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SPARC History - July 2007

Universal Solid State Disk USSD 200 from Solid Access Technologies with SAS, FC, SCSI or custom interfaces
Serial Attached SCSI solid state disks
from Solid Access Technologies
the SSD Bookmarks
Debunking Tier 0 Storage
What's a Solid State Disk?
After SSDs... What Next?
flash SSD Jargon Explained
the Top 10 SSD Companies
3 Easy Ways to Enter the SSD Market
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Themis Computer Joins Oracle PartnerNetwork

FREMONT, California - July 31, 2007 - Themis has joined the Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Themis' Quorum appliance is an availability and dynamic workload manager. It can automate the management of Service Level Agreements, applications and hardware resource in real-time, mission critical distributed systems. Standards-based, Quorum supports a wide variety of industry standard platforms including Solaris, Linux, AIX, and Microsoft Windows servers, as well as various network switches and SMI-compliant SANs and NAS devices.

"We are very pleased to bring Quorum appliance and software to the Oracle PartnerNetwork," stated William E. Kehret, president of Themis Computer. "Themis' Quorum helps CIOs and IT managers drive down total cost of ownership for mission critical IT resources and infrastructure. We also realized the need to provide standards driven APIs for enhanced application monitoring and control. Quorum uniquely addresses this market need and integrates well with other managers in a heterogeneous, multi-vendor environment." ...Oracle profile, ...Themis profile, SPARC ISVs, Storage Software, storage reliability


Sun's Results Show Failure to Leverage Storage Opportunities

SANTA CLARA, Calif - July 30, 2007 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported results today for its 4th quarter and full fiscal year, which ended June 30.

Revenues for the 4th quarter of fiscal 2007 were $3.835 billion. For the full fiscal year, the Company reported revenues of $13.873 billion, an increase of 6.2% over fiscal year 2006.

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 on a GAAP basis was $329 million. For the full fiscal year, net income was $473 million as compared with a net loss of $864 million for fiscal 2006. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:-
Sun is back to being a profitable company - and that's good news for SPARC users. But in the earnings conference call Sun revealed that its storage revenue in the most recent quarter was down 10% compared to the year ago period. That's at a time when many of the other top 10 storage companies were reporting over 20% revenue growth.

I've been thinking for a long time now that Sun has failed to grasp the opportunities in the $200 billion storage market. Instead of being a mover and shaker it has instead behaved more like a me-too reseller. Maybe Sun's management is more comfortable in that zone. It's difficult for vendors to do more than one thing well - and surviving as an independent server architecture company is a great achievement in itself.

Sun will be dropped from the next edition of STORAGEsearch.com's long range forecast of the 10 biggest storage companies - which will be published in the fall.


Univa Corp Announces New Relationship with Sun

CHICAGO - July 24, 2007 - Univa Corp today announced a multilevel relationship with Sun Microsystems.

The agreement includes: an OEM and support agreement for Sun's Grid Engine to be integrated into the Univa Globus Cluster Edition software, membership to the Sun Partner Advantage Program and comarketing/ co-sales efforts.

Univa's Globus Cluster Edition software solution (launched in April) has taken off rapidly in the Open Source community. The Cluster Edition provides an integrated cluster solution that dramatically reduces cluster management costs and productivity.


Solid Data Launches Terabyte Fibre-Channel SSD

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July 17, 2007 - Solid Data Systems, Inc. today StorageSPIRE solid-state disk arrays providing up to a Terabyte of high-speed, non-volatile storage.

StorageSPIRE utilizes Solid Data's patented SSD technology, capitalizing on the company's 15 years experience in solid-state disk solutions. With immediate response to read or write commands, SSDs eliminate large server queues; thus, dramatically improving server stability and response times during peak periods.

StorageSPIRE's advanced design provides persistent, non-volatile data retention and easy configuration with no special device drivers required. Designed with 4 Gigabit data paths and up to 12 Fibre Channel connections, StorageSPIRE supports direct-connect, arbitrated loop and switched fabric mode configurations with 500G to 1T of high-performance data capacity per enclosure.

StorageSPIRE complements existing SANs and NAS by presenting a high volume of LUNs to servers and serving data 10 to 50x faster than mechanical disks, eliminating I/O bottlenecks. The StorageSPIRE solution deploys transparently in the data center to preserve current infrastructure, applications, file systems, and storage management software. ...Solid Data Systems profile


Secure Information Sharing Architecture for .GOVs

Washington - July 10, 2007 - Cisco, EMC and Microsoft today announced a new technology alliance targeting government users based around Secure Information Sharing Architecture.

Historically, information protection technologies have been enforced system-by-system, creating islands of protected data. Some government agencies are having trouble providing role-based access to sensitive content within their own organizations, and the problems become much more difficult when sharing sensitive content across different agencies.

By utilizing SISA, government agencies can more easily set up security-enhanced, virtual networks for different authorized users and communities to access sensitive files stored in different information protection systems. SISA will enable new scenarios for cross-government information sharing. ...Cisco profile, ...EMC profile, ...Microsoft profile, SAN, Storage Security, SAN switches
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Themis Computer Joins Oracle PartnerNetwork

Sun's Results Show Failure to Leverage Storage

Univa Corp Announces New Relationship with Sun

Solid Data Launches Terabyte Fibre-Channel SSD

Secure Information Sharing Architecture for .GOVs

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Squeak! - SSD Myths and Legends - "write endurance"
Does the fatal gene of "write endurance" built into flash solid state disks prevent their deployment in intensive server acceleration applications - such as RAID systems?
It was certainly true as little as a few years ago.

What's the risk with today's devices?

This article looks at the current generation of products and calculates how much (or how little) you should be worried.
read the article - SSD Myths and Legends
RAM based SSDs have been used alongside RAID for years - but flash SSDs are physically smaller and have bigger capacity (160G in 2.5") and are lower cost than RAM-SSDs and could actually be configured in standard RAID boxes. F-SSDs aren't as fast as RAM based products but a single flash SSD can deliver 20,000 IOPs - which when scaled up in an array - starts to look interesting. ...read the article, storage reliability solid state disks
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