Products-June 2006

Smarts Application Discovery Manager finds 500 applications, detects info using SNMP
HOPKINTON, Mass. – EMC Corp. is shipping its Smarts Application Discovery Manager software, designed to give users information on how applications behave and interact with the IT infrastructure.

It can detect more than 500 off-the-shelf applications and create port- and service-based applications. The software includes user-controlled configuration discovery using Simple Network Management Protocol, SSH, WMI, Telnet and IP scanning. It gives information on server configuration, including BIOS, CPUs, domain naming system information, file systems, IP addresses, memory, network devices and operating systems.

Application Discovery Manager also includes change-tracking capabilities. For example, it can create and maintain a log of changes to hardware and software configurations, including application components, configuration files, deployed applications, file systems, installed applications, IP addresses, memory and patches.

EMC claims the software can also identify servers and applications which are “vital to business operations,” such as application or database servers supporting critical business processes.

Its alert capabilities deliver notifications when configurations change.

Application Discovery Manager is touted as a product that “eases the deployment” of information lifecycle management strategies.

Alcatel OmniSwitch 6850 series includes power over Ethernet, GigE to the desktop

PARIS — Alcatel SA has announced a family of Gigabit Ethernet switches with power over Ethernet (PoE) capability.

The OmniSwitch 6850s include the Alcatel Operating System (AOS), Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop and 10 Gigabit uplinks. The OmniSwitch 6850L provides Fast Ethernet to the desktop, and can be upgraded to Gigabit using software.

They are available in both 24-port and 48-port configurations with either DC or AC power, with or without 10-Gigabit uplinks. Eight can be stacked together for a total capacity of 384 Gigabit ports and 16 10-Gigabit ports.

Both the 6850 and 6850L include Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing, plus both Internet Protocol version 4 and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) capability. Its various power options allow companies to use it either as a workgroup switch or in a wiring closet, Alcatel claims.

Security features include Alcatel Access Guardian — which is designed to authenticate devices on the network using the strongest authentication supported by those devices, such as 802.1X or MAC addresses — and auto-sense authentication.

Prices start at US$3,995 for the 6850-24 model. The 6850 is available now and the 6850L is scheduled to ship this summer.

USRobotics access point detects rogues, creates VLANs
CHICAGO — USRobotics has announced the USR5453 Professional Access Point, an 802.11b/g device designed for use either in a hot spot or in a corporate network.

It can connect to clients and can provide bridging between two local-area networks (LANs).

Security features include multi-SSID and multi-BSSID to segregate employee and guest traffic. It supports virtual LANs, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2, 802.11i and 64/128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption. Administrators can disable the SSID broadcast, and the device can detect rogue APs.

It can be managed via a Web interface, Telnet, SSH or through third-party SNMP software. It includes a proprietary discovery protocol, which detects other USR5453s on the network, and load balancing across multiple access points. The dynamic channel planning and auto channel selection is designed to assign initial channels and ensure the access points maintain “optimal channel configuration.”

The list price is US$179.99

EMC announces CLARiiON CX3, EX150 and DL210 disk arrays
HOPKINTON, Mass. — EMC Corp. has added three new products to its CLARiiON line of networked storage offerings.

The CX3 Ultrascale midrange storage array series supports four Gigabits per second end to end. It can be configured for both direct-attach and storage-area networking. EMC is shipping three models: the CX3-20, which supports up to 128 hosts and scales from 365 GB to 59 TB; the CX3-40, which can scale to 119 TB and supports 2 Gbps Low-Cost Fiber Channel drives and 4 Gbps Fiber Channel drives in the same system; and the CX3-80, which scales to 239 TB and supports 256 hosts.

It includes EMC’s Virtual Logic Unit Number software, which lets companies move data from 2 Gbps to 4 Gbps Fiber Channel drives, or to 2 Gbps Low-Cost Fiber Channel drives within the array.

EMC’s CLARiiON AX150 and AX150i systems, which are also available from Dell Computer Corp., supports up to 10 host servers and scales from 750 GB to 10 TB. The AX150i supports iSCSI. Both can support up to eight concurrent array-based data snapshots.

It includes a Web-based iSCSI installation wizard. Options include dual controller and redundant power supplies.

The vendor is also shipping the CLARiiON DL210 disk library, which uses 500 GB Serial ATA disk drives and can scale to 500 GB. When combined with EMC NetWorker 7.3, the DL210 provides disk-based recovery of applications. and a common management platform for both virtual and physical tapes.

Senforce ships NAC security policy app, Cisco unveils ACE for Catalyst 6500s
Senforce Technologies Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. have unveiled their latest network security offerings.

Draper, Utah-based Senforce is shipping its intelligent Network Access Control (iNAC), which is designed to ensure all clients, including personal computers and personal digital assistants, comply with corporate security policies and contain no threats before they gain access to the network. It compares the security state of a device that is attempting to connect to the network to a set of policies defined by the network administrator.

It can test devices through LAN, virtual private networks or Wi-Fi connections.

Pricing starts at US$65 per user.
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Cisco Systems Inc. is shipping the Application Control Engine (ACE), a multi-service module for its Catalyst 6500 Series Switch, which provides security for up to 16 Gigabits per second of traffic.

Features include virtual partitions, per-partition resource allocation, role-based access control and an XML management application programming interface.

The virtual partitioning allows IT managers to create up to 250 logical devices, which can be managed and operated separately. When combined with Cisco’s Application Velocity System, ACE provides security functions such as bi-directional protection of application traffic, plus inspection and filtering and fix-up of data centre protocols.

The ACE an be managed with either Cisco Application Networking Manager or an XML-based API. It is available in configurations that support up to 4, 8 and 16 Gbps for US$39,995, US$59,995 and US$99,995 respectively.

McAfee ships IPS; Trend Micro unveils policy enforcer
McAfee Inc. and Trend Micro have unveiled their latest network security offerings.

Trend Micro Inc. of Tokyo has announced Network VirusWall Enforcer, a network access control appliance designed to ensure employees, visitors and partners can only connect to networks using virus-free devices that comply with corporate security policies.

Scheduled to ship this month, VirusWall Enforcer scans devices for security software, patches, updates and threats, using information from more than 20 anti-virus vendors.

Non-compliant devices are quarantined and the software attempts to clean them and ensure they comply with corporate security policies.
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Santa Clara, Calif.-based McAfee is shipping IntruShield 3.1, which includes intrusion prevention capabilities.

Using risk assessment information from McAfee Foundstone and open source vulnerability assessment systems, IntruShield 3.1 is designed to identify and block attacks. McAfee says the software also protects systems from denial of service and Syn flood attacks.

McAfee is also shipping IntruShield Security Manager Appliance, which manages IntruShield intrusion prevention installations. It lets administrators set different policies for different locations, business units and remote offices.

It has 14 pre-defined security policies and preset default intrusion prevention blocking. It also gets threat updates without rebooting.

Solana, WildPackets unveil monitoring, diagnostic tools
Solana Networks and WildPackets have announced diagnostic tools for enterprise networks.

Ottawa-based Solana is shipping the FalconView appliance, a route analytics product designed for small to mid-sized firms.

The device detects Layer 3 IP network data without using simple network management protocol (SNMP) polling.

It monitors networks and alerts administrators to problems such as link flapping, interface flapping and routing anomalies. It also lets network engineers simulate changes before implementing them.

WildPackets Inc. of Walnut Creek, Calif. is shipping two network analysis products in its OmniAnalysis Platform.

OmniSpectrum, a radiofrequency spectrum analyzer, runs on Windows notebook PCs and detects devices — including cordless phones, Bluetooth hardware and microwave ovens — that interfere with Wi-Fi networks.

OmniSpectrum identifies the type of device and, in some cases, the manufacturer and device model number. It includes Windows software and a CardBus PC card, and costs US$3,995.

WildPackets is also shipping OmniAnalysis version 4.0, which is designed to monitor and troubleshoot networks. OmniAnalysis Workgroup is designed for small to mid-sized businesses, while OmniAnalysis Enterprise is designed to troubleshoot larger networks, including those with full duplex Gigabit capability or wide-area networks.

OmniAnalysis now includes OmniPeek Workgroup, which costs US$995 and can analyze up to 500 conversations simultaneously from one network interface card. OmniPeek Workgroup Pro, which costs US$2,495, supports an unlimited number of conversations from multiple NICs. OmniEngine Workgroup can monitor different network topologies and costs US$1,995.

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