Briefs: Dell and Red Hat's Ties Grow Stronger

FRAMINGHAM (06/22/2000) - Dell Computer Corp. stepped up its relationship with Red Hat Inc. The companies will engage in joint engineering efforts, and Durham, North Carolina-based Red Hat will handle services and support for Dell customers. Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said Linux is now one of its three strategic server operating systems, together with Windows and NetWare.

AOL Gets Into TV

Forget about reruns. This summer, Dulles, Virginia-based America Online Inc. plans to roll out AOLTV, which allows television viewers to send instant messages and surf the Web, all from a set-top box. Priced at $249 - and made by Eindhoven, Netherlands-based Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV - AOLTV lets viewers watch a television show and chat with a friend in another city, using the Internet as their connection. The target market for the device is AOL's existing membership. The company has 23 million subscribers.

AOLTV will compete with WebTV Networks Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based Microsoft Corp. subsidiary that's starting a service designed to allow viewers to play along with TV game shows.

Monster.com Names President

Online job board Monster.com in Maynard, Massachusetts, appointed Hans Gieskes as its president. The former CEO of information services firm Lexis-Nexis in Miamisburg, Ohio, Gieskes will report to Monster CEO Jeff Taylor.

EMC Hires AT&T CIO, Promotes Hauck

Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based storage company EMC Corp. named Alan G. Jones as its senior vice president of technology services. He will oversee its Internet Solutions Group and several of the company's e-commerce initiatives. Jones was AT&T Corp.'s CIO for the past three years prior to joining EMC.

EMC also promoted Frank Hauck to the position of executive vice president of products and offerings. He will be responsible for the engineering, manufacturing, product management, strategic planning and corporate quality organizations.

The company said it plans to invest nearly $2 billion in research and development during the next two years.

Hauck has served as senior vice president of customer service, vice president of worldwide technical support and director of global sales operations, among other positions at EMC.

Banking Services Provider Buys 2 Firms

Brokat Infosystems AG in Stuttgart, Germany, last week acquired GemStone Systems Inc. for $271 million and Blaze Software Inc. for $561 million in two stock-for-cash deals.

San Jose-based Blaze develops an application infrastructure rules engine.

Beaverton, Oregon-based GemStone develops a Java applications server.

Brokat is producing an infrastructure platform for developing Web applications primarily for the banking sector and plans to continue operating the development facilities at both firms.

Sun Exec Takes the Helm at FireDrop

FireDrop Inc. in Redwood Shores, California, recently landed former Sun Microsystems Inc. executive Alan Baratz as its CEO. FireDrop makes Zaplets, a hybrid messaging technology that allows users to interact with content in Web pages.

Baratz will succeed co-founder David Roberts, 36, who will remain with the company. Baratz, 45, will join FireDrop July 10. His mission is to expand the market for the messaging technology.

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