Cover V10, I13


New Products

Perle Adds TruePort for AIX Applications to Serial Server Range

Perle Systems announced the addition of TruePort for AIX applications across its range of serial servers. With this functionality, according to the company, Perle supports the connection of serial devices to AIX applications via Ethernet-based serial servers.

TruePort for AIX allows serial devices such as terminals, POS, and other data collection equipment connected to a Perle Serial Server to function as if directly connected to the AIX server by mimicking TTY port functionality. Applications written for directly connected serial devices can thus be deployed across an Ethernet LAN environment without modification.

TruePort software provides transparent access from AIX applications to as many as 500 serial ports on Perle JetStream, LanStream, LinkStream, and IOLAN+ serial servers located across a TCP/IP network. Other features include:

Applications written for serial device connections can be deployed without modification. TruePort's TTY API emulation allows applications to remain configured as if they were supported directly by connected serial devices. TruePort for AIX uses a single process on the AIX server for all serial servers on the Ethernet network, reducing processing server overhead. Perle Serial Server ports are configured to appear as if directly connected to AIX rather than being connected over a TCP/IP backbone.

TruePort software is available free of charge to Perle JetStream, LanStream, LinkStream, and IOLAN+ serial server customers and can be downloaded from Perle's Web site at: For more information, contact: Perle Systems, 700 Commerce Drive, 5th Floor, Oak Brook, IL 60523; Fax: (630)288-2651; WWW:

Linux NetworX Announces LinuxBIOS on the Alpha Platform

In conjunction with the LinuxBIOS Open Source project, Linux NetworX has replaced SRM firmware on the Alpha platform with a Linux-based BIOS. According to the company, users will now have the ability to boot to Linux directly out of the ROM on the motherboard.

Management and reliability features include remote on-board hardware failure recoveries, firmware updates, kernel updates and booting. Linux NetworX designs clustering solutions using many standard off-the-shelf components, coupled with its proprietary cluster management hardware and software optimization tools.

For more information, contact: Linux NetworX, 8689 South 700 West, Sandy, UT 84070; Phone: (801) 562-1010; Fax: (801) 568-1010; Internet:; WWW:

IBM Announces ProFibre Storage Array Subsystems

IBM announced that the ProFibre Storage Array DF1100R RAID subsystem is available and shipping to the company's Technology Group distribution channel. Featuring RAID hardware and software technology from Mylex (an IBM Company), the ProFibre Storage Array DF1100R is good for clusters and storage area network (SANs).

According to the company, the ProFibre Storage Array is designed for storage-intensive environments and by using fault-tolerant redundancy features, such as hot swappable drives, dual cabling, dual RAID controllers and interface modules, and dual power units and cooling components, the 10-bay ProFibre Storage Array helps to ensure high availability.

The company also says that software for the ProFibre Storage Array enhances manageability and data availability. Mylex SANArray manager enables easy configuration, monitoring and management of network RAID from anywhere in the world via the Internet. PATHpilot provides redundant path management and support for transparent failover/failback to optimize data availability for SAN and clustered-server environments.

Constructed with vibration dampening material, the subsystem is designed to reduce disk drive vibration, resulting in fewer misreads, missed rotations, and faulty error messages. Adaptive cooling and automatic environmental monitoring further improve reliability, while reducing noise and vibration.

The ProFibre Storage Array DF1100J 10-bay Fibre JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) enclosure is also available, which can be used in combination with the RAID array or with several JBODs to form large storage systems. Additionally, large storage systems can be constructed by connecting the JBOD to a server through a PCI host bus adapter or RAID controller.

The ProFibre Storage Array DF1100R supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 0+1, and JBOD. It can support Windows server platforms, and is shipping now to OEMs and the IBM Technology Group (TG) worldwide sales and channel network, which includes distributors, resellers, and system integrators. Suggested list pricing starts at $9,225 excluding disk drives. For more information, contact: IBM, Storage Systems Division, 5600 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95193; WWW:

MigraTEC Announces Solaris-to-Linux Migration DART

MigraTEC, Inc. announced the Solaris-to-Linux DART (Downloadable Assessment Reporting Tool), a no-cost software utility designed to enable enterprises and other organizations to obtain baseline metrics for C/C++ software migration projects.

This is the second in a series of DARTs from MigraTEC, a provider of platform migration expertise and technology for C/C++ applications. According to the company, MigraTEC's MigrationSUITE of products facilitate the analysis and migration of C/C++ applications from platform to platform or 32-bit to 64-bit environments.

The free Solaris-to-Linux DART supports any C/C++ application developed for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system. DARTs can be used by anyone planning the migration of existing C/C++ applications to a different operating system or hardware platform. DART gives users an estimate of the number of issues they might encounter during their migration projects. If a more in-depth analysis of the project scope is required, MigraTEC's MigrationSuite can be licensed by end users or MigraTEC can provide the services.

The utility is available for free download from the company's Web site at: Users can download the free utility and run it on any Solaris application written in C/C++ that they want to migrate. The DART will provide the following specific information on the application to be migrated:

1. The number of lines of code per file involved;

2. The number of files involved;

3. An estimated total of the issues found for migrating from Solaris to Linux.

According to the company, this information helps organizations to make more informed decisions when planning whether software migration projects can be efficiently completed manually or if they need to consider automated tools. For more information, contact: MigraTEC, Inc., 11494 Luna Road, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75234; Phone: (972) 969-0385; Fax: (972) 969-0315; WWW:

UVNetworks Announces Web Hosting Appliance

UVNetworks, a provider of Sun-based server appliances, is now shipping its UV30 WebBox, a Web-hosting server appliance based on Sun Microsystems' 64-bit architecture and Sun Solaris operating system. According to the company, the UV30 WebBox is designed for customers seeking cost-effective performance, security, reliability, and ease of use for their Web sites and applications. Manufacturer's suggested retail price for the base UV30 WebBox with 128 MB of RAM and 30-GB IDE drive is $2995.

The UV30 WebBox incorporates the Sun UltraSPARC RISC 64-bit processor with the 64-bit Solaris 8 operating system. The product is compatible with other network computing devices, including 32-bit, Intel-based PCs and servers running Linux or Windows NT operating systems. Pre-installed WebBox Manager software helps simplify setup and maintenance of a suite of Internet services, including Web site creation, virtual site management, multi-user email, and integrated DNS. The software interface helps provide administration through remote management by personnel with minimal technical sophistication.

Housed in a 1U rack-mountable casing (1U is equal to 1.75-inches high), the high-density WebBox can reduce rack space and associated costs at remote server farms, co-location facilities, and corporate sites. The WebBox can be used as a standalone device or connected to other server appliances to meet requirements beyond Web hosting, including UVNetwork's UV30 PowerBox general-purpose servers.

For more information, contact: UVNetworks Inc., 2821 McGaw Ave., Irvine, CA 92614; Phone: (949) 260-1286; Fax: (949) 260-1296; Internet:; WWW:

Tandberg Data Introduces Super DLTtape Drive

Tandberg Data ASA announced that they will begin volume shipments of the Tandberg SDLT220 tape drive. According to the company, Tandberg SDLT220 provides high backup capacity, reliable data protection, fast data access, and compatibility with previous product generations.

Offering 110 GB of native storage capacity and a transfer rate of 11 MB/sec. (220 GB at 22 MB/sec. with 2:1 compression), the Tandberg SDLT220 tape drive is an option for midrange computers, network servers, high-end workstations, and mainframe environments running NetWare, UNIX, Windows NT, Linux, or proprietary operating systems. According to the company, the Tandberg SDLT220 is suitable for applications in automation, NAS (Network Attached Storage), and SAN (Storage Area Network) environments. The Tandberg SDLT220 is also supported by all major independent software vendors.

For additional information, contact: Tandberg Data ASA; Phone: (+47) 22 18 90 90; Fax: (+47) 22 18 91 64; Internet:; WWW:

Sun Introduces Customer-Ready SAN Solution

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced a pre-configured, customer-ready Storage Area Network (SAN) solution based on the Sun StorEdge T3 array and the Sun StorEdge network FC switch series. According to the company, this SAN solution is cost-effective, easy-to-deploy, and designed to scale as storage demands increase.

Although the new customer-ready SAN has been designed for easy implementation in Solaris operating environments, Sun is extending the Sun StorEdge T3 array's support of HP-UX, IBM, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Linux to this SAN solution. By incorporating Jiro technology, Sun's SAN solution can integrate and interoperate with any other Jiro technology-enabled applications or devices on the network. (Jiro technology is an open, freely available set of APIs that provides developers with an infrastructure for building interoperable end-to-end storage management solutions for complex, distributed environments.)

According to the company, the new SAN solution delivers enterprise-level scalability, performance, and availability at an affordable price. It features the company's scalable Sun StorEdge T3 array and includes the new redundant Sun StorEdge 8-port Fibre Channel switch pairs. This SAN solution provides fault-tolerant, failover redundancy and capacity from 327 GB to 169 TB per server. It includes the suite of Sun StorEdge software management tools.

Sun's customer-ready SAN solution is priced from $97,700 for a 327 GB configuration to $481,900 for a 5.2 TB configuration.

For more information, contact: Sun Microsystems, Inc., 901 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303; Phone: (510) 574-9747; WWW: