Product News: latest for the week commencing March 19, 2008
- 19 March, 2008 09:58
Brocade 7500EThe 7500E SAN Router is a Fibre Channel over IP extension solution designed for entry-level remote data replication. The unit supports redundant power supplies, fast write acceleration, compression capabilities, SO-TCP and fabric isolation for resiliency. According to Brocade, the new appliance provides WAN link and remote SAN fault isolation by avoiding fabric merges, increasing availability for mission-critical applications and minimising risk. The Brocade 7500E can access extra Fibre Channel port connectivity as it can be seamlessly upgraded to full 7500 capability via a software license upgrade. It is compatible with the entire Brocade datacenter infrastructure range, including the new Brocade DCX Backbone. Deployment and management is handled via Web-based tools that allows local and remote control. The router is bundled with two 4Gbps Fibre Channel ports and two 1Gb Ethernet ports, and redundant power supplies and fans.
Distributed by: Lynx Technologies.
RRP: on application
IPFX 5.1IPFX 5.1 is the first building block of a new unified communications product range from IPFX, called Dimensions. This suite is made up of four software categories - unified productivity, contact centre, unified communications and telephony platforms. Key features in IPFX 5.1 include support for Cisco Call Manager 5.1 and 6.0, beta support for IPFX Mobility on Blackberry, and beta support for NEC PBX. The UC suite supports Windows Vista and Office 2007, Linksys phone SPA901, SPA922, SPA942, PAP2 and PAP2T, as well as support for Exchange 2007, including the ability to attach voicemail as a .wma file instead of a .wav. It also has an improved interface for IPFX for Lotus Notes, an expanded call alert, enhanced IPFX for Outlook interface, the ability to run IPFX as a Windows service and Web-cam integration.
Distributed by: IPFX.
Logitech ClearChatThis wireless headset allows users to move freely up to 10m from their computer. Designed primarily for online calling, the headset has a USB transmitter and connects to either PC or Mac with no software or pairing required. The unit features 2.4GHz wireless technology for uncompressed stereo audio, a noise-cancelling microphone and uses an algorithm to minimise interference in busy wireless environments. For the user's comfort the headset features a padded headband and plush ear pads. It works with several Internet calling applications, including Skype, Windows Live, Yahoo, Google Talk and AIM. Logitech claims the use of laser design technology means audio quality is high enough for users to use the headset to listen to music, movies and play games on the PC. The headset comes with a two-year warranty.
Distributed by: Ingram Micro.
Wyse X90LThe X90L and X90Le mobile thin clients are solid state-based, eliminating fans and spinning parts. Wyse claims security is also enhanced by losing a local HDD. The two new units run off a Via C7-M ULV processor and have 15.4-inch LCD widescreens. Features include multimedia support in virtualised environments, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, VGA and DVI display outputs, SD card slot for additional storage, Bluetooth 2.0 support and an integrated smart card reader. Like all Wyse mobile thin clients, users can leverage desktop virtualisation solutions such as Citrix Presentation Server and Citrix XenDesktop, VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Microsoft Windows Terminal Server environments as well as access existing backend infrastructure using the Ericom - PowerTerm Terminal Emulation. Both models have Citrix Password Manager Client for two-factor security and come with Windows XP embedded.
Distributed by: Express Data and itX.
RRP: from $940
Norton 360 Version 2.0Norton 360 Version 2.0 includes Symantec's patent-pending Browser Protection technology that defends against drive-by downloads and other new or unknown threats that exploit vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The software suite includes Norton Identity Safe technology to store passwords and other personal information securely. Norton Identity Safe also offers automatic form-filling capabilities and one-click login to trusted sites, and safeguards against phishing sites, the vendor claims. Backup capabilities in Version 2.0 have been expanded. Local backup options include Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs, iPods, or shared drives, internal drives and external drives. Also new to this version of Norton 360 is network monitoring, which checks the status of wireless security, maps connected devices, alerts users when they are connected to an unsecured network and helps manage network security settings. Other enhanced features include Smart Background Scheduler, which now prevents tasks from initiating automatically while in battery power mode. Users can scan individual files and folders manually and shut down their computer upon completion of a task. Version 2.0 also has a Registry File Cleanup that optimises PC performance by removing unneeded files, as well as provides a diagnostic report for troubleshooting and 24x7 live chat support.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Express Data.
RRP $130 (one-year service subscription and 2GB online storage)