Published: August 8th, 2003

Software fixes dodgy patches

Altiris Inc. recently rolled out software that allows customers to roll back patches made to servers, desktops and laptop PCs in the event of patch problems. Called Recovery Solution, the software is integrated into Altiris’ Patch Management Solution. In the fourth quarter, Altiris is slated to further enhance the Patch Management Solution by adding the ability to track patches and prepare and deliver critical updates for third-party Windows applications. Patch Management Solution is part of Altiris’ Server Provisioning Suite, which costs US$300 per node. The Recovery Solution is US$69 per node.

Tandberg is adding more options to its videoconferencing products with the release of a gateway tool designed to bridge the world of IP and ISDN-based conferencing. The Tandberg Gateway comes in two models – 2Mbps and 4Mbps – that support up to eight simultaneous point-to-point video calls, depending on the bandwidth used in each call. The gateway will work with endpoints from rivals Polycom Inc., VCON Inc. and Sony Corp. Tandberg’s Gateway costs US$32,000 for the 4Mbps model and US$22,000 for the 2Mbps model. Tandberg is offering the 4Mbps model at the same price as the 2Mbps edition through Oct. 31.

NSI rolls out data replication tool

NSI Software Inc. last month launched data replication software for small and midsize businesses and remote offices within enterprise-size businesses. Called Double-Take for Windows – Workgroup NAS Edition, the software lets data be copied locally or across distances between Windows Powered network-attached storage devices for disaster-recovery purposes. It also can be installed so that a Windows Powered NAS appliance replicates data to a Windows server or to a storage-area network/NAS gateway in a data centre. The product starts at US$5,000. More information is available at