Product News: The latest products from Asus, Fortinet, Toshiba, NetApp & Lite-On

Product News: The latest products from Asus, Fortinet, Toshiba, NetApp & Lite-On

ARN reviews the latest products

Asus Bamboo Series

Using Asus’ Super Hybrid Engine, the Bamboo notebook preserves power internally by monitoring component power requirements and automatically adjusting to meet consumption needs. Featuring a 12.1-inch WXGA LED-backlit LCD, this notebook runs off an Intel Centrino 2 chip, comes with DDR 2 800MHz RAM and has a 2.5-inch SATA drive. Weighing 1.57kg, the Bamboo Series notebook is crafted from recyclable bamboo, making it light, durable and renewable, Asus claims. The machine offers wireless connectivity and gigabit Ethernet high-speed connection to the Internet, and is equipped with a built-in 0.3 megapixel Web cam and high quality microphone. There are a range of privacy protection and security features including fingerprint authentication and TPM security. The Bamboo Series notebook comes with a variety of connectivity ports including three USB 2.0 ports, one e-SATA, an eight-in-one card reader, VGA port, headphone/SPIDIF Out, Mic in, LAN, modem, WLAN switch and HDMI port. A smaller machine with 11.1-inch screen is also available. The machine comes loaded with Windows Vista Ultimate.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro and Synnex.

RRP: $3499


Fortinet FortiGate-620B

Expandable up to 24 ports and providing 16Gbps firewall and 12Gbps VPN throughput, this multi-threat security appliance offers enterprises high port density and flexibility when segmenting their networks. The FortiGate-620B integrates eight core security functions: Antivirus, intrusion prevention (IPS), spyware prevention, antispam, Web content filtering, traffic shaping, VPN and firewall. According to the vendor, the FortiGate-620B represents a doubling in performance and port density over its FortiGate-310B appliance, which was introduced earlier this year and is designed for the mid-range segment. The appliance is based on Fortinet’s FortiAsic network processor and content processor technologies for accelerated unified threat management inspection. As with all FortiGate systems, the appliance consolidates critical security technology and services to enhance network protection and reduce total cost of ownership, the vendor claims. FortiGate systems are kept up to date via Fortinet’s FortiGuard subscription services, which provide updates around the clock to protect against the latest viruses, worms, trojans and other threats.

Distributed by: Lan 1, WhiteGold Solutions and Firewall Systems.

RRP: $26,995


NetApp FAS3160

The FAS3160 sits alongside NetApp’s FAS3140 and FAS3170 offerings and aims to deliver improved price/performance, flexibility and scalability in a mid-range storage system. The NetApp FAS3100 series offers customers a single unified storage architecture and common suite of application-aware software and management tools using the vendor’s Data ONTAP operating system. Key features of the FAS3160 appliance include thin provisioning, de-duplication, RAID-DP and FlexClone. The FAS3160 provides maximum raw capacity of 672TB, up to 16BG ECC memory (in active/active configuration mode) and up to 4GB non-volatile memory. The unit has up to eight Fibre Channel ports and four gigabit Ethernet ports with eight expansion slots (active/active configuration mode) and is based on hot-swappable components. Standard software features include RAID manager, snapshot, Fast Boot and the vendor’s browser-based FilerView tool, for storage management. The FAS3160 storage system is also enterprise flash ready. According to the vendor, leveraging flash memory as a modular read cache in the storage controller gives customers a cost-effective way to optimise performance.

Distributed by: SAN Systems.

RRP: $261,000


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