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IBM To Offer Sun Solaris On Intel-Based Servers

IBM and Sun announced that IBM will distribute the Solaris Operating System (OS) and Solaris Subscriptions for select x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers to clients through IBM’s routes to market.

The agreement announced is an extension of IBM’s existing support for the Solaris OS on select IBM BladeCenter servers, and exemplifies IBM’s commitment to offering clients the widest choice of operating systems available in the industry, as well as Sun’s commitment to offer customers a wider choice of systems for the Solaris platform. IBM and Sun’s support of interoperability via open standards also means that customers will be able to extend their infrastructure by connecting new platforms easily, while preserving their initial investments.

IBM is the volume leader in the high-performance segment of the Intel-based server market, where technology innovation is crucial. IBM’s X3 Architecture, the third generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture, has positioned IBM as the fastest growing vendor in high-end x86 servers in the first quarter of 2007.1.

The Solaris OS is supported on more than 820 x86 platforms and runs more than 4,250 unique x86 applications including IBM Websphere, Lotus, DB2, Rational and Tivoli.

As part of the expanded support, Sun and IBM will invest in testing and system qualification performance so joint customers will realize Solaris’ leading performance and reliability on BladeCenter and System x servers. IBM servers that will support the Solaris OS include: IBM BladeCenter HS21 and LS41 servers; and IBM System x3650, System x3755, and System x3850 servers.

“IBM provides the broadest choice of server platforms and operating systems to customers with AIX, Linux for x86 and Power, Microsoft Windows Server and now Solaris,” said Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Systems and Technology Group. “IBM is the first major x86 vendor to have such an agreement with Sun; and the first big vendor apart from Sun to offer Solaris on blade servers. Today we expand that agreement to help clients migrate to Solaris on IBM x86-based System x servers.”

The announcement further affirms the value that Solaris OS delivers in Web, application and data-tier deployments. By adding the Solaris OS to its operating system portfolio, IBM is expanding customer choice. And by participating as one of over 800 partners in the IBM BladeCenter ecosystem, Sun has effectively joined others in the industry helping IBM accelerate the development and adoption of open blade server platforms.

“We’re thrilled to be working with IBM to bring the Solaris OS to the broadest market possible – they are a natural partner for Sun,” said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems. “Solaris adoption continues to accelerate, among both the open source and commercial communities — driven by bundled virtualization for servers and storage, support for thousands of ISVs, including nearly the entirety of IBM’s software portfolio, and outstanding operational economics. Solaris is clearly a choice customers are demanding.”

 
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Oracle Ships 11g Database For Linux

Oracle announced that Oracle Database 11g is generally available on the Linux platform. Oracle Database 11g delivers the next-generation of enterprise information management, helping customers tackle the demands of rapid data growth, changing environments, and the need to deliver higher quality of services while reducing and controlling IT costs.

“Oracle Database 11g continues the focus on grid computing by enabling grids of low-cost servers and storage to deliver fast, scalable and reliable data processing, supporting the toughest data warehousing, transaction processing, and content management environments,” said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Database Server Technologies, Oracle.

To provide customers with increased capabilities to help meet their broad range of data management needs, Oracle today also introduced four new options for Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition:

–  Oracle Real Application Testing; Oracle Advanced Compression; Oracle Total Recall; and, Oracle Active Data Guard.

Many organizations want to take advantage of database and operating system upgrades, and also make hardware and system changes to meet the needs of the business. Oracle Real Application Testing helps customers reduce the time, risk and cost of testing such changes in their IT environment, in a controlled, cost-effective manner.

New compression capabilities for all types of data mean that compression ratios of 2x to 3x or more can now be achieved with Oracle Advanced Compression. Coupled with new partitioning capabilities, Oracle Advanced Compression can be used to deploy Information Lifecycle Management strategies in the database without application changes, further reducing overall storage requirements.

Oracle Total Recall enables administrators to easily maintain historical archives of changed data for compliance and business intelligence. Oracle Total Recall provides a secure, efficient, easy-to-use and application-transparent solution for long-term access to changed data.

Oracle Active Data Guard can be used to enhance the performance of production databases by offloading resource intensive operations such as queries and backups to a single physical standby database. So the return on investment for a physical standby database is greatly increased as it can be used for both disaster protection and enhancing the overall quality of service of the production environment.

Beyond these new options, Oracle Database 11g also delivers a broad range of new features and enhancements to improve enterprise information management. Oracle Database 11g features improved file storage performance, increased security functionality, significant performance enhancements to Oracle XML DB, enhanced OLAP and data warehousing capabilities, and others.

Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition and Standard Edition One are generally available today on Linux x86.

 
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Microsoft appoints new Managing Director

Microsoft Philippines announced the promotion and appointment of Rafael “Pepeng” Rollan as its new Managing Director. Rollan will start his new role officially on October 1, 2007.

Rollan has been with Microsoft for four and a half years, where he started as sales manager for enterprise accounts. Over the last four years, Rollan worked his way up and took over the helm of the enterprise business as Director of the Enterprise Partner Group. In that role, he oversaw the largest team in the subsidiary and surpassed sales expectations year after year.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead Microsoft Philippines,” says Rollan. “We have a strong and passionate team here in the country. We know that there are so many opportunities for our customers and for our country to benefit from technology. We will focus on helping our customers and partners optimize those opportunities. We will also continue to help build the country’s IT infrastructure and work to empower the underserved sectors.”

Rollan takes over from Antonio “TJ” Javier, Jr., who has been the Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines for five fiscal years. Under Javier’s leadership, the subsidiary tripled its business as well as its manpower resources in the country and implemented citizenship programs designed to help aid in the country’s economic development.

Chris Atkinson, President for South East Asia at Microsoft said, “TJ has been instrumental in growing our Microsoft business in the Philippines and is leaving us with the business in good shape and on good terms. I wish him all the best. We will welcome him back to the company anytime.”

“Pepeng has demonstrated great leadership in his few years at Microsoft and I am confident that he will be able to take the company to greater heights with his passion, skills and talents,” Atkinson noted. ”Pepeng has been in the IT industry for 19 years and brings a wealth of experience and proven track record of vision, leadership, and successful results. I look forward to Pepeng’ss contribution and leadership in delivering service to the people of Philippines, and our mission of helping people and businesses all over the world to realize their full potential.”

 
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3COM APPOINTS MSI-ECS AS AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR IN THE PHILIPPINES

3Com Asia announced the appointment of MSI-ECS as Authorized Distributor in the Philippines following the integration of H3C in Asia Pacific.

The award-winning distributor of technology products in the Philippines was previously appointed as the distributor for H3C in 2006; and today, with the integration of both 3Com & H3C, MSI-ECS has extended its portfolio to include both companies’ suite of product offerings.

The Manila-headquartered set up will leverage its extensive base of channel partners across the enterprise, SMB, and retail space in the Philippines as well as its experience in technology distribution in the region to support 3Com’s strategy in the market.

“The appointment of MSI-ECS enables us to provide better support for our extended product portfolio that came as a result of integrating 3Com and H3C; as well as market coverage via their extensive channel partner network,” said Peter Chai, Vice-President & General Manager (Asia Pacific), 3Com, “A strong local-based partner such as MSI-ECS who has a solid track record in the market, is a key to our commitment to growing 3Com in the Philippines.”

 
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Logitech Introduces New Category of iPod Speakers

Logitech announced the Logitech® Pure-Fi Dream™ Premium Bedroom Music System for iPod®, establishing a new category of iPod speakers for the bedroom. With premium audio, an innovative application of motion- and light-sensing technology, a built-in digital AM/FM radio and a dual alarm with battery backup, the Pure-Fi Dream speakers are perfect for any nightstand.

“Pure-Fi Dream is our most thoughtful and sophisticated design for iPod users,” said Jef Holove, general manager and vice president of Logitech’s audio business unit. “Though people use their iPods in the bedroom more than anywhere else, until today, a high-quality, iPod bedroom speaker system did not exist. First and foremost an impressive audio platform, the Pure-Fi Dream will make listening to iPod music in a bedroom a great experience any time of day. And at night, with its innovative light- and motion-sensing technology, as well as its alarm clock, the Pure-Fi Dream is the ideal bedroom system for iPod lovers.”

Unlike a clock radio, the Pure-Fi Dream is a premium bedroom audio system supported by 3/4-inch high-definition, soft-dome tweeters and 3-inch high-power, long-throw woofers. And by activating Logitech’s StereoXL™ technology, people can enjoy a wider soundfield that creates a quality audio experience.

But the Pure-Fi Dream offers more than just great audio. The Logitech Pure-Fi Dream speakers use the latest motion-sensing technology. For controlling the Pure-Fi Dream in a dark room, the motion-sensitive, backlighted control buttons automatically light up when a person waves a hand over the top of the speaker; the buttons automatically dim when the person has finished changing the speaker’s settings. The backlighted buttons make it convenient to set the alarm clock without turning on the light or fumbling in the dark.

The motion-sensing technology also extends to the Snooze function. Instead of hitting a button, one can simply wave a hand over the Pure-Fi Dream speakers to sleep for a few more minutes, eliminating the inconvenience of leaving the bed, inadvertently waking up a sleeping partner or accidentally knocking the iPod across the room. For those who prefer hitting the Snooze button with their hand, the Pure-Fi Dream also offers a prominently displayed tactile button located on the top of the system.

In addition to offering motion-sensing technology, Logitech also incorporated light sensors into the display of the Pure-Fi Dream iPod speaker system. The light-sensitive, auto-adjusting display brightens during the day, making it easy to read from across a room. The amber lettering clearly displays the time and date, iPod track information, radio stations and volume settings. And in the evening, when the display automatically dims, the speaker still provides information people want to see – including a one-of-a-kind LCD screen that provides track, song and artist information – without emitting unwanted ambient light.

A premium accompaniment to any iPod, the Pure-Fi Dream speakers offer one-button access to iPod playlists and radio stations. There are 24 separate presets available – six iPod playlists, six AM radio stations and 12 FM radio stations. The speakers also offer dual alarms, providing two settings – one for each partner. The alarm can be set to go off to an iPod track or playlist, radio station, or buzzer. And with a built-in back-up battery, there is no need to worry about missing the alarm.

For added convenience, with the included remote control, people can select their favorite iPod playlists, radio stations, control Volume, skip Forward and Back, Play, Pause, Shuffle or Repeat tracks, and Snooze the alarm from across the room. Like the speakers themselves, the remote control’s backlighted buttons make nighttime navigation easy.

Part of the “Made for iPod” program, the Pure-Fi Dream speakers present an attractive piano-black finish and minimalist design that complements the iPod aesthetic. When an iPod is docked in the system, the speaker charges the iPod.

To meet the diversity of iPod owners’ needs, Logitech also offers a family of speakers for iPod and MP3 players that includes the Logitech® Pure-Fi Anywhere™ Compact Speakers for iPod® (also announced today), the high-end Logitech® AudioStation™ speaker system, the lightweight Logitech® AudioStation™ Express portable speakers, the stylish Logitech® mm32 Portable Speakers for iPod and the flat-panel Logitech® mm28 Portable Speakers.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Technology