For a limited time, users can have IBM Global Services perform an in-depth SNA or TCP/IP network traffic analysis to identify performance problems that may be affecting network throughput. For a one-time charge of $5,000, IBM will analyze up to three sets of trace data and offer a formal report detailing results and recommendations on how to improve net performance. The deal runs between Jan. 18 and July 18.


Sun has announced storage management software for the enterprise Sun StorEdge A5x00 array family. The StorEdge Management Console and Component Manager, the software lets users manage multiple storage devices from a single management console. The software is Java-based and will conform to Sun's Jiro storage management specification, allowing monitoring and control of storage platforms from other vendors. The StorEdge Management Console lets net professionals monitor entire storage configurations and do performance tuning. Customers can use the application to graphically display a map of the storage network showing the status of hard drives and tape libraries. Sun StorEdge Management Console is available now starting at $21,000.


IBM has added improved security and performance features to its 4758 models 2 and 23 Cryptographic Coprocessor PCI cards for Windows NT servers. The improvements include the ability for users to off-load encryption functions from one Web server to other servers in the network. The cards will be available in the second quarter of 2000. Model 2 starts at $3,165; Model 23 starts at $2,690.


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