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Sun's StorageTek Tape Libraries Ranked Number 1
Diogenes Labs-Storage Magazine Quality Awards Announced
Sun's StorageTek SL-Series tape libraries achieved the number one overall ranking via the Diogenes Labs-Storage Magazine Quality Award program in the enterprise-class library category while Sun's StorageTek L-Series tape libraries earned the second overall ranking in the midrange library category. These award winners were featured in the January 2006 issue of Storage magazine.
SYS-CON's 10th Annual Readers' Choice Awards
Sun Voted Into 22 Spots by Over 17,000 SYS-CON Readers
SYS-CON Media's 10th annual "Readers' Choice Awards" for best products and tools for the SOA, Web Services, Java and XML technologies have been announced for both SOA Web Services Journal and Java Developer's Journal with Sun taking tops honors in 12 categories and earning 10 runner-up placements.
IDC Survey Reveals NAS Relatively Unknown in Western Europe
Vertical Markets Moving at Variable Pace Toward Networked Storage

A December 2005 IDC survey finds Western European vertical markets need to be informed and educated on network storage technologies in specific sectors, such as retail/wholesale and healthcare/education, where the lack of knowledge is hampering penetration. This survey was carried out among 1,150 companies with more than 20 employees, operating in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.

$109 Million Patent-infringement Suit Filed by Sun Against Quantum Corp.
Technology in Question Developed by StorageTek

Sun is seeking US$109 million from competitor Quantum Corp. in a patent-infringement case over technology that Louisville-based Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek), which was acquired by Sun in 2005, and San Jose, Calif.-based Quantum developed separately in the 1990s, reported a Denver Post article hosted on TMCnet.com.

Top Ten Articles for Last 3 Issues
Vol 94 Issues 4, Vol 95 Issues 1 and 3

Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last three issues. The Web version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last three issues. The top articles for the three most recent issues were:

Free and Open Source S/W
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Download Portable OpenOffice.org Now
Carry Applications and Databases Around on a Portable Device
Users can now download Portable OpenOffice.org, a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database, which comes in a version that users can carry around on a USB thumbdrive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device and use on any Windows computer.
OpenSolaris Kernel for PowerPC Built
Integration of GRUB2 and PowerPC Genunix Is in the Works
The OpenSolaris kernel for PowerPC has been completed, reports Dennis Clarke, and it will be only a matter of time before GRUB2 and the PowerPC genunix will be integrated, enabling users to run on the Genesi ODW.
Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Released
New Features Give Control of Appearance to Users
Among the features in the newly available Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 are "...a software update system, spell check as you type, built in phishing detector, auto save as draft and support for deleting attachments from email messages. Message filtering has also been improved with new filter actions for replying and forwarding," according to Scott MacGregor with Mozilla.
People Service to Give Users of Liberty Alliance Web Service New Social Tool
Allows Granting Selective Access Without Compromising Security
People Service, a feature of the second version of the Liberty Alliance's web services framework (ID-WSF 2.0), enables users to securely access such social applications as blogs, instant messaging and photos securely and with an increased margin of safety for identity information.
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Sun StorEdge 6920 System with 300 GB 10k rpm HDDs
Includes Software v3.0.1 Enabling Sun StorEdge Data Replicator Software
The Sun StorEdge 6920 system now offers 300 GB 10k rpm HDDs along with a software (v3.0.1) that enables Sun StorEdge Data Replicator software to run on this midrange Sun system, increasing its data protection and continuity capabilities. These new HDDs increase the maximum capacity of these systems, achieving a lower cost/MB.
Sun StorEdge 9900 In-System Replication Suite
For the Sun StorEdge 9985 Systems

Earlier this month, Sun released the Sun StorEdge 9900 In-System Replication Suite for the Sun StorEdge 9985 systems. This suite provides a non-disruptive, host-independent data replication solution for creating copies of any customer accessible data within Sun StorEdge 99xx storage systems. It comes with both Copy-on-Write Snapshot and ShadowImage volume copy software.

Storage Standard to Facilitate Interoperability Between Vendors
XAM Spec Allows Reference Data Mobility Between Multi-vendor Devices
A proposed new specification for an application/storage interface, titled eXtensible Access Method or X-Access Method (XAM), is intended to provide an interface for the longevity and mobility of reference information that is independent from any specific storage system technology, vendor solution or the location of a storage system or data.
Storage Consolidation: Customers Gain Value, VARs Earn Profit
Using the Right Skills to Profitably Meet Customers' Needs

A feature article on Storage Networking World Online by freelance writer Robert L. Scheier entitled, "How VARs Can Profit From Storage Consolidation," explains how storage consolidation can help increase the profit margin for VARs with the right skills while still solving customers' demands in today's competitive market.

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