Ecrix's VXA-1 Tape Drive Now Available on Fujitsu's
GP-S Family and Primepower UNIX Servers
The Ecrix VXA-1 tape drive is immediately available on all Fujitsu
GP-S Family and Primepower servers. Nippon Systemhouse, Co., Ltd.,
a distributor in Japan for Ecrix products, will supply Fujitsu with
According to the company, Ecrix VXA data storage tape products
offer a combination of data capacity, performance, reliability,
and overall value for midrange servers and high-end workstations.
VXA tape products offer a read/write architecture that is designed
for a high level of data restore. Data is recorded in Internet-like
packets in lieu of large data blocks. VXA-1 tape drives are compatible
with all major operating systems and backup applications.
For more information, contact: Ecrix, 5525 Central Avenue,
Boulder, CO; Phone: (303) 402-9262; Fax: (303) 402-9266; Internet:
firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.ecrix.com/.
Dirig Software Unveils Product for Application Server Management
Dirig Software, a developer of applications and systems management
solutions, announced it is developing a new product for managing
e-business transactions. According to the company, the product (code
named Fenway) is capable of managing a complete e-business environment
from front-end Web server, through the application server to the
backend database on both the Microsoft and Java 2 Enterprise Edition
platforms. Fenway is scheduled for a second quarter release and
supported platforms include application servers, such as BEA WebLogic,
Allaire JRun, IBM Websphere, Sun-Netscape iPlanet, and ATG Dynamo.
Fenway comprises several different sections, with a major distinction
placed upon the type of application server (J2EE or COM+ based).
COM+ based application servers will use the Windows NT/2000 event
subscriber mechanism to learn about Web applications and COM+ objects.
J2EE-based application servers will be managed through accessing
a series of management servlets designed to reside within the application
server. Fenway monitors and manages all aspects of the application
server, front-end Web server and back end database, which allows
the user to examine statistics from each area including:
Web server -- Number of pages requested, error log entries,
HTTP response time
Application server -- Connection pool utilization, number
of delayed requests, and number of rollbacks
Database -- Cache hit ratio, table space utilization, and
Once connected, individual Web applications and their components
will be automatically discovered, delivering detailed component
statistics across Web applications. These new statistics are exposed
for thresholding, corrective actions, and historical reporting,
which allows for virtually uninterrupted e-business transactions.
Fenway will have full compatibility with Dirig's current
product offerings. Users of the RelyENT and xSPress solutions can
integrate Fenway into their environments, and Fenway customers can
extend the e-business solution to their larger infrastructure.
For more information, contact: Dirig Software, 547 Amherst
Street, Suite 401, Nashua, NH 03063; Phone: (603) 889-2777; Fax:
(603) 889-2471; Internet: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.dirig.com.
MicroEdge Announces Visual SlickEdit 6.0 for UNIX Platforms
MicroEdge, Inc., a provider of multi-platform development tools,
announced the availability of Visual SlickEdit 6.0 for UNIX. This
UNIX version follows the release of 6.0 for Windows last month.
Supported UNIX platforms include Linux, Solaris (Sparc and x86),
Sun OS, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, and SCO.
According to the company, the new features in 6.0 for UNIX as
well as the enhancements to Visual SlickEdit's core features
are aimed at increasing development productivity. Visual SlickEdit
provides a common look and feel across platforms and development
environments. Developers have a standard coding environment whether
they are programming in UNIX or across multiple platforms.
Features added to 6.0 include Java Tool Integration, Java Wizards,
and Multiple Build Configurations per project. Visual SlickEdit's
Context Tagging feature has been improved with Auto Parameter Info,
which automatically lists compatible arguments when filling in the
argument to a function or method. Additionally, Context Tagging
now has support for JSP, PHP, CFScript, Python, and VHDL. DIFFzilla,
Visual SlickEdit's set of file differencing tools, has been
enhanced with the ability to difference a specific symbol in two
files or the same file.
For more information about Visual SlickEdit 6.0 for UNIX, contact:
MicroEdge, Inc., P.O. Box 988, Apex, NC 27502; Phone: (919) 303-7400;
Fax: (919) 303-8400; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.slickedit.com.
ADIC Releases Version 5.0 of AMASS for UNIX Storage Management
Advanced Digital Information Corporation announced a new release
of its AMASS for UNIX storage management software that enables IT
departments and integrators to leverage the capacity of automated
optical and tape libraries for a variety of large-scale storage
tasks. According to the company, the new 5.0 release of AMASS for
UNIX provides faster user access to mission-critical data by providing
a new advanced intelligent caching utility, it provides a broader
range of long-term file protection by extending ADIC's Infinite
File Life to new platforms, and it adds support for LTO Ultrium
AMASS for UNIX 5.0 includes new intelligent cache management,
which speeds end-user access to data through improved configuration
features. With intelligent cache management, administrators can
customize the way their cache handles files by using a rule-based
priority system that determines the policies for retaining files
in cache. Because cached files can be accessed more quickly than
files stored only in the automated library, intelligent cache management
can improve system performance for user-defined file sets and allow
AMASS-enabled libraries to be used in more demanding application
environments. AMASS 5.0 supports cache sizes ranging from a few
megabytes up to one terabyte.
The new version of AMASS also extends platform support for ADIC's
Infinite File Life (IFL) utility, which automatically migrates files
from older to newer media before data is lost due to age or wear.
The IFL utility tests media on a user-defined schedule, tracks read/write
error rates, and renews the files by writing them to new media.
This capability is an option for industries that require long-term
records retention, including banks, hospitals, insurance companies,
government agencies, and media companies. AMASS for UNIX 5.0 extends
this utility to cover a range of platforms, including HP-UX, Compaq
Tru64, and IBM AIX, and new storage media, including DTF1 and AIT
AMASS for UNIX 5.0 also extends its support to devices, including
ADIC storage products, which use the new LTO Ultrium tape technology.
A complete list of supported platforms, drives, and libraries is
available on the company's Web site.
For more information, contact: ADIC, 11431 Willows Road NE,
P.O. Box 97057, Redmond, WA 98052; Phone: (425) 881-8004; Fax: (425)
881-2296; Internet: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.adic.com.
WorkSpot Launches Open Source Application Hosting Service for
WorkSpot, an Open Source Application Service Provider (ASP), announced
the release of the AppSpot Server, a new application hosting service.
According to the company, this service allows UNIX- or Linux-based
applications to be executed on server hardware, yet remotely displayed
and run by the user from within a Web browser or native (VNC) client.
In short, AppSpot enables software vendors to quickly move an application
designed for local installation into a hosted model.
The AppSpot server allows WorkSpot to host and deploy applications
and can be customized for vendors and end users to host at their
locations. AppSpot integrates user account and server resource management
with off-the-shelf Open Source software components including: VNC,
PostgreSQL, Apache, Linux, Perl, and MySQL. It can run on any Linux
or UNIX system.
AppSpot key advantages are:
- Ease of application deployment and use without IT support and
maintenance systems or staff expertise
- Leverages proven Open Source technologies rather than expensive
proprietary systems; resulting in low cost and greater flexibility
- Provides user authentication, management, and billing through
a Web interface
- Enables rapid implementation and support
- Offers additional end-user savings in conjunction with thin
For more information, contact: WorkSpot, Inc., 1865 El Camino
Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306; Phone: (650) 566-6833; Fax: (650) 566-8524;
OTG Software Announces DiskXtender for Linux
OTG Software, a software developer of online storage, data access,
and email management solutions, announced DiskXtender for Linux,
new storage software that supports the Red Hat Linux platform. According
to the company, the product brings the benefits of DiskXtender's
data storage and access software to this open source platform and
to customers operating in multiple platform environments, thus enabling
true heterogeneous and centralized storage management. OTG recently
announced DiskXtender for UNIX.
DiskXtender for Linux is a solution for intelligent, automated
storage management and access to enterprise Linux data. The product
provides access to unlimited storage of critical business data from
the desktop, corporate intranets, or the Web, improving productivity
and lowering the cost of ownership of mission critical data.
For more information, contact: OTG Software, Inc., 6701 Democracy
Blvd, Bethesda, Maryland 20817; Phone: (800) 324-4222; Internet:
firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.otg.com.
NFR Security Releases NFR Network Intrusion Detection 5.0
NFR Security, Inc., a developer of enterprise intrusion detection
software, announced the release of NFR Network Intrusion Detection
(NID) version 5.0, which provides enhanced ease of use and performance,
and advanced detection capabilities.
NFR NID 5.0 (formerly known as NFR Intrusion Detection Appliance)
offers several new product features, including the ability to generate
SNMP traps, central management from Linux systems, remote administration,
customizable alert descriptions and action responses, database export
facilities, and an enhanced UNIX user interface. According to the
company, the product also provides advanced detection capabilities,
including the ability to detect both known and unknown attacks.
NFR NID 5.0 features a comprehensive library of known signatures
available, as well as a range of filters designed to detect threatening
activity for which no signatures have yet been developed. NFR's
platform-independent product is designed to be tamper-proof and
eliminates many of the vulnerabilities associated with operational
environments. NFR NID 5.0 sensors can operate as standalone devices
or within a centrally managed, distributed configuration that monitors
various resources such as subnets, firewalls and Web, email, application
and database servers. The product can be configured to support the
highest performance networks and provides detailed statistical data
regarding its own performance.
NFR NID V. 5.0 is available immediately. Pricing for the software
is $4,500. For more information, contact: Network Flight Recorder,
Inc., 1395 Piccard Drive, Suite 230, Rockville, MD 20850; Phone:
(240) 632-9000; Fax: (240) 632-0200; WWW: http://www.nfr.com/.
Sun Announces Sun StorEdge T3 Array Support for Windows NT,
HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Linux Environments
Sun Microsystems, Inc. introduced Sun StorEdge T3 array support
for Windows NT, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Linux system platforms. According
to the company, customers can save on costs of equipment acquisition,
administration, training, downtime, and ongoing maintenance by standardizing
on Sun StorEdge T3 arrays for their Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Windows
NT, and Linux systems. Deploying the Sun StorEdge T3 arrays across
multiple host platforms provides customers with a consistent standard
of quality, Fibre Channel performance, and availability, with scalability
from 163 GB to 169 TB. As capacity is added, the array provides
linear scalability of performance, capacity, and availability.
The Sun StorEdge T3 array includes Sun StorEdge Component Manager
software, a storage management tool for centralized management of
distributed networks. This software provides the ability to locally
and remotely manage distributed storage from one central console
and allocate storage based upon actual need, rather than system
The Sun StorEdge T3 enterprise array includes failover software,
which provides a storage availability feature. The failover software
provides continuous availability in the event of a host bus adapter
or path failure by enabling a smooth transition to an alternate
available path to the storage system. Sun has also performed extensive
testing of the Sun StorEdge T3 array in clustered environments for
all of the supported operating system platforms and plans to announce
cluster support for these platforms in the near future.
The Sun StorEdge T3 array delivers capacity up to 5.2 TBs within
a standard cabinet and up to 169 TBs per server. List pricing for
a 163-GB Sun StorEdge T3 array for the workgroup starts at $37,000.
The Sun StorEdge T3 array for the enterprise is list priced at $150,890
for a 1.3-TB configuration, while a 5.2-TB configuration is list
priced at $603,550. Customers with previously installed Sun StorEdge
T3 enterprise arrays can obtain the system's new fail-over
software from Sun at no additional charge.
For more information, contact: Sun Microsystems, Inc., 901
San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303; WWW: http://www.sun.com.
New SSH Secure Shell Product Adds Authentication and Management
SSH Communications Security, a developer of Internet security
technologies, announced SSH Secure Shell 2.4, a new version of its
leading encryption technology designed to protect Internet servers
against the most common break-in method used by hackers -- stealing
passwords from the Internet. With new support for widely used authentication
tools, such as RSA SecurID, Kerberos 5, and PAM (Pluggable Authentication
Modules), Secure Shell 2.4 provides transparent authentication over
any IP-based connection for both client and server applications
by encrypting terminal connections and file transfers over the Internet.
According to the company, SSH Secure Shell 2.4 includes several
new features designed to increase ease-of-use and functionality
for end users:
- RSA SecurID -- Available for UNIX and Windows platforms,
this feature offers a comprehensive range of authenticator options
including hardware tokens, smart cards, and software tokens
- Kerberos 5 -- This network authentication protocol is used
to provide strong authentication for client/server systems for
the UNIX platform
- PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) -- PAM allows systems
administrators to maintain a flexible security policy management.
- SSH2, SFTP2, SCP2, and SSH-KEYGEN2 command-line tools --
These tools help manage the Secure Shell systems with fast non-graphical
- Configurable Windows client menus and toolbars -- Users
can ''redesign'' the toolbars and menus by
dragging and dropping them to a new location
- Backwards compatibility -- Secure Shell 2.4 offers improved
interoperability with previous versions of SSH Secure Shell by
importing old configurations into current profiles, as well as
compatibility with VT test for terminal emulations and SSH1 protocol
support for port forwarding and public key authentication
For more information, contact: SSH at WWW: http://www.ssh.com.