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Sun heats up Java Enterprise System with Version 3

-- Sun Microsystems late last month updated its JES (Java Enterprise System). The latest version, JES 3, features an upgraded application server; support for HP-UX and Windows; and licenses for Sun?s Identity Manager, N1 Grid Service Provisioning System, Portal Server Mobile Access, and Java Studio Enterprise products. Also new to Release 3 is the Enterprise Edition of Sun?s application server, which supports the latest version of the J2EE specification, Version 1.4, as well as some features for improving application availability. JES Release 2 came with the standard-edition application server. Sun increased the price of the JES suite to US$140 per employee. This includes the additional products, although they are not integrated into the suite but offered separately.

Novell ships ZenWorks Asset Management

-- Filling out its ZenWorks systems management product line, Novell today will ship ZenWorks Asset Management, a set of integrated tools designed to discover and track hardware and software assets in the enterprise. ZenWorks Asset Management discovers and reports on devices including desktops, laptops, servers, routers, and switches, as well as software. Also included is a software compliance component and software usage reporting capabilities. ZenWorks Asset Management is priced at $33 per device or user.

Bluesocket tightens WLANs

-- Bluesocket last week introduced its BlueView Management System, a centralized management system for enterprise WLANs. BlueView contains configuration, policy-enforcement, and monitoring capabilities to facilitate provisioning and management of local and remote multisite WLAN deployments. Network administrators can use the system to autodiscover and manage all Bluesocket Wireless Gateways and provide real-time performance monitoring, diagnostics, detailed network information, and event/alarm notification. The BlueView Management System is currently available starting at $9,995.

NextWeb to launch VoIP via wireless

-- NextWeb will roll out a service that delivers VOIP via wireless this month. The offering will include call waiting, voice mail, caller ID, and call forwarding. The service includes a Call Manager Web portal for personal phone lists and Outlook integration, as well as Web-based ?click-to-call.? NextWeb?s service will be available via a partnership with VOIP equipment provider CommPartners.