IBM storm brewing
IBM plans to release a Hurricane this month -- specifically a Java-enabled World Wide Web server that lets corporate developers pull data out of various legacy systems for use on intranets or electronic-commerce sites. The product, code-named Hurricane, will run on Windows NT and on the S/390, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, AS/400 and OS/2 operating systems. IBM's latest server is aimed at users who want to build Web applications that extract corporate data from middleware and legacy systems, such as IBM's DB/2 database via Sun Microsystems Enterprise JavaBeans component technology.
to HP's Unix
Hitachi said it will gradually unify its Unix strategy around Hewlett-Packard's flavour of the operating system in preparation for the release of Intel's 64-bit Merced processor.The decision by Hitachi to move to HP's HP-UX operating system (OS) follows a similar move by Fujitsu to consolidate its Unix machines around Sun Microsystems's Solaris OS.
Speedy Pentium IIs
Intel's recent announcement of its latest Pentium II processors is expected to spawn dozens of new systems from IBM, Dell, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, and NEC, including high-end servers, dual-processor workstations, and value-priced desktop PCs. Many PC vendors are refreshing their entire line of Intel-based products around the 350MHz and 400MHz chips and the 440BX chip set.
Sun, IBM to release JavaOS for NCs
Sun and IBM -- competitors in the NC space -- plan to make a Java-based operating system for network computers and terminals with new software (dubbed JavaOS for Business). It will be available by the third quarter of this year.