IT Weekly Roundup, Feb. 11

From the business wires this week: an Oracle plug-in for .NET, a VPN client, a LAN management solution and more.

Developers can now use Microsoft Visual Studio .NET to develop and deploy their Oracle Database 10g applications with the beta release of Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET. The plug-in component provides tighter integration between Oracle Database and Visual Studio .NET and is available by download at

Fortinet launched two new network security solutions with FortiMail, a secure messaging system, and FortiGuard-Antispam, a managed antispam service. Designed for medium to large enterprises and remote branch offices, FortiMail provides virus and spyware protection and e-mail scanning. FortiGuard-Antispam service helps companies of all sizes eliminate spam at the network perimeter and is managed by Fortinet’s global response team.

Enterprise network security solutions maker StillSecure announced it will support Microsoft’s Network Access Protection technology with the integration of the extensible, standards-based architecture into Safe Access, the company’s endpoint policy compliance solution. The move will enable Safe Access to support DHCP, VPN, 802.1x and IPsec.

StillSecure Safe Access
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Unlike most superstar athletes, Safe Access doesn't require an agent or client.

Housatonic Software has updated its Microsoft Project Viewer solution with version 8, which features expanded multi-language support. Other new functionality includes enhanced default and custom views, support for subprojects, the ability to view nine levels of subtasks, export to Excel, custom time-scale settings, and support for encrypted .MPP files.

A new version of the open source-based VPN client Astaro IPSec Client is now available from Astaro. Astaro Secure Client combines the encryption and authentication features of its previous version with a personal firewall and an integrated dialer. The VPN client is compatible with various VPN gateways and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Licenses start at $90 per client.

Astaro Secure Client
Use a variety of authentication, encryption and network topologies for your VPN with Astaro Secure Client.

IP Detective released the latest version of its IPD LAN Manager and Tools, offering small and medium-sized businesses a cost-effective LAN management solution. Some of its features include port scanning, LAN messaging, remote re-boot, batch ping monitoring and DNS management tools. Regularly priced at $199, IP Detective is offering a $50 discount for pre-orders made before Tuesday’s release date.

IP Detective LAN Manager and Tools
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Don't tell your Valentine that you're sniffing for promiscuous packets in her LAN with LAN Manager and Tools from IP Detective.

Monitor up to three Web servers—for free—with, a Web host monitoring service from Profit Framework. PingPilot monitors targeted servers and Web sites every five to 60 minutes, sending e-mails to customers when a site is offline or comes back online.

ATEN Technology released the latest additions to its family of KVM solutions with two- and four-port, high-density KVM switches that allow access to two and four computers, respectively. Both switches offer full compliance with USB 1.1 and DVI standards. The two-port MasterView CS-1762 is priced at $249.95 and the four-port CS-1764 goes for $349.95.

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