Briefs: Chiquita to Upgrade Infrastructure

FRAMINGHAM (04/21/2000) - Chiquita Brands International Inc. in Cincinnati will upgrade its information technology infrastructure at nine sites worldwide as part of its global expansion. The IT upgrade is part of an efficiency drive by the fruit and vegetable producer and distributor, which last year cut more than 200 jobs and in March reorganized its operations, for an estimated annual savings of $20 million.

Domain Name Growth

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in Marina del Rey, California, will consider adding new top-level domains at its July meeting in Yokohama, Japan, as a result of a committee vote last week. It hasn't yet decided what those domains should be or how they should be issued.

SAN Center Has Home

The Mountain View, California-based Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) last week announced the formation of an industrywide facility for storage networking technology education and interoperability testing. The SNIA Technology Center will be located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will open later this year.

Short Takes

Silicon Graphics Inc.'s sales for its fiscal 2000 third quarter, which ended March 21, totaled $564 million, down from $619 million for the same period last year. The Mountain View, California-based company reported a loss of $18 million for the quarter, compared with $40 million in losses for the same period last year.

Pleasanton, California-based Commerce One Inc. reported first-quarter revenue of $35 million, compared with first-quarter revenue of $2.1 million in 1999.

Losses were $14 million, compared with $7.8 million for the same period last year.

Mountain View, California-based Veritas Software Corp. lost $174.3 million in the first quarter, compared with $13.5 million in 1999's first quarter. Sales totaled $244.6 million for the quarter, up from $134.7 million for the same period a year ago.