Short takes from this week's technology and techdata news
EMC and NEC team up on system development
NEC and EMC are jointly developing new storage and enterprise content management systems. The companies have agreed to develop storage hardware based on the Storage Bridge Bay storage interoperability standard.
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Advanced BI server platforms planned
Business intelligence supplier SAS has teamed up with infrastructure supplier Bull to build advanced business intelligence server platforms that can gather and use data more intelligently from an enterprise resource planning system. The aim is to help users to improve their business performance and strategic management, said the companies.
SOA to be developed for Intentia's Movex3
Intentia is to develop a service oriented architecture for Movex3, the third generation of its enterprise software. The company said the new product would be designed to help mid-sized companies adopt more flexible business processes. Movex3 will offer industry-specific functionality, Intentia said.
AmberPoint to help manage Iona's SOA
Iona Technologies is collaborating with management software supplier AmberPoint to provide management of Iona's service oriented architecture products. The relationship pairs Artix, Iona's extensible enterprise service bus, with AmberPoint's SOA Management System, giving users the means to implement highly distributed SOA.
Carphone's free offer may start price war
A broadband pricing war could be on the cards, following the expected plan by Carphone Warehouse to offer a free broadband service to customers who sign up for its Talk Talk voice landline service. Carphone Warehouse believes it can take broadband sales away from the likes of BT and Wanadoo.
Opera browsers gain web telephony
Opera Software has partnered with voice over IP specialist Jajah to integrate the Jajah web telephony product into Opera browsers. Jajah's services will be available through Opera Mobile and Opera Mini during the second quarter of 2006. It will also be included as a widget in the upcoming Opera 9 desktop browser.
Java development kit released for FreeBSD
The FreeBSD Foundation has released the official Java Runtime Environment and Java Development Kit (JDK) for the FreeBSD Unix operating system. The foundation has negotiated a licence with Sun Microsystems to distribute the Java runtime software based on JDK 1.5, which will run on FreeBSD 5.4 and FreeBSD 6.0 releases.
Construction industry gets Oracle platform
Oracle has launched its Collaborative Building Information Management platform for the construction industry. The initiative provides an enterprise collaboration platform to make building information available from a single source.
Records management app aims for consistency
Stellent, a provider of content management software, has developed an application to enable firms to apply records and retention policies in a consistent, legally defensible way across the enterprise. Stellent Universal Records Management allows organisations to define, manage and execute records and retention management policies for all enterprise content from a single application.
Apple's Boot Camp allows dual OS on Macs
Apple has released the Boot Camp program to allow users to run Microsoft's Windows XP on Macs. Boot Camp can be used on Macs that are driven with Intel microprocessors. The program allows users to partition the hard drive to allow Windows XP and Apple's OS X to run.