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PRODUCTS: The latest from Sourcefire, Siemens, Norton, ShoreTel, SonicWall, Acer, Compuware, Quest and SolarWinds

PRODUCTS: The latest from Sourcefire, Siemens, Norton, ShoreTel, SonicWall, Acer, Compuware, Quest and SolarWinds

Includes news on security solutions, software, smartphone integration solutions, notebooks, eBooks, email migration and multi-interface monitoring

Sourcefire expands its Agile Security portfolio

Cybersecurity solutions company, Sourcefire has expanded its Agile Security vision portfolio with improvements to its 3D8000 series, and the addition of a new 3D7000 range of appliances for mid-range performance networks.

Built with Sourcefire’s FirePower technology, the products offer a new SSL Appliance for enhanced SSL decryption.

Improvements to the 3D8000 range, which adapts to modular and programmable fail-open interfaces (3D8130, 3D8120), include quad stacking (3D8250) for over 40Gbps of IPS inspection in 10Gbps performance stages.

Additionally, with up to 2Gbps of SSL traffic decryption in up to 10Gbps of overall traffic, the Sourcefire SSL 2000 appliance is designed to provide an inside vision of encrypted communications.

Siemens plans to release new version of its Femap software

Siemens PLM Software has made available a new version of its Femap Software, a pre- and post-processor for engineering finite element analysis (FEA) running on Windows OS. Siemens is a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.

The new features of the Femap 10.3 include: a new automatic geometry preparation feature, a revised user interface feature which supports interactive model set-up for the aeroelastic analysis capability of NX Nastran and the addition of the Free Body Tool to the Femap Postprocessing Toolbox.

The Femap 10.3 is expected to be available in November.

Norton 360 version 6.0 in public beta open for public testing

Norton by Symantec, a security solutions company, has released the beta of its Norton 360 version 6.0 software for free download.

According to Norton, the product out-performs its predecessor, the 5.0, by over 50 per cent on file copy impact. New protection and usability improvements include: Norton Identity Safe in the Cloud, Norton Management, download insight stability rating and bandwidth management.

The 6.0 beta is a free download, and is available from the Norton Beta Center.

ShoreTel upgrades its ShoreTel Mobility capability

ShoreTel has announced an update to its ShoreTel Mobility, a smartphone integration solution that integrates leading smartphones and tablets with leading IP PBX systems.

ShoreTel is a provider of unified communications (UC) solutions built on its IP business phone system.

The updates include extended compatibility to cater for latest devices on the BlackBerry OS 6 platform, as well as native telephony interface integration on Android OS 2.2+ devices.

ShoreTel stated that its software, by switching networks automatically between wireless and cellular, will reduce usage cost by up to 70 per cent. The update is also designed to initiate the application-layer SSL VPN when users are outside enterprise firewalls.

The latest version of ShoreTel Mobility is available through the ShoreTel website, and will be shipped in November.

SonicWall launches Application Traffic Analytics suite

Network security and data protection solutions provider, SonicWall has released its Application Traffic Analytics software suite consisting of the GMS 7.0, Analyzer, and Scrutinizer solutions.

The software suite is designed to deliver real-time insight into application and data traffic flowing through a network in order to prepare for and avoid bandwidth spikes, security threats, inappropriate application usage and network outages.

The SonicWall GMS 7.0 (Global Management System) is a solution for monitoring, managing, and reporting on SonicWall appliances. Its features include: centralised security, universal dashboard, real-time policy and compliance reporting, license management, centralised logging, syslog reporting, custom reporting and activity visualisation, cross-platform reporting, active-decide monitoring, and SNMP support.

The Analyzer is similar to the GMS 7.0, but is targeted at SMB networks. Containing most of the same reporting features, it is a web-based tool that supports SonicWall firewalls, backup and recovery appliances, and secure remote access devices. Reports include: real-time and historical traffic analysis, graphical reports, user centric reports, next-gen syslog reporting, Secure Remote Access (SRA) and Continuous Data Protection (CDP) event reporting, and universal scheduled reports.

SonicWall’s Scrutinizer is a multi-vendor, application traffic analytics and reporting tool that measures and troubleshoots network performance and utilisation. It provides deep packet analysis, jitter/latency monitoring, automated reports and customisable dashboards. The Scrutinizer also provides insight into application traffic analysis from IPFIX/NetFlow data exported by SonicWall firewalls.

The SonicWall Scrutinizer is available for $US3,495. The SonicWall Analyser ($US125) and GMS 7.0 (price unchanged) will be available in November.

Acer’s TravelMate 8481 notebook designed for the mobile user

Acer is catering for portable computing with the addition of the TravelMate 8481 to its notebook portfolio.

Built with a second generation Intel Core i5 processor, the TravelMate 8481 offers a 14-inch LED display with 1366x768 HD resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. It utilises Nvidia Optimus technology to boost graphic performance, while also allowing multi-monitor support.

Operating on 4GB of DDR3 memory, the 8481 contains a standard HDD with up to 320GB of space and a SSD (mSata) with up to 120GB capacity.

Designed for lower power consumption to accommodate for mobile users, the TravelMate 8481 offers a nine-hour battery life, with an optional eight cell battery to ensure three times the standard battery life cycle.

The product comes with multiple connectivity options – including 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, multi-in-1 car reader, Bluetooth 2.1, DMI out, and USB 3.0. It utilises Intel Wireless Display technology for projection via HD displays via a wireless connection. It operates on Acer’s InstantView, a Linux based light OS made for fast boot up.

The portable computing solution is 22mm at its thinnest, weighing in at 1.5kg. It is built with Acer FineTouch keyboard, and a touchpad which allows for multi-touch commands. Acer TravelMate 8481 is available for $1599.

Compuware releases Web Load Testing for Dummies eBook

Technology performance company, Compuware has released the “Web Load Testing for Dummies” eBook. Composed by PerfTestPlus founder and chief technologist, Scott Barber, and Compuware Web load testing product manager, Colin Mason, the guide assesses the importance of Web load testing and its impact on business.

The eBook’s main focus is to explain how Web load testing helps enable better website performance, when to load test, and why web performance directly impacts business.

The eBook is available from Compuware’s website.

Quest shifts email to the Cloud

IT management vendor, Quest Software has launched its OnDemand Migration for Email for migrating from on-premise Microsoft Exchange or Google Gmail environments to the Microsoft Office 365 cloud email platform.

According to the company, the solution, which is targeted at small businesses, distributed enterprises and education institution, removes the necessity to install or maintain software for the move.

OnDemand Migration for Email is available in a Self-Service Edition, and offers: easy set-up, self-migration, contextual help and migration project monitoring.

The Administrator Edition goes further to include: multi-threaded migration to support multiple, simultaneous migrations, phased approach migration, data filtering, mailbox authentication by authorised personnel for migrating user mailboxes without knowing or resetting user passwords.

SolarWinds’ Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor for multi-interface monitoring

IT management software provider, SolarWinds, has released a free tool designed to monitor interfaces with sub-second polling for troubleshooting.

The Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor is designed for monitoring multiple interfaces simultaneously. Users enter device information and log-in credentials before selecting an interface from a list produced by the discovery feature.

SolarWinds vice-president of technology, Josh Stephens, said, “With this free tool, you see what is happening in real time when making changes to the network, or try to catch transient network traffic issues that might be hard to find with slower polling intervals.”

The Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor is available as a free download from the SolarWinds website.


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