New updates of BRU-Pro and BRU Workstation are now available from The TOLIS Group, Inc. The BRU-Pro 2.0 Linux server includes network traffic data encryption for secure communication between clients and the server, as well as network traffic data compression for better bandwidth usage. BRU Workstation 17.0 supports small to medium-sized commercial network systems; BRU Desktop 17.0 supports SOHO systems with locally attached archive devices; and BRU Personal Edition 17.0 provides data protection for noncommercial use. BRU-Pro 2.0 and BRU 17.0 have new GUI features and support 64-bit filesystems.
Caldera, Inc. has released Volution Manager 1.1, a web-based systems management solution for securing, remotely managing and updating multiple systems through a browser. New features in version 1.1 include extended platform support that unifies management of multiple platforms into one interface, simplified installation options and revised status and diagnostic features. In addition, Volution Manager 1.1 supports the latest versions of all major Linux distributions and Caldera UNIX products.
Contact: Caldera, Inc., 240 West Center Street, Orem, Utah 84057, 1-888-GO-LINUX (toll-free), www.caldera.com.
PowerUpdate 2.0 is a multiplatform, Java-based software updating and delivery solution. Comprised of a web browser, database, reporting modules and custom management logic, PowerUpdate is designed to update any kind of software onto any client or server platform. Developers control the updating process, including what will be updated and when and how that will occur. Version 2.0 adds file synchronization, MSI support, support for Mac OS X and the ability to extract and execute archive files. PowerUpdate 2.0 runs on Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and AIX.
NetEngine, Inc. released X4 NAS, a workgroup network attached storage (NAS) for small to mid-sized businesses, workgroups, branch offices and service providers. X4 NAS supports simultaneous users and can be used in applications such as file sharing and on-line and off-line backup storage. Storage space of 160GB to 480GB is available in a 1U system that is set as a rackmount or a standard rack. X4 NAS supports dual 10/100TX Ethernet with a failover feature and a mirrored OS for OS failover. Other features include built-in RAID, automatic data checks and automatic rebuilds.
The cPCIS-2103 Chassis, the newest addition to ADLINK Technology's 3U CompactPCI system line, is a 19" rackmountable or table-top enclosure compact chassis design that is fully PICMG 2.0-compliant. The chassis can be configured with six slots on both the primary and the secondary side for 32-bit user-defined peripheral cards. The chassis has space for the system CPU and three redundant, hot-swappable power supplies, as well as a PCI-to-PCI bridge for expansion. The cPCIS-2103 is available on its own or as part of an integrated system.
Contact: ADLINK Technology, 15279 Alton Parkway, Suite 400, Irvine, California 92618, 866-423-5465 (toll-free), www.adlinktechnology.com.
Version 5.0 of Sistina's Global File System (GFS) is now available and allows multiple servers on a SAN to have concurrent read/write access to a shared data pool. New for GFS 5.0 are advanced installation and cluster configuration tools, dynamic multipath support in the pool volume manager to tolerate single path failures, a shared root filesystem, additional lock managers and improved support for third-party snapshot capabilities.
Contact: Sistina Software, 1313 Fifth Street Southeast, Suite 111, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414, 612-638-0500, www.sistina.com.
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