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Sun Microsystems Completes Next-Generation, Energy Efficient Datacenters in US, UK and India

As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to greening its global operations, Sun Microsystems publicly unveiled three active, new datacenters in Santa Clara, California; Blackwater, U.K.; and Bangalore, India. Put into operation between January and June of this year, all three datacenters were built using breakthrough designs and next-generation energy efficient systems, power and cooling. Sun estimates that the company’s datacenter efforts will save the planet nearly 4,100 tons of CO2 per year and trim 1% from Sun’s total carbon footprint.

The Santa Clara datacenter is the largest of the three datacenters at 76,000 square feet. Phase One of the Santa Clara project began with a hardware consolidation and refresh project that took three months, increased compute power by more than 450% and is expected to save $1.1 million in energy costs a year. Accomplished in an aggressive 12 months, Phase Two involved designing the Santa Clara space and installing the new hardware. Sun estimates that Phase Two will yield an additional 30% savings in energy costs. Silicon Valley Power, a local utility company, has recognized the breakthrough efficiencies and design of Sun’s Santa Clara datacenter by giving Sun nearly $1 million in rebates and awards.

“There are many projects, big and small, that businesses can begin today to make a difference. It doesn’t have to be complicated and the ROI can be larger than you’d imagine,” said Dave Douglas, Vice President of Eco Responsibility for Sun Microsystems. “We’re opening the doors on our new global datacenters today to show what’s possible in a relatively short time frame and because we believe strongly that sharing is the path to a greener world.”

Through its efforts in California, the UK and India, Sun has reduced 267,000 square feet of datacenter space worldwide into approximately 133,000. Today, Sun will hold an event for customers at the Santa Clara facility to share best practices from the company’s global datacenter efforts. Building on Sun’s heritage of sharing and open source, the company will post key learnings from the project free of charge at http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/environment/green/datacenter.jsp to help other companies green their own datacenters and be kinder to the planet.

“New standards in datacenter design and management are not only good for the environment, but they are also good for a company’s bottom line,” said Sun Microsystems CIO Bob Worrall, who is responsible for reducing Sun’s corporate datacenter energy usage by 20% in fiscal year 2008. “Most CIOs don’t even see an energy bill, which makes little sense given that datacenters can consume a significant portion of a company’s total energy draw. By working together, CIOs and CFOs can direct their efforts to successfully squeeze ‘green’ into – and out of – the datacenter.”

The three new datacenters run exclusively on Sun’s line of energy efficient products, including Sun Fire T1000/T2000 servers, Sun’s x64 servers and the Solaris Operating System.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2007 in Sun Microsystems

 

Symantec Arms Consumers Against PC Hijackers with Norton AntiBot

Symantec Corp. announced the release of Norton AntiBot, the industry’s first targeted security solution to combat the growing botnet pandemic. Norton AntiBot is a real-time bot detection and removal solution for consumers. Norton AntiBot monitors PC applications and processes around-the-clock, offering an additional layer of protection that complements existing security solutions to protect PCs from unauthorized access and tampering.

“Consumers need to know that they may be directly implicated in the criminal activities being perpetrated by botnets – if not by having their own identity or personal information stolen, then by being part of a network of zombie PCs carrying out large scale criminal activities like massive spam distribution and phishing email schemes,” said Rowan Trollope , senior vice president, Consumer Products Division, Symantec. “We’re estimating millions upon millions of bot-infected PCs in existence today, with the vast majority of these users having no idea of what’s going on behind the scenes of their own computer. Norton AntiBot is an important new tool for strengthening consumer security and stopping these insidious threats.”

Symantec Security Response is seeing the number of bot-infected computers continue to rise. In Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report (Volume XI, March 2007) Symantec found that during the last six months of 2006, there were more than 6 million active bots which is approximately 30 percent more zombie computers than observed in the previous six-month period.

“Botnets are quickly becoming one of the most pervasive, dangerous, and aggravating classes of malware,” said Rob Enderle Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. “These networks are increasingly managed by professional criminals using leading technology to steal consumer bandwidth and performance and use it to for tasks ranging from massive amounts of spam to outright identity theft. To mitigate this growing risk all of us should be looking at using defense in depth solutions like Norton AntiBot that include strong protection for these technically advanced bot nets.”

Unlike yesterday’s viruses and worms, today’s bots are stealth and dynamic, secretly installing on systems and turning them into “zombies.” Once installed, bots can execute new commands sent by a bot master on an ongoing basis. If they are not properly removed, they can reinstall themselves, making them particularly difficult to destroy. Norton AntiBot is designed to completely eradicate all traces of any bot or other malware from a system, once it’s identified.

Consumers can reduce their exposure to bot-related attacks by deploying multiple layers of protection technologies, including intrusion prevention, signature-based detection and behavior-based detection. By using complementary technologies, users have the most effective protection against known and unknown forms of malware, including bots.

Norton AntiBot uses active behavior-based heuristic detection system that is always on. This technology constantly analyzes the behavior of files and applications to ensure that otherwise invisible malware is tracked and eradicated as soon as it exhibits harmful behavior. As a result, Norton AntiBot is a complementary solution to existing antivirus or security suites, including Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton 360.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Symantec

 

Genius G-Pen F610 — Newest Slim Tablet

Looking for the perfect tablet? Genius has recently unveiled their newest G-Pen F610, a slim tablet with a 6″x10″ working area and a cordless pen compatible with PC Windows and MAC! Use it to write, draw, sketch, and sign emails instantly! The cursor moves precisely where you position the pen. If you need more convenience and better control than your mouse, G-Pen F610 is just what you need.

The sleek slim design in a 6″ by 10″ size is a perfect match for flat and wide screens. There is a twenty-nine programmable “Hot-Key” area for Office, Internet and Vista functions to be used for super shortcuts. The cordless pen features two buttons and 1024 level pressure sensitivity. While drawing with the digital pen, you can control all kinds of shapes and thickness easily. The two pen buttons can also be programmed as left and right mouse buttons. The battery life of the pen is up to one year and the pen holder keeps your pen nearby.

Just plug it in and you can use built-in Vista functions like personal note taking, email signing, handwriting recognition, handwritten emails and pen flick navigation Bring art-style to your life, and be more creative and more colorful with the G-Pen F610.

Genius is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by MSI-ECS.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Technology

 

HP’s APAC Sales Grow 22 Percent in Q307

HP has announced the company’s financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2007, with net revenue of $25.4 billion, representing growth of 16% year over year, or 12% when adjusted for the effects of currency.

Countries across Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) performed well, with 14 out of 15 countries in the APJ region outpacing their local markets. Overall, APJ posted US$4.6 billion in revenue for Q3, with a 22 percent year-on-year growth in revenue –more than double the rate of the market.

“This is a new quarterly revenue record for the region. All of HP’s business groups in APJ grew double digits and delivered their best quarterly performance for FY07,” said Tom Iannotti, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HP APJ. “Apart from strong growth in India and China, operations in Southeast Asia also turned in double-digit growth.”

Iannotti highlighted the performance of the Personal Systems Group (PSG), which set new records for growth and revenue while making strong gains in market share during the quarter.

HP’s Enterprise Computing business also performed well, spurred by the introduction of HP BladeSystem’s c-Class as well as by investments in sales and marketing. The segment maintained its dominant market share position for blades, according to IDC data. Meanwhile, Enterprise Software such as Mercury and OpenView helped strengthen HP’s portfolio of enterprise offerings and revenue.

The third quarter also demonstrated how HP is being recognized not just as a printer manufacturer, but as a true leader and innovator in printing. HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) continued to deliver strong growth through its LaserJet and InkJet printers, as well as supplies. Other contributors to growth included printing technologies and services designed to help enterprise customers better meet their printing needs, such as managed print services and the new Enterprise-level Multifunction Printers with Edgeline Ink Technologies that deliver richer, true-to-life color.

“To sum up, while Q3 was a good quarter for APJ, we still have plenty of work ahead of us. We take our position as the world’s leading IT company seriously. HP will continue to invest in training its sales force and leadership to deliver high-performance results and satisfy our customers,” Iannotti concluded.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in HP

 

Canon Unveils EOS-1Ds Mark III

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR* camera brings the power of Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s professional imaging excellence and innovation into sharper focus than ever before. While Canon’s EOS-1D series has dominated the 35mm-based professional Digital SLR market for the past six years, the new EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR takes Canon’s pro-digital prowess into and the realm of high-fashion and commercial photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III’s compact, lighter-weight magnesium alloy body is rugged and versatile enough to take out of the studio and into the field. The camera’s fast, five-frame-per-second (fps) shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images is unmatched in its class, making it the ideal instrument for capturing the fluid motion and free-flowing lines of location-based fashion photography as well as a wide range of other professional photographic applications.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III professional digital single lens reflex camera is scheduled to begin shipping in November and will have an estimated selling price of $7,999† (the same price as its predecessor, the 16.7 megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark II).

“ The EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is a prime example of the EOS philosophy and Canon’s ongoing commitment to providing photo professionals with the tools they need to create the finest quality images,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “To continue our legacy, we must provide not only the right professional tools, but also the finest photo tools for the job, and do so consistently, whether we are presenting this exemplary EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR camera, or any one of the many fine specialty lenses, flashes and accessories that populate the EOS professional photo system.”

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2007 in Canon

 

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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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Technology

 

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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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Technology