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SUNW becomes JAVA

SANTA CLARA, Calif - August 23, 2007 - Sun Microsystems today announced that it will change its Nasdaq stock ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA, the ubiquitous technology and brand it created in 1995.

The stock ticker change will go into effect for the trading community on Monday, August 27, 2007.

"The Java brand and technology have evolved to be among the most pervasive on the internet, yielding extraordinary awareness for Sun and opportunity for the community that leverages it," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun. "More than a billion people across the globe, representing nearly every demographic, market and industry, rely upon Java's security, innovation and value to connect them with opportunity. That awareness positions Sun, and now our investor base, for the future."

Editor's comments:- this gets the prize for being the stupidest thing I have heard from Sun in recent years.

If Sun hadn't weakened the SPARC brand for the past decade and lost most of its shareholder value than SUNW would still be worth something more than it is today. Are they hoping that some investors won't notice that it's the same old company - and accidentally buy some shares?

See also:- article:- Marketing Nomenclature, and the Naming of Names

RAM versus Flash SSDs - War for the Datacenter Core

Editor:- August 20, 2007 - today published a major new article on the SSD market called - "RAM versus Flash SSDs - which is Best?"

We've been writing for years about the subject of hard disks vs flash SSDs. There's a lot of consensus now about which technology will prevail in the disputed application slots for a single drive.

The next multibillion dollar war in the SSD market will be for domination in the high performance rackmount server acceleration space.

Hard disks will retain no finger holds in this war - even if the price of a hard disk drops to zero. Sorry guys. Hanging onto the hard disks in your hot server core will kill your company - because they will make your business applications too slow, too expensive and too unreliable. Outside the core... as bulk content storage or disk to disk backup is another matter, for another article.

The SSD server core war will be internecine - one type of solid state storage versus another. The title of this article " "RAM versus Flash SSDs" is misleading because there are many distinctly different products fighting under each similar looking flag. With specially written features from the world's leading SSD companies - this article will change the way that you think about SSDs in enterprise server applications. 2007 will be seen as the Year of SSD Revolution. the article, ...75 more articles about Solid State Disks

HP's Solaris X86 Business (article)

Editor:- August 17, 2007 - HP's success in running native SPARC applications on Solaris X86 servers are detailed in an article on

See also:- Solaris Migration

Intel Launches New Quad Processors

SANTA CLARA, Calif - August 13, 2007 – Intel Corp today launched 2 new quad-core Intel Xeon processors.

The new processors boast unprecedented combinations of performance and energy efficiency, along with a pricing strategy to move the enterprise industry to multi-core systems. They also contain new virtualization capabilities.

The Intel Xeon Processor X5365 is the industry's first 3.0 GHz quad-core processor to fit inside a standard 120 watt power envelope. The X5365 also features front-side bus (FSB) speed of 1333MHz.

For energy saving applications which still need high performance the new L5335 has a 2.0 GHz clock speed and 1333MHz FSB within a 50 watt power envelope – or just 12.5 watts per processing core.

Both processors are easily "drop-in" compatible with select existing Intel server platforms and have set new performance records on some vendor selected benchmarks. ...Intel profile

See also:- Green Storage , storage chips, Solid State Disks

Sun Offers UltraSPARC T2 as "Fastest Commodity Microprocessor"

SANTA CLARA, Calif - August 7, 2007 - Sun Microsystems today announced it is shipping the new UltraSPARC T2 processor this quarter.

The T2 has 8 cores and 8 threads per core. With each thread capable of running its own operating system, the chip delivers a 64-way system on a single chip. Sun's highest performance SPARC chip has more than 50 Gigabytes / second memory bandwidth. The UltraSPARC T2 processor is available in production quantities this quarter, with prices starting well below $1,000. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:-
There are some fantastic opportunities in the market today for new server companies who can combine the best of breed processors with best of breed storage. And because Sun is a big slow reacting systems company - there are big gaps in the market for swift of foot oems - even using Sun's own chips and OS. But here's a warning for wouldbe SPARC oems from SPARC history.

At one time there over 50 concurrent manufacturers of computers using SPARC processors listed in this directory.

That was helpful in transitioning Sun from being an unknown workstation company in the 1980s to being the "dot in dotcom" by the end of the 1990s. Although many SPARC oems would have faded due to natural market shakeouts - I was told by some that when times got tough for Sun's systems sales - the price of SPARC chips got levitated to an artificially high level to ease them out of the way of Sun's competing systems sales people. As with any single sourced chip from a potential competitor there is a strong risk of getting screwed - unless you have a very well written supply contract.

Linux Servers First to Get 100x Faster Flash SSD Storage

Wallingford, PA - August 6, 2007 - EasyCo announces the release of its "Managed Flash Technology" storage solution for Linux servers.

Dubbed "The 300,000 RPM Disk Drive", MFT combines Flash SSDs with a patent pending drive management layer which delivers sustained random write performance that is more than 100x faster than the bare solid state flash drive.

Flash SSDs only solve the "read half" of the enterprise performance equation. By delivering 2,000 to 7,000 4K read IOPS (IOs Per Second), Flash SSDs randomly read 10 to 30 times faster than 15K SCSI drives. Unfortunately, the random write performance of Flash SSDs is terrible. With random write rates of only 13 to 50 IOPS, even applications that do as few as 5% writes will spend 95% of their time writing. This renders existing, unmanaged Flash SSDs as unsuitable for most enterprise applications.

This is what SSD manufacturers refer to as "the random write problem" of flash technology. EasyCo's Managed Flash Technology solves the Flash SSD random write problem. As a result, random write speeds are in the range to 3,000 to 10,000 IOPS. Without MFT, Flash SSDs are only marginally faster than desktop hard disk drives. With MFT, Flash SSDs are accelerated into a class by themselves.

EasyCo's president, Sam Anderson, laughs about the first production data tests. "In our first live test, a prospect copied 218,000 of their own records, deliberately sorted out of sequential order, from one database file to another. Running on a 15K SCSI drive, the file to file copy took over 45 minutes. In fact, at one point, the client called to ask if the server had hung (they were testing remotely). The same job on an MFT Flash drive took only 2 minutes and 45 seconds, or 3,963 IOPS."

End-user pricing for the Linux supported product starts at under $2,500 and extends upwards to over $50,000 depending on the configuration. Windows solutions and storage appliance solutions should be available by Q407. EasyCo is also seeking qualified Linux system integrators, as well as server and storage appliance manufacturers who wish to distribute the MFT solution with their hardware. ...EasyCo profile

Editor's comments:-
last year when I dismissed the relevance of hybrid hard disks for enterprise applications it was because I forsaw that with clever systems integration arrays of inexpensive flash SSDs could be harnassed to do a superior job with respect to capacity and performance. EasyCo says it's getting the high system write performance using commodity Samsung 32G PATA drives which are "far from "leading edge".
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SUNW becomes JAVA

RAM versus Flash SSDs

HP's Solaris X86 Business (article)

Intel Launches New Quad Processors

Sun Offers "Fastest Commodity Microprocessor"

Linux Servers First to Get 100x Faster Flash SSD Storage

earlier news - archive
RAM based SSDs
RAM based solid state disks
Megabyte rammed through all barriers
to get there faster.

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services based on UNIX / UltraSPARC
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Popular PDFs on
Editor:- September 13, 2007 - Here's a list of the most popular recently published articles in pdf format which readers have been viewing in September. Personally I'm not a great fan of pdfs on the web. And I'm not alone.

That explains why HTML format articles are typically 10x more popular with our readers than those in pdf format.

Maybe that's due to the past buggy nature of pdf browsing (slow to start but quick to crash). And it's one of the reasons I've always signaled a clear warning in the link like this... (pdf)

But don't let a bad format (pdf) hide a great message. Some of these articles are real gems. Otherwise I wouldn't have published them.

When a publisher needs to get a lot of new articles out fast - pdfs are a convenient way to shorten the lead-time. And if any of them get really popular - I go back and convert them to make them more accessible to future readers.

BTW when I link to a pdf the link means what it says.

It goes directly to the article. Not to some "registration page". I never sign up to read articles. If someone doesn't want me to read their article (maybe it's got their credit card details in it) that's the ideal barrier to protect it. I can take a hint and read something else (usually better) somewhere else. Like you - I get enough junk email already - and I don't like wasting time. (I can do that so much better offline.)
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