Data storage vendor EMC Corp. has agreed to buy Legato Systems Inc., a maker of storage management software, in a stock transaction valued at US$1.3 billion, the companies said earlier this month. The acquisition is intended to boost EMC’s position in the market for information storage systems, in part by strengthening its software offerings for helping customers to manage heterogeneous storage environments, the Hopkinton, Mass., vendor said in a statement. Its major rivals include IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

Goin’ mobile

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Corp. announced the release of its Mobile Information Protection service this month. The service focuses on information distributed outside the data centre on desktops, laptops and PDAs, the company said. There are three pieces to EDS’s data protection service: a storage network that sits on the back-end, a PC that is hooked up to the network and a software component that sits on the end user’s desktop or laptop.

Aiming to Nsure safety

Novell Inc. expanded its Nsure identity management products this month with Nsure Audit, the firm’s logging and auditing software. The offering, part of the Nsure suite of services and products focused in the identity management space, allows businesses to track and monitor security-related activity in internal systems and applications. Administrators can obtain copies of log-in transactions to ensure users within the company are following corporate and governmental policies. It is available now for about $2,350 per audited system plus $15,700 for the secure logging server. A software development kit can be downloaded for free.

3Com gets a word in

3Com Corp. in July said a Texas court would let the company intervene in litigation between Cisco Systems Inc. and Huawei Technologies. The firms are battling over intellectual property. 3Com earlier this year created a joint venture with Huawei. In a statement 3Com said the intervention could aid that undertaking, pointing out that Cisco objected to this courtroom move.