IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 3

From the business wires this week: a .NET-based identity management system, a solution for completely erasing data, an e-mail archival app and a device for recording mouse movements.

BMC Software released BMC Identity Management for .NET, an identity management solution for Microsoft .NET technologies. The solution's open architecture layers on top of existing Windows-based IT infrastructure. Customers using Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services can also federate with partners using the BMC Identity Management Solution for .NET. The solution also enables customers to internally provision to non-Windows-based systems, such as mainframe and Unix systems.

Paragon Software Group released a solution for securely erasing sensitive data. Disk Wiper 7.0 completely erases data on hard disks across partitions with the ability to perform four different "wiping" patterns and up to 99 passes each. The program can also log corrupt sectors and runs on Windows 95 and up. A premium edition supports major government and military security standards.

Quest Software released the latest version of its e-mail archiving solution. Archive Manager 3.0 securely stores all e-mails and attachments, provides secure access to indexed e-mail for CRM systems and Web portals such as Microsoft SharePoint, and offers single-instance storage and compression technology to control data volume. Pricing starts at $40 per managed mailbox.

Active Voice LLC announced that its Repartee for Windows version 2.4, a unified communication solution, will offer IP integration with the Mitela 3300 Integrated Communications Platform over TCP/IP.

Opengear Inc. announced the availability of its Secure Device Server product line with the debut of the SD4002 two-port and SD4008 eight-port device servers. With these two units, system admins can securely and remotely manage and control Windows-embedded, Web-based and legacy serial equipment over tunneled virtual network computing (VNC) and Remote Desktop. Pricing for the SD4002 is $245 and the SD4008 is $595.

Formation AIR
Record and replay screen movements with Formation's AIR system.

Formation Inc.'s Advanced Integrated Recorder (AIR) now has the ability to record screen activity in Microsoft Windows 2000/XP in addition to the X-Windows (Unix, AIX, Solaris) platforms it previously supported. With the added functionality, users can record, capture and time-tag all mouse movements, menu selections, text entries and window views. The scaleable AIR system is widely used in air traffic control and air defense/C4I applications.

Network Instruments (NI) released the Network Instruments Management Server (NIMS) for centrally managing and administering distributed remote analysis probes across heterogeneous networks. NIMS offers centralized licensing, update services, failover redundancy and access analysis tools, such as NI's Observer and Probe filter libraries. For authentication, NIMS uses Active Directory, internal NIMS authentication and RADIUS server.

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