Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2003 12:29:42 -0400 (EDT)
From:"NWC Online" <nwc_online@update.networkcomputing.com> 
Subject: Network Computing Online #2.14
-- Network Computing Online #2.14 --
Your Online IT Resource
http://www.networkcomputing.com/
Tuesday, August 5, 2003

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This week, Compare IT focuses on load balancers. Research and get
quotes on offerings from Cisco, Radware and F5.

Plus, test your Web caching savvy with our latest TechQuiz. And, if
you've got a tough IT problem, post it to one of our forums--Ask the
Experts or Shop Talk--to receive real-world, hands-on advice.

Be sure to bookmark our Weblog, the Network Computing Daily Blog, and
check back often for IT news and views.
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Enjoy Network Computing Online and please let us know how we can
better serve you (mailto:nwconline@cmp.com).

Until next week,
--The Network Computing Online Team

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In This Issue:
1)  Compare IT: Load Balancers
2)  TechQuiz: Web Caching
3)  NWC Weblogs:
        Daily Blog: Warning Labels for Linux
        Daily Blog: Sun Goes Gnome
        Daily Blog: Far Out Disaster Recovery Services
4)  Tech Library Toolkit; Editor's White Paper Pick
5)  On the Network:
        NWC Project: Session Initiation Protocol
        NWC Project: Network-Based VPNs
        Top 11: LAN Gaming Party
        NWC Project: Web Server Monitoring
6)  Ask the Experts and Shop Talk Forums
7)  Network Computing's Storage Pipeline: Storage Policy
        Management Tools Are Still Taking Baby Steps
8)  Top Stories:
        Review: Exchange Server Replacements
        Workshop: Security Product Certification
        Online-Only Sneak Preview: Heroix's eQ Management
         Suite 2.0
9)  Security Alert: Perl CGI Handler Overflow
10) Latest IT Pro Downloads:
        ESFTP 4.2
        FlashLab 1.0
11) Subscription Information

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1) Compare IT: Load Balancers
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Load balancers enable you to distribute IP traffic across multiple,
identical Web servers, providing exceptionally fast Web access and
response times as well as better service and increased customer
satisfaction. Compare and get quotes from Cisco, Radware and F5.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5MX0Ab

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2) TechQuiz: Web Caching
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Test your Web performance savvy with our latest TechQuiz. If you can
outfox our editors and get all of the answers correct, we'll put your
name into the hat for a truly cool Network Computing collectible.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0TNs0AU

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3) NWC Weblogs
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a) Daily Blog: Warning Labels for Linux
Until we can get this whole SCO mess under control, I'd like to
propose that a warning label be affixed to all Linux distributions:
"The use of this product may induce frivolous litigation." Read on, if
you dare.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5Mj0At

b) Daily Blog: Sun Goes Gnome
Sun's announcement yesterday that its 9 8/03 Solaris update would
incorporate the Gnome 2.0 Desktop as an alternative to its "less than
zero" useable interface, CDE, does more than make Solaris a kinder and
gentler OS.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5Mk0Au

c) Daily Blog: Far Out Disaster Recovery Services
Ah the moon. Our closest celestial buddy in the sky. It governs our
tides, rules our emotions (allegedly) and, now, if TransOrbital has
its way, the moon will be home to the first outer space disaster
recovery storage center.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5Ml0Av

Be sure to check out our other blogs:

NWC Inc.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0BiG60An

Site Content
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5Mm0Aw

NWC Goes to School
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0BkTj0Au

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4) Tech Library Toolkit; Editor's White Paper Pick
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Visit Network Computing's Tech Library for the latest technical
information on today's key IT issues, including network security,
mobile & wireless, streaming media and more. Peruse vendor white
papers, analyst reports and Webcasts as well as the most recent
industry research findings.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0BsdA0Ad

Get the latest papers via our RSS feed.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0Bu2H0Aw

Here are this week's hottest white paper feeds:

a) The Clientless VPN Webcast
Clientless VPNs save you time and money by eliminating the costs
associated with configuring, managing and supporting clients.
--Vigilar
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5S50A7

b) 5 Keys to Interpreting the NEW HIPAA Security Standards Like a Pro
Learn valuable tips on how to avoid the traps and hazards of
navigating the HIPAA course.
--BindView Development
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5S60A8

c) Managing On-Demand Computing
Computer Associates delivers management, security and storage
solutions that are integrated through a services-oriented architecture
to achieve the goals of on-demand computing.
--Computer Associates
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5S70AA

d) Providing Flexibility, Focus and Forensics for NIDS
The nGenius Flow Director with the Network Security Adaptor protects
investments organizations have already made in NIDS products while
extending security to the edges of the network in a cost-effective and
efficient manner.
--NetScout Systems
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5S80AB

e) BlueZone Test Drive
Check out the features of Seagull Software's BlueZone emulation
solution. Just one click and you'll see how fast and easy it is to use
BlueZone to connect your PC to a host application over the Web.
--Seagull Software
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5TA0AL

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Editor's White Paper Pick
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The vast majority of businesses have information scattered throughout
the enterprise on paper, in siloed databases and in e-mails, making
real-time operations difficult to achieve. This Netledger white paper,
"The Business Reality of the Mid-Market Real-Time Enterprise,"
explores the benefits and technology challenges midsize businesses
face in their real-time enterprise efforts. In addition, it delves
into the vision of the real-time enterprise, creating new operational
efficiencies, improving customer relationships and making better
business decisions faster.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5TB0AM

Access more white papers, case studies and product information on EAI
in the Network Computing Tech Library.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5TC0AN

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5) On the Network
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a) NWC Project: Session Initiation Protocol
Tune in to hear Contributing Editor Peter Morrissey talk with the
folks at Boston's Hotel Commonwealth as they roll out a unique,
IP-based telephone system that combines communication, customer
service and entertainment. (Requires Real Player)
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5MV0AZ

b) NWC Project: Network-Based VPNs
We invite you to work alongside Contributing Editor Darrin Woods as he
begins his RFI-based review of network-based VPNs, assessing their
readiness to replace Frame Relay/leased-line networks with secure,
Internet-based communications. You can check out his test requirements
and, if you're so inclined, send him a question or two.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5MW0Aa

c) Top 11: LAN Gaming Party
This week, we're looking for the Top 11 lame excuses for holding a LAN
Gaming Party in your office. Make us laugh, and we'll publish your
submission in print and online. Here are a few ideas to get you going:
--Prevents packet stagnation within the switch fabric.
--Keeps the IT staff "frosty."
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0BjCi0Ab

d) NWC Project: Web Server Monitoring
There's still time to help Executive Editor/Technology Bruce Boardman
evaluate Web server monitoring solutions. Submit your own Web
transactions for evaluation in this review, and for your trouble,
we'll enter your name into a drawing for a NJ -90 network jack,
compliments of our friends at 3Com.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B3bR0Ao

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6) Ask the Experts and Shop Talk Forums
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If you've got a tough IT problem, post it to our forums to receive
real-world, hands-on advice. Also, if you've already discovered a
solution to a particularly sticky problem, be a hero and post it to
the forums below.

Ask the Experts.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0BE2v0Au

Shop Talk.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0Boqs0Ac

Here's a sampling of this week's posts:

a) Shop Talk: New Network Processor Architecture for Intrusion
    Prevention System
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Question of the Week: Looks to me that Intel's Twins Tower Network
Processor concept presented in IEEE Network Vol. 17, No. 4 (no link
available) is the best architecture going in dealing with
deep-pattern, stateful packet processing that is needed by the
Intrusion Prevention System (never mind IDS). Shared Memory is king.
I/O and PCI have been measured as too slow for 2.1 Gbps traffic. The
only disadvantage is the 1.2-microsecond latency (as opposed to 40 ns
for shallow-pattern packet processing). What other better architecture
is out there? --Z Egbert

Lend Z Egbert a hand or post your own question or comment.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0Boqs0Ac

b) Ask the Experts: A Question From a Novice Network Manager
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Question of the Week: About a year ago, I implemented a Frame Relay
connection between two offices that were, until then, not connected
directly. I would like to get a product (preferably software) that
will tell me the utilization of this connection so that I can
intelligently adjust bandwidth, when required. Our servers all run
Windows 2000 and our desktops are Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I'm not
even sure what a product of this sort is called. Any ideas would be
most helpful. --Scott Siderman

Lend Scott a hand or post your own question or comment.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0BE2v0Au
 
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7) Network Computing's Storage Pipeline: Storage Policy Management
   Tools Are Still Taking Baby Steps
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By Terry Sweeney
Storage policy management shows promise in enforcing rules on how
storage resources are used. But the technology is still at least three
to five years from maturity.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5Mq0A1

Read more from Network Computing's Storage Pipeline.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B1260AW

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8) Top Stories
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What were readers perusing last week on the Network Computing Web
site? Here's a list of our hottest articles.

a) Review: Exchange Server Replacements
(July 24, 2003)
We tested third-party Exchange Server replacements that offer Outlook
users full-featured mail, calendaring, group scheduling and task
management.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B4tL0A2

b) Workshop: Security Product Certification
(July 24, 2003)
Security certification can be the equivalent of in-depth testing
without the legwork, but you need to know how to determine its value.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B4tN0A4

c) Online-Only Sneak Preview: Heroix's eQ Management Suite 2.0
(July 24, 2003)
Designed as a one-stop server and application monitor, HMS has
predefined solutions for measuring every little detail of an
application or infrastructure device for a variety of platforms.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B4tR0A8

Join other NWC readers in discussing these articles.
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0Brcx0AW

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9) Security Alert: Perl CGI Handler Overflow
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The cgi2perl.nlm Perl CGI handler included with the Enterprise Web
Server shipped with NetWare 5.1 and 6.0 contains a buffer overflow
that could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service attack
or possible execute arbitrary code.

This vulnerability is confirmed. An update is available at:
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5TD0AO

Source: Novell
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5TE0AP

For more security alerts and information, sign up for our free
Security Alert Consensus newsletter today.
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10) Latest IT Pro Downloads: ESFTP 4.2; FlashLab 1.0
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We've made it easier and quicker for you to locate IT Pro Downloads'
shareware, freeware and other applets from any location on nwc.com.
Just type a keyword into the IT Pro search box, and you'll be amazed
at the vast collection of apps that will spring up before your eyes.
http://www.itprodownloads.com/

a) ESFTP 4.2
Transfer files with ease using this intuitive FTP client. With its
drag-and-drop, Explorer-like interface, ESFTP lets you update a Web
site with a single click and resume interrupted downloads or uploads.

Download at:
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5Bt0As
Size: 3023k
Platform: Windows 3.1 or later
Licensing: Freeware

b) FlashLab 1.0
Quickly and easily browse and convert Flash files with FlashLab. This
tool lets you scan Flash files and see them all animating in thumbnail
form. It's a great tool for beginners and sophisticated Flash
programmers alike.

Download at:
http://update.networkcomputing.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ecHb0E43wY0qh0B5Bu0At
Size: 1804k
Platform: Windows 2000
Licensing: Shareware; $49.95

Find more shareware, freeware and demoware products, ready for
immediate download.
http://www.itprodownloads.com/

Note: By using IT Pro Downloads you agree to these terms of use.
http://www.nwc.com/itpro/itpro-terms.html

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