Product News: the latest for the week commencing March 26, 2008

Product News: the latest for the week commencing March 26, 2008

Packeteer PacketShaper 900

According to Packeteer, the PacketShaper 900 is a small but feature-rich WAN optimisation appliance for Layer 7 Plus visibility, control, compression and acceleration of application traffic. It is suited to space and power constrained locations, such as some government, resources, military and retail environments. The PS900 offers the performance and functionality of larger PacketShaper models for Intelligent Service Assurance, and can monitor and troubleshoot performance, enforce QoS policies and accelerate applications on a single device. The device includes high-definition application visibility and analysis, and support for multiple (primary/backup for multi-homed) WAN connections. The PS900 also has fail-to-wire capability on both pairs of ports to support redundant WAN connections. Packeteer is also offering a PS900 Lite model. This has the same visibility and optimisation technology as the PS900 but reduces the number of traffic class supports and some of the detailed performance reports. Both units are fully supported by Packeteer's central management and reporting platform, IntelligenceCenter, which provides customers with end-to-end enterprise visibility in combination with these and other Packeteer solutions. The PS900 has maximum concurrent flows of 5K, a maximum throughput of 2Mbps and 10 maximum compression tunnels, and allows 5000 IP flows with up to 256 classes. The PS900 Lite allows 4000 IP flows and five active tunnels, and up to 64 classes.

Distributed by Westcon Group and Express Data.
RRP from $3477 (PS900); $2408 (PS900 Lite)

Linksys DMA2200

This new extender works with a user's Windows Vista Media Center PC to stream music, photos, videos and radio to any networked media station or entertainment system. The DMA2200 uses Dual Band Wireless-n technology to maximize range. Its built-in DVD-video player upscales to 720p, 1080i and 1080p, making the Media Center Extender useful for high-definition screens. With a TV tuner embedded in the host, users can record and stream TV shows for playback in high-definition, allowing rewind, fast forward and pausing. The DMA2200 has three antennas for 802.11 N-Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz connectivity, and offers 64-, 128- and 256-bit security keys as well as WEP, WPA and WPA2 support. The extender is compatible with Windows Vista certified or equivalent computers running Vista Home Premium or Ultimate edition. It requires an Intel P4 2.4GHz or higher or AMD equivalent processor, 1GB of RAM and 100Mbps Ethernet connection.
Distributed by Express Data, Ingram Micro, Westcon Group and Multimedia Technology.
RRP $450

HP Pavilion tx2000

Decked out in a high-gloss "Echo" Imprint finish, the tx2000 is part of HP's Entertainment Notebook series. It has a built-in digitiser and resistive touchscreen technology. The tx2000 is powered by an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile TL-64 processor, and offers a variety of entertainment functions through HP's QuickPlay 3.6 software. The notebook has a built-in Nvidia Ge-Force Go 6150 chip to enhance games and multimedia applications, and a 12.1-inch widescreen high-definition (1280 x 800) display. The screen can be twisted 180 degrees to suit different viewing environments or tight spaces. The tx2000 also has integrated Ethernet 10/100/1000 and 802.11a/b/g/n with Bluetooth connectivity. It has a built-in DVD burner with LightScribe technology, three USB ports and can be fitted with a 120GB, 160GB or 250GB hard drive. There's also an integrated Web cam and mini remote control allowing greater control and navigation through Windows Vista's multimedia features.
Distributed by Ingram Micro.
RRP from $2199

Tandberg FS-1610

The Tandberg Viking FS-1610 has been designed as a comprehensive data storage, backup and recovery network-attached solution that allows file sharing in heterogeneous environments. Powered by Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 or Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003, the Viking FS-1610 offers ease of deployment, flexibility and seamless integration to a customer's network environment, according to Tandberg. Users have the flexibility to select the desired operating platform based on their requirements, and can customise different RAID levels for protecting the operating system partitions. The device has quick-restore functionality via Recovery DVD image. This brings it back to a factory default within minutes. The Viking FS-1610 NAS has connectivity support for external tape units or tape autoloaders via its Ultra320 SCSI controller, which allows direct connection to these types of devices. The Viking can store up to 16TB of data.
Distributed by ACA Pacific, Datastor, T Data and Westan.
RRP from $10,580

D-Link DGL-4500

The DGL-4500 Xtreme N Router offers D-Link's draft 802.11n Wi-Fi combined with an updated version of its QoS technology. The intelligent packet processing engine is integrated directly into the router, giving applications, such as streaming video, VoIP and online games, priority for bandwidth over other Internet applications, email and FTP transfers. According to the vendor, users can maximise online performance by incorporating D-Link's Xtreme N Duo wireless technology (allowing users to choose the 2.4GHz or 5GHz band), and a high-perfomance CPU. The DGL-4500 has gigabit WAN and LAN ports for improved performance when used as a wired router. Its built-in network activity OLED display allows users to check security types on the router, network speeds and wireless network names. The available D-Link Network Monitor Yahoo! widget means users can access real-time network information on the desktop.
Distributed by BJE Enterprises, Bluechip Infotech, Edsys Computers, Ingram Micro, Lan 1, Pacific Datacom, Page Data Products and Synnex.
RRP $430

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