FRAMINGHAM (04/03/2000) - Actuate Corp. in San Francisco has announced Web content creation software that lets users extract data from any application and produce secure and customized reports for Web-based customers. It also announced an alliance with Allaire Corp. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to integrate the technology into Allaire's ColdFusion Web application server.

Islandia, New York-based Computer Associates International Inc. introduced ARCserveIT, a serverless backup and recovery product for storage-area networks.

ARCserveIT is said to enable backups from disk to tape without using any CPU or LAN bandwidth.

IBM Corp. last week announced it invested $400 million in new storage products and services. It launched a new Shark model with a 64-bit RISC processor, 16GB of cache and additional Peripheral Component Interconnect buses. IBM won't support peer-to-peer remote copying and native Fibre Channel connectivity until summer or early fall.

Embarcadero Technologies Inc. in San Francisco has announced ER/Studio 4.0, an upgrade to its modeling environment that offers advanced parser-based support for stored procedures and triggers and an automation interface for user customization. ER/Studio 4.0 users can create stored procedures and triggers in native database management system languages, or they can create template versions for drag-and-drop reuse.

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In a $20 billion deal, Seagate Technology Corp. in Scotts Valley, California, last week returned to the private sector through an investor group and Veritas Software Corp. . . . Joel Manby, head of General Motors Corp.'s Saab Cars USA operation, is leaving to become president of 6-month-old online car seller

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