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Short takes on the week's news

BMC to acquire service desk software company

BMC Software is to acquire KMXperts, which makes software for IT service and customer support centres. Through the acquisition BMC Software said it would be able to offer knowledge management tools for both internal and external service desks.

Nortel and Microsoft integrating comms

Nortel is working with Microsoft to develop real-time collaborative capabilities for businesses by integrating Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and Office Live Communication Server with Nortel's open, SIP-based communications product. The integration will provide desktop call control using Microsoft Office Communicator for telephony infrastructures built on Nortel Communication Server 1000, Nortel said.

Elonex offers fixed-cost NT migration service

Elonex has launched a fixed-cost Microsoft Windows Server Migration service. Aimed at users of Windows NT Server 4.0 and Exchange 5.5, the service migrates users' e-mail onto Exchange 2003. Elonex will migrate systems to Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 with the latest patches and updates configured to users' security requirements.

Network Appliance buys storage security firm

Network Appliance has completed its £153m acquisition of storage security company Decru. Decru provides data security appliances for privacy, regulatory compliance, secure consolidation and outsourcing.

Remote boot from San aids disaster recovery

DataCore Software and emBoot have developed a product that lets Windows servers remotely boot off an iSCSI IP storage area network using any standard Ethernet network interface card. It is designed to help users recover systems from disasters by booting from an emergency OS image located on the San.

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