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Short takes on this week's technology news

Short takes on this week's technology news to enable bespoke on-demand CRM is to offer a service to help users build their own on-demand customer relationship management applications that run on top of's hosted infrastructure. The Apex-based technology will compete with tools and services from Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and others.

Infiniband integrated with iSCSI storage

Infiniband, a high-speed communications technology, has been extended so that it can integrate with iSCSI networked storage systems. An add-on called iSER can speed up lower-end iSCSI products so they can reach data transfer speeds of between 10gbps and 20gbps when used with new Infiniband DDR hardware.

Microsoft ends support for XP Service Pack 1

Microsoft ended its support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 1a last week. The firm urged users running the software to move to Windows XP Service Pack 2 as soon as possible.

Gartner predicts rise of software as a service

By 2011, 25% of new business software will be delivered through the software as a service model, according to Gartner. The analyst firm made the prediction in a report at its symposium in Orlando last week.

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