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Red Hat launches open source directory server

Open source software provider Red Hat has launched a directory server based on technology acquired by the company from AOL/Netscape. Red Hat Directory Server runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the HP-UX 11i operating environment on HP Integrity and HP 9000 servers and Solaris systems.

E-Government Unit to control public sector IT

Overall responsibility for public sector IT will rest with the Cabinet Office's E-Government Unit, the government has confirmed. A memorandum of understanding released last week clarified the roles of the E-Government Unit and the Office of Government Commerce in handling efficiency, e-government and mission-critical projects. It also confirmed that prime minister Tony Blair will keep track of the top 20 government IT projects.

Logic Group to manage John Lewis transactions

John Lewis Direct, the web and catalogue division of John Lewis, has chosen The Logic Group to provide a managed service for all online credit and debit card payments at The service is expected to help protect the company against fraudulent activity online and provide John Lewis Direct customers with a further level of card security.

BT and Nortel to build MoD network

BT and Nortel are to deploy a nationwide communications network for the Ministry of Defence and British armed forces. The deployment is part of a five-year extension of the 1.5bn Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service contract with BT, to build and manage the MoD's mission-critical telecoms infrastructure. They will build a voice over IP network over the next two years, which is expected to save the MoD 15m a year.

Met Police to use mobile forensic management

The Metropolitan Police Service has contracted Northrop Grumman IT to deliver an application for forensic case management. The Metafor (Met Application for Forensic Case Management) project will allow officers to use mobile devices to record forensic and intelligence information at crime scenes and put it directly onto Metropolitan Police computer systems.

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