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FRAMINGHAM (03/31/2000) - Caleb Technology Corp. has rolled out Monster Floppy, a high-capacity drive that stores, reads and retrieves up to 144MB of data. The drive is backward compatible, allowing data files, utilities and applications to be transferred from older disks to Monster Floppy. It's available in packs of five disks for $34.99.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Caleb provides high-capacity floppy-disk drives and media.www.calebmedia.comBe Inc. Opens Up Operating System Source CodeBe Inc. last week announced the latest version of its digital media operating system, BeOS 5.0. The Personal Edition of the operating system will be available at no charge via the Web at http://free.be.com. In addition, the BeOS 5.0 Pro Edition, a full-featured version designed for media professionals, has been made available to third-party publishers in North and South America and Asia; availability in Europe is soon to follow.

In conjunction with the release of BeOS 5.0, the company has announced that it will offer free access to its source code. The BeOS user interface known as Tracker (the desktop) is available at www.opentracker.org, and the source code for the Deskbar (the task bar) is available at www.opendeskbar.org.

BeOS 5.0 Pro Edition will be available through Gobe Software Inc. in the Americas and through Hitachi Ltd. in Asia. It's expected to be available in Europe through Koch Media GmbH and Apacabar. Each publisher will price the product independently.www.be.comSprint PCS Offers Dictionary.com for WirelessSprint PCS Group in Kansas City, Missouri, last week announced the availability of Lexico LLC's Dictionary.com Web site on Sprint PCS wireless Internet phones.

The site offers definitions of 135,000 words and translates certain words and phrases into several languages. Access to Dictionary.com is available at no charge to Sprint PCS users who pay a flat monthly fee for the general Web service.http://csg.sprint.com/pcsProcom Launches NetForce 1500 Data ServerProcom Technology Inc. in Santa Ana, California, has launched NetForce 1500, a midrange data server appliance designed to address the storage requirements of electronic businesses and corporate workgroups. Offering up to 360GB of cross-platform storage capacity, NetForce 1500 is a multiprotocol server appliance that provides cross-platform file sharing and file locking on both the Network File System and Common Internet File System. NetForce 1500 allows servers to share a common storage repository, eliminating the need to replicate data on multiple servers.

The product supports security and remote authentication under both Windows and Unix environments and is available in desk-side and rack-mount configurations.

Pricing for NetForce 1500 ranges from $22,000 to $50,000, depending on the configuration.www.procom.comVeritas to Launch Two New Storage ProductsVeritas Software Corp. has introduced Remote Storage for Microsoft Exchange, a storage management application that minimizes storage space on Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange servers. Remote Storage automatically moves e-mail message attachments from the Exchange database onto a secondary storage device such as a tape drive or library.

The Mountain View, California-based company has also developed Data Analyzer for Exchange, a tool that was designed to determine how much of a user's Exchange database contains attachments.

Remote Storage and Data Analyzer are both scheduled to ship in the second quarter. Remote Storage will cost $4,995. Pricing information wasn't available for Data Analyzer.www.veritas.comIBM Agrees to Resell McData ProductsBroomfield, Coloradi-based McData Corp. and IBM last week announced a reseller agreement under which IBM will resell McData's ED-5000 Enterprise Fibre Channel Director and management software as part of its Enterprise Storage Area Network.www.mcdata.comwww.IBM.com/SANImperial Upgrades Solid-State Disk CapacityImperial Technology Inc. has boosted the capacity of its 3.5-in. MegaRam-35 solid-state disk. It can be configured to hold 2.1GB of nonvolatile storage and 4.2GB of volatile storage. According to the El Segundo, California-based developer of solid-state disks and cache systems, the nonvolatile disk includes an internal disk and battery unit, which writes data to a backup disk through a battery when the power is removed. Once power is restored, it transfers data back from the disk into solid-state memory.www.imperialtech.comSun Expands Its RemoteManagement ServicesSun Microsystems Inc. has announced that its network storage products are now supported within Sun Remote Services 2.0, a suite of remote management services. Sun Remote Services monitors customer storage systems, servers, Solaris and applications software. The suite supports the StorEdge and Storage Array lines. Pricing wasn't available.www.sun.com.

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