Reuters Business Briefing, replacing its ageing VAX-based Textline host with a Digital 8400 AlphaServer cluster and Digital StorageWorks RAID 1 system, is spending #6 million to ramp up its database capabilities. The database and storage systems are backed by GAMMAII distributed array processors from Cambridge Parallel Processors, providing more flexible search facilities than available previously with Textline.
Michael Foster, director of Business Information, said: ?This new system... will provide a solid platform for growth... and ensure that demand will continue to be met... and grow the business in terms of numbers and range and quality of content.?
Reuters? traditional service is under siege by Internet specialists, and the most recent of these is Display.IT, an Internet financial information group with software that displays Reuters data via the Internet, without accessing Reuters? proprietary network directly. Most conventional online suppliers are constrained by their continued use of proprietary networks, which are more secure than the Internet but generally more expensive.
That Display.IT is disseminating Reuters information is a moot point and Reuters? legal department is examining the situation. Reuters has installed corporate intranets, and, if it chose, could provide the exactly the same service as the new entrants, possibly matching their lower fee structure.
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