News in brief

Short takes from this week's news

Matrix X-Series gets go-ahead for grids

Enterasys Networks has launched a family of high performance network hardware designed to support real-time applications. Matrix X-Series has been optimised to run applications such as VoIP, video to the desktop, high-performance imaging and grid computing. It was beta tested at one of the world's largest grid computing projects at Cern in Geneva.

Open source Firefox takes on Microsoft's IE

An open source browser rival to Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been released. Firefox 1.0 will block pop-ups and stops ActiveX controls from running, which is a major security concern in IE. The Mozilla website has reported that there have been seven million downloads of the Firefox preview to date.

CA goes on pest patrol with E-trust software

Computer Associates has begun shipping E-trust Pestpatrol Anti-spyware r5 security software. As part of CA's E-trust Threat Management software portfolio, it is designed to safeguard PCs from unauthorised access, data theft and diminished system performance. It includes tools to protect users from spyware, trojans, denial-of-service attack agents and other back door web-based threats.

Oasis agrees XML spec for business documents

The Oasis international standards consortium has ratified the Universal Business Language version 1.0. UBL defines a common XML library of business documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, and reusable data components.

Dell ships server for supercomputing

Dell is shipping the Poweredge SC1425 server aimed at supercomputing clusters and distributed web farms. The server is configured with dual Intel Xeon EM64T processors and up to 12Gbytes of memory. It is available in six configurations from eight to 256 nodes running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.

Unisys server family to support Itanium 9M

Unisys has introduced a family of ES7000 servers to support Intel's Itanium 9M processor. The server line includes the ES7000/460, which Unisys said was the industry's only hybrid system supporting the Itanium 2 and Intel Xeon MP processors in the same rack-mounted unit. The servers run Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and offer twice the processing capacity and memory than the previous models, Unisys said.

WebMethods links to trading exchange

Middleware provider WebMethods is collaborating with integration specialist Global eXchange Services, to develop end-to-end business integration. Fabric, WebMethods' business integration software, will be integrated with the GXS Trading Grid, which supports more than 30,000 businesses worldwide including Dixons, Ocado and the Royal Mail in the UK.

PeopleSoft introduces Rapid Start for SMEs

ERP supplier PeopleSoft is introducing EnterpriseOne Rapid Start 8.11 for small to medium-sized manufacturers. Rapid Start combines PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne applications, consulting, education services, hardware and financing and is aimed at extending existing financial, distribution and manufacturing functionality with human resources and CRM. Rapid Start 8.11 will be available for Intel, IBM eServer iSeries, Unix and Linux-based platforms.

Check Point protects PCs with TAP initiative

Check Point Software Technologies has developed a security framework called the Total Access Protection (TAP) endpoint security initiative, which is designed to secure PCs from hackers, targeted attacks, spyware and malicious code. Check Point plans to deliver manageable host intrusion prevention for endpoint PCs at the end of the year.

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