IT Management: eWEEK's Products to Watch March 2010
The latest addition to Netezzas family of open, blade-based analyticappliances, Skimmer, delivers faster performance at a fraction of the cost.Skimmer can power small to midsize data warehouses, and can serve as anedge appliance in larger hub-and-spoke deployments or as atest-and-development system in conjunction with Netezzas TwinFin. Skimmershares the same architecture as TwinFin and is built using commodity bladeservers and storage. Each appliance contains a Snippet Blade, which isresponsible for processing SQL queries in parallel across eight pairs ofIntel CPU cores and FPGA cores. Skimmer packs this power in aseven-rack-unit chassis, while offering up to 10TB of user datacapacity.www.netezza.com
SysAid's CSS 2.0
SysAids newest Customer Service Software, CSS 2.0, is an on-demand platformfor small and medium-size businesses. The product features Live Chatcapabilities, includes a comprehensive set of CSS functions and provides anintuitive, customizable interface. The SysAid CSS Free edition is a fullyfunctional edition suitable for small organizations serving up to 100service requests per month, while the advanced Pro edition is aimed atlarger support departments. www.sysaidcss.com
Scheduled for an April release, SYSPRO 6.1, the latest version of SYSPROsERP software, focuses on corporate governance and sustainability. It offersEnterprise Performance Management in the form of enhanced executivedashboards and analytics, boardroom quality reporting, cash flow reportingand forecasting. These features provide real-time, at-a-glance visibility ofall aspects of the organization. The Business Process Management moduleincludes SYSPRO Enterprise Analysis Modeling, Monitoring and Management(SEAM3), which combines SYSPRO Workflow Services, Process Modeling andEnterprise Performance Management.
PGP Key Management Server 3.0
PGP claims its PGP Key Management Server 3.0 provides better manageabilityand visibility of encrypted data to enable trusted data protection. Theproduct, which enables enterprises to address often disparate key managementsystems, offers strong management and policy capabilities, as well asinteroperability with third-party applications-all based on industrystandards. PGP Key Management Server 3.0 provides a unified enterprise keymanagement platform that streamlines security operations and provides highlevels of data protection.www.pgp.com
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Metastorm ProVision 6.2
Metastorm has released Version 6.2 of the Metastorm ProVision enterprisemodeling, business architecture and business process analysis softwaresuite, which includes updates to Metastorms Web-based modeling repository.Key features of the new release include support for the latest modelingstandards, improved ease of use and extended support for enterprisecollaboration. That encompasses sharing and reuse of models, objects andlibraries, as well as enablers for Process Centers of Excellence.
Apptio's Budgeting and Forecasting module
Apptios Budgeting and Forecasting module for its SAAS-based suite offinancial software enables IT and finance managers to perform service-basedbudgeting, forecasting and variance measurement. The new module includesIT-specific budgeting and forecasting processes that work from an ITservices perspective; top-down and bottom-up budget allocations to enablehigh-level IT strategies and granular line-item entries to shape budgets; acentralized budget model that consolidates IT Tower and GL budgets into anIT service budget model; an intuitive, spreadsheetlike interface;collaborative workflow and task management capabilities to facilitateaccountability of multiple owners and inputs; real-time reporting to trackactual IT spend versus budgets and variance; integration with servicecosting to provide in-line, granular allocation to IT services; andintegration to a bill of IT to report budget against key IT services andfuture investments.
ViewSonic's PJD6531w DLP projector
The PJD6531w from ViewSonic is a 120Hz, 3D-ready widescreen DLP projector.It delivers 3,000 lumens, a 3,200:1 contrast ratio, 1,280-by-800 WXGA nativewide resolution and BrilliantColor technology for use in virtually anylighting situation. The projectors 120Hz frame rate makes it suitable forboth 2D and 3D performance, with support for both NVIDIA 3D-Vision and TexasInstruments DLP Link technologies. Wide resolution supports all HDTVformats, while RJ-45 connectivity enables remote network control. Theprojectors Eco Mode offers up to a 6,000-hour lamp life, reduced noise and<1W energy usage with its Power Saving Mode. Its available with athree-year limited warranty for an estimated street price of $799.
FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator
Composed of two FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) Gateways and aViolin 1010 solid-state memory array, the FalconStor NSS SAN Acceleratorprovides intelligent, predictable acceleration to all SAN resources. Itintegrates storage virtualization and provisioning across multiple diskarrays and connection protocols for an easy-to-use, scalable SAN solution.The product is available for a U.S. list price of $32,000, which includesone solid-state memory array with 500 gigabytes of RAID-protected storagecapacity.www.falconstor.com/en/pages/index.cfm?pn=NSS&bhcp=1
The NetVanta UC (unified communications) solution suite from ADTRAN deliverspersonalized unified communications to each individual user. Featuresinclude Windows-based VOIP telephony and legacy PBX integration; simple,centralized administration using Microsoft Active Directory; calls,messages and notifications when and where employees need them; andback-office integration tools that link it all together. NetVanta UC canscale up to more than 2,000 users per server.
VIPRE Enterprise Premium from Sunbelt
Sunbelt Software has enhanced its VIPRE Enterprise product line with a newmanagement console and advanced firewall protection to provide comprehensiveendpoint malware protection with low system resource usage. Using amulti-site tiering model and role-based access control, VIPRE EnterprisePremium can be managed centrally and can scale to enable security for largeand complex environments. It combines VIPREs existing antivirus andanti-spyware protection with a bidirectional desktop firewall, HIPS (hostintrusion prevention system), IDS (intrusion detection system) and maliciousWeb filtering-all in a single agent.www.sunbeltsoftware.com/Business/VIPRE-Enterprise-Premium
TIBCO Spotfire 3.1
TIBCO Spotfire 3.1 is the latest version of TIBCO Softwares in-memoryanalytics platform. It brings the power of the R language directly insidethe Spotfire platform to perform advanced what-if analysis and sophisticatedanalytics. Decision-makers can use this insight to play out what-ifscenarios as they develop business strategies. Highlights of TIBCO Spotfire3.1 include data exploration and analysis of unstructured data to identifykey outliers and trends, fully integrated analytics supporting S+ and R, anda comprehensive platform for building analytic applications.spotfire.tibco.com