What's New: the latest for the week commencing March 12, 2008

What's New: the latest for the week commencing March 12, 2008

Fujitsu RX300 S4

The RX300 S4 is a compact (2U) full featured rack server. With built-in Failsafe functionality, it brings improved business continuity to corporate datacenters and allows flexible scalability for heavy application workloads and data volumes. The RX300 aims to be a strong platform for consolidation, supporting multi-threaded and multi-task usage environments and is stacked with I/O expansion options. Designed with Cool-safe technology and efficient power converters, the unit also demonstrates optimised energy usage, lowering energy bills and supporting enterprise sustainability strategies. The RX300 runs on 1-2x Xeon 5000 sequence processors, with up to 2x 6MB SLC and 1333MHz FSB, up to 48GB FBD667 memory, and up to 12 hot-plug hard disks. It has a 4.5TB modular RAID option, six free PCI slots (5x PCIe, 1x PCI-X), nECC for memory and cache, SDDC (Chipkill), memory mirroring and hot-spare option, hot-plug and redundant fans and power supplies option, dual Gbps Ethernet controllers plus extra service LAN. The RX300 S4 also features integrated remote management controller (iRMC S2), is IPMI 2.0 compatible, and has ServerView Local Service Display (LSD) or Local Service Panel (LSP) options.
Distributed by Multimedia Technology.
RRP: from $2992

Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is designed to power the next generation of networks, applications and Web services. With Windows Server 2008, users can develop, deliver and manage user experiences and applications, provide highly secure network infrastructure and increase efficiency and value within their organisation. It features an operating system that has been hardened to help protect against failure, and several new technologies which help prevent unauthorised connections to users' networks, servers, data and user accounts. Key security enhancements include Network Access Protection (NAP), Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) and Windows Firewall with advanced security. Other new features include Internet Information Server 7.0 (IIS 7.0), Terminal Services, virtualization functionality that spans the desktop to the datacentre, and updates to server functionality for enterprise workloads, including a complete redesign of the TCP/IP protocol suite which supports both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), and a new minimal installation option called Server Core. The x64 versions include the first beta of Microsoft's new Hyper-V virtualisation technology which allows users to make the best use of their server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet and Avnet.
RRP: from $1299

Opengear IM4216

The IMG4216-25 gateway enables network and system administrators to manage the IT infrastructure in distributed businesses and branch offices. Its service processor manager simplifies out-of-band management of servers with service processor technologies by automating user access and consolidating IP connections. The gateway's multiple Ethernet ports connect point-to-point with IPMI (1.5 and 2.0), DRAC, RSA, iLO and ALOM service processors. The gateway's SDTConnector management client integrates with Dell OpenManage, IBM Director and other lights-out management applications to simplify operations. The service processors use secure SqL and console communications over side-band or out-of-band channels to remotely control the servers at all levels. The BIOS can be reconfigured, the operating system rebooted or the server power cycled - even when the main CPU itself is not operating. Managers can have full KVM graphical control of applications running on the server, even when in-band network access to the server is down.
Distributed by Opengear.
RRP: $4895

NEC Express5800/120Rj-2

This dual-processor 2U rack server is designed for scalability, reliability, and manageability. With its support for both Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, the 120Rj-2 addresses different customer environments and configuration needs. RAID 5 and 6 are supported for advanced data protection. Designed to perform data-intensive processing tasks, the 120Rj-2 is optimised for medium and large-sized businesses. Key technical features include multi-core Intel Xeon processors for data-intensive processing, improved application performance, and energy efficient operation, up to six 3.5-inch SAS/ SATA disk drives or eight 2.5-inch SAS disk drives, with RAID 5 and 6 capability as option and six I/O slots provided as standard, optional riser cards available for three different slot mix options. The Expressscope Engine 2 server management controller enables system administrators to remotely monitor the health of server components and operate the servers, regardless of power and operating system status.
Distributed by NEC.
RRP: $5882

HP ProLiant C3000

HP ProLiant servers are tested with value-add management software and drivers as well as certified on Windows Server 2008. The ProLiant C3000 BladeSystem has a compact enclosure that makes it suitable for smaller technology sites, branch offices and remote locations. The rack-based C3000 features a compact 10.5-inch-high design that fits up to eight blades, plugs into a standard wall outlet and provides easy-to-connect networking. The tower version of the C3000 is outfitted with the same features and requires two square feet of floor space. The C3000 has full compatibility with the existing line of HP BladeSystem c-Class servers and network connectivity options. Implementation of the C3000 requires no special power, cooling or staff, easing midsize customers' ability to gain the benefits of a fully bladed environment. When compared to standard rack servers, customers can realise power and cooling savings of up to 30 per cent, storage-area networking (SAN) connection costs are reduced up to 60 per cent and cabling by up to 94 per cent.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Avnet.
RRP: from $6000

IBM System x3850 M2

The IBM System x3850 is a balanced, reliable enterprise server for everyday business needs. The system design supports more applications and helps clients manage expanding business needs. It features mission-critical availability to help prevent interruptions in day-to-day enterprise operations, high-bandwidth, low-latency memory subsystem built on DDR II registered DIMM technology and 'green' measures through server memory technology using less power and new, high-efficiency power supplies. The x3850 features fourth generation Enterprise XArchitecture chipset design enhancements, Active Memory with features such as Memory ProteXion, hot-add memory and Chipkill memory, two times more memory availability than previous generations with 32 DIMM slots, and the ability to upgrade to scalable system with the ScaleXpander Option kit allowing customers the flexibility to scale as their business needs change.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet and Avnet.
RRP: pricing on application

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