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Issue Date: June 2007

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1 June 2007

Seamless connectivity
DataPro has announced it will offer the WiPoD failsafe access device to its clients throughout South Africa.
The WiPoD, designed and assembled locally by Durban-based Strattice and manufactured in Taiwan, is a compact plug-and-play router, switch and server that delivers seamless connectivity by switching automatically between alternative networks. It can be used with fixed-line ADSL or Diginet connections as well as a range of wireless options including 3G, EDGE and iBurst.
"Whenever one network fails for whatever reason, the WiPoD automatically switches all traffic to another network without any interruption," says DataPro MD, Gary Sweidan. "Users probably will not even notice when it happens. For any business that cannot afford any kind of network downtime, the WiPoD is a superbly easy-to-use and cost effective option."
EMC launches Innovation Network
EMC has announced the formation of the new EMC Innovation Network. The global, collaborative community including some of the world's brightest technology minds comprises EMC research, advanced development resources, university research partners and key customers that will seek to drive the exploration, discovery and application of new technologies that will shape the future of information infrastructure.
In addition to a broad range of ongoing EMC advanced development and research, the EMC Innovation Network will explore key insights into how information technology is delivered, particularly as it relates to the management and use of information itself.
New FSC notebook with Duo processor
Fujitsu Siemens Computers new LIFEBOOK S6410 13,3-inch notebook sports an Intel Centrino Duo processor with the Intel 965GM chipset, weighs 1,7 kg and has a battery life of up to one working day. It will be available from July.
Thanks to Intel's Turbo Memory function, long delays while waiting for a notebook to boot are a thing of the past, while high-speed Internet access with the LIFEBOOK S6410 is assured by integrated WLAN and Bluetooth, as well as UMTS/HSUPA. HSUPA allows download speeds of up to 7,2 Mbps and upload speeds of 1,4 Mbps. The integrated ConfCamera means that the S6410 is ideally suited to videoconferencing.
Wireless-enable your MFD
Westcon SA has introduced the Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer which enables wireless printing to a multifunction device (MFD) while also simultaneously networking a USB-device.
The Linksys WPSM54G is easy to install and provides full network access to multifunction devices to fax, scan, or copy from any PC on the network without the need for a separate, dedicated always-on PC to manage the process. Print jobs are automatically cued and processed by the WPSM54G, eliminating the need for a manual connection to the device.
The device connects the multifunction printer directly to the network by 10/100 wired Ethernet or 54 Mbps Wireless-G and prevents the congestion associated with having a print server on a dedicated PC.
Xerox switches to Red Hat
Xerox, distributed throughout sub Saharan Africa by Bytes Document Solutions has implemented a new ERP environment that is powered by Dell servers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
The solution was designed by Dell with Obsidian Systems as a Dell Professional Services partner and Oracle Consulting Services with EOH as implementation partners for the ERP application set.
Xerox purchased four PowerEdge 6850 servers from Dell as well as the Dell EMC CX500 storage solutions with over 1,2 terabytes of storage.
New document automation suite
SPI has announced the release of a new document automation solution suite, Design Centre and Document Server from Optio.
Optio Design Centre enables customers to create and customise documents, forms and document workflow processes for execution and multi-channel distribution by Optio's Document Server solution. The Document Server captures, transforms, customises and automatically distributes outbound business documents according to customer preferences. Based on service-oriented architecture (SOA), Optio's Design Centre and Document Server (DC and DS) solutions seamlessly integrate with leading ERP systems and all other Optio output applications.
New compact video server
Axis Communications has released the AXIS 247S, a high-performance single channel video encoder that measures just 98 x 99 x 41mm, ideal for integrating analog cameras where a discreet installation requiring minimal space is needed. The server's small size allows it to be placed close to an analog camera even where there are space constraints.
The AXIS 247S supports PoE (Power over Ethernet), with a power out connection for the analog camera, making the total installation significantly simpler as no separate power cabling is needed. Analog video is converted to high quality, de-interlaced video at up to 30 fps in 4CIF (704 x 576) resolution which is available in simultaneous Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 for optimal transmission quality and bandwidth tuning.
J2 Software launches T3 Insure
J2 Software has launched a new T3 Insure division and now offers customers global theft insurance. T3 Insure offers you 12 month Global Theft insurance, up to a maximum value equal to US$ 1500.00 (about R10 000,00), for R499,00 per annum.
The T3 Security Key protects ones computer from unauthorised access and acts as an ignition key to start-up ones computer. Comprising a USB key and a software application to detect the USB key, the T3 Security Key prevents access to any data on ones computer.
The T3 Insure concept is based around the insurance coverage offered by other T3 products, without the data security elements.
CA simplifies security
CA has announced the release of two threat mitigation solutions that unify and simplify the implementation of essential security measures. CA Threat Manager r8.1 is designed for larger enterprise accounts. It combines best-of-breed CA Anti-Spyware r8.1 with CA Anti-Virus r8.1 to provide an integrated web-based management console that streamlines tasks such as monitoring, scanning and delivering updates. The new version also offers broad platform support - including Windows Vista and earlier Windows versions, as well as non-Windows platforms such as UNIX (Linux and Sun Solaris) and Macintosh Intel OS X.
CA Protection Suites r3.0, developed for small and mid-sized businesses that have minimal IT support, are available in five specially priced and packaged versions to support various Microsoft platforms.
The suites provide SMBs with a complete and fully integrated anti-virus, anti-spyware, backup and desktop migration technology, so that SMBs can easily protect themselves against a full range of potential business risks while minimising IT costs.
Dell does solid state drives
Dell has announced it is offering a 1,8-inch 32 GB solid state drive (SSD) from SanDisk on Latitude D420 ultra-mobile and D620 ATG semi-rugged notebooks. Dell sees potential for flash-based drives and is committing to offer them across next generation Latitude notebooks because they enable better reliability, increased performance and noise reduction. A SSD is a hard-drive alternative based on flash memory.
Engineering tests show that the SSD has an operating shock tolerance of up to 1300 Gs, which is twice the rating of mechanical drives. In fact, during extreme impact testing the surrounding notebook hardware breaks before the drive. In addition, the drives are predicted to reduce the probability of failure by three-and-one-half times compared to standard mechanical drives.


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