Infrastructure 

Director takes on virtualization workload

IBM introduced a systems management portfolio allowing companies to discover, monitor and manage diverse virtual and physical computing resources from a common portal, including IBM and non-IBM systems and software.

The IBM Systems Director series allows clients to better manage all of their virtual and physical resources in the data centre, working wit Tivoli offerings to provide cross-enterprise service management. Part of IBM’s Systems Director series, the IBM

Virtualization Manager software offering significantly reduces the number of management tools needed to support multiple types of servers.

The Virtualization Manager dashboard operates in a Web-based user interface and allows businesses to manage technology resources like they would a financial portfolio, moving computing workloads to key areas of the data centre that will drive productivity, identify problems in the infrastructure, grow existing workloads, and add or delete computing resources. IBM Virtualization Manager includes initial support for VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server, Xen and POWER-based virtualization offerings. Clients can also leverage the capabilities of VMware’s VirtualCenter by integrating it into IBM Director to provide a single point of management.

Clients of IBM System x, BladeCenter, System p, System i or System z can download IBM Virtualization Manager.  The software runs on Windows and Linux for System x and BladeCenter.  The software will support VMware, Xen, Microsoft Virtual Server, and System p and i virtualization. 

Data Management 

PhraseExpress aims to reduce typing time

Bartels Media, Inc. has released PhraseExpress v3, a typing utility program which organizes frequently-used text phrases and reduces repetitive typing.

PhraseExpress provides the AutoCorrect feature – as it is known in Microsoft Office – in any application. Abbreviations such as “kr” are expanded into full phrases like “kind regards” while the user types. This feature now also works in Internet browsers, chat programs or any other program.

PhraseExpress compares the amount of characters of the pasted phrases against the user’s average typing speed and displays the time and money saved. The PhraseExpress Server allows sharing common phrases in a network environment. Changes on the shared database are instantly synchronized on all workstations.

PhraseExpress is free for personal use, runs under Windows 98 (or better), and the Commercial Edition costs US$19.95. 

Titanize promises quick synching of files 

Opelin Inc. has announced Titanize, a personal content manager whose integration of the PC and Internet provides 0-click and 1-click ease for users to protect, access, sync, share and publish their files. 

Upon launch, Titanize performs 0-click Backup, automatically encrypting and backing up the user’s files to a secure Internet location. The user doesn’t have to manually move files to an Internet drive or location. If a user loses the computer, the drive, or any files, with 1-click restore all missing files will be returned to their original folders.

Titanize lets users access and search their backed-up files in their original folder names and hierarchy from any Internet connection by simply logging onto the company’s Web site. Users can sync files among their computers with 1-click Sync, eliminating the need to use CDs or thumb drives to transfer files, and the hassle of remembering which files have changed. A user can sync files from a work computer with a PC at home, or across multiple computers in the same location. Titanize lets the user share large files instantly via the Internet, and with 0-click Auto-update, recipients automatically receive updates if the sender later edits the files. Titanize subscriptions start at US$5 per month (US$60/yr) for 5GB of space. 

AutoVue designed to SharePoint

Cimmetry Systems Corp. announced AutoVue v 19.1 Client-Server, Web Edition for
Microsoft SharePoint 2003. AutoVue 19.1 for SharePoint is designed to enhance Microsoft SharePoint
collaboration capabilities by adding  visualization, markup, digital mockup and real-time collaboration features for hundreds of native document formats, including
2D/3D CAD, EDA, image and Office.

AutoVue leverages SharePoint’s version control and browse capability for easier project collaboration. All markups are  saved directly into SharePoint, providing a single point of access  or team design review.

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