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Optical standard for 100gbps Ethernet

Lucent Bell Labs is developing an optical networking standard that can take advantage of the emerging 100gbps Ethernet standard. The 100gbps Ethernet platform is the first to allow such speeds over optical fibre.

Symantec to acquire compliance specialist

Symantec plans to acquire compliance specialist BindView Development for £123m to further develop its regulatory compliance offering. The deal comes just two months after Symantec announced it was to buy Sygate, another regulatory compliance specialist. BindView sells security software that automates policy and compliance management, directory and access management, and vulnerability and configuration management.

RLX takeover to boost HP's Linux offering

Hewlett-Packard is to buy Linux management software company RLX Technologies. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will enable HP to deliver better Linux-based management in blade server environments, said the company. HP said the takeover fits into its strategy of providing unified infrastructure management across Linux, Unix and Windows operating environments. The RLX technology will be incorporated into HP's existing server, storage and enterprise management software. HP recently announced the acquisitions of AppIQ and Peregrine Systems. The move was intended to improve its enterprise management capabilities.

Siebel releases CRM system for SMEs

Siebel Systems has launched Siebel CRM Professional Edition 7.8 to meet the demands of small and medium-sized enterprises. The software integrates with familiar desktop and web applications as well as providing access to call centre functions through integration with Siebel's hosted contact centre product. The package comes with Siebel connectors to Microsoft Exchange and Outlook.


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