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Cuts like a knife but feels right

In Japan, the hand can be used like a blade. But that doesn't work for a server.

What also doesn't work is trying too hard to paraphrase old Ginsu commercials. That aside, DataPower officials have released a new Extensible Markup Languageaware blade server based on IBM's eServer Bladecenter T technology. The chassis-based product combines the IBM hardware with DataPower's XG4 chipset.

"For the last three years, our product line has consisted of 1U devices," said Eugene Kuznetsov, DataPower's chairman and chief technology officer. "Now, for the first time, we're bringing out a real chassis-based product."

The new blades add XML traffic-processing capability to the BladeCenter T, enabling it to handle routing, security, acceleration and integration

for XML Web services messages. The blades are also highly reliable, offer gigabit performance, can integrate with an IBM operating environment and offer authentication capabilities for security.

Patrolling the air

It's not a police cruiser with wings, but Air-Patrol Mobile 2.0 from Cirond is still cool. The product detects and locates the wireless devices on an office network, including access points, notebook PCs and handheld devices. It can be used for wireless network mapping, but its main purpose

is to detect rogue devices and access points.

In addition to patrolling the air, Air-Patrol Mobile does so from a mobile device. Specifically, the software is designed to run on Microsoft Windows-based notebooks and tablet PCs.

It gives detailed information about your network. The software uses an on-screen floor plan to pinpoint the locations of devices and show the wireless access points to which each device connects.

AirPatrol Mobile 2.0 is the company's second-generation product and includes several enhancements. This version allows you to see the Media Access Control address of each device connected to the network. You'll also see the devices' signal strength; the signal-to-noise ratio of the connection; and the channel, mode and security state of the connection.

Another enhancement is the inclusion of channel utilization graphs that allow administrators to assess how efficiently the network's wireless channels are being used. Cirond has also improved the reports and graphs that display the state of the wireless network.

Cirond AirPatrol Mobile 2.0 costs $1,995.

On the cutting edge of mobile

Speaking of mobile devices, Hewlett-Packard officials have announced an upgrade program to bring current HP iPaq users up to speed with the latest Pocket PC operating system from Microsoft, Windows Mobile 5.0. HP officials expect to make the upgrades available this summer for the HP iPaq hx2100, hx2400, hx2700 and hx4700 series of handheld devices.

Windows Mobile 5.0 will offer features such as persistent memory storage, which prevents devices from losing their data if the battery dies. Company officials also tout simpler navigation, an improved Mobile Office suite and a more powerful multimedia experience.

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