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Editor:- June 24, 2007 - today published a new article - Green Storage - Trends and Predictions.

There's a lot of nonsense in the media about so called "Green Storage". This article blows away the puffery and clears the air for a better view of forward looking green data storage technologies. CoolThreads gets a mention. the article Publishes 2.5" SSD Guide

Editor:- June 13, 2007 - today published a new directory of 2.5" solid state disks.

It provides a summary and quick links to nearly 100 SSD models from 24 oems actively marketing SSDs in the 2.5 inch form factor, including new products launched today.

The 2.5 inch form factor is the hottest part of the solid state disk market - with new oems entering the market every couple of weeks in the first half of 2007.

At stake are multibillion dollar market segments for 3 of the 4 primary applications described in detail in our SSD Market Adoption Model. These will add up to a $10 billion / year SSD market within a few years. The 2.5" form factor is the only size which straddles the wide range of SSD application slots. the article

Sun / Linux / Openmess

June 12, 2007 - Linus Torvalds (creator of Linux) shares his views about Sun's intentions re Linux

"Ask yourself why the open source parts (of OpenSolaris) are not ready to bootstrap a competitive system, or why they are released under licenses that Sun can make sure they control."

June 13, 2007 - Jonathan Schwartz (Sun' CEO) replies

"'re not the enemy for us, we're not the enemy for you."

Editor's comments:- 4 years ago (August 2003) in an article called

What's the Trigger Event that will Turn Around Sun's Revenue Decline?

I concluded it would be... "...if Sun were to launch a complete range of supported SPARC servers running Linux."

Because that would signal that SPARC processors were fast enough and priced competitively enough to take on the Intel Architecture world - as they did in the 1990s.

In that article I also said...

"The future availability of a strong SPARC/Linux product family will be beneficial to Solaris users - there will be a bigger market for processors, and so faster SPARC processors will come out sooner and at lower cost. It will cut down the arguments for users to migrate away from SPARC. It will also offer a credible platform for Sun to attack HP and IBM. It will be good for Sun, good for current and future SPARC users, and good for competition in the computer market.

So why doesn't Sun just do it?"

Today it's clear, whatever Sun says to the contrary, that until Sun has the confidence to do this, Linux has been and remains a clear and present danger, and is a more troubling competitive force / enemy than Microsoft (which is now out of reach). Just because Sun embraces Linux in some weak selling parts of its server product line doesn't change that.

See also:- article:- Hitler-Stalin Pact - the non-aggression treaty between the German 3rd Reich and the Soviet Union in 1939

This shows you can't always believe what leaders of states (or companies) say. You have to judge them by what they do.

Sun Launches Blade Platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif - June 6, 2007 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today introduced the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System.

The Sun Blade 6000 Modular System offers a choice of blades powered by the UltraSPARC T1, Intel Xeon processors or AMD Opteron processors, allowing customers to deploy a broad range of applications on a single common modular design.

Editor's comments:- sometimes from reading Sun's marketing blurb I get the impression they think their customers were born yesterday. Here's an example from Sun's Sun Blade 6000 page. - "Here's history in the making: Solaris, Linux, Windows, and VMware running on single and multi-core processors by Sun, AMD, and Intel, in one chassis."

This link on the wayback engine shows a page from SPARC Directory 5 years ago in 2002 showing various blade oems who made SPARC and Intel Architecture products which could coexist in the same rack.

And the company I worked for 16 years ago in 1991 made VMEbus racks in which we could (and did) mix SPARC, Intel, Motorola and other architecture "blades" and OS's.

I'm still uncomfortable with the word "blades" having been involved with them since the late 1970s (Intel's Multibus 1) I still think of them as SBCs (Single Board Computers).

Infonetics Publishes Ethernet Switch Report

BOSTON, MA - June 4, 2007 - The Ethernet switch market experienced a seasonally weak quarter, with worldwide revenue dropping 8% (to $4 billion) and port shipments dropping 5% in the first quarter of 2007, says Infonetics Research in its latest Ethernet & Application Switches report.

Over the 5 years between 2006 and 2010, a cumulative of more than $92 billion will be spent on Ethernet and application switches. Cisco continues to lead in worldwide Ethernet switch revenue market share with 66%; ProCurve is 2nd and 3Com/H3C is now 3rd for revenue ...Infonetics profile, SAN switches
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