Stories by Michael Lattig

  • Ellison touts completeness, targets delivery dates

    In a move that could be considered surprising for a company known for its nebulous product delivery dates, Oracle's chairman and CEO Larry Ellison this week outlined launch dates for several promised products, including the company's long-awaited Internet File System (IFS).

  • XML still suffering teething problems

    Although the signal-to-noise ratio surrounding most emerging technologies is typically quite low, the potential of Extensible Markup Language (XML) seems to be off the chart. What began as, and still is, a simple tagging language, has emerged as a powerful electronic-business enabler - a mechanism for data interchange that is being infused into all levels of corporate infrastructures. In the past month alone, many leading vendors, such as Oracle, IBM and Microsoft, have expanded XML support in their development tools, databases, and application-integration infrastructures, generating a great deal of exposure and anticipation for the potential business benefits of the standard.

  • Sun wary of Java standard

    Sun Microsystems' foot-dragging on the standardisation of Java will come to a head on December 16 when a general assembly of the European Computer Manufacturer's Association (ECMA) meets to discuss Sun's concerns over intellectual property rights, a sticking point that could derail the process.

  • IBM details first step in portal strategy

    IBM last week put the finer points on its initial enterprise information portal (EIP) offering, unveiling a foundation for data access and integration upon which IBM's partners will be able to build portal applications. `You could call it a portal builder in a way, an EIP development tool,' said Janet Perna, the general manager of data management at IBM's software solutions division.

  • Ellison preaches network computer gospel

    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison last week used a keynote speech at the Customer Relationship Management conference here to tout the upcoming relaunch of the network computer, and to put an enterprise spin on the phrase, `Think globally, act locally.' Ellison provided an update on his most familiar theme, the network computer. Responding to a statement from an audience member that the network computer is, in fact, dead, Ellison re-iterated his claim that the number of alternative devices connected to the Internet would outpace the number of connected personal computers by the year 2000.

  • Intel stakes ground with Net exchange architecture

    Intel's John Miner, vice president of the communications product group, told developers here last week that, "the heat is on, the clock is ticking", in the race to put in place the building blocks necessary to build systems that can meet the availability and scalability requirements of today's users.

  • Monterey partners predict Unix renaissance

    If Project Monterey partners Compaq, IBM, Intel, SCO and Sequent have their way, the year 2000 - which for a time was expected to be the death knell for Unix - could in fact herald a new era for the OS.

  • Data General signs on for Brocade switches

    In a move that could signal EMC's commitment to offering an open, flexible, component-based storage area network (SAN) architecture based on newly acquired Data General's technology, Data General has signed an OEM agreement with switch maker Brocade Communications Systems.

  • IBM to develop chip set for IA-64

    In an effort to differentiate its servers in what is becoming a highly "commoditised" market, IBM will step away from Intel to develop its own core logic for the next big shift in chip technology -- the move to IA-64.

  • Compaq, Dell to specialise in networked file servers

    Touting the reliability and ease of use that come with dedicated, single-purpose devices, Compaq and Dell are betting that users are willing to populate their networks, particularly those in remote locations, with a variety of headless "appliances" for tasks typically run on general-purpose servers.

  • Future I/O spec blazes forward

    The first draft of the Future I/O specification, backed by vendors including Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Cisco Systems, was made available at the recent Future I/O conference in Santa Clara, California. The proposed standard is designed to speed I/O communications in next-generation hardware systems. After a review, the partner companies, under the auspices of the Future I/O alliance, will begin working on the final draft of the specification.

  • Microsoft delivers data mining extensions

    Microsoft used its TechEd show in the US last month to unveil the first portion of its data mining strategy, releasing specifications for data mining extensions to the OLE DB data access codes in its SQL Server database.

  • HP readies SAN backbone solution

    When Hewlett-Packard unveiled its overall storage area network (SAN) strategy last week, two important infrastructure pieces of its SAN puzzle were already in place. In a move targeted at shoring up the management aspect of its SAN solutions, HP purchased Transoft Networks, a provider of open-systems Fibre Channel SAN solutions.