Connex Unveils SANavigator Lite
Connex announced its SANavigator Lite storage management application,
designed for entry-level storage management. According to the company,
SANavigator Lite provides many of the storage management features
of the company's SANavigator software to smaller SAN installations
SANavigator Lite, like SANavigator Version 1.5, is a Java-based
storage management application that operates as a host for other
storage management applications, utilities, and tools from other
storage vendors. It includes an Auto Discovery feature that performs
a complete inventory of all SAN and NAS resources. The SANmap component
of SANavigator Lite presents a visual map of the SAN showing all
devices and their interconnections.
According to the company, one of SANavigator Lite's features
is its ability to automatically discover direct-attached Fibre Channel
devices. This gives entry-level SAN customers an opportunity to
test Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) or other SAN devices before they invest
in a complete SAN architecture that incorporates fabric devices.
Like SANavigator, SANavigator Lite supports all Microsoft Windows
platforms (98, NT, and 2000), Solaris, and Linux. SANavigator Lite
is fully interoperable with other storage management applications
and can be utilized to launch operations such as serverless backup
using third-party backup software. SANavigator Lite provides storage
management functionality, but does not include the Data Path Map,
Event Notification, Trap Forwarding, Community Strings, and SNMP
Listen Port Change features included with SANavigator. Additionally,
SANavigator Lite does not have the ability to change the port on
which SANavigator listens for SNMP traps. According to the company,
when a SAN grows to the point that these management features become
necessary, a manager can simply upgrade to SANavigator.
For more information, or to download SANavigator, visit the company's
Web site at: http://www.sanavigator.com or contact: Connex,
2040 Fortune Drive, Suite 200, San Jose, CA 95131; Phone: (408)
232-1000; Fax: (408) 232-9869; Internet: Marketing@SANavigator.com.
Crystal Group Introduces Darksite Remote Management Appliance
Crystal Group Inc. announced the addition of DarkSite remote management
appliance for servers. According to the company, DarkSite is a platform-independent
management tool that monitors the health of servers and notifies
users of potential problems before they cause an application to
fail. DarkSite allows the user to select which hardware and software
systems are monitored and how users will be contacted.
According to the company, DarkSite is an embedded computer system,
with its own operating system and Crystal's server management
software application. It functions independently from the host system,
using an ISA or PCI slot for power. Sensors on the system can monitor
temperature, fan rotation, and power in the host system. Additionally,
DarkSite can keep an eye on the status of a server's resources.
Installing a small OS Agent will allow DarkSite to monitor the host
system's CPU, RAM, disk drives, and network connections.
DarkSite is Web-enabled, allowing remote administration from any
browser on the network or the Internet. Security concerns are addressed
by allowing SSL connections to the system, and advanced users can
configure DarkSite through Telnet. DarkSite is able to send alarms
to any email address, and wireless alert messages to any PDA, pager,
or cellular telephone. If you use SNMP to manage your facility,
DarkSite can send SNMP traps also.
According to the company, DarkSite's notification features
minimize the worries associated with hardware or software problems
that may bring servers down. Altogether, DarkSite can monitor: CPU
load, RAM usage, disk space usage, network usage, and system status
(heartbeat). DarkSite requires an available ISA or PCI expansion
slot for use, an available RS-232 serial port, an ATX power supply,
and optional tachometer chassis/case fans. Each DarkSite card features
a RISC-based microprocessor, onboard DRAM and Flash memory, embedded
10-Mbs Ethernet adapter and two RS-232 serial ports. DarkSite is
compatible with Microsoft Windows 95/98, 2000, or NT 4.0, Linux,
Solaris x86, SCO (Caldera) UnixWare 7.x, and TCP/IP connectivity.
Additionally, protocols compatible with DarkSite include: TCP/IP,
HTTP/SSL, Telnet, PPP, Serial Console, SMTP, SNMP, SNTP, and Syslog.
Pricing starts at $799 per card.
For more information, contact: Crystal Group Inc., 850 Kacena
Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233; Phone: (800) 378-1636; Fax: (319) 393-2338;
Advanced System Concepts Announces ActiveBatch Version
Advanced System Concepts, Inc. announced the availability of ActiveBatch
version 3. ActiveBatch is an enterprise job scheduling and management
system, designed for Windows 2000/NT and supports the reliable execution
of jobs and programs on multiple operating systems including various
UNIX platforms and OpenVMS. The product can be downloaded from the
Advanced System Concepts Web site.
According to the company, ActiveBatch supports the full implementation
of Microsoft's Window Management Instrumentation (WMI) as a
basis for improved system and applications management in Windows.
ActiveBatch's scaleable architecture allows systems to be
added to meet increasing demand and manage workloads. ActiveBatch's
Virtual Queuing automatically selects the system to execute a specific
job, based upon the job's run-time characteristics and current
ActiveBatch supports the concept of "third-party" jobs.
A batch job can be submitted, for example, under the administrator's
credentials and one or more users or groups can be designated to
trigger execution of that job. By using ActiveBatch, administrators
can associate their rights with the running of that specific job
without requiring any further actions.
ActiveBatch supports a range of new features designed to automate
the management and scheduling of jobs. Among these are ActiveBatch's
powerful broadcast capabilities making transparent "updates"
to any or all systems whenever they reconnect to the network.
For more information, contact: Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.,
33-41 Newark Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5604; Phone: (201) 798-6400;
Fax: (201) 798-9203; WWW: http://www.activebatch.com/.
Comtrol Launches RocketPort Serial Hub
Comtrol Corporation, a provider of serial network device connectivity
solutions, announced that it is expanding its family of RocketPort
Serial Hubs with a two-port, industrial-focused model. According
to the company, Comtrol's new DIN rail-mountable two-port RocketPort
Serial Hub minimizes cabling requirements by leveraging existing
Ethernet networks, eliminates redundant PCs, and offers one "back
up" port. Comtrol accelerates device communications with support
for 10/100Base-T Ethernet and enables connections to RS-232/422/485
and ModBus devices. Comtrol's network appliances deliver native
COM ports, eliminating the need for special software configuration,
and provide support for many popular operating systems.
For more information, contact: Comtrol Corporation, 6655 Wedgwood
Road, Suite 120, Minneapolis, MN 55311-3646; Phone: (800) 926-6876
or (763) 494-4100; Fax: (763) 494-4199; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Allied Telesyn Introduces EncloseNET
Allied Telesyn International announced its new line of network
solutions, EncloseNET. According to the company, EncloseNET brings
pre-configured, easy-to-install network solutions that simplify
setting up new networks and expanding existing ones.
EncloseNET puts the active and passive components a network needs
-- hubs, switches, routers -- into a compact system inside
a wall-mountable cabinet. According to the company, these networks
can be set up by positioning the cabinet, connecting the network
cables, and powering it up and are available in 15 different configurations
appropriate for various networks, EncloseNET turnkey networking
systems are priced ranging from $490 to $4380. For more information,
contact: Allied Telesyn International, WWW: http://www.alliedtelesyn.com.
Allied Telesyn's Announces ADSL Bridge/Routers
Allied Telesyn International announced productivity tools for
small offices, the AR240E and AR250E ADSL bridge/routers. According
to the company, the AR240E combines one ADSL port, one USB port,
and one 10-Mbps Ethernet port in a compact desktop unit. The AR250E
packs an office networking center into the same compact enclosure
-- one ADSL port, one USB port, and a 10/100-Mbps, 4-port Ethernet
switch. The AR240E/250E's USB ports simulate Ethernet connection,
making them an option for connecting mobile computers for NIC-free
ADSL access, and the USB and Ethernet ports on the unit can be used
ADSL operation includes support for standards-based G.DMT and
G.Lite protocols to ensure optimum DSLAM inter-operability. The
ADSL rate adaptation means that the ADSL link always runs at maximum
throughput. Support for bridged or routed IP over ATM, PPP over
ATM, and PPPoE provides flexible and robust connectivity to ISPs.
Installation and setup of the AR240E/250E is simplified with its
Windows-based GUI, and Allied Telesyn also offers free, unlimited
technical support and a 1-year warranty.
For more information, contact: Allied Telesyn International,
Tripwire Inc. Announces Tripwire for Web Pages
Tripwire Inc., a provider of data and network integrity software
(DNI), announced Tripwire for Web Pages. Tailored for the Apache
Web server platform, this new product detects unauthorized modifications
to Web site content, prevents the delivery of modified pages, and
alerts the systems administrator.
According to the company, Tripwire for Web Pages provides integrity
solutions by assuring the integrity of Web page content. It extends
Tripwire's core DNI offerings from monitoring the file system
of the Web server to the real-time monitoring of dynamic Web pages
presented by the server. Tripwire for Web Pages does this by detecting
unauthorized modifications to Web server content, alerting the systems
administrator, and redirecting Web site viewers to a user-defined
temporary Web page until authorized content is restored.
Tripwire for Web Pages determines whether a Web page has been
altered by comparing the date and the digital signature of the current
Web page to that of the "known good" authorized file securely
saved in the database. This "integrity check" is performed
each time a browser requests a Web page from the Web server. If
the file dates and/or signatures do not match, Tripwire for Web
Pages halts the file from being served, sends a custom notification/replacement
page to the browser, logs the event, and sends an email to alert
the systems administrator of the change and provide steps to restore
the authorized content.
For more information, contact: Tripwire, Inc., 326 SW Broadway,
3rd Floor, Portland, OR 97205; Phone: (503) 223-0280; Fax: (503)
223-0182; WWW: http://www.tripwire.com.
AccuSoft Corporation Announces ImageGear 2001
AccuSoft, a provider of document imaging software, announced that
the latest version of ImageGear is available, and the UNIX version
will be released in Summer 2001.
According to the company, the ImageGear toolkit comes with more
than 600 functions, support for more than 100 formats, and 200 control
parameters. Both DLL and ActiveX versions and all of the plug-ins
are now 100% thread safe. The implementation of thread safety was
designed to allow maximum performance improvements for applications
utilizing threads and for multiple-CPU computers.
ImageGear 2001 enhancements include:
- 100% thread safety for ImageGear DLL and ActiveX.
- Added support for many formats including read/write support
for WBMP (Wireless bitmap) and Scitex CT, and read support for
PTOCA A multimedia plug-in that supports any format readable by
Windows Media Player including AVI, MPEG, and QuickTime LuraWave
and LuraDocument compression plug-ins.
- Improvements to the Annotation and Redlining Toolkit.
- Direct editing of RTF files.
An evaluation copy of ImageGear 2001 is available from AccuSoft's
Web site at: http://www.accusoft.com. For more information,
contact: AccuSoft, 71 Lyman Street, Northborough, MA 01532;
Phone: (800) 525-3577 or (508) 351-9092; Fax: (508) 351-9086.
Gadzoox Networks Announces Slingshot 4218
Gadzoox Networks, Inc, a supplier of intelligent storage networking
products, announced Slingshot 4218, a 2-Gb open fabric storage
area network (SAN) switch. According to the company, the Slingshot
4218 doubles the speed of current SAN switches and is based
on new open fabric standards that enable full interoperability
within new and existing storage networks.
The Slingshot 4218 supports new open fabric standards that
will allow users to build a heterogeneous SAN fabric. One of
the new standards, FC-SW-2, which includes the FSPF routing
protocol, enables switches from different vendors to work together
to route data and share management information.
According to the company, the introduction of the Slingshot
4218 enables customers to build a 2-Gb SAN infrastructure and
boost performance in their applications, such as online transaction
processing (OLTP), high-availability clusters, and backup and
restore. Slingshot also has 18 ports in a one unit (1U) form
factor, a non-blocking architecture, auto-sensing ports for
both loop and fabric, automatic speed negotiation between 1
Gb and 2 Gb on a port-by-port basis, and load sharing trunks.
For more information, contact: Gadzoox Networks, Inc.,
5850 Hellyer Avenue, San Jose, CA 95138; Phone: (408) 360-4950;
Fax: (408) 360-4951; WWW: http://www.gadzoox.com.
TrueSAN Announces Paladin C-series
TrueSAN Networks, Inc. announced a new line of network storage
systems and software that, according to the company, provides
storage scalability, unified SAN and NAS functionality, and
management tools to mainstream enterprise storage infrastructure.
The Paladin C-series family helps organizations to incrementally
scale their storage infrastructure to hundreds of terabytes
while increasing system bandwidth and reliability. FusionOS
software simplifies storage provisioning and data sharing by
combining block and file information delivery onto a single,
centrally manageable system. With new Alchemy software, organizations
can control of their data assets, thus reducing the cost and
complexity of their networks.
According to TrueSAN, FusionOS software helps combine distributed
virtualization technology with heterogeneous file sharing. With
FusionOS, administrators can provision storage capacity on a
granular and secure basis. As an open platform, the Paladin
C-series can be integrated with existing storage systems.
With Alchemy software, IT administrators can control the storage
infrastructure from any device with Internet access and a Web
browser. Alchemy incorporates agent technology that extends
intelligence to the edge of the storage network, enabling proactive
resource management. According to the company, because Alchemy
is integrated with the Paladin C-series, it provides a way for
IT administrators to visualize, configure, and control their
storage infrastructure. For business-critical applications,
Alchemy provides reliability through built-in alternate-pathing
and snapshot technology.
Paladin C30, including Alchemy software and a two-year support
program, begins at $129,000. The Paladin C60, configured with
no single point of failure, Alchemy software, and 24x7 onsite
support, begins at $239,000. For more information, contact:
Truesan, 25 Metro Drive, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95110; Phone:
(877) 878-3726 or (408) 869-4200; Fax: (408) 869-4480; WWW:
CYRANO Announces Production Testing Tool 2.6
CYRANO announced the 2.6 release of its "production"
testing tool that monitors production Sybase server activity
and detects anomalies in real time. According to the company,
Production enables you to define specific performance rules
in the form of thresholds which, when reached, trigger alarms.
These alarms can be set to execute predefined shell scripts,
or SQL commands, such as emailing a systems administrator. By
automating the process of monitoring a Sybase server, Production
makes it possible to provide greater levels of performance and
availability without requiring any additional time on the part
of database administrators. The new version of Production adds
several capabilities such as supporting Windows 2000, Version
12 of Sybase, and new lock row levels in recent Sybase releases.
According to the CYRANO, Production runs as a background process
alongside the production server. It periodically analyzes information
from Sybase SQL Server and, when it detects performance bottlenecks,
provides notification to the database administrator and saves
For more information, contact: CYRANO, 26 Parker Street,
Newburyport, MA 01950; Phone: (800) 714-4900 or (978) 462-0737;
Fax: (978) 462-4755; WWW: http://www.cyrano.com.