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Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles, and IBM Corp., Armonk N.Y., will provide the Defense Information Systems Agency with IBM enterprise storage servers for locations in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Columbus, Ohio. Northrop Grumman said the contract value should exceed $2 million over three years.

Storage appliance maker DataDirect Networks Inc., Los Angeles, recently garnered two large government lab purchases: Five of its units, capable of holding 25 terabytes of data, have been purchased by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories; and six units, or 33 terabytes worth, have been bought by Sandia National Laboratories.

The purchases will aid both labs in simulating and analyzing nuclear weapon safety and reliability. DataDirect products can supply an aggregate bandwidth of 800 megabytes per second, three times faster than existing storage area networking solutions and 10 times faster than network attached storage technologies, the company said.

Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, has expanded its partnership with Amerivault Corp., Waltham, Mass. The new arrangement extends Amerivault online backup to Compaq Global Services customers now relying on traditional tape backup. Compaq also agreed to cross-license storage system application programming interfaces, or APIs, with information storage system maker EMC Corp., Hopkinton, Mass. This exchange will facilitate development of storage management applications capable of managing both companies' storage systems.Handheld computer maker Palm Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., has recently posted a number of case studies on its Web site (www.palm.com/enterprise/studies) focusing on public safety usage. Officers in the Bellevue, Wash., Police Department have been using 30 Palm VII wireless handhelds to confirm the validity of drivers' licenses, weapons registrations, license plates and other information stored in the state's database.

The San Mateo County, Calif., Office of Public Safety Communications uses Palm VII handhelds to contact fire engines in the field, perform alphanumeric paging, open fire station doors and view rosters of equipment. The Santa Clara, Calif., Police Department uses Palm operating system-enabled handhelds made by Symbol Technologies Inc., Holtsville, N. Y., to record data on traffic collisions and crimes and draw information from drivers' licenses via a magnetic stripe.

Rosen Products LLC, Eugene Ore., has introduced CruiseCam, an integrated video system designed to record activity inside and outside of police cruisers. CruiseCam features patented seat-mounted cameras; a high-resolution, 4-inch, color, liquid crystal display monitor; and wireless remote audio for recording up to 500 feet from the vehicle.Plateau Systems Ltd., Arlington, Va., for its the Plateau 4 Learning Management System, a Section 508-complaint, Web-based online courseware management tool ... Oblix Inc., Cupertino, Calif., for Oblix NetPoint, an integrated identity management and Web single sign-on solution. NetPoint will be delivered through government solutions provider DLT Solutions Inc., Herndon, Va. ... Seagull Software Systems Inc., the Netherlands, for its legacy extension and integration solutions ... DecisionOne Corp., Frazer, Pa., for call-center deployment and support services.Performance management solutions provider Visual Networks Technologies Inc., Rockville, Md., has introduced Visual IP InSight, a product that gives service providers and network administrators a graphical and nuanced view of how well their virtual private networks are performing, so they can optimize bandwidth and pinpoint failures.

Brix Networks Inc., Chelmsford, Mass., has unveiled a suite of tools to monitor VPNs networks as well. Called BrixWorks, the solution allows service providers to offer metrics that replicate existing frame relay or private-line network business practices, allowing providers to extend service level agreements onto Internet protocol-based services.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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