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ROSA Enterprise Linux Server Released

The ROSA team has announced the ROSA Enterprise Linux Server (RELS) 2012 server operating system, which is based on a combination of Red Hat, various open source technologies, and ROSA's own tools and applications.

According to the company, this development approach allows ROSA to "achieve binary-level compatibility with popular enterprise applications and extend the system's functionality."

For example, the company states that the system provides easier integration with existing networks, visual server configuration and management, and other benefits. The company also states that RELS 2012 provides a first step toward building a ROSA Cloud Platform – an integrated software stack being developed by ROSA that will include IaaS and PaaS tools, along with tools to set up, monitor, and maintain a cloud infrastructure. RELS 2012 currently includes tools aimed at simplifying deployment and maintenance of enterprise IT infrastructure, specifically:

The free software is available for download from:

Lastline Offers New Anti-Malware Tool

Lastline has announced the release of its new anti-malware tool, called Previct, which monitors all inbound and outbound network traffic. According to the company, the tool can be configured as a passive monitor or as an inline component "to actively block targeted attacks, APTs, web-based drive-by downloads, zero-day exploits, and other malicious activity."

According to the Lastline website, Previct is "a simple sensor that monitors the network traffic at the egress to the Internet." This sensor reviews all attempted connections and analyzes the traffic in real time to find malicious binaries, command and control channels, and exploit sites. It also examines every instruction executed by malware, providing increased visibility and fewer false negatives.

Previct sorts alerts into incidents and then prioritizes those incidents by severity and relevance. The reporting engine then provides detailed descriptions of the malware and information for mitigating the attacks. It also supplies forensic information to see how the attack occurred and to repair any damage that may have been caused. According to the website, Previct is easy to install, and most installations are completed in about 15 minutes.

You can download a free trial of Lastline Previct from the company's website. For details, see:

Virtual Global Announces SaaS Maker

Virtual Global Inc. has released SaaS Maker, an online toolkit and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that lets developers build multiuser apps and sell them on the cloud. The application features a wizard for quickly build functionalities and a software development kit that allows better integration with legacy software systems.

According to the company, the software development kit in SaaS Maker lets developers create feature-rich programs that integrate with other web services, such as big data and geospatial services. It is portable across data centers and helps developers produce apps more quickly and easily by avoiding costly development and integration efforts.

"SaaS Maker uses point-and-click tools, it lets developers quickly add functionalities – such as user subscriptions, data-entry forms, role-based access security, workflow management, team collaboration, and business intelligence reports – and it allows developers to publish their apps for sale on the cloud," said Cary Landis, President of Virtual Global.

Virtual Global Inc. is a West Virginia-based company focusing on federal and commercial cloud strategies and software development.

For more information about SaaS Maker, please visit

IBM Announces Storwize V3700

IBM has announced Storwize V3700, a new storage system aimed at small and mid-sized businesses.

According to the company, this "virtualized storage system is designed to deliver superior performance and address growing data requirements and consolidation needs. By improving the efficiency, resiliency and agility of VMware infrastructures, Storwize V3700 can help lower costs while keeping the business on track and positioned for the future."

Key features of the Storwize V3700 system include the following:

The company says Storwize V3700 is ideal for VMware environments and can improve performance and consolidation capabilities. The system features dual-port, hot-swappable 6Gbps SAS disk drives, dual controllers with up to 180TB of capacity, and 8GB of cache in a 2U 19-inch rackmount enclosure.

Additionally, Storwize V3700 features a new FlashCopy function that can create an almost instant copy of active data that can be used for backup or for parallel processing activities. It also provides host attachment through 1Gb iSCSI ports as a standard feature, with optional 8Gb Fibre Channel or 10Gbps iSCSI/Fibre Channel over Ethernet host ports also available.

The new Storwize V3700 system has been designed for ease of use and includes an intuitive graphical user interface to enable point-and-click management. According to the company, system setup typically takes only minutes, and volumes can be provisioned with just a few clicks.

To learn more, visit the IBM website at: