IT Weekly Roundup, Nov. 19

From the business wires this week: HTTP compression solutions that enable faster Web browsing, server and workstation management software, and patch management programs.

Port80 Software made available twin offerings this past week with two affordable HTTP compression solutions for Windows Web servers. httpZip 2.0 provides HTTP compression for all versions of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). ZipEnable 2.0, however, focuses on fine management of the newest version of IIS—IIS 6.0—integrated in Microsoft Server 2003, and boasts several features, such as browser compatibility checking, not available in Microsoft’s native compression. httpZip 2.0 includes a free copy of ZipEnable 2.0 and is priced at $299.95 per physical server. ZipEnable 2.0 can be purchased separately for $79.95.

For data center managers who need to address changing power needs comes the InfraStruXure 150kVA Power Distribution Unit (PDU). The PDU solution, from maker American Power Conversion, features pre-configured power whips via Web-based configuration, two panel boards, and optional subfeed breakers, all in a single rack.

Sybase PowerDesigner 11 from Sybase, Inc. enables enterprises to better align business and IT goals through a combination of standard modeling techniques, including application modeling through Unified Modeling Language (UML), Business Process Modeling, and traditional database modeling. The enterprise modeling tool now supports the latest releases of RDBMS engines, Web services, XML and J2EE 1.4. Pricing starts at $995 per developer seat.

Acronis, Inc. announced the launch of its eighth generation of systems and storage management solutions with Acronis True Image Enterprise Server 8.0 and Acronis True Image Corporate Workstation 8.0. With Enterprise Server’s centralized server storage management, IT managers can restore critical systems within minutes and implement change-management best practices for installing Windows programs, patches and upgrades. Corporate Workstation allows network managers to perform similar functions across all workstations in a network. Enterprise Server 8.0 has an MSRP of $999 and Corporate Workstation 8.0 goes for $79.99.

Agitator 2.0

Agitator 2.0 automates unit testing of code.

Agitar Software released two new updated products: Agitator 2.0 and Agitar Management Dashboard 2.0. The new upgrades offer tighter integration with the Eclipse Development Platform and expanded J2EE support for Enterprise JavaBeans, Apache Struts framework, Servlets and JDBC.

Dell PowerEdge 1855

The Dell PowerEdge 1855 boasts 43% better density than 1U rack servers.

Dell lowered customers’ entry point for its blade servers with the new PowerEdge 1855. The dual-Intel Xeon EM64T blade server can hold up to 16GB of DDR2 memory and two hard drives. Ten PowerEdge 1855s can fit snug into a 7U chassis for $19,989. A single blade starts at $1,699. Dell also announced a joint development project with Microsoft, which will combine Dell’s OpenManage 4 server management software with Microsoft’s Systems Management Server 2003. The software patch and update deployment tool, called SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Updates, will be available in January.

Wise Solutions announced the release of its patch management solution Wise Package Studio 5.5. The new version provides: automated patch assessment, patch testing, Windows Installer 3.0 support, expanded transport support and enhanced Web application installations.

Wise Package Studio 5.5

Wise Package Studio 5.5 automates common installation tasks for Web applications and supports IIS 6.0.

UbiTrust Security Suite from UbiSecQ comprises four security products designed to meet a variety of security needs, including authentication and digital signature validation. UbiTrust Mobile Signer enables mobile subscribers to perform digital signatures on the go, based on wireless PKI, with their cellular phones. A SMS-based, two-factor authentication solution, UbiTrust Mobile Token protects corporate users against identity fraud. UbiTrust Form Signer helps solution and service providers integrate Web form signing into their Internet services and supports several certification validation schemes, like CRL, CRLDP and OCSP. A related product, UbiTrust Secure Server is a centralized encrypting and key management solution that performs such services as RFC-compliant time stamping.

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