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The Apache Software Foundation, a community of developers and users that provides support for the Apache open-source software projects, has announced the availability of XMLBeans 2.0. XMLBeans uses XML Schema to generate Java interfaces and classes that can then be used to access and modify XML instance data. Version 2.0 of the tool offers enhancements such as improved XQuery/XPath integration; DOM Level II support, which improves performance and reduces the memory footprint; extensions for adding custom functionality to generated XMLBeans; and improved error handling. Nortel appoints new chairman June 30, 5:45 a.m. PDT Nortel Networks named former Hughes Electronics Chairman Harry Pearce as the new chairman of its board of directors following a meeting of shareholders Wednesday. Pearce has been a director of the company since January and is a firm believer in the leadership of CEO Bill Owens, according to a statement from the company. The appointment is just one of many recent changes at the top for Nortel. Earlier this month, the company's president and COO, Gary Daichendt, resigned after disagreements with Owens over management style. Owens took control of the company barely a year ago. His predecessor was fired as a result of an accounting scandal which forced the company to restate several years' financial results. That scandal, and the delays in reporting of financial information that resulted, angered shareholders present at the meeting, according to press reports Thursday. Shareholders present at the meeting criticized board members for not spotting the company's financial troubles earlier, according to the reports. W3C issues XKMS 2.0 as Recommendation June 28, 8:45 a.m. PDT The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has approved the XML Key Management System 2.0 (XKMS 2.0) as a W3C Recommendation. XKMS 2.0 is part of the W3C XML Security Framework that includes the XML Signature, XML Encryption, and Canonical XML Recommendations. XKMS makes public key infrastructure (PKI) practical to implement in Web applications, including Web services. XKMS 2.0 was developed by the W3C XML Key Management Working Group, including W3C Members DataPower, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, VeriSign, and webMethods. For more information see http://www.w3.org. StorageTek service expands data protection options June 27, 8:40 a.m. PDT Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) on Monday unveiled the ViaRemote service, which offers easy-to-use offsite backup and recovery for remote offices, mobile users, or enterprises with distributed data. ViaRemote, which is powered by Arsenal Digital and offered through StorageTek's Remote Managed Storage services, is designed to help customers minimize downtime, enhance business continuity, and achieve regulatory compliance without capital investment or additional onsite IT support. ViaRemote is managed at a secure, offsite storage facility and enables users to schedule and monitor online backup and restores via a Web-based portal. With ViaRemote's Fast Restore option, a preconfigured storage appliance is installed on the customer??????s LAN. ViaRemote is available on a "pay-as-you-go" basis, giving users a low-cost approach to protecting distributed data. Nsite launches free process-automation service June 27, 8:40 a.m. PDT Nsite on Monday announced Nsite Starter Edition, a process-automation service being offered free of charge via the company's Web site. The offering provides a set of five human resources and financial management applications for up to 100 users. Users of Nsite Starter Edition can route processes internally as well as outside the organization to customers, prospects, partners, and suppliers. Nsite Starter Edition is the first release in a suite of solutions, due this fall, that will offer apps for automating enterprise-to-enterprise activities, locking down business rules, and developing applications. Meditech, BridgeHead enhance backup and disaster recovery June 23, 7:15 a.m. PDT Medical Information Technology (Meditech) and BridgeHead Software have announced the release of Integrated Serverless Backup (ISB) and Integrated Disaster Recovery (IDR) for Meditech's Client/Server environment. The solutions enhance Client/Server's backup performance, efficiency, and reliability. ISB lets users take advantage of SAN "snapshot" capabilities by creating point-in-time images of the entire Meditech environment. BridgeHead's HT Backup software (formerly HyperTape) automates the snapshot feature. IDR splits off point-in-time data images to local or remote "standby" volumes that can be brought live without further recovery steps. BridgeHead automates SAN-based replication utilities or performs TCP/IP-based replication via a BridgeHead host-based replication utility. ISB and IDR for Client/Server are available now as a free upgrade to Meditech Client/Server customers running Version 5.3 SR5 or higher. Nortel demos roaming between Wi-Fi and 3G June 22, 7:55 a.m. PDT Nortel Networks and Softbank Group's BB Mobile unit have demonstrated a system in Japan that allows mobile-phone users to roam between 3G (third-generation) mobile networks and Wi-Fi networks. Nortel and BB Mobile have conducted test calls while roaming between a WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) network and a wireless LAN based on IEEE 802.11 technology, also known as Wi-Fi. Based on technology developed by Nortel, the system allows users to switch between the two networks without interrupting voice calls or data sessions, such as downloading e-mail or surfing the Internet. The companies did not say if plans exist to make the 3G/Wi-Fi roaming service commercially available. Actional collaborates on Cisco's AON June 22, 7:55 a.m. PDT Actional is working with Cisco Systems to integrate SOA management with Cisco's Application-Oriented Networking (AON) products. Actional's Ghost Agent feeds AON-delivered application messages to Actional's Looking Glass console, providing customers with real-time, end-to-end transaction-based SOA visibility to monitor and manage business transactions as they traverse a heterogeneous SOA. Cisco's AON platform enables customers to perform business analysis at network speed without sacrificing CPU capacity from application hardware. ADVERTISEMENTNetScalermakes any application run up to 5 times faster. See how.