Sun and Netscape strike joint effort
Netscape and Sun Microsystems have agreed to jointly support Netscape's software on Sun Solaris platforms. Sun will support all of Netscape's server, client and tools products as part of the Sun Vendor Integration Program (VIP), giving customers a single point of support for the entire product. Netscape said the majority of its products ship on Sun platforms.
Support will be divided between Sun and Netscape staff, but that should appear seamless to users, the companies said.
Sun has also become a Netscape education provider, meaning it will sell and deliver Netscape courses through its global network of instructors.
Seagate acquires Eastman's storage management groupSeagate Software has announced it will pay $US10 million in cash to buy Eastman Software's storage management group.
Under the agreement, the Eastman storage management group will be incorporated into Seagate's network and storage management group.
The two companies have a working relationship that predates the merger. As part of an earlier agreement, Seagate sold Eastman's HSM (hierarchical storage management) technology as Backup Executive Storage Migrator.
The purchase should help Seagate compete against Computer Associates in the HSM niche by giving it tighter control over development of the technology, greater resources and exclusive licensing rights, according to Philip Mendoza, a US-based systems management software analyst for IDC.
"Whereas before they had to partner up with Eastman Software (for HSM), now Seagate Software can say 'we have it, too'," Mendoza said.
In its current state, Seagate's Backup Executive software is not sophisticated enough to move certain file types to off-line devices, he said. Following the merger, users will see benefits including tighter integration of the technology, easier use and less work in configuring Seagate products, Mendoza said.
NEC claims world's fastest supercomputer NEC will begin delivery of a new series of supercomputers in December of this year, the company has announced.
According to company officials, the SX-5 series will be the world's fastest supercomputer with a maximum processing speed of four trillion floating point operations per second (teraflops).
NEC claims the new supercomputers will be configurable with up to 32 nodes - 512 central processing units (CPUs) - and a peak data transfer rate of 32TBps.