Dell offers point of sale bundle for Canadian businesses

Dell provides POS computers and peripherals bundled with retail software
Dell Canada announced the availability of bundled point of sale (POS) solutions designed to help Canadian small business owners optimize and streamline their retail operations. The Dell POS bundles provide retailers with the ease of purchasing a complete multi-vendor technology solution, including everything from barcode scanners to thermal receipt printers, from a single point of contact.

Available on Optiplex745 Small Form Factor desktop computers, the bundles include Microsoft’s Retail Management Solution, TriCity Retail phone hardware setup as well as the option of TD Merchant payment processing services.  POS bundle customers also receive Dell’s Retail Gold Technical Support, which includes three years of on-site service and access to industry-certified technicians who are trained in the retail environment to provide resolutions to technical issues.

An alternative to dated cash registers or simple cash drawers, Dell’s POS bundles provide retail customers with:

  • Standardized technology
  • Front-store technology
  • Back office products
  • Streamlined sales processes
  • Ability to track inventory and better managed their information
  • Installation support and 24 hour Gold assistance

Dell POS bundles are available now in Canada from $3995.00. For more information, visit


RedDot launches CMS 7.5 and LiveServer 3.5

Open Text Corp. announced that RedDot, the Open Text Web Solutions Group, has released the next versions of its Content Management and Delivery software, RedDot CMS 7.5 and RedDot LiveServer 3.5.

This versions of RedDot CMS and RedDot LiveServer feature:

  • Integration with Open Text Livelink ECM
  • Improved solution for SAP Portal integration.
  • Enhanced search
  • A redesigned task monitoring interface
  • A foundation for add-on Web

For further information, or a demonstration of RedDot CMS 7.5 and RedDot LiveServer 3.5, please visit

Microsoft launches Wireless Laser Desktop 4000
Microsoft Hardware is expanding its line of peripherals, providing an option in hardware accessories for Windows Vista-based PCs with the launch of the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 4000. This keyboard and mouse combination includes the Comfort Curve Keyboard design, a high definition laser mouse, and one-touch access to Windows Vista and Windows Live features.

The desktop features several tools to bring Windows Vista and Windows Live functionality to users’ fingertips, including:

  • The Windows Start Button launches the Windows Start menu to allow users to search for or access documents. If users have Windows Vista installed, they can search their PC or the Web directly from the Windows Vista Start menu
  • The Windows Gadget Button provides one-touch access to information such as weather, news, stock quotes and more
  • The Windows Live Call Button provides one-touch access to start an instant messaging session or a video call

The Wireless Laser Desktop 4000, which comes with the Wireless Laser Mouse 5000. Features include:

  • Comfort Curve Keyboard
  • Zoom
  • “My Favourites” keys
  • Customizable hot keys
  • Instant Viewer tool
  • Magnifier tool
  • Tilt wheel

Cisco expands optical multiservice networking portfolio
Cisco announced it has made hardware and software upgrades to its Cisco ONS optical networking portfolio.

Highlights include a 40-channel, mesh reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) supporting from two to eight degrees of dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) traffic, Ethernet Xponder and Cisco Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP)-on-a-blade. The Cisco mesh ROADM functionality includes operational innovations that support a service provider’s migration from ring-based DWDM topologies to mesh DWDM topologies while simultaneously provisioning and troubleshooting.

The Cisco Ethernet Xponder is the DWDM solution that provides aggregation of 1-Mbps up to 1-Gbps Ethernet into G.709, 10-Gbps wavelengths for delivery to Cisco routers such as the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System-based IP-over-DWDM solution.

The Cisco MSPP on a blade provides investment protection by enabling full MSPP Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) functionality to reside on a single card inside a Cisco MSTP DWDM chassis. These innovations are enabling service providers to migrate from SONET/SDH services to DWDM services in the same Cisco ONS 15454 chassis,.

Cisco is also announcing that four service providers – Cogent Communications, Videotron, Veroxity Technology Partners and HL komm – have deployed or support Cisco’s ONS 15454 MSTP hardware and software features.  

The Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP is available now and varies in price based on configuration. For more information on Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP software and hardware upgrades, visit Cisco at OFC/NFOEC 2007 (March 27-29, 2007) at the Anaheim Convention Centre in Anaheim, Calif., or go to

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