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Sun Fire B100x

The newest addition to Sun's low-cost x86 line-up is the Sun Fire B100x. This is a single processor, x86 blade server using AMD's Mobile Athlon XP 1800 processor.

The Sun Fire B100x is part of the Sun Fire B1600 BladePlatform —which is claimed to be the industry's first multi-architecture blade platform. Sun also plans to deliver high performance x86 server solutions with its Sun Fire V65x and V60x systems, utilizing new 3.2 GHz Xeon processors. Sun says that it will continue to grow its low-cost portfolio starting in early 2004 with new AMD Opteron processor-based systems.


Sun Microsystems India Private Limited
6th floor, Divyasree Chambers
1(230) O'Shaugnessey Road
Akkithimmanahalli Langford Road
Shatinagar, Bangalore 560027
Tel: 1-600-44-4SUN (1-600-44-4786)
Fax: (80) 223 1792

NAS Filers


The DataNAS LE from Plexus Infocomm Networks uses 4100 technology and is available in 120 GB or 1 TB configurations. The filer capacities are dynamically scalable using RAID 5.

The filer uses hot-swappable IDE drives with an intelligent disk backplane. RAID 5 expansion is supported by the filer. Networks supported by the DataNAS LE are Windows NT Domain, 2000 Active Directory, Unix/Linux and Macintosh. Plexus claims that the NAS filers have an easy to use Web interface, along with features like NAS-to-NAS file replication, local or remote tape backup or DVD-RW backup, and native Windows file security. The models are available in 5-bay tower or 1U rack form factors.


Plexus Infocomm Networks Pvt Ltd
Unit No. 106, Millennium Business Park
Mahape, Navi Mumbai 400701
Tel: (22) 2778 1049/ 2778 1052
Fax: (22) 2778 1052


Proliant ML 150

HP India has launched their ProLiant ML150 server based on Intel Xeon processor. The ML150 can scale up to two Intel Xeon processors, up to 12 GB of memory and 730 GB of storage capacity with hot pluggable hard disk drives.

The server claims to allow for tool free replacement of major components to minimize downtime and maintenance costs. The ML150 server is certified for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Linux Operating Systems.

HP Systems Insight Manager, a platform management tool was also launched with the ML 150. This tool is claimed to employ a modular architecture—enabling client, storage, printer, and power management in addition to server deployment, performance and workload management from a single console.

HP Systems Insight Manager provides common fault, configuration, and asset management services. It is targeted at enterprises ranging in size from small-to-medium businesses up to large enterprises. HP Systems Insight Manager is able to manage either homogeneous or heterogeneous server environments with multiple operating systems and, a variety of devices from HP and other vendors.


Hewlett-Packard India Pvt.Ltd
Golf View Campus
HP Tower 3
Wind Tunnel Road
Bangalore 560017
Tel: (80) 2521 6121/ 2527 6966

Enterprise Serial ATA Drive

WD Raptor

Western Digital offers their WD 740GD Serial ATA drive. This 74 GB, 10,000 RPM hard drive is claimed to match SCSI reliability and performance while providing simplified connectivity at lesser costs.

The Raptor has a buffer size of 8 MB and an average latency of 2.99 ms. Average seek times for the drive are a read seek time of 4.5 ms and write seek time of 5.9 ms. Transfer rates are in the ranger of 1,200 Mbits/s for buffer to host (Serial ATA) and buffer to disk of 816 Mbits/s.


Western Digital UK Ltd
India Branch: A-301/302
Bldg. C/7, Laxmi Park -1
Yashodhan Nagar, Thane 400606
Tel: (22) 3093 6050

Storage Management

Storage Foundation 4.0

Veritas Software Corporation offers their Veritas Storage Foundation 4.0 for Windows. This storage management and virtualization software integrates with Microsoft platforms to manage storage in windows environments.

An option to Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows, Veritas FlashSnap is a software-based snapshot solution that uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), a Windows Server 2003-based technology that enables Microsoft-supported snapshots of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 for quick-recovery backups and restores. Veritas FlashSnap also provides off-host processing for testing, data analysis and reporting.

Veritas Storage Foundation 4.0 for Windows also includes:

  • Integration with Microsoft's storage technologies: Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), Virtual Disk Service (VDS) and Automated System Recovery (ASR).
  • Dynamic Multipathing support for eleven new storage array families, including storage area network (SAN)-based failover and load balancing capabilities for existing and new storage arrays.
  • High availability through Dynamic Relayout, which delivers automated online reconfiguration capabilities.
  • Simplified management with Storage Foundation Assistant.

Veritas states that their customers can license and deploy as much of the Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows software as they need, with one CD that includes advanced volume management technology as well as Veritas FlashSnap, Dynamic Multipathing and an option for MSCS support.

Veritas Storage Foundation 4.0 for Windows is available at a starting price of US$695 for the Server/Standard Edition.


Veritas Software Mumbai
Unit No. 403B/403C, C Wing , 4th Floor, Fortune 2000
G- Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai 400 051
Tel: (22) 5695 0227- 30
Fax: (22) 5675 0398

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