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New Products

iXsystems Inc. Releases Internet Server Appliance

iXsystems Inc., formerly BSDi, released its first Internet server appliance. The iXtreme Internet Hosting Server is a server appliance that combines browser-based administration and an Internet operating system in a 1U rack-optimized chassis. Service providers can choose the processor, memory, and disk that best meet their needs and can upgrade components as their businesses grow.

According to the company, the iXtreme Internet Hosting Server's browser-based administration interface is two-thirds the size of conventional 1U servers and appliances. The iXtreme Internet Hosting Server enables service providers to host sites on a single system, and lets clients manage their own domains. The new server appliance also has snap-in, snap-out components that minimize downtime. The iXtreme Internet Hosting Server uses eight fans to cool the CPUs, disk drive, and power supply. In its high-end configuration, the iXtreme Internet Hosting Server Model 140S includes two Pentium III processors and up to 4 GB of memory.

The high-performance models 140 and 140S come in the 1U form factor described above, and can be configured with dual Pentium III 1-GHz processors and up to 4 GB of memory. Model 120 comes in a standard 1U form factor and features a single Intel Celeron 600-MHz processor with support for up to 512 MB of memory. Model 140S features an internal/external dual-channel Ultra 160 LVD SCSI controller. Prices for the iXtreme Internet Hosting Server begin at $1400.

For more information, contact: iXsystems, Inc., 1550 The Alameda, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95126-0231; Phone: (866) 449-7978; Fax: (408) 535-6868; Internet:; WWW:

Patchlink Corporation Announces Webconsole

PatchLink Corporation announced the availability of its WebConsole IT Management Suite for UNIX/Linux. The new UNIX/Linux version provides a suite of management utilities that enables UNIX and Linux administrators to securely access and manage network servers from any Web browser-equipped PC connected to a network or ISP. WebConsole for UNIX/Linux combines an intuitive GUI and specialized Web-based operability to ensure premier network management support for all leading UNIX and Linux-based systems. In addition to the introduction of WebConsole for UNIX/Linux, PatchLink now offers the same user interface across all of its WebConsole platforms.

WebConsole for UNIX/Linux features include server management that provides access to server console screens, server settable parameters, the error log, and the ability to send messages to users. It has custom buttons that give the ability to activate a local application on the server through the browser interface. Its diagnostics allow the administrator to view system information and general server status, such as current time, serial number, operating system, CPU utilization, and so forth. The File Manager allows administrators to manipulate files and directories attached to their network servers from anywhere that is accessible by WebConsole. Its Network Directory provides access to all the resources within a network: users, groups, workstations, servers, etc. Online help documentation for the WebConsole suite is also available.

WebConsole for UNIX/Linux supports the following systems: Sun Solaris, Caldera OpenLinux eServer, Caldera OpenLinux, Red Hat Linux, Slackware Linux, Debian Linux, SuSE Linux, Corel Linux, TurboLinux, Cobalt Linux, Mandrake Linux, Delix DLD Linux, Conectiva Linux, MkLinux, LinuxPPC, Xlinux, LinuxPL, Linux From Scratch, Trustix, Cendio LBS Linux, Ute Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, BSDI, HP/UX, SGI Irix, DEC/Compaq OSF/1, IBM AIX, SCO UnixWare, SCO OpenServer, and MacOS Server X.

For more information, contact: PatchLink Corporation, 3370 N. Hayden Rd. #123-175, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6632; Phone: (480) 970-1025; Fax: (480) 970-6323; Internet:; WWW:

Armored Networks Releases ArmoredServer

Armored Networks Corporation announced the release of ArmoredServer, which addresses server protection issues at all layers: network, operating system, application, configuration, and user.

According to the company, ArmoredServer provides security modules for each layer and additional security modules can be added to any layer in the future. At the network layer, ArmoredServer provides an access control mechanism (a system-level network firewall). Also at the network layer, ArmoredServer monitors, displays, and logs selected network traffic in real-time. At the operating system layer, ArmoredServer provides a hardened kernel that tightens accesses to system resources.

At the server application layer, ArmoredServer imbeds security codes in the applications to detect and defend against buffer overflow attacks. Also at the application layer, ArmoredServer monitors the server applications to stop any unauthorized server applications from running, and restarts any authorized server applications that failed. At the system configuration layer, ArmoredServer finds and fixes existing vulnerabilities and insecure settings, as well as monitors and enforces new settings.

At the user layer, ArmoredServer provides a secure SSL-based browser interface with many systems administration tools, including key and certificates management that offers secure, ubiquitous remote management of the server.

ArmoredServer currently runs on Red Hat Linux version 6.1, 6.2, and 7.0. Future releases of ArmoredServer are planned for Solaris and Windows NT/2000. ArmoredServer for Linux is licensed annually, including unlimited technical support and software upgrades. The pricing starts at $595 per single CPU server. Site license and partner discounts are available.

For more information, contact: ArmoredServer, 1770 Woodward Drive, Suite 212, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2C 0P8; Phone: (613) 224-4280; Fax: (613) 829-0967; WWW:

Linux NetworX Launches ClusterWorX 2.0

Linux NetworX, a provider of Linux cluster computing solutions, announced the launch of its cluster management software, ClusterWorX 2.0. The latest version of ClusterWorX includes new features such as secure remote access, system and node monitoring and events, and administrator customization and extensibility.

According to the company, ClusterWorX is integrated with a Linux NetworX hardware management tool called ICE Box. The combination of ClusterWorX with ICE Box provides a management solution that doesn't rely on any specific hardware platform for its functionality. ClusterWorX features include:

  • Visually-based monitoring of node groups or the entire cluster
  • Plug-in support for user-defined monitors and actions
  • 3-tiered application -- GUI, server, and agent
  • Event engine handles automatic systems administration
  • Secure, remote access
  • Complete node power monitoring
  • Network monitoring
  • Automatic administrator notification upon node failure
  • Integrated disk cloning and image management
  • Customizable GUI

For more information, contact: Linux NetworX, 8689 South 700 West, Sandy, UT 84070; Phone: (801) 562-1010; Fax: (801) 568-1010; Internet:; WWW:

Network Shell Releases NSH Deploy Professional

Network Shell, Inc., a provider of infrastructure management software, announced new releases of NSH Utilities and NSH Deploy Professional for remote administration of large server environments. According to the company, NSH Deploy Professional 2.51 offers additional features over NSH Deploy, including multi-tier deployment, two-phase deployment, the ability to check consistency of software packages and patches across multiple servers, content verification, and deployment/verification scheduling.

For more information, contact: Network Shell Inc., 181 2nd Avenue, Suite 560, San Mateo, CA 94401; Phone: (650) 548-0674; Fax: (650) 548-1304; Internet:; WWW:

NFR Security Announced NID-200

NFR Security announced the release of NFR Network Intrusion Detection-200 (NID-200). NID-200, a network appliance delivered as a hardware/software system, monitors higher megabit networks and responds when suspicious activity (such as known attacks, misuse, abuse, and anomalies) is detected. NID-200 offers pre-configured settings for standard usage.

According to the company, both NID-200 and NID-100 (NFR's existing software-based network intrusion detection product) can be deployed as single, standalone sensors or as multiple sensors in a centrally or remotely managed environment using one or more NFR Central Management Servers (CMS). The NFR CMS consolidates alerts and data for storage and analysis. NID Sensors can be placed anywhere on the network in any combination.

NID-200 can be used out-of-the-box using pre-configured options for standard use, and it also has customization features. NID-200 is priced at $12,500. NID-100 is priced at $4,500.

For more information, contact: NFR, 5 Choke Cherry Road, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850-4004; Phone: (240) 632-9000; Fax: (240) 632-0200; WWW:

GreenRamp Launches O2Server

GreenRamp Software announced the launch of its O2Server wireless network and database administration solution. According to the company, by using any Web-enabled cellular phone or PDA, network administrators and IT managers can monitor and conduct operations on their networks and servers.

O2Server is available for Windows NT4 and 2000, MS SQL Server, Oracle, Linux, Exchange Server, and Sun Solaris. Users can see what is going on with their systems through menu-driven screens. Users can start and stop services, reboot their servers, take a "snapshot" of their systems, read event logs, and execute batch files via wireless devices. The O2Server also has an error notification module that notifies the admin when an error occurs, telling what the problem is and allowing the admin to fix it without using a laptop and modem.

For more information, contact: GreenRamp, 6830 North Broadway, Suite G, Denver, CO 80221; Phone: (877) 536-4700; Fax: (303) 412-8999; WWW:

PocketDBA Announces PocketDBA Version 1.2

PocketDBA Systems announced the release of PocketDBA Version 1.2, which installs after an organization's firewall is securely configured. According to the company, PocketDBA Version 1.2 provides new screens that enable DBAs to conduct more daily tasks while away from the office.

The PocketDBA software allows DBAs to work "live" in the database so all management is done in real-time. The software runs on wireless Palm OS devices, including the Palm V and Vx, the Palm VII and VIIx, the Handspring Visor Platinum and Handspring Visor Prism, and the QCP 6035 Smartphone by Kyocera.

Several layers of security are used at every stage of data transmission, including SSL, usernames, and passwords. No database information resides in the device, so lost or stolen handhelds are not a security issue. With the new release, DBAs can now adjust the automatic log-out time to fit their comfort levels.

The PocketDBA Version 1.2 software is priced per database instance, with volume discounts provided for enterprise-wide adoption. A live, online demonstration of PocketDBA is available at Additionally, users can evaluate PocketDBA by downloading a trial version of the software product.

For additional information, contact: PocketDBA Systems, 640 N. LaSalle St., Suite 330, Chicago, IL 60610; Phone: (800) 404-4059 or (312) 587-9990; Internet:; WWW:

QLogic Introduces 2-Gb Fibre Channel Adapter for VI

QLogic Corp. introduced a 2-Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter with support for Virtual Interface (VI) Architecture. SANblade QLA2300-VI 2Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters from QLogic are available immediately.

According to the company, through the SAN, VI Architecture transforms a collection of independent standards-based servers into a highly scalable cluster that can meet the performance and capacity requirements of a variety of enterprise applications. Its server-to-server communications can enhance an application's scalability and performance in a variety of ways, from allowing a single application to run efficiently across dozens of clustered nodes, to speeding up the exchange of data between distributed application modules running on different application servers.

The SANblade QLA2300-VI from QLogic is a 64-bit 66-MHz PCI to 2-Gb Fibre Channel host bus adapter with a suite of features including:

  • HBA components integrated into a single chip
  • More than 40,000 operations per second (IOPs)
  • Support for storage, server and cluster applications, using SCSI, IP, and VI protocols
  • Major operating system support through QLogic VI device drivers for Windows NT, Windows 2000, Solaris, and Linux

For more information, contact: QLogic Corp., 26600 Laguna Hills Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; Phone: (800) 662-4471 or (949) 389-6000; Fax: (949) 389-6126; WWW:

ASL Introduces Marquis K120

ASL, a provider of Linux systems, announced the release of its Marquis K120 dual AMD AthlonTM MP Linux workstation. According to the company, the workstation features an AMD-760TM MP chipset and supports up to two Palomino (AthlonTM MP) processors starting at 1.2 GHz. The Marquis K120 comes standard with dual channel Ultra 160/m SCSI controllers, dual port Fast Ethernet, and an AGP 4X port and 64-bit PCI slots for connecting high-speed peripherals.

For more information, contact: ASL, 38875 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560; Phone: (877) 275-3535; Fax: (510) 857-0010; WWW:

Storageway Launches Second Generation of Liquid Architecture

StorageWay announced the second generation of its Liquid Architecture, the foundation of its family of storage utility service offerings. According to the company, StorageWay's storage service permits enterprises to transparently and securely share a storage infrastructure delivered as a pay-as-you-grow utility service. A representative storage application is TimeFinder from EMC, which is available for the first time in a shared storage environment under the new release of Liquid Architecture. TimeFinder is an application that permits businesses to replicate, mirror, and make snapshot copies of their information in real time.

For more information, contact: Storageway, 3501 W. Warren Ave., Fremont, CA 94538; Phone: (510) 445-3510; Fax: (510) 445-3522; WWW:

SANcastle Technologies Announces GFS-8

SANcastle Technologies has announced its first product offering, the GFS-8. According to the company, this global fabric switch for high-performance storage networks also translates IP protocols for both Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Fibre Channel (FC). The GFS-8 is a multi-protocol, full-function switch that integrates disparate networks and protocols.

For users who want to interconnect SAN islands, GFS-8 can be configured to provide point-to-point SAN island integration across MANs or WANs. It also supports e-port for inter-switch connectivity with other Fibre Channel switches and autonomous region naming, and guarantees delivery and order of packets. The ability to dynamically map VLAN tagging into Fibre Channel zones enables users to segregate traffic for management and security without increasing port counts or deploying redundant infrastructures. For enterprises that have already deployed Fibre Channel campus environments, the GFS-8 will support low-latency IP and iSCSI traffic across their FC backbones.

The switch will be priced between $32,000 and $38,000 depending on port configuration. It can be configured with 1, 2, or 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and the remaining ports Fibre Channel.

For more information, contact: SANcastle, 2107 North First Street, San Jose, California, 95131; Phone:(408) 573-4200; Fax: (408) 573-4222; WWW: