WAP Forum hits 500
The future of WAP as a standard for accessing the Internet via wireless devices is becoming more certain as the WAP Forum last week announced membership had topped the 500 mark, doubling since the beginning of the year.
A statement from the WAP Forum said it is comprised mainly of handset manufacturers, carriers, infrastructure providers, software companies and other organisations delivering solutions to the wireless industry.
CA adds to ARCserve
Computer Associates International last week unveiled a new version of its ARCserve data protection software that for the first time includes antivirus features and allows for server-less backup.
CA's InnoculateIT antivirus engine, which searches for and eliminates viruses, has been added to ARCserve 2000, CA said. Server-less backup is accomplished as data is copied from disks to tapes, bypassing the server.
ARCserve 2000 supports the Active Directory and COM+ database protection features in Windows 2000.
Sun intros T3 storage
Sun Microsystems last week introduced a new family of storage arrays designed for a broad spectrum of users from workgroups with simple storage needs to large enterprises.
The new Sun StorEdge T3 line will support host environments from a variety of vendors, such as Sun's Solaris, Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX, IBM's AIX, Microsoft's Windows NT and Windows 2000 NT and Linux.
The Sun StorEdge T3 arrays, which have an expansion range of 162GB to 88TB, are expected to be available worldwide by mid July.
The system possesses redundant 100Mbps Fibre Channel arbitrated loop (FC-AL) host interface and dual 100Mbps back-end FC-AL drive loops. It accelerates performance by using an end-to-end Fibre Channel hardware RAID controller with an optimised mirrored cache.
Meta data hailed
The Object Management Group (OMG) last week announced the ratification of a new standard for meta data called the Common Warehouse MetaModel (CWM).
The new specification, sponsored by companies such as Oracle, IBM, Unisys and NCR, enables the sharing of meta data, or information that describes data. Traditionally, meta data of different vendors could not interoperate, and the new standard will bridge multivendor meta data together.
It is expected the standard will take time to be integrated into vendors' products.