Stories by Stephanie Sanborn

Centralized, Universal Messaging Gets Real

The theory of UM (unified messaging) has been tossed around for many years as a way to combine voice, fax, and e-mail communication in one centralized mailbox. But with growing demand for access from increasingly mobile employees, enterprise companies are beginning to cast a more serious eye on the technology.

Novell Reorganizes Amid Poor Financial Results

Novell Inc. is in damage control mode after announcing last week poor second quarter results and a company reorganization designed to improve performance. For Novell users, who have weathered their share of ups and downs with the company, it is more like de ja vu all over again.

Novell Takes Aim at ASPs with OnDemand

At ISPCON in Orlando, Fla., Novell on Monday made another push toward the service provider market with the unveiling of Novell OnDemand services, software allowing ASPs (appplication service providers) to "rent" software or other services to their customers on-demand.

Delivering Content Delivery

In an effort to address customer demands for tailored services, content-delivery and content-management vendors, including Akamai Technologies Inc. and, are developing specialized solutions that are designed to fill in the holes left between existing products. Releases InterMail Upgrade Inc. on Monday released InterMail Mx 5, adding LDAP directory and wireless protocol support as well as outsourced messaging management features to its InterMail messaging platform.

Technology Hits a Home Run at PacBell Park

When the San Francisco Giants opened their new stadium, Pacific Bell Park, in April, much of the emphasis was on a return to traditional ballpark design -- brick facades, a downtown location, an asymmetrical outfield, and a right-field fence complete with "portholes" for ticketless fans. But behind the scenes, the intimate ball yard is "wired to the hilt," according to Bill Schlough, vice president and CIO of the Giants.

Standards Rule iPlanet Server

iPlanet will this week will roll out its iPlanet Application Server (iAS) 6.0, focusing on the server's embrace of Internet standards, including Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application-model compliance and XML technologies.

IBM, Microsoft Team Up on Clustering Servers

IBM Corp. tomorrow will unveil clustering offerings called Netfinity HA Cluster Servers, which are intended to simplify clustering for companies that need a way keep servers available at all times.

Novell Rolls Out NMAS Security Solution

Novell Inc. at the Networld+Interop show here Tuesday, took the wraps off its NMAS (Novell Modular Authentication Service) Enterprise Edition 1.0 Net security software and Novell Backup Service for NetWare, which allows companies to back up data without bringing down servers.

Symantec Puts Love Bug Fix Online

Symantec Corp. Monday posted a free Love Bug repair tool, which helps eliminate the side effects for those who have been hit by the notorious e-mail worm or its multiple variations.

Novell Comes Up Short in Second Quarter

Citing reasons ranging from channel sale declines and internal management troubles to the introduction of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000, Novell Inc. on Tuesday announced that it will report "significantly lower-than-anticipated revenue and earnings" for the second quarter of 2000, which ended April 30.

Lotus offers Portal Builder for Notes R5

Following a trend toward personalisation, Lotus has presented its Portal Builder for Notes Release 5 (R5), a set of templates and Best Practices Guide that helps Notes R5 users add a custom touch to their Notes environment.