IT Weekly Roundup, October 29

From the business wires this week: Active Directory tools, storage solutions and more.

From NetPro comes three products for Active Directory management. ChangeManager for Active Directory enforces change policies, and SecurityManager for Active Directory provides real-time notification of Active Directory vulnerabilities and best practices for maintaining a secure directory environment. Both are slated for shipment in Q1 2005. DirectoryTroubleshooter 4.0 helps resolve Active Directory problems with reporting on health and security, real-time domain controller (DC) diagnostics, and boasts more than 100 different tests and utilities for enterprise-wide Active Directory troubleshooting.

ADvantage Elements v.2.5.1, a free upgrade for the Active Directory (AD) task-specific tools, includes major updates to ADreporter and ADsearch. The solution from Javelina Software also offers the abilities to report on computer accounts in AD, search and replace on computer properties and attributes, import a specific list of objects instead of reporting on an entire OU or domain, and has new mail configuration options. The upgrade is available for free to licensed users who’ve purchased ADvantage Elements within the last year, or $995 per admin copy.

BakBone Software released its updated backup and recovery solution for small- and medium-sized businesses, NetVault 7.3, with enhanced support for file systems and selected applications running in Microsoft Server 2003, such as MS Exchange and MS SQL, and RedHat Enterprise Linux clustered environments. Prices for Intel-based systems start at $1,195.

Gateway 823 LTO3 Autoloader

The Gateway 823 LTO3 can store up to 6.4TB of data.

Gateway introduced the Gateway 823 LTO3 Autoloader, a 2U tape storage system based on the new LTO3 standard. Featuring a single LTO3 Ultrium tape drive that can hold up to eight high-capacity LTO3 tapes, mid-enterprise businesses can store 6.4TB of compressed, mission-critical data, with a data transfer rate of 66MB/sec., at an MSRP of $6,499.

DataFRAME 420 from MPC Computers, based on IP SAN technology, targets mid-market customers by offering less expensive Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI or more costly but high-performing Fibre Channel connectivity. Starting with 16 hot-swap 250 GB SATA drives, 4TB of storage per 3U enclosure, and the ability to add enclosures, the storage solution provides the potential to expand. DataFRAME 420 supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50 and lists for $19,999.

Seagate added the NL35 SATA disc drive to its enterprise-ready drive lineup as a cost-effective alternative to its NL35 Fibre Channel model to serve nearline and secondary storage applications in Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)-based infrastructures. The storage device comes in 250GB and 400GB capacities, SATA-II 1.0 interface, 16MB cache, Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and error recovery.

Chelsio Communications released its T110 10GbE iSCSI Protocol Engine. The 10-Gigabit Ethernet iSCSI host bus adapter for server and networking OEMs is a turnkey hardware and software solution that provides TCP Offload Engine, iSCSI initiator and data rates of up to 10Gbps, targeting storage system vendors that build enterprise-grade iSCSI storage solutions.

Sun announced the launch of its Sun StorEdge 6130 array, aimed at offering medium-sized businesses a complete storage solution that can deploy multiple storage classes, including Serial ATA and Fibre Channel. The array offers advanced data protection and an application-oriented management utility that enables storage pooling, performance tracking and automated diagnostics.

Neoscale CryptoStor SAN VPN

CryptoStor SAN VPN provides secure AES256 data encryption.

The CryptoStor SAN VPN appliance from NeoScale Systems is designed to meet the security demands of enterprise-level real-time storage applications running across public metropolitan area networks (MANs). The device secures SAN traffic with Fibre Channel throughput at 1 or 2 Gbps with minimal latency overhead and is compatible with optical MAN technologies. Pricing starts at $40,000 per appliance.

Alacris released Alacris idNexus 2.1 for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with extended lifecycle management support for digital certificate- and smart card-based identity assurance solutions in enterprise Windows environments. Other new features include smart card printing, centralized enrollment, and integration support for more third-party systems.

SupportSoft unveiled its “X-Celerated Enterprise” vision for enterprise IT infrastructure management with three new product suites: SupportSoft Endpoint Automation Suite aids in eliminating problems through detection and repair of known fault conditions in real time as well as software compliance and enhanced patch distribution; SupportSoft Self-Service Suite enables end-users to find personalized answers to common technical problems; and SupportSoft Intelligence Assistance Suite provides support staff with a host of tools for speeding resolution of end-user problems.

Infortrend announced its EonStor RAID subsystems will now be available with Serial ATA (SATA-II), based on its fourth-generation RAID engine. The EonStor A16F-G2221 supports dual-host Fibre to SATA-II and the EonStor A16U-G2421 is a dual-host U320 SCSI to SATA-II, single-controller RAID subsystem with two dual-stacked VHDCI connectors on the rear. Both come with IBM PowerPC 750FX processors with both L1 and 512KB of L2 internal cache, capacities of up to 64TB per logical unit number (LUN) or logical drive (LD) and broad RAID-level support.

Management 360, just released by Wily Technology, is an enterprise-level comprehensive collaborative application management solution designed to implement mission-critical Web applications. The solution comprises software, services, support, training and best practices as well as a dedicated Wily support engineer assigned to each customer.

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