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2005, November

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IDC Reports on Server Market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - November 23, 2005 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew at 8.1% year over year to $12.5 billion in the third quarter of 2005, marking the 10th consecutive quarter of positive overall revenue growth.

Volume server revenue grew 14.8% year over year.

The top 4 vendors ranked by server revenue were:- (1) IBM, (2) HP, (3) Dell and (4) Sun.

Linux servers posted their 13th consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, with year-over-year revenue growth of 34.3% and unit shipments up 20.5%.

Unix servers experienced a 0.4% decline in factory revenue year over year, while unit shipments declined 13.7% when compared with 3Q04. Worldwide Unix revenues of more than $3.9 billion for the quarter represented 31.7% of overall quarterly factory revenue.

"Although there was continued IT investment across all three server classes, the volume and midrange enterprise server segments are showing the strongest growth, speaking to IT purchasers' continuing focus on cost containment, which is often achieved through strategic server consolidation and server virtualization initiatives," said Matt Eastwood, program vice president of Worldwide Server Research at IDC.

Sun's server revenue in this quarter was approximately $1.1 billion, a 7.6% decline from the same period in 2004. IDC, Market research

Editor's comments:- ever since the dotcom bubble burst I've noticed that Sun's retelling of this type of server market report reads like a completely different version of the story. Whereas, in the original plot, Sun's leg has been eaten by a shark and Sun fades out of the novel after having managed to swim ashore... The Sun PR version usually has a happier ending in which Sun eats the shark, slays a dragon, rescues the girl and keeps the treasure.

For a story with a real dragon, and a real girl (but no treasure) read my novella - Princess Laura and the Unsuitable Dragon Suitors.

STORAGEsearch Discusses Pivotal Shift in 2005 Storage Market

Editor:- November 22, 2005 - today revealed the biggest event in the storage market in 2005.

The Sun / StorageTek merger gets a mention, but that wasn't the really BIG Thing. Want to know what was? the article

Repainting the Dawn of Sun's SPARC Market Legend

Editor:- November 17, 2005 - this week, with the kind help of Robert B Garner who was the lead architect of SPARC and co-designer of the Sun-4/200, I've been making some corrections and updates to the early dates and facts in our very popular SPARC History article.

Written nearly 10 years ago, and first published in 1996 - this article reviews the first decade of the SPARC systems market (1987 to 1996) and discusses the market factors in play at the time, key events and milestones. Surprisingly it's one of the most popular articles in the SPARC Product Directory.

The article also includes links to all archived news stories about the Sun, SPARC and Solaris market in the period 2000 to 2005. The news stories first appeared in our SPARC news page. The article also links to more recent annual SPARC market summaries for readers who are trying to understand how we got here. the article

Sun's New 8 Way SPARC Chip will Slash Server Count and Cost
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Editor:- November 14, 2005 - Sun Microsystems - today announced the introduction of its revolutionary UltraSPARC T1 processor - formerly known as "Niagara".

The T1 includes 8 processor cores, each of which can run 4 threads. Sun says that the 1.2GHz chip will deliver similar performance to theoretical 9.6GHz single core processors from competing architectures. Such chips aren't available, but the new T1 signals Sun's intention to regain its long lost lead in the CPU performance stakes.

Sun says that the T1 effectively puts the processing power of a server rack in a chip. But the T1 is surprisingly energy efficient - consuming less than half the power of competing processors. The UltraSPARC T1 will ship in new Sun servers before the end of 2005.

Sun predicts that its new processor could slash the number of web servers needed by customers in half. If you add in the factor in that solid state disk accelerators can halve the amount of servers needed on a typical high end network - then pretty soon the computer market will hardly need any new servers at all - just a quarter of what is shipped now.

What's in a name? - The last time I remember a processor having the "T1" moniker - was the T212 Transputer made by Inmos.

I played around with the T212 chip in 1986. It was a very fast processor for its time, and like its relation - the T2 (32 bit) and later T800 (32 bit with floating point maths) was marketed as a RISC chip with support for parallel processing. But the development environment was dreadful and the processors had a number of architectural flaws. The parallel interconnections in the Transputer family were too slow to be of much benefit (20Mbps), and the lack of cache support meant that you only got good performance using state of the art expensive SRAM. Let's hope that Sun's T1 is a lot more successful. Unlike the original Transupters, Sun's UltraSPARC T1 has got an operating system. Not Windows, not Linux. Can you remember what it's called? SPARC Trivia Quiz, Interview with Stanislaw Lem, article:- Looking Back at 3rd Party SPARC Technology Firsts

Curtiss-Wright Controls Debuts Dual-Channel Gigabit Ethernet PMC

San Diego CA - November 14, 2005 - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced the PGE2, a new dual-port GigE PMC card.

Powered by an Intel 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller, the PGE2 is fully compatible with legacy 10/100BASE-TX networks and simplifies the addition of GigE networking into existing VME, CompactPCI or PCI embedded systems.

"Gigabit Ethernet is quickly moving onto Defense and Aerospace platforms," said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager of Modular Solutions, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. "The PGE2 is ideal for embedded system designers who want high bandwidth data communications, but don't want to waste valuable slots."

This new GigE PMC card is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions. ...Curtiss-Wright Controls profile, military SPARC systems, add-in cards for Sun

Sun Reports Results

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - November 1, 2005 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported results today for its fiscal first quarter, which ended September 25, 2005.

This period that included results of operations from SeeBeyond Technology Corporation, which Sun acquired on August 25, 2005, and Storage Technology Corporation, which Sun acquired on August 31, 2005.

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 were $2.726 billion, an increase of 3.7% as compared with $2.628 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2005. Net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 on a GAAP basis was $123 million compared with a net loss of $133 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2005.

"With the acquisitions of StorageTek and SeeBeyond this quarter, revenue grew and customers are responding very positively," said Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems. "We're seeing momentum, with the doubling of price/performance for our UltraSPARC IV+ processor-based Sun Fire servers, clearing the 3 million license mark with Solaris 10, a 55% sequential increase in Sun Java Enterprise System subscribers, and our Opteron processor-based Sun Fire server business growing units 109% and our midrange storage arrays, led by the Sun StorEdge 6920, growing revenue 15% year over year. We are confident in our product strategy, and as momentum behind our execution builds, we are beginning to fire on all cylinders." ...Sun profile

Editor's comments:-
in April I commented on StorageTek's business performance in various segments. before the Sun merger was announced. In the post merger situation it would be too simplistic to expect that adding StorageTek's $2 billion annual revenue to Sun's own $10 billion run rate will result in $12 billion revenue being reported this time next year. That's not the way mergers have worked in the storage market. It wouldn't greatly surprise me, if the disruption and acclimatization following the merger actually resulted in lower revenue in the next few quarters compared to the sum of the two parts.

But as Sun gets to know the storage business better, by leaning on StorageTek's expertise - it can expect vastly better results in this market than in the past. Some signs of this were already evident, the day after Sun's earnings announcement, when I received the best crafted storage press release I had ever seen from Sun (in 15 years of publishing) about a new tape drive. It's a small start - but it's the right direction.
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IDC Reports on Server Market

STORAGEsearch Discusses Pivotal Shift in Storage Market

Repainting the Dawn of Sun's SPARC Market Legend

Sun's New 8 Way SPARC Chip

Curtiss-Wright Debuts Dual-Channel Gigabit Ethernet PMC

Sun Reports Results

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2005 Market Report on Sun Compatible OEMs
in the SPARC Product Directory

his article reviews the history of Sun's relationships with Sun compatible hardware OEMs and chronicles the 3 great culls of SPARC compatible OEMs.

The article also analyzes emerging new trends and strategic growth markets for Sun partners in 2005. the article
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Has Infiniband Established Itself in the Market? - article by Engenio

This article looks at the state of the Infiniband market at the end of 2005.

After 5 years stirring in the emerging market cauldron the Infiniband market hasn't turned out to be the popular flavor which was originally anticipated. But it's finally starting to get served up in some important markets.

An Infiniband port now costs half as much as a fibre-channel port and delivers many times the performance rate. According to the author, Infiniband is now ready to take its place on the mainstream technology menu. the article , ...Engenio profile, InfiniBand
article:-  Virtual Tape: Can You Afford to Ignore It?
Virtual Tape: Can You Afford to Ignore It? - article by MaXXan Systems

Network connected disk to disk backup systems for the enterprise have come a long way since the first pioneering products started to appear in the pages of in the late 1990s.

Some of the growing sophistication in the market can be seen by the way that the marketing terminology has morphed from the early D2d (let's kill tape backup), via D2D2T (let's be friends with tape / peaceful coexistence) to the current VTL (Virtual Tape Library - let's just see if they notice that it's more reliable and works faster - and don't tell them that there isn't a tape in the box) type of approaches.

But if you think that speed, reliability and cost are the only things you need to know about the "virtual" versus "real" tape library argument - take a look at this comprehensive article from MaXXan Systems which shows there are a lot more benefits than that. the article, ...MaXXan profile, Disk to disk backup
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Serial Attached SCSI - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center - article by LSI Logic and Maxtor

If you think you already know SAS because you know SATA and traditional SCSI then think again. Sometimes disruptive technologies wear an unassuming disguise. In fiction, Clark Kent, Frodo Baggins and Buffy Summers at first seem harmless, but we see them change into Superman, the Ring Bearer and the Slayer.

SAS too comes cloaked in plain garb - with a physical layer which looks a lot like SATA. But like the Incredible Hulk there are muscles rippling under that shirt - and you would be wrong to dismiss SAS so lightly. There's a lot more inside this interface than it says on the box as this informative article reveals. the article, ...LSI Logic profile, ...Maxtor profile, Serial Attached SCSI

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