Sun, SPARC, Solaris news - January 2006SPARC history
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Expands Data Migration Relationship with Sun|
|Vienna, Virginia -
January 31, 2006 - Softek today announced an expanded relationship
with Sun Microsystems.|
This will enable Sun and its
partners to more quickly and easily install and activate StorageTek
mainframe- and open systems-attached storage arrays using Softek's data
migration software, without disrupting customer applications during the process.
The company also announced it has recently become a member of the Sun Partner
Advantage Program for ISVs.
Softek Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF) is extremely useful
within highly available environments because there is no application outage
required during the data migration process. In addition, it is faster and easier
to use when compared to other solutions, such as data migration appliances,
because no logistics are involved in shipping hardware or ensuring their
availability. Softek has enjoyed a 6 year relationship with the professional
service teams at Sun StorageTek for data migrations to mainframe-attached
storage arrays. During that time, more than 700 data migrations were performed
by Sun StorageTek using Softek data migration software. This service is now
being extended to the open systems environment.
the Top 10 Fastest Growing Storage Companies
Editor:- January 30, 2006 -
STORAGEsearch.com today published the 5th annual directory of - "the
Top 10 Fastest Growing Storage Companies."
popular feature is compiled from analyzing the reported results from the top
1,000 storage companies in 2005. If you're looking to team with successful
storage companies or want to emulate their success, this article will tell you
who they are and the market segments they are in. ...read the article,
View from the Bunker - Solaris x86 Wars
January 25, 2006 - CNET today published an article which provides an
interesting update on the long running Solaris x86 Wars.
it - Stephen Shankland, from CNET - interviews Sun's John Fowler, Executive VP
leading Sun's charge to capture market share in the x86 server market. Straight
from the horse's mouth, the interview confirms that Sun's x86 server market
share is pitifully small, and that most customers buying Sun's own x86 hardware
probably don't even run the pre-installed Solaris OS. But Sun has aggressive
goals for changing all that. ...read
the CNET article,
the Solaris x86 Wars
Sun Reports Results
CLARA, Calif. - January 24, 2006 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported
results today for its fiscal second quarter, which ended December 25, 2005.
Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2006 were $3.337 billion, an
increase of 17% as compared with $2.841 billion for the second quarter of fiscal
2005. The year over year revenue increase was driven by recent acquisitions.
Net loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2006 on a GAAP basis was $223 million.
"The backlog is the highest in years and this increase in
bookings and demand is driving improved business fundamentals," said Scott
McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems. "The uptick in demand is due
to the game changing technologies we've delivered to market over the last
several quarters that are setting new standards for performance, price and
efficiency. From our x64 Sun Fire servers and the Sun Fire T2000 server based on
the CoolThreads T1 processor, to UltraSPARC IV+, to Solaris Operating System
demand has clearly improved as a result of our investment in R&D."
from other sources:-
Mercury News - "Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford Bernstein,
noted that if revenues from StorageTek and SeeBeyond were excluded, Sun's total
revenues would have been down 6%."
Plasmon Appoints Sun Veteran as VP of Sales and Marketing
CO - January 24, 2006 - Plasmon today announced the appointment of Mike
Koclanes as Senior VP Sales and Marketing for Plasmon Americas and Asia
As the newest member of Plasmon's executive team, Mike
will also hold the title of Chief Strategy Officer, reporting to Plasmon's CEO,
Mike brings more than 20 years of storage and data management
expertise to Plasmon. Previously, he was CEO and CTO of
CreekPath Systems, an
early innovator in storage management software. At CreekPath, Mike was
recognized as a "Storage CTO of the Year" in 2003 by the Enterprise
He has also held titles of Vice President of
Marketing, GM of Storage Automation, and Director of New Products, at
and Exabyte. At Sun,
Mike was part of the executive team that launched their operations in Europe and
at Exabyte he led the introduction of the first fibre attached
Sun Veteran Heads Quality at Silicon Image
Calif. - January 20, 2006 - Silicon Image, Inc. today announced it
has appointed Peter Rado, 57, to VP of worldwide operations and quality.
Rado, promoted from vice president of engineering of Storage Systems
at Silicon Image, was responsible for the development, quality assurance, and
program management of Silicon Image's storage technology and products.
Reporting to Steve Tirado, Silicon Image president and CEO, Rado will be
responsible for supply chain management, procurement, manufacturing,
distribution, and quality. Rado brings over 35 years of industry leadership
experience to this new role.
Prior to joining Silicon Image, he
served in a variety of capacities at
in over 17 years with the company. Most recently, he was the VP of
engineering for the Volume System Products at Sun, where he was responsible for
the research and development of workstations and low cost servers. Previously,
he served in leading roles in Sun's Workstation Business Unit, World Wide
Operations and Boston Development Center. Throughout Rado's tenure at Sun, he
developed a proven track record for the strategic planning of Sun's worldwide
capacity, capability and investments in future manufacturing technology. Prior
to Sun, Rado served in management and engineering roles at Apollo Computer Inc.
and Digital Equipment Corp.
profile, Storage People
STORAGEsearch.com Reveals - the Top 10 Storage Software Companies
Editor:- January 18, 2006 -
STORAGEsearch published a new article today called - "Squeak! -
the Top 10 Storage Software Companies."
This is the 5th
annual edition of this popular report. The ranking (based on analyzing millions
of pageviews from over 640,000 readers during 2005) shows what readers are
actually interested in.
...read the article,
ISMA Calls for New Media Encryption Open Standard
CA - January 17, 2006 - An open-standard specification providing end-to-end
encryption for IPTV and other rich media is now available for public comment
from ISMA (Internet Streaming Media Alliance).
addresses encryption and message authentication services for video delivered via
Internet Protocols, including mobile TV, on demand video services over DSL and
cable, and other emerging applications. Unlike other protection schemes,
content delivered using ISMACryp remains encrypted along the entire transmission
line and does not need to be deciphered for redistribution or storage. ...ISMA,
Industry trade associations,
Dataram Expands Sun Fire X4100 & X4200 Memory
- January 13, 2006 - Dataram today released four new memory upgrades for
Sun Microsystems Sun Fire X4100 and X4200 servers including a
first-to-market 8GB capacity.
Dataram's 8GB upgrade (DRSX4100/8GB)
doubles the Sun Fire X4100 and X4200 servers to 32GB of memory, the most
available in the industry. The 1, 2 and 4GB capacities of Datarams DRSX4100
each consists of a matched pair of DDR400/PC3200 ECC DIMMs. The 8GB capacity,
not available from Sun, consists of a matched pair of DDR333/PC2700 ECC DIMMs.
All capacities support Chipkill, an advanced form of ECC, delivering unmatched
data integrity and system availability for critical applications.
"Enabling our customers to attain the maximum memory capacity on
their Sun systems is an ongoing priority at Dataram" stated Tony Pawlik,
Dataram's Vice President of Sales. "In addition to providing high-capacity
first-to-market products, Dataram memory options are typically priced up to 50%
less than Suns memory upgrades"
Sun's Founders at the Computer History Museum
CLARA, Calif. - January 11, 2006 - The four founders of Sun Microsystems,
Inc - Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy
and Vinod Khosla - took the stage at the Computer History Museum
tonight as part of the Odysseys in Technology speaker series sponsored by Sun
In a rare appearance, the Silicon
Valley icons reflected on their early days at Sun and on the evolution and
future directions of the technology industry.
currently serves as Sun Microsystems' Chairman and CEO.
Bechtolsheim is Sun's Chief Architect and senior vice president of the
Network Systems Group.
Bill Joy served as Sun's Chief
Scientist until 2003, and is now a partner with venture capital firm Kleiner,
Perkins, Caufield & Byers.
Vinod Khosla is a general
partner of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, where he has been since 1986.
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers was one of the original venture investors
"In 1982, we were just a group of young guys who believed
The Network is the Computer. Today, I'm proud to say this principle still guides
Sun's business and is driving many of today's prominent innovations, trends and
business models," said Scott McNealy. "It's great to be back on stage
with this group of big minds and talk about the history and evolution of Silicon
Valley, the future of the network, and what this all means as we enter a new age
of participation on the global network."
Computer History Museum,
at this founders fest - we learned what lay behind the many rumors of a Sun /
Apple merger - which cropped up in the mid to late 1990s. Here's a good
article with quotes on
World's First Notebooks Appear Using SSDs
San Diego, Calif.
- January 10, 2006 - BiTMICRO Networks, Inc. today announced at the West
2006 show in San Diego, California the completion of product certification
of NextCom LLC's mobile servers and workstations with BiTMICRO's E-Disk
flash solid-state disks.
NextCom provides next-generation mobile
servers and workstations for power users. Its products are manufactured for
advanced computing professionals working in intense and hostile conditions that
require extreme processing capabilities. NextCom devices are routinely deployed
in industries such as military, aerospace, test and measurement, gaming,
development, graphics development, telecommunications, embedded computing, and
emergency first response.
Laura Cooper, NextCom's Director of Marketing said, "It is always
an advantage when two industry leaders partner to deliver top-of-the-line
equipment. Our complementary capabilities boost performance and overall
reliability, and end users ultimately benefit as no less than a high-breed
device comes within easy reach." ...BiTMICRO profile,
comments:- this is the first time that SSDs have been qualified by a notebook
manufacturer. Although NextCom's
notebooks are at the very high end of the performance spectrum our
penetration model predicts that the mainstream high performance notebook
market will be worth billions of dollars in SSD revenue in the next few years.
New ORG Founded to Promote an Old Familiar - Hello Ethernet
View, CA - January 10, 2006 - The Ethernet Alliance, an industry group
dedicated to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology, today
announced its formation.
With a scope that includes all IEEE 802
Ethernet standards, the Ethernet Alliance will serve as an industry resource and
will help member companies increase acceptance and reduce time-to-market of
Ethernet products by supporting the advancement of existing and emerging
Founding members of the Ethernet Alliance are 3Com, AMCC, ADC, Agere
Systems, Aquantia, Broadcom, Force10 Networks, Foundry Networks, Intel, Lawrence
Berkeley Labs, Pioneer Corporation, Quake Technologies, Samsung, Sun
Microsystems, Tehuti Networks, Tyco Electronics, The University of New Hampshire
InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), and Xilinx.
"Although Ethernet has existed for more than 25 years, it does
not have an industry voice that represents the spectrum of IEEE 802 Ethernet
standards developments and serves the IEEE 802 Ethernet industry as a whole,"
said Brad Booth, president of the Ethernet Alliance.
companies that manufacture, support, or design systems based upon Ethernet
technologies have formed short-term industry alliances targeted specifically for
the launch of individual technologies or particular market segments. However,
the scope of these projects has sometimes been too narrow, and often the
alliance does not exist long enough to fulfill the project's true mission. In
addition, creating alliances for individual projects is not always feasible,
since companies often lack the budget and resources for multiple groups. The
Ethernet Alliance changes that paradigm.
Industry trade associations