SnowShore Networks Inc. is introducing an appliance for service providers that processes IP traffic so it can cross between carrier networks without losing service-quality markers or being dropped altogether.

Called the SnowShore A1-MF Media Firewall, the device is being teamed with NexTone Communications Inc.’s Multiprotocol Session Controller (MSC) software to parse packets, analyze and alter them if necessary so payloads make their way across network boundaries intact. SnowShore’s A1-MF hardware/software media processing and routing engine will power this processor-intensive session-controlling by the MSC software. The gear can perform network address translation so traffic whose private source address is changed to a public one still can find its destination and receive return traffic. The equipment could also process traffic so it retains quality-of-service (QoS) markers that can be understood on another network. The combination of the A1-MF with the MSC costs US$110,000.

Start-up looks to manage app integration

A start-up recently released the second generation of its management software that can track performance across application, integration and process servers that support Java Management Extensions (JMX).

Intersperse Inc. has announced the launch of its Intersperse Management Framework Enterprise Edition 2.0. By using JMX, Intersperse can be deployed to monitor performance and availability on the JMX-based BEA WebLogic Server 7.0 and BEA WebLogic Integration. The auto-instrumentation capability also allows network managers to extend the Management Framework to encompass homegrown Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) components as well as legacy and packaged applications. Intersperse Connectors let the Intersperse Framework capture information from the specific environment under management across multiple vendor platforms. Another feature, the Intersperse Visibility Ladder, creates a contextual map of a user’s unique environment. Intersperse also includes an analytic engine that performs root-cause analysis, enforces pre-defined rules and drives automated actions. Users administer the software and access the data it collects via a Web-based console.