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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.

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.”

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