Solit Solutions ApS has released SysOrb 2.0, a cross-platform network and systems monitoring system that supports Red Hat, Debian, FreeBSD, Windows NT/2000 and Solaris. A web interface provides access to monitoring configuration, real-time and historical data from the database backend. Alerts can be sent via SMS, e-mail and pager when problems are discovered. A free download and license are available at http://www.sysorb.com/.
Quick Restore version 2.7.4 is data protection software that provides data backup and recovery for heterogeneous networks. Based on the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), Quick Restore allows local or remote backup of NAS systems to tape drives and libraries. New features include broadened platform support for easier operation, extended firewall support, improved DLT tape format control and support for newly available tape libraries.
Contact: Workstation Solutions, Five Overlook Drive, Amherst, New Hampshire 03031, 800-487-0080 (toll-free), email@example.com, http://www.worksta.com/.
The iXtreme 1400 1U rack-optimized internet server is now available from iXsystems (formerly BSDi). The iXtreme 1400 is 15 inches deep and has a footprint less than two-thirds that of the typical 1U server. Eight fans are used to cool the CPUs, disk drives and power supplies, allowing the server to operate in high-temperature areas. The 1400 can be configured with a maximum memory of 4GB, dual Ethernet ports, two EIDE or two SCSI high-speed disks and dual-processor speeds up to 933MHz.
Contact: iXsystems, Inc., 1550 The Alameda, Suite 100, San Jose, California 95126, 866-449-7978 (toll-free), firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ixsystems.net/.
Xmcd, a CD player application for the X Window System that runs on most UNIX variants, can now be obtained in version 3.0. The 3.0 package includes xmcd, an X11/Motif-based CD audio player utility, and cda, a command-line, nongraphical CD audio player. Xmcd supports a wide array of CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW and DVD devices, including multidisc changers and some older SCSI-1 drives. It supports CD recognition via Gracenote CDDB and can connect to the CDDB servers on the Internet to get the artist, disc title, song titles and other information about the CD being played. xmcd is released under the GPL and can be downloaded from the web site.
Contact: Xmcd, http://www.amb.org.xmcd/.
The INTERNETpro Enterprise Stack, available from Internet Appliance, Inc., is a managed hosting and security solution that integrates optimized web services software and hardware components into an appliance-linked infrastructure. The entire stack can be centrally managed, administered and provisioned, while delivering availability, scalability and security for service providers and enterprise environments. Solutions include a data center, a site-to-site VPN and a remote access VPN.
Contact: Internet Appliance, Inc., 40515 Encyclopedia Circle, Fremont, California 94538, 877-986-6366 (toll-free), email@example.com, http://www.internetappliance.com/.
Loki Software, Inc. released its Linux port of CogniToy's popular MindRover: The Europa Project game, a 3-D strategy/programming game that allows players to create autonomous robotic vehicles and compete with them in races, battles and sports. Starting with an empty vehicle, gamers add components such as sensors, weapons and engines. Components are wired together and properties set using a visual programming system. Gamers can share their custom robots over e-mail or through web site competitions.
Contact: Loki Software, Inc., 250 El Camino Real, Suite #100, Tustin, California 92780, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.lokigames.com/.
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