IT Channel News Briefs, Sept. 16

Today's headlines: Juniper invests in network analysis company; Lenovo launches SMB servers.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.

Juniper invests in Packet Design

Juniper Networks has invested $2 million in network analysis and optimization software provider Packet Design Inc., the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported Monday. Packet Design raised a total of $12 million in venture funding this week.

Juniper said in a statement that Packet Design is "an innovator in both routing and traffic analysis," and the company's software will help Juniper customers manage large and complex next-generation networks, Network World reported.

Juniper is Packet Design's first "strategic investment partner." Advanced Technology Ventures, Masthead Venture Partners and Mayfield Fund are the lead investors in the round. The new funding brings Packet Design's total financing to $44.5 million.

Lenovo enters the server market, angling for the SMB

Lenovo is entering the server market, targeting small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with its new ThinkServer line. Aiming at simplicity for SMBs that don't have IT staff, Lenovo promises the new servers are plug-and-play right out of the box. Just in case, however, the servers also come with a 90-day trial of support service, which can help customers configure the systems. The ThinkServer line includes two rack x86 servers and three towers. The ThinkServer family is available with Microsoft Windows Server or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell.

Lenovo partners will receive extensive hardware and software training to sell the servers, but there is not an extra certification required, Lenovo execs said. Partners will also be able to resell the support services that go along with the servers.

Bluenog integrates content management, BI, portal

Bluenog says its new software combines content management, portal and business intelligence (BI) talents. Bluenog ICE 4.0, available Sept. 15, consists of an enterprise content management (ECM) module, a portal development environment and a BI tool. The latter tool will enable nontechnical users to design, view and distribute reports and analytics.

Bluenog 4.0 lists for $25,000 per server per year. Piscataway, N.J.-based Bluenog is an ISV and an Oracle and Actuate solution provider partner.

VideoIQ seeks partners

VideoIQ wants partners to help sell and implement its video surveillance and analysis equipment. This week the Atlanta-based company launched a new "Inner Circle" partner program to attract them. Charter program members include NAVCO, Wachter and G4S Technology.

IT solution providers are being asked to deal with both physical and IT security needs. That means they need to assure data security with the usual raft of antivirus and antimalware software, as well as high-tech cameras and locks to keep bad guys from walking out with laptops or zip drives.

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