Drives as alternatives
Dragons at the gate
Security for small businesses
Advisor for your products
Corporation introduced a tape drive called VXA-2.
This is a replacement to Direct Data Storage (DDS)
technology especially for users who are outgrowing
the limited capacity and performance of DDS tape
drives. It delivers complete read and write compatibility
Features: The VXA-2 drive can record 160 GB to
a single cartridge at a data transfer rate of
12 Mbps (at an average 2:1 data compression ratio).
It delivers twice the data rate and four times
the storage capacity of DDS-4.
It provides three interface options including
Ultra2 Wide SCSI, IDE/ATAPI, and FireWire, providing
support for a wide range of computing platforms
The drive offers four cartridge capacities giving
users an option to match their storage needs and
manage their cost of ownership. According to Exabyte
compressed capacities of 40 GB, 80 GB, and 120
GB are achieved with the same V6, V10, and V17
VXA tape brand cartridges available for use with
The VXA offers reliability based on the read/write
architecture with an Internet-like packet format,
designed for 100 percent data restore.
VXA tape drives are certified for Windows, Mac,
and Linux, and is also an ECMA-certified tape
Corporation also announced the availability of
its new LTO automation product, the Magnum20 LTO
Tape Library. The Magnum20 packs up to 8 IBM LTO
tape drives and 148 Exabyte LTO cartridges into
a 20u rack-mount space.
The Exabyte 110L LTO Tape Autoloader provides
small office and remote location sites with desktop,
entry-level automated storage capability. For
larger-sized networks with higher capacity and
performance needs, Exabyte offers the 221L LTO
Tape Library, which is available with either SCSI
or native Fiber Channel interfaces.
Features: The product offers 8-way partitioning,
remote management, and direct fiber channel attachment
avoiding the complications and saving the costs
of intermediate routers and bridges.
Magnum20 and LTO tape technology meet the capacity,
performance, and budget requirements of mid-range
and enterprise-class users.
With up to eight LTO tape drives, Magnum20 Library
capitalizes on the speed and capacity advantages
of IBM's LTO technology.
Bar code scanning is a standard feature providing
enhanced media management and faster access to
A five-cartridge entry/exit port is available
for secure loading/unloading of data cartridges.
The standard remote management features allow
users to conveniently conduct any operation available
through the library's LCD panel from a PC at their
desk, three buildings away or half way across
A unique library partitioning feature allows users
to create as many as eight mini-libraries within
a single Magnum20, maximizing flexibility and
efficiency. Users can easily configure and expand
storage capacity from 100 GB to 29.6 TB and performance
from 54 GB per hour to 864 GB per hour without
the cost and inconvenience of rearranging rack
space and components or installing additional
Redundant power supplies, IBM LTO tape drives,
and Magnum20 interface cards are field installable
by the user, and provide simultaneous support
for multiple servers in a mixed SCSI and Fiber
Flexibility and ease of use are key features of
the Magnum20 LTO Tape Library.
No. 32, 1st left cross, Sundernagar,
Gokula Post, Bangalore-560054
Dragons at the gate
Networks has introduced a suite of security solutions
called 'Dragon'. Dragon an Intrusion Detection
Solution (IDS) minimizes vulnerability in any
point solution. It looks for security breaches
across all security technologies. The product
line consists of three separate tools: Dragon
Sensor, Dragon Squire and Dragon Server. The Dragon
IDS comes with a range of Enterasys support services.
A Network IDS (NIDS), Dragon Sensor monitors network
packets for computer criminals, employee misuse,
and network irregularities. When an event is observed,
it can send pages and e-mail alerts so you may
take action to stop the event and record it for
It is a Host-based IDS (HIDS) that watches system
logs for evidence of malicious or suspicious application
activity in real time and monitors key system
files for evidence of tampering. It is also tuned
to prevent high load levels and minimize any negative
impact to a server's performance.
It manages multiple Dragon Sensors and Dragon
Squire engines and includes advanced visualization,
correlation and alerting capabilities. By aggregating
all alerts into one central database, the Dragon
Server updates and relays disparate attack information
with a variety of Web-enabled reporting and analysis
tools and customizable alerts via e-mail, SNMP
or SYSLOG messages.
Features: Enables enterprise-wide security monitoring
using encrypted secure Web interfaces. Provides
both Web and command-line administration to monitor
network IDS, HIDS and firewall protection in one
Minimizes the impact on monitored servers.
more than 3,000 continuously updated signatures
to monitor single and follow-on attacks.
Documents and analyzes attacks for follow-on
Monitors usage forbidden by company policies,
such as pornography, gambling or job searching.
Monitors 50 Dragon Sensors and 500 Dragon Squires
from a single console.
6th floor, Rocklines Centre
54, Richmond Road, Bangalore-560025
Tel: 80-5599024, Fax: 80-5599080
for small businesses
Security introduced the small business edition
of its Active Virus Defense and Active VirusScan
product for customers in India. These
editions are fine-tuned for small and medium businesses
with up to 100 employees or end-nodes.
Features: The Active VirusScan Small Business
Edition is a virus detection and removal solution
for desktops that are a major source of infection.
It provides a corporate desktop security available
for protection against viruses, Web attacks and
e-mail intrusions. It comprises of VirusScan software
for desktop protection, NetShield software for
file server protection and ePolicy Orchestrator
management console for advanced, anti-virus policy
enforcement. By employing investigating technologies
called ViruLogic that has the intelligence to
know what characteristics viruses exhibit and
Virtran, a virus specific scripting language that
detects and cleans new viruses, VirusScan offers
protection from the newest threats.
The platforms supported include Windows XP, 2000,
NT4.0 and 9x; Linux, HP-UX, SCO, AIX and Solaris.
Its scanning capabilities deliver high-speed scans
of all files in real time, supporting all major
file compression formats.
The Active Virus Defense Small Business Edition
uses a wide array of technologies to keep PCs
free from viruses and other malicious code. It
also guards systems from infection via diskettes,
Internet downloads, e-mail attachments, networks,
shared files, CD-ROMs, online services, and more.
In addition to VirusScan and NetShield, the scanning
engine also comprises of, GroupShield and WebShield
software, all managed by ePolicy Orchestrator
Webshield E-ppliance offers Internet protection
and GroupShield protects e-mail servers. It also
protects against mobile code attackers (e.g.,
hostile ActiveX or Java applets) and scans inside
popular compressed file types. Other features
offered by Active Virus Defense that update your
anti-virus software are Enterprise Secure Cast
and Anti-Virus Informant.
has introduced IBM TotalStorage an Enterprise
Storage Server (ESS, code named "Shark")
Model 800 and 800 Turbo option in database and
transaction processing. The server uses technology
features from IBM's Project eLiza and is powered
by IBM's copper microchips and 2 Gbps Fiber/FICON
data transfer rates.
The new IBM TotalStorage ESS enables 'on the fly'
configuration and management capabilities to help
The Model 800 is available with a variety of disk
drive options. In addition to standard 72.8 GB
drives, IBM offers 15,000 RPM disk drives in both
18.2 and 36.4 GB capacities. The higher-speed
drives can increase random read and random write
data throughput workloads and achieve improved
service time advantages.
ESS is designed to work with a variety of hardware
and software technologies, such as Windows NT,
Unix, Novell NetWare, the entire IBM eServer family,
and variety of interfaces, including Fiber Channel
(FCP and FICON), Ultra SCSI and ESCON.
Features: 'Smart' software technology, introduced
as part of IBM's Project eLiza initiative to create
intelligent IT systems capable of managing, protecting
and healing themselves automatically.
Improved remote copy performance for disaster
recovery and unplanned business disruption--now
up to 125 per cent faster than the previous model.
'Turbo' configuration that handles up to 150 percent
more workload, an expanded 64 GB internal cache,
increased internal bandwidth, Redundant Array
of Independent Disk (RAID) Level-10 data mirroring
and striping for performance in demanding applications.
The Model 800 features technologies that are designed
to enable the system to help increase storage
administrator productivity, improve data availability
and reduce TCO.
These technologies include predictive failure
analysis and pre-emptive RAID reconstructs, which
are designed to monitor the system and to detect
potential problems or system errors before they
ESS also provides intelligent cache management
and I/O prioritization, helping to optimize its
performance based on varying service level demands.
With its advanced 2 Gbps host adapters (supporting
FCP and FICON, long wave or short wave), Model
800 can be the backbone for high-performing SANs,
to build storage networks that enhance the performance,
extend the distance, improve the sharing and reduce
the costs of their computing infrastructure.
The higher performance adapters are also compatible
with existing 1 Gbps SAN solutions.
IBM's Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) and new
PPRC Extended Distance (PPRC-XD) data backup software
for mainframe and open systems servers is now
increased by up to 125 percent compared to the
previous model. PPRC-XD creates a copy of customers'
production data at a remote site, making that
information available in the event of an unplanned
IBM India Ltd
3rd & 4th Floor, IL & FS Financial Centre
Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai-51
Tel: 22-6962020/6533299, Fax: 22-6526638
for your products
Cisco Systems launched "Product Advisor"
an Internet-based application aimed at streamlining
network design and implementation for its customers
Cisco offers an array of Internet infrastructure
products and solutions. To help customers and
partners derive the optimum network design with
the required Cisco products, the Cisco Product
Advisor assesses their needs and requirements
before recommending a solution. The product is
a guided-selling tool that recommends the ideal
Cisco products and solutions--based on the network
requirements of the customer.
Features: The Cisco Product Advisor tool will
help customers who are not familiar with the scope
and scale of Cisco's product line. Earlier, customers
had to sift through datasheets, the product catalog,
and other sources to find the product that best
meets the customer's needs. The Product Advisor
now eases this decision making process.
The Product Advisor also has exponential benefits
for Cisco's partners and resellers. The tool makes
it easier for partners to recommend networking
solutions to customers.
The first version of the Product Advisor will
contain the entire range of Cisco's routers and
switches product categories. Firewall appliances,
wireless products, access servers, and other product
categories will be included soon.
Cisco Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd.
2nd Floor, The Great Eastern Center
70, Nehru Place, New Delhi-110019
Tel: 11-6442996, Fax: 11-6233207