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Sun Enters the Disk Sanitizer Market
Santa Clara, Calif - November 25, 2008 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today entered the Disk Sanitizer market.

Sun Data Protection Services, Data Erasure, is a new on-site service to help enable customers to remain compliant with internal corporate data erasure policies during the removal, redeployment or relocation of equipment containing sensitive data. ...Sun profile, Disk Sanitizers

Sun Sources SSDs from STEC

SANTA ANA, Calif. - November 24, 2008 - STEC, Inc. today announced that its ZeusIOPS and MACH8/IOPS SSDs have been qualified for use in Sun Microsystems' recently lainched 7000 storage family.

"Sun prides itself on working with partners that support our drive for innovation in Open Storage. STEC has provided the high performance SSDs used in the Sun Storage 7000 family, which provides radical simplicity, performance and cost savings," said Victor Walker, VP, storage development, Sun Microsystems. ...STEC profile

Editor's comments:-
Sun already had experience selling STEC's SSDs which were integrated in the SpeedStor a rackmount SSD made for Sun by Superior Data Solutions .

Themis Rugged Servers get NATO TEMPEST Certification

Fremont, California - November 13, 2008 - Themis Computer announced that its RES-22DCX and RES-32DCX servers were successfully tested for NATO TEMPEST certification without the use of an external enclosure.

Themis' Rugged Enterprise Servers (RES) 2RU and 3RU systems were selected for use in a surveillance program that requires TEMPEST Zone 2 certification. As a result of the successful testing and certification for compromising emanations conformity, these servers are qualified in for use within Facility Zone 2 deployments by the Federal Office for Information Security.

"We work closely with our customers and partners to design and build rugged computing systems that provide high quality, superior scalability, and reliability. Our servers are notably designed to run mission-critical applications in hostile operating environments," said William Kehret, president of Themis Computer. "It should be reassuring to our OEM's and system integrators, that in standard configurations our Rugged Enterprise Servers are able to meet the system level emission require-ments for Zone-2 TEMPEST, without recourse to an external rack enclosure." ...Themis Computer profile, military SPARC systems, Military Storage

Editor's comments:-
even those of you not in the defense or intelligence community may be interested in knowing some aspects of TEMPEST.

Ever since computers became used for sensitive purposes it was known that enemies could learn some of the data in them - by detecting electromagnetic emissions from those systems. TEMPEST has been a multi-decades long evolving set of design standards and tests aimed at reducing the risks of such leaks occurring.

Even before the widespread use of computers - spooks designed ingenious ways to learn what was being typed into target documents. 20 years ago - the book Spy Catcher was banned in the UK. Among other things it described how British Intelligence could read what was being typed on a manual typewriter from audio intercepts. And in another part of the book how they could get audio data by detecting sound vibrations off a room's window using light beams.

In more recent decades the books (and films) of Tom Clancy and the tv series 24 have educated millions to the intelligence possibilities posed by electronic systems. But remember - the bad guys are always improving their technology too. So it never stops.

And going back to today's press release... the reference to "without recourse to an external rack enclosure" is significant - because if you put a leaky system into a big shielded box - that achieves the same purpose. But it also limits the deployment options - by adding considerably to the space required, weight, thermal management and cost. Being intrinsically qualified - without an external box - makes the servers much more useful.

Sun Sows OpenSPARC Education Seeds in Europe

Santa Clara, Calif. - November 5, 2008 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced a 3 year collaboration to promote OpenSPARC CMT among universities and research institutions across 38 countries in Europe.

Sun's partner in this endeavour is Europractice - an EU backed non-profit microelectronics design stimulation project.

Sun and Europractice will hold the first in a series of OpenSPARC technology workshops this autumn. Professors from participating universities will join Sun experts to learn first-hand about the latest processor innovations, including CMT and software programming that maximizes the advantages of multithreading. These professors will then incorporate OpenSPARC in their curriculum, research and lab work. Today's announcement builds on similar efforts by Sun and universities in China, Taiwan, New Zealand and the US.

Since the launch of the OpenSPARC T1 processor in March 2006, over 9,000 OpenSPARC T1 / T2 processor RTL files have been downloaded.

Also today Sun announced the launch of the OpenSPARC Internals book, a resource dedicated entirely to supporting the broad community of students, developers and programmers using CMT technology across the globe.

From Ye Olde DotCom Marketers - New Trusty Benchmarques to Woo and Amaze You
Editor:- October 13, 2008 - Sun has published benchmark results for its recently launched SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server.

Benchmarks were a popular way of getting customer interest about 20 years ago - when Sun was starting to develop its SPARC business. In those days there were more viable competing server processors and operating systems than in the market today. Users genuinely got interested in the latest benchmarks.

I don't believe this quaint form of marketing is so effective today. My guess is this type of communication is mostly aimed at captive SPARC/Solaris customers who might be looking at upgrade options. It takes a huge leap of imagination to think that an IBM or HP user will look at such a press release and say - I really must look at SPARC for my next system.

Experienced users are cautiously cynical about such vendor benchmarks - and they are all going to be obsolete soon anyway - because SSD acceleration - if correctly applied - can make more difference to application performance than a new generation of processor chip.

What is more interesting to me is that last week Sun announced the appointment of a new Senior VP of Corporate Strategic Planning, who was previously COO at Internet Brands - a web publisher with over 600 million pageviews / month.

Probably like many of you I'd never heard of Internet Brands before (which shows just how big the web is). But buying in web marketing IP for Sun (with the appointment of Christine Bucklin) could be as significant to its business as buying in Intel Architecture CPUs, or RAID systems was - a tacit admission that others might do things better.

Sun was a pioneer in internet marketing - and in the mid 1990s was years ahead of its server rivals in this respect. But home-spun doesn't always make the best fabric.

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