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Enterprise Solutions Briefs: RSA, Notes, Hitachi

Enterprise Solutions Briefs: RSA, Notes, Hitachi

RSA secures sound Q4

e-business authentication vendor RSA Security finished last year with strong momentum according to its fourth quarter and yearly results issued last week.

The company closed the year with $US280.2 million in revenues, representing an overall increase of 28 per cent compared to 1999.

The company's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) products led the way for the company growing 34 per cent quarter on quarter as it secured a number of large contracts.

Notes 4.6 support to end

Lotus Development last week announced it will cease engineering support for Version 4.6 of its popular Lotus client and Domino server software on January 31, 2002. Telephone help-desk support for Version 4.6 will be terminated 12 months later, according to Jeanette Horan, executive vice president of worldwide development and support for Lotus. Support originally was scheduled to end this month, but Lotus extended it for a year because of slow migration to Version R5, according to the company.

Researchers downsize speech recognition

University researchers in Hong Kong have developed speech recognition technology that can run on less processing power than current systems, raising the promise of mobile phones that understand a wide variety of commands even in noisy settings.

The ASSF (auditory spectrum-based speech feature) approach could be found in commercial products in three to five years, opening the door to applications such as voice-controlled Web surfing on mobile phones or PDAs, the researchers said.

ASSF uses less processing power than the widely-used MFCC (Mel function cochlear coefficient) technology because it looks at fewer parameters when it interprets the wave forms of the user's speech.

Hitachi rolls out array

Users that are constrained by space may have use for a storage array, Hitachi Data Systems announced last week.

The rack or desk-side Hitachi Freedom Storage Thunder 9200 is for enterprise customers who are looking for compact, Fibre Channel-based storage for data centres.

The 9200 supports remote copy, partitioning security and management, hot-swappable components, RAID support and 2Gbps host bus interfaces when available.

Users can scale the 9200 from 72GBs to 7.2 TBs by adding drives as their capacity needs expand.

The Thunder 9200 ranges from US$15,000 to $300,000 and will be available in the US in February.


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