San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco Systems Inc. has expanded its portfolio of intrusion protection offerings by introducing the Cisco IDS Host Sensor, a host-based solution for enterprise-wide intrusion protection. According to a company press release, the IDS Host Sensor proactively detects malicious activity on a network and blocks access to server resources before serious damage occurs. The software intercepts system and API level calls to the operating system before the OS processes the calls. Then it determines if the calls are malicious or not. If so, the IDS Host Sensor’s policy database dictates what actions to take. At the same time, Cisco announced enhancements to its IDS software. The IDS Host Sensor is available for $8,000, or as part of the CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution for $12,792. Cisco is on the Web at

Hitachi Data Systems Inc.

(HDS) has enhanced the performance of its Hitachi Freedom StorageT Lightning 9900T system. HDS has made available 2Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity. According to the company, the new technology will increase performance by as much as 40 per cent over its 1Gbps technology. Original launched in June 2000, the Lightning 9900 was the first HDS product to have the Hi-StarT internal switch architecture. The new 2Gbps Fibre Channel adapters will allow for high-speed remote copy using Hitachi TrueCopy. The Lightning 9900T system will be available this month.

Bethesda, Md.-based Sniffer Technologies has formed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Santa Clara, Calif.-based OPNET Technologies Inc. Under the agreement, Sniffer decode technology will be integrated with OPNET’s application management solutions. According to a company press release, the new relationship will provide enterprise customers and service providers with best-in-class management solutions that analyze, diagnose and resolve business-critical performance issues. The Sniffer decode technology will be sold as a new OPNET module. Sniffer can be found on the Web at and OPNET is at