IT Weekly Roundup, April 7
From the business wires this week: a NFS server, network and computer monitoring tools, an asset discovery solution, and more.
announced the availability of Hummingbird NFS Maestro
Server 2006 Enterprise Edition
. The Network File System (NFS) v4 server
supports an unlimited number of enterprise users in Windows Server 2003 environments.
Brocade Communications Systems Inc.'s Tapestry Wide Area File Services
(WAFS) is now integrated to support Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2,
the company announced this week. http://www.brocade.com
emBoot Inc. released Tuesday winBoot/i, software which uses Microsoft's
iSCSI Software Enabled SAN boot architecture to boot Microsoft Windows Server
2003 from iSCSI SAN using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator. http://www.emboot.com
Ericom Software released the latest version of its flagship product,
PowerTerm WebConnect 5.5. The Server Based Computing (SBC) solution provides
secure, centrally managed local and remote access to applications residing on
Windows Terminal Servers and legacy systems, from both Windows and Linux clients.
XRatel Software released version 3.5 of its network and computer monitoring
software products. XR SNMP Tools is a real-time network monitoring and
performance analysis solution for WAN and LAN networks. XR PerfMon Tools
provides analysis of the performance and resources of Microsoft Windows
servers and workstations. Both products are based on client-server architecture,
and the communication through OPC protocol (available in some versions) allows
integration with ERP, PIMS or SCADA systems. http://www.xratel.com
Insightix released Enterprise Collector 2.0, the latest version
of the company's IT asset discovery tool. The agentless network discovery and
monitoring application now includes an automatic signature generator that allows
users to add unique signatures to devices. http://www.insightix.com
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One of the biggest news in IT this week has to be Apple's stunning
revelation that it will support Microsoft Windows XP on its new line
of Intel-based Macs with software called Boot Camp, which is currently in beta.
The announcement follows a privately
sponsored contest in which two programmers hacked a Mac to run XP. The
question remains just how popular this feature will be with most Mac users,
who have traditionally despised Windows for its frequent crashing and lack of
Following a handful of bad news about product delays, including Vista and Office,
Microsoft announced an equal number of good news. For starters, it will
Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition for free as well as plug-ins
to run Linux on it, no doubt to compete with VMware's popular free VMware Server
and Player products.
Microsoft is also shipping
Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, its dedicated file and print server,
and will begin beta
testing of Speech Server 2007 in May, with a final release by year's
And for admins or gamers who require mice with pinpoint accuracy, Microsoft
is releasing in June a new
wireless optical desktop mouse that provides a resolution of 1,000 dots
per inch and a rate of 6,000 frames-per-second. The company is also releasing
a new wireless ambidextrous laser mouse later this month.