Products of the Week

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

Products of the Week

Cool new announcements from Websense, F5, Tandberg, and others.

RIM BlackBerry Storm

Key features: TFirst BlackBerry with a touchscreen interface. 1GB of built-in memory and a microSD card slot that can hold up to 16GB of additional storage. Users can surf the web and download e-mail using either EV-DO Rev. A or HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access), but there is no Wi-Fi. More info .

Related story: First BlackBerry touchscreen device to storm Verizon, Vodafone networks

Websense Data Security Endpoint

Key features: This first release of the Websense Data Security Endpoint software for Windows XP and 2003 is a data-loss prevention tool used to protect confidential data on the desktop by monitoring for confidential data, and if wished, blocking it from transmission. It comes with 600 built-in data classifiers. More info here .

Proofpoint 5.5

Key features: The updated version of Proofpoint's e-mail security product, available as a hardware appliance or software-as-service, adds a way to block so-called "backscatter" spam. Its data-leak prevention capabilities are enhanced to support Japanese, Chinese and Russian character sets. More info here .

F5 ARX4000 and Data Manager

Key features: ARX4000 is a file virtualization system that supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet and up to 2 billion files per device. ARX4000 simplifies management of large amounts of unstructured storage, automating the tiering of storage and reducing backup complexity. Data Manager gives customers granular visibility into file storage systems, including usage patterns and trends. More info .

IBM BladeCenter S

Key features: First launched in 2007, BladeCenter S computing systems are being upgraded with shared storage that will let small and medium-sized businesses consolidate multiple storage devices onto a single system. IBM is also adding a Start Now Advisor tool that shortens setup time, and an alert system that automatically tells IBM or a customer's service provider about any problems. More info here .

Tandberg Telepresence T-3

Key features: This is a high-end room-based telepresence system that has HD video and sound as well as studio-grade lighting and LCD-lit wall panels to provide uniform backdrops. Desks for participants to sit at come with it and are fitted with 22-inch touch-screens for controlling the system and for displaying work that particpants collaborate on. More info .

Related story: Tandberg uncorks telepresence package

eIQnetworks SecureVue 3.1

Key features: Workflow capabilities that tracks the resolution of identified security concerns by creating a ticket that can be accessed and edited by different internal teams; an agent customers can choose to install on network nodes to collect and correlate device-level information; and a new user interface with dashboards, monitors and HTML and PDF reports. More info here .

Past story: Software manages security risks

SonicWall NSA 240

Key features: Based on software from larger NSA boxes, NSA 240 is designed for branch offices where it might not otherwise be cost-effective to insall a unified threat management system. The NSA 240 can be managed by SonicWall's Global Management System, the same platform for managing larger NSA devices. More info here .

Related story: SonicWall launches UTM security box

Array Networks SPX gateways

Key features: A new family of hardware for Array's SPX family of security gateways that support a firewall, SSL VPN, NAC, application filtering and remote control. The five new products - SPX 1800, SPX 2800, SPX 4800, SPX 5800 and SPX 6800 - have higher throughput than the previous SPX equipment are smaller and use less power. The old family of SPX gateways will be phased out over the next few years. More info here .

Infoblox NIOS software version 4.3r2

Key features: DNS firewall capability that enables network managers to protect internal servers from malicious attacks; and DNS protocol monitoring that identifies the pattern, or fingerprint, of attacks to more easily detect and mitigate them in the future. More info here .

Related story: Infoblox upgrade thwarts DNS attacks

Socialtext 3.0

Key features: Socialtext delivers a software-as-a-service and appliance-based enterprise collaboration platform with wikis, blogs, and personalized dashboards. The new version includes Socialtext People, a Facebook-like tool for enterprises, and other enhancements to improve usability and integration of social networking tools. Socialtext is also developing a Twitter-like application called Signals, which is in a limited beta trial. More info here .

Have you gotten an early look at any of these products? If so, let us know what you think .