EMC Corporation expanded the EMC Centera family of content addressed storage (CAS) systems to address the fixed content archiving needs of midsize enterprises. As an extension of EMC’s Making Storage Simple approach, the lower-capacity and lower-cost EMC Centera four-node configuration delivers the same content and self management features available in all Centera configurations. A key part of Making Storage Simple is a broad set of Express Solutions that are pretested and sized to meet the needs of this market. The new Centera configuration will be integrated into these solutions. For example, the EMC Express Solutions for Archiving and Express Solutions for E-mail, which combine EMC systems, software and services are now available with the new Centera four-node configuration. The Centera four-node configuration will be available from EMC and partners this month. It offers 2.2TB of usable capacity at a 35% lower base list price than the previous Centera entry point. http://www.emc.com
Quadralay Corporation announced the launch of WebWorks ePublisher Pro. The new desktop ePublishing software leverages XML and allows users to create customized content for the Web, intranets, professional online Help systems, portable devices, enterprise-ready XML, or PDFs. WebWorks ePublisher Pro provides greater flexibility and ease of use for Help authors, technical writers, documentation professionals, and other content providers wanting to produce content for common online formats directly from Microsoft Word or Adobe FrameMaker files. In addition, the new software features simple WYSIWYG controls and push-button processing that give authors control of the look and feel of Help content and other online information. Authors can use Microsoft Word to write, maintain, and update content, then use ePublisher Pro to manage and deliver multiple online formats such as HTML, XHTML, DHTML, or the cross-browser, cross-platform information system WebWorks Help. WebWorks ePublisher Pro includes support for more than 45 languages, including out-of-the-box support for double-byte languages. WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word ships in June 2005, and is available for purchase by authors for US$1,000, and internationally for US$1,100. WebWorks ePublisher Pro for FrameMaker ships in July 2005, and is available for purchase by authors for US$1,395, and internationally for US$1,515.
ClearStory Systems, Inc. announced the release of ActiveMedia 6.0, a J2EE digital asset management (DAM) software application. ActiveMedia 6.0 is built on ClearStory’s Radiant Enterprise Media Server (EMS). ActiveMedia 6.0 offers handling of compound documents such as QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign, as well as video, flash, presentations, and graphics. ActiveMedia 6.0 offers an n-tier, J2EE design that supports the scalability requirements of modern DAM implementations. Its Web-based user interface offers rich functionality to support global marketing implementations. Enhanced features include a metadata engine, a robust asset-level security model, and functionality for managing complex video, multi-media graphics, compound documents and other rich media.
Every now and then I look at IBM’s alphaWorks, their web site for emerging technologies. A recent addition is a Compound XML Document Editor. The Editor is an Eclipse plug-in, and supports multiple namespaces, XForms, SVG, MathML, and a number of other document types.