IT Weekly Roundup, October 15

From the business wires this week: storage and backup solutions, e-mail security, network management, more.

Emulex Corporation announced that its LightPulse Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) and SAN Storage Switches will now support Microsoft Data Protection Server (DPS). Support for the disk-based backup and recovery system includes storage protection technologies such as Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO), Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), Virtual Disk Service (VDS) and Storport.

Firetrust Encrypt 1.0 from Firetrust Limited offers consumers and businesses the ability to encrypt outgoing e-mail to protect sensitive information. A key feature is the ability for recipients of the encrypted e-mail to open, decrypt and read it with just their Web browser. The program uses a 256-bit AES encryption standard and sells at an MSRP of $29.99.

From Quest Software comes the newest version of Quest MessageStats, a software solution for Microsoft Exchange usage reporting and analysis. Version 5.0 offers new features, including Executive Summary reports, customizable “At a Glance” dashboards, total e-mail storage and traffic reports across business units, and the ability to audit subject lines, delivery times, mailboxes and Internet SMTP domains. MessageStats costs $7.50 per mailbox, with volume discounts available.

Quest MessageStats 5.0
Quest MessageStats 5.0 can give simple, but also detailed, summaries of Exchange traffic.

Group Logic’s upgraded, standalone version of ExtremeZ-IP Print Server 4.0 allows Mac and Windows users to print via TCP/IP to printers other PostScript devices. The new version offers support for Apple Remote Desktop, multiple print queue management, and compatibility with Mac OS 9 and OS X.

Sybase, Inc. announced that its relational database management system, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), will be integrated with SAP Business One 2004, a comprehensive business management solution to process data and transactions for SMBs, from SAP AG. Sybase will offer support for migration for SAP Business One apps to Sybase ASE, and make available SAP Business One on Sybase ASE in 25 languages and 37 countries.

Hummingbird Ltd. released Hummingbird Enterprise Content Integration, which allows enterprise data to be shared across each of the components of Hummingbird Enterprise 2004. The enterprise content management (ECM) solution can consolidate, migrate, centralize and standardize both structured and unstructured data, making business content traceable, secure and auditable to meet corporate governance regulations.

StorageTek launched its new line of FlexLine online storage systems, designed to provide enterprises with adaptable, disk-based storage infrastructure. The FlexLine FLA300 disk array operates at 2GB/sec and supports up to 14 Fibre Channel drives. The FlexLine FLA210 is suited for smaller environments with support for up to 14 SATA disk drives internally and scales to 112 SATA disk drives in total. Both lines support a broad range of capacity-centric disk arrays, including SATA and Blade architectures.

User Manager 5.0
User Manager 5.0 makes it easy for admins to change user and security settings across a network.

User Manager 5.0 from Lieberman Software enables system administrators to report on and make global changes to security settings on machines throughout a network in a single operation. New features include consolidated management and reporting on all shared folders and their permissions; integrated support for Remote Desktop management via Virtual Network Computing (VNC) and Terminal Server; and the ability to create, delete and update thousands of user accounts using data from text files and databases.

SurfControl’s e-mail filtering software for enterprises has just been upgraded to SurfControl E-Mail Filter 5.0. The new version offers URL Category Protection—a database of URLs that link to web threats; enhanced filtering to block junk and user-specified mail, as well as spam; LexiRules, which uses Boolean language analysis to protect against new kinds of spam; and neural network techniques that recognize spamming patterns, particularly adult and gambling spam. Pricing starts at $19 per user, based on an installation of 500 users.

Iomega unveiled its disk-to-disk autoloader, the REV Autoloader 1000, at the Storage Expo in London, which will ship later this quarter. The backup device, targeted for the SMB market, is a 2U single-drive desktop device that provides 10 slots for a native capacity of 350GB (700GB with 2:1 compression), a transfer rate of 25MB/sec, and is bundled with the enterprise-level BrightStor ARCserve Backup software from CA. Dual SCSI interfaces allow it to connect to a server and a NAS device, and Web-based configuration tools and a front operator panel provide simple access to key settings.

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