Sourcefire Inc. unveiled its Intrusion Management System (IMS) last month, an amalgam of data management capabilities and high-speed network protection supported by two new additions to Sourcefire’s array of network sensors. Designed to quickly sift through and analyze high-volume security event information, Sourcefire’s Intel-based chasses, appliances and IMS offer an IDS (intrusion detection system) solution featuring a management console and integrated database. Sourcefire’s new Network Sensor 3000 is for beyond-gigabit speeds, while the Network Sensor 2000 is made to monitor as much as 300Mbps; the branch office tailor-made Network Sensor 1000 is for 35Mbps. Pricing for Sourcefire’s Network Sensor 3000 is US$24,995. Network Sensor 2000 costs US$12,995 and Network Sensor 1000 is US$4,995.

Net App gets the edge

With competition in the storage marketplace intense this quarter, EMC Corp. was knocked out of first place in key market revenue areas, including network-attached storage (NAS) and open storage-area networks (SAN), a report from market research firm IDC shows. Network Appliance Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif., took the lead from EMC this past quarter in the NAS area, with 38 per cent revenue share compared with EMC’s 31 per cent. In the open SAN market, Hewlett-Packard Co. nudged EMC out of the top spot, taking 30 per cent revenue share, compared with EMC’s 27 per cent. Overall, EMC saw its worldwide disk sales drop 21 per cent quarter-to-quarter, according to the report.

Lucent takes SIP of IP

Lucent Technologies Inc. last month broadened its circuit-to-packet migration offerings with a switch and components designed to enable service providers to evolve Class 5 networks to IP. Lucent’s 5E-XC switch for its 5ESS circuit switches nearly triples the capacity of the venerable Class 5 system while requiring considerably less floor space. The switch also features Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), which enables the 5ESS to support new services in addition to existing telephony services, according to Lucent. SIP is an industry standard protocol used in IP networks to communicate among existing and next-generation call control elements and application servers. The 5E-XC components are all available now.