Oracle's new opening
Oracle has announced Oracle Portal, a software product for building enterprise portals that will supersede the company's previous WebDB offering, taking over both its name and identity. The software is due to become generally available in the third quarter of this year. It consists of WebDB's set of development tools for creating and maintaining a Web e-business portal and Oracle's Portal Framework, the technical infrastructure that allows for a variety of information sources and applications to be accessible through the portal. WebDB services, including single sign-on, security, search capabilities and personalisation, are also part of Oracle Portal, together with WebDB's Web publishing features.www.oracle.comStorage interoperability standards emergeFabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) and Direct Access File Specification (DAFS) are the first standards that let different vendors' Fibre Channel switches interoperate and deliver data faster from applications. FSPF is the result of a collaboration between Brocade, Gadzoox, McData, Ancor and Vixel to make their switches work together. FSPF lets routing tables act as maps for routing traffic through the network in the most efficient manner. DAFS is a high-level protocol for file-by-file transfer of data across the network directly between client and storage memory. It is based on the Virtual Interface Architecture designed by Microsoft, Compaq and IBM, and is independent of the Ethernet or Fibre Channel protocol and media that is used. Network Appliance, Seagate Technologies and Intel drafted the DAFS proposal.
Citrix shakes up top management
Citrix Systems has announced a high-level management shakeup in the wake of a warning that revenues and profits are growing more slowly than expected. The company's founder and long-time chairman Edward Iacobucci has resigned, effective immediately. He is replaced by Roger Roberts, who was Citrix's CEO from 1990 to 1998. Rogers will also become chief operating officer, responsible for day-to-day operations with the company's current president, Mark Templeton. Templeton surrenders the CEO title he carried, and the company has launched a search for a new CEO. Another board member, Michael Brown, has also resigned. Brown had been a director since July 1997, and previously served on the board for about two years in the early 90s.www.citrix.com