This week's technical news in brief
Monitoring window cut into Fibre Channel Sans
Network Instruments is offering support for Fibre Channel analysis with a new line of hardware monitoring appliances. The systems give network administrators visibility into storage area networks that reside on Fibre Channel links.
Softgrid 4.0 smooths virtual application path
Softricity, a supplier of on-demand application virtualisation technology, has introduced software designed to make virtual applications easier to create, deploy, manage and use. Softgrid 4.0 virtualises Windows applications and makes them available to computers worldwide within minutes, the company said. Version 4.0 comes with remote help to reduce application management costs.
Dual-core Xeons power HP workstations
Hewlett-Packard has introduced a range of Intel-based workstations with dual-core Xeon chips. The desk-side HP xw6400 and xw8400 workstations offer easy expansion, said HP. The HP Compaq nw8440 and nw9440 are mobile workstations aimed at video editors, engineers, designers and animators.
IBM launches servers for virtualisation
IBM has launched servers and software designed for virtualisation technology. The three System x scaleable servers, which feature IBM’s Enterprise X-Architecture technology, are designed to deliver capabilities for server consolidation and scalable database, ERP and CRM applications.
Microsoft plans tools to aid system management
Microsoft is to introduce a series of systems management products over the next 18 months. The System Centre products are designed to help IT professionals manage their infrastructure. They will be built around the Microsoft Operations Framework, which is based on the ITIL methodology.