Product news: The latest for the week commencing April 23, 2008

Product news: The latest for the week commencing April 23, 2008

ARN reviews the latest products for the week commencing April 23, 2008

Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu UltraSparc T2 Plus

The third-generation CMT Sparc Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers are designed to help customers consolidate the datacentre into an ultra-dense, energy efficient computing environment, optimised and managed by the Solaris10 operating system. The vendors claim both models deliver up to 16 times higher compute density than competitive two-socket x86 systems and up to 32 times higher compute density than competitive four-socket x86 systems. The Sparc Enterprise T5140 and T5240 are dual-socket, general purpose servers powered by the UltraSparc T2 Plus processor. They feature up to 128 compute threads in compact one- or two-rack units and a high memory and internal disk capacity, helping customers to consolidate their datacentre infrastructure into a smaller, energy efficient environment. The Sparc Enterprise T5140 and T5240 servers also offer flexible, open source, no-cost virtualisation technologies with Solaris Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms). By allowing up to 128 virtual servers per system, customers can deploy 5120 isolated domains per rack. On-chip, integrated PCI-E and cryptographic acceleration, coupled with high reliability server design and the Solaris OS, helps customers to securely run highly utilised and virtualised infrastructure to support demanding Web and enterprise application environments, according to the vendors. Sun and Fujitsu are also offering a range of developer tools including CoolTools and Sun Studio 12 software.

Distributed by: itX

RRP: T5140 - from $19,870; T5240 - from $23,845


Pioneer DreamBook 9008

The DreamBook Style 9008 is based on Intel's new Centrino 2 processor, a platform that boasts a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 25W. The machine features a thin 15.4-inch WXGA LCD CCFL backlight/LED backlight screen, an ATI Radeon M82 256M GDDR II VGA card with a maximum of 4GB memory, and runs at speeds of 667MHZ/800MHz. Users can select a variety of hard drive sizes with the notebook, from 120G to 320G, which can be either hard disk or solid-state drives. The notebook features a DVD burner, two USB ports, Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities and a Kensington Lock for security. It also has a memory card reader built-in which supports SD/MS/MS Pro and MMC formats. The DreamBook Style features 802.11a/g/n wireless connectivity, as well as Gigabit LAN on-board. The notebook comes with a user-swappable 8-cell battery, weighs 2.8kg and has Windows Vista home premium version installed.

Distributed by: Pioneer Computers

RRP: from $1399


MIMEsweeper Web Appliance 1.2

Clearswift's MIMEsweeper Web Appliance 1.2 combines a content security engine with URL blocker and antivirus/malware and anti-spyware capabilities. Version 1.2 has several new Web security and data loss prevention capabilities, including full HTTPS content analysis and reverse proxy deployment, to protect Web servers from malware and inappropriate content. HTTPS content analysis allows administrators to apply MIMEsweeper's content analysis and malware controls to all HTTPS encrypted traffic, preventing malicious code and other Web-born threats from entering the organisation. MIMEsweeper's Reverse Proxy version also delivers policy-based content security proxy to protect Web servers from malicious, profane or inappropriate file uploads, and allows organisations to deploy a reverse proxy to protect servers from malware. The appliance has a GUI designed for easy day-to-day management and gives IT managers granular policy management, reporting and 30-minute installation.

Distributed by: Clearswift

RRP: from $15,042


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