IT Weekly Roundup, June 2
From the business wires this week: a Windows auditing and reporting solution, a database development app for SQL and Microsoft highlights.
announced Wednesday the latest version of its auditing
and reporting solution for Windows networks. WinReporter 3.5
13 new reports covering: changes in devices, users and services; memory size
and CPU speed distributions; repartitions; and RAS and VPN statistics. http://www.isdecisions.com
Securify Inc. announced Tuesday the general availability of its flagship
product line of security appliances. Securify has added identity recognition
to network security monitoring, user correlation and pre-built security controls
for "application-aware" behavior monitoring. http://www.securify.com
Embarcadero Technologies released last week Embarcadero Rapid SQL
7.4, the latest version of the company's cross-platform database development
environment and performance benchmarking solution. Featuring support for Microsoft
SQL Server 2005 and MySQL Network, Rapid SQL 7.4 incorporates new project management
features as well as improvements to Rapid SQL Code Analyst and Source Code Integration
In Microsoft news, CEO Steve Ballmer did a lot of talking recently, first clearing
up some misunderstanding
about his statement on Vista's ship date. He confirmed that the next desktop
version of Microsoft's operating system will stay on target for release
in January -- provided it's an "absolutely high-quality product."
And as if to defend the company in light of its lackluster stock performance,
investors in New York Wednesday that it was critical for Microsoft to
invest and expand into new markets. In a nutshell: "If we don't keep Windows
fresh, Windows will not continue to flourish," according to Ballmer.
One of these "investments" launched Wednesday signaling a potentially
dramatic change in the security industry with Microsoft's Live
OneCare solution, after months of public beta testing. For $49.95 a
year, Windows Live OneCare will (attempt) to protect up to three computers.
Also announced this week: a free downloadable tool called Standard
User Analyzer 1.0, which helps IT staff see if users' apps can run properly
in Windows Vista, and a version of Visual
Studio for database developers due at the end of the year. Be the first
developer on your block to check out a CTP of it at Microsoft's Tech-Ed
conference in Boston in two weeks.