Stories by Tom Sullivan and Ed Scannell

Sun unleashes Solaris 10

Sun Microsystems has launched its much anticipated Solaris 10, declaring the OS now free to download for commercial use, along with an aggressive services and support plan clearly devised to undercut Linux archrival Red Hat's pricing.

IBM spills beans on Xperanto database initiative

XML (Extensible Markup Language) has been causing quite a splash in the database world, particularly in the last few weeks, and IBM Corp. is the latest vendor to detail plans for the standard.

XML dominates database language war

With Oracle Corp.'s annual OpenWorld conference on the horizon, database vendors are preparing for battle once again. This time around, the big three -- IBM Corp., Oracle, and Microsoft Corp. -- are brandishing XML (Extensible Markup Language) as the not-so secret weapon for making their databases faster and using it to anchor Web services.

Oracle to tout database, app server at OpenWorld

At its annual OpenWorld show in San Francisco early next month, Oracle Corp. plans to evangelize its application server and database and make it easier for DBAs (database administrators) to become certified for Oracle products.

Microsoft connects .NET dots

Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. are racing to make major Web services announcements this week, making it clear that users will soon receive the components needed to build Web services. At the same time, users are clamoring for the flexibility to mix and match emerging building blocks.

Big Guns Rattle ASP Battlefield

In a development that could add viability to a fledgling ASP (application service provider) market, major IT platform vendors are muscling into application hosting.

Sun and IBM mend Java fences

Sun Microsystems and IBM last week called a truce to their high-profile licensing dispute over the latest enterprise Java specification, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), but continuing calls for standardisation and open-source Java initiatives are increasing the pressure on Sun to loosen its grip on the popular development language and platform.

Java Policies Scald Sun

Sun Microsystems Inc. and IBM Corp. has called a truce to their high-profile licensing dispute over the latest enterprise Java specification, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), but continuing calls for standardization and open-source Java initiatives are increasing the pressure on Sun to loosen its grip on the popular development language and platform.