IT Weekly Roundup, August 12
From the business wires this week: Two companies put support behind Microsoft's Virtual Disk Service; high-availability tool and a slew of security tools get updated.
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Two companies have announced built-in support for QLogic's SANsurfer,
a GUI front end to the Virtual Disk Service in Window Server 2003:
- Nexsan Technologies' InfiniSAN line, which includes the ATAboy2
series of advanced, scalable ATA disk-based solutions to the ATAbaby,
an ATA storage platform for small to medium business environments. http://www.nexsan.com
- Engenio Information Technologies' Engenio VDS Provider, which,
with SANsurfer, can be used to manage Engenio's line of storage devices. http://www.engenio-it.com
SANsurfer is available at http://www.qlogic.com.
askSam Systems released a public beta of SurfSaver, an application
that works much like favorites, archiving visiting Web sites. Beta features
include: browsable folders of saved pages; QuickSearch; Search tab for toggling
between folders; and Windows Explorer compatibility. http://www.askSam.com/beta/surfsaver6
Vircom's VOP Radius 4.0, the name of a line of RADIUS applications
for access, authentication and accounting servers, has been updated with: multithreaded
design; multi-CPU support; background monitoring with VOP Watch for continuous
uptime; authentication caching and fallback; expanded authentication protocol
support, including MS-CHAP and EAP-MD5; mixed data source authentication for
roaming users and support for more database and directory service types; and
menu-driven configuration support for more vendors (Colubris, Cisco, Propel,
Network Instruments has a line of Full Duplex Probe Appliance
specifically designed to passively monitor and maintain 10/100 full duplex links
at wire-speed. It works in tandem with the company's Observer console,
which provided detailed views of full duplex links, with more than 30 real-time
statistics, packet captures, and an Expert Analysis system that can monitor
more than 500 Expert events. It's $4,995 and includes a 100Mb full duplex TAP.
Interlink Networks' LucidLink Wireless Security provides with
secure, easy-to-setup 802.11 WLAN connectivity for small businesses. Included:
802.1X RADIUS authentication; two-click user administration; guest authorization;
and automatic access point configuration. Starts at $449 for 10 users. http://www.lucidlink.com/
Procera Networks released OptimIP Port Lockdown Authority, a
suite of Procera's security tools for protecting networks that use OptimIP intelligent
network appliances against viruses. OptimIP appliances start at $3,495. http://www.proceranetworks.com/
Data On Call has updated UniFax, one among a line of the company's
online fax services. Version 4 includes performance enhancements, including
support for faxing at V.34/33.6 Kbps; an e-mail address format for sending faxes
via e-mail and the ability to receive inbound faxes as PDFs; an FTP option for
automated fax delivery; and more data security and encryption options, including
PerformanceIT's ProIT 3.1, a server monitoring suite, has been
updated to support IBM pSeries (RS/6000) servers via the application's IBM AIX
5.x agents. Also new: SNMP enhancements and a graphical LAN/WAN linking tool.
ProIT also adds an Impact Analyzer that measures effect of network changes.
XOsoft has enhanced its WANSync and WANSyncHA, which
provide disaster recovery and high-availability protection for LANs/WANs, with:
AIX support, support for Microsoft's Delegated Security model; performance benchmarking
and reporting tools; customizable synchronization scheduler for prioritizing
bandwidth for replication; and an API. http://www.xosoft.com/
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.