July 14, 2008
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SAN DIEGO, CA

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BANGKOK, THAILAND


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ASCDI companies in the news

Wellington Technologies, Inc. names Barry Saltzman SVP of Sales
Wellington Technologies, Inc. (WTI) announced the appointment of Barry Saltzman as Senior Vice President of Sales.  Saltzman will report to Joseph J. Jasko, President/CEO of WTI, leading global business development initiatives.  In addition to management of the WTI sales force, Saltzman will lend his expertise to partners and their business opportunities, assisting in the development of programs and tools contributing to the partner’s growth.  As a 25-year IT veteran, Saltzman has a track record of senior sales leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.  Formerly serving as President and CEO of a large national distributor of conferencing and collaborating products, Saltzman has held positions with large service organizations such as Entex (Siemens) and StorageTek.
Visit www.wtimaintains.com.
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Upfront

Court denies Cisco Systems’ motion for summary judgment
An Orange County judge has denied Cisco Systems, Inc.’s motion for summary judgment on contract claims in a lawsuit filed against it by Infra-Comm Corporation, a San Juan Capistrano-based reseller of communications systems. In its lawsuit, former Cisco reseller Infra-Comm alleges that Cisco breached an exclusivity promise and instead improperly took an IP telephony deal valued at more than $5 million to another reseller AT&T.  In the lawsuit filed January 2007, Infra-Comm said that Cisco breached contracts related to Cisco’s Opportunity Incentive Program (OIP) deal registration, including its Indirect Channel Partner Agreement (ICPA).  At stake is the manner in which Cisco conducts business with resellers. After Infra-Comm filed the lawsuit against Cisco, Cisco terminated Infra-Comm’s status as an authorized reseller and Silver Partner, and with it Infra-Comm’s ability to resell Cisco products and related services to 40 active Infra-Comm clients. As a result, Infra-Comm lost 90 percent of its revenue, closed its two offices and had to lay off most of its employees.  
A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed at www.infra-comm.com.

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At Cisco Live

Clarus Systems announces new migration certification service offering
Clarus Systems, Inc. announced at the Cisco Networkers Conference that the company will be focusing on getting its ClarusIPC Plus+ customers future-ready for the migration to Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) 6.x. “With the move to this latest version of CUCM, we are sending a significant message to the industry regarding the business-critical importance of leveraging third party validation services to mitigate risk and maximize operational readiness, said Brendan Reidy, President and CEO of Clarus Systems. With our Migration Certification Service offering, customers will benefit from best practices and unmatched validation, monitoring and alerting capabilities for effectively optimized application transitions. For 18 years, Networkers has been the annual conference where network engineers gather for Cisco technical training, education, and networking. Networkers is now part of Cisco Live, Cisco's annual IT and communications conference. As part of Cisco Live, Networkers serves as the technical training and education program for network engineers and specialists.
Visit www.clarussystems.com.
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Filters

UAF saves time for design engineers
Universal Air Filter has reduced 3D CAD air filter model delivery time to a matter of minutes with its Web-accessible drawings for designers, resulting in expedited design and production times. Previously, engineers had to recreate 3D air filter models from scratch, but with UAF’s Web-enabled capabilities, engineers can configure custom air filters and visualize them from all angles before downloading models into their final designs. This process also creates an extremely accurate fit and tolerance stack-up evaluation for the air filters. UAF has partnered with 3D ContentCentral, a cooperative relationship between the 3DpartStream group of the SolidWorks Corp. and leading industrial suppliers, to bring engineers the Web-enabled capabilities. 3D ContentCentral is a free resource that gives design engineers the ability to locate 3D components for use in their designs. Design engineers can access the 3D models through the UAF or 3D ContentCentral websites. By answering a few specification questions, the design engineer can generate a customized SolidWorks 3D air filter. 2D drawings also are available for download to support procurement and documentation. In addition, UAF provides assistance with unique shapes and accessory options to ease installation and removal.
Visit www.uaf.com or www.3dcontentcentral.net.
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IBM

IBM buys mainframe maker, sparks antitrust fears
IBM has been criticized over its recent purchase of mainframe company Platform Solutions. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) said the purchase of Platform Solutions (not to be confused with Platform Computing, a different company) is dangerous for the mainframe industry because it extends the control of IBM, which already dominates the market with its own mainframe servers. The CCIA is an independent, worldwide organization whose members include some of the biggest names in the IT industry. According to CCIA, regulatory authorities should take action to stop this latest takeover attempt: "Although the cost of the takeover narrowly misses the threshold level under US law for mandatory review, and also falls short under EU law, both of the world's leading antitrust authorities should, nevertheless, review this extinguishing of competition in the mainframe market." The deal should also be stopped because it will adversely affect open systems, the CCIA claimed.

In December 2006, IBM sued Platform Solutions, accusing the company of violating IBM patents on the System z mainframe. Platform Solutions counter-sued in January 2007, accusing IBM of anti-competitive behavior in the mainframe market. Platform Solutions also filed a complaint with the European Commission over the same issue. IBM said that, as a result of the takeover, the two companies had agreed to drop their legal actions.
Visit www.ibm.com.
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Linux

Glacier Computer releases Linux operating system for Everest unit
Glacier Computer announces shipment of the Everest industrial computer with two options for the Linux operating system.  Glacier will be offering customers in the warehouse, freight, distribution and field service markets the Everest computer with Linux options from either IGel or Fedora. The Everest is an all-in-one industrial computer commonly deployed into environments that are harsh due to extremes of temperature, vibration, shock and/or moisture.  Installations are traditionally on forklifts, dock doors, manufacturing floors and construction vehicles.  The Everest has a full screen color display and touchscreen making optimum use of the new Linux operating system. The Everest is now offered with Linux, Windows XP Pro and Embedded XP.   All units come with a variety of mounting bracket, power supply and keyboard options.  
Visit www.glaciercomputer.com.
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Markets

Forecast: U.S. business SaaS revenue to double by 2012  
Demand for software as a service (SaaS) business applications in the U.S. business market is growing at a steady pace across all sizes of business and vertical markets, reports In-Stat.  Steadily increasing U.S. hosted application revenues - from $8 billion in 2008 to $16 billion by 2012 - are expected, the high-tech market research firm says. Recent research by In-Stat found the following: the healthcare market is among the most satisfied current hosted application user segments; the education market should be an important target market for providers, as it is a market full of thought-influencers; and despite strong current adoption, hosted Web collaboration application providers need to do more to reach new customers. This research is part of In-Stat's Vertical Market Analytics service, which provides clients analysis of demand for wireless, wireline, voice and data, and managed services by vertical market. This service is designed to provide clients with insight into business issues, opportunities and challenges driving network and wireless investments.
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Storage

Caringo gets accepted to Johns Hopkins University
Caringo Inc. announced that its CAStor software was selected by the Center of Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) at Johns Hopkins University to provide an affordable and scalable archive storage cluster for its growing volume of genotyping data. CIDR is a centralized facility providing genotyping and statistical genetics services for investigators seeking to identify genes that contribute to human disease. Changes in the practice of genotyping over the past several years have led to a substantial increase in the amount of data generated and the need to implement something more manageable than the JBOD storage servers it was using.  Having an affordable, high-performance and scalable CAStor cluster helps meet CIDR’s requirements in which it is producing 1TB of new data each week and sometimes daily.   CAStor is a scalable, high-performance and cost-effective software product that runs on standard, commodity server hardware for a fraction of the price of other CAS systems. CAStor is self-healing, managing and configuring, uses no proprietary APIs, and requires no provisioning or downtime to add nodes and storage capacity in real time.
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System i

Sagem-Interstar enhances System i Unified Communications platforms
Sagem-Interstar announced that a new Linux version of its award-winning XMediusFAX T.38 Fax over IP (FoIP) server technology is globally available for integration with the IBM System i (formerly AS/400 and iSeries) platform and Unified Communications environments provided by Nortel and 3Com. The integration of Sagem-Interstars XMediusFAX FoIP technology on IBM System i Unified Communications platforms from Nortel and 3Com will empower users with robust and secure desktop faxing capabilities. SMB or large-enterprise users will be able to easily send and receive faxes directly from their Lotus Notes or Microsoft Exchange email clients. XMediusFAX also integrates with enterprise applications such as SAP, Siebel and Oracle to enable automated faxing. Faxes are easier to track, manage and archive, facilitating productivity boosts, improved collaboration and audit trails for regulatory compliance.
Visit www.faxserver.com.
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Micro Memory Bank launches new on-line division
MemoryStore, a leading provider of computer memory upgrades for virtually every computer model and brand, old or new, announced the launch of its new online store at www.memorystore.com . MemoryStore.com now offers consumers even more choices. This is the only online store on the web where customers can instantly view side-by-side comparisons between brand-name, factory original and 100% guaranteed compatible computer memory upgrades, allowing them to decide what memory solution is best for them. Memory upgrades for Dell, IBM, Apple, DEC, HP, Sun and hundreds of others are all available for purchase online at MemoryStore.com or by calling 877-ADD-RAM9.

For the first time, customers do not need to know their exact model number. The Memory Wizard tells the customer exactly what computer memory they have and exactly what memory is needed. What separates MemoryStore.com from the competition is the Memory Wizard tool; a proprietary feature that enables the site visitor to find their exact memory type with the click of a button.
Contact: Bob Kanoff
Phone: 877-ADD-RAM9
Phone: 877-233-7269
Phone: 215-643-6020
www.memorystore.com

 

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