO - June 6, 2005 - At its Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007.

Apple previewed a version of its Mac OS X Tiger, running on an Intel-based Mac to the over 3,800 developers attending CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address. Apple also announced the availability of a Developer Transition Kit, consisting of an Intel-based Mac development system along with preview versions of Apple's software, which will allow developers to prepare versions of their applications which will run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

"Our goal is to provide our customers with the best personal computers in the world, and looking ahead Intel has the strongest processor roadmap by far," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "It's been ten years since our transition to the PowerPC, and we think Intel's technology will help us create the best personal computers for the next ten years."

"We plan to create future versions of Microsoft Office for the Mac that support both PowerPC and Intel processors," said Roz Ho, general manager of Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit. ...Apple profile, ...Intel profile

Editor's comments:-
In the past Apple has often made ill judged decisions about its processors which have held it back from its potential. Apple's first high volume desktop in 1976 - the Apple II used an 8 bit micro from Rockwell called the 6502. That was a dead end. Apple's second choice of micro family - the 68000 series from Motorola ran out of steam when Motorola failed to react to the opportunities created by the new RISC processors like SPARC and MIPS in the late 1980s. Although the 680X0 family struggled on till the early 1990s - it was already a product without a future roadmap. Apple dumped Motorola and tied up with IBM to use IBM's late to market PowerPC RISC chip - and this has been the chip family inside the Mac for the past decade. But recent server benchmarks show that SPARC outruns PowerPC, and Intel Architecture processors from AMD outrun SPARC.

Apple's switch to Intel Architecture will help the company open up new competitive markets, and by the way marks the death knell for IBM's PowerPC. Without the high volume uptake from Apple, the economics of new PowerPC design iterations will get more expensive and stretch out over longer market cycles - eventually making the family completely unattractive.

Sun Acquires StorageTek

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. and LOUISVILLE, COLO. - June 2, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and StorageTek today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sun will acquire StorageTek.

The combination will create a new global leader in comprehensive network computing and data management which collectively had total annual revenues of more than $13 billion in the past four quarters. Following completion of the proposed transaction, which is expected to occur in late Summer/early Fall 2005, StorageTek will become fully integrated within Sun's organization. In the interim, a joint team with representatives of both companies will develop integration plans that build upon the technological, product and cultural synergies and the best business and product development practices of both companies. ...Sun profile, ...StorageTek profile

Editor's comments:-
in recent articles I have shown how Sun's storage strategy has changed and I predicted that storage and related services could replace SPARC servers to become the biggest and fastest growing part of its overall revenue. Over half StorageTek's revenue comes from services and this acquisition fills a big gap in Sun's storage resources and credibility.

See also:- article:- the 2005 Market Report on Sun Compatible OEMs, article:- Sun, SPARC and Solaris Highlights and Lowlights in 2004.

Arkeia Data Protection Solutions Certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

CARLSBAD, Calif. - June 1, 2005 ­ Arkeia Corporation today announced Red Hat Ready certification of its flagship enterprise network backup software which now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 environments for x86 platforms.

Arkeia continues to maintain its position as the first professional network backup solution fully capable of protecting Linux environments of virtually all configurations. It offers the widest coverage in terms of architecture, including x86, Itanium-2, AMD Opteron, PowerPC, SPARC, Alpha, and appliances such as Sun Cobalt and SGI Altix servers. Arkeia supports a broad range of other operating systems, including Windows, Unix, Mac OS X, NetWare and xBSD.

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux has become a standard enterprise computing platform for Arkeia's customers," said Frederic Renard, director of marketing and alliances for Arkeia. "Our alignment with Red Hat through the Red Hat Ready program has been a collaborative, cost-effective method for getting our Linux applications to market as rapidly as possible." ...Arkeia profile

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other SPARC news on this page

Sun to Launch SPARC Notebook?

EMC Increases Support for Storage on Solaris 10

Neterion Launches 10GbE VARs Program

Death Knell Sounds for IBM's PowerPC

Sun Acquires StorageTek

Arkeia Certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4

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3rd Party RAM, Your Rights on Server Warranties - article by Keystone Memory

Users know that memory and hard disk drives aren't made by most of the companies from whom they buy their servers, notebooks and desktops. But they are often intimidated from competitively buying 3rd party upgrades by sales tactics aimed at locking them in to a single source. Such tactics often hint that maintenance contracts and warranties will be void or negatively impacted by the presence of 3rd party upgrade products.

That kind of anti competitive pressure is illegal in many countries.

This article provides an overview of the legal protection that users may have under a US law called Magnuson and Moss. the article, ...Keystone Memory profile, US Storage VARs

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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." the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI

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Learn How to Trust Your Storage Drives - article by the Trusted Computing Group
Learn How to Trust Your Storage Drives - article by the Trusted Computing Group

ow much can you trust the security of data on your storage drives?

Snugly nestling in a RAID system in your datacenter - maybe. Now what about when those self same drives are in some one else's mitts - because they've been replaced, sold or stolen?

The Trusted Computing Group has been working with storage manufacturers and other industry trade bodies to create a standard model and framework for extending security into the storage drive - using extensions of the SCSI and ATA command sets - and by extending the features originally designed for internal error logging. Although at an early stage, readers may be interested in reading and commenting (to TCG) on the draft document - which is published here as part of their market liaison exercise. the article, ...Trusted Computing Group profile, Storage Security, disk sanitizers

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