INTRINSYC LINKS LINUX AND WINDOWS
Vancouver, BRITTISH COLUMBIA — Intrinsyc announced that it is introducing a new networking technology that reliably links Linux- based devices to Windows enterprise systems. Building on the success of Intrinsyc’s deviceCOM for Windows CE and NT, Intrinsyc’s new deviceCOM for Linux enables customers to use Windows at the enterprise level, while taking advantage of the benefits offered by Linux for embedded devices. This new software solution, and an accompanying vertical market application, will be demonstrated at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, CA., from September 26th to 28th, 2000.
“Intrinsyc’s engineers have solved a highly complex and pervasive networking challenge that has emerged with the boom in Linux applications,” says Derek Spratt, CEO of Intrinsyc. “By creating opportunities to use Windows and Linux in concert and by bridging the enterprise and device levels, Intrinsyc’s new deviceCOM for Linux represents a significant step toward the development of multi-operating system solutions.” Intrinsyc has been licensing deviceCOM for Windows CE and NT since 1998 and it has emerged as an industry standard for connectivity solutions with few rivals. It is currently licensed by a number of Intrinsyc customers, including Ford, ICONICS, and Intellution. Intrinsyc will license the use of deviceCOM for Linux in the same manner, following general release of the product in January 2001.
SPSS RELEASES ENZYME KINETICS MODULE FOR SIGMAPLOT
Chicago, ILL. — Expanding its solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, SPSS Inc. announced a specialized SigmaPlot module for medical researchers and life scientists. The Enzyme Kinetics Module from SPSS Science extends SigmaPlot’s curve fitting and graphing capabilities, and includes specialized analytics and graphs tailored to the study of enzyme reactions – reactions which are widely studied in drug research and development and in the life science and medical research disciplines. The release of this module means that medical and drug researchers can use SigmaPlot 2000’s award-winning graphing and curve-fitting capabilities to analyze and present enzyme kinetic data. This is the second in a series of specialized SigmaPlot modules and is expected to ship in late September. “This module has been highly requested from our SigmaPlot customers who do enzyme kinetics research,” said Rakhi Advani, marketing manager for SPSS Science. “The Enzyme Kinetics Module integrates seamlessly with the SigmaPlot 2000 environment, enabling users to perform specialized functions for enzyme kinetics analysis, while still taking advantage of SigmaPlot’s powerful analytical, graphing and presentation capabilities.”
SigmaPlot is SPSS’ award-winning scientific graphing software. SigmaPlot makes it easier for users to present their findings accurately using precise, publication-quality graphs, data analysis and presentation tools. SigmaPlot offers numerous scientific options such as automatic error bars, regression lines, confidence intervals, axis breaks, technical axis scales, non-linear curve fitting and a data worksheet for powerful data handling. SigmaPlot is used in a wide range of fields including medical research, life sciences, chemistry, engineering, environmental science and physics. For more information, visit http://www.spss.com .
DATARAM UNVEILS MEMORY FOR HP SERVERS
Princeton, N.J. — Dataram Corporation, a leading provider of gigabyte-class memory for high-performance network servers, becomes the first independent memory manufacturer to offer memory for Hewlett-Packard’s newest A400 and A500 servers. Engineered for e-services and designed to meet the needs of today’s Internet-Age, the A400 and A500 are the latest addition to HP’s successful 9000 Enterprise Server product line.
Dataram quickly responds to the demands of the rack-hungry Internet Service Provider market by offering memory for HP’s A400 and A500 servers in 512MB (DRHA500/512), 1GB (DRHA500/1024), and 2GB (DRHA500/2048) capacities. Both systems have up to 8 slots to reach the maximum capacity of 2GB (A400) and 8GB (A500). Each product contains two memory modules developed with advanced ECC protection, and have the reliability and high memory bus bandwidth required by these servers. With its tight Internet design, the new A-Class is packed into a compact, 2 U (3.5″ high) box, allowing up to 20 servers and 40 processors per rack. The A500 features up to two 2 64-bit PA-8500 440MHz or PA-8600 550MHz processors and up to 8GB ECC SDRAM, while the A400 features 1 64-bit PA-8500 440MHz processors with 2GB ECC SDRAM. “We’re pleased to be the first independent memory company to offer memory for HP’s A400 and A500 servers”, states Jeff Goldenbaum, Dataram’s Product Manager. “These products reflect our continued effort of providing top quality memory solutions for enterprise-class servers at significant savings.” Dataram Corporation is a leading provider of gigabyte memory for workstations and network servers, specializing in the manufacture of large-capacity memory products for Compaq, Digital, HP, IBM, Intel, SGI and SUN computers. The company serves users in diverse industries as financial services, internet service providers, aerospace, petroleum, graphics, automotive, telecommunications, utilities and education.
LYNUXWORKS OPENS “WINDOW” INTO LINUX
Guildford, SURREY — LynuxWorks, Inc. introduced VisualLynux, the first product to integrate the Microsoft Visual C++ Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with development tools for the Linux operating system. VisualLynux is compatible with LynuxWorks’ BlueCat Linux and other Linux 2.2.12 distributions. “It’s exciting to be the first to open a “window” from Visual C++ to Linux,” said Dr. Inder Singh, CEO and chairman of LynuxWorks. “Since Visual C++ is the de facto standard Windows-based software development platform used by most developers, VisualLynux demonstrates our commitment to delivering products that makes it easier for our customers to create embedded applications using the Linux platform.” VisualLynux addresses the need for a Linux-based software solution that can be embedded in “target” processors found in products used in the telecommunications infrastructure, along with post-PC devices, including hand-held computing and Internet-only appliances and TVs with Internet connections.
Visual C++ and VisualLynux The Microsoft Visual C++ includes powerful and innovative language, team development and application lifecycle tools. Used in conjunction with VisualLynux, Visual C++, provides a comprehensive workbench for developing scalable, distributed applications for embedded real-time systems used on the Internet and traditional client/server implementations. “With VisualLynux, developers don’t have to make a choice between using Linux in their products or using the best IDE in commercial use,” said Luke Dion, Vice President of Technology and Strategic Planning for LynuxWorks. “Now they can do both because VisualLynux leverages Visual C++ to develop Linux software.” VisualLynux contains BlueCat Linux debugging tools along with wizards and application windows to extend Visual C++ to Linux “target” processors. This gives programmers the capability to develop Linux applications from within the context of Visual C++. VisualLynux includes the Target Wizard, an interactive tool for configuring and connecting to Linux-based “target” systems. After running Target Wizard, VisualLynux provides tools that automatically know how to download programs to the Linux system and execute and debug them from the Microsoft Windows-based workstation. At the click of a button, VisualLynux will automatically recompile Linux applications, download newly rebuilt programs to Linux, and start the applications under control of the VisualLynux debugger. In addition, VisualLynux includes tools for importing and exporting traditional Linux “makefiles” and an on-line help system, which provides detailed system information needed for creating Linux applications. Visit http://www.LynuxWorks.com for more information.
QUANTUM DLT SHIPS SUPER DLTTAPE DRIVES
Milpitas, CALIF.– Quantum Corporation’s DLT & Storage Systems Group, a leader in tape storage technology, announced it has begun shipments of its next-generation Super DLTtape drives to leading automated tape library partners. Based upon the industry’s leading and proven DLTtape technology platform, Super DLTtape delivers improved performance and reliability that customers can depend upon to exceed their demanding data storage protection and archiving needs. Advanced Digital Information Corporation, Overland Data, Inc., Quantum|ATL, a unit of Quantum’s DLT and Storage Systems Group and StorageTek, technology leaders in data storage and backup products, are among the first library automation suppliers to receive Super DLTtape drives for their award-winning automation products lines. “Overland has been directly involved from the start of testing of Super DLTtape technology,” said Steve Richardson, vice president of marketing at Overland. “We have witnessed the high capacity, reliability and compatibility of Super DLTtape that our customers are demanding. We are committed to combining this breakthrough technology with our award-winning line of automated libraries to deliver to our customers what we believe will be the industry’s most dependable solution.”
“Today’s data-driven economy has created the necessity for a new set of innovative data storage and protection solutions with breakthrough levels of performance, capacity and reliability,” said Bill Britts, ADIC executive vice president of sales and marketing. “The collaboration that is making Quantum’s Super DLTtape technology available in a full range of ADIC automated tape libraries is providing our customers with exactly the kinds of next-generation technology they need to keep ahead of the data explosion.” “As data storage demands continue to skyrocket, high performance, increased capacity and rock-solid reliability are the hallmarks of what our customers expect from us and the DLTtape platform,” said Gary Brenkman, director, product marketing, Quantum|ATL. “The combination of Super DLTtape and our broad range of high-performance libraries offer an unparalleled enterprise solution that delivers upon the high expectations of our customers.” StorageTek vice president and general manager, client server tape and disk Nelson Diaz explains, “StorageTek’s strong position in the enterprise library market clearly will be enhanced by the advent of Super DLTtape. This technology provides a remarkable improvement in speed and capacity, supporting the proven reliability and scalability of StorageTek’s tape automation solutions, including our current TimberWolf as well as our new L-series library systems.”
LOTUS & SUN EXTEND OFFERINGS FOR MARKETS
Berlin, GERMANY — At Lotusphere Europe 2000, Lotus Development Corp. and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced extended offerings for the Application Service Provider (ASP) and enterprise markets. ASPs can now provide the next level of collaboration and performance to their customer base with the availability of Lotus QuickPlace 2.0 and the Lotus ASP Solution Pack for the Sun Solaris Operating Environment. Lotus Domino Everyplace is also now available on the Solaris Operating Environment for enterprise customers. “Lotus solutions on the Solaris Operating Environment are a proven combination and have set standards for performance among enterprise customers,” said Mark Canepa, vice president and general manager, Internet Desktop and Server group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. “ASPs have recognized Sun as their preferred platform for service infrastructures because our systems offer the reliability, security, scalability and manageability that are a vital part of delivering services 24/7.”
With these product offerings, Lotus and Sun are providing small and medium business (SMB) customers with secure and reliable hosted solutions, allowing ASPs to reach out to their customers with collaborative solutions and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to find new channels for their applications. “To build our ASP utility, we needed scalable, reliable and secure messaging, work group collaboration and transaction processing technology,” said John Whiteside, president and CEO of netASPx, a Lotus and Sun business partner. “Lotus Domino, combined with IBM WebSphere for the Solaris Operating Environment, provides the best technology for us to build simple, affordable and reliable B2B solutions.” These Lotus Messaging and Collaboration solutions on the Solaris Operating Environment provide ASPs and their customers with high-performance products running on a high-performing platform. This proven combination of hardware and software has helped minimize the risks associated with customers entrusting their businesses to this new application delivery channel. By making the ASP Solution Pack, Lotus QuickPlace and Domino now available on the Solaris Operating Environment, Lotus and Sun are providing an easy and secure solution for ASPs running on Sun platforms to host applications that are scalable and high-performing for their prospective customers.
STORAGE SUBSYSTEM AVAILABLE THROUGH CMD AND JMR
Irvine, CALIF. — JMR Electronics and CMD Technology announced today the compatibility and availability of the FORTRA 10-bay RAID-ready disk drive enclosure with a specially designed interface for a member of the CMD Titan RAID controller family from CMD Technology, Inc. The FORTRA enclosure, and the CMD 7220 Fibre Channel (FC) RAID controller, each successful products in their own right, are now available as fully tested and compatible products to form the basis of a highly functional storage subsystem. The FORTRA 10-bay enclosure is an enterprise class product that provides hot-swappable components, such as fans, power supplies, and drives, and includes SAF-TE on the personality board, as well as host software that allows control and monitoring of FORTRA enclosure components using SAF-TE commands from the host. The product is 5.25 inch high (3U), and may be rack mount or desk side. Virtually unique to the FORTA, is its ability to also house one or two redundant RAID controllers without the loss of disk drive capacity. The FORTRA 10-bay enclosure is a member of a larger family of FORTRA RAID enclosures from JMR.
The CMD 7220 FC RAID controller is an enterprise class product that features dual active/active redundancy with automatic fail-over and AutoRebind (fail-back), hot-swap, and an extensive list of capabilities focused on data availability, integrity, and performance. The 7220 controller has dual Fibre Channel host interfaces and two Ultra2 SCSI disk interfaces, accommodating up to 28 back-end SCSI disk drives, or over 2 terabytes using modern 73 GB drives. The 7220 is available with the CMD Titan RAID Management Software (RMS), an intuitive management GUI for all CMD Titan RAID products. “We are confident based on the testing of the product combination in our labs that the FORTRA 10-bay enclosure with our Fibre Channel 7220 RAID controller is an excellent combination with very good customer value,” comments Roger J. Klein, Vice President of Marketing for CMD Technology. “The features and complementary nature of the two products results in a strong enterprise-class storage RAID system for small- to medium-capacity applications. It will appeal to OEMs and integrators alike.” Visit http://www.cmd.com or http://www.fortra.net for more information.
FOUNDRY SHOWCASES OPTICAL NETWORK SOLUTION
Atlanta, GA. — Foundry Networks, Inc., a leader in high-performance, end-to-end switching and routing products, announced the successful completion of interoperability testing for both Packet Over SONET (POS) and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces between Foundry’s NetIron Internet backbone routers and CIENA’s MultiWave Metro intelligent optical transport systems. Foundry and CIENA will be demonstrating interoperability at NetWorld+InterOp in Atlanta from Sept. 26-28, 2000 at Foundry’s booth no. 7323. Interoperability between CIENA and Foundry products sets the foundation for an Intelligent Optical Internet on which new, dynamic optical services are created and seamlessly delivered. Interoperability will be demonstrated with transmission of IP traffic across Gigabit Ethernet and Packet Over SONET (POS) formats. Foundry continues to lead the market with advanced technologies for the next-generation Internet, and this interoperability will give service providers the confidence that Foundry’s and CIENA’s products work seamlessly to create service-differentiating, high-speed, advanced optical networks.
“Interoperability between Foundry’s NetIron Internet backbone routers and intelligent optical transport gear, such as CIENA’s MultiWave Metro, meets the high-capacity demands of carriers and large service providers to deliver high-performance optical networks for large-scale Metropolitan network services and co-location facilities,” said Bobby Johnson, president and CEO of Foundry Networks. “Blending advanced Layer 1 optical networking solutions, along with Foundry’s robust Layer 2 to 7 product offerings, carriers and service providers can now deploy high-performance, highly available IP-to-optics network infrastructures that offer a complete set of fault-tolerant multi-tiered services,” added Johnson. Visit http://www.foundrynetworks.com for more information.
RED HAT LAUNCHES RED HAT NETWORK
Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Red Hat, Inc., a leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure solutions, announced Red Hat Network, a powerful Internet-based service for deploying and managing open source platforms. Customizable preferences for security alerts, update management, and technical support improve system administrator productivity and enhance the security, reliability and performance of networked systems. The service reduces total costs and speeds time to value for customers. Red Hat is announcing a 60-day free trial of Red Hat Network for all Red Hat Linux 7 users. In addition, basic functionality will be available at no charge for all Red Hat Linux users. For further details and registration information, please visit http://www.redhat.com/network .
“Red Hat Network is the future of software – an integrated set of technology and services that speed the deployment and reduce the costs of management for Internet infrastructure,” said Paul McNamara, vice president of products and platforms at Red Hat. “Red Hat Network simplifies deployment and delivers proactive services to keep systems secure and reliable. By managing the constant stream of open source innovations through redhat.com, customers get maximum value from the open source development model.” “The high costs of skilled IT professionals can limit the promise of the Internet,” said Billy Marshall, director of Red Hat Network. “I anticipate that Red Hat Network will double the productivity of system administration staff by providing a scalable, flexible solution for deploying and managing open source platforms. Enterprises, service providers, small businesses, and Internet appliance developers can now take maximum advantage of open source technology because Red Hat Network dramatically reduces the ongoing management costs of the rapid innovation model.”
TRIDIA RELEASES OPEN SOURCE VNC SOFTWARE
Atlanta, GA. — Tridia Corporation, a provider of eSupport tools that facilitate interactive support and remote system administration today launched Release 2.0 of the company’s newest product offering, TridiaVNC (virtual network computing) the first commercially supported release of open-source, virtual network computing software that views and controls Linux consoles. TridiaVNC Release 2.0 will be available by the end of the year. A prerelease binary (e.g., beta) will be available by Sept. 26 on http://www.tridiavnc.com . The source code will also be available to the public from http://www.developvnc.org . This is a breakthrough for the Linux community since many administrative tasks under Linux can only take place if you are physically at the console. Release 2.0 of TridiaVNC removes this burden. You can now remotely control the Linux server from anywhere on the network, including via the Internet. As Linux becomes more accepted on the desktop (instead of just on the server) remote viewing and control functionality will be critical for user support and training.
“One of the big drawbacks to Linux remote control was that you COULD NOT take control of the console (the screen, keyboard and mouse connected to the actual server),” says Vince Frese, chief executive officer of Tridia Corporation. “This lack of direct control has been a disappointment to many Linux users. They know they are able to do it under Microsoft Windows, yet they can’t do it under Linux. With Release 2.0 of TridiaVNC they can remotely view and control Linux servers anywhere on the network.” With TridiaVNC, a session is started on a Linux console that monitors screen, keyboard, and mouse inputs and output. The I/Os are then converted to the VNC protocol. ANY TridiaVNC user can then use their TridiaVNC viewer to connect to the Linux server and view/control the console. Since TridiaVNC is cross platform, you can view/control the Linux console from a variety of environments including Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Mac. “The core of this technology was contributed by a German company named Hexonet,” says Frese. “Because TridiaVNC is open source these types of contributions are made possible. Our taking an open source contribution and incorporating it into TridiaVNC underscores the power of the open source movement and Tridia’s role as integrator/aggregator of open source technology.”
COMPILER CONVERTS BRIDGEPOINT UML MODELS TO C++
San Jose, CALIF. — Project Technology, Inc., a leader in executable UML modeling tools, today announced the next generation of its DesignPoint series of UML model compilers. The DesignPoint MC-2020 model compiler translates BridgePoint UML models into efficient, optimized C++ for real-time embedded targets that use Wind River Systems’ VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS). The model compiler utilizes a multi-tasking execution model that lets designers map threads of control in the BridgePoint UML analysis models to operating system tasks. Designers can specify which analysis threads of control should preempt other threads by assigning priorities to events. The MC-2020 product optimizes associations for constant-time pointer-based navigation from one instance of a class to another. In addition, the model compiler uses a two-pass translation approach, thus eliminating data modeled on the class diagram, but not used in the action language.
“The ability to automatically translate models of a system into complete and optimized code provides a significant advantage for real-time software designers in industries with compressed time-to-market windows,” said John Wolfe, President and CEO of Project Technology. “Unlike most UML modeling tools, the MC-2020 model compiler allows embedded systems designers to go directly from models to target code without writing any C++. The executable models captured in the BridgePoint tools also provide an analytical view of the system for the developer’s customer.” The MC-2020 model compiler can also be configured to translate the BridgePoint UML models into C++, compiled and linked for execution on a Windows NT development host. The designer translates the BridgePoint UML models and tests them on the Windows environment before actually sending the code to the target hardware, saving considerable time and effort. This feature also allows designers to use the MC-2020 model compiler to translate BridgePoint UML models into optimized C++ for their Windows NT targets. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.projtech.com .
ALTERA EXTENDS EXCALIBUR DESIGN FLOW
San Jose, CALIF. — Altera Corporation, a leading programmable logic device (PLD) supplier, announced design flow enhancements for its ARM- and MIPS-based Excalibur embedded processor solutions for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) designs. The extended design flow is based on a combination of enhanced tools from Altera, plus support from the existing industry-leading ARM Development Suite and third-party GNUPro tools. The Altera development tools include versions of Quartus development software which includes the new SOPC Builder tool. In addition, Altera today announced support from leading EDA vendors including Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, and Synplicity.
“Today, SOPC design is a reality for the broad marketplace,” said Erik Cleage, Altera’s senior vice president of marketing. “The breadth of hardware and software support offered by Altera enables the ease-of-use and decreased time-to-market required for next-generation SOPC designs.” Altera’s Quartus software was developed to support system-level designs and features good-as-native links to industry-leading, third party tools from Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Synplicity, and other leading EDA vendors. It also features the SignalTap embedded logic analysis tool for in-system hardware debugging. The Altera fourth-generation Quartus software meets the challenges of designing for multi-million gate devices and enables SOPC design methodologies. It supports major operating systems, including Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Sun Solaris, and HP-UX. The SOPC Builder tool, internally developed by Altera, is a front-end development environment that customizes and simplifies both hardware and software code development. The designer can specify a wide variety of system parameters which the SOPC Builder tool then implements automatically, regardless of the processor core being used. The hardware code, thus created, is fed into Altera’s Quartus development tools; the software code is output to either the ARM Development Suite or the GNUPro tool suite. The SOPC Builder tool will allow the decision of whether to place functions in hardware or software to come much later in the design cycle than ever before, allowing a clearer view of the tradeoffs and more optimized system design.
KHORAL DEBUTS POWERFUL NEW SOFTWARE FEATURES
Albuquerque, N.M. — Khoral Research, Inc. announced powerful new features for the company’s flagship software that simplifies and streamlines the visualization, understanding and management of complex image and data processing routines. Khoros Pro 2001 Version 2 gives software developers and visual programmers JAVA development support, tear away release capabilities, new visualization tools, in addition to colorspace models and interactive look-up tables in a user-friendly package. “For programmers who must adapt traditional applications to the Internet era, Khoros Pro 2001 Version 2 offers a flexible software development solution,” said Jack Whittier, President of Khoral Research, Inc. “We give developers a visual programming environment where it’s easy to create and maintain JAVA applets and applications.” Khoros Pro 2001 Version 2 now supports JAVA – in addition to ANSI, C and C++, Mfiles and traditional Khoros programs.
Version 2 of Khoros Pro 2001 makes releasing applications easier than ever. “Our new tear away features support the release of application deliverables that are self-contained, compact and end-user friendly,” noted Danielle Argiro, Vice President of Technology. With the latest release, customers can un-plug and play with kroutines and xvroutines independent from the Khoros Pro 2001 environment to generate standalone binaries with online help pages. The Khoros Pro 2001 Version 2 spectre tool simplifies the process of multi- and hyper-spectral image visualization in Khoros. Spectre allows users to highlight image features by selecting any combination of bands from a multi-band image and display them as red, green and blue. “This new release makes it easier to write programs as fully-integrated image processing routines,” said Argiro. The new image registration toolbox offers 12 operators, 6 libraries, and 18 example workspace objects you can access from a drop-down menu in the Khoros visual programming environment. Detailed information is also available on the KRI web site, http://www.khoral.com .
INPRISE/BORLAND SHOWCASES NEW VERSION OF JBUILDER
Santa Clara, CALIF. — At the International Conference for Java Technology 2000 (JC2) Inprise/Borland announced the shipment and immediate availability of Borland JBuilder 4, the new version of its award winning, number-one-rated, pure Java cross-platform development environment. This new product will be demonstrated throughout JC2 and showcased on Monday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) at a special launch event for all conference attendees. JBuilder is the only enterprise productivity environment that supports Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 1.1 compliant development on Windows, Linux and Solaris platforms. This new version significantly speeds time to market for rapidly building e-business applications and deploying them to leading Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) applications servers. JBuilder has been awarded best integrated development environment (IDE) awards from Software Development, JavaPro and JavaWorld magazines.
“JBuilder 4 provides a wealth of features, all designed to make Java development easier and faster,” said Ali Pashaei, president of AppLogic, Inc. “JBuilder 4 covers the A to Z of Java development. Whether you’re doing client-side, server-side or Web-centric Java applications, JBuilder 4 is the perfect Java development tool.” JBuilder 4 is tightly integrated with the Inprise Application Server and now offers support for BEA’s WebLogic server, providing enterprise customers with a flexible and scalable end-to-end solution for e-business computing. Users can seamlessly run and debug EJBs and CORBA applications locally or remotely in the JBuilder environment and deploy EJBs instantly without shutting down the application server. A detailed matrix of features included in JBuilder 4 is located at http://www.borland.com/jbuilder .
EXABYTE ANNOUNCES MAMMOTH-2 TAPE DRIVE
Boulder, COLO. — Exabyte Corporation, a performance leader in network backup systems, announced that IBM’s Storage Subsystems Division will offer the M2 (Mammoth-2) stand-alone drive and the M2 430 tape library for its RS/6000 line of workstations and servers. M2 provides fast transfer rates and self-cleaning SmartClean cartridges, along with its automation advantages including high-rack density and data management capabilities featured in the new 430 library. “IBM’s ten-year relationship with Exabyte has been beneficial for our customers, and we are pleased to work with Exabyte in support of the M2 technology,” said Mike Solan, worldwide director of IBM’s Complementary Storage Products. “Our current MammothTape products have proven to be highly reliable tape options. We believe M2 drives and libraries, along with IBM Service and Support, will add value to our platform offerings, improve capacity and enhance performance benefits for our customers.”
M2’s industry-leading combination of capacity, performance, price and compact size offers customers a reliable and affordable 8mm tape storage solution that targets the midrange market. The adoption of M2 with IBM’s RISC systems marks the fifth generation of Exabyte 8mm tape drives that IBM has offered. M2 tape libraries deliver the highest rack density on the market, while minimizing the use of costly data center space and reducing the overall cost of ownership. Designed for midrange departmental and workgroup environments, the new library occupies just two cubic feet and five units of rack space. The library will accommodate up to four M2 tape drives and 30 data cartridges, delivering up to 1.8 TB (4.5 TB compressed) of capacity and 173 GB/hour (432 GB/hour compressed) of data throughput. Features like SmartClean AME (Advanced Metal Evaporated) data cartridges with built-in cleaning tape make M2 a truly self-cleaning tape drive. M2 automatically cleans itself without any prompting from an operator or administrator, resulting in reduced system down time and storage management costs, increased head life and high reliability. Visit Exabyte on the Web at http://www.exabyte.com .
GENERAL MICRO SYSTEMS SHIPS DUAL PROCESSOR VMEBUS
San Jose, CALIF. — General Micro Systems announced the availability of the industry’s fastest dual processor CompactPCI and VMEbus CPU boards. Based on Intel’s new one-Gigahertz Processor, the CompactPCI Atlas-C and VMEbus Atlas-V provide built-in support for symmetric and real-time asymmetric multiprocessing. This enables the board’s two processors to work together in parallel on the same program, transparent to the programmer and the application. “General Micro Systems has done it again, first to market with GHz dual-processor solutions for the VMEbus and CompactPCI platforms,” said Ben Sharfi, president of GMS. “We were the first on the market with twin Coppermine 850-MHz single board computers and now we are first with Intel’s hot Gigahertz CPU. We have the CompactPCI and VMEbus cards at our Embedded Systems Conference booth.”
Added Sharfi, “Not only are these processors faster than the fastest mobile module, they consume a fraction of its power. With Atlas-C and the Atlas-V, OEMs get rugged boards with a pair of Intel’s fastest processors as well as versatile multiprocessor, I/O, graphics and networking capabilities. These are the best CPU boards on the market for data networking and telecommunications applications requiring high-performance telco-quality computing.” Atlas-C and Atlas-V feature a pair of one-GHz Pentium III processors, each equipped with 256 kbytes of no-wait-state on-die Cache. The two processors also share up to 1 Gbyte of 100-MHz synchronous DRAM main memory. The processors, cache and memory are linked via a 100-MHz local bus, which is an extension of Intel’s Front Side Bus (FSB). Atlas supports symmetric and asymmetric multiprocessing, both of which make it easy to distribute programs across multiple CPUs. Symmetric multiprocessing, which leverages SMP facilities built into Windows NT, Solaris and Linux, is ideal for SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) applications like graphics and imaging because it enables multiple CPUs to work concurrently on the same program thread, symmetric multiprocessing. Visit http://www.gms4vme.com for more information.
VIRTUOSO 4.2 IDE HAS MULTIPROCESSOR DSP RTOS
Santa Clara, CALIF. — Eonic Systems unveiled its Virtuoso 4.2 Integrated Development Environment (IDE), for the design of multiprocessor embedded DSP networks, such a radar, sonar and high-end image processing. The Virtuoso 4.2 IDE includes the Virtuoso 4.2 RTOS, a project manager, a new multi-threaded asynchronous network host server, and a suite of graphical analysis and debugging tools, as well as plug-ins to TI’s Code Composer Studio and ADI’s Visual DSP. The newest version of the Virtuoso RTOS offers a variety of features that are not available with any other RTOS, a single processor programming style for multiprocessor systems, both communicating sequential processes (CSP)and multithreading multitasking capabilities, static memory allocation, target channels that allow data to be sent and received at different data rates without buffers, and distributed, shared or pooled memory architectures. The Virtuoso IDE supports Jovian’s Pegasus graphical DSP development environment.
According to Jan Rosseel, Eonic’s Director of Engineering, “Designers of high-end systems with multiple DSPs face several challenges. First DSP applications are data and computation intensive, processing billions of operations on multiple megabytes of data each second. They are interrupt intensive with thousands of interrupts a second. The processors themselves are architecturally very different from microcontrollers: They have extremely small on-chip memory, meaning that the code size must be kept at a minimum and time-critical operations or data must be kept in the fastest processor memory. They have multiple internal and external busses that support parallel processing and they have lots of interrupts. Conventional multithreading RTOSs simply don’t have a feature set that supports these applications or architectures. “Eonic has developed its Virtuoso IDE with RTOS specifically to handle the heavy interrupt and data processing demands of DSP applications and to exploit as fully as possible the DSP architecture – particularly in applications with multiple processors. The Virtuoso RTOS also exploits the parallelism inherent in DSP architectures to achieve maximum hard real-time performance in the smallest possible amount of code. Eonic Systems was founded in 1989 to develop high performance programming tools for hard or soft real-time embedded applications using high performance DSP, microprocessor and ASIC cores. The company’s Virtuoso embedded systems development environment provides a four-layer, prioritized preemptive real-time operating system that fits in as little as 2K words of memory and can provide context switching as fast as 200 ns.
MYLEX BRINGS RAID MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE TO LINUX
Fremont, CALIF. — Mylex, an IBM company and leading supplier of RAID controllers, announced that Linux administrators can now monitor and manage their RAID systems using Mylex’s Global Array Manager client/server RAID management tools. This Linux-compatible server software is available via free download from http://www.mylex.com . Global Array Manager (GAM) monitors the performance of the RAID controller, drives and the overall RAID system, while detecting areas of potential I/O bottlenecks. It can be accessed from any location using standard TCP/IP connections. Compatible with network management suites such as Intel LANDesk and HP OpenView, GAM is designed to support all Mylex eXtremeRAID and AcceleRAID PCI controllers with power, ease and flexibility. GAM has successfully completed compatibility testing with Red Hat, Caldera, TurboLinux and S.u.S.E. distributions of Linux. “Mylex’s decision to offer Global Array Manager to the Linux community should benefit Linux network administrators and integrators greatly,” said Bill Claybrook, Research Director, Linux and OpenSource Software for the Aberdeen Group. “With administrators able to incorporate Mylex RAID support in their Linux offerings, there will be increased interest at the enterprise level in evaluating Linux as a flexible, reliable alternative OS.”
“Mylex has been a pioneer in providing RAID support for Linux,” said Suresh Panikar, director of product marketing at Mylex. “By making Global Array Manager available to our Linux customers, we are satisfying a growing customer demand for Linux RAID solutions and are offering the Linux community an easier way to manage their RAID systems and servers.” GAM is a client/server software application for servers and Microsoft Windows clients, with features designed to make RAID management easier for network administrators. GAM includes RAIDAssist(TM), a configuration wizard for RAID that simplifies and automates disk array setup by automatically selecting the optimum balance of storage capacity, data availability (fault tolerance) and I/O performance. RAIDAssist’s Immediate RAID Availability feature enables the array to be online as soon as it is configured, instead of waiting several hours for initialization tasks to be completed. Visit http://www.mylex.com for more information.
HIGHGROUND EXTENDS SRM TO SANS AND NAS
Marlborough, MASS. — HighGround Systems, Inc., the leading developer of storage resource management software for open systems, today announced Global Storage Resource Manager (SRM) 4.0, a comprehensive family of solutions for managing storage resources in today’s complex enterprises. SRM 4.0 delivers extended management views of Brocade Fibre Channel fabric switch-based storage area networks (SANs) through the SRM Enterprise Edition, and of Network Appliance network attached storage (NAS) filers through the SRM Enterprise Edition for NetApp. The new release also includes SRM Exchange Edition, an enhanced version of SRM for Exchange that offers additional functionality to manage the increasing storage requirements associated with e-mail messages and attachments. “Today’s enterprise storage infrastructures are becoming increasingly more complex, which places storage resource management software in a more pivotal role,” said Steve Widen, director of storage software research for IDC. “By offering a vendor-independent, open solution, HighGround’s SRM software distinguishes itself from other providers. The company’s partnerships with Network Appliance and Brocade reinforce its commitment to provide solutions for key storage infrastructures such as NAS and SAN,” Widen concluded.
HighGround’s family of SRM solutions is expanding to support a wide range of storage technologies, applications and databases, and enterprise storage planning and management concerns. SRM provides IT with a knowledgebase that facilitates the planning, design and implementation of storage infrastructures. Additionally, SRM enables IT organizations to establish effective, repeatable storage management best practices that minimize risk, maximize the utilization of storage investments, and improve operational efficiencies. “With over 50 offices across more than 37 countries and six continents, our storage requirements are considerable,” said Ian Saggers, director of global engineering for Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), a leading investment banking firm. “HighGround SRM has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on the design and planning of CSFB’s extensive storage networking architecture.”
3WARE ANNOUNCES GIGABIT ETHERNET-BASED SOLUTION
Atlanta, GA. — 3ware Inc., a pioneer of innovative storage solutions, announced today the new 3ware NSUTM (Network Storage Unit) product family. The 3ware NSU is the first solution to provide storage across TCP/IP, extending the reach of Gigabit Ethernet into SAN applications through an integrated direct-connect RAID storage device. With the 3ware NSU, companies can, for the first time, leverage existing investments in infrastructure to easily and quickly deliver and grow their enterprise-class storage solutions, meeting the demands of real-time and large data requirements of the Internet. Based on patented technology, the 3ware NSU supports existing industry standards and accelerates the merging of networking and storage technologies. Storage Service Providers (SSPs), such as StorageNetworks, Inc., are evaluating the 3ware NSU to deliver next-generation storage solutions. “The 3ware NSU looks to offer robust, flexible and fast to deploy storage solutions designed to meet the needs of Storage Services Providers,” said Bill Miller, co-founder and chief technology officer of StorageNetworks. “3ware offers an excellent, innovative architecture for online storage challenges.”
According to Forrester Research, the need for enterprise-wide storage solutions is growing exponentially. Literally hundreds of megabytes of stored data are required to support a single Internet transaction today. Businesses and consumers are therefore demanding access to digital storage solutions that are easily accessible and very robust. The 3ware NSU helps businesses meet the intensifying need for storage on demand without having to adopt new standards or commit to expensive new hardware or proprietary systems. 3ware customers can easily deploy advanced storage solutions using existing Ethernet networks. The 3ware NSU seamlessly supports multiple operating systems and is far less management-intensive to implement than today’s fibre-channel options. Based on an open-standards design philosophy, the 3ware NSU supports all network-aware (SNMP) management tools, including 3DM, 3ware’s own storage management product. The 3ware NSU can be managed by any existing tools that are capable of managing SCSI devices and, by appearing as a disk device, it works with all existing models of storage, such as FC-SAN, external DAS, or network file systems.
TIMPANOGAS ANNOUNCES UTE-LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS
Atlanta, GA. — Timpanogas Research Group, Inc. (TRG) is pleased announce availability of the Ute-Linux Distribution Oct 1, 2000 and the Ute-Cluster-Linux Distribution October 15, 2000. The Ute-Linux Distribution being offered by TRG is the first commercial Linux distribution based on the Native NetWare File System. TRG will also be providing an Open Source NetWare Directory Service (NDS) on the Ute-Linux Distribution 2H 2001 that is fully integrated with the Linux platform. Ute-Linux provides all the internet and intranet features available with existing commercially available Linux offerings, and adds the superior networking capabilities of the NetWare platform for existing NetWare customers. Ute-Linux also provides Web based management capabilities. In addition to supporting the Native NetWare File System, Ute-Cluster- Linux also includes the M2FS clustered NetWare file system, and will support up to 200 clustered Linux nodes with distributed mirroring, striping, load balancing, and dynamic fault tolerant capabilities. Ute-Cluster-Linux also provides Web based cluster management capabilities with WEBMIN snap-ins for managing M2FS clusters.
Both Ute-Linux and Ute-Cluster-Linux support both the GNOME and KDE desktops. TRG has standardized on the GNOME desktop environment. Ute-Linux is priced at $39.99 US and will be available via electronic distribution Oct 1, 2000 at http://www.timpanogas.com . Ute-Cluster-Linux is priced at $99.99 US and will be available via electronic distribution Oct 15, 2000. TRG’s FTP servers can be accessed for RPM’s and other software at ftp.timpanogas.com . TRG is a Utah corporation located in Orem, Utah. TRG develops technology solutions for the networking, storage and clustering markets. For information on Timpanogas Research Group, its products and services, visit TRG’s web site at http://www.timpanogas.com .
NETREON ANNOUNCES DIRECTORYPLUS STORAGE
Redwood City, CALIF. — Netreon, Inc., a provider of directory and management software for enterprise storage appliances, today announced the availability of DirectoryPlus Storage, a complete set of software components that makes it easy for network attached storage manufacturers (NAS) to fully integrate their devices into Windows 2000 and NetWare 5.0 environments. DirectoryPlus software enhances the value of an NAS device by making it easy for administrators to install and by making the device easy for users to locate and access. With DirectoryPlus Storage, a NAS device can make itself visible to users throughout the enterprise as a full-featured, multi-protocol file server. “Our goal with the DirectoryPlus Storage software is to allow the user to view the device as just another native server and for the administrator to be able to use the directory for user and device configuration,” said Nick Webb, director of product management at Netreon. “While the security, directory schemas, and file systems are unique to each networking environment, our approach ensures that the differences are transparent to the users of the NAS devices. This allows companies to migrate from one directory environment to another incrementally rather than immediately.”
With the expanding use of directory services to authenticate users and manage their access to systems and services on networks, manufacturers have seen the need for their networked devices to support directories. Network printers were the first devices to use directories to allow administrators to control user access, and Netreon originally developed directory agents as part of their software print server product. Now network attached storage (NAS) devices need to integrate with the latest directory services, and Netreon is providing that integration with its DirectoryPlus embedded software. Netreon’s DirectoryPlus Storage provides advanced features and capabilities by embedding directory, networking, security, and client/server software in the NAS appliance, allowing it to read and write to the enterprise directory and authentication services. While the NAS manufacturer provides the hardware storage and operating system, Netreon’s software provides everything else needed to integrate the device into the enterprise networking environment.
E-SITE NETWORK FAULT CORRECTION POSSIBLE
Atlanta, GA. — CyberIQ Systems, a global provider of Internet traffic and content management solutions, introduced CyberPilot at the Networld+Interop 2000 Conference & Exhibition. CyberPilot is an industry first! It is the first product to provide a predictive network policy platform capable of automatically detecting and anticipating subtle performance problems in e-sites, while at the same time proactively correcting them through intelligent, fine-grain and real-time control of high-performance load balancing switches. Specifically, CyberPilot automatically analyzes e-site and network performance data such as static/dynamic Web transaction latencies and resource-based data collected by CyberIQ’s intelligent agents. This new product uses novel “objective-driven” anomaly detection algorithms to forecast and detect anomalies (performance degradations) in real time, including latency-based anomalies, service-level and performance-level violations, datagram storms, resource overscription, SYN flood attacks and application overload. In addition, CyberPilot automatically and proactively corrects the detected e-site anomalies and problems through decision/policy based traffic control and re-direction before anomalies escalate into service failures and interruptions.
With CyberPilot, network and site administrators can define the desired performance level (PL) of their Web sites and datacenters and let CyberPilot take over the task of automatically and dynamically maintaining and optimizing the performance of these datacenters. This in turn guarantees the online experience of the users of Web sites and datacenters in real time. Furthermore, CyberPilot is capable of sophisticated capacity planning that anticipates the resource requirements of Web sites as they grow and evolve. “For the first time ISP, COLO and complex e-site management can rely on an intelligent system to identify and automatically mitigate problems before they impede system functionality and degrade end user experience,” explains Dr. Lawrence Ho, vice president and CTO of CyberIQ Systems. “CyberPilot goes beyond the mere analysis and reporting of anomalous threats to e-site and network integrity by the instantaneous implementation of corrective action without the need for real-time operator intervention.”
COMPUTER I/O INTRODUCES NETWORK DATA SERVERS
San Jose, CALIF. — Computer I/O Corporation, a leading provider of embedded software and services for the communications industry, today announced the introduction of its DirectServer Series, a line of configurable network data servers. Designed for the aggressive schedules and complex requirements of OEMs and systems integrators, DirectServer’s robust standards-based platform supports both pre-packaged and customizable configurations. The DirectServer Series is easily configurable to meet a wide range of digital and analog I/O, and telecommunication data requirements. Using Computer I/O’s award-winning Easy I/O technology, DirectServer offers an easy to use network-programming interface that is ready for integration with most any network-based data acquisition application. Using the DirectServer platform helps reduce development effort, reduce program costs, and expedite development schedules for third-party developers and integrators. For OEMs and system integrators who need to assimilate multiple I/O components from numerous vendors, DirectServer offers an easy, cost-effective way to package them together in a single network-accessible system. DirectServer is based on an enterprise-class server and integrates Computer I/O’s DirectWare data communications middleware with standard (or customer specified) PCI-based I/O cards. The pre-packaged configuration of standard hardware and software can be easily accessed by any remote software application, and also supports web browser-based configuration and control.
“Product development schedules have been dramatically compressed in the new Internet-based market. OEMs and systems integrators need tools to help eliminate expensive R&D efforts like application programming interface (API) development, network programming, and driver development. By reducing development time, DirectServer’s pre-packaged platform can actually help integrators build more competitive solutions,” said Jason Smith, vice president of marketing at Computer I/O. Complementing the DirectServer Series, Computer I/O’s enhanced development and integration services enable users to customize a solution for a “built-to- spec” system. Services include application interface development, I/O module integration, plus custom packaging and integration. In addition to the integration services that work in conjunction with DirectServer, Computer I/O offers an enhanced professional services program designed to expedite integration with OEM hardware platforms. Leveraging Computer I/O’s data communications middleware, DirectWare, this service program fits the needs of system developers who are designing or upgrading telecommunications or data acquisition equipment and require Microsoft Windows-based client access, web-based control and/or remote data communications. DirectWare provides Windows-to-Linux functionality and is optimized for data streaming, remote monitoring, and control.
ANALOG DEVICES ANNOUNCES VISUALDSP++ SYSTEM
Norwood, MASS. — Analog Devices, Inc. announced the availability of VisualDSP++, Release 1.0, the latest development environment for programming digital signal processors (DSP) from Analog Devices. VisualDSP++ includes an integrated development environment (IDE) and a debugger that delivers efficient project management so programmers can move easily between editing, building and debugging. Key features include the addition of a C++ compiler, an enhanced user interface, advanced plotting tools enabling programmers to visually measure software performance and statistical profiling to easily identify programming bottlenecks. VisualDSP++ offers programmers a powerful programming tool with new flexibility that significantly decreases the time required to port software code to a DSP, reducing time-to-market. “The release of VisualDSP++ marks a culmination of advancements optimized for ease-of-use, further increasing customers’ development productivity,” said Derek Leadbetter, DSP tools product line director, Analog Devices. “The feature rich C++ programming language, profiling and performance enhancements raise DSP tools to the highest standards for embedded system development.”
The IDE builds on the successful VisualDSP development environment adding the industry standard Make-based approach, where the Make programming utility increases flexibility in building the software. With VisualDSP++, the user can also build software outside the IDE. This can be very useful in testing, archiving or other tasks, where the experienced programmer does not require the full power and versatility of the IDE. The C++ compiler in VisualDSP++ is based on a superset of the Embedded C++ standard, a standard that defines a subset of the full ISO/IEC C++ language standard. Developers can take advantage of powerful C++ features that deliver more programming flexibility to achieve higher performance. Because it is optimized for ADI’s DSPs, VisualDSP++ results in greater programming efficiency than the more common embedded C++-based tools. The debugger has a number of important features. Data visualization is enhanced by a plotting package that offers a significant level of flexibility. This graphical representation of user data enables the programmer to quickly determine the performance of an algorithm. As algorithms grow in complexity, this capability can have increasing significance on the designers’ development schedule increasing productivity. For more information about ADI DSPs visit http://www.analog.com/dsp .
SONY ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW TAPE LIBRARIES
Park Ridge, N.J. — Sony Electronics announced four new models to its highly successful PetaSite family of automated tape libraries. The PetaSite “High-Speed” midrange series, consisting of the DMS-B80L, DMS-B110S, DMS-B150L and DMS-B210S, feature ultra high-speed robotics and high capacities all in a very small footprint. The new libraries, like the Sony PetaSite series, were designed with high reliability in mind as well as the flexibility and scalability. “The need for high speed, reliable, near-line tape storage continues to explode as the digital revolution reshapes the global business economy,” said Tom Yuhas, director of Data Systems Division, Sony Electronics’ Broadcast and Professional Company. “Terabyte level requirements are fast becoming commonplace among companies of every size and in every industrial segment. In fact, whole new industries now being born from the Internet economy are quickly approaching Petabyte level storage requirements. Sony Data Systems is here to fill these requirements.”
The DMS-B80L and DMS-B110S are compact standalone libraries with capacities of 16.2 TB (42 TB compressed) and 6.6 TB (17.2 TB compressed) respectively. The DMS-B150L and DMS-B210S, with capacities of 30 TB (77.7 TB compressed) and 13.7 TB (33.7 TB compressed) are compact standalone libraries that can be used independently or in conjunction with one or two extension consoles. With these extension consoles (DMS-EX150L and DMS-EX210S), system capacity can expand to 62.8 TB uncompressed and up to 162.6 TB compressed. All four new systems utilize a new-generation of robotics providing a cassette exchange of less then five seconds or 360 exchanges per hour. The DMS-B80L and DMS-B110S can house up to four DTF-1 or DTF-2 tape drives, while the DMS-B150L and DMS-B210S can house up to six DTF-1 or DTF-2 tape drives. In addition, each library extension console (DMS-EX150L and DMS-EX210S) can accommodate two additional DTF-1 or DTF-2 drives, thus adding another 172.8 GB/hr of sustained throughput. “The new PetaSite midrange series unquestionably achieves a central goal,” said Yuhas. “That is, to minimize the customer’s initial investment and offer a path of predictable, incremental expansion for future needs in Data Centers archive and restoration systems, Media Asset Management systems, seismic exploration systems and digital imagery systems.” Visit http://www.sony.com/datasystems for more information.
SUN ENHANCES SOLARIS 8 TO ADDRESS NET EFFECT
New York, N.Y. — Sun Microsystems unveiled the latest release of its Solaris 8 Operating Environment which includes more than 30 new features and enhancements. These additions, which include performance optimizations for Sun’s new systems using the UltraSPARC III microprocessor, are designed to deliver increased system availability while simplifying system management. With this latest release of the Solaris 8 operating environment, Sun will continue its leadership in delivering the leading operating environment to address the Net Effect. As a key enabler of Net Effect, Solaris 8 leverages the advances in networking technology driving innovation that is reshaping the future of information technology. In addition, this release continues to deliver on the IT’s needs to increase service levels and reduce service level cost and risks.
“Sun continues to improve and expand the Solaris 8 Operating Environment to meet the diverse needs of today’s dot-com enterprises,” said Andy Ingram, Sun’s marketing vice president for Solaris Software. “These enhancements enable IT departments to improve and effectively manage their service levels. Solaris continues to provide and deliver heightened performance and optimization for the new systems that Sun is announcing today.” In addition, Sun is extending the Solaris Application Guarantee program to the new UltraSPARC III microprocessor-based systems being announced today. This program ensures that existing applications will continue to run unmodified as new hardware and releases of Solaris are integrated into customers environments. This reduces the costs of introducing new products and technologies into existing environments. For more information about the Solaris Application Guarantee Program visit http://www.sun.com/solaris/programs/guarantee.html .