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Subject: The Linux Beacon, May 9, 2006
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 03:50:30 -0400 IT Jungle--The Linux Beacon

Volume 3, Number 18 -- May 9, 2006
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Silicon Graphics Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

After years of struggling to try to catch the wave in high performance computing with its Linux-based and Itanium-based Altix supercomputers, server maker Silicon Graphics yesterday morning filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing for protection from creditors, which is intended to allow SGI to get its financial house in order, follows some tumultuous months for the company, which has killed off products, spun off units, and changed upper management in an effort to right itself. READ MORE >

Unisys Launches New Unified ES7000 Server
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Server maker Unisys may have forged a server alliance with former Japanese competitor NEC last October, but it still had its own engineering underway for a new generation of ES7000 servers. Unisys was hinting at LinuxWorld a few months ago that the new machines would be here soon, and here they are. The ES7000/one servers, as they are called, support both Itanium and Xeon processors and Windows and Linux operating systems. READ MORE >

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by Alex Woodie

Stonesoft last week unveiled its second generation of network security products, including its software- or hardware-based firewall, which runs on iSeries and zSeries partitions, and its hardware-based intrusion prevention system (IPS). The new firewall/virtual private network (VPN) products focus on securing new voice over IP (VOIP) and video traffic workloads, and sport features like deep packet inspection for HTTP that blurs the lines with IPS and detection systems. The IPS, meanwhile, gains some muscle, and can finally live up to its billing as a digital bouncer. READ MORE >

The X Factor: If Sun Builds a Grid, Will They Come?
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

Sun Microsystems has a new chief executive officer now that Jonathan Schwartz has been tapped to take on that role. And while he is a big proponent of open source and community building, Schwartz has also been the wood behind the arrowhead, pushing the company's utility computing strategy. Now that Sun has carved up the Sun Grid into public and private portions, it will be up to the market to decide if the idea of utility computing will become a reality. READ MORE >



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We value your feedback and insights.  Feel free to send a letter to the editor.  Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
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