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
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: www.perle.com/downloads.
For more information, contact: Perle Systems, 700 Commerce Drive,
5th Floor, Oak Brook, IL 60523; Fax: (630)288-2651; WWW: http://www.perle.com.
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: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.linuxnetworx.com.
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
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: http://www.ibm.com.
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: www.migratec.com/DARTBoard. 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
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: http://www.migratec.com.
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: Info@UVNetworks.net; WWW: http://www.uvnetworks.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org;
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,
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: