ServerWatch News Briefs for June 18, 2004

Friday Jun 18th 2004 by ServerWatch Staff
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This week: IDC predicted the server market will continue on its bullish growth path through at least 2008; the ASF brought Object/Relational Bridge one step closer to its production release; and Zeus revved Zeus Web Server to version 4.3.

This Week's Swatches

IDC Foresees Bullish Growth in Server Market

IDC this week issued its prediction that the server market will continue on its bullish growth path through at least 2008. It foresees a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8 percent during the next five years, resulting in a $60.8 billion market in 2008. This year alone, the research firm estimates worldwide spending for servers will increase 5 percent to $53 billion.

From a regional perspective, the United States will continue to hold the greatest share of the worldwide server market for the next five years. Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) will follow. IDC expects the strongest growth will come from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Asia/Pacific region. According to its forecast, the two countries will realize a CAGR in excess of 6.5 percent.

Linux and the blade server market will also be hot growth areas. The blade server market is expected to reach $9 billion by 2008 and will represent nearly 29 percent of server units shipped by the end of the five years. Linux-based servers will represent approximately 29 percent of all server shipped and about $9.7 billion in revenues. Windows will continue its reign, capturing 60 percent and $22.7 billion in revenue.

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Apache Bridges Module for Release

The Apache Object/Relational Bridge (OJB) came one step closer to a production release, with the Apache Software Foundation's (ASF's) release of version 1.0rc7 early this week. The ASF said 1.0rc7 is the final pre-version 1.0 release candidate.

ObJectRelationalBridge (OJB) is an object relational mapping tool that enables transparent persistence for Java Objects against relational databases. It is a subproject of the Apache DB Project.

OJB is designed to run on a large range of applications, from embedded systems to rich client application to multitier, J2EE-based architectures. It integrates smoothly into J2EE Application servers, supporting JNDI lookup of datasources.

OJB comes with full JTA and JCA Integration. It can be used within JSPs, Servlets, and SessionBeans, and it provides special support for Bean Managed EntityBeans.

OJB uses an XML-based object relational mapping tool residing in a dynamic MetaData layer that can be manipulated at runtime through a simple Meta-Object-Protocol (MOP) to change the behavior of the persistence kernel. OJB offers several advanced object relational features, including Object Caching, lazy materialization through virtual proxies, and a distributed lock-management with configurable Transaction-Isolation Levels.

Changes in release candidate 7 include the following:

  • New Apache Forrest generated Web site
  • OJB.properties file has changed
  • Logging settings moved to separate OJB-logging.properties file
  • Logging initialization is now decoupled from OJB initialization
  • Renamed and moved internal package org.apache.ojb.odmg.transaction to org.apache.ojb.broker.transaction.tm

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>> Zeus Releases v4.3 of Web Server
>> ATEN Switches to New KVM Solution

Zeus Releases v4.3 of Web Server

Zeus Technology followed up on its recent release of Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager with a new version of Zeus Web Server 4.3, whose capabilities complement those of its traffic management tool.

Zeus Web Server 4.3 offers closer integration with PHP, more flexible FastCGI management, updated mod_perl support, improved directory listings, automatic MIME type detection, and additional reporting and analysis capabilities.

Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager features advanced TrafficScript control language, N+M scalability, deep content inspection, intelligent Web Services routing, and end-to-end traffic security to better translate business logic into traffic management decisions.

Version 4.3 adds support for the 64-bit version of AIX5, and for MacOSX requires MacOS 10.3 or later. Support for the IBM ICA Cryptographic Accelerator on AIX 5 (32 and 64 bit) and Linux PPC (32 bit) has also been added.

A complete list of the new features is available, here, and an eval copy of Zeus Web Server Software is available for download at http://www.zeus.com/downloads/.

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ATEN Switches to New KVM Solution

ATEN Technology this week released a KVM solution designed specifically for medium and large network environments.

The new Matrix switch, which is part of the vendor's ALTUSEN line, allows four users to directly access and control as many as 32 users connected to 4,096 computers through a combination of daisy chaining and cascading.

The Matrix's main selling points are that it enables an admin to control multiple computers from the server rack or any computer across the Internet (when connected to an ATEN KVM on the Net solution) as well as manage several thousand computers from single/multiple consoles and organize servers to maximize data center space.

The Matrix includes RJ-45 CPU connections and Auto Signal Compensation (ASC) that allows signals to travel up to 1,000 feet away with crystal-clear video resolution, thus eliminating the need for KVM extenders. Designed to optimize data center rack space, the Matrix is housed in a 1U- high case that can hold all 32 ports. This switch also allows any type of console to control any type of computer, whether USB or PS/2.

Other highlights of Matrix include:

  • A "Keep-Alive" feature that ensures keyboard and mouse connections work properly, even when the KVM switch loses power
  • Convenient computer selection via Hot Key combinations and On Screen Display menus that automatically expand when stations are added
  • Hot pluggable capabilites
  • AutoScan feature for monitoring user-selected computers
  • Three-level password security (super administrator, administrator, and users)
  • LCD, VGA, SVGA, XGA, and multi-sync monitor support
  • Live firmware upgrades

The Matrix carries a list price of $3,999.95 and is backed by a three-year warranty. It is available for immediate purchase.

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