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PeopleSoft targets INS apps

PeopleSoft Inc. last week introduced two homeland security-related products.

PeopleSoft PASS is designed to help higher education organizations report information on foreign students as required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service beginning January 2003. The system is intended to feed data into INS' Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.

According to PeopleSoft, five organizations plan to use PASS: the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Duke University, the California State University system, the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan.

The software firm also has developed products to help organizations manage their workers. PeopleSoft's Guardian suite of applications includes software for recruiting employees, assessing skills and deploying first responders in emergency situations.

Army selects EMC systems

The Army National Guard is in the process of enabling more than 50 of its data centers to centrally manage and control data across different vendors' storage systems using software from EMC Corp., according to the Army official leading the effort.

Lawrence Borkowski, the Army National Guard's chief of automation and plans, said the organization is "fast-forwarding" its commitment to streamline administrative operations.

The National Guard is deploying storage-area networks in more than 50 data centers domestically and in four U.S. territories and has purchased more than 200 terabytes of networked storage systems, software and services from EMC to do it, Borkowski said. SANs enable multiple servers to share communal pools of storage.

The SANs, based on EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems, will be used for personnel records management, finance, logistics, contracts, e-mail and other applications.

The EMC technology has been installed in about 40 percent of the data centers, with three to four more sites being added every week, according to an EMC spokesperson.

The National Guard purchased the EMC technology through Northrop Grumman Information Technology, the prime contractor on the project, but would not disclose financial details of the work, according to a spokesperson.

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