IT Weekly Roundup, July 22
From the business wires this week: performance-improving solutions for SQL Server and Windows Server environments, a tool for managing remote users and a program for customizing your Windows desktop.
announced the availability of two new software products the
company touted will improve the performance of Microsoft SQL Server and Windows
Server environments by more than 100 percent. Quickshift for Microsoft SQL
and Quickshift for Microsoft Windows Server
are said to be
able to deliver improvements because they tackle inefficiencies at the operating
system level to improve data and transaction flow, especially for those business
applications that rely on databases. Pricing for Quickshift for Windows Server
and Quickshift for MS SQL starts at $999 with volume discounts for quantity
Advanced Systems Concepts Inc. (ASCI) announced the release of ActiveBatch
Web Server Version 5, an Internet client/server component to ASCI's ActiveBatch
job scheduling and management system. ActiveBatch Web Server Version 5 provides
access to all the major components of the ActiveBatch feature set via Internet
Explorer, Netscape or Firefox Web browsers, enabling administrators to address
their real-time batch processing requirements wherever they have Internet access.
Digital Labs LLC released the latest version of its Windows Remote Desktop
over SSH tool, WiSSH. WiSSH 2.0 features more options for network administrators
to manage remote users. The use of improved policies in the Corporate Edition
help simplify and control how users are able to access internal network resources
from anywhere on the Internet. Other improvements on the Standard Edition include
a private key generator and improved session logging. WiSSH allows access through
the Gateway SSH server to a variety of Windows OS environments and services.
WiSSH Standard Edition lists for $89.95. WiSSH Corporate Edition is priced at
a 10-user license of $799. Volume discounts are available for both editions.
Stardock released updated versions of its Windows desktop customization
program with DesktopX 3.1 and DesktopX 3.1 Pro. Besides the dozen
widgets DesktopX 3.1 comes with – like a stock monitor, RSS reader and
currency converter – the Pro version features “gadgets,” which
are standalone programs that have all the benefits of widgets: easy to create,
low memory and resource requirements. http://www.stardock.com
Appligent released PDF Foundry, a server-based application that
provides enterprises with a solution for creating .PDF documents from PostScript
and TIFF data streams. In addition to creating new documents, the program can
correct malformed .PDFs and add encryption and document information to existing
.PDF files. PDF Foundry also includes an easy-to-use, Windows-based administration
utility that generates XML files that configure the application and set the
output parameters. http://www.appligent.com
Level 8 Systems Inc. announced the addition of Ensuredmail Small
Business Email Encryption Server 2.8 to its Ensuredmail product suite. This
secure e-mail solution for small businesses allows users to send encrypted e-mail
with attachments while allowing recipients to receive and return encrypted e-mail
along with attachments using their normal e-mail provider. The e-mail server
can be integrated with Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. http://www.level8.com
IBackup announced the launch of its ILite
Web site to offer online storage, sharing and streaming features for
PocketPC, Blackberry and Palm devices. A highlighted feature of the site’s
services is the ability to stream .MP3 sound files and share them with others.
On July 26, Microsoft will begin deploying Windows Server 2003 Service Pack
1 to Windows Server 2003 systems that have the Automatic Updates option activated.
Ahead of this date, Winternals Software announced that its Winternals
Recovery Manager, a centralized enterprise-level recovery solution, provides
a reliable option for returning multiple systems to a prior healthy state in
situations when SP1 causes undesired changes to critical system files and settings.
The program—which was one of Readers' Choice pics in Redmond magazine's
2005 Best of the Best—does this by scheduling system snapshots, or
“Recovery Points,” for computers throughout the network from a single