New Products

by James Gray
Rectiphy's ActiveImage Protector Linux Edition

At Rectiphy, innovation goes beyond the spelling of the company name to include its new technology—that is, the company's ActiveImage Protector Linux Edition. The product is a disk-imaging backup technology for Linux environments that incorporates Rectiphy's Smart Sector snapshot technology, which the company says speeds up backups and reduces disk storage space in Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 formats. Support for the Linux-native snapshot driver enables users to create a full backup of the Linux server HD or volume without shutting down the OS. Bare-metal recovery is supported, as well as retrieval of individual files from the backup image.

Stefan Kottwitz's LaTeX Beginner's Guide (Packt Publishing)

Few things will burnish your hard-core technorati credentials like learning the classic document markup language LaTeX and its typesetting companion program TeX. The tools are used for creating scientific and technical documents. Get up to speed fast with Stefan Kottwitz's LaTeX Beginner's Guide, a new book that helps new users overcome LaTeX's relatively steep learning curve and leverage its powerful features. Readers learn to typeset documents containing tables, figures, formulas and common book elements like bibliographies, glossaries and indexes. Additional topics include management of complex documents and the latest fonts and PDF-related features. A great deal of the book is dedicated to one of LaTeX's most powerful features: the designing of complex math formulas and other expressions.

Cory Altheide and Harlan Carvey's Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools (Syngress)

Syngress describes Cory Altheide and Harlan Carvey's new book Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools as “digital forensics, MacGyver style.” Unfortunately for the 1980s TV hero MacGyver, his toolset predated open source. But thanks to Altheide and Carvey, you have all the open-source forensics tools at your disposal for investigating Linux, Mac and Windows systems, complete with guidance. Topics include the open-source examination platform, disk and filesystem analysis, system-specific issues and artifacts, Internet-related artifacts, file analysis, automating analysis and more. The appendix goes into detail on particularly useful open-source tools.

Xelltec Integrated Security System

The team at Xelltec categorizes it new Xelltec Integrated Security System (XISSYS) as “revolutionary” because it enables users “to remotely track and protect their laptops and handheld devices”. The patent-pending XISSYS microchip is an embedded security solution designed to allow users to disable or find a stolen laptop, smartphone, or other mobile device easily. This prevents thieves from gaining access to sensitive data. The microchip can wipe out data, or it can destroy the mobile device physically with a high-frequency voltage so that it is completely inoperable. Furthermore, if the user needs the data that is on the mobile device, it can be copied remotely from the device to a server before the data is destroyed. The microchip also acts as a tracking device, enabling the owner to find the physical location of the stolen device. Xelltec is seeking strategic alliances with popular main board and computer manufacturing companies worldwide.

Napatech Software Suite

If you deploy the new Napatech Software Suite for your network appliance development, the company says you'll need to develop its application software only once and then simply decide which network adapter combination works best in the particular deployment. Besides this flexibility, the suite offers critical functionality that can accelerate performance of network appliances. Both a hardware abstraction and streamlined API are provided, allowing network appliance vendors to take advantage of Napatech's full range of intelligent network adapters quickly and easily. Hardware abstraction allows multiple intelligent network adapters of different types to be combined on a plug-and-play basis in a standard server platform. The same feature set can be offered independent of the port speed. A number of open-source software applications, such as Suricata, Snort and Ostinato are supported.

CloudPassage's Halo SVM and Halo Firewall

CloudPassage recently launched out of “stealth mode”, releasing a formidable one-two punch for securing elastic cloud environments in the form of Halo SVM and Halo Firewall. Punch one, Halo SVM, addresses the specific server vulnerability management needs in cloud server environments, such as elasticity. Customers can maintain continuous exposure and compliance intelligence, even in rapidly growing cloud server farms. Other features include a light footprint and ability to assess thousands of server configuration points in seconds. Punch two, Halo Firewall, controls server attack surfaces by centralizing and automating host-based firewall management, the preferred alternative to traditional enterprise perimeter firewalls, says CloudPasage.

Open-Xchange Microsoft Outlook Connector

Applying the Linux community's classic flair for maximizing interoperability, Open-Xchange introduced full MAPI support to its completely redeveloped Microsoft Outlook Connector. The move enables users of its open-source Open-Xchange e-mail and collaboration server to use Microsoft Outlook as the client software. The Open-Xchange alternative to the more expensive Microsoft Exchange server integrates e-mail, calendar, contact and task management with advanced groupware features, such as information management and document sharing, along with cutting-edge social-network integration. While users utilize the familiar client, the new software connector ensures seamless synchronization with Open-Xchange server in the background. The software connector supports Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007, as well as the 32-bit version of Outlook 2010.

Lantronix PremierWave EN

Design engineers and OEMs can add intelligent, wireless Ethernet networking to nearly any device by putting to work the new Lantronix PremierWave EN embedded-Linux wireless device server. When incorporated within an OEM product, the PremierWave EN's secure, high-quality wireless connectivity enables businesses across a variety of different industries to transmit medical, financial, customer or other important information across corporate networks securely. The module allows customers to leverage the many advantages offered by the dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n standard, including network load balancing and traffic segmentation. A 32-bit ARM9 processor allows for a potent combination of high performance and low power consumption. Lantronix's proprietary SmartRoam technology ensures uninterrupted connectivity between wireless networks.

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