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QLogic 4Gb Fibre Channel Stackable Switches Now Available from Sun

SAN FRANCISCO, 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." ...QLogic profile, ...Sun profile , SPARC Product Directory, Worldwide Sun VARS

SSD Vendor Community Grows 28% Year on Year

Editor:- March 28, 2006 - reported today that the - the number of market active solid state disk manufacturers has grown 28% in the past year.

The number of SSD oems listed on (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.

Revenue 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 Web-Feet Research, 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 SSD market opportunity.

"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 "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.

Rex 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. ...World Data Products profile, Storage People

Microsoft Publishes IDC Research on Unix Customers' Attitude to Migration

Editor:- 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 extracts...

"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 years."

"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." the article (pdf), ...IDC profile, Solaris Migration Resources

Sun Releases Source of UltraSPARC T1 Processor

SANTA 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.
  • Source of the UltraSPARCT1 design, expressed in Verilog;
  • Verification suite and simulation models;
  • ISA specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005);
  • The Solaris 10 OS simulation images.
"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."

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 OEMs."

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. the article, SPARC Product Directory

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 Sun Microsystems. 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.

"DeepNines is 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, SPARC ISVs, Storage Security

Sun Offers "Safe Haven" for HP's PA-RISC Users (Again)

Editor:- March 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 Sun's 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 / marketing program aimed at HP PA-RISC users - which Sun 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 Microsoft's Steve Ballmer - suggesting that Sun should migrate all its Solaris users onto Windows?

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 worldwide server revenue according to a recent report by IDC.

Joshing 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. the letter

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