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HP StorageWorks X500 Data Vault

At first glance, HP's newly-announced StorageWorks X500 Data Vault range of NAS devices bear more than a passing resemblance to its recently-updated range of MediaSmart Servers that are powered by Windows Home Server (WHS). Closer inspection reveals them to be almost identical, the crucial difference being that the X500 is aimed squarely at what HP calls 'small and emerging businesses'.

September 30, 2009 by First Take

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LaCie 12big

Storage vendor LaCie has been showing off its new 12big rack-mounted storage box aimed at media and graphics companies. LaCie, best-known for its standalone storage systems, says that there's nothing like it on the market, as it brings ease-of-use to high-end professional storage.

September 24, 2009 by First Take

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4

The fourth update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system (RHEL 5.4) features the usual performance and scalability enhancements.

September 23, 2009 by First Take

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Plantronics Savi Office WO100

Unified communications — the integration of IP telephony, conferencing, messaging, presence and IM — is becoming increasingly prevalent in businesses, and obviously has a strong voice component. To serve this market, headset manufacturer Plantronics has come up with a clever wireless unit, the Savi Office WO100, that lets you use desk phones, soft phones and PC-based audio with maximum flexibility.

September 23, 2009 by First Take

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Motorola MC9500: a modular enterprise handheld

Since it took over Symbol back in 2006, Motorola has been a leader in the enterprise handheld market, and its new MC9500 product looks set to cement that position.The rugged MC9500 is aimed at workers who are likely to encounter more challenging conditions than your average mobile professional.

September 17, 2009 by First Take

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The best of both worlds: Adaptec MaxIQ SSD caching

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are far faster than hard disk drives; they also use less power and generate less heat, but are far more expensive (especially for the enterprise-grade Single Layer Cell, or SLC units). Capacities are also limited, and while all hard drives will fail at some point, SSDs have a fixed lifecycle of read-write cycles.

September 14, 2009 by First Take

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LG embraces Android with the GW620

Android looks set to be a real force in the smartphone market, and LG is the latest hardware manufacturer to make a play for some of the action.LG announced today its GW620, which will be the company's first Android device when it hits towards the end of this year.

September 14, 2009 by First Take

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Corel Digital Studio 2010

With its new £59 Digital Studio 2010 photo and video software, Corel is trying out multi-touch features that it will bring to professional graphics tools in the future. But the software also includes unusual output options that could come in handy for businesses — especially if you're using social media for marketing and customer service.

September 14, 2009 by First Take

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