Software Briefs: IBM, Adobe

Software Briefs: IBM, Adobe

IBM acquires OS-migration specialist

IBM has announced the acquisition of the application porting services business of Sector7 USA, a privately held firm that specialises in helping companies migrate their legacy server operating systems to platforms such as Linux. Sector7 offers tools and services for migrating applications and data to and from OpenVMS, Linux, Unix and Windows. It also handles database consolidation and migration, such as moving from an Oracle database to IBM’s DB2 software and vice-versa. IBM has acquired a majority of Sector7’s assets and intellectual property. IBM said it would hire Sector7 employees to work in its Global Services division on projects that include Linux migrations as well as server and database consolidation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Opera strikes licensing deal with Adobe

Adobe Systems will include the cross-platform rendering engine from Norwegian niche browser maker, Opera Software, in its future products using the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. “Our small-screen rendering (SSR) technology was particularly important to Adobe,” Opera spokesperson, Live Leer, said. “Users would like to create pages that work in many different devices and platforms; SSR allows for that.” Opera’s SSR technology takes a Web page written in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and reformats it to fit on a smaller screen, eliminating the need to create code pages in special languages. “The big difference now (with Opera inside of Adobe products) is that application providers can test Web and mobile pages within the program itself, whereas before they had to launch an external application,” Leer said.

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