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Just like peaches and cream

Peaches taste good alone, and so does cream. And together they’re a winning combination, like the latest product from Apere. The company has created a network security device that offers identity management and information access in a single security appliance.

Apere calls the product the Identity Managed Access Gateway, or IMAG. The target market is workgroups within large organizations. IMAG consolidates user identities into a central location and controls who has permission to access what.

Mike Miller, director of strategic partnerships at Apere, said 95 percent of security boils down to two questions: Are you who you say you are? And if you are, are you doing what you’re supposed to be doing?

IMAG can help answer both questions. It’s nonintrusive, meaning that an agency does not have to change its policies to install it. “Other products such as Tivoli and NetIQ are intrusive and policy-changing,” Miller said. “They have to change the way they do business in order to use the product.”

The Identity Management Access Solution permits or denies network access based on policies automatically created from identity access information contained throughout the enterprise. Administrators don’t need to manually create policies.

Many organizations store identity access information in different locations, but once they install IMAG, it integrates the information into one universal identity reference. Then the product can create and manage access policies.

Another useful IMAG function is its ability to help agencies comply with regulations. “We’re the central point to go to for regulatory compliance information,” Miller said.

Think of IMAG as an identity firewall that allows access to the network based on identity information. And think of peaches and cream as the perfect hot-weather dish.

Bigger, bulkier and mobile

As cameras, mobile phones and computer chips get smaller, LCD monitors seem to get bigger. That’s a good thing, except when you need to move them to different locations.

Large flat-panel monitors are great for presentations, teleconferences and signs at events. But you wouldn’t want to have to pay a small army to move them.

That’s where the new Rotolift from Jelco comes in. It’s a mobile cabinet that can transport, display and store LCD monitors measuring as big as 50 inches diagonally. It’s an all-in-one mobile cabinet that can display large flat-panel LCDs and plasma monitors in either portrait or landscape orientation.

One person can set up a monitor display with the Rotolift because it easily rolls into place. A counterbalanced mechanism allows the operator to raise and lower the monitor for uses ranging from a conference table setup to a presentation for a large group.

Afterward, you can securely store the monitor inside the cabinet.

The Rotolift’s shipping case is 63 inches high, 35 inches wide and 19 inches deep. It comes with optional shelves and brackets and can house computers or wireless components.

The Jelco Rotolift has a suggested price of $3,695. It has a one-year warranty. Custom finished cases and an optional drapery kit are also available.

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