Network Solutions Briefs: CA, Packeteer, Foundry

Network Solutions Briefs: CA, Packeteer, Foundry

CA introduces latest version of Unicenter TNGComputer Associates has released the latest version of its Unicenter TNG Asset Management Option with added support for wireless and mobile devices from Microsoft and Palm. Version 3.1 of the software discovers networked devices and reports inventory to network professionals. It is installed on a server. When users log on, an agent is sent to each device where it assesses the configuration and applications on that PC or handheld. If anything varies from rules set by the net manager, the agents reconfigure the device or desktop to predefined standards. The release supports Linux, mobile Windows devices such as the Pocket PC and the Palm operating system. Version 3.1 is available now. RRP starts at $US2500.

Packeteer to solve the ‘last mile' with new productTraffic shaping specialist Packeteer has announced its latest products resulting from the acquisition of Workfire Technology last September, which are designed to speed Web content download times from the ISP to the end-user's desktop.

Referred to as the "last mile", this is traditionally the slowest point of connection with many people still using dial-in access over 28.8Kbps and 56Kbps modems.

Packeteer's AppCelera Internet Content Accelerator (ICX) 55 and ICX-75 products sit in front of an enterprise's Web server and cache, compress and optimise dynamic content based on the user's Internet connection and their Internet Browser capability. The ICX-75 product has a list price of $US18,000 and is available through LAN Systems.

In related news, Packeteer has just opened a Melbourne office to be headed by former UUNET WorldCom executive Peter Owen, who becomes Packeteer's territory manager handling WA, SA, Victoria and Tasmania.

Foundry scales Layer 2/3 switch market

Web switching manufacturer Foundry Networks has scaled down its core switching products in a scaled up attack on the Layer 2/3 switching market.

The company has launched its FastIron III product designed to provide a switching capacity of up to 61.9 million packets per second. The product offers up to 336 10/100 ports and eight Gigabit Ethernet ports to service enterprise customers with a single device.

The company's CEO, Bobby Johnson, claims the strategy is to apply the same high-availability switching technology that Foundry offers service providers to the enterprise customer.

Foundry's Ironware software release 7.2 will be generally available on February 15.

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