In May, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) announced two high-end disk arrays, as well as management software enhancements. The HP Surestore Disk Array xp1024 provides 3.2GB/sec. sequential and 500 K IOPS performance form cache, and up to 64TB of useable capacity. It also features HP Cluster Extention XP software for remote disaster recovery offerings, and heterogeneous connectivity, according to the company. Pricing for the offering begins at approximately $288,000. The HP Surestore Disk Array xp128 provides the same architecture, software and solutions as the xp1024, but in a smaller footprint. The xp128 features 2.4GB/sec. sequential and 375 K IOPS performance form cache, and up to 1TB of useable capacity. Its pricing begins at $168,000. Enhancements to the company’s storage management software include HP Application Policy Manager for XP, which aligns business priorities with array resources, according to HP. For details, go to

Cisco Systems Inc. last month released a series of extensions to its line of intrusion detection solutions (IDS). First on the list off new offerings is the Cisco IDS 4250, which the company said is a gigabit intrusion protection appliance for high-bandwidth environments. Designed for the requirements of enterprises and service providers, it is available now and pricing starts at $40,000. Also available now is the Cisco IDS 4235, targeted for small- and medium-sized environments. It is priced at $20,000. Finally, the form also announced the Cisco IDS software version 3.1 – an embedded, Web-based management solution, enabling remote management for the company’s IDS appliance family. This version includes a new event-viewing application, providing network managers with analysis and data mining for threat management across all of Cisco’s network-based IDS offerings. The new Device Manager aspect of the software offers remote IDS sensor configuration. Available now, the IDS Device Manager and Event Viewer are free as a part of Cisco IDS Software 3.1 for all Cisco IDS appliance platforms. More information can be found on the company’s Web site at