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High End Server Market Shows Best Results Since 2004 - Says IDC Report

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - November 22, 2006 - According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew 3.5% year over year to $12.9 billion in the third quarter of 2006, the fastest growth rate in four quarters and the largest third quarter spending on servers since the third quarter of 2000.

Worldwide demand for server blades was largely responsible for this market growth with year-over-year growth of 29.9%. Sales were strong in most regions with Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and EMEA showing particularly strong demand with year-over-year growth of 13.7% and 4.8% respectively. High-end enterprise server revenue grew 9.1% year over year, which represented the primary growth engine for the server market overall and the first positive growth for the segment since the third quarter on 2004.

Linux server revenue was $1.5 billion for the quarter as growth continues to moderate, with year-over-year revenue growth of 5.4%. Although Linux servers now represent 11.8% of all server revenue, revenue growth for the quarter was approximately one sixth the growth rate observed in 3Q05 as volume market growth moderates and year-over-year compares become more difficult.

Unix servers experienced a 1.7% decline in factory revenue year over year. Worldwide Unix revenues of more than $3.9 billion for the quarter represented 30.1% of overall quarterly factory revenue.

Sun's server revenue in the quarter was $1,295 up 15.8% compared to the year ago period.

In the x86 market segment, AMD based server revenue grew 79.7% year over year accounting for 19.8% of all worldwide x86 server revenue in the quarter. ...IDC profile, Market research

Editor's comments:- I was talking to a manager in a large telco on Tuesday - who told me that there is no more floor space in their datacenters. The only way that new IT projects can get provisioned is either by stuffing more servers in a box, or by virtual servers. The former is a model which benefits Sun as they have the highest density of processors in a motherboard.

Sun's Server Revenue Grew 16% - Says IDC Report

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - November 22, 2006 - Sun Microsystems'. server revenue grew 15.8%, more than double the growth of its closest competitor according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker released today.

In the Unix segment, Sun grew factory revenue market share by 3.6 points while HP lost 5 points of share. Also noteworthy was IBM losing .2 points of unit market share in the overall server market. ...Sun Microsystems profile

To Be or Not to Be? - Virtual Servers

Editor:- November 17, 2006 - the clearest exposition I've seen of which applications benefit from VMware (and which don't) appeared in Dave Hitz's blog on Tuesday.

Dave Hitz is the cofounder of Network Appliance. The article says that in some environments it can greatly reduce server cost. While in others it's a waste of money.

See also:- VMware , Storage People

Sun and NEC Collaborate on Supercomputer Kits

Tokyo - November 14, 2006 - NEC Corp today announced that Sun Microsystems has agreed to expand its alliance with NEC regarding HPC solution business in Europe and North America.

NEC will provide an optimized "hybrid" supercomputing environment to end users by integrating NEC's SX series vector supercomputer and Sun Fire servers. "Hybrid" supercomputing solutions provide a superior benefit for customers who wish to utilize both vector and scalar computing environments based on the suitability of customer codes. This solution also provides the capability to share data between vector and scalar computing environments. InfiniBand

...Later:- November 15, 2006 - Sun announced it has doubled its presence on the newly updated TOP500 Supercomputers List compared to last year.

Better Late than Never? - Fujitsu's Next SPARC Chips

Editor:- November 14, 2006 - an article on looks ahead to Fujitsu's next generation of dual core SPARC processors.

See also:- article:- Comparing Fujitsu's and Sun's SPARC Servers and Chips (pdf)

NetApp Acquires Migration Company

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 8, 2006 - Network Appliance, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Topio for approximately $160 million in an all-cash transaction.

The joint capabilities of Topio and NetApp deliver a broad range of solutions spanning data protection, data migration, and data cloning. ...NetApp profile, ...Topio profile, Solaris Migration

Transitive Demos Solaris/SPARC Applications Running on Intel Boxes

VMworld 2006, LOS ANGELES, Calif. - November 7, 2006 - Transitive Corp today announced the availability of a virtual appliance that provides an evaluation release of QuickTransit for Solaris/SPARC-to-Linux/x86-64 pre-installed within a VMware Virtual Machine.

The virtual appliance provides data center managers with a quick and easy evaluation of Transitive's innovative hardware virtualization solution by allowing them to execute their Solaris/SPARC applications inside a VM on a 64-bit x86-based system, running either the free VMware Server or the high-end VMware Infrastructure 3 platform. No software installation or configuration is required.

The Transitive virtual appliance with QuickTransit for Solaris/SPARC-to-Linux/x86-64 pre-installed within a VMware VM is a limited offering available at no cost to qualified enterprise data center managers. Solaris Migration

Microprocessor Report Discusses Internals of UltraSPARC T1

Editor:- November 6, 2006 - an article in Microprocessor Report discusses the merits of Sun's UltraSPARC T1

"Although threads run far more slowly on a Niagara processor than on other server processors, they do not run 16 times more slowly. Consequently, on throughput measures, UltraSPARC T1 systems are the highest-performing single-chip systems available today." the article

Themis Computer Appoints Chief Operating Officer

FREMONT, California - November 2, 2006 - Themis Computer announced today the appointment of Michael D. Crocker, 56, to the position of chief operating officer.

The appointment helps position the company to achieve its aggressive growth objectives.

Crocker has more than 15 years in the network services and information systems industries, in both domestic and international markets. Prior to joining Themis Computer, Crocker worked as chief of staff DRS Technologies for the last seven years. Prior to DRS, Crocker was with the U.S. Navy where he was responsible for one of the Navy's most successful procurement program offices, PMS 440. In that capacity, Crocker oversaw the Navy's Q-70 program, a groundbreaking and highly successful introduction of commercial off the shelf electronics into mission critical military systems.

Crocker has a MBA degree from the National Defense University of Defense Systems Management and a M.S. in Computer Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

At Themis, Crocker will be responsible for the sales and manufacturing of the company's embedded computing products, COTS-based servers, and its recently announced Quorum real-time resource management software. ...Themis Computer profile, Storage People, military SPARC systems

An Alternative OS for UltraSPARC T1

ALAMEDA, Calif. - November 1, 2006 - Wind River Systems, Inc. today announced that Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, will be optimized to support UltraSPARC T1 processor.

The combination of a Wind River run-time platform on an open source, 64-bit, multi-threaded architecture will offer significantly increased performance throughput for high-end ATCA applications and will enable telecommunications equipment providers and network equipment providers to build next-generation compute-intensive communications server platforms. Support for the next generation OpenSPARC processor will be available in the second half of 2007.

John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer, Wind River said "As the market-leading provider of Carrier Grade Linux-based device software platforms, we are pleased to support the OpenSPARC architecture. Together with Sun, we look forward to offering our customers tightly integrated, highly optimized ATCA solutions featuring the industry's most innovative hardware and software technology." ...Wind River Systems profile, Operating Systems for SPARC

Editor's comments:- this isn't the first time that Wind River has supported SPARC with an OS. In the early 1990s they had a real-time kernel called VXworks - which ran on SPARC and other processors.
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High End Server Market Shows Best Results Since 2004

Sun's Server Revenue Grew 16% - Says IDC Report

Where to Use and Not Use Virtual Servers

Sun and NEC Collaborate on Supercomputer Kits

Better Late than Never? - Fujitsu's Next SPARC Chips

NetApp Acquires Migration Company

Transitive Demos Solaris/SPARC Apps on Intel

Microprocessor Report Discusses Internals of UltraSPARC T1

Themis Computer Appoints Chief Operating Officer

An Alternative OS for UltraSPARC T1

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Revisiting One of SPARC's Old Flames
Editor:- October 31, 2006 - in a new article published today I revisit one of SPARC's Old Flames - and a product which was originally called the Sun On-Line! Detective.

This is the first in a new series which will look at companies and products from the dim distant past of the SPARC market which have evolved to cope with solar warming (toasting) and still survive today. the article
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