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Optus kicks off B2B sites

Cable & Wireless Optus (CWO) has kicked off its business-to-business electronic commerce platforms with the launch of its CWO Marketsite and Enterprise BuySite. CWO chief executive Chris Anderson said the telco and its strategic online partner, Commerce One, were delivering on the promise the companies made in October last year. "Our new e-commerce offering leads the way in the creation of integrated trading solutions for large enterprises," Anderson said. In October the companies announced their strategic alliance and plans to launch Australia's "first global business-to-business electronic marketplace". The offerings comprise CWO Marketsite, a Web site that links suppliers with buyers allowing businesses in Australia and New Zealand to trade online in real time; and Enterprise BuySite, an e-procurement solution that provides electronic purchasing capabilities direct to employee desktops. www.cwo.com.au, www.commerceone.comAMD to retain network products divisionAdvanced Micro Devices (AMD) is to keep its network products division, not sell it off as previously determined. The decision reflects both the company's improved financial position and the desire of AMD's recently appointed president to hold onto the staff in the network unit, AMD spokesman John Greenagel said. AMD announced in October of last year that it had engaged Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette and Salomon Smith Barney to look for a buyer for its communications group, which contains both AMD's network products division and its communications products division. The chip maker now intends to retain the network products division, although the communications products division is still up for sale, according to Greenagel. The network products division makes ICs (integrated circuits) for data communications and computer connectivity, while the communications products division supplies ICs used in telecommunications infrastructure. www.amd.comEMC tops storage software marketEMC is no longer just the top storage hardware vendor; it now rules the storage software roost as well. The storage provider surpassed IBM/Tivoli Systems and Computer Associates to capture the number one slot in the worldwide storage management software market last year, according to a study by Dataquest. According to the research company, strong growth in EMC's software, particularly Symmetrix Manager, VolumeLogix, and PowerPath, boosted its 1999 licensing sales to capture 18.2 per cent of the market. EMC's storage management software licensing sales totalled $US763.5 million in 1999, an 84 per cent increase from the $US416.1 million the company garnered in 1998. IBM/Tivoli dropped from the top spot to second place, capturing 17.3 per cent of the market. Big Blue's sales for 1999 totalled $US725.6 million, compared with $US602.6 million in 1998, Dataquest said. CA finished third with $US690.1 million in storage management software sales last year. Veritas Software followed with $US507.1 million, and BMC Software totalled $US235.7 million. Overall, the worldwide storage management software market grew from $US2.86 billion in 1998 to $US4.2 billion in 1999. www.emc.com, www.dataquest.com

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