Several networking suppliers have announced latest software migration products, as well as security products and customer wins for network-based security services.
Marimba will unveil Version 2.0 of its Windows Migration software to help companies upgrade all desktops and servers in a company to the Windows operating system.
Windows Migration 2.0 features a web-based user interface and enhancements to make it easier for network managers to track software inventory and plan the provisioning of an operating system or update applications, said Bruce Campbell, senior product marketing manager at Marimba.
Jim Levesque, systems programmer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, said he now uses an earlier version of Marimba software for asset management and to push out software, and is looking forward to Version 2.0 for automation of the Windows migrations. The Marimba tool will check system requirements and install software as required.
"It will make the transition from Win 9x and Win NT to Win 2000 a lot easier for us," he said. "It will also make it easier for us to move to XP instead of waiting several years like we have for the 2000 migration."
Levesque said the only problem he has encountered with Marimba is that he cannot install the product in a server in one domain and control resources in another domain, a problem the company has promised to work out.
Nokia has launched the Secure Access System, which consists of three hardware devices that will ship next month, according to Dan MacDonald, vice-president of product management and marketing.
Pricing starts at $110 (£65) per connection for 500 connections, and up to $220 per connection for smaller systems with 50 connections.
The Secure Access System builds upon previous security products from Nokia, and sales will rely partly on an installed base of customers globally, MacDonald said.
The hardware allows a user to set up Secure Sockets Layer virtual private networking (VPN) atop Nokia's widely used IP security platform.
The IP 120 is a desktop or wall-mounted device with three 10/100 Ethernet ports.
The IP 350 and IP 380 are rack-mounted designs, each with four 10/100 Ethernet ports. All are designed to provide user access to applications for intranets and extranets and simplify management by allowing administration at the server, with no need to deploy remote client software.
Enterasys Networks unveiled the XSR-3000 series of security routers for integrating Wan, VPN and firewall technologies.
Four models, the XSR 3020, 3150, 3250 and 4100 start at $5,995 (£3,568).
Ben McLeod, director of product marketing, called the latest hardware a way to provide secure connectivity to remote offices with a limited budget.
OpenReach will also announce a customer win for its network security service at Reilly Mortgage Group. The service provides IPSec security to users for a monthly fee, and Reilly went live just two weeks ago, said the company's chief information officer, Jon Miller.
"It's the easiest VPN we've ever put in," he said. The service allows Miller to monitor network performance and security, and if there are problems, he can be paged.
The OpenReach Gateway software can be downloaded to any PC, or OpenReach will provide the hardware and network interfaces, all self-configured, said OpenReach founder Mark Tuomenoksa.
Miller had used a "do-it-yourself" VPN from Netscreen Technologies before buying the OpenReach service, but it was "fragile in reliability and took many skills" to set up properly.
Jeff Wilson, an analyst at Infonetics Research, said the OpenReach service competes with services from large network providers, including Baby Bells and many others.
"It is a lot cheaper for OpenReach to operate" since OpenReach does not need to pay the costs of running its own network.
Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld