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Even Microsoft can't wait for Longhorn

Microsoft is considering a u-turn in its Windows upgrade plan and releasing an update to XP before shipping its next generation operating system, Longhorn. The possible change of heart - Microsoft had previously sworn not to create any more versions of Windows before Longhorn - may indicate that the major product is further …
News IS, 01 Mar 2004
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MS takes fight to the spammers

At the RSA Conference last week, Bill Gates mapped out Microsoft's proposals for tackling spam. Of note are the company's Co-ordinated Spam Reduction Initiative (CSRI) and a technical proposal for email that's likened by many to the phone industry's caller-ID system. CSRI includes a roadmap for policy and technology …
News IS, 01 Mar 2004
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Adobe brings grid to the mass market

Adobe has allied with GridIron Software to deliver the first mass market grid product. This is a version of Adobe After Effects that can be bought through retail channels and is designed to enable smaller businesses to use grid techniques, where processes are run over a pool of low cost networked servers. The new version of …
News IS, 06 Feb 2004
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Microsoft to preview Whidbey toolset

Microsoft plans to offer developers a pre-release version of its next Visual Studio .Net platform, codenamed Whidbey, next month, planning to drum up interest in its next generation Longhorn operating system, due in 2006. Whidbey will show off a new runtime model and various new application programming interfaces (APIs) that …
News IS, 06 Feb 2004

Vignette buys into traditional ECM with Tower Technology

In the dim and distant past we would have described Vignette as a “personalization engine,” to create web sites that mutated depending upon who was looking at them. Somewhere in the last decade Vignette has shifted over to a generalized all singing, all dancing content management firm. Now lured by potential “Sarbanes Oxley” …
News IS, 30 Jan 2004

SAP ties up with Teradata

Why would SAP, which has its own Business Warehouse software, sign a partnership with Teradata this week, a company that might be considered a competitor to its software? The truth about the continued success of Teradata, in the face of challenges from Microsoft, Oracle and IBM in the business intelligence market, is that the …
News IS, 30 Jan 2004

IBM targets 2m customers with expiring NT support

IBM’s big push at Linux World is to announce new programs to help customers dump Window NT and move straight to Linux. IBM’s logic is that by the end of 2004, Microsoft will discontinue support for the Windows NT operating system and discontinue the availability of security patches, which will require up to two million customers …
News IS, 23 Jan 2004
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SSL to be one of 2004’s bright spots

Adoption of virtual private networks (VPNs) based on the browser-based SSL technology is shaping up to be one of the key trends of 2004, especially as enterprises mobilize their workforces. SSL allows for secure access to corporate networks from virtually any browser and so provides flexibility for roaming workers with laptops …
News IS, 23 Jan 2004
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Quantum ups the stakes in disk based tape

Quantum says that it is ready to ship its next disk-based backup system, the DX100, a step up from its existing DX30. Quantum, describes it as an enterprise class device, capable of backup and restore processes for large, multiple data centers running mission-critical CRM, ERP and database applications. The system has …
News IS, 16 Jan 2004

IBM enhances Linux DB2

At next week’s LinuxWorld conference in New York, IBM will show off the upcoming 64-bit version of its DB2 database for Linux, enhancing clustering and scalability capabilities and providing a port to non-Intel boxes. Heading the list of improvements will be a Linux-based DB2 partition adviser for automating cluster management …
News IS, 16 Jan 2004

Apple claims storage price lead

Apple this week claimed it has leapfrogged the price performance of storage systems from Sun, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and EMC and is offering its new RAID storage subsystem for Windows and Linux as well as the native Mac Unix OS. The Xserve RAID is a rackmounted system delivering 3.5 terabytes of storage capacity, with throughput …
News IS, 09 Jan 2004
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Intel takes Centrino to consumer electronics

The main thrust of Intel’s chip push will be focused on the consumer market this year and this week saw president Paul Otellini setting out the chipmaker’s stall in a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company has set up a $200m venture capital fund within its Intel Capital division to invest in …
News IS, 09 Jan 2004

Oracle ships 10g application server for grids

Oracle has announced the availability of its 10g application server for grid computing, first launched with great fanfare in September. Application Server 10g uses workload management techniques to share loads across large numbers of processors in a grid configuration. The server is accompanied by software tools designed to …
News IS, 12 Dec 2003

CA shakes up web services management market

Computer Associates has entered the web services management field with the shipment of its Unicenter Web Service Distributed Management product, which has come out of its acquisition of Adjoin last summer. CA aims to shake up this market, which has been the preserve of small specialists, with its own weight and with a host of …
News IS, 12 Dec 2003
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CIO survey shows ECM set to surge, Documentum leads

A survey of European CIOs, published this week on the subject of Enterprise Content Management (ECM), reveals the rationale behind the Open Text - Ixos merger, showing Documentum as the European market leader with Open Text nowhere in sight. Other strong players, only just behind Documentum in Europe include Vignette and …
News IS, 27 Nov 2003

Peoplesoft welcomes EC intervention

Two announcements this week affect the Oracle vs Peoplesoft hostile merger, a Peoplesoft endorsement of the decision by the European Commission to carry out a deeper review, and some adjustments to the terms of Peoplesoft’s new refund program. You couldn’t expect any other outcome from Peoplesoft other than glee, to the news …
News IS, 21 Nov 2003
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IBM puts new efforts behind PC division

IBM has responded to doubts over its commitment to its PC business and used the Comdex trade show to put new focus on the division. It plans a major advertising and marketing campaign behind its PCs, particularly its laptops, and will integrate the PC group more tightly with other operations, enabling it to work closely with …
News IS, 21 Nov 2003

IBM and HP take phony benchmark war up several notches

IBM and Hewlett-Packard have both registered benchmark wins this week for their server lines, IBM on High Performance supercomputing tasks and HP on high throughput transaction rates, running under Oracle. IBM made great noise and bluster about its new 1350 AMD Opteron powered 1350 supercluster, benchmarking a 48 way …
News IS, 07 Nov 2003
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Intel launches Mobilized Software Initiative

Intel has launched its Mobilized Software Initiative, which aims to “change the way the industry thinks about the internet”. Previewed at its Developer Forum in September, the initiative has won the support of various big names including Microsoft, Sun, HP, IBM, Adobe and Macromedia. Intel is aiming to repeat its success of …
News IS, 07 Nov 2003

SQL Server on a non MS platform? Never!

The analyst community has long been saying that it’s only a matter of time before Microsoft starts porting its applications, especially its server-based business applications, to Linux. But one Microsoft notable, in the form of Gordon Mangione, corporate vice president, SQL Server Team, made a strong and clear statement that …
News IS, 02 Nov 2003

IBM offers buy now pay later server deals

IBM has announced a new global offering that allows customers to defer all payments on IBM information technology until 2004, tied to low rate five-year financing deals. The deal is designed to stack business into IBM’s fourth quarter with payment deferred until afterwards. Shipments must be on or prior to December 31. The …
News IS, 02 Nov 2003
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Novell surrounds Microsoft Exchange

Novell this week announced support for Microsoft Exchange 2003 via its Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange. This will allow Linux and Sun Solaris clients the same rights, privileges and controls when attached to Exchange as a Windows email client. This means that Linux desktop users can manage their e-mail, calendars, group …
News IS, 24 Oct 2003
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Fujitsu Software larges it up

If you were handed a proposal from a software company that is in business reporting, but which is far bigger than Crystal Decisions, you'd take it seriously right? Likewise if that company was in development frameworks and it claimed to be bigger than BEA. What about if it also offered Business Process Management software and …
News IS, 24 Oct 2003
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Siebel bags brace of firms

Siebel may have had a hesitant start in the hosted applications market, but it is now moving forward aggressively with two acquisitions and a partnership with Sun. The company has acquired services-based software house UpShot for up to $70m in cash and the assets of business applications house Motiva for about $3m. The former …
News IS, 17 Oct 2003
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BEA tools up for apps security

BEA has released the first fruits of its acquisition of CrossLogix in February with the launch of WebLogic Enterprise Security for managing application security policy. The product revolves around CrossLogix' centralized authentication policy manager and takes BEA into the increasingly hot market of application level protection …
News IS, 17 Oct 2003

Sun hits back at HP's migration offers

Sun has hit back at Hewlett-Packard's 'Linux Lifeline' migration offer for Sun customers. Sun said the plan, which offers $25,000 worth of free porting services to users moving off Solaris to HP Linux, was a "PR campaign with little substance, no real money and no value proposition". The company did not come up with any …
News IS, 13 Oct 2003

This is how Dell will become a $60bn company

Dell CFO Kevin Rollins gave a strategy overview Wednesday night (October 8) saying that the company was on track to become a $60bn company by the end of 2006 and telling the world just where it would get its growth from. Much of the presentation was given over to market share issues with Dell claiming that it has a market share …
News IS, 13 Oct 2003

Intel upgrades Xeon

Intel upgraded its Xeon processor to speed up access to on-chip cache memory, in order to improve performance for intensive applications such as streaming media, modelling and search engines. The new chip, called Prestonia, will probably be the last iteration of Xeon this year. It runs at 3.20GHz, up from 3.06GHz, and contains …
News IS, 13 Oct 2003
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IT spending shifts to business continuity, services

A major new survey, detailing future European IT spending plans, has dealt a major body blow to Linux, showing that it is nowhere on CIO radar screens, relegated to being a low urgency "tactical" purchase. Instead European CIOs put business continuity and disaster recovery in pride of place, with 53% saying that they MUST act …
News IS, 06 Oct 2003
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ERP users in Europe want Oracle to back off Peoplesoft merger

Users of both Peoplesoft and JD Edwards ERP packages dread a takeover by Oracle in Europe. An ERP survey, completed last month shows that as many as 95% of customers do not want Oracle's bid for Peoplesoft to succeed. The shocking hostility to the merger proposal was uncovered in a general ERP survey conducted by market …
News IS, 06 Oct 2003

IBM adds Windows, AIX, AS400 to hosting line-up

IBM has taken its hosting business to the next level. It has been offering Linux application hosting for a year, and is now adding it on Windows, AIX and AS400 architectures, as its iSeries, pSeries and xSeries. IBM refers to all these hosting offerings as its Virtual Server Service, promising hosting in isolated environments …
News IS, 03 Oct 2003

Siebel teams with IBM in software climbdown

Siebel has formed a partnership with IBM to sell its CRM software over the internet as a low cost monthly subscription service. This represents a climbdown by CEO Tom Siebel, who vocally dismissed the subscription model two years ago after a failed initial experiment with a spun-out business called Sales.com. This was merged …
News IS, 03 Oct 2003
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IBM brings Instant Messaging to Lotus Notes

IBM has changed the face of Lotus Notes and Domino, adding a new version 6.5 with built in Instant Messaging and better spam defenses, better compression, encrypted email, tighter integration with Java and CORBA, further integration with Websphere and a bundled Mozilla browser. The new version allows Notes and Domino …
News IS, 26 Sep 2003

Red Hat makes money, pledges full open architecture

Red Hat has at last shown that you can make a profit out of Linux - albeit not very much. For its second quarter, it reported a net income of $3.3 million. And it has taken a huge sideways step from just offering a Linux implementation, promising adventures among a whole host of new, open source, application areas. In …
News IS, 26 Sep 2003

Peoplesoft support promises – good for customers

PeopleSoft continues to put nails in the coffin of the Oracle bid for the company, and this week has committed to extended support for both its own applications and for those acquired from JD Edwards, for an extra two years. The standard contract for a release of Peoplesoft has been four years of upgrades and updates, but now …
News IS, 19 Sep 2003

Cisco under threat in VoIP stronghold

Cisco virtually created the voice over IP (VoIP) market and has identified the technology, and its wireless extension, voice over WLAN, as one of its six key areas for reveue and earnings growth, as its core backbone business starts to slow. But the company is facing intensifying competition from smaller players as VoIP …
News IS, 19 Sep 2003
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IBM launches iSeries backup and high uptime options

IBM has launched two new types of iSeries, both cut down versions of their Enterprise counterparts, one for backup and another for high availability and both have the "capacity on demand" concept that drives so many IBM offerings these days. To avoid confusion they are called iSeries for Capacity BackUp and the iSeries for High …
News IS, 15 Sep 2003

Sun baits Dell as OracleWorld focuses on grid

Sun chief Scott McNealy indulged in his favorite pastime of Dell-baiting during his keynote at last week’s Oracle World conference in San Francisco. He claimed Dell took a non-integrated “systems” approach that contrasted with Sun’s own promise of integrated R&D and engineering between its N1 on-demand platform and Oracle’s new …
News IS, 15 Sep 2003