IT Weekly Roundup, March 18

From the business wires this week: an anti-virus solution for schools, Web-based network reports and a tool to analyze Web page loading.

For system admins in education, Central Command’s Safe@School program provides affordable anti-virus protection at $1.79 per workstation a year with Vexira Antivirus. The scalable, multi-platform solution can be used to defend desktop workstations, file servers and e-mail gateways against viral attacks and is backed by Central Command’s support staff. Free home use of Vexira for faculty and staff is provided with a minimum school order of $300.

MODEL Technologies’ new ContextPortal for Microsoft Outlook helps users retrieve information in their e-mail quickly and accurately by pulling key phrases, and summarizing and categorizing e-mail on the fly.

Castle Rock Computing announced the upcoming release of an add-on module for the company’s SNMPc Enterprise Network Management System. SNMPc Online 2005 provides a scalable Web-based reporting dashboard from which admins can get network statistics, alerts and node information including availability and latency, connected device types and vendor-specific information for such manufacturers as Cisco. SNMPc Online 2005 will be available April 14 and is priced at $2,795.

SNMPc Online 2005
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Get metrics on your network in graphs, charts and other report types with SNMPc Online 2005.

Sesame Database Manager from Lantica Software now comes in three different versions – Plus ($249), Professional ($199) and Personal ($99) – for admins to users. All editions support both Windows and Linux.

Web Site Optimization, LLC has launched a new free service that helps Web sites optimize loading of their sites’ Web pages. WSO Web Page Analyzer Tool 0.94 scans, analyzes and calculates page size, composition and download time. It also features frame support, CSS-based image grouping and an XML interface.

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