EDS to resell Maxamine
Australian-born software developer Maxamine has announced that EDS will resell its software on a global basis. Under the joint-marketing agreement, Maxamine will provide training for EDS sales staff and EDS will implement Maxamine's "knowledge platform" product at its software demonstration centre in Texas. Maxamine's software analyses the structure of complex Web sites and visually displays problems and how they can be fixed. WebCorrect currently distributes the product in Australia and New Zealand, while Redklay and Edgewing do the same in the US. Maxamine now runs its worldwide operations from California, but continues to engage in research and development from out of its Adelaide office.
IBM's Informix updated
Updating the first of the database servers it acquired from Informix, IBM has issued a new version of transaction database server IDS 9.3. It is the first Informix product to be released after its acquisition, and IBM's marketing staff are hoping it will reassure wary customers that IBM plans to support its new databases. IBM's purchase of Informix officially closed on July 2, and it said that it would pull the Informix products into its own DB2 database family in due course. Since the merger was first announced, analysts have been calling for IBM to provide a detailed road map of its plans to merge the product lines.
Sun Solaris 9 test version dawns
Sun Microsystems has introduced a test version of its upcoming Solaris 9 operating system as it prepares a significant upgrade to its flagship software product. Solaris - a flavour of the Unix operating system - runs across most of Sun's hardware line, from workstations to the company's latest StarCat server. Sun will put a beta version of Solaris 9 on its Web site and give developers a chance to test applications currently running on previous releases of Solaris for compatibility with the new version of the operating system.