Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Alstom IT, Call Time, IBM

Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Alstom IT, Call Time, IBM

Alstom IT beefs up thin client with new alliance

Alstom IT has bolstered its thin client offerings by signing with former German-based manufacturer Infomatic. Under the exclusive agreement, Infomatic Australia will distribute its range of software products through Alstom IT, including its core offering, Java Network Technology (JNT).

Alstom IT currently distributes Citrix, Proxim, Multitech and NetReality, and Chris Hale, Alstom IT's general manager, claims the addition of Infomatic rounds out the distributor's arsenal.

Infomatic also has local tech support and an in-house R&D team in Australia.

Alstom IT: (02) 8875 0500

Call Time scores at Interact & IT 2000

Following its recent $3 million stake by the Ericsson-Deutsche Technology Fund, (ARNnet August 21 ) Call Time Solutions has won "Best Stand Award, Free Design, 36m² and Under" at the Interact + IT 2000 Expo, held in Melbourne from August 29th to September 1st.

Call Time's stand featured the company's interactive multimedia range of solutions, with live demonstrations of its enterprise communications platform and newly released V-Connect voice recognition application.

V-Connect is one of the first voice recognition applications developed for the Australian accent, operating with over 96 per cent recognition accuracy, according to a company statement.

IBM offers file system for open-source

IBM recently announced it will release the source code to its Andrew File System (AFS). The technology could help Linux gain enterprise acceptance.

AFS is similar to the more widely used Network File System but is considered more robust and secure, said Tony Iams, an analyst at D. H. Brown Associates. AFS is used mainly in academic and government markets but also has users in the financial industry. The system will work with most versions of Unix and with Windows NT.

"We did this because the AFS community wanted this to be open-source," said Dan Frye, program director at IBM's Linux Technology Center.

According to Iams, AFS is "technologically really quite beautiful, but it never caught on commercially. IBM is not giving up all that much by turning this over [to open-source]."

Iams said AFS could help Linux compete in the enterprise - but the Linux community must first decide to accept it. IBM has previously committed to contributing some of its journaling file-system technology to the open-source effort.

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