|The Big Launch: Dynamics GP offers MS Office integration|
Microsoft launched Dynamics GP, a business management solution that combines the capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions-Great Plains) with a Microsoft Office-like interface.
Microsoft offers up server software for manufacturing, HPC
Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Beta 2 is now publicly available. Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 is a 64-bit solution designed to accelerate time to insight by offering a high-performance computing (HPC) platform that is simple to deploy, operate and integrate with existing infrastructure and tools. Microsoft is working with more than 20 software partners across manufacturing, life sciences and geosciences, and other industries to offer a set of commercial applications available on Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.
The company announced the December RTM of System Center Capacity Planner 2006, which brings an unprecedented level of functionality and flexibility to the process of performance analysis and planning of Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 system deployments. Microsoft also detailed plans for a midmarket offering called System Center Essentials. The new product will bring the commitment of the Dynamic Systems Initiative to midsize companies, allowing them to easily and cost-effectively secure, update, monitor and track their IT environment and better support end users.
FrontRange adds inventory, knowledge management
Updates to ITSM 5.0.4 include Outlook Calendar integration to automatically or interactively add and update task items to public folders or recipient’s default tasks folder. E-mail Parsing for mapping e-mail content to update objects within ITSM, enhanced LDAP integration for scheduling imports with specific users or record limits and inventory management are also available.
The FrontRange Inventory Management Module provides automatic discovery capabilities for collecting data on computer, printers and network devices that are network connected and /or SNMP enabled. However, it also is also designed to enable non-network connect assets to be managed by providing a manual interface for inventory items to be entered into the CMDB via data entry forms.
Hummingbird Enterprise includes Outlook Client
The Hummingbird Enterprise Client for Microsoft Outlook provides an interactive, business-based view of the entire suite of Hummingbird Enterprise functionality from within Microsoft Outlook. At its core is Hummingbird Enterprise Workflow that links content lifecycle processes by automating critical business tasks and simplifying repetitive activities associated with content creation, profiling and records retention and disposition practices. Features include a repository for managing documents, e-mail, Web content, digital assets, and physical and electronic records. Reporting and auditing facilities alert management as to how content is used and by whom in accordance with compliance requirements.
Enterprise also includes Content Drive, which can control how an application talks to a repository. All file operations to the content repository are handled natively at the Microsoft operating system kernel level, eliminating the need to write and maintain specific code to transfer documents.
IntelliChief promises paperless process management
Supporting iSeries 400, MS-Windows, and any browser based platform (for retrieval), IntelliChief works with servers running the Pentium 4 processor or higher with minimum 500MB RAM, Java Development Kit v1.4 or higher (open source, no charge download), JBoss application server v4.02 and higher (open source, no charge download), FTP Server (any type), .NET Framework 2.0 and above (for thick clients). It can integrate with any existing Web server including Microsoft IIS 5.0 and higher or Apache 1.3 and higher, and allows e-mail integration with Novell GroupWise, Lotus Domino/Notes, Microsoft Exchange, and SMTP servers.
Individual components of the IntelliChief suite are priced from US$4,995 with fully configured systems expected to average US$50,000 per installation including software, scanning hardware as well as professional services for installation, implementation, and training.
Adobe aims LiveCycle at financial services
Based on Adobe LiveCycle software and developed and distributed by Satyam, the Intelligent Statements solution allows banks and other financial institutions to add transaction-level intelligence to electronic statements, which are batch-processed and delivered to customers in Adobe PDF. Using the free Adobe Reader software, customers can view and interact with these statements for transactions such as updating personal information, disputing an erroneous transaction, or taking advantage of a special offer. Once the customer clicks the submit button, the data is protected and automatically sent back to the institution’s core systems for processing. Additionally, the statement can be saved to a local hard drive for completion or submission at a later time.
MXtreme 6.0 can also block attacks and unwanted email at the network edge via policy integration with F5 BIG-IP and Cisco IOS devices located at the perimeter of the network.
The new detailed policy controls in MXtreme 6.0 allow organizations to centrally manage and enforce corporate email policies based on any part of a mail message including attachments.
The MXtreme Privacy and Compliance Engine combines granular content filtering, detection of regulated content and pre-defined, customizable compliance dictionaries to identify content that must be secured. Messages are then processed based on pre-defined policies typically using encryption. In addition to default TLS/SSL connections, MXtreme 6.0 uses industry standard S/MIME and PGP integrated with third party encryption engines from PostX and PGP. Pricing for the base MXtreme product starts at USD $4,750. Solution bundles are available for an email security solution and a privacy and compliance solution. Additional modules can be purchased to address specific business requirements including the F5/Cisco connector, encryption module, on-demand clustering and message-level redundancy.
iPIG keeps taps on e-mail, Web sites
iPIG works with Wi-Fi, WLAN, 802.11 a/b/g, wired Ethernet, and any kind of Internet connection. iPIG requires no configuration of any kind. Simply start your favorite Web browser, e-mail client, or chat software, and switch iPIG encryption on. iPIG also works with all major firewall software, including ZoneAlarm and Norton Internet Security.
iOpus Private Internet Gateway runs under Windows 2000/XP/2003 and is available without charge (freeware). Optionally, if you want to set up your own iPig VPN server, the iPig Server Express Edition supports up to five users, and is also available without charge. In addition, the iPig Server PRO Edition, which allows an unlimited number of users, is available for US$99.95.
DeltaSpy keeps an eye on Web sites
You can view updated sites in DeltaSpy’s built-in browser. All of the changes are highlighte. Even if the changes on a competitor’s site are small, DeltaSpy finds and highlights them. You can tell DeltaSpy to ignore some portions of the selected Web sites. For example, you don’t want to be notified each time a web site’s visitor count changes, or each time the site updates its date/time stamp.
Web sites are listed in an Explorer-like tree structure. You can tell DeltaSpy to check a site immediately, or you can create a regular monitoring schedule. To add a new site, simply drag and drop its URL into your list of sites.
When monitoring blogs, DeltaSpy understands data formats including RSS, RDF, and Atom. DeltaSpy can even be set to monitor changes in text files that are available online.
DeltaSpy costs US$39.95 for a single-user license, runs under Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003.
The Cisco Wireless Services Module (WiSM) is a network adapter card that operates within a Catalyst 6500 Series switch. Each Catalyst 6500 series switch with the Wireless Services Module can centrally control and manage up to 1,500 lightweight access points (APs) per chassis, with each module supporting 300 APs. This solution also supports up to 3,600 APs per roaming domain, clustering across modules, non-blocking and high-availability performance, zero-touch AP configuration for large-scale deployments and enhanced wireless LAN intrusion prevention capabilities.
The Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Module provides enhanced security features, such as wireless intrusion protection. It supports up to six lightweight APs, and with its zero-touch capabilities, it automatically handles AP configuration, monitoring and management.
BoostSpeed 3.3 combines 15 modules
BoostSpeed 3.3 includes a registry defragmenter that allows users to scan, analyze and optimize registry structure. An Internet Optimization Wizard is designed to improve Internet connection performance. Other features include the ability to tweak every aspect of Internet connection manually, the ability to view connections statistics, and traffic by graph, optimization of ICQ, MSN Messenger, Outlook Express and Norton SystemWorks and a Banner Killer to stop banner ads.
PRTG Traffic Grapher monitors bandwidth use
PRTG Traffic Grapher runs on a Windows system 24 hours a day, constantly observing the network’s usage. All common methods for data acquisition are supported, including Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), packet sniffing, and Netflow.With the launch of version 5, Paessler adds network protocol analysis and improves PRTG’s support for larger networks. The new network protocol analysis scans each network packet and accounts for the source address, target address and the protocol. This provides detailed traffic statistics for each computer or each network application. From this data PRTG compiles up-to-the-minute lists of the network’s Top Talkers, Top Connections and Top Protocols. Top Talkers shows the systems in the network with the highest bandwidth usage; Top Connections shows the pairs of PCs that exchange the most data packets and Top Protocols shows which Internet protocols use up the bandwidth.
Other new features include a redesigned user interface to make it more suitable for larger networks with hundreds or thousands of sensors. A new reporting system that includes a billing system for ISPs, user management and many other enhancements are also included.
The fully functional freeware version of PRTG Traffic Grapher 5, which was upgraded to now support up to three sensors, can be downloaded free. Commercial editions are available starting at US$49.95.
SATABeast is designed with 21TB of storage capacity in 4U of rack space and can scale to 210 cost-correct terabytes of capacity in a single rack. Its AutoMAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) function allows SATABeast to place its disk drives to an idle state to conserve energy yet provide near-instantaneous access to data.
Each RAID controller is configured with dual high-performance 2 Gigabit Fibre Channel SFP LC host ports powering the SATABeast to sustained reads speeds of over 700 MB/s. Triple intake fans paired with two redundant 760-watt power supplies with tachometer-monitored blowers provide power and cooling. Nexsan’s SATABeast is available at a suggested manufacturer’s price of around US$2100 per terabyte.
Bobcat takes FastPath to NAS data
The Bobcat 2280 includes the FastPath streaming performance accelerator chip that enables 300 Mbps sustained reads and 265 Mbps sustained writes. Integrated n-way clustering capability allows aggregate throughput to grow linearly to 1.2GB per second as NAS Gateways are added to the cluster.
The Bobcat 2280’s purpose-built hardware platform employs 64-bit network processors. Capable of 300 Mbps throughput, the Bobcat 2280 NAS Gateway occupies 1U of rack height and consumes 160 watts.
The Bobcat 2280 NAS Gateway is available from ONStor resellers and system integrators worldwide and has a list price of US$59,000.
CanIt-SMB is available as a pre-configured plug-and-play appliance or as a ‘soft’ appliance download. The soft appliance option allows organizations to create their own fully-functioning CanIt anti spam appliance using existing in-house computer hardware or equipment from their preferred hardware supplier.
Eloqua offers marketing tools for SMBs
Eloqua Express allows users to create and deploy personalized e-mail campaigns while building rich prospect profiles by tracking campaign responses, including e-mail opens and click-throughs, all Web site visits and search engine queries. It can report all prospect activity, behavior and interest to sales teams via deep integration with CRM, deploy personalized landing pages and pre-filled contact forms to maximize conversion rates.
Systems Solutions for Branch Banking provides functions and services that can be used with in-branch applications, such as wireless networking, local storage backup and restore, and management of automated teller machines (ATMs). The offering also includes IBM Director software for central office management of the infrastructure and software deployment.
Systems Solutions for Branch Banking includes a variety of solution options, including the option of using VMware virtual infrastructure to support several base operating systems, including versions of Windows and Linux, on a single blade server. Provisioning systems such as Altiris Deployment Solution are available, and Datacom Systems has recently made available an IBM BladeCenter version of its video surveillance system. IBM is also unveiling the next solution in its Virtualized Hosted Client Infrastructure portfolio with BladeCenter, VMware and ClearCube.