IT Weekly Roundup, Sept. 16

From the business wires this week: a beta desktop virtualization software, an e-mail storage software suite and a KVM-over-IP device for remote management of servers.

VMware announced the beta release of VMware Workstation 5.5, the latest version of its desktop virtualization software. New features include 64-bit guest support for AMD64 and Intel EM64T with Virtualization Technology as well as support for 64-bit guest operating systems like Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and experimental support for 64-bit Solaris x86; two-way Virtual SMP; enhanced VMware Virtual Machine Importer and command-line interface.

Real Software began shipping Realbasic 2005 for Windows Release 3 this week. The program provides developers with a rapid application development (RAD) environment, similar to Visual Basic, for creating Windows software. The latest version features a more stable debugger in Windows, an improved compiler, and enhanced support Windows widgets and 3D graphics.

Quest Software released its new Quest Storage Suite for Exchange, which bundles software for traffic analysis and reporting, e-mail storage consolidation and archival, and e-mail searching. Via the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), users can access Storage Suites three solutions: MessageStats, Archive Manager for Exchange and Recovery Manager for Exchange. Priced at $40 per managed mailbox.

Quest MessageStats
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Manage traffic and storage of your organization's e-mail with Quest MessageStats -- one of the solutions in Quest Storage Suite.

Eracent Inc. announced that its EnterpriseAM IT Asset Discovery and Inventory solution can now integrate with Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS), combining the former’s data collection and reporting capabilities with Microsoft’s software distribution technology.

Raritan Dominion KX101
Raritan Dominion KX101

Raritan released its one-port KVM-over-IP remote management device, the Dominion KX101, a palm-sized device that provides access to and BIOS-level control of servers. The 0U-form factor device is based on switchless architecture and works with a range of Web browsers and operating systems. Priced at $859 MSRP.

MPC NetFrame 6620
MPC NetFrame 6620

MPC Computers released its new NetFrame 6620 server. Features include support for up to four Intel Xeon processors, a 667MHz front-side bus, 16 DIMM sockets for up to 64GB of EEC DDR2 memory, and a dual-channel SCSI controller for up to five hot-swappable SCSI hard drives. Its Server Manager Software offers a centralized administrative console, server diagnostics and dead server recovery services, and historical performance monitoring and reporting.

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