Network World's Products of the Week

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

Products of the Week

Cool new announcements from Google, HP, Fortisphere, Embotics, Panda Software, Novell, BMC, and others.

Google Chrome

Key features: Google's new browser is designed to be clean and fast, with improved speed and responsiveness. Chrome keeps each tab in an isolated "sandbox" to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. Chrome boasts a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren't even possible in today's browsers. Chrome is currently available for Windows only (Mac and Linux versions are in the works). Another feature is open source (includes components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox). More info here .

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Apani EpiForce VM

Key features: Provides the ability to manage and deploy policy to virtual or physical servers and endpoints; includes a centralized management console which offers a view of all Apani-managed machines; and lets administrators migrate EpiForce VM-protected virtual machines across physical hosts with no disruption of security policy. More info .

Securing virtualized data centers

HP SiteScope

Key features: Provides insight into the performance and availability of physical and individual virtual servers via agent-less monitoring capabilities; collects management data to automate event monitoring; and connects to VMware ESX Server to configure monitoring of virtual machines. More info here .

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VKernel SearchMyVM

Key features: A "Google-like" interface enables users to search more than 75 attributes across virtual machines, hosts, clusters, storage, resource pools, files, snapshots, VMware tools, applications and configuration information. More info .

Related story: Virtual management start-up snags $4.6M IT Service Management Suite

Key features: Workflow functionality provides customers with the ability to drag and drop all system tasks; enhanced user interface includes a system diagnostics page that provides at-a-glance stats for an instance or a cluster; suite combines ITIL version 3 recommendations with Web 2.0 technology delivered in a software-as-a-service model. More info here

Related story: - SaaS vendor delivering ITIL process help

BMC Run Book Automation VMware Adapter

Key features: Enables IT staff to automate common tasks across VMware virtual environments. More info here .

Related story: BMC delivers automation software suite .

Gambit Communications MIMIC Virtual Lab CCNA 3.42

Key features: Ability to configure VLANs with the support for the protocol Rapid-PVST; hands-on experience with Cisco Routers (2811, 3640 and 7206) and Cisco Switches (2950, 3550 and 6500); support for configuration of Frame Relay mappings and for IPv6 addressing and commands in addition to IPv4. More info here .

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Embotics V-Scout

Key features: Connects to VMware VirtualCenter to track virtual machines across VMware environments; automatically populates itself with custom data in VirtualCenter; and generates reports on numerous metrics such as disk space used, CPU count and connection state. More info here .

Related story: Embotics adds granular policy control to virtual management

Shavlik Technologies

Key features: Extends Shavlik's Any Patch/Any Where assessment technology to offline virtual images and fully automates continuous patch assessment and deployment. More info here .

Related story: Shavlik adds virtual-machine patch management

Fortisphere Virtual Essentials 2.0

Key features: Agentless inspection of virtual machines online and offline; automated configuration analysis that identifies configuration drift and triggers the remediation process; and more than 40 new policy rules and reports for offline VMs, change management, configuration management, sprawl management and infrastructure activity. More info here .

Related story: Start-up touts smart virtualization growth, management

Fluke Networks

Key features: Improves delivery of business services by pinpointing the root cause of network performance issues with a new high-end application performance appliance and a software analytics engine. More info here .

Related story: Fluke Networks tackles unified performance management

Panda Software

Key features: This 2009 edition of Panda Software's anti-virus and desktop security software includes a scanner that proactively monitors for any attempts to steal data, behavior-based malware detection and a parental-control mechanism to set children's use of the Internet. More info here .

Novell Compliance Management Platform

Key features: Combines two of Novell's existing server-based products, Identity Manager 3.6 and Sentinel 6.1, to make provisioning and access control a monitored activity kept in conformance with business security policy. More info here .

Related story: Novell unites identity management, security-event management .

Trend Micro Communication and Collaboration Security

Key features: This security-software package combines ScanMail for Microsoft Exchange and Trend Micro's instant-messaging security software, which adds support for the latest version of Microsoft Office Communications Server, to provide integrated management protection for Exchange and Sharepoint, using Trend Micro's SmartProtection reputation services. More info here .

SMC Networks

Key features: This is an update of a previous model, both aimed at the SMB market and designed for quick, simple Wi-Fi hotspot deployments in hotel, restaurant, resort and other common areas. As before, it supports 54Mbps 802.11g (and 11b) clients, has a built-in 4-port 10/100 LAN switch, a WAN port (for Ethernet or DSL), and supports Power-over-Ethernet. What's new is support for robust authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) services for wireless and wired clients, and an Ethernet interface for the gateway's bundled point-of-sale printer/keyboard (previously tethered only via a printer cable) for tickets and receipts. More info here .

Surgient Virtual Automation Platform 6.0

Key features: Enables self-service capabilities that lets end users reserve, provision and access computing environments based on their needs and schedules. More info here .

Related story: Surgient updates virtual lab software with VMware, Vista support

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

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