Product News: the latest products for the week commencing February 27, 2008


OQO's new ultramobile PC (UMPC) has a 64GB solid state drive (SSD) and runs off a 1.6GHz Via c7M ULV processor. Its 5-inch WVGA LCD screen displays information at 800 x 480 resolution and includes a backlit 58-key thumb keyboard. The unit weighs 450g and supports 802.11a/b/g wireless networks and Bluetooth 2.0. The UMPC offers up to three hours standard battery life and comes with a VGA/Ethernet adapter and single USB port. Using NAND flash to reduce application launch speeds and boot time, it also features proprietary anti-reflective technology to minimise the impact of direct sunlight and heighten contrast when used outdoors. The unit comes with either Windows Vista Ultimate/Business or Windows XP Tablet PC edition 2005/XP Professional.
Distributed by Tegatech.
RRP: from $2649

New Universe Digital Photo Frame

The New Universe digital photo frame has an 8-inch LCD screen and displays photos of up to 12 megapixel at 800 x 600 resolution. The frame is compatible with motion.jpg and AVI formats, and features a built-in compact flash, SD/MMC, MS and XD-Picture card reader. The frame has 256MB of built-in memory and features photo rotate, zoom, copy and delete options, as well as the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, tint and colour. The frame has a slideshow function and variable frame styles as well as built-in speakers, allowing users to add background music. New Universe has also included a MultiView feature for viewing multiple photos on a single slide during a slideshow.
Distributed by Bluechip Infotech.
RRP: $215

HP BL870c

This scalable four-socket server blade can run up to four Intel Itanium processors and four internal SAS disk drives. it houses up to 96GB of memory, and operates alongside HP's BladeSystem c-Class c3000 and c7000 enclosures. Using HP Solution Blocks tools developed for Integrity servers, users can implement HPtested configurations and quickly deploy business applications on the BladeSystem. The BL870c can run Microsoft Windows, HP-UX 11i v2, HP-UX 11i v3, OpenVMS, RedHat or SuSE operating systems. HP said the introduction of the BL870c to the HP BladeSystem family allows businesses to deploy and manage Integrity or ProLiant servers in a single blade enclosure with a set of common management tools. Designed to save organizations space, HP claims users can fit two-and-a-half times as many BL870c server blades into the same space as a rack mount configuration.
Distributed by Avnet and Ingram Micro.
RRP: from $8000

Swann RedAlert Security Kit

The RedAlert Security Kit is an affordable and effective entry-level video surveillance solution, according to Swann. The lightweight and portable kit includes a wireless CCTV camera with a motion detection recording solution and supports up to four wired or wireless cameras. It features multi-view, single channel recording that is transferred directly to an SD memory card and only records video images when movement is detected to save memory. The RedAlert Security Kit records content as AVI video or JPEG images. The standard 128MB SD card supplied can store up to 2000 still images or 250 10-second video grabs. Up to 2GB SD memory cards can be used to record and store a larger number of files. Although the kit can only record one channel at a time, it does provide picture-in-picture viewing so the user can see two cameras simultaneously.
Distributed by Ingram Micro.
RRP: $299

Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.0

This security management platform aims to automate critical patch management and help users protect their network from unwanted software applications and security threats. Its role-based administration tools allow users to delegate scan, deployment, and report generation responsibility among a variety of individuals within the organisation. Shavlik NetChk Protect 6.0 has built-in support for security patches, non-security patches and non-Microsoft patches. Users can create XML files defining an in-house product (such as a custom CRM application) or a third-party product (like SAP), and scan and deploy their own patches across these applications. A machine-centric view allows users to see all managed systems on one screen, regardless of when a system is scanned. The user can then filter the view by specific time frames. Machine-centric view also gives users the ability to manage integration and display agent-based results based on specific scans. Multiple agent policies can be used to specify different sets of required patches for groups of machines. For example, users can create multiple patch policies for agent-based systems that deliver patches tailored to each department. Protect 6.0's custom patch editor has a wizard-like interface for creating and maintaining custom patches and offers architecture that blends agentless or agent-based solutions.
Distributed by Unixpac.
RRP: from $27 per seat for high volume purchases