Products of the Week

Our round-up of intriguing new products announced last week.

Products of the Week

Cool new announcements from Sun, NetScout and CA and others.

Asempra's Business Continuity Appliance

Key features: This new appliance packages Asempra's Business Continuity Server into one 2U rack-mounted package providing storage and recovery capabilties and plug-and-play installation. Targeted at mid-sized companies, the appliance is designed for Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL and file server workloads. More info .

Sun Storage 6580 and 6780 arrays

Key features: Two new high-performance disk storage arrays from Sun are designed to help customers consolidate workloads and provide storage for a range of server architectures. The 6580 scales up to 256TB and the 6780 scales up to 448TB. More info .

Varonis DatAdvantage and DataPrivilege Version 4.0

Key features: Links data owners, users & IT for effective decision-making. Identifies the people responsible for unstructured data. Builds policies that put data owners in control. Provides business intelligence on data use. Protects data by enforcing business policies. More info.

Lieberman Software's Enterprise Random Password Manager v4.7

Key features: The password-manager software adds zone processing for geographically dispersed environments, encrypted vaults and audit-compliance reporting. More info .

NetScout's Sniffer Global

Key features: Enterprise-level portable network analyzer that pinpoints the root cause of network problems; provides integrated wireless LAN capabilities to analyze wired 10/100/1000 network and wireless 802.11a/b/g nets from the same portable tool; and offers insight into application performance to better understand how network resources are consumed. More info .

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KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance 4.3

Key features: Via a software licensing agreement with Lumension (formerly PatchLink and SecureWave), the systems management appliance now performs patch management capabilities such as scanning the environment for vulnerable machines, distributing patches to remote offices and automating security configuration policy enforcement to patch updates. More info .

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Service-now.com Winter 2009 release

Key features: Software-as-a-service IT service management software now includes global search capabilities to help IT managers find related system tasks, policies, incidents and changes faster; updated service catalog enables flexible pricing and presentation of content; and an integrated graphical workflow feature helps IT managers design process flows and automate tasks with the Web-based user interface. More info.

Related story: Service-now.com: SaaS vendor delivering ITIL process help

GroundWork Open Source Monitor 5.3

Key features: Enhanced maintainability via the BitRock Network Service, which notifies of available patches, updates and technical bulletins; added operational intelligence reporting for capacity planning and bottleneck identification; and upgraded support for Nagios 3.0.2, MySQL and PHP. More info here .

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CA's GRC Manager 2.0

Key features: Provides customizable, high-level risk monitoring dashboards; allows users to set and review details about individual risks, including risk scores and risk type; and enables users to see how various risk are trending over time. More info .

Related story: A deep dive into CA's GRC software

PacketTrap's Perspective 3.0

Key features: New ptFlow feature enables network managers to collect flow data from any device and analyze it as though it is Cisco's NetFlow protocol, helping them identify traffic patterns from multiple devices with one tool; adds Cisco VoIP and IP SLA support. More info.

Related story: PacketTrap offers its network management Perspective

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Symantec's Norton Utlities for Windows XP and Vista

Key features: This revival of the Norton Utilities brand for Windows XP and Vista includes an array of system optimization and clean-up tools aimed at producing improved PC performance and life span. More info.

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