Networking

HP adds two switches to ProCurve line

HP added two switches to the ProCurve 2900 Series, the ProCurve Switch 2900-24G with 24 10/100/1000 ports and the ProCurve Switch 2900-48G with 48 10/100/1000 ports.

Both have four dual-personality ports for 10/100/1000 or mini-GBIC connectivity. By including four integrated 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports (two built-in CX4 and two X2 transceiver slots), the 2900 Series offers allows users to deploy 10-Gigabit stacking and uplinks.

The 2900 is designed for connecting to a large number of PCs, servers, and other host devices that require high performance uplinks to the distribution/core of the network. The need for this level of performance and scalability can be driven by existing or future bandwidth-intensive applications such as large database, networked storage, server farm, or multimedia applications such as IP-video.

The integrated four 10GbE can be configured to be stacking, uplink, or a mix of both. Static IP routing with key security and management capabilities provides the ability to segment the network and route between VLANs. Standards-based (10GbE stacking/uplinks, 10/100/1000, software, etc.) allows for deployment and interoperability with multi-vendor infrastructure. HP is aiming the switches at corporate, educational, healthcare, and government customers. 

Provisioning 6 deals with in-flight order changes

MetaSolv Software Inc. announced the launch of MetaSolv Provisioning 6, the latest release of MetaSolv’s next-generation provisioning control platform. This release incorporates MetaSolv’s intelligent change management technology to reduce the costs of processing in-flight order changes.

Order changes, like supplemental service orders or modifications, are often requested after the service fulfillment process has been initiated. Assessing the impact of an order change, undoing the service provisioning steps that are no longer valid, and then re-calculating and re-processing the order is a complicated effort that severely impacts business productivity, the company said. Provisioning 6 analyzes the impact of an order change, then automatically generates an optimal compensation plan and manages the execution of the plan until order completion. The overall process is optimized to ensure that order changes are processed with the least amount of modifications, and with minimal or no human intervention.

Wireless

Device Server created for Wi-Fi envirionments

Lantronix Inc. announced its expansion into the market for applications requiring environmentally hardened wireless networking gear with the launch of the XPress DR+ Wireless, a rugged DIN-Rail mounted WiFi 802.11 Device Server.

The solution is capable of connecting virtually any type of industrial equipment to the Local Area Network (LAN) or the Internet. Markets for industrial strength device networking include Industrial and Factory Automation, Building Automation, Energy/Utilities Management and Transportation. The XPress DR+ Wireless is a member of the trusted Lantronix XPress industrial product family designed to operate reliably under extreme temperatures and resist the effects of exposure to electrical interference, vibration and physical abuse.

The XPress DR+ Wireless can connect directly to equipment on the factory floor, or out in an open field, and present a status view of this equipment on the network to any standard Web browser or application software though a standard 802.11 b/g wireless network. The product includes two serial ports for easy connection and features wide 9-30vdc or 9-24vac power input options. All products in the XPress DR+ family are DIN-rail mountable and operate over a wide temperature range of -40 C to +70 C. These products are also designed to tolerate high levels of electrical interference, severe shock and vibration environments.

In addition, the XPress DR+ Wireless features the Lantronix patent-pending SwitchPort+ platform technology, enabling multiple industrial serial devices to be cascaded from a single network backbone connection eliminating the need for expensive hubs and cabling. The XPress DR+ Wireless also implements the latest 802.11 advanced encryption standard. The XPress DR+ Wireless will be available worldwide next month.

Security

Cisco introduces security software for network admins

Cisco unveiled the Cisco Secure Services Client 4.0 – advanced security software that provides enterprises with a single authentication framework for multiple devices to securely access wired and wireless networks.Cisco Secure Services Client 4.0 – First Line Defense for Network Security

Designed for conformance with the IEEE 802.1X authentication standard, the Cisco Secure Services Client 4.0 makes access control decisions before any client device is given an IP address. This provides a front line of defense, which helps to protect the network at its first point of exposure, Cisco said.

Administrators can deploy and manage Cisco Secure Services Clients on a variety of networked devices. The client application manages user and device identities, as well as network access protocols, to optimize highly secure network access from a single source. Optimized for use within a Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the Cisco Secure Services Client 4.0 includes support for Cisco security solutions including the Cisco Secure Access Control Server and the Cisco Self Defending Network via Network Admission Control (NAC). It also supports all major Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) protocols; Wi-Fi encryption modes and industry standards including Wi-Fi Protected Access-personal mode (WPA-personal mode), WPA2-personal mode and WPA2-enterprise mode.

Data Management

Developer tool offers localization for multiple languages

Sisulizer Ltd. has released Sisulizer 1.1, a Windows application that lets software developers localize their applications into multiple languages.

The latest version of Sisulizer offers support for .Net applications, which have built-in support for Unicode and RESX, and is the ideal environment for creating applications that are easy to localize, the company said.

Sisulizer puts inherited components into the context of the calling dialogue. Sisulizer lets your translator work on your application without having to wrestle with the enormous .Net runtime file.

Developers can use Sisulizer to scan the application and locate all of the text. Sisulizer works directly with .Net, C++ Builder, Delphi, Visual C++, C#, Visual Basic, Visual Studio, Borland Developer Studio, Java, or Windows binary files, along with XLIFF and .Net assembly. New in 1.1 is the support for the new Borland Turbo languages.

The program works visually with HTML, XSL and XML. Version 1.1 comes with improved HTML support and allows the localization of whole Web sites. Sisulizer can also grab text from text files and databases. You determine which Windows resources you want to localize, including icons, menus, dialog boxes, strings, accelerators, versions, and manifest resources. Sisulizer also operates in the mobile world. The software supports .Net for Smart Devices, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and J2ME.

Developers can begin the translation work themselves or they can use Sisulizer’s Exchange Wizard to create and send their translator a single file that contains a self-installing Sisulizer Translation Edition, along with their project file.

In addition to support for unlimited strings and languages, the Professional Edition (US$1,499) and Enterprise Edition (US$2,999) support visual HTML localization, local database localization, translation validation, pseudo translation support, spell-checking, the free Translation Edition, integrated translation memory, and the ability to import comma-separated files, localized files, local database information, and data from other localization tools.

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