IBM storm brewing

IBM storm brewing

IBM plans to release Hurricane next month -- a Java-enabled Web server that lets developers pull data out of various legacy systems for use on intranets or electronic commerce sites.

The product, code named Hurricane, will run on Windows NT and on the S/390, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, AS/400 and OS/2 operating systems.

IBM's latest server is aimed at users who want to build Web applications that extract corporate data from middleware and legacy systems, such as IBM's DB/2 database.

They will be able to do that because Hurricane supports Sun Microsystems' Enterprise JavaBeans component technology designed to build applications. "This is a great opportunity to help people bridge their environments," said Michael Goulde, an analyst at Patricia Seybold Group.

Hurricane also will feature Servlet Express, a plug-in that turns Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTP) servers into Java-enabled Web servers.

A second version of Hurricane, due in the third quarter, will add features such as data collection and data mining tools. Hurricane is part of IBM's broader strategy to let users expand their information technology investments to the Web.

Besides Web-oriented products, IBM will offer services tailored to build electronic commerce applications for vertical industries.

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