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Sun, SPARC, Solaris news - January 2006

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Softek 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 reseller 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. ...Softek profile


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."

This very 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, STORAGEsearch.com


View from the Bunker - Solaris x86 Wars

Editor:- January 25, 2006 - CNET today published an article which provides an interesting update on the long running Solaris x86 Wars.

In 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, article:- Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars



Sun Reports Results

SANTA 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." ...Sun profile

comments from other sources:-

The 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

Denver, CO - January 24, 2006 - Plasmon today announced the appointment of Mike Koclanes as Senior VP Sales and Marketing for Plasmon Americas and Asia Pacific.

As the newest member of Plasmon's executive team, Mike will also hold the title of Chief Strategy Officer, reporting to Plasmon's CEO, Nigel Street.

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 Strategy Group.

He has also held titles of Vice President of Marketing, GM of Storage Automation, and Director of New Products, at Sun Microsystems 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 tape libraries. ...Plasmon profile, Storage People


Sun Veteran Heads Quality at Silicon Image

SUNNYVALE, 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 Sun Microsystems 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. ...Silicon Image 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, Backup Software, Storage Software, STORAGEsearch.com


ISMA Calls for New Media Encryption Open Standard

SAN FRANCISCO, 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).

ISMACryp 1.1 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, Storage Security


Dataram Expands Sun Fire X4100 & X4200 Memory

Princeton, NJ - 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" ...Dataram profile, RAM


Sun's Founders at the Computer History Museum

SANTA 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 Microsystems Laboratories.

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.

Scott McNealy currently serves as Sun Microsystems' Chairman and CEO.

Andy 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 Sun.

"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, SPARC History, storage history, Storage People

...Later:- 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 The Register.



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, ...NextCom profile

Editor's comments:- this is the first time that SSDs have been qualified by a notebook manufacturer. Although NextCom's SPARC and Solaris/Linux/Windows notebooks are at the very high end of the performance spectrum our SSD market 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 Alliance

Mountain 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 Ethernet technologies.

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.

Historically, 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. ...Ethernet Alliance, Industry trade associations
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Why are Most Analysts Wrong About Solid State Disks?
read the article - Why are Most Analysts  Wrong About Solid State Disks?
Most analysts and editors of other computer publications don't really understand the solid state disk market. They show their ignorance and naivete by prefacing every discussion of SSDs with a superficial analysis which compares the cost per byte of storage between flash and hard disk drives. That's the wrong answer to the wrong question. And it's far removed from why the SSD market is racing to become a multi billion dollar market seemingly in blithe ignorance of the cost per byte proposition.

This article tells you what's important to users and the main applications in which SSDs are already being used and new applications where they will be used in the next 3 years. ...read the article, Solid State Disks
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Serial Attached SCSI - Delivering Flexibility to the Data Center

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. ...read the article Serial Attached SCSI

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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. ...read the article , ...Engenio profile, InfiniBand





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