New Products – NAC Appliance 4.0

Cisco security appliances include network admission control

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco Systems Inc. is shipping three security appliances designed to enforce corporate policies and to prevent threats from spreading through corporate networks.

Cisco’s Network Admission Control Appliance 4.0 includes policy enforcement capabilities for local-area networks, remote offices, virtual private networks (VPNs) and wireless access points.

NAC Appliance 4.0 identifies users, including employees, contractors and guests, attempting to connect to the corporate network. It also identifies desktop and notebook PCs using Windows, Macintosh or Linux operating systems, personal digital assistants, printers and IP phones.

Cisco says it will block and quarantine devices and users that do not comply with corporate security policies.

Cisco is also adding two models, the 5505 and 5550, to its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) product set. ASA 5505 is designed for small businesses, branch offices and telecommuters, while the 5550 is aimed at larger networks operating in the gigabit range.

The ASA 5505 includes 150 Mbps of firewall throughput and 100 Mbps of VPN throughput, while the ASA 5550 has 1.2 Gbps of firewall throughput and supports 200 VPNs.


Backup software unveiled

Yosemite Technologies Inc. and Symantec Corp. have announced software designed to protect data in the event of system outages.

San Jose, Calif.-based Yosemite has upgraded its Yosemite Backup family, which now has a capacity of 8 TB for the standard version, designed for firms with fewer than 20 servers. The Advanced version, aimed at the enterprise market, now has a capacity of 16 TB.

Users can also upgrade to a version with unlimited capacity.

Its Disk-to-Disk-to-Any (D2D2Ne) option now includes Virtual Tape Library capabilities, which lets users create a VTL environment with general-purpose disk storage. This option costs US$699.

The standard version supports a single Windows, Linux or Netware server, plus unlimited desktops.


Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec Corp. is shipping Backup Exec System Recovery, formerly known as LiveState Recovery, which is available in server and desktop editions, plus a Windows Small Business Server edition.

The software is designed to create recovery points to different storage devices while users work. Symantec claims users can recover without having to reinstall operating systems, applications or settings. The desktop edition lets users schedule recovery points daily, hourly or at other intervals. The suggested retail prices are: US$69 per desktop for the desktop edition; US$1,095 per server for the server edition; and US$595 per server for the Windows Small Business Server edition.


EVERETT, Wash. – Fluke Networks is shipping AnalyzeAir, which is designed to troubleshoot wireless local-area networks.

The PC software can be installed on to either a notebook PC or one of Fluke’s OptiView Series II Integrated Network Analyzer appliances with an AnalyzeAir PC card. Fluke claims users can analyze surveys without any expertise in radiofrequency technology.

Based on technology from Cognio Inc., AnalyzeAir detects and identifies sources of radiofrequency interference, and locates security breaches, including jammers and Bluetooth rogues.

It can detect 2.4 GHz cordless phones, microwave oven and Bluetooth devices.

Accessories include a 2.4/5 GHz Omni antenna, directional antenna and mounting base.

System requirements, for users running the software on notebook PCs, are: Pentium series processor running at 1 GHz or faster; Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or XP SP 1 or 2; 512 MB of RAM and a CardBus slot.

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Famatech beta tests remote administration software

MOSCOW – Famatech International Corp. is beta testing version 3.0 of its Radmin remote control software, which includes 256-bit security and multi-user chat tools.

Version 3.0 includes global options for remote screen, file transfer and chat. The remote screen window supports multiple displays, smooth scaling, special keystrokes (including Alt-Tab), mouse wheel support, and the ability to launch other connections (including file transfer, chat, voice and telnet) from the Remote Screen window without entering passwords again.

Security features include 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard and an authentication method based on the Diffie-Hellman exchange with 1024-bit key size.


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