January 23, 2001, 1:51 PM — Turbolinux said last week it would start selling IBM software that runs on Linux, the latest move by Big Blue to spur the use of the operating system. The two companies will jointly market, distribute and support IBM's DB2 database, WebSphere, Lotus Domino, Tivoli Framework and IBM's small-business suites for Linux software programs. The announcement follows IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner's reiteration in December of the company's plans to spend $1 billion during the next year on developing Linux-based software. The products will be available in the first half of the year.
Intel last week paid $748 million to acquire mobile network gear maker Xircom to complement its line of desktop computer components. Intel said Xircom's technology will help Intel build new products linking mobile computing devices to corporate wired and wireless networks. Intel owned 6% of Xircom before the deal. Xircom had revenue of $492 million during the past four quarters and has 1,900 employees.
Network Storage Solutions has launched several network-attached storage appliances for enterprise workgroup and departmental use. The pedestal or rack-mounted ProStor appliance family has three models, ranging from just over 100G to 360G bytes in capacity. Each ProStor supports internal drives in a compact configuration. The appliances have a 10/100M bit/sec Ethernet attachment to the network; Gigabit Ethernet is optional. The ProStor 100, 250 and 360 are available now starting at $8,000.
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