Best of FOSE 2009: My picks

Pat Wittle and I had the pleasure of attending FOSE 2009: day 2 yesterday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C. We had the pleasure to take in some of the latest and greatest new technology available to government and the private sector. FOSE hosted several hundred exhibitors this year and below are my top picks for the best of show:

  • SolidAccess USSD I/O accelerators (winner of FOSE Best in Show 2009, Storage Category)

    I/O acceleration does not even begin to describe what SolidAccess is able to pull off with their latest product offerings and I encourage you to visit their web site to learn more. As we all know, mechanical I/O latency is the killer hurdle to overcome in any situation where you have a ton of data to process and need to capture or read it as quickly as possible. SolidAccess is 100% standards-based and can connect via Fibre Channel, SCSI or SAS. Access times are measured in microseconds and pricing is incredibly attractive given the benchmarks and capabilities I saw on display yesterday.

  • Napatech NT* data capture technology

    On hand at FOSE, Napatech was showing off the capabilities of their advanced hardware that allows full-speed network traffic analysis and application off-loading at speeds up to 20 Gbps with frame sizes ranging from 64-10,000 bytes. Napatech offers 10ns multi-adapter capture timestamping, multi-adapter time sync, process off-loading redirection to a max of 32 CPU cores, a native Linux-compatible API and Napatech’s own LibPCAP library.

  • PhoneFactor tokenless two-factor authentication

    If you are a geek like me, chances are that you have one or more tokens that enable you to utilize two-factor authentication. The added protection of two-factor authentication is quite nice, but having to carry around a bunch of tokens is not. PhoneFactor turns your cellular phone into the token instead. An SDK is available for a wide variety of programming languages and the system can integrate with OWA, Citrix, LogMeIn, VPNs and RADIUS. A free version is available to support up to 25 users.

  • SolarStik portable wind/solar power generators

    These things are slick and if I had the dough, I would buy one just to play with; for the money, I do not think that you could come up with a more elegant and effective solution to mobile power generation. Additionally, if you regularly need sustained power in the field, I think that the SolarStik would pay for itself in fuel savings alone. The beauty of SolarStik’s system is that it is plug-n-play, which allows for rapid connection and use with a variety of DC and AC powered devices.

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