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Compton, CA - July 20, 2002 - Belkin Components and ActionFront Data Recovery Labs today announced the renewal of their industry-first Data Recovery Warranty agreement. Three years ago, Belkin broke new ground in the computer industry by augmenting their Connected Equipment Warranty with a new Data Recovery Warranty for their SurgeMaster™ and UPS products. In the handful of cases where Belkin customers had equipment failure and data loss while using these products, ActionFront recovered the lost data. Dorothy Mungarro, technical support manager, Belkin, stated,

"Our customers could not have been more satisfied with the service they received from ActionFront for fast turnaround, friendly service and, of course, the lost data they were able to restore to their systems." Nick Majors, president of ActionFront, stated, "We have enjoyed helping Belkin 'raise the bar' in the power-protection field and are delighted to renew our agreement providing that extra level of protection against data loss for Belkin customers. I am glad we had the courage to participate in what is essentially the world's first functional Data Recovery Warranty program."

"Our SurgeMaster and UPS products have become the clear choice for computer users due to this unprecedented value, just as ActionFront was the clear choice for Belkin," said Michael Galardi, Belkin product manager. ...ActionFront Data Recovery profile, ...Belkin profile

Wilmington, MA - July 19, 2002 – Kentron Technologies today announced the availability of 1 Gigabyte, DDR333, Registered, low profile (1.20" – high) memory modules supporting ECC. Pricing for these modules is $495.00. Tom Mullen, Kentron's Director of Sales said "The 1GB Module combines the highest density available in the marketplace today with latest DRAM Technology." ...Kentron Technologies profile

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 18, 2002 - SGI today announced the availability of a 2Gb configuration for the SGI® Total Performance 9100 (TP9100) storage array that now offers increased performance in an innovative high-density design, providing the bandwidth and capacity to tackle the world's toughest data access problems. The flexibility of the SGI® TP9100 storage system's unique high-performance 2Gb Fibre Channel architecture allows it to be tailored for high-availability, high-performance or low-cost entry-level requirements.

"The size of data sets is increasing exponentially and as a result companies are having a harder time storing and managing their data," said Bob Murphy, marketing manager, SGI Storage Solutions. "The SGI TP9100 storage system further extends our storage capability to meet those needs by delivering very compelling performance and availability in a flexible, high-density form factor, helping customers manage their data more efficiently and inexpensively."

The SGI TP9100 Fibre Channel storage system comes in RAID and JBOD configurations to meet the variable needs of SGI's customers in the media, imaging, sciences, manufacturing and energy fields. The 2Gb TP9100 can house 16 2Gb Fibre Channel drives, providing over a terabyte of capacity using 73GB drives, in just 3U of rack space. The 2Gb TP9100 storage system comes in a deskside tower configuration housing up to 16 disks and a rack-mounted configuration housing up to 192 disks-or 14TB using 73GB drives-in a single 38U rack. Comprehensive storage management is provided with an easy-to-use web interface.

Available today from SGI and its reseller channels worldwide, the SGI TP9100 2Gb Fibre Channel storage array, equipped with one RAID controller and 72GB of storage, starts at under $22,000. Attractive financing options are available through SGI Solutions Finance. ...SGI profile

Editor - July 18, 2002 - a new article published tomorrow in the SPARC Product Directory lists the the Top #10 Most Important SPARC Systems Companies. The companies are ranked according to pagviews from over 125,000 SPARC Product Directory readers in Q2 2002. That's a bigger real-time sample than you'll typically get from any market research company. This feature also includes a commentary on each company.

Shock horror! (Or maybe not.) For the first time since we started analysing this kind of web information in 1996, Sun Microsystems is no longer ranked #1. Sun's results are reported and analysed on the SPARC news page. ...SPARC Product Directory, ...Sun Microsystems profile

Hopkinton, Mass.- July 18, 2002 - EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2002, reflecting strong sequential growth in revenue from the company's industry-leading portfolio of storage software products and continued progress in lowering EMC's cost structure. Revenue for the second quarter was $1.39 billion, an increase of 7% compared to the $1.30 billion reported for the first quarter of 2002. Net loss for the second quarter, excluding the after-tax effects of a $25 million reversal to the third-quarter 2001 restructuring charge, was $11 million or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with a first-quarter 2002 net loss of $97 million or $0.04 per diluted share, also excluding the after-tax effects of a $28 million reversal to the third-quarter 2001 restructuring charge. Consolidated net income for the second quarter, including the after-tax benefit of the $25 million reversal, was nearly $1 million or $0.00 per share.

Joe Tucci, EMC's President and CEO, said, "Economic conditions and customer spending patterns in the second quarter were very similar to the first quarter. Most large corporations continue to delay major IT projects, generally limiting their purchases to deployments that provide a rapid return on their investment. EMC's competitive advantage in this tight-fisted environment comes from being the only company 100% dedicated to comprehensive networked storage solutions. Software revenue grew 14% compared with the first quarter, a clear sign that customers are embracing our AutoIS open software strategy. The other major factors in our improved sequential performance were better international results and our tenacious attack on costs. We believe we gained market share in both hardware and software during the second quarter." ...EMC profile

Editor's comments:- in Q2 2001, EMC's revenue was $2.02 billion. In Q2 2001, EMC's revenue was $2.15 billion. So if you compare today's reported results of $1.39 billion they don't look as good as the sentiments in the rest of this press release might suggest. Is EMC right in believing it gained market share in hardware? Well everyone has a right to their own opinion, but I think they're wrong on that one. Gaining market share compared with one or two ancient competitors is not the same as gaining share in the whole market which consists of hundreds of RAID, SAN and NAS oems.

TAIPEI, Taiwan and MILPITAS, Calif. - July 17, 2002 – LSI Logic and ASUSTek Computer, Inc., the world's leading motherboard manufacturer, today announced implementation of the LSI Logic Ultra320 SCSI controller, the LSI53C1030, for use on the ASUSTek PR-DLS server motherboard just released into full production. The controller enables easy RAID upgrade using the LSI Logic MegaRAID® Express 600 ZCR (Zero Channel RAID) solution. The ASUSTek board is among the first in the world to accommodate dual Intel® Xeon processors and a ServerWorks® GC-LE chipset.

LSI Logic Ultra320 SCSI controllers are shipping in full production volumes and have demonstrated over 102,000 I/Os per second over two channels in the critical small block performance category using a single-chip. The LSI Logic Ultra320 SCSI solution more than doubles the bandwidth and performance of previous generation Ultra160 SCSI. The MegaRAID Express 600 Ultra320 SCSI adapter converts the motherboard SCSI controller into a powerful, low-cost PCI SCSI RAID solution. Its low-profile form factor saves rack space, reduces co-location costs and increases the available space for RAID storage, routers and other types of adapters.

"ASUSTek is committed to delivering the latest technology to our customers and use of the LSI Logic Ultra320 solution is a decision that makes perfect sense," said Jerry Lee, Associate Vice President, System Business Department for ASUSTek. "The LSI Logic LSI53C1030 controller clearly provides the industry's best performance, and offers easy RAID migration for customers." ...ASUSTek, ...LSI Logic profile

Westwood, MA and Santa Rosa, CA - July 17, 2002 - Precise Software Solutions and Inc. announced today that Precise will sponsor the new eBook The Definitive Guide™ to SQL Server Performance Optimization. Authored by Microsoft SQL Server expert Don Jones, the eBook will provide real-world perspectives about optimizing the performance of enterprise applications for today's IT environments.

"SQL Server is the leading database on Windows and Windows NT platforms. By sponsoring The Definitive Guide to SQL Server Performance Optimization, Precise is enhancing its commitment to the rapidly growing SQL Server market by providing valuable, up-to-date technical information to companies that have invested in SQL Server to support their mission-critical enterprise-class applications. The eBook will help these companies to deliver optimal service to their end users, increase database administrators' productivity, as well as help maximize their investment in the application infrastructure," commented Tom Murphy, Director of Product Marketing, Precise Software Solutions.

Exclusive to Precise Software Solutions, The Definitive Guide to SQL Server Performance Optimization will be published on a chapter-by-chapter basis, as it is written, providing up-to-date information about how to optimize the performance of applications running on Microsoft SQL Server. Registered readers will receive email notification when each chapter of the eBook is made available for download. Chapter One of the eBook is currently available and readers can register for immediate access to this free resource. ...Precise Software Solutions profile

Editor's comments:- giving stuff away can be a good marketing ploy. Publishers do it all the time. We give away free content on our web sites and in return make money selling advertising. That's much easier than selling bulging computer directories, which we used to do back in the early 1990's. BTW the publisher of has never in our 11 year history ever sold bartered or in any other way supplied email lists. We believe that the only true opt-in internet media is when you choose to look at a web site. We also don't do cookies, pop ups, pop unders and all those other annoying things. Back to the plot...

Precise Software seems to be in giveaway mode at the present time, and has an offer which gives away up to 3.3 TB of FREE Dell NAS storage with purchases of their StorageCentral SRM licenses.

ARMONK, N.Y. - July 17, 2002 - IBM today announced total revenues for the second quarter of 2002 of $20.0 billion, which includes $379 million of revenues from its hard disk drive unit, which is being sold. That's a 7% decrease from the second quarter of 2001. Second-quarter net income from all operations was $56 million, including $1.4 billion in incremental charges - $2.1 billion before tax - compared with $2.0 billion in net income in the second quarter of 2001. Excluding the charges, net income would be $1.45 billion.

Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM president and chief executive officer, said: "I'm proud that the IBM team generated $20 billion in revenues in the second quarter - one of the most difficult capital spending environments we've seen in decades. Our performance, even in this difficult market, reaffirms the strength of our portfolio and that our strategies are on target. At the same time, we took aggressive actions in the quarter that will strengthen IBM for long-term industry leadership and further improve our cost and expense structure. These actions will immediately strengthen our overall results." ...IBM profile

Editor's comments:- this is very solid achievement by IBM, compared to EMC which reported 31% year on year revenue decline for this quarter (on the 18th), and for Sun, which has not yet reported but is expected to do worse than EMC.

Hopkinton, Mass. and Palo Alto, Calif.- July 17, 2002 - EMC Corporation and Hewlett-Packard Company, the two largest global enterprise storage providers, have agreed to cross-license certain storage system application programming interfaces (APIs).

The technology exchange will facilitate each company's development of storage management applications capable of managing each company's respective storage systems. Both EMC and HP believe that this kind of technology exchange can serve as a model for agreements with other companies and thereby accelerate the industry's progress toward solving the interoperability concerns of customers.

According to industry analyst estimates, the storage systems technology addressed under this exchange represents more than 70% of the combined revenue market share for networked external RAID storage in 2001, and more than 50% of the overall external RAID revenue market share for 2001.

Under the terms of the agreement, EMC is licensing APIs to support discovery and control functions of EMC Symmetrix® and EMC CLARiiON® storage systems. HP is licensing APIs to support discovery and control functions of the HP StorageWorks Virtual Array (VA) systems and the HP StorageWorks XP systems. This agreement expands on a previous agreement between EMC and Compaq, who merged with HP in May 2002. ...EMC profile, ...HP profile

Editor's comments:- does anyone who work for Microsoft read the mouse site? OK you were only looking at the pictures. I've just been reading "World War 3.0" by Ken Auletta, in which it is revealed that Microsoft used to be sensitive to the subject of other companies dominating API standards. Maybe it's time for Bill Gates to write a memo about storage. Better late than never. Microsoft didn't make our top 10 storage software companies list, but there was a time when they didn't do a web browser. They learn fast. BTW I haven't finished Auletta's book yet, so don't tell me how it ends.
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Nibble Re: Sun's Annus Horribilis

his last year has not been a happy one for the "dot in dot-com" company.

Partly it's suffered from problems affecting the whole computer industry, but maybe it's time for the company to confess up to shareholders, users and other partners, that some of its biggest problems have been self inflicted. Hubris had become as much a core part of the company as Solaris.

As the strength of Sun has dimmed during the last year, the glare of looking directly at it has become less painful. I don't realistically expect any press releases coming out from Sun Microsystems admitting they have done things wrong in their business strategy (that may have to wait for Scott McNealy's memoirs) but we have already started to see a trickle of news to suggest that they are going back to do some things differently. In the absence of any "mea culpas" coming out from Mountain View here's my own suggested shortlist of sins of omission and sins of commisssion by the SUNW company.

Sins of Omission

  • Sun forgot that its customers are rational human beings, who seek out the best value solutions for their organizations. When Sun produces the best solutions, they buy Sun. But that shouldn't be taken for granted when Sun's products are no longer best of breed.
  • In the mid 1990's Sun's SPARC Technology Business promised OEMs looking at SPARC technology, that Sun's SPARC processors would maintain a consistent performance advantage over Intel architecture by a margin of about two to one. You'd have to pay more for the SPARC technology, but you'd get higher performance computing typically a year to eighteen months sooner by switching to SPARC. However in 2001 and upto the 2nd quarter of 2002, Sun forgot to deliver on this pledge. First Sun's competitors caught up, and now the performance ratio is heading towards two to one the wrong way round. But Sun still expects users to pay a higher price for lower performance. There's something wrong with that thinking.

Sins of Commisssion

  • Sun had many "adventures" into other market segments where the Sun magic had not been worked before. Sun's biggest and most expensive misadventure was in the fast growing storage market. Industry commentators said at the time that Sun was a most unlikely candidate to succeed in this commodity priced market. Storage doesn't just connect to Sun servers, it connects to PC's and Wintel servers, and a lot more besides. My guess is that Sun squandered billions of dollars in this experiment. It failed because users don't want over priced second rate storage at a higher price than best of breed alternatives. However Sun is already going back to its earlier successful strategy of badge engineering good solutions made by other companies.
  • Sun had developed a latent market of pro Sun wannabe customers in the Intel architecture market with its Solaris X86 operating system. At some future time this had the potential to be leveraged with Intel badged servers from Sun. However, when Sun unilaterally and without discussion pulled the plug on these users, it sowed the seeds for future distrust. Any future Intel architecture products from Sun, be they Solaris or Linux will be viewed with deep suspicion. Sun's business development in this market has been set back many years

I said this would be a short list. That's why I haven't mentioned that Sun lost trust in its VAR channel by competing with its own customers when times got tough. And that Sun thought that most of its other partnerships with IHVs and ISVs were one way streets designed solely to benefit Sun. But that's no different to what other computer companies have always done. Sun was unusual in ever behaving differently. Sun was unlucky with its cache reliability problem, and was even more unlucky that its fastest growing customer base got whacked by the pricking of the dot-com bubble. Nothing they could really about that.

Looking ahead...

the need for high performance reliable servers hasn't gone away. Sun just isn't meetimg that need as well as it used to. Many of the hurdles which Sun faces are internally created problems. Admitting that's the case, and doing something about it could result in a new dawning for the twenty year old company.

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