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Product News: the latest products for the week commencing February 16, 2008

Product News: the latest products for the week commencing February 16, 2008

ShoreTel ShorePhone IP 565g

The ShorePhone IP 565g is a six-line telephone with a high-resolution colour display, gigabit Ethernet connectivity and Bluetooth headset integration. The screen displays information such as Caller ID, missed calls and voicemail indicators, as well as call status details, such as 'on hold' and 'mute'. As well as Bluetooth support, the 565g features a wideband audio codec supporting seven octaves of sound. The phone features plug-and-play installation, with automatic discovery and centralised management via ShoreWave Director, making administration quick and easy. As new software releases become available, the IP telephone can be automatically updated through network downloads.
Distributed by Westan.
RRP: $675
Web: www.shoretel.com

Plantronics CS70N

Weighing 21g, this headset has a comfortable, stylish design and is worn over the ear. The CS70N has a noise canceling microphone to ensure users receive clear sound even in a noisy environment. It can be used with traditional phone lines and IP telephony. The headset uses 1.9GHz DECT radio frequency technology, 64-bit digital encryption, and has a roaming range of up to 100 metres. Plantronics claims the batteries will last up to six hours and can be fully charged in less than three hours. The headset features mute, call answer and end controls and a volume adjuster.
Distributed by Anixter, Auroz, Copia, October House Communications, Offi ceLife and Telephone Wreckers.
RRP: $579
Web: www.plantronics.com

Aten Altusen KL1100

The Altusen KL1100 is a dual-rail PS/2-USB KVM console designed for enterprise customers needing server management solutions. It features an integrated 17-inch or 19-inch high resolution LCD monitor, a full keyboard and a touchpad in a 1U dual-rail housing with internal power built-in. The KL1100 has an external combo console port, consisting of a PS/2 or USB keyboard, a mouse and a monitor, and is compatible with existing KVM switches or servers. This makes it a good option for server rooms that already have KVM switches installed, Aten said. The LCD monitor can slide independently of the keyboard and touchpad, allowing users to have a clear view of what's going on with the server rack door closed. The KL1100 features high video quality with resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 pixels at 75Hz, and DDC2B for both monitor sizes. DDC emulation automatically adjusts the video settings of each computer, providing optimal monitor output.
Distributed by Anyware Computer Accessories.
RRP: 17-inch - $2149; 19-inch - $2499
Web: www.altusen.net

Brocade DCX Backbone

Built on four generations of datacentre technology, Brocade claims the DCX Backbone will integrate seamlessly with its existing products, including McData solutions. The Brocade DCX is aimed at users who want to build datacentre fabrics and achieve consolidation and cost savings. It features up to 896 ports of 8Gbps fibre channel, and is bundled with Brocade Adaptive Networking services. This enables users to dynamically allocate shared resources as changes occur in the requirements of virtual servers and networked storage. The fabric can also automatically adjust bandwidth and other resources according to defined service levels, which helps ensure higher priority workloads receive the resources they need. The Brocade DCX supports fibre channel, fibre channel over Ethernet, datacentre Ethernet, gigabit Ethernet and iSCSI protocols.
Distributed by Lynx Techologies.
RRP: on application
Web: www.brocade.com

Western Digital RE2-GP

Western Digital's RE2-GreenPower (GP) enterprise SATA hard drive is designed to help users increase datacentre storage capacity without exceeding, and even reducing, power consumption. The vendor's IntelliPower technology focuses on balancing spin speed, transfer rates and caching algorithms to save power while maintaining performance. According to WD, the hardware also consumes less current during startup by allowing more drives to spin up simultaneously, resulting in fast system readiness. GreenPower drives monitor workload and automatically switches to idle mode whenever possible to reduce unnecessary power consumption. IntelliSeek technology calculates optimum seek speeds to cut unnecessary power consumption, noise and vibration, while IntelliPark technology automatically "parks" recording heads when the drive is idle to reduce aerodynamic drag on the platters. The drive also features StableTrac technology, which secures the motor shaft at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilise platters. This offers better tracking during read and write operations, according to WD. The RE2-GP features RAID-specific time-limited error recovery to prevent drive fallout caused by extended hard drive error-recovery processes, and Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) to optimise operation and performance when drives are used in vibration-prone multi-drive systems, such as rack-mounted servers. WD claims the drive is highly reliable and boasts of 1.2 million hours mean time between failure.
Distributed by Achieva, TodayTech, Synnex and Westan.
RRP: $499 (1TB model)
Web: www.wdc.com

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