Speaking to journalists in Paris yesterday, Apple's server hardware product manager, Doug Brooks confirmed that the company had recently upgraded its .Mac suite from G4 to G5-based machines.

He observed that when the system went live, while Apple actually reduced the number of servers running Mail for .Mac subscribers, users on the .Mac forums actually discussed an improved service.

Macworld learned that the US-based Xserves look after everything: .Mac details, payment and processing, and personal information.

Apple is currently touring Europe to demonstrate its powerful suite of high performance products: Xserve, Xserve RAID, Apple Remote Desktop and Xsan.

The data storage market is set to grow 35 per cent this year, according to the Info-Tech Research Group. Indeed, the report also expects a 40 per cent growth in the Storage Area Network (SAN) market.

It's not just Cupertino using these products. Apple also revealed news that Vienna's regional news station Puls TV has moved its broadcasting production facilities to Mac.

Additional significant deals were revealed at the event.