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PRODUCTS: The latest from Transcend, Kingston, Eaton, Logitech, Quest and Websense

PRODUCTS: The latest from Transcend, Kingston, Eaton, Logitech, Quest and Websense

Latest news on the various storage devices, solutions guidance, HD webcams, updated backup solutions and bandwidth protection solutions

Transcend unveils silver series and multi-purpose on-the-go solution

Storage and multimedia products supplier, Transcend Information, has unveiled its silver series of storage products and its multi-purpose MP300.

The MP300 acts as both a digital music player and USB flash drive.

The silver series are built to combine “high fashion with high tech,” and contain three USB flash drives and two external hard drives.

The JetFlash T3S, V85 and V90 operate on USB 2.0 transfer speed. They offer read speeds of up to 18Mbps and write speeds of 5Mbps. The devices are small and lightweight, encased in metallic or alloy for cosmetic appeal. Each is available in up to 16GB capacity, and come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Transcend’s StoreJet 35U is an external HDD of up to 1.5TB capacity. Using 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, it operates via plug and play. It also has a silent 80mm fan to reduce risk of failure and is encased in aluminium with an LED indicator light, and anti-slip vertical stand. 35U is available for $159.95 for the 1TB model.

The StoreJet 25C is a portable HDD that operates and powers via USB 2.0. With up to 500GB storage capacity, it has a stainless steel cover and slip-resistant cushioned backing. It also comes with a travel pouch for portable protection.

With a focus on mobility, the MP300 contains a lithium polymer battery, providing an approximate 15 hour battery life. It also weighs 15 grams for easy carrying and portability.

The device is compatible with most popular audio formats, and operates through USB 2.0. with a drag-and-drop basis for adding and removing songs, its exterior contains a slide switch for convenient track skipping.

The MP300 is available with a two-year limited warranty for: 4GB - $39.95; 8GB - $49.95. TheT3S, V85, and V90 are all available for $25.95 for the 8GB version. The 25C is available for $119.95 for the 500GB model.

Kingston gives life to the USB

Independent memory products producer, Kingston, is now producing its DataTraveler USB flash drives with urDrive software.

urDrive is a pre-loaded application that gives customers the ability to organise their data.

Kingston Asia-Pacific region flash memory sales director, Nathan Su, said, “urDrive enables consumers of all ages to make the USB flash drive an interactive experience beyond just storing and transferring data between devices.”

Included with urDrive as Norton PC Checkup and Maxthon 3 Web browser. The latter is a diagnostic tool which scans for viruses and checks for slow performance, whereas the latter promises quick start up and rendering speeds for portable browsing. Maxthon 3 also keeps browsing data within the device for privacy.

urDrive is available as a free, pre-loaded application on Kingston’s entry-level DataTraveker 101G2, 108, and 109 USB flash drives.

Eaton aids with UPS and Power Quality Products selection

Diversified industrial manufacturer, Eaton Corporation, is helping with UPS and Power Quality Products selection with the launch of its new catalogue for A/NZ.

The catalogue offers contextual assistance for determining the appropriate UPS, while providing information on power management/distribution and protection, virtualised environments, battery service life, surge protection, maintenance and warranty plans.

Eaton Asia-Pacific senior product line manager, Michael Mallia, said, “The new UPS and Power Quality Product catalogue makes it easier for customers and our reseller channel partners to select the correct product for their own requirements.”

Eaton’s entire range of solutions is boasted in the edition, include: AC UPS from 550VA to 3500KVA, DC systems, racked-based power distribution units, IT rack enclosures, airflow management, heat containment systems and software and connectivity products.

A copy of the catalogue can be acquired via phone order or Eaton’s website.

Logitech launches secure webcam

Technology hardware and software provider, Logitech, has launched its HD Webcam C615 and C525, a series of webcams built with convenient design for portability and on-the-go communication.

Both products have a fold-and-go design with 360 degree swivel rotation for multi-vantage interaction. They have built-in autofocus, which combines with Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology to improve both video and still capture. The webcams are compatible with most popular video calling services, offering 720p HD quality on Skype, Logitech Vid HD, and Windows Live Messenger.

The C615 contains a 3-foot USB cable with an extender to take full advantage of its tripod-ready design for customisation to achieve desired angles.

The C525 offers a 60-day free trial of Fast Access face-recognition software. When installed, the webcam works with the software to scan the users face and set the image as the password as an alternative security option.

The Logitech HD Webcam C615 is available for $99.95 from JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks. The C525 is available for $79.95 at Bing Lee, Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Officeworks and The Good Guys.

Quest updates its NetVault portfolio

IT management solutions provider, Quest Software, has released updates to both its NetVault Backup and SmartDisk data protection solutions.

The Backup 8.6 is designed to improve data restoration speeds from incremental backups. Quest testing indicates that such processes are 50 per cent faster.

According to the company, the update also delivers scalability enhancements, giving “virtually no limit” to the number of files users can process in one job, as well as allowing backup storage device selection from disk through SmartDisk. Backup 8.6 also supports block-level, incremental backup for BlueArc’s high performance NAS systems.

The improvement the new SmartDisk 1.5 offers is support for backup data from NAS appliances using basic NDMP backups or NetApp’s SnapMirror-to-Tape function.

Websense protects bandwidth without censoring the entire Web

Content security and data theft protection solutions company, Websense is offering a solution that preserves bandwidth without major restrictions to Internet use.

The solution allows IT managers to regulate employee actions, reduce exposure to data-stealing attacks and command-and-control call-home traffic, without blocking potentially useful pages.

The five new URL categories which can be monitored and add to the 100 existing categories, include: dynamic DNS, viral video, surveillance URL, entertainment video and educational video.

Websense senior director of security research, Charles Renert, said, “Cybercriminals want to get into organisations, establish a presence, mine into the system, and steal data they can profit from – and the social web and dynamic NDS sites are prime avenues.”

The restriction policies offered as part of the solution to counter this include public access, time quotas, or permanent blocking of certain functions.

Websense also offers a set of over 30 new social Web controls through its Triton solution, which limits user actions on websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The new URL category sets are applicable for all WEbsense customers running WEbsense Web Filtering, Web Security/Gateway/Anywhere and Hosted Web Security/Gateway running version 7 or higher.

Social Web controls are available to subscribers of Websense Triton and Web Security Gateway/Anywhere, running on version 7 or higher.


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