IT Weekly Roundup, Sept. 23

From the business wires this week: learning resources for Comptia A+ and Microsoft SQL Server 2005, an IM firewall and a network traffic monitoring tool., a free online education portal, launched a Web-based center of free study resources for those preparing for CompTIA’s A+ certification exam. The A+ Certification Online School offers a study guide, practice questions and exams, articles, tips, a forum and other self-study resources.

Silico-Magnetic Intelligence Corp. released a full-motion video and audio multimedia training course for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 administration. The series, titled "Practical Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Administration on 21 CD-ROMs," teaches techniques for configuring, administering and programming for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Priced at $995.

Inxight Software announced the general availability of Inxight StarTree SDK 1.0 for .NET, certified by Microsoft. The visualization tool offers a variety of APIs for programming in Java or ActiveX environments.

Barracuda IM Firewall 220
Monitor the instant messages of up to 200 users with the Barracuda IM Firewall 220.

Barracuda Networks Inc. launched its Barracuda IM Firewall product line, instant-messaging appliances that incorporate an IM server with native consumer IM traffic filtering, IM archiving and policy management technologies in an easy-to-use and affordable solution. Barracuda’s offering enables organizations to secure, monitor and manage IM communication and is interoperable with such public IM networks as AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and Google Talk. Barracuda IM Firewall supports up to 7,000 users with prices starting at $1,999 and no per user license fees.

TimeSpring Software Corp. announced the availability of a free version of its TimeData continuous data protection software that will allow SQL Server 2005 Customer Technology Preview (CTP) users to test and migrate real-time production data from SQL Server 2000 without shutting down, slowing down or exporting data. Qualifying CTP users in North America can download their free copy of TimeData at

Anfibia released Desktop Orbiter 4.1, the company’s security software for Windows. Features include the ability to secure multiple workstations at once, actively monitor network devices, automate repetitive tasks and filter specific software and Web sites. The solution is available for Windows 2000/2003/XP.

Javvin Packet Analyzer
Play network traffic cop with Javvin Packet Analyzer.

Javvin Technologies released the latest version of its Javvin Packet Analyzer, a tool for monitoring network traffic. Packet Analyzer 5.0 provides more supported protocols and enhanced packet filters and log views and files.

Rocket Division Software released a major update for its StarWind iSCSI solution. Version 2.6.x features a new GUI accessible from any Web browser, incremental backup functionality, and a remote image browsing.

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