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Check Point beefs up management server

Check Point Software Technologies has announced a new version of its Provider-1management server, called Provider-1 2000. The software is designed for ISPs or large enterprise customers. The updated Unix-based management server lets users create a firewall and virtual private network usage policy once, and have that policy remotely implemented across the Internet on multiple CheckPoint Firewall-1 VPN or Floodgate-1 equipment it manages. In the past, each device had to be configured separately. The Provider-1 2000 server includes preconfigured templates for automatically setting up remote firewalls and VPNs. The management server will be available within a month, when pricing will be announced. www.checkpoint.comCompaq debuts pocket PCCompaq Computer Australia has launched the iPaq Pocket PC, designed to simplify connectivity to the Internet and to critical business information. The iPaq is powered by 206MHz Intel StrongARM 32-bit RISC processor with 32MB standards memory. It includes Pocket Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Reader and Windows Media Player. Compaq also announced the new Aero 1550, which features Windows Powered Pocket PC operation system. Pricing for the iPaq will be available when the product is available in Australia in early July. The Aero 1550 is available at $755. www.compaq.comBEA integrates JavaBean technologyBEA has announced WebLogic Personalisation Server 2.0 and Commerce Server 2.0, an integrated solution based on Enterprise JavaBean component technology, enabling rapid assembly of out-of-box commerce applications the company said. The personalisation server combines an embedded rules engine with an interface, allowing targeted customer promotions. The commerce server provides a set of pre-built commerce components, including product catalogue, shopping cart, order entry, fulfilment and customer care functions. www.bea.comOracle adds Internet file systemOracle is promoting its newly launched Internet File System (iFS)as a way for enterprise customers to quickly make use of XML for sharing data among different, Web-based commerce and business applications. The company has offered details of the developer's tool kit that ships with iFS. The file system is designed to be a repository for all kinds of file-based information, including the Web documents and e-mail messages that are a key part of new Web commerce and business applications being built by enterprise users. The tool kit lets programmers extend iFS to manipulate a wide array of files, including XML. Among other things, the tool kit has a set of ‘parsers' and ‘renderers' that, respectively, sift data from XML documents for storing in the Oracle8i database and export data from 8i into XML format.

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