Today in products: HP introduces new series of laptops

Infrastructure

Avocent introduces new secure switch
Avocent Corp. launched the Avocent SwitchView SC8 DVI KVM switch, a secure switch to provide dual digital video connections in each of its eight ports. The switch is approved by the National Information Alliance Partnership (NIAP) agency.

The switch allows users to safely access data from as many as eight computers operating at various levels of classification, while switching from just one keyboard, monitor and mouse. Each channel supports dual DVI-I video connections that provide 2560 * 1600 video resolution. The switch features encrypted internal firmware which automatically clears the keyboard buffer immediately after data is transmitted through the switch so that no data is ever left in the switch.

The unit is priced at US $2,495 and available from Avocent.

Cisco rolls out the new Unified Communications System
Network solutions provider Cisco Systems, Inc. announced the Unified Communications system, a suite of voice, data and video products.

The Cisco Unified Communications system is based on Cisco CallManager, Cisco Unity, Cisco MeetingPlace and Cisco IP Contact Center. New to the Cisco Unified Communications system are Unified Personal Communicator, Unified Presence Server and Customer Interaction Analyzer. Current customers will be able to upgrade their existing systems to take advantage of the new features.

AOpen introduces new MP945-V Mini PC
Technology solutions provider AOpen recently unveiled the MP945-V Mini PC. The new system features Intel’s Pentium M/Celeron M (Core Duo) processors. The small PC also has many multimedia features including Windows XP Media Center Edition, built-in S-Video and audio-in jacks, DVI-out and firewire and USB 2.0 ports.

The AOpen product is relatively small, with a 6-in. by 6-in. footprint and weighs less than five pounds.

The MSRP for the top-end system will start at US $899.00, while the single core unit will start at US $699.00.

HP announces new 6300 and nx9400 series of notebooks and new high-capacity battery

The new HP series notebooks include the new Intel Core Duo processor and a range of multimedia options. HP also announced a new battery offering.

Included in the nx9400 series is a 17-in. widescreen display. The series also promises to be 35 per cent thinner and 17 per cent lighter than current HP desktop replacement notebooks. The notebook also features longer battery life than previous models at four hours. The 6300 offers a number of processor options, including the Intel Core Duo processor. HP also announced a new battery offering, the HP Ultra-Capacity Battery, which can be charged separately by plugging an AC adapter directly into it. The 12-cell battery is compatible with HP’s business notebook lineup and can extend battery life by up to 10 hours on some models.

The nx9400 series starts at $1,949 and will be available in April, while the 6300 is expected to start at $1,299 and will be available in May. The HP Ultra-Capacity Battery is expected to be available for $229 and will be available in mid-April.

Networking

AGN Networks Debuts New SIP Trunking Service
VoIP solutions provider AGN Networks introduced the OnDemandSIP trunking service that offers users a way to connect their communication network to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

The new service uses Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for call control and routing. The service requires no special hardware. The OnDemandSIP trunk services are compatible with the Avaya Communication Manager IP telephony software and the Avaya SIP Enablement Server.

For availablity and pricing, please contact AGN Networks directly.

Storage

New versions of EMC Celerra platform announced by EMC Corp.
EMC Corp. has announced the launch of the new EMC Celerra NS350 and EMC Celerra NS704 systems designed to consolidate applications and servers into one IP storage system.

The Celerra NS350, the entry-level offering, is capable of scaling up to 10 terabytes of capacity and also offers both NAS and iSCSI connectivity, supports both Fibre Channel and ATA drives within a single system and offers upgrade paths to other EMC Celerra systems

The Celerra NS704 NAS system, a more high-end offering than the NS350, allows users the ability to consolidate more servers and storage capacity. The system is capable of scaling up to 48 terabytes of usable capacity and, like the NS350, offers both NAS and iSCSI connectivity.

Both systems run Celerra’s suite of software management systems which offer a Web-based interface.

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