Stories by Lucas Mearian

Publisher bids for eToys technology, customer list

The publisher of the Harry Potter series and other children's books placed the winning auction bid for the product inventory of defunct online toy retailer eToys, but the purchase is contingent on also getting Web-related technology and other assets in a separate bidding process this week.

Storage-management software fails to satisfy users

Of about 300TB of data stored in three separate storage area networks (SAN) at The Boeing Co., only 2TB to 3TB can be shared in a SAN with products from different vendors because the software available to manage them is unreliable.

IBM, Intel push for encryption standard

IBM Corp. is backing a standards proposal that would allow generic functions to be programmed into removable media such as DVDs, flash memory and Zip drives that, among other things, could limit what a user copies to or from his computer.

Visa's CTO banks new network on IP protocol

As chief technology officer at Visa International Inc., which handles 35 billion online transactions annually, Scott Thompson is pummeled with pitches about new networked storage technologies that promise to cut workload and bring a higher return on investment. gets $20 million lifeline from IBM

Struggling Inc. secured US$20 million in financing from IBM Corp. today, but the online retailer was forced to use all of its assets as collateral for the financial lifeline.

IBM bets on new storage technology

IBM Corp. this week announced that it plans to begin selling network storage appliances based on an emerging, but still unproven, technology that uses the Internet's basic communications protocol to connect LAN-based end users to corporate data.

EMC targets software at multivendor storage networks

EMC Corp. Tuesday announced storage-area network (SAN) software that's designed to manage storage devices made by some of its rivals, saying that the addition of mixed-vendor support is being done in reaction to pressure from systems administrators.

Priceline makes technology changes in effort to improve service

Struggling online discounter Inc. yesterday said the technology that runs its name-your-own-price Web site has been beefed up in an attempt to improve online customer service and shorten the amount of time that people buying airline tickets through the site have to wait for connecting flights.

StorageTek CEO vows sales turnaround

Executives at struggling storage systems vendor Storage Technology say it's a leaner, more focused company after six months of internal scrutiny that has included a revamped marketing plan, personnel cuts and the introduction of several products.

Dell Sets Up SAN Testing Lab

Dell Computer Corp. this week said it's teaming up with storage systems vendor Imation Corp. to set up a performance and interoperability testing lab for use by Dell customers who are installing storage-area networks (SAN) at their companies.

Sun Buys Software Firm Highground

Sun Microsystems Inc. this week agreed to buy storage software company Highground Systems Inc. Monday for about US$400 million in stock in what analysts are calling a growing trend by storage providers to gain credibility as storage network managers.

EMC Moves Into the Midrange NAS Market

In what could be dubbed Goliath's incursion into David's territory, EMC Corp. yesterday announced the release of a network-attached storage (NAS) device that analysts said directly challenges the only other major competitor in the midrange part of the NAS market.

Petsmart SAP Project More Difficult Than Expected

An installation of SAP AG's retail software completed last year by Petsmart Inc. created problems that were "far more than we anticipated" and that continue to affect the pet-supply retailer's business performance, according to Petsmart's top executive.

Food-Industry Exchange Taps Kraft Exec

Looking to add technical spice to its operations, business-to-business exchange Tuesday announced that former Kraft Foods International CIO Nicholas Maturo is being brought in to work as chief operating officer of the Internet-based marketplace for food and agricultural companies.