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IBM to boost services with DWL takeover

IBM is to acquire data integration specialist DWL to boost its Information on Demand data services strategy. DWL has developed a master data hub platform called DWL Customer. IBM said banks, financial services companies, retailers and manufacturers could use this software to integrate customer information that is pulled in from different product lines and various parts of their business.

Cisco improves IOS to separate core processes

Cisco Systems is offering greater flexibility to users by improving the Internetwork Operating System software used in its Catalyst 6500 core switch line. The new IOS can separate core processes by allowing them to reside in their own memory space, to allow network traffic flow to continue even when other switch processes are down or are being worked on.

Open standard option to be promoted by EC

The European Commission has brought together 13 IT and telecoms companies to help the European public sector take advantage of new products built on open standards for the public sector. The Networked European Software and Services Initiative is being launched this week. Its members include Atos Origin, BT, IBM, HP, Nokia, SAP, Siemens, Software AG, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Thales. The companies will work jointly on IT research projects to deliver products that can be easily adopted by the public sector.

Avaya apps bring fixed-line features to mobiles

Avaya has launched applications that allow mobile phones to use the features of fixed-line networks. The Avaya Mobile software was jointly developed with Nokia and works on the phone maker's Series 60 devices. The downloadable applications transform Series 60 devices into virtual desktop phones by enabling mobile workers to access the functions of their Avaya Communication Manager office desk phone through an onscreen interface, Avaya said.


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