Fibre Channel sales up as firms increase San speed
Sales of Fibre Channel storage area networking equipment have increased this year, according to analyst firm Gartner. Companies worldwide spent £205m in the first quarter of 2006, up 20% on the same period in 2005. Gartner put this down to the increased availability and deployment of 4gbps products, replacing older 2gbps kit.
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Novell project aims to unify identity management
Novell has launched an open source identity management project aimed at unifying the plethora of systems and providing a consistent standards-based approach to managing user identities on corporate systems. The Bandit project will develop open source identity services that meet industry standards such as WS-* and Liberty Federation, backed by engineering resources and code from Novell.
Microsoft plans online enterprise services
Microsoft has outlined how it plans to develop web-based services for businesses that will complement their enterprise software. Ray Ozzie, the software company’s chief technical officer, told delegates at last week’s TechEd 2006 conference, “Web-based services will fundamentally transform the way that we design, deploy, manage and use enterprise infrastructure and business solutions.”