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FRAMINGHAM (03/03/2000) - Solaris Less Than NT?

Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating system is less expensive to operate than Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT, according to a report by market research firm Meta Group Inc. in Stamford, Conn. The report found Windows NT implementation costs to be three times those of Solaris and enterprise resource planning costs to be twice those of Solaris in companies with up to $450 million in annual revenue.

S/390 Increases E-Business Ante

IBM last week expanded the e-commerce capabilities of its S/390 mainframes, with incremental upgrades to the hardware as well as its OS/390 operating system Version 2 Release 9. Improvements include support for the latest Java Server Pages and Servlets, better file-and-print server support for Windows applications and a PCI cryptographic coprocessor feature that builds on the security functions already offered by IBM's cryptographic coprocessor.

Cracker Says Staff Are Biggest Back DoorKevin Mitnick, who was recently released from prison for cracking related offenses, testified last week before a U.S. Senate committee that is looking into ways to improve government security. He told the committee that he often gained access to systems through "social engineering" or "gagging" - talking employees into giving him access and information.

"Employees are trained to be helpful and to do what they are told in the workplace," said Mitnick.

Legato Unveils GEMS

Legato Systems Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif., has announced GEMS Storage Resource Manager, a tool that issues alerts about trends to help with the management of Windows NT, Unix and Linux enterprise storage resource capacity. The tool automatically monitors physical storage resources, such as disks and RAID systems, and logical storage resources.

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