What's New: <i>ARN</i> looks at the latest servers for the week commencing July 4, 2007.

What's New: <i>ARN</i> looks at the latest servers for the week commencing July 4, 2007.

Sun Blade 6000 Server

The Sun Blade 6000 Modular System Server offers customers the option of mixing and matching Intel, AMD and Sun's UltraSPARC T1 processors to optimise performance for all applications. In addition, it supports Solaris, Windows and Linux operating systems. According to Sun, it has double the I/O capacity of competing blades and rack-mount servers, increasing the datacentre lifecycle. The 6000 Modular System is ideal for multiple environments including virtualisation and consolidation, Web infrastructure, high performance computing and back office (CRM, ERP, DIDW). Customers can plug up to 10 blades into a single chassis with up to four chassis per rack for a full capacity of up to 320 cores, 2.5TB of memory and 5Tbps usable I/O throughput per rack.

Distributed by itX
RRP: entry-level pricing starts at $6155 for the Sun Blade 6000 chassis.

IBM BladeCentre S

Designed for SMBs, the IBM BladeCentre S is half the size of a typical blade system and can sit on a desktop, plug into a standard power outlet, and manage up to six blade servers simultaneously. Featuring integrated hardware and software commonly used by mid-size businesses - antivirus/firewall, VoIP, email, collaboration, backup and recovery and file and print applications - the new system is designed to run in a typical office environment. Configuration is similar to how a consumer would set up a home PC. Following a wizard-based installation interface an administrator plugs the blade servers into the system, plugs the system into a power outlet, and launches a management tool that enables point-and-click configuration via an express or custom install. For businesses operating branch offices - such as retailers or financial institutions - IT administrators can pre-configure hundreds of systems to operate in the same manner and ship them out the door knowing a branch manager will be able to simply plug a system in and power it up.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet and Avnet.

HP Ultrium 448c

Ideal for HP BladeSystem c-Class customers who are not connected to a storage area network (SAN), this tape blade provides direct-attach data protection for the adjacent server as well as network backup protection for all data within the enclosure. The first HP StorageWorks tape product developed exclusively for BladeSystem c-Class enclosures, the Ultrium 448c Tape Blade has a half-height blade form factor that lets users enhance the use of available slots within the enclosure. It delivers a compressed storage capacity of 400GB on a single data cartridge and a compressed transfer rate of up to 172.8GB per hour at 2:1 compression. The Ultrium leverages HP Dynamic Power Saving mode to achieve up to a 22 per cent reduction in power requirements. It also supports HP One-Button Disaster Recovery, which allows quick recovery of operating system, applications and data from the latest backup set in the event of a hard drive failure. This tape blade solution ships standard with HP StorageWorks Data Protector Express Single Server Edition data protection software.
Distributed by Lynx Technologies, Avnet, Dicker Data and Ingram Micro.
RRP: $3116

SnapManager for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Network Appliance has added SnapManager for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to its suite of application management solutions. SnapManager provides customers with enterprise-class backup, recovery, deployment, and management to help dramatically reduce costs associated with data management. NetApp claims it is providing Office SharePoint Server 2007 customers with a cost-effective data management foundation and robust backup and recovery capabilities for resilient and scalable storage. By leveraging other NetApp software such as NetApp SnapMirror, customers can achieve simple, fl exible, and cost-effective Snapshot replication and mirroring for disaster recovery of SharePoint Server data. NetApp also provides tools that centralise data into storage pools to easily scale Microsoft Office SharePoint Server environments. NetApp FlexVol software will easily resize storage pools to maximise storage resource utilisation.
Distributed by Avnet
RRP: Price on application

2X ApplicationServer 5

The 2X ApplicationServer 5 for small businesses delivers Citrix-like functionality without user or connection limitation for single Windows Terminal Servers. The new release targets entrepreneurs running small businesses. It lets users seamlessly publish and manage any Windows application onto remote Windows, Mac or Linux desktops. The application only needs to be installed once on the server. Transmitting screen updates rather than the client server data allows for remote access from any location. The Enterprise version is a centrally administered, server-based computing solution which installs and deploys in minutes. It is perfect for organizations with mobile workforces, remote offices and telecommuters, supporting full redundancy and other management features. The new integrated universal printer is a single driver printing solution for 2X ApplicationServer. It enables any client device to print to any shared network printer of any make, model, or print driver.
Distributed by 2x.
RRP: from $695

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