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Themis Supplies Innovative Slice Servers into Submarine Based Monitoring Systems
FREMONT, California - June 27, 2006 - Themis Computer announced an agreement withMEDAV GmbH, a provider of products for signal analysis, automatic detection and classification, demodulation and decoding.

Themis will provide its Slice technology for integration by MEDAV into a submarine communication intelligence system. MEDAV is supplying their tuners, as well as signal and data processing software, running on Themis Slice servers. Themis' Slice subrack will be integrated into 19" bays, with other MEDAV equipment, for this submarine application.

Themis Computer will provide technology from its new Slice switched computing initiative, including liquid cooled servers and solid state storage units, designed to meet the escalating thermal and kinetic management demands, of next generation, high density/performance, mission-critical computing.

A processor-independent architecture (which includes an InfiniBand switch fabric) the Themis "Slice" platform allows users to mix, match, and manage SPARC and x86 architectures, Solaris, Windows, and Linux operating systems, in combination with third party network servers, storage and switches.

Quorum, Themis' real-time, policy based resource manager, insures contracted application Quality of Service for heterogeneous computing resources. Designed for high density, high performance computing, the Themis Slice Architecture is ideal for those who are looking for highly available, horizontally scalable processing power and lower life cycle cost of ownership. ...MEDAV, ...Themis profile, military SPARC systems, Military Storage

Qimonda's Memory Saves Costs in Sun Fire T2000 Servers

San Jose - June 22, 2006 - Qimonda AG today announced that comparative tests of memory modules and analysis of actual data center energy costs show that the low power consumption of its standard DRAM can save thousands of dollars in the annual energy costs of data centers.

Spiraling energy costs are becoming a serious issue in data centers, which are installations of hundreds or even thousands of servers and associated equipment used by Web services companies and operating computer networks of large organizations. Qimonda and Sun are working closely together to provide low power products and set industry benchmarks for power saving performance in server applications.

Reduction in power saves energy costs in two ways, directly by reducing the energy used by the server and indirectly by reducing heat that must be managed by cooling systems. Tests showed up to a 30% reduction in memory power consumption when combining Qimonda's power efficient DDR2 Dual In-line Memory Modules with Sun's new servers such as the Sun Fire T2000 server.

Based on an analysis of costs to power a typical data center described at a recent industry conference, memory modules from Qimonda can save up to $70,000 per year in energy costs. The data Qimonda used for this calculation was presented at a conference hosted by Sun Microsystems in January of this year in Santa Clara, Calif. At the same conference, industry experts forecast that by 2008 computer memory subsystems will represent up to one-half of the power used in computer servers.

"Sun and Qimonda have a clear focus on and roadmaps for lower power products for the future," said Kurt Doelling, Vice President for Worldwide Operations of Sun Microsystems. "The challenge of managing the energy budget of data centers must be addressed across the entire system design, and Qimonda is making a significant contribution by proving that its DIMMs deliver energy savings." ...Qimonda profile, RAM

Sun Says - 85% of the Fortune 500 Have Solaris 10

SANTA CLARA, CALIF - June 20, 2006 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that in the last year Solaris 10 has exceeded 5 million registered license shipments.

"Over 85% of the Fortune 500 have the Solaris 10 OS in development or production," said Rich Green, executive vice president of Software at Sun Microsystems. Launches New Magazine on Storage Reliability

Editor:- June 20, 2006 - today launched a new directory dedicated to the subject of "Storage Reliability".

Reliability was named as one of the 3 most important future trends in storage in my state of the storage market article published last year. In that article I also predicted that uncorrectable failures in storage systems (due to embedded design assumptions made in earlier generations) could, if not dealt with by drive and interface designers, pose a more serious threat to enterprise computer systems than the Y2K bug in the late 1990s. storage reliability

Sun Sees Bright Future for SPARC Blades

Editor:- June 14, 2006 - an article published today in says Sun is planning a new range of blade servers.

Based on an interview with Sun's executive VP John Fowler, the article reveals Sun's thinking that blades will become the predominant form factor for big computing environments in the same way that rackmounts replaced proprietary boxes in the last 1990s.

This future vision is not original. The market for VME SPARC SBCs is as old as the SPARC processor itself. VME is nowadays used exclusively in military systems.

During the dotcom boom when ISPs and telcos showered Sun with server investment dollars there was a flurry of companies producing compact PCI SPARC SBCs. Most of those companies have since exited the Sun compatible market.

The SPARC SBC / blade market has always suffered from the fact that the highest powered processors and memory didn't fit ever conveniently onto the 6U Eurocard form factors which were the standard in the industry. So blades were always underpowered (in CPU clock and memory terms) compared to contemporary rackmount servers. Newer processor technology and faster backplane networks may change that in the future.

Softek Celebrates Data Migration Milestone

Vienna, Virginia - June 14, 2006 - Softek today announced it has non-disruptively moved more than 40 petabytes of mission-critical data (for more than 60% of the Fortune 1000) while keeping applications on-line in heterogeneous environments.

"This is quite an achievement as Softek becomes the first independent software vendor to surpass the 40 petabyte non-disruptive data migration milestone," said Steven Murphy, president and CEO at Softek. "Today, Softek's Nonstop Data Mobility solutions provide a simple, unified approach to moving data over any vendor platform, operating system, or distance for the most complex applications that support the Fortune 2000 and government's most mission critical applications while never mandating an application outage. ...Softek profile

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Sun Fire T1000 Server Outperforms Competing 1U Systems

SANTA CLARA, CALIF - June 6, 2006 - Sun Microsystems today announced it has posted SPECweb2005 benchmark results for the the recently-released Sun Fire T1000 server, with the UltraSPARC-T1 processor.

The Sun Fire T2000 server has the best SPECweb2005 results but the Sun Fire T1000 server now has the second best results for this important web benchmark.

The Sun Fire T1000 server demonstrates superior performance and superior performance/watt when compared to competing servers:
  • 14% greater performance than the IBM System x3650 with the latest Intel 2x Dual Core 3.0 GHz Xeon 5100 processors.
  • 25% greater performance than the 4 core/2 chip Fujitsu Siemens PRIMERGY RX220 S1 with 2400 MHz Opteron processors.
  • 33% greater performance than the 4 core/2 chip IBM p5 550 with 1.9 GHz POWER5+ processors.
  • 64% greater performance than the 4 core/2 chip Fujitsu Siemens PRIMERGY RX300 S3 with 3733 MHz Xeon 5080 processors.
  • 87% greater performance than the 4 core/2 chip Fujitsu Siemens PRIMERGY TX300 S2 Dual-Core with 2800 Mhz Xeon processors.
  • 130% greater performance than the 2 core/2 chip Fujitsu Siemens PRIMERGY TX300 S2 with 3800 MHz Xeon processors.
  • 115% greater performance than the 2 Processor, 4 Core Dell PowerEdge 2850 server with 2 x Dual Core 2.8GHz Xeon processors
  • 140% greater performance than the 2-processor IBM eServer xSeries x346 with 3800 Mhz Xeon processors
The 1 RU Sun Fire T1000 server has one 1.0Ghz 6-core/24-thread UltraSPARC-T1 processor or one 8-core/32-thread UltraSPARC-T1 processor. The Sun Fire T1000 server uses a maximum of 220 watts for an 8-core, 16GB system. The 8-core/16GB Sun Fire T1000 server that was tested is priced at $11,995. A Sun StorEdge 3510 disk array was used for external storage.

Editor's note:- this is a clever way for Sun to show the comparative user benefits derived from its denser core SPARC processors. See also:- Rackmount Storage

Solaris Delivers More Uptime than Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Says Yankee Group Report

Boston, MA - June 5, 2006 - Yankee Group today revealed the results of its 2006 Global Server Reliability Survey, which found that all major server OS platforms have achieved a high degree of reliability.

In a head-to-head comparison, Windows Server 2003 shows the highest reliability gains, leading Red Hat Enterprise Linux with nearly 20% more annual uptime in similar deployment scenarios. Among mainstream server operating systems, only Unix-based server operating systems including HP-UX and Sun Solaris 10 bested Windows Server 2003.

Additional key results for the independent, non-sponsored Yankee Group 2006 Global Server Reliability Survey show that on average, individual corporate Linux, Windows and Unix servers experience three to five failures per server per year, resulting in 10.0 to 19.5 hours of annual downtime for each server.

Standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux and niche open source vendors gained more outage time compared to Windows or Unix competitors. Yankee Group determined a significant portion of this outage time is attributed to the scarcity of Linux and open source documentation compared to the more mature, established operating systems. Underlying these findings is the crucial point that TCO metrics such as reliability, performance, security and management ultimately depend on an individual company's implementation. ...Yankee Group profile, Market research
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