Microsoft, Sun and other software biggies roll out major announcements

Short takes from this week's technology news

Short takes from this week's technology news

Microsoft books .net a place at JavaOne

Microsoft and Sun Microsystems are to discuss .net and Java interoperability at the forthcoming JavaOne developer conference in the US. Although the two firms are not expected to launch any specific integration products, Microsoft's attendance demonstrates the warming relationship between the competitors. The pair settled a long-running legal dispute last year, with Microsoft paying $2bn to Sun Microsystems, and the firms signing a technology sharing agreement.

Compuware updates CIO management tool

Compuware last week launched Compuware Changepoint 10, the latest version of its IT governance and management product. It gives CIOs the tools to gather information across applications, infrastructure and project portfolios, so they can align resources and make investment decisions more effectively.

IBM and Nortel agree R&D collaboration

Nortel and IBM have signed an R&D agreement to co-develop a range of server, storage and telecoms products, starting with a range of blade servers. The pair said the new blades would benefit from IBM's existing server technology and Nortel's carrier-grade communications expertise to meet the data flow, reliability and security needs of next-generation networks.

BMC unveils latest performance manager

BMC Software has launched the next generation of its Patrol application performance management software. It is starting to move away from Patrol's traditional use of agent technology, which has been seen as difficult to deploy and maintain. It will rely instead on standard instruments being put into operating systems and applications. BMC Performance Manager uses remote collection technologies such as Perfmon and Windows Management Interface, for Windows and SSH (Secure Shell), for Unix among others.

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