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Scalent Brings Virtual Operating Environment to Solaris

PALO ALTO , Calif. - August 28, 2006 - Scalent Systems today announced that its Virtual Operating Environment software now supports the Solaris 10 operating system.

Scalent has certified Sun's x64 (x86, 64-bit) and SPARC Sun Fire servers and will bundle Solaris 10 with Scalent V/OE 2.0, leveraging Sun's Solaris OEM program.

Scalent V/OE 2.0 provides a just-in-time server repurposing solution for Solaris, enabling Solaris customers to dramatically increase data center flexibility and improve asset utilization.

"Scalent has the ability to dynamically repurpose entire Sun x86 and SPARC environments running Solaris," said John F. Davis, vice president, Global Channel Strategy and Marketing, Sun Microsystems. "With Scalent's ability to abstract not only the software stack, but also the associated network and storage connectivity, Scalent V/OE brings flexibility and business agility to our customers' data centers."

13 is a Lucky Number for Sun as Gartner Reports Sun's Server Business Grew 13%

STAMFORD, Conn. - August 23, 2006 - Worldwide server shipments for the second quarter of 2006 increased 12.8% over the same quarter last year, while worldwide server revenue for the same period climbed 2.5%, according to Gartner, Inc.

Worldwide server revenue totaled $12.4 billion for the quarter, as worldwide servers shipments reached 2 million units.

"The two server categories that exhibited the greatest strengths were x86 and blade servers," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research director at Gartner. "x86 servers and x86 blade servers continue to be the systems of choice for growing the front and middle tiers of the Web infrastructure. RISC-Itanium Unix servers grew 1.8% in shipments for the quarter but dropped a more significant 2.6% in revenue. This segment continues to be hotly contested on a global basis, but suffered from constrained revenue overall in the second quarter."

Sun Microsystems posted significant annual growth in shipments and revenue for the period:- 13.1% and 13.7% respectively. The only other global vendor to have growth in the second quarter for revenue and shipments was Fujitsu/FSC. Sun shipped 107,167 servers in Q206 giving it 5.3% market share, and ranking 4th in shipments after HP, Dell and IBM. ...Gartner profile, Market research

Clerity Acquires Sun's Mainframe Rehosting Business

Chicago, Illinois - August 17, 2006 - Clerity Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sun Microsystems' mainframe rehosting business.

On June 30, 2006, Clerity acquired the intellectual property assets and hired Sun employees directly involved in the mainframe rehosting solution business. This assures support and product continuity for all current and future Sun rehosting customers worldwide.

Effective immediately, Clerity will directly market and license the online and batch application execution environments known as MTP (Mainframe Transaction Processing) and MBM (Mainframe Batch Manager) software, as well as 3270 Pathway, mainframe migration tools, and associated services. Supported platforms include Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX and Linux.

Clerity will continue its collaborative alliance with Sun and will establish new relationships with Sun's partners who are involved in the support of MTP/MBM.

Whether customers are looking to rehost, migrate and/or modernize applications to meet new business demands, Clerity offers customers the means by which to reduce costs, protect investments, and optimize data center functionality. ...Clerity profile, ...Sun profile, Sun VARs in the USA , Acquired storage companies, Solaris Migration

See also:-'s excellent article about the history of Sun's rehosting tools.

CNET Reports the Latest Sun vs IBM Spats

Editor:- August 16, 2006 - an article published on CNET today reports on the latest spats to laud or curse the "open source" street cred of IBM (infatuated with Linux) and Sun (born again OpenSolaris).

Written by Stephen Shankland the article doesn't advance our knowledge of the debate much beyond listing how many contributions have been made to Solaris by outsiders. But it's always entertaining to see the marketers in big companies behaving like 3 year olds. the article, Storage publications, Solaris Migration, article:- Surviving the Solaris x86 Wars

Sun Announces New SPARC Servers

but has it already lost the race for the next big advance in operating systems?

SANTA CLARA, CALIF - August 15, 2006 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that its SPARC workstations and servers are available with new 1.8GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors, double the memory capacity and improved I/O.

The company also announced a range of upgrade options which enable exitsing users to mix and match old and new CPU boards in the same box. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- with these new systems Sun is delivering on a roadmap we reported on September 25, 2001 and in more detail October 5, 2004. Sun's SPARC systems lead the market in density of processor cores available in a given volume, but a major bottleneck for most enterprises (which wastes over half the potential CPU capacity) is slow I/O. One solution is faster networks (see Neterion announcement below) but users also need to actively consider solid state disks to accelerate their storage networks.

Microsoft's upcoming Vista OS already has built-in support for SSDs - which will double the speed of battery efficient notebooks. But if someone smart at Microsoft extends the SSD-aware technology to their server OS - then Sun will be in deep trouble. Windows will leapfrog Solaris and Linux in an OS development that is as fundamental to performance and computer architecture as multiprocessing was in the first decade of SPARC . In an article published here in May 2004 (Why Sun Should Acquire a Solid State Disk Company) I described why I thought it would be Sun and not Microsoft who won this race. It looks like I may have been wrong.

Neterion's 10GbE Adapter Accelerates New Sun Servers

Cupertino, CA - August 15, 2006 - Neterion, Inc. today announced the availability of its new low-profile 10 GbE card, optimized for Sun Fire platforms.

The Neterion Xframe II Sun Fire Adapter, compatible with both PCI-X 1.0 and 2.0 bus interfaces at Double Date Rate speeds, has been developed and tuned for the next generation of Sun Fire systems, including the X4100, X4200, X4500 and X4600. It offers full support for Solaris 10 with the driver included in the OS, as well as all major operating systems, such as Linux (included in the Kernel as well as major distributions), and Microsoft Windows, also included in the OS.

"Sun Microsystems has been regaining an increasing amount of momentum in the datacenter server market," noted Dave Zabrowski, President & CEO of Neterion. "As a result customers using the powerful and energy efficient line of Sun Fire servers are requesting networks with much greater bandwidth in order to transmit extremely high amounts of data. Today Neterion is proud to offer them the state-of-the-art Xframe technology, optimized for the new Sun Fire systems."

With a low-profile, super-fast PCI-X bus interface, the Xframe II SF is specifically designed to for the new Sun Fire systems, combining support of Solaris 10, Microsoft Windows and Red Hat and SUSE Linux in one package. ...Neterion profile. iSCSI, InfiniBand

Coraid Publishes Linux RAID Disk Recovery Tool

San Clemente, CA - August 15, 2006 - Eliminating vendor lock-in and proprietary RAID storage strategies, Coraid today released the SRCAT RAID recovery tool.

This provides Linux users an open source way to read their stored data on Coraid storage appliances. While other RAID controllers use proprietary methods to store data on disks that are part of RAID sets, Coraid is making access to data freely available in the spirit of open source. By unlocking the mysteries of RAID-based storage, Coraid is ensuring users that data retrieval does not have to be costly or tied to a single vendor.

"Using SRCAT, RAID disks can now be put in any Linux system and the stored data can be reassembled without using the Coraid EtherDrive RAID controller." said Jim Kemp, Coraid's CEO.

SRCAT can then disassemble RAID-stored data from each disk in a RAID group and output the recovered data to a single contiguous file using standard Linux. SRCAT is critical for emergency data recovery operations from an otherwise unrecoverable RAID group. ...Coraid profile, Data Recovery

Sun Launches New Disk Arrays

SANTA CLARA, CALIF - August 10, 2006 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today introduced two new disk arrays.

These are the first new products to be released under the combined Sun StorageTek roadmap following Sun's acquisition of StorageTek 12 months ago.

The StorageTek 6140 houses upto 112 hard disk drives and pricing starts at $25,000. It's designed for both direct attached and SAN storage. The system features a fully redundant architecture with drive intermixing (FC or SATA-2 disk drives), 8x 4Gbps FC ports, 4GB cache, application-oriented management and switched drive connectivity.

The StorageTek 6540 array (from $85,000) has a maximum capacity of 224 disk drives. ...Sun profile, article:- Sun SPARC history, article:- SAN History - the First Decade

Iranian Company Designs New SPARC Chip

Editor:- August 1, 2006 - Tehran, Iran based Parsé Semiconductor Co. announced last week it has developed a new embedded SPARC processor.

The company says that the 32 bit design is fully functional now and will be made in 0.18 um technology.
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Scalent Brings Virtual Operating Environment to Solaris

Gartner Reports Sun's Server Business Grew 13%

Clerity Acquires Sun's Mainframe Rehosting Business

CNET Reports the Latest Sun vs IBM Spats

Sun Announces New SPARC Servers

Neterion's 10GbE Adapter Accelerates Sun Servers

Coraid Publishes Linux RAID Disk Recovery Tool

Sun Launches New Disk Arrays

Iranian Company Designs New SPARC Chip

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ow much can you trust the security of data on your storage drives?

Snugly nestling in a RAID system in your datacenter - maybe. Now what about when those self same drives are in some one else's mitts - because they've been replaced, sold or stolen?

The Trusted Computing Group has been working with storage manufacturers and other industry trade bodies to create a standard model and framework for extending security into the storage drive - using extensions of the SCSI and ATA command sets - and by extending the features originally designed for internal error logging. Although at an early stage, readers may be interested in reading and commenting (to TCG) on the draft document - which is published here as part of their market liaison exercise. the article, ...Trusted Computing Group profile, Storage Security, disk sanitizers
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