Freemont, Calif.-based Celestix Networks Inc., has released a groupware solution that the company claims even non-techies can use. Called the Taurus Groupware Appliance, the product is designed for small and midsized businesses and comes pre-installed with Cybozu Chare360 Office Collaboration Suite and allows group members access to e-mail, schedules, contacts, tasks, announcements, memos, files and projects from a personalized home page. According to Celestix, Taurus Groupware can be wirelessly enabled through an optional PCMCIA – 802.11b – card. Taurus Groupware is built on a customized Linux OS and comes with an Intel Celeron 900MHz CPU, 265MB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, and two high-speed 100BaseT ports. Taurus Groupware is available now and pricing starts at US$2,499. For more information, visit the company on the Web at

Last month, Markham, Ont.-based Novell Canada announced NetMail 3.1, the company’s cross-platform Internet messaging solution that now operates on Microsoft Windows NT and 2000. Formerly the Novell Internet Messaging System (NIMS), NetMail is a standards-based messaging solution that offers e-mail, calendaring and schedule sharing across the Internet. Novell said 3.1 supports hundreds of thousands of users on a single server, and supports multiple clients such as Outlook, Eudora, Novell GroupWise and Netscape Mail. NetMail 3.1 from Novell will be available at the end of this month, and pricing starts at approximately $24 per user license. For more information visit

OPNET Technologies Inc., a network management provider in Bethdesa, Md., has released enhancements to its ACE Module, which offers troubleshooting and analysis for network applications. New ACE features include advanced transactional analysis capabilities; ACE QuickPredict to predict the impact of changes to key network parameters including latency, bandwidth and packet loss; ACE QuickRecode, which tests performance improvements of application code changes; ACE Wizard, which generates models of networks and apps based on captured transactions; and support for local and remote application capture on different platforms including Windows (95/98/ME/NT/2000), Solaris, Linux, HPUX, and AIX. The enhanced ACE module is available now. Details can be found at

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