Networking 

ProCurve Networking by HP announced the availability of a new software update for its Secure Router 7000dl Series.

The ProCurve Secure Router 7000dl series with Stateful Firewall and optional IPSec VPN support provides high performance routing capabilities.

The software update for the Secure Router 7000dl series includes HTTP Filtering, ProCurve Network Monitor, SNMPv3, SNTP Client and SNTP Server – Responds to SNTP Client requests for time settings, but only if time settings have already been received from a valid NTP server via the internal SNTP client. The router’s SNTP server must also have the SNTP client configured in order to respond to client requests.

Storage 

IBM announced a unified storage system as well as expanded virtualization interoperability and database backup software.

The new IBM System Storage N5600 appliance is part of IBM’s N series storage family. The new device is aimed at small to medium-sized businesses, scaling to 252 terabytes of physical capacity.

Two models are offered are the N5600 A10, which is a single storage controller offering, and the N5600 A20, which comes with dual storage controllers. The N5600 offers simultaneous connectivity to 4Gbps Fibre Channel and high speed GbE iSCSI networks and features a 64-bit architecture and PCIe controllers.

IBM also announced interoperability between N series gateways and the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC). This allows customers to attach N series gateways to their SVC storage pool, helping to enable heterogeneous file sharing and block level virtualization.

The IBM System Storage N5600 and SnapManager for Oracle will be generally available in early December. The N5600 will be offered at a starting list price of $97,500, while SnapManager for Oracle will be offered at a list price of $3,125 per managed host. Interoperability between N series gateway devices and IBM’s SVC will be available in December.

Infrastructure 

Totalidea Software released TweakVI, an application that adds up to 26 time-saving productivity improvements to Windows Vista.

TweakVI’s registry cleaner cleans up the systems registry and has the option to create a 256MB RAM drive to allow for quick access to files and folders.

TweakVI v1.0 gives you instant access to hidden Windows XP settings. Users, for example, can make the Windows Vista fade in and out, tweak desktop settings and customize the Start menu. The Ultimate version of TweakVI has an auto-system-optimizing feature to optimize Vista.

The software includes several options to configure User Account Control, a Vista security feature. TweakVI v1.0 detects available updates, installs them and removes backups of installed updates for more hard drive space.

TweakVI lets you lock applications so others cannot run them. In addition to locking applications, TweakVI also lets you hide and lock folders so they cannot be accessed by other people or programs.

The program contains a built-in table of the most popular Internet Service Providers’ configurations contains information that lets you increase throughput.

TweakVI v1.0 is available in three different editions. These include the free Basic Edition, the Premium Edition, which gives you access to much more tweaking and system optimization features, and the Ultimate Edition, for complete control on Windows Vista. The Premium’ Edition costs US$ 29.95 and the Ultimate Edition costs US$ 39.95. TweakVI v1.0 is available at http://www.totalidea.com

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