VirtualTape Library Support for Solaris 10
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.
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."
profile, Tape Libraries,
Disk to disk backup
KVM over IP Gets Award from R&D Magazine
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
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
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.
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.
Sun Reports Results for Fiscal Year 2005 and Fourth Quarter
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
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
NY - July 26, 2005 - IBM today announced the intention to form an
industry community around BladeCenter called Blade.org.
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
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
Sun Microsystems Forces Closure of sun4less.co.uk
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"
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.
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,
19 iSCSI articles
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,
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
|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.
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,
Announces Support for Solaris 10 |
KVM over IP Gets Award from R&D
Sun Reports Results for Fiscal Year 2005
Form Blade.org Community
Sun Forces Closure of sun4less.co.uk Website
Diskless Boot Uses Standard Ethernet NICs
Sun OEMs Emulex Fibre
Sun / StorageTek Acquisition - Top Story in June
earlier news -
a Sun iForce and|
VERITAS partner, offers server build and
disaster recovery solutions for Solaris servers.
RAM, Your Rights on Server Warranties - article by Keystone Memory|
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.
kind of anti competitive pressure is illegal in many countries.
article provides an overview of the legal protection that users may have
under a US law called Magnuson and Moss. ...read the article,
profile, US Storage
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