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Web Development Briefs: OSI, 131shop, wireless vendors

Web Development Briefs: OSI, 131shop, wireless vendors

OSI buys data centre

Database software vendor OSI Software has purchased a small incubator-funded data centre based in Perth.

WiredCity, a 340 square metre data centre, has been operating out of Perth for 12 months after being funded by Gippsland, an ASX-listed incubator. California-based OSI Software, which develops data monitoring software for large mining and chemical companies such as BHP and Esso, purchased the data centre from Gippsland for $400,000.

The relationship came about after Chris Farquhar, founder and CEO of WiredCity, developed a monitoring system for the data centre based on OSI Software, one of his previous employers. OSI then became interested in some co-development opportunities, as well as a move into the data centre space. Farquhar will remain CEO of WiredCity, which will still operate under the same name.

Wireless vendors back future of XHTML

A number of wireless powerhouses have announced the backing of XHTML (Extensible HTML) as the foundation for future mobile services and products.

XHTML is a meld of HTML and XML, built to operate with HTML browsers and to use XML's device-independent capabilities.

The companies, including Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Siemens, are pushing XHTML as the language for creating all content regardless of whether it's for the fixed Internet or the mobile phone world.

A report issued by Zona Research stated that XHTML will help content providers distribute their services to multiple platforms, thereby increasing the quality and acceptance of wireless access. It cautioned, however, that Web content still needs to be written in XHTML for such devices to read it.

131Shop changes name

131Shop is looking to shed its image as a struggling dot-commer with a new name and a new acquisition.

In its first transaction since former Sausage chief Wayne Bos' Tomorrow Group secured a major interest in the flailing e-tailer, 131Shop.com.au will acquire WAP development company TIG International.

Also in an effort to dodge its history, 131Shop announced it would change its name to Focus Technologies. Bos said the image change was necessary to disenfranchise the company from its earlier dealings.

The new focus is on the wireless scene, with TIG bringing to the party its skillset of integration of wireless computing and data-capture solutions with enterprise and Internet systems, an area that Bos believes is expanding rapidly.


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