5/29/06 issue

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ASCDI Inside

Alliances

Deployment

HP

IBM

iSeries awards

Markets

Partnership

Products

Storage

 

Meet the new members

HP details plans to consolidate global data centers

IBM releases high-bandwidth storage system for SMBs

 

ASCDI Inside

Meet the new members

Peremex PTE Ltd

Peremex, founded in 2003, is headquartered in Singapore and has extensive coverage in the Asia Pacific region, including countries like Singapore, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong/China and Indonesia, etc.  We specialize in data center server and networking infrastructure.  Our specialization consists of Sun Microsystems, IBM pSeries and iSeries and Cisco.  Along with our hardware, we are also one of the largest third-party maintenance companies in the region, offering comprehensive and reliable maintenance services throughout the region. With our hardware and maintenance services, we are uniquely positioned to serve a broad range of customers in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

 

Tan Wei Meng

tanweimeng@peremex.com

wongcheekeong@peremex.com

www.peremex.com

 

 

Minntek Solutions, Inc.

Minntek Solutions, Inc. was established in 1997 by Bill Rogers, Kellie Wilkins and Eric Nelson. Minntek is a leading provider of new and refurbished servers, storage and IT equipment.  Our tech-nology center, combined with knowledgeable account managers and unparalleled technical expertise, has made Minntek a leader in the used computer business. Our expansive inventory includes IBM Storage, pSeries, iSeries and HP. Minntek has partner relationships with IBM, HP, Cisco and a number of complimentary software packages. You will quickly discover that Minntek prizes the long term relationship with our customers with a fanatical devotion to service, rapid response and very competitive pricing.

 

Ben Grassmuck

210 344-1707

Fax: 210 344-1980

Cell: 210 573-3641

AOL IM: bgrassmuck

www.minntek.com

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Alliances

3i Infotech, ASNA announce partnership

3i Infotech, a global provider of IT solutions and services and one of India's largest and fastest growing software product companies, and Amalgated Software of North America (ASNA), a leading provider of development solutions for modernizing and extending iSeries applications, have formed a partnership/strategic alliance. This alliance combines 3i Infotech's ORION Framework suite of component applications and proven expertise in delivering mid-range solutions and consulting with ASNA's Monarch, Datagate and Visual RPG development solutions. The resulting integrated solution offers the ability to create a comprehensive roadmap to extensibility of IBM mid-range solutions through a service-oriented architecture while leveraging and sustainability of current infrastructure and resources.

Visit www.3i-infotech.com or www.asna.com.

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Deployment

ITI unit of Fiserv chosen by St. Mary's Credit Union

Information Technology Inc. (ITI), a unit of Fiserv Inc., announced that St. Mary's Credit Union, a $520 million financial institution headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., has chosen ITI as its new technology partner. The credit union was drawn to ITI's Premier suite of software and services because of its ability to meet both their immediate and future needs. Available for both in-house and outsourced environments, ITI's openly integrated Premier software offers products for virtually every function, including Internet banking, imaging and document management, executive intelligence, relationship management, branch automation and core accounting. All services are available on the industry's most popular hardware platforms.

Visit www.itiwnet.com.

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HP

HP details plans to consolidate global data centers

HP announced plans to consolidate its 85 data centers worldwide into six larger centers located in three U.S. cities. The consolidation will result in the deployment of HP's IT infrastructure in two facilities each in Atlanta, Houston and Austin, Texas. In addition to enabling HP's IT organization to be more nimble and provide better information for the entire company, the consolidation will help HP reduce its IT spending by approximately $1 billion in the coming years. The facilities also will serve as a showcase for HP's adaptive infrastructure products and services. HP has designed the six facilities to be "lights out" data centers, capable of being managed remotely. This will be enabled through the use of the company's adaptive infrastructure solutions, including HP Integrity servers, HP BladeSystem servers, HP OpenView management software and HP StorageWorks networked storage.

Visit www.hp.com.

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IBM

IBM releases high-bandwidth storage system for SMBs
IBM announced a high-bandwidth storage system featuring front- to back-end 4 gigabits per second (Gbps) technology. The IBM System Storage DS4700 Express is specifically designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that need faster access to their business-critical information, according to IBM. This is the second storage system IBM has released that features 4 Gbps capabilities; a year ago, IBM introduced its Systems Storage DS4800, which was targeted at larger companies. The 4 Gbps technology is expected to become the preferred platform for Fibre Channel SAN components by the end of 2006. The products will be available on June 9, 2006. The IBM System Storage DS4700 starts at US$19,449. This pricing includes a three-year warranty on hardware and software.

Visit www.ibm.com.

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iSeries awards

Optimus Solutions wins 800-lb. Gorilla Award

Optimus Solutions, a comprehensive IT products and solutions provider, announces it has won the 800-lb. Gorilla Award from SilverBack Technolo-gies. The award honors Optimus for achieving $10 million or more in annual revenues by providing excellent remote managed services to its wide customer base in the financial services, manufac-turing, education and government market sectors. Managed Services allow remote administration and management of IT infrastructure that can result in significant savings by consolidating system administration functions and reducing overhead. "The 800-lb. Gorilla Award is our way of recogniz-ing these outstanding companies that have expanded their services business and, in some cases, completely transformed their business models to embrace the lucrative field of remote managed services," stated Dan Phillips, CEO, SilverBack Technologies, Inc. "This is only the tip of the iceberg. Some of our partners are doing in excess of $20 million yearly in managed services. All of our partners are expected to grow 20 to 30 percent this year."

Visit www.OptimusSolutions.com or www.silverbacktech.com.

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Markets

Ethernet Switch market retreats in first quarter

A recently published report from Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, reveals that in the first quarter of 2006, the Ethernet Switch market declined sequentially following three consecutive quarters of growth. The report indicates that the Fast Ethernet segment, which was instrumental in driving growth in the fourth quarter of 2005, experienced the most severe decline. "Although the market did decline sequentially, on a year-over-year basis it experienced a double digit increase," said Seamus Crehan, Director of Ethernet Switch Research at Dell'Oro Group. "We still believe that the Ethernet Switch market remains robust and attribute the first quarter decline more to seasonal softness than to overall market weakness," added Crehan.

Visit www.DellOro.com.

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Partnership

LXI and Spectra Logic team to offer mixed media storage to iSeries users

LXI Enterprise Storage and Spectra Logic announced a strategic partnership where LXI's OS/400 Backup Director multi-protocol bridge-router, an IBM emulation bridge, can connect iSeries/AS400 data center users to any Spectra Logic library or stand alone drive. The LXI device allows access to any drive type in a Spectra product, which can include AIT, LTO, SDLT, SAIT or RXT SabreDisk. The bundled solution is easy to implement, allows disparate media consolidation, simplified vaulting policies, and for the first time IT managers can choose from a variety of drive types rather than being limited to LTO. The flexible LXI OS/400 Backup Director bridge uses multiple inter-face types and can support multiple connections between a Spectra Logic library or drive and OS/400 systems. Additionally, Spectra Logic products provide interoperability between SCSI and Fibre Channel hosts and devices, linking open systems SAN infrastructures to the backup storage.

Visit www.lxi.com or www.SpectraLogic.com.

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Products

Terion integrates FleetView trailer tracking with Add On Systems

Terion, Inc. and Add On Systems, Inc. announced that they have completed the first phase of a web-services integration for AS400 dispatch applications. The joint development uses features found in Terion's FleetView trailer tracking system -- including intelligent event capturing and reporting technologies -- to power Add On Systems' Trailer Monitoring and Management (TMMi) application, which features Trailer Detention and Find Trailer modules. Add On Systems and Terion developed the integration for carriers that use the iSeries (AS/400) platform. With the new solution, trailer information is transferred via web services from the Terion web site to Add On Systems' iSeries platform. The link ties the host dispatch system to the tractor's mobile communication system -- thereby simplifying the process of tracking a trailer for usage, location, history or status. The system is comprised of several optional sub modules, including Trailer Control, Trailer Pools, Trailer Alerts, Trailer Security, Trailer Utilization & Reporting and Trailer Detention.

Visit www.terion.com or www.addonsystems.com.

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Storage

Lightsand Communications awarded multiple IBM certifications

LightSand Communications, Inc. announced that it is providing the interconnectivity solution support-ing the successful deployment over 500 km of mission critical architectures implemented by IBM BCRS for several of its customers in Portugal. The business needs, as identified by IBM, are driven by the fact that Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery practices and regulations require that companies maintain a copy of their business critical application data at a remote location. The solutions deployed by IBM in this case involve disk mirroring to provide the highest availability solution for protecting information, remote backup, and FICON channel extension over MAN/WAN between different cities. The LightSand i-8100A SAN extension gateway with its SAN Routing and Isolation capabilities using AR/DAT, and the i-7100F FICON extension gateway, were used to provide the distant connectivity without perfor-mance degradation. On the basis of this successful deployment, LightSand solutions received multiple IBM TotalStorage Proven, IBM System Storage Proven and IBM Total Server Proven certifications.

Visit www.lightsand.com.

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