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Symantec security suite released as public beta

Symantec has released the public beta of Norton 360. The bundled security suite can be downloaded from its website. The service combines anti-virus software, tools to protect against spyware and fraud, data back-up and restore utilities, and tools to tune up a PC. The final version is scheduled to be available by March 2007, said Symantec.

O3Spaces offers open alternative to Sharepoint

Dutch open standards software firm O3Spaces has developed a collaboration product that offers users an alternative to Microsoft's Sharepoint. O3Spaces' Workplace works with the open source suites Staroffice and Openoffice, giving them back-office collaboration functionality for the first time. Workplace is built in J2EE and runs on Apache Tomcat servers.

Demand for blade servers increasing, says IDC

IT managers are buying an increasing number of blade servers, driving the strongest global server sales for 12 months, according to research from IDC. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker reported that worldwide demand for blade servers had grown year-on-year by 29.9%. Blade servers accounted for £379m of server sales in the third quarter.

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