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Short takes from this week's technology news

Short takes from this week's technology news

Openoffice 2 beta sails out with bug warning

A second beta of Openoffice 2.0 has been released, although it is likely to contain bugs, according to Openoffice.org. Openoffice is designed as an open source alternative to Microsoft Office. Openoffice.org said the beta should be seen as a testing opportunity.

Eco-friendly Fujitsu notebook launched

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has launched an "environment-friendly" notebook. The Professional Notebook Amilo Pro V2030 Edition complies with the EC's Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive - the first portable to do so, said Fujitsu.

IBM introduces tools to support SOAs

IBM has enhanced its Websphere Business Monitor to help track the performance of business processes using applications based on a service oriented architecture, launched Websphere Integration Developer. It has also launched an Eclipse open source tool for writing programs that link SOA applications to a business process and unveiled the Websphere Process Server for supporting SOA development.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 switch gets extra twitch

Cisco is offering greater flexibility by improving the Internetwork Operating System in its enterprise Catalyst 6500 core switch line. The new IOS can separate core processes by allowing them to reside in their own memory space, allowing network traffic to continue when other switch processes are down.

Cyberguard offers low-cost SME security

Cyberguard has introduced a low-cost wide area network security appliance to protect SMEs and branch offices of large companies against internet threats. The SG560 appliance is designed to protect mixed network environments consisting of local area networks, mobile connectivity and guest user access.

McAfee releases secure content appliances

Security supplier McAfee has released three secure content management appliances for securing web and e-mail data. The products are McAfee Secure Web Gateway, Secure Messaging Gateway and Secure Internet Gateway. The appliances can protect companies against spyware, viruses, inappropriate web content, phishing scams, worms and Trojans, said the firm.

Ariba opens up supplier network to ERP users

Users of enterprise resource planning software from SAP, Oracle and other companies are now able to connect their systems to the Ariba supplier network. The procurement management software firm's new  Supplier Connectivity Adapter  allows users to connect to the buying network without having to use Ariba's buyer platform.

Cognos updates intelligence suite

Cognos released the Cognos 8 business intelligence suite last week. It features a browser-based interface and range of business intelligence tools, including dashboards and scorecards. Cognos users include Hamleys and ING.

BT launches Ethernet virtual private Lan

BT has launched its first Ethernet virtual private local area network service. The fully managed BT Evlan service is aimed at businesses that need a high level of resilience, capacity and flexibility in their networks, said BT. It will initially be available in London, at speeds of 10,000mbps and 1,000mbps. It will be rolled out to other cities later this year.

Vodafone offers shared 3G laptop data card

Vodafone has launched a system to allow users of its 3G/GPRS Mobile Connect laptop data card to share their connection with up to four other users. It will allow companies to issue a single card to several staff, saving money on multiple subscriptions. Additional users access the 3G network via standard Wi-Fi connections on their laptops.

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