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Compaq reveals new SAN strategy

Compaq Computer has taken the wraps off its strategy for managing enterprise storage. The modular-based strategy embraces open SANs (storage area networks) as well as RAID (redundant array of independent disks) systems. Known as Enterprise Network Storage Management (ENSM), Compaq's initiative is a way to ensure company-wide management of open SAN storage.

The strategy supports the com-pany's Enterprise Network Storage Architecture or ENSA, which focuses on standardising Web-based user interfaces and management appliance. www.compaq.comInfoImage keeps Microsoft's dream alive InfoImage is bringing Microsoft's dream of a unified, browser-based view of corporate data to life with the release of Freedom 2 B2B and B2E Decision Servers. The two products tie into Web servers and Microsoft's Office 2000 line to provide an aggregated view of company data in a browser window or, as dubbed by Microsoft, a digital dashboard. www.infoimage.comOracle takes rejection on the chinIn the wake of a major user group's rejection of its offer to serve as host, Oracle will be sponsoring its own alternative conferences focused on Oracle applications, said Larry Ellison, chairman and CEO of Oracle, speaking at the recent Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) conference. Ellison, who offered no specifics on when these coexisting events would start, also said that Oracle would continue to send representatives to the OAUG events. www.oracle.comTibco brings working Web systems togetherTibco Software is to ship its first products designed to let different Web commerce systems work together.

For complex, real-time transactions between companies, there is TIB/BusinessConnect. The application is a set of server programs and GUI tools that let companies create a set of Web interactions and then link these with their internal order management, inventory and other enterprise applications. The second application in ActiveExchange is TIB/BusinessPartner, which lets a company interact with suppliers or other partners that don't have Web commerce capabilities of their own. www.tibco.com


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