SofaWare Technologies, a subsidiary of Check Point Software Technologies, has announced a new security appliance aimed at remote office environments or teleworkers. SofaWare S-box can be deployed easily in any DSL or cable Internet environment, according to the company. The appliance features Check Point Stateful Inspection technology for security, and will protect all computer and Internet devices in the home. As well, the box features an intuitive Web interface, and a home network platform (four-port 10/100_ compatible with cable and DSL modems or other high-speed networks. The company also says the appliance requires no maintenance, and will install in five minutes by non-technical users. For more information, visit

Net Optics Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., will next month release an all-optical analyzer switch that the company says is able to analyze and monitor traffic from up to 100 networks. The SpyderSwitch, which can be rack-mounted or used standalone, is a passive switch that sits between the analyzer console and the network, and connects to the analyzer through a DB-9 cable. It is compatible with any analyzer console according to the company, including Sniffer from Sniffer Technologies Inc. and Internet Advisor from Agilent Technologies Inc. With 4, 6, 32 or 100 ports, pricing for the switch begins at US$13,900. The company can be found on the Web at

Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware Inc. this month announced the latest release of what it calls its advanced virtual computing software for enterprise server consolidation and management. VMware ESX Server 1.1 features enhancements such as simpler installation and improved security, the company says. The software is targeted at corporate and service provider data centres, enabling what the company calls “complete isolation of multiple servers running together on standard Intel hardware with guaranteed service levels of CPU, memory and network bandwidth.” For more information, visit the company on the Web at