Product Watch: Novell’s Netware To Address SANs. Linux Support Available From SGI. Pericom Introduces Bus Switch Family.

August 25, 2000

SHORT TAKES

NOVELL’S NETWARE TO ADDRESS SANS

Provo, UTAH — Novell, Inc., a leading provider of Net services software, announced the next generation of the NetWare Net services platform to manage the exploding need for ever-larger amounts of network-based information storage. Novell’s next generation NetWare will integrate heterogeneous corporate networks into the emerging one Net economy as companies make the jump to eBusiness. Built on proven, market-leading reliability and security, the next version of NetWare gains important new network storage management capabilities that integrate file, messaging, database and directory storage for Web-based one Net solutions. In addition, it supports fail-safe clustered arrays of up to 32 servers to make it the optimal platform for deploying Net services software.

“The future, and value, of NetWare in one Net solutions is certain,” said Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Novell. “We’ve made it a key enabler as a hosting platform for Net services that secure and simplify networks and accelerate the move to eBusiness solutions. Significantly, next-generation NetWare moves network storage management to an Internet model that simultaneously simplifies file and resource access control for Windows, UNIX, Linux and other desktops across one Net solutions. No one else can readily provide the level of multiplatform integration that we will deliver with this product.” Novell will offer three configurations of NetWare to make it easy to deploy Net services software as required by large data centers, midsize companies or smaller organizations. All will ship with NDS eDirectory, the industry-leading directory providing identity and resource management for one Net solutions. NetWare 6 will host Net services as deployed in data centers and add new capabilities that make the product more powerful and usable in multisystem environments across all sizes of organizations. In addition, NetWare 5.1 and Novell Small Business Suite 5.1 will continue to serve the market.

Targeted at mission-critical installations that support the business needs of large data centers to small firms, NetWare 6 focuses on a core customer requirement in eBusiness: integrating the massive and disparate types of storage (files, messaging, databases and directories) that eBusiness is generating. According to Gary Light, CTO for Capital Region HealthCare, NetWare is a key component of CRHC’s infrastructure and will continue to be as their needs evolve and grow. “NetWare’s storage, print, directory and management superiority is complemented by the solution’s extreme reliability,” Light said. “Reliability and security are expected in a NOS at all levels. Novell’s cross-platform strategy provides this by allowing us to choose best-of-breed products which meet our current needs and our future needs as we grow and change.” Visit http://www.novell.com for more information.

TRG PLANS INITIATIVE TO DELIVER AN OPERATING SYSTEM

Orem, UTAH — Timpanogas Research Group, Inc. located in Orem, Utah is pleased to announce an Open Source Initiative to deliver an Open Source NetWare Compatible Operating System to Novell Customers 2H 2001. TRG’s Open Source NetWare compatible Operating System, dubbed MANOS (Metropolitan Area Network Operating System) is based on a NetWare-like SMP kernel written by the authors of Novell’s NetWare SMP operating System and Wolf Mountain Operating System, Jeff Merkey and Darren Major. MANOS contains a fully integrated kernel-level source level debugger and the ability to load and use Microsoft Windows 2000 Portable Executable and Dynamic Link Library (DLL) formats. MANOS is not slated to support Novell’s legacy NLMs, but is being enabled for full wire-compatibility with Novell’s NCP client protocols and an Open Source NDS clone.

“TRG wanted to release our open source NDS last year, but we had to wait for the expiration of the RSA Public/Private Key patents on September 20, 2000, since Novell’s NDS is heavily dependent on PKI for security and authentication. With the expiration of these key patents, providing a fully wire-compatible NetWare NOS replacement can now become a reality. We are currently taking the best of Linux and incorporating Linus Torvald’s outstanding work into MANOS to create the world’s first Open Source NetWare-like NOS. Our intent is to support existing Linux applications and drivers on an optimized NOS kernel that provides comparable performance metrics to today’s NetWare product line,” stated Jeff Merkey, CEO of TRG. TRG has posted the kernel and source code for the MANOS kernel at http://www.timpanogas.com and ftp at 207.109.151.240. The current open source contains the base kernel and loader only. TRG and a small group of Open Source developers are integrating the Linux Network and Disk Drivers and Linux execution environment onto MANOS. MANOS is a work in progress, and is slated for first release on 2H of 2001.

LINUX SUPPORT NOW AVAILABLE FOR LINUX FROM SGI

San Jose, CA — SGI Global Services and Mission Critical Linux, Inc. announced the availability of unique mission-critical support for SGI systems running Linux. Combining the service technology and engineering expertise of Mission Critical Linux with the enterprise service experience and call-management infrastructure of SGI Global Services, Mission-Critical Support for Linux now offers SGI customers the highest level of support available for clients’ most essential systems. “The combination of SGI product and Mission Critical Linux support will deliver a total solution unmatched in the Linux market,” said Moiz Kohari, president and CEO of Mission Critical Linux. “SGI customers will not only have investment protection with their data, but also a resource to turn to when high-caliber Linux support problems arise.”

The support offering provides 24/7 monitoring coverage with an on-site response time of two hours or less. An SGI system support engineer will restore equipment to good working condition, including the provision of replacement parts. By deploying the most innovative remote monitoring technology, Secure Service Technology (SST) and Embedded Support Partner (ESP) from Mission Critical Linux and SGI, the alliance will enable a commitment to restore SGI system failures within six hours of notification. Customers will receive accelerated escalation for issues requiring high-level attention, including direct escalation into Mission Critical Linux’s team of elite Linux engineers. SGI technical account managers will have the ability to review customers’ system event logs on a daily basis and then recommend appropriate preventative or remedial maintenance to eliminate system issues before they evolve into serious problems. Mission Critical Linux has offices around the world and can be reached at http://www.missioncriticallinux.com .

PERICOM INTRODUCES NEW BUS SWITCH FAMILY

San Jose, CA — Pericom Semiconductor Corporation, a leading supplier of high-speed and mixed-signal integrated circuits, announced its next generation 3.3V bus switch family. Pericom now offers the lowest ON capacitance, lowest resistance 3.3V bus switches that also meet the higher-speed/higher-bandwidth requirements of today’s server and networking products. The PI3CXXXX bus switch family is designed primarily for servers, network switches and router system boards. The devices are used for bus isolation, clock selection, PCI hot plugging and add-in card hot plugging. Additionally, this new family of switches is available in a variety of packages including the low profile, fine-pitch ball grid array (LFBGA) and micro small outline package (MSOP). This allows Pericom to offer the smallest solutions for high-speed applications.

“A long-standing design challenge in developing high-performance network system boards and servers has been how to provide low voltage hot plugging, signal isolation, and rail-to-rail switching while also enabling the highest bandwidth,” said Refugio Jones, Pericom’s Product Marketing Manager. “Pericom’s new bus switch family solves these problems with patented switching circuitry. These circuits ensure the switch does not load down the bus, improving system timing margins and bandwidth.” The 3.3V high-bandwidth bus switch family uses patented charge pump circuits to maintain rail-to-rail signaling and to reduce device capacitance, thereby increasing the maximum channel data frequency for greater bandwidth. Visit http://www.pericom.com for more information.

VERITAS UNVEILS NEW STORAGE MIGRATOR VERSION

Mountain View, CA — VERITAS Software Corporation, the data availability company, announced the latest enhancements to its hierarchical storage management (HSM) solutions offering, including versions 3.4 of VERITAS Storage Migrator for UNIX, VERITAS Storage Migrator Remote for UNIX and VERITAS Storage Migrator Remote for Windows NT. Providing enterprise-level storage management for UNIX computing environments, VERITAS Storage Migrator reduces backup and recovery windows by migrating data off critical front-end file servers to secondary storage devices. With version 3.4 of VERITAS Storage Migrator, customers may implement a superior data-migration strategy that offers maximum data availability for business without interruption.

“The greatest benefit we have experienced with VERITAS Storage Migrator is that it has allowed us to significantly increase the disk space made available to our users without having to add more hardware, resulting in a reduced total cost of ownership,” said Kelly Milburn, manager, Unix Server Dev & Support, R&D, GlaxoWellcome Inc. “We look forward to upgrading to version 3.4 of VERITAS Storage Migrator for UNIX to take advantage of the performance improvements and enhanced administrative capabilities it offers.” VERITAS Storage Migrator for UNIX As an easy-to-use file and data management software solution, version 3.4 of VERITAS Storage Migrator for UNIX ensures that only frequently used data is kept permanently online. Inactive data is automatically migrated from online devices to lower-cost secondary storage sources such as optical disk or tape. When accessed by users or applications, the migrated data is quickly and seamlessly retrieved to primary online storage. Increased disk space is now made available for application usage. Visit http://www.veritas.com/ for more information.

HONEYWELL IMPLEMENTS MATRIXONE SYSTEM

MatrixOne, a leading provider of Internet business collaboration solutions, announced that the eMatrix system, selected by Honeywell Performance Polymers & Chemicals in March, is now operational. By converting a legacy paper-based system to MatrixOne’s Intranet-based, eBusiness environment, Honeywell is improving overall business processes while simultaneously enhancing the company’s ability to understand and collaboratively react to customer needs. “Honeywell is a huge company,” said Leigh E. Townley, vice president of Honeywell Performance Polymers & Chemicals’ eBusiness and IT. “We are continuously looking for ways to utilize technology and build even stronger customer relationships. We recognize that using Internet technology is a way to foster greater overall collaboration, both geographic and organizational, between our customers and technical experts. MatrixOne’s solution is already making a marked difference in how information flows from our customers, through our business and back.”

Adopting the eMatrix solution as a base for collaboration is another important step or opportunity in converting legacy activities to e-Business. So far, the results of eMatrix have been greeted with enthusiasm and have fueled the incentive to push collaborative communications to higher levels. By routing and documenting data, regardless of where it is needed, no matter what the location or system, eMatrix allows users to retrieve, track and store information across platforms and around the globe. Now, engineering, manufacturing, legal, finance and marketing can not only share information in real-time but act on and modify that information as if all the parties were in one room. “System startup went smoothly. After our small task force defined the issues, we had a prototype system running within a few weeks. Then it was just a matter of transferring that prototype to our existing IT infrastructure. From concept to complete implementation, it took just 12 weeks,” said Ms. Townley. “With any company, it takes time and solid business applications to change from conventional business patterns to the endless opportunities of eBusiness via the Internet. So far, our experience with MatrixOne has made the journey of this transition a smooth one,” said Ms. Townley.

MENTOR ANNOUNCES PRODUCTS FOR LINUX

Wilsonville, ORE. — Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the availability and immediate release of the entire IC Station’ suite of products on the Linux’ (Redhat 6.0) operating platform. Customers receive all of the functionality, capacity, performance, and automation of the IC Station full custom IC design solution, which includes schematic capture, netlisting and IC layout, while enjoying the cost effectiveness and increased microprocessor speeds of x86 PC-class computers. Mentor Graphics is the first major EDA company to address the custom IC design market with a Linux solution. The IC Station solution on Linux provides a 10x productivity increase over manual polygon editors. The integration of schematic capture (Design Architect-IC) and schematic driven layout (ICgraph SDL) together with the engineering change order capability (ICeco) allows concurrent design and layout development. This enables the layout to begin before final sign off of schematics.

“Our customers face a competitive environment which demands automation and performance improvements, while finding a less expensive way to accomplish custom IC design,” said Ernie Koeroghlian, business unit director of the custom IC design business unit of Mentor Graphics Corporation. “We`re thrilled to be able to step up and offer a cost-effective solution to our customers which enables them design success without jeopardizing quality.” The decision to support the Linux platform was made as a result of feedback from large key customers of Mentor Graphics. The availability of custom IC design tools on Linux enables companies with designers who telecommute the ability to increase productivity without incurring high hardware costs. The Linux release will also benefit start-up companies with robust custom designs and limited hardware budgets. Visit http://www.mentor.com for more information.

PENGUIN COMPUTING INTRODUCES 2U RACKMOUNT SERVER

San Jose, CA — Penguin Computing Inc., a leading provider of reliable Linux systems for Internet serving, announced the availability of the Relion 200 series of 2U rackmount servers. Intended for Internet applications that demand maximum reliability and availability, Relion 200 servers are available with a dual hot-swappable power supply and up to six hot-pluggable storage drives with optional RAID configuration. Relion 200 servers, unveiled today at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, pack high performance into a space-saving 2U rackmount form ideal for clustering-the method of choice for ISPs and other e-businesses facing large volumes of network traffic. “Penguin Computing is focused on providing compact Linux servers for Internet business. We’ve developed this next-generation 2U server to give our customers the performance – reliability and availability – and the space-saving features they need to run their demanding Web applications,” said Han Dong, director of business development.

A key Relion 200 feature is a dual hot-swappable power supply, available as an option in some systems. Some also let users install up to six hot-pluggable hard drives with optional RAID configuration. Relion 200 servers, which come with Red Hat Linux 6.2 installed, are available with up to two Intel Pentium III 850 MHz processors; Penguin Computing expects to offer Relion 200 systems with PIII processors running at 1 GHz by the end of the year. The Relion 200 series also is the first to reflect Penguin Computing’s new product brand names. Other members of the Relion brand family – built-to-order rackmount systems designed for Internet serving – include Relion 100 and Relion 400 servers. Visit http://www.penguincomputing.com for more information.

QLOGIC DEMONSTRATES INFINIBAND SWITCH

Aliso Viejo, CA — QLogic Corp., a leading SAN infrastructure provider, today announced it will demonstrate a prototype of an InfiniBand switch which will provide the interconnect infrastructure for Intel’s multi-vendor InfiniBand demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, Calif. “InfiniBand architecture will drive switches into the core of the data center,” said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel’s Fabric Component Division. “Using QLogic’s prototype switch, we are able to demonstrate a unified fabric of storage, networking, and clustering in the InfiniBand demonstration at IDF.”

The InfiniBand prototype switch provides data connections between host stations, such as servers, and their targets, such as network devices. Each switch will have ten 2.5 Gbps full-duplex data ports for connectivity. Internally, the switches have a prototype subnet management agent enabling remote switch management. Future QLogic InfiniBand switches will support both copper and fiber implementations. “The InfiniBand switch allows multiple connections to high speed networks, tape drives, disk drives and other devices without having to compete for bandwidth,” said Rob Davis, vice president, advanced engineering, QLogic Switch Products Group. “This gives end users the greatest scalability without having to increase the number of switches.” QLogic will also demonstrate the prototype Graphical User Interface (GUI) for subnet management at the forum. The GUI allows end users to choose switch, port and channel adapter views for examining counts and statuses. End users can also view a logical picture of the connected topology. Visit http://www.qlogic.com for more information.

VIXEL OFFERS FREE FABRIC UPGRADE TRIAL

Bothell, WASH. — Vixel Corporation announced a free 30-day trial of its fabric upgrade for the Vixel 7000 Series Switches, available via the company’s Web site ( http://www.vixel.com ). The trial program gives existing Vixel switch customers the ability to download and evaluate its new full-fabric capabilities. The Vixel 7000 Series includes the 7100 8-port and 7200 16-port switches, which fully support ANSI SW-1 standards and are upgradeable to the proposed ANSI SW-2 standards that enable true multivendor switch-to-switch interoperability, allowing customers flexibility when choosing the best solutions for their data storage requirements.

Vixel’s fabric upgrade, which is available for immediate delivery, protects end-users’ investments by incorporating fabric into their existing hardware through a simple software key. A full-fabric environment eliminates network bottlenecks, creating a high bandwidth, high performance Storage Area Network (SAN). The fabric services and firmware features of the Vixel 7000 Series Switches enable end-users to scale their SANs to meet expanding storage requirements, accommodating virtually hundreds or thousands of devices. The Vixel 7100 and 7200 switches form a high-speed SAN backbone, supporting 100MBps of bandwidth at each fabric port. “We’re confident that the quality of our fabric is exemplary, so we’re giving our customers the opportunity to download the upgrade directly from our Web site, and try it for thirty days,” said Ron von Trapp, vice president of sales and marketing, Vixel Corporation. For more information, visit Vixel’s web site at http://www.vixel.com .

AST ANNOUNCES GDPRO 5.0 BETA RELEASE

Littleton, COLO. — Advanced Software Technologies announces the public availability of GDPro 5.0 Beta 2 release. The Beta 2 test release unveils a strong and comprehensive set of features specifically targeted at Java developers, establishing GDPro as the leading Java focused modeling tool on the market today. GDPro 5.0 Beta 2 is available to the public by contacting Advanced Software Technologies. GDPro 5.0 focuses on the mainstream Java developer, providing integrated Java development support for day-to-day development of applications. New features include: live round-trip engineering for Java keeping code and models simultaneously synchronized, allows users to rapidly create Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) and XML descriptors for fast and accurate deployment of EJBs, and a JavaDoc editor to make clear and effective comments to your Java code. Additionally, GDPro 5.0 Beta 2 is fully compliant with the latest version of UML 1.3.

“By making GDPro fully Round Trip Engineering enabled for Java, along with C++, strong stability, and UML 1.3 compliance, GDPro should become our standard tool of choice. It is fully compliant with UML 1.3 and it is the first tool I know about that is fully compliant,” states Brooks Van Horn, Jr., of TRW/S&ITG Technical Fellow. The final release of GDPro 5.0 is scheduled for mid September. Visit http://www.advancedsw.com for more information.

ADAPTEC INTRODUCES ULTRA160 SCSI RAID CONTROLLERS

Milpitas, CA — Adaptec, Inc., a global leader in innovative storage solutions, today strengthened its lead in the RAID market by unveiling three powerful new, microprocessor-based Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers for entry- and mid-range servers. The new offerings include two robust 64-bit Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers, the Adaptec SCSI RAID 3200S and 3400S, that feature a 3/4-size form factor, and come in two- and four-channel versions, respectively, and the Adaptec SCSI RAID 2100S, a half-size, single channel Ultra160 RAID controller. All three products are based on Adaptec’s proven Ultra160 SCSI technology.

With these additions to its product portfolio, Adaptec now delivers a complete line of RAID products in the industry, from low- to high-end server offerings, and the broadest choice of interfaces, including ATA/UDMA, SCSI and Fibre Channel. “The Internet and e-commerce are driving an unprecedented increase in data requirements and overloading entry and mid-range servers,” said Jeff Loebbaka, vice president of channel marketing at Adaptec. “With affordable single- or multi-channel Ultra160 SCSI RAID controllers from Adaptec on their servers, companies and organizations now have reliable, high-performance data protection solutions that support critical business applications.” “IDC is projecting the entry server segment to provide the fastest growth opportunity for RAID, with market penetration expected to increase from 15 to 35 percent within the next two years,” said Robert Gray, research director, storage systems, at IDC. “These new products from Adaptec are timely, and we believe the company is well-positioned to extend its presence in this market, given its leadership in SCSI and RAID and unparalleled channel strength.”

SCO TO BRING UNIXWARE 7 INTO LINUX MARKET

Santa Cruz, CA — The SCO Server Software Division, an independent business unit of the Santa Cruz Operation, Inc., announced that it has developed the Linux Kernel Personality (LKP) for UnixWare 7. The new LKP technology is a key step toward the vision of an Open Internet Platform (OIP), discussed in the recent announcement that Caldera plans to acquire the SCO Server Software and Professional Services Divisions. The new LKP technology unifies UnixWare 7 with Linux at the kernel level and also includes a complete Linux environment. This adds full Linux capabilities to UnixWare 7 while keeping all the major UNIX attributes such as scalability, reliability and clustering intact. Linux applications can install and run on UnixWare 7 without modification, resulting in the addition of a host of new solutions to the wealth of applications already available on UnixWare 7.

“The Linux Personality is great news for both the UnixWare 7 and enterprise Linux markets,” said John Palmer, vice president of Marketing, Server Software Division, SCO. “LKP will make the entire Linux application portfolio available for UnixWare 7 customers, including enterprise server applications. At the same time LKP allows Linux customers to take advantage of a highly scalable and cluster-ready operating system based on the proven UnixWare 7 platform. Because the LKP runs at the kernel level, customers will not know it’s there – it will just work.” UnixWare 7 customers can now take advantage of an even wider selection of applications in a scalable, cluster-ready computing environment. Linux channel partners and ISVs will benefit from LKP as it will increase the number of operating platforms they can offer to their customers.

MENTOR GRAPHICS PROVIDES DESIGN SOLUTION ON LINUX

Wilsonville, ORE. — Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the availability and immediate release of the entire IC Station suite of products on the Linux (Redhat 6.0) operating platform. Customers receive all of the functionality, capacity, performance, and automation of the IC Station full custom IC design solution, which includes schematic capture, netlisting and IC layout, while enjoying the cost effectiveness and increased microprocessor speeds of x86 PC-class computers. Mentor Graphics is the first major EDA company to address the custom IC design market with a Linux solution. The IC Station solution on Linux provides a 10x productivity increase over manual polygon editors. The integration of schematic capture (Design Architect-IC) and schematic driven layout (ICgraph SDL) together with the engineering change order capability (ICeco) allows concurrent design and layout development. This enables the layout to begin before final sign off of schematics.

“Our customers face a competitive environment which demands automation and performance improvements, while finding a less expensive way to accomplish custom IC design,” said Ernie Koeroghlian, business unit director of the custom IC design business unit of Mentor Graphics Corporation. “We’re thrilled to be able to step up and offer a cost-effective solution to our customers which enables them design success without jeopardizing quality.” The decision to support the Linux platform was made as a result of feedback from large key customers of Mentor Graphics. The availability of custom IC design tools on Linux enables companies with designers who telecommute the ability to increase productivity without incurring high hardware costs. The Linux release will also benefit start-up companies with robust custom designs and limited hardware budgets. Additional product information can be found at http://www.mentor.com/cicd .

INTERPHASE INTRODUCES FIBRE CHANNEL ADAPTER

Dallas, TEXAS — Interphase Corporation, an international supplier of next-generation networking technologies, announced that it has expanded its enterprise-class Fibre Channel product line with a new adapter that addresses the rapidly growing market for low profile servers. The small form factor design of the new 5541 PowerSAN adapter offers full duplex 1 Gbps Fibre Channel throughput, flexible GBIC connections for both fiber and copper applications, and integrated SAN management. In response to demand from ISPs and enterprise network centers, major server vendors including Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM have introduced a new generation of low profile servers to provide the scalability required to keep businesses connected to the Internet. According to International Data Corporation, the Internet server segment of the overall appliance server market will experience a compound annual growth rate of more than 130 percent through 2004.

“The 5541 provides a solution to network planners and integrators that are building Internet, e-commerce and storage network infrastructures with 1U rack-mount servers,” said Greg Kalush, Interphase president and CEO. “This new card offers the same high-performance, reliability and functionality that customers have come to expect from our PowerSAN 2000 architecture.” The 5541 adapter also features Interphase’s new Storage Networking Device (SND) architecture with integrated support for FibreView Enterprise. The Interphase SND architecture provides a highly integrated software core that allows new functionality to be quickly deployed in response to rapidly changing market requirements. Current drivers available for the 5541 include Windows NT, Windows 2000, Solaris and Linux. Future driver support includes NetWare and Intel’s forthcoming IA64 Itanium architecture. FibreView Enterprise is an Internet-enabled software management tool that provides the unprecedented real-time ability to configure, analyze and dynamically reallocate server connections anywhere within the SAN. Visit http://www.interphase.com for more information.

EMULEX UNVEILS INFINIBAND STRATEGY FOR SANS

San Jose, CA — Emulex Corp., the world’s largest supplier of Fibre Channel host bus adapters, Tuesday outlined its first generation of storage area network (SAN) access products based on InfiniBand technology. InfiniBand, a channel-based interconnect technology developed by members of the InfiniBand Trade Association, which include Intel Corp., Dell, Sun Microsystems, Compaq, Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, provides an ideal high-speed switched architecture for server clustering, a networking sector that has lacked a standardized solution in the past.

Equally important, InfiniBand promises to provide a higher-performance server interface to SANs and local area networks (LANs), scaling well beyond today’s PCI specification. Upcoming generations of Emulex InfiniBand-based SAN access products are expected to deliver improved performance while preserving OEM software development and qualification investments in Emulex’s PCI Fibre Channel host adapters. As the world’s leading supplier of host Fibre Channel connectivity, Emulex is positioned to enable server and storage manufacturers to migrate from today’s PCI interface to InfiniBand. “Fibre Channel I/O controllers which support InfiniBand Architecture will be a key technology for Internet data centers,” commented Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel’s Enterprise Platform Group. “Intel is working closely with Emulex to ensure the successful deployment of InfiniBand technology.” Visit http://www.infinibandta.org for more information.

MAXOPTIX LAUNCHES DVD-RAM LIBRARIES

Fremont, CA — Maxoptix Corporation ( http://www.maxoptix.com ), a leader in optical data-storage technology, introduced two DVD-RAM libraries, marking the company’s entrance into this market. The Maxoptix DVD520 and DVD540 are the only DVD-RAM jukeboxes in the industry designed specifically to meet the random-access requirements of DVD-RAM – and the only jukeboxes that can use the standard DVD cartridges approved and recommended by the DVD Forum. (All other DVD-RAM libraries are adaptations of products originally designed for CDs – and can handle only single-sided bare media.) The DVD520 and DVD540 jukeboxes provide a cost-per-gigabyte comparable to tape, with much faster access – and a ruggedness and archivability comparable to magneto-optical (MO).

“The DVD520 and DVD540 provide excellent media durability, because they use standard DVD-RAM cartridges,” said Dave Kalstrom, Maxoptix vice president of sales and marketing. “Since the media is never touched by human hands, it cannot be contaminated by dust or from handling. Over time, repeated handling of unprotected rewritable media can cause significant contamination. Fingerprints are especially problematic, because they degrade the signal level reaching the disc’s recording layer. Cartridged media completely eliminates this problem. Media cost is also a concern with libraries. Maxoptix jukeboxes use standard double-sided cartridges, which cost about half as much as the media used by competitive units. This can result in cost savings of several hundred dollars per jukebox.” The DVD520 and DVD540 use 5.2GB double-sided (2.6GB per side) DVD-RAM cartridges. This gives the 20-cartridge DVD520 a capacity of 104GB and the 40-cartridge DVD540 a capacity of 208GB. The jukeboxes feature a flipping mechanism to take advantage of the storage capacity on both sides of the discs, and are available with one or two drives.

SUN PRESENTS PORTING KIT FOR LINUX DRIVERS

Palo Alto, CA — Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced it is making the Solaris Operating Environment Network Driver Porting Kit for Linux Drivers available free of charge. This kit, the latest in a series of free tools and services Sun offers for driver development, provides scripts and guidelines to let developers convert PCI-based Linux driver source into a binary Solaris driver for the Intel platform. The kit is another example of Sun’s commitment to the growing number of Solaris Operating Environment independent hardware vendors (IHVs), and to the Intel market. IHVs who have written Linux drivers for Fast Ethernet, FDDI, Gigabit Ethernet, or Token Ring devices can now leverage that work by using the kit to create the corresponding binary network drivers for Solaris Operating Environment.

“This kit provides a faster way to develop Solaris Operating Environment network drivers without compromising quality, reducing development time by 80% or more,” said Andrew Ingram, Vice President of Solaris Software Marketing for Sun’s Solaris Systems Group. “It’s almost as though every time the IHV writes a Linux network driver, he gets two drivers instead of one: one Solaris and one Linux. On top of that, IHVs and other commercial developers can validate the quality of a driver created using this kit by verifying it through our Solaris Device-Driver Verification Program, so customers will know the driver has passed verification tests developed by Sun.” Demand for peripherals with the Solaris Operating Environment drivers continues to grow with the using installed base resulting from the Free Solaris program. Customers ordering Free Solaris media kits report almost 250,000 installations completed or planned short-term on the Intel platform since the program began in March. Almost 150,000 of these installations were by new users – all customers needing devices with Solaris Operating Environment support.

RED HAT UNVEILS IA-64 LINUX JUMPSTART PROGRAM

San Jose, CA — Red Hat, Inc., a leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, announced today the IA-64 JumpStart Program, which provides all the software, tools, support and training needed for independent software and hardware vendors (ISVs and IHVs) to quickly develop solutions for Red Hat Linux on Intel’s new Itanium IA-64 architecture. Program members receive a wide range of free services and can purchase additional levels of support and training from Red Hat – often at a significant discount. Avanti, Rational, Sendmail, Steeleye, Tibco and Unify are among the leading software vendors who have already joined the program to leverage Red Hat’s unmatched open source development and support expertise.

“The JumpStart Program continues Red Hat’s commitment to delivering everything needed to quickly and easily embrace Red Hat Linux and other open source solutions in the next generation of computing,” said Michael Tiemann, chief technical officer at Red Hat, Inc. In May, Red Hat released an early beta version of the Red Hat source code for the Itanium processor platform. The early code release included the Red Hat/Cygnus compiler and tool kit and is based on the tools and kernel developed by the IA-64 Linux Project, formerly known as the Trillian project. “The JumpStart Program reflects Red Hat’s commitment to its customers to deliver high-end performance and stability of the IA-64 platform for their Internet infrastructure solutions,” said Victor Krutul, manager, OS Programs, Intel Corp. “Red Hat’s release of pre-production tools and software and the new JumpStart Program exemplifies the industry-wide support to help accelerate the development of Itanium processor-based server and workstation applications.”

DESIGNSPACE OFFERS ENTERPRISE LEVEL SUPPORT

Southpointe, PA. — ANSYS, Inc., announced the release of ANSYS/DesignSpace Version 5.0.2. This latest release offers enterprise level support for popular computer-aided design (CAD) systems and engineering hardware platforms, providing broader and more effective communication capabilities for the patented engineering Web report technology in DesignSpace Report. DesignSpace offers best-in-class engineering solutions for companies working in multiple CAD software and hardware platform environments. Version 5.0.2 adds full CAD associativity with Autodesk Inventor R2 & R3, Pro/ENGINEER 2000i2, Unigraphics 16, SolidWorks 2000, Autodesk Mechanical Desktop 4 & 5, and Solid Edge 7 & 8. A geometry reading capability is also included for Parasolid and ACIS. Hardware platform support for these CAD and geometry formats includes Windows support for 98/2000/NT, and UNIX support for HP UX, Sun Solaris, and SGI IRIX.

“DesignSpace 5.0.2 further develops the ability for collaboration between engineers with multilingual versions of DesignSpace Report,” said Lee Stotler, business unit manager, ANSYS, Inc. “Engineers working in international or multinational companies can now publish Web-based engineering reports in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. Designers can work in their native language and share the engineering results of DesignSpace with other companies or locations across the world in their appropriate language.” In addition to the multilingual report capability, DesignSpace is fully localized in English, German, French, and Japanese. “A five language report capability will facilitate more effective communication of analysis results between our many international locations,” said Mr. Diego Andreani of the BRANDT Group, a leading European manufacturer of domestic appliances.

MOLECULAR MINING ANNOUNCES WEB SITE PROJECT

Raleigh, N.C. — Molecular Mining Corporation is pleased to announce the completion of its web site redesign project, which will facilitate the launch of the Company’s new business initiatives. CEO Evan Steeg, Ph.D., said, “I am proud to say that we are on target in all regards. The next segment of this development phase, downloadable Shockwave demo movies and free trial copies of our software, will be online soon, giving our potential users and business partners quick access to overviews of our technology and hands-on time with our software offerings.” “The site offers a registration option to allow access to Free trial downloads of our software, a chance to participate in creating new software products and discounts on workshop attendance,” Steeg continued, “We hope to become a valuable part of the daily work of the increasing number of scientists that have to draw information from high-throughput gene expression, proteomics, SNPs, toxicology and structure-activity measurements, in other words the next generation of molecular biology methods.”

Along with these features, the web site also has links to data set evaluations conducted by MMC’s senior scientists and a link to a recent Scientific American article about bioinformatics. In the future, scientific papers will be downloadable to users who register at the site. Molecular Mining Corporation (MMC) was founded in 1999. After initial funding and incorporation in 1999, MMC is poised to launch a line of exploratory, inference and prediction-based data mining software products into the bioinformatics market. The company has recently launched MMC Custom Network. This business unit’s mission is to build partnerships, which provide a high degree of customization with a pharma, biotech or genomics partner. These partnerships may center around exploring, modeling and generating predictions on molecular networks and particular disease pathways, or using MMC’s unique technology to crack the huge combinatorial barriers to finding and exploiting the most valuable correlative relationships between SNPs and disease susceptibility, drug response and environmental factors.

SYBASE RELEASES SOURCE CODE FOR COMPILERS

Emeryville, CA — Sybase, Inc. announced that it plans to release the source code for the Sybase Watcom C/C++ and Watcom Fortran compilers under an Open Source license agreement. This move is designed to allow existing customers to continue to evolve the Watcom compiler products for their own use. “We’ve had tremendous interest from our customers in Open Source versions of our Watcom compiler products,” said Rob Veitch, director of Business Development, Sybase, Inc. “Sybase feels that leveraging the tremendous talent pool in the Open Source community is the best way to enable customers to continue to support and evolve these products into the future.”

Sybase has selected SciTech Software, Inc. as the official maintainer of the Watcom compiler source code, which is planned to be released under the “Open Watcom” moniker. SciTech was selected due to its heavy use of Watcom products, its extensive cross platform experience and its record of Open Source involvement; SciTech released its commercial SciTech MGL graphics library to the Open Source community in 1997. Among its duties as official maintainer, SciTech will manage the Open Watcom web site (http://www.openwatcom.org), which will host the project source code, bug tracking database, developer discussion groups, and official binaries for free download. SciTech will also be heavily involved in the continued development of Open Watcom products. “SciTech is a long time user of Watcom products and considers them among the best compilers around,” said Kendall Bennett, Director of Engineering at SciTech Software, Inc. “We are ecstatic to be involved in a project that breathes new life into such awesome products and harnesses the creative energies of the entire ‘Net community to enhance them into the future.” Visit http://www.sybase.com for more information.

QUANTUM/ATL AND ATTO ANNOUNCE FIBRE CHANNEL

Irvine, CA — Quantum/ATL, an element of Quantum’s DLT and Storage Systems Group and a leading supplier of intelligent DLTtape automation for networked computers, and ATTO Technology Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of Fibre Channel and SCSI storage connectivity solutions, Wednesday announced the Prism FC230, a second-generation Fibre Channel-to-SCSI router integrated into ATL’s new high- performance, intelligent tape libraries being shipped in 2000. The new product is part of ATL’s Prism Storage Architecture, a standard feature of ATL’s P-Series libraries that enables easy addition of system connectivity and feature options. The new solution provides universal connectivity to storage that is not server/platform centric and offers massive scalability by leveraging networking infrastructures. Support for Fibre Channel loop or fabric environments provides a simpler method for connecting servers to ATL’s P3000 and the newly announced P2000 enterprise libraries.

Using the new Prism Fibre Channel option avoids the need for large volumes of data to be transmitted at much slower speeds over the local area network. The new router connects to any kind of Fibre Channel topology: point-to-point, arbitrated loop or switched fabric. “Prism Storage Architecture allows ATL customers to keep pace with evolving Fibre Channel technology by simply installing the FC230, which will allow them to cost-effectively improve the overall performance and scalability of their libraries over time,” said Neal Waddington, chief operating officer of ATL. “By integrating our new Fibre Channel technology, ATL customers will have a Fibre Channel router that is tightly coupled within the internal library architecture,” said Timothy Klein, president and CEO of ATTO. “This allows the Prism FC230 to take part in high availability features while sharing a consolidated user interface and network management system with the rest of the library.”

INTRUSION.COM UNVEILS GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

Richardson, TEXAS — Intrusion.com, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise security solutions for the information-driven economy, announced Kane Secure Enterprise 4.0.4, a centralized security analysis system that delivers intelligent enterprise-wide monitoring for intrusion and misuse detection from hosts, network devices and multi-vendor security applications. The new release of Kane Secure Enterprise includes a powerful java graphical user interface (GUI) that enhances usability and simplifies the tracking and analysis of events. Additional enhancements include improved scalability; increased agent-to-manager performance for Sun Solaris and Windows NT agents; and increased database performance. Expanded agent support now includes ISS RealSecure and Cisco Secure IDS to enable centralized intrusion detection management, and round out the software’s multi-vendor monitoring capabilities.

“With the gigabytes of data generated by each security agent, managing and securing the network environment has become increasingly complex and time-consuming for in-demand security professionals,” said Billy Austin, vice president of sales and marketing for Intrusion.com. “Kane Secure Enterprise, with its advanced GUI and performance improvements, increases staff efficiencies, enables deeper security system analysis, and makes daily evaluation and assessment reviews easy – even for the largest enterprise with thousands of users.” Kane Secure Enterprise is a sophisticated security management system that runs on Windows NT. It integrates audit and event data from a variety of sources including Windows NT and Solaris servers and desktops, Cisco IOS routers, Check Point FireWall-1, ISS RealSecure and Cisco Secure IDS intrusion detection systems. An innovative feature of Kane Secure Enterprise is its advanced behavioral profiling that enables security administrators to follow the activity, usage and behavioral patterns of individual users. The program builds a behavioral profile of each user, and tracks them across categories such as login-logoff times, applications executed, use of administrative rights, and more.

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