CA releases first update for its desktop management software -- and other news briefs

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

CA updates desktop management software
Computer Associates has released Unicenter Desktop DNA r11, the first update to its desktop management software since it bought Miramar Systems. The Desktop DNA tool captures application and system settings, user profiles and data files and stores them on a central server to ease migration, deployment, replacement or recovery.

Wyse launches mixed platform thin client
Wyse Technology has launched a thin client terminal based on the latest Linux operating system. The Wyse Winterm 5150SE, based on the Linux Kernel 2.6 with the Wyse Linux V6, supports mixed-platform environments that include Linux and Windows.

Developers get preview of MS Avalon code
Microsoft has released the raw code of its Avalon graphics presentation engine as part of a "community technology preview". Avalon is designed for developer use and allows users to make the most of Windows' graphics capabilities. The code released by Microsoft on its website will run on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

IBM to release T43 Thinkpad
IBM is to release the T43 Thinkpad in March. The notebook will offer an improved layered approach to anti-virus protection for business users, said IBM. It includes a new version of Thinkvantage Technology and Rescue and Recovery 2.0 with Antidote Delivery Manager, which can tackle common PC problems and deploy updates.

Data storage policies critical for business
A survey of 350 European IT directors in firms with more than 1,000 employees has found that a data storage strategy was critical to 75%, regardless of legislative pressures. Of the respondents, 52% either did not know or disagreed that compliance was forcing the increased uptake of data storage networking.

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