The DR-4010C scanner, from Canon Canada Inc., provides colour scanning at a rate of up to 40 pages per minute (ppm) and 80 images per minute (ipm). Designed for the healthcare, legal, financial, education and government markets, the DR-4010C boasts a number of new features, such as automatic detection of colour or black-and-white document scans, the ability to handle a wider range of documents, as well as black-and-white contrast enhancement for improved low contrast document imaging.

The DR-4010C includes Canon’s new Advanced Text Enhancement technology, which allows the device to capture text information from scanned documents by removing patterned backgrounds, enhancing light coloured texts and removing halftone backgrounds. This technology helps ensure all text is properly extracted and captured on all scanned documents.

Aladdin enters SMB market
Aladdin Knowledge Systems is offering the Aladdin eSafe HellGate appliance, the company’s first gateway-based anti-virus, spyware control, Web browsing security and application filtering solution specifically designed for SMB business clients with between 50 and 500 users. The appliance supplies secure Web surfing through a security gateway with: anti-spyware and unauthorized application filtering; advanced spam management; and URL filtering with transparent inspection of HTTP, FTP, SMTP and POP3. The eSafe HellGate appliance contains a front LCD screen for quick and easy setup; comes pre-configured with best practices security configurations; ensures built-in load-balancing and fail-over with a new eSafe Cluster mode; and provides the flexibility to customize as an organization’s needs change.

SMB data protection
New remote site disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) solutions from DataCore Software, under its Virtual Infrastructure Foundation class, are designed to deliver high levels of data protection and advanced storage management functionality. Users get all the software they need to fully manage and protect multiple terabytes of critical business data across different sites at prices that make it practical for small to mid-size businesses as well. The offerings include provisioning to automate and optimize the use of storage capacity, SANmotion to simplify data migration, storage performance acceleration software and a range of auto-failover, auto-recovery and advanced IP SAN mirroring data protection services.

Cheaper virtualization
VMware Inc. announced a new bundle designed to provide SMBs using its free VMware Server with an easy way to manage their virtual infrastructure. The bundle includes VirtualCenter for VMware Server with enterprise-class support from VMware. VMware Server is a good starting point for SMBs, according the company, because it allows hosted virtualization for Linux and Windows servers and lets users partition a physical server into multiple virtual machines. VMware Server has been downloaded 1.2 million times since it became generally available in July 2006, with 70 per cent of the downloads by SMBs, says VMware. To quickly migrate to the virtual world, SMBs can use the free VMware Converter Starter, a migration tool optimized to easily and quickly migrate physical systems to a virtual infrastructure.

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