|QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel
Stackable Switches Now Available from Sun|
Calif. - March 29, 2006 - QLogic today announced that its enterprise
class 4Gb SANbox 5600 Series Fibre Channel stackable switches are now available
directly from Sun Microsystems and authorised Sun distributors.
The SANbox 5600 Series is the first and only 4Gb
Fibre Channel stackable
switch in the
industry, offering customers seamless scalability and high performance in a
pay-as-you grow solution.
"The QLogic SANbox 5600 Series gives our customers the ability to
add 4Gb ports and additional switches in a highly cost effective manner as their
business and storage needs grow," said James Whitemore, vice president and
chief marketing officer, Data Management Group, Sun Microsystems. "The
unique, dedicated 10Gb inter-switch links mean that
SAN architects don't have
to sacrifice any 4Gb ports for connecting switches to each other. The advantage
of this design is that every single 4Gb port is available for storage
connectivity and ports can be added without disrupting the storage network to
power down or to relocate devices like competitive solutions."
...Sun profile ,
SPARC Product Directory,
SSD Vendor Community Grows 28% Year on
March 28, 2006 - STORAGEsearch.com reported today that the - the number
of market active solid state disk manufacturers has grown 28% in the
The number of SSD oems listed on
STORAGEsearch.com (acknowledged by
most vendors as the #1 publication covering the SSD market) was 36 in March
2006, compared to with 28 in March 2005, and 23 in March 2004.
growth in the SSD market is projected to be above 100% per annum over the next
handful of years and although there is some disagreement about the eventual
market size ($5 billion according to
more like $10 billion
according to STORAGEsearch) there is no doubt that the market will change
significantly as other oems recognize the size of the
"Back in the days when the SSD market consisted
of less than 10 companies my predictions that it would some day exceed 50 oems
were viewed with mild amusement" said Zsolt Kerekes editor
STORAGEsearch.com. "That's a figure which will easily be exceeded in the
next 12 months as it becomes easier for new market entrants to redeploy current
flash SSD technologies
into usable systems products." Squeak! - the Solid
State Disks Buyers Guide
World Data Products Appoints Alex Rex To Spearhead UK Sales
Reading, UK - March 24, 2006 - World
Data Products Ltd. today announced the appointment of Alex Rex as
UK Account Manager, to help drive revenue, build relationships and capitalise on
the company's escalating sales opportunities within the UK.
will report to Will Richardson, Sales Manager Europe, as the company continues
to build market momentum across the UK and Europe.
Rex brings over 20 years of manufacturing, reseller and end-user sales
experience with him to World Data Products Ltd. Previously Rex has worked in
various reseller systems and technical services companies throughout his career,
including Digital Equipment Corporation, Hamilton Rentals and Blackbox
Corporation, and has a wealth of sales experience garnered from other sales
roles, selling to both enterprise and SME end-users.
Products profile, Storage
Microsoft Publishes IDC Research on Unix Customers' Attitude to
March 23, 2006 - Microsoft today published an IDC report which
looked at issues related to Unix migration.
IDC interviewed 400
Unix/RISC customers about their attitudes to migration. The average interview
time was 30 minutes. It makes very interesting reading. The report says Sun is
the main target for migration and the clock is ticking. Here are some
"Sun Solaris continues to be the most popular
Unix variant for Unix servers running Web infrastructure. While this is
not surprising given the dot-com success that Sun enjoyed in the late 1990s and
into 2000, it does continue to represent a challenge for Sun because
these workloads have been frequent targets for migration over the past five
"IDC believes that the server life-cycle issues are
driving much of this change, because the systems in the Unix installed base
have aged in recent years, and this is compounded by the fact that many dot-com
era installations with Web enablement of business workloads, are coming of age
and will require replacement. In addition, many Unix/RISC servers were
deployed in preparation for Y2K and many of these systems are now
nearing the end of their useful life cycle." ...read
the article (pdf), ...IDC
Sun Releases Source of UltraSPARC T1 Processor
CLARA, Calif. - March 21, 2006 - Sun Microsystems Inc. today announced a
significant milestone in its OpenSPARC Initiative.
Sun has given
developers access to the design of its UltraSPARC T1 processor, which will be
released under the OSI-compliant GNU General Public License. This new open
source version of the UltraSPARC T1 design will be called "OpenSPARC T1"
and is a 64 bit, 32 threaded processor design available at no charge. As part of
this process Sun today made public these specifications.
"OpenSPARC is a great
opportunity for emerging companies like Simply RISC" said Fabrizio Fazzino,
Managing Director, Simply RISC. "We
will be utilizing the OpenSPARC T1 designs to develop a single core version for
the embedded device market, which we would not have had access to previously.
This levels the playing field for us immensely and we are really looking forward
to participating in the OpenSPARC community."
- Source of the UltraSPARCT1 design, expressed in Verilog;
- Verification suite and simulation models;
- ISA specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005);
- The Solaris 10 OS simulation images.
Editor's comments:- the licensing costs and trademark issues
associated with OpenSPARC were detailed in our unique article published earlier
this week - Joining
the Marketing Dots for OpenSPARC OEMs,
SPARC Product Directory
Joining the Marketing Dots for OpenSPARC OEMs
Editor:- March 20,
2006 - a new article is published today in the SPARC Product Directory,
it's called - "Joining the Marketing Dots for Wannabe Successful OpenSPARC
OpenSPARC OEMs need to know a lot of stuff that isn't
mentioned on Sun's web site. This exclusive interview with SPARC International's
CEO Karen Anaya unveils the pricing intricacies of the SPARC branding and
testing regimes, and we learn what Sun is doing to invest more in the SPARC
brand too. ...read
the article, SPARC Product
DeepNines and Kaspersky Lab Unite to Protect Sun Users from Malware
DALLAS, TEXAS -
March 9, 2006 -
DeepNines and Kaspersky Lab announced today a technology
partnership to deliver enhanced perimeter protection by integrating Kaspersky
antivirus and anti-spyware technology into DeepNines Security Edge Platform.
The Security Edge Platform runs on Solaris and Linux platforms from
The integrated solution will provide a complete security ecosystem to combat
complex network threats for both large and small enterprises. DeepNines
leverages a Multi-Method Inspection process that integrates firewall, intrusion
prevention, traffic management, anti-virus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware into
a single appliance that sits at the network edge.
an ideal match for Kaspersky technology," said Vitaly Bezrodnykh, business
development director at Kaspersky Lab. "The combination of Kaspersky Lab's
industry-leading anti-virus and anti-spyware software with DeepNines's SEP
solution provides networks with an integrated defense against malicious attacks
on any application and any host." ...DeepNines profile,
Sun Offers "Safe Haven" for HP's PA-RISC Users (Again)
3, 2006 - I thought that maybe a month had flashed by without me noticing and
that it might actually be April 1st already - when I saw the following
phrase in an open letter this week from
Scott McNealy to
HP's CEO and
President Mark Hurd.
"Solaris is a vendor-neutral OS..."
This was part of yet another new snake-oil charm offensive /
program aimed at HP PA-RISC users - which
announced earlier this week.
McNealy's letter helpfully proposes
that Sun and
HP should converge HP-UX
with Solaris 10.
My guess is that HP will not rush to accept this charitable offer.
HP's server business has been growing in revenue recently (unlike Sun's).
If we temporarily disregard the impact of anti-trust legislation which would
prevent this - then consider for a moment how Sun would react if it got a
hypothetical fantasy open letter from
Ballmer - suggesting that Sun should migrate all its Solaris users onto
For extra impact - Steve might want to borrow that phrase -
and remind Scott that "Windows is a vendor-neutral OS..."
Cynics might say that such a letter (from Steve) is superfluous - because the
user migration from Solaris to Windows is well underway. Windows has recently
overtaken all forms of Unix in
server revenue according to a recent report by
aside, I much prefer Sun's former openly aggressive competitive style (as
exemplified in its dotcom
fantasy days) to the newer polite - but implausible style evinced in its
latest anti-HP campaign. ...read the
Out of the Alpha Frying Pan into the Sun Fire?
the New Solaris Migration? - migrating away from Sun's OS
Switches Now Available from Sun|
SSD Vendor Community Grows 28%
Data Products Aims At More UK Sales
IDC Research on Unix Customers'
Attitude to Migration
Sun Releases Source of UltraSPARC T1 Processor
the Marketing Dots for OpenSPARC OEMs
Sun Users Get Stronger
Protection from Malware
Sun Offers "Safe Haven" for HP's
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