The AdminForce Powerwall 3 Network Security System (3NSS) performs security monitoring and intrusion detection for small- to mid-sized businesses. Powerwall 3NSS provides a remote installation element, remote monitoring, weekly activity reports and alarm and early warning features. Proxy services are built in to the Powerwall, including DNS, Web, e-mail, CUSeeMe, RealAudio and RealVideo. VPN service authorization allows or denies access to any TCP- or UDP-based application. Powerwall 3 comes in a 19" rackmountable case and features 128MB of RAM, up to four Ethernet interfaces, Token Ring and FDDI support, a command-line interface and address masquerading.
CodeWeavers released CrossOver Office Server Edition, software that allows enterprise users to operate MS Windows software in a distributed thin-client environment for both Linux and Solaris, without the presence of a Microsoft OS and the accompanying licenses. CrossOver Office supports core office-automation packages, such as MS Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer and various other business applications. Server Edition offers licensing based on concurrent server usage, and unlimited enterprise site licenses also are available.
PureMessage (formerly PerlMx) announced version 3.0 of its antispam, antivirus and policy-compliance product for stopping unsolicited e-mail and protecting end users' mailboxes. PureMessage is built on open-source technologies, such as SpamAssassin and WebAdmin, is extensible in Perl and supports most UNIX platforms. Version 3.0 includes a web-based administration GUI for policy management, improved spam identification and management flexibility, optional end-user quarantine management and the McAfee antivirus engine. PureMessage also uses periodically updated antispam heuristics for evolving spam methodology.
The Virtex-II Pro ML300 Evaluation Platform from Xilinx allows designers to experiment with features of the Virtex-II Pro FPGA, which contains an embedded PowerPC processor [see Linux Journal, August 2002]. It is a development platform for designs using the PowerPC, RocketIO transceivers and other Virtex-II Pro FPGA features. The product includes GNU tools and reference designs, the ChipScope Pro 5.1i hardware debug tools, over 40 parameterizable IP cores, an evaluation version of the Xilinx ISE 5.1i FPGA implementation tools, plus cables. The ML300 is supported under MontaVista Linux Professional Edition.
Board functions include: four ports of Gigabit Ethernet, two serial ATA connectors, two HSSDC2 connectors, SystemACE CF Interface with 1GB IBM MicroDrive, 128MB DDR SDRAM, 6.4" VGA TFT LCD with integrated touchscreen, IEEE-1394 support, 32/33 PCI Mezzanine Card slot, two CardBus slots, AC97 Audio, IIC EEPROM, temperature sensors, digital potentiometers; SPI EEPROM; PS2, serial and parallel ports and a 9.6-square-inch prototyping area with 90 free FPGA I/Os.
Contact Xilinx, Inc., 2100 Logic Drive, San Jose, California 95124, 408-559-7778, www.xilinx.com/ml300.
IBM announced the eServer p630, the company's first pSeries system to run Linux natively. Designed to lower costs of users deploying Linux on 64-bit processor technology, the p630 is equipped with POWER4 microprocessors. The p630 also supports AIX5L, IBM's UNIX OS and a combination of Linux and AIX5L in logical partitions. The p630 Express Configuration is available with one, two or four POWER4 processors and up to 8GB of memory in a rack or tower configuration. The p630 comes with self-diagnosing and self-healing server features, including optional hot-plug power supplies and cooling fans, dynamic deallocation of processors and PCI bus slots and first failure data capture (FFDC).
Contact IBM Corporation, 1133 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, New York 10604, 888-746-7426, www-1.ibm.com/linux.
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