IT Weekly Roundup, Aug. 19

From the business wires this week: a database development suite for Windows XP, an enterprise defragmentation solution, a Windows Server security appliance and more.

dataBased Intelligence Inc. released version 2.6 of its dBase Plus database application development suite. dBase Plus 2.6 includes more than three dozen new features that give users enhanced control over how they organize, design and display data, now with support for Windows XP themes and visual styles. A full version is priced at $879; customers who own Visual dBASE 5.5 or higher can get a special $379 upgrade.

Quest Software announced the general availability of Quest Archive Manager 2.0 for Exchange. Archive Manager enables organizations to securely retain e-mail for policy compliance and long-term storage. New features include compliance filtering, single-instance storage (archives only one copy of each document) and instant discovery (lets users search for messages based on specific criteria). Priced at $30 per managed mailbox.

Winternals Software announced that Defrag Manager 4.0, the company's Windows enterprise defragmentation solution, can leverage an organization's Microsoft Active Directory implementation to begin automatically defragging computers as soon as they are brought online. Defrag Manager remotely schedules, deploys, monitors and controls defragmentation throughout a Windows-based network from a single console.

Winternals Defrag Manager 4.0
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Defrag any computer on your network from Defrag Manager 4.0's console.

Palisade Systems, a provider of outbound content filtering and content security appliances, released PacketGuard, an internal firewall appliance that prevents data theft within organizations. The appliance defines logical groups within internal networks and assigns access rights between the groups to control access to internal servers and resources. PacketGuard allows only authorized users as determined by source IP and port number. A single PacketGuard appliance can be used to secure access to multiple resources or work groups throughout a network. Prices start at $6,000 per unit.

Celestix Networks, a developer of managed Windows Server security appliances, released an enterprise-class RADIUS appliance for controlling access to Microsoft networks. The 1U-form factor RDS3000 is managed through a Web-based GUI, accessible from any client machine running Windows Explorer, and can perform day-to-day maintenance tasks like software updates, viewing log files, system shutdowns/restarts and configuration backup. Priced at $2,995 per unit.

Celestix RDS3000
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Monitor and track all IAS events on the network via the RDS3000's Web-based GUI.

Innovativ announced the availability of its EdgeSAF server-centric computing solution. EdgeSAF provides a scalable infrastructure and provisioning of applications and resources as a service to users or groups of users through a feature called "Services on Demand" that provides the ability to implement roles and business rules, giving each user a customized desktop experience. It employs a comprehensive management system that monitors faults, and reports on capacity and performance in both real-time and historical views.

And in case you haven’t heard, Microsoft officially announced Wednesday the U.S. and European price point for its next-generation video game console, Xbox 360. Coming this winter holiday season, the Xbox 360 will be available in two versions: a no-frills Xbox 360 Core System, which will retail for $299.99 U.S./299.99 euro/209.99 pounds, and a premium edition simply called Xbox 360. That package will be $399.99 U.S./399.99 euro/279.99 pounds and adds a 20GB hard drive, wireless controller, headset, media remote and other goodies. For more info, go here.

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