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What to expect at Tech Ed

Microsoft will not be alone in seeking the attention of technology buyers at its Tech Ed show in San Diego next week. Several companies are taking advantage of the technical education event in San Diego to show off new or updated products.

Celestix Networks will unveil its ISA3000 appliance based on Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004, which will also debut at Tech Ed. The ISA3000 is a network and application layer firewall, virtual private network and web caching appliance.

PolyServe will announce availability of its clustering software for Windows. Previously the company offered its flagship Matrix Server product only for Red Hat Linux and Novell SuSE Linux.

Shavlik Technologies will announce commercial availability of an agent-based patch management tool.

Empirix, a provider of testing and monitoring tools, is to launch version 7.0 of its e-TEST suite for automated functional, regression and load testing.

PKWare will reveal a series of toolkits that will allow commercial and custom software developers to embed compression and strong security into their products. 

Sybari Software will make several candidate release announcements as well as a new partner announcement.

Configuresoft will unveil Enterprise Configuration Manager for Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS), providing centralised assessment, verification and control of system configurations for large SMS infrastructures.

RSA Security will join with IBM and Microsoft to make an announcement about web services security specification interoperability. RSA will also show its newest product, the RSA Federated Identity Manager, to illustrate how its products work with the WS-Federation & WS-Security specifications.

Ivis Technologies will unveil XBoost, which bridges the company's JBoost and netBoost infrastructure applications and acts as a conduit between .net users and Java users. XBoost promises to increase application development efficiency. It also manages security and enhances presentation look and feel.

AutoProf will introduce new versions of its Policy Maker Professional and Policy Maker Software Update products. Policy Maker Professional will add several new extensions to Microsoft's Group Policy Management Console and Policy Maker Software Update will add one for patch management.

Authentica will release details of its Windows Rights Management Services integration initiatives.

Advanced Systems Concepts will reveal version 5.0 of its ActiveBatch product, which is a cross-platform job scheduling and management application. The update offers an improved user interface and a new planning tool.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service


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