Here's a collection of this week's product and service announcements for small and midsized companies. For a listing of our previous product roundups, visit our Product Roundup page.
McAfee adds SMB
e-mail protection service
McAfee Inc., based in Santa Clara, Calif., this week launched its Secure Messaging Service for Small Businesses. Based on Postini Inc.'s Perimeter Manager, the hosted Secure Messaging Service provides e-mail security and allows end users to manage their own filtering profiles and quarantine folders online. The service is designed to filter spam, viruses and inappropriate content before it reaches client networks. No hardware or software needs to be purchased, installed or managed.
McAfee Secure Messaging Services are now available worldwide from McAfee Inc.
The one-year, per mailbox pricing for 11-25 licenses begins at $36.44 per license. McAfee Inc.
Symantec rolls out three versions of its security appliance for the midmarket
Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec Corp. has launched its Gateway Security 5600 Series, a network security appliance. The 5600 Series offers three different models -- the 5620, 5640 and 5660 -- all targeted at medium-sized enterprises, depending on the number of licenses and types of features they require. All three models provide features that include antispam, antivirus, VPN, full-inspection firewall, intrusion prevention, intrusion detection and content filtering technologies. These features can be controlled through a single management system.
Symantec Gateway Security 5600 Series is available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators.
QCD Microsystems integrates Linux servers with Windows interface
New York City-based QCD Microsystems Inc. has released its InterStructures Linux Administration platform to integrate Linux open source servers with a Windows interface. The platform is intended to enable users to administer Linux and Windows servers simultaneously without the need for Linux or Unix skills. The SMB suite is priced at $450 for five servers.
Oracle and Sun offer bundled infrastructure packs for SMBs
Sun Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp. last week announced the joint launch of Database Packs intended to offer SMBs high performance by combining Oracle databases and Sun servers in a single package. The packs bundle Oracle's Database 10g with Sun's StorEdge 3310 arrays and Sun Fire x64 servers. The packs are powered by AMD Opteron processors and run either the Solaris 10 operating system or standard Linux distribution operating systems. The Database Packs will be available from qualified Sun/Oracle joint resellers.
Modular integration software for SMBs
Seattle-based Singlestep Technologies Corp. unveiled Singlestep Unity 2.5 integration software. Unity 2.5's targets SMBs by offering low-cost modular components to help integrate, automate and monitor key services. Singlestep seeks to give SMBs a better view of business processes by overlaying existing networking management systems with Unity 2.5, without disrupting operations.