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2005, July

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FalconStor Announces VirtualTape Library Support for Solaris 10

MELVILLE, N.Y. - July 28, 2005 - FalconStor Software, Inc. today announced that it has extended its VirtualTape Library solution to include support for Sun Microsystems' Solaris 10 Operating System.

FalconStor's VirtualTape Library software consolidates the management of backup resources while enhancing the reliability of backup operations and accelerating the speed of recovery. FalconStor's VTL leverages and provisions industry standard high-speed disk as virtual tape drives/libraries to backup servers attached to a SAN via Fibre Channel, iSCSI or NDMP.

"Sites buy in to 64-bit computing because it allows more data into memory, and provides faster computation, more precise analysis, and advanced features such as rapid data encryption and compression. Additionally, its native high-end applications can produce larger amounts of data accessed as a single file, which can exceed one terabyte in size," said Mike Karp, senior analyst with Enterprise Management Associates. "FalconStor's VTL technology offers tremendous value for such environments, and will readily answer any backup and recovery challenges associated with managing such data." ...FalconStor profile, Tape Libraries, Disk to disk backup


KVM over IP Gets Award from R&D Magazine

Milford, CT- July 27, 2005 - Thinklogical announced today that its Global-Link KVM over IP product has been selected to receive the prestigious R&D100 award for 2005 by R&D Magazine.

The independent judging panel and editors of R&D Magazine selected the Global-Link as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.

Global-Link is a revolutionary new product for the secure transmission of high resolution video, keyboard, and mouse using TCP/IP. Global-Link represents the culmination of a multi-year collaboration between Logical Solutions/Thinklogical and scientists at Sandia National Laboratory under the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program. Logical Solutions/Thinklogical developed the Global-Link for commercial and government secure computing applications.

According to a Sandia spokesperson "It has been difficult to deliver rendered images that have both high resolution and acceptable display frame rates to a remotely located user because of the lack of products that perform this function." That is until now, with the delivery of the Global-Link. Applications are not limited to scientific visualization. The Global-Link has an important role in "providing remote access to centrally managed and protected secure computer servers." Global-Link does not require client/server software, licensing or non-secure browsers.

Most KVM over IP products rely on either costly proprietary software which often include licensing agreements, and/or web browsers which are especially vulnerable to hackers and are substantially limited in video performance. The Global-Link system consists of an encoder connected to the source computer, and a decoder which connects to a remote keyboard, mouse and video display device. Patented differencing algorithms are used to send only frame to frame pixel changes in the video. There is no mouse latency or curser duplication. The Global-Link is not operating system dependent making it ideal for Windows, Linux, UNIX, and USB-based Apple Computer environments. ...Thinklogical profile


Sun Reports Results for Fiscal Year 2005 and Fourth Quarter

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July 26, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported results today for its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended June 30, 2005.

Revenues for the fourth quarter were $2.975 billion, a decrease of 4.3% as compared with $3.110 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 on a GAAP basis was $121 million or a net income of $0.04 per share as compared with a net income of $783 million or a net income of $0.23 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004. The fiscal 2004 fourth quarter results included $1.6 billion of other income related to a legal settlement with Microsoft.

For the full 2005 fiscal year, Sun reported revenues of $11.071 billion, a decline of 1.0 percent as compared with $11.185 billion for the full 2004 fiscal year. The net loss for fiscal year 2005 was $11 million as compared with a net loss of $388 million for the 2004 fiscal year. ...Sun profile

Editor's comments:- if you take out the windfall factor in 2004 of Sun's Microsoft settlement, then the latest quarter shows a substantial underlying improvement in Sun's revenue and profitability. Provided that customers react favorably to Sun's imminent acquisition of Storagetek Sun could be making hay in FY 2006.



IBM to Form Blade.org Community

ARMONK, NY - July 26, 2005 - IBM today announced the intention to form an industry community around BladeCenter called Blade.org.

Companies that have expressed an interest in being founding members in the blade community include Brocade, Cisco, Citrix Systems, IBM, Intel Corporation, Network Appliance, Nortel, Novell and VMware. This community is planned to be a collaborative organization focused on accelerating the expansion of solutions for BladeCenter, a design co-developed by IBM and Intel. This organization is aimed at spurring development and innovation around blade technology, and will enable BladeCenter ecosystem partners to test and interoperate their products on BladeCenter. This will drive the development of this rapidly growing community and innovations in Voice over IP, industry specific solutions, security and many other technologies. ...IBM profile

Editor's comments:- the SPARC blade market which peaked at 7 independent manufacturers 5 years ago, has shrunk down to a competitive choice between only 2 companies today - Sun and Themis Computer.



Sun Microsystems Forces Closure of sun4less.co.uk

Sheffield, UK - July 18, 2005 - The Unix4Less group today announced the closure and hand over of its successful Sun4Less websites to Sun Microsystems Inc.

Sun Microsystems Inc objected to the registration and use of the domain name sun4less.co.uk, and initiated a legal proceeding which has been settled amicably and on confidential terms with a transfer of that name to Sun.

Unix4Less will still offer its asset management, recycling and maintenance services on Sun product, but this will eventually become amalgamated as part of the overall Unix4Less brand.

Managing Director, Kris Hogg said " We were disappointed that Sun felt we were infringing their brand names with the site, but Sun were professional and amenable throughout the process and whilst we cannot discuss the settlement, I am happy with the outcome" ...Sun profile

Editor's comments:- cybersquatting was a real headache for big brand owners like Sun, HP and IBM when the web started taking off in the mid 1990s, but the regulations covering dotcom domains were pretty much resolved by the late 1990s with stiff penalties for infringement. It's been over 4 years since we last ran a story about cybersquatting in the Sun market.

It's not so much what you call the website that's the marketing problem. It's the content that grey VARs put on their websites.

Provided the pages clearly state that the company has no affiliation with Sun Microsystems, and acknowledge trademarks correctly - there are many examples which have survived these tests.

Using domain names as a lever to search-engine rankings became obsolete many years ago - so there's no good excuse for doing it unless you are very naiive or trying to suggest that a site is by the original brand owning company. Our long term policy as a publisher has been to not list company websites which in our opinion would fail to meet elementary tests for brand propriety. There's no point coming to attention of Sun's marketers only to have your site closed down. But, unlike Sun, our view as a publisher is that a healthy grey channel is a good thing for customers, offering wider competitive choice. You don't have to be called xxx-sun-xx to accomplish that.


iSCSI Diskless Boot Uses Standard Ethernet NICs

SAN FRANCISCO - July 11, 2005 - SANRAD Inc and emBoot Inc. announced today a cost-effective joint solution that allows storage administrators to use SANRAD's iSCSI V-Switch in conjunction with emBoot's netBoot/i software to enable servers to boot off the iSCSI IP-SAN using any standard Ethernet network interface, eliminating the need for internal server disk drives.

SANRAD supports any type of storage or storage infrastructure. The SANRAD and emBoot solution extends Windows-based network booting using iSCSI into a wide range of storage, including Fibre Channel, FC-SAN and SCSI. By using the V-Switch and netBoot/i combination, businesses for the first time have a way to cost-effectively create Windows-based server farms, grid computing deployments and disaster recovery plans using standard IP networks and heterogeneous storage infrastructures. This new combination of V-Switch and netBoot/i also brings companies an extremely affordable way to implement server provisioning strategies that can lower operating costs through centralized data consolidation and enable rapid deployment and assignment of blade servers to remote applications.

netBoot/i provides the ability to network boot Windows servers and desktops from an iSCSI target remotely located over a standard IP network, without requiring iSCSI HBA hardware. netBoot/i includes a Windows software initiator driver, a system snapshot tool for copying local boot volumes to iSCSI targets and all the necessary server components to set up an iSCSI network boot environment. netBoot/i supports VMWare, CHAP authentication, shared boot volumes, target redirection, and conforms to the latest iSCSI draft (20). ...emBoot profile, ...SANRAD profile, iSCSI, 19 iSCSI articles

Editor's comments:- when Sun's early workstations in the 1980s offered diskless node capability they were a real novelty. We thought it would lead to cost savings because disk drives were expensive. (That's one of the justifications we used for buying Sun.) But the high cost of RAM, the declining cost of hard disks and the low bandwidth of the (then) 10Mbps Ethernet made diskless nodes impractical for most and it was just a passing fad. But with today's higher network bandwidths and cheaper RAM that kind of functionality can be very useful for simplifying disaster recovery in large server farms .




Sun OEMs Emulex Fibre Channel Adapters

COSTA MESA, Calif. - July 11, 2005 - Emulex Corp today announced it has entered into an OEM agreement with Sun Microsystems.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sun will brand, sell and support Fibre Channel host bus adapters from Emulex within the latest Solaris 10 Operating System as well as legacy Solaris environments. This agreement enables Sun to sell and support Emulex SAN connectivity solutions to end users who have standardized their data centers on the Emulex family of market-leading LightPulse HBAs.

"This is exactly what Sun/Emulex customers have been asking for - a completely supported solution. Now Sun customers have all the power of the Leadville architecture for their Emulex HBAs. It's a big win-win," said Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. ...Emulex profile, ...Sun profile, Fibre-channel adapters, SPARC Product Directory, article:- Fibre-Channel SAN History - the First Decade
Editor:- July 8, 2005 - after hearing news about yesterday's terrorist attacks which took place yesterday in London I didn't feel able to carry on work as normal and instead watched the news develop on tv. Although we are a long way out from London - the locations of the bombings are familiar. One of the tube trains destroyed is one that my wife often takes when she works in the capital. The location of the bus bomb was just outside the flat where my sister used to live.

It was good to see that the UK has friends. The interview with former NY mayor Rudi Giuliani on Sky news was inspirational. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the relatives of the brutally slain, and to the injured. And our admiration and best wishes go to the millions of Londoners and visitors who slogged their way through a very difficult day.
Sun / StorageTek Acquisition was Top Story on STORAGEsearch.com in June

Editor:- July 5, 2005 - StorageTek entered the top 10 company profiles viewed by STORAGEsearch readers in June, for the first time, on news that the company was being acquired by Sun.

The news headline related to this acquisition generated the highest click rate ever for a storage news item.

Strong reader interest in the shape of things to come was reconfirmed when the new article by Semico Research - Flash Memory vs. Hard Disk Drives - Which Will Win? - entered the top 10 most popular articles viewed by STORAGEsearch readers.

In June solid state disks regained the #1 slot for the most popular subject on STORAGEsearch.com. STORAGEsearch's readership grew by 19% compared to the year ago period, and pageviews increased by 63%. For more information and full rankings see Market research, STORAGEsearch

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FalconStor Announces Support for Solaris 10

KVM over IP Gets Award from R&D Magazine

Sun Reports Results for Fiscal Year 2005

IBM to Form Blade.org Community

Sun Forces Closure of sun4less.co.uk Website

iSCSI Diskless Boot Uses Standard Ethernet NICs

Sun OEMs Emulex Fibre Channel Adapters

Sun / StorageTek Acquisition - Top Story in June

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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.

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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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