Connectivity Briefs

Domain names with the .info extension are gaining popularity among corporate customers, who are using them to point Web site visitors to detailed information about particular products or brands.

Among the corporations that recently launched Web sites with the .info extension are Subaru of America Inc., Jaguar Cars Ltd., RedSheriff and the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority. Many of these companies have purchased a .info name for a particular brand, which points to the part of the company’s existing Web site with information about that brand. Afilias Ltd., the consortium of 18 domain name registrars running the .info registry, says more than 700,000 .info names have been registered since they became available last July.

Sun, Platform roll out clusters

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Platform Computing Inc. have brought new clustering products to the table in a sign of the technology’s broadening appeal.

Sun released an enhanced version of its Sun Cluster 3.0 software to increase service levels and reduce downtime in clustered server environments. Sun Cluster 3.0 is the software backbone of Sun’s clustered server environments, which it dubs SunPlex systems, according to Jim Sangster, group marketing manager for Sun clusters. Enhancements to Sun Cluster 3.0 include the ability to dynamically reconfigure a Sun Enterprise 10000 server within a cluster, removing and replacing processors, memory, and I/O devices on-the-fly, Sangster said.

Truste seal aims to separate e-mail from spam

The privacy seals found on many Web pages are being added to e-mail in an effort to distinguish legitimate mailings from the flood of spam.

The technology, developed by non-profit privacy seal group Truste and ePrivacy Group Inc. consulting and technology firm, is designed to boost consumer confidence in business e-mail — a confidence it says is being eroded by the seemingly ever-growing volume of spam. The Trusted Sender program is in beta-testing at the Microsoft Network (MSN) and some other firms, which want to see if the seal program improves e-mail response rates and encourages people to remain on mailing lists.