At Deadline Briefs

Sun Set to Ship New App Server

Sun Microsystems Inc. today will ship an application server software upgrade that adds support for Linux and versions of Unix other than its own Solaris operating system. Sun ONE Application Server 7.0 also includes new features such as a message queue and HTTP server plus a Web container for executing Java Server Pages and servlets. Sun said a full-function enterprise edition with clustering support is due to follow in March.

Storage Software Vendor Cuts Jobs

StorageNetworks Inc., a Waltham, Mass.-based vendor of storage management software, said it plans to lay off 80 of its 295 workers. The reduction is the third workforce cutback in the past 15 months at StorageNetworks, which lost $5 million in the third quarter.

HP Plans to Boost Itanium Support

Hewlett-Packard Co. officials said the vendor plans by early 2004 to double the processor count in its systems based on Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Itanium chips. HP is developing boards that will hold two Itanium processors, allowing users to put up to 128 CPUs in a server. The plan is designed to fill a gap while Intel develops Itaniums with two processor cores on a single chip.

New Web Services Standards in Works

The Billerica, Mass.-based Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards said it has formed a technical committee to develop XML protocols that Web services applications can use to verify the validity of digital signatures. The protocols are also due to support time-stamping of signatures.

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