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'.
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Hot on the heels of the first certified USB 3.0 product to become commercially available — NEC's µPD720200 host controller chip — is what Buffalo Technology claims is the first device you'll be able to plug into a USB 3.
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.
The fourth update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system (RHEL 5.4) features the usual performance and scalability enhancements.
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.
Seagate has announced global shipment of its new flagship 3.5in.
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.
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.
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.
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.