IT Weekly Roundup, Oct. 21

From the business wires this week: grid computing software, NAC solutions, SATA RAID storage systems and a Windows XP Media Center.

Digipede Technologies released Digipede Network Professional Edition, a grid computing solution built on Microsoft .NET technologies. The solution allows large departments and enterprises to pool the resources of hundreds or thousands of Windows desktops and servers. Pricing starts at $4,000 for system licensing, which includes one Digipede Server and five Digipede Agents.

TimeSpring Software Corp. announced the immediate availability of TimeData for Microsoft Exchange Server, continuous data protection (CDP) software that allows Exchange administrators to rapidly recover lost, corrupt or deleted e-mails. TimeData captures all Exchange data as it changes in real time in a repository, which can be located off-site for disaster recovery purposes. Available for SQL Server, NTFS and Exchange.

Altiris released new software solutions to extend and enhance Cisco’s Network Admission Control (NAC) framework. Altiris Quarantine Solution provides a single management interface for heterogeneous network management, while an upgraded version of Altiris SecurityExpressions now features system security policy audits for managed and unmanaged devices.

Promise VTrak M300p
Promise Technology's VTrak M300p sports 12 SATA drive bays.

Promise Technology Inc. expanded its line of high-speed SATA RAID storage systems with its VTrak M200p/M300p/M500p U320 SCSI host systems for small and medium-sized businesses. The systems, part of the company’s VTrak M-Class SATA 3Gb/s RAID line, are certified for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for up to eight-node clusters and offer dual host ports and 8-, 12- and 15 hot-swappable drive in a rackmount chassis, supporting 7.5TB (15 drives).

RSA Security Inc. announced the November release of RSA Sign-On Manager 4.5, an enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) solution. New features include single sign-on into applications protected by RSA SecurID technology; extended self-service capabilities, including the ability to access Windows desktops, VPNs and wireless apps when disconnected from the network; and a desktop client which integrates RSA SecurID for Windows technology. Supports Microsoft Active Directory Application Mode.

Advanced Computer Innovations released the latest version of its FileMerlin Conversion Software. FileMerlin 5.0 can convert the document text -- as well as its formatting and layout -- from more than 150 word processor, spreadsheet and data file formats to modern applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, HTML, RTF and XML. The program can also batch convert thousands of files and has more than 2,000 conversion parameters. A single-user license is priced at $149 to $189, depending on the destination file formats licensed.

Shuttle XPC M 1000
Enjoy movies, HDTV, music, photos and radio with Shuttle's XPC M 1000.

Shuttle Inc. released a product more appropriate for the company lounge than a wiring closet. Shuttle’s XPC M 1000 is an all-in-one multimedia device powered by an Intel Pentium M processor and Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The entertainment black box packs a 250GB hard drive, 8-in-1 card reader, a 4X dual-layer DVD writer, a Nvidia 6600 LE PCI-Express 256MB graphics card and various inputs/outputs: USB, IEEE1394, DVI VGA, SPDIF and even an FM radio antenna, if HDTV in 5.1 surround sound gets old. Also included are a remote and a wireless keyboard.

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