Intel introduces network storage solution


Intel introduces customizable storage system
Intel Corp. announced the release of a storage server hardware platform that can be customized for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). System builders and integrators can couple the Intel Storage System SSR212CC with a number of software solutions to create a network attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN) appliance.

The Intel Storage System SSR212CC is based on the Intel Xeon processor and supports up to 6 terabytes of data distributed across 12 Serial ATA hard drives. The storage system also supports hardware-based RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50.

Operating system support for the Intel Storage System SSR212CC includes Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 and Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0.

The Intel Storage System SSR212CC is available now from participating Intel Channel members at a price below US$3,000.

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Sage Software ships Sage FAS Canada Fixed Assets solution
Sage Software announced the general availability of Sage FAS Canada Fixed Assets, version 2006.1, featuring Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) tax classes and depreciation methods, a FAS Canada Asset Inventory solution especially designed for use by Canadian companies and integration to FAS CIP Accounting for construction-in-progress accounting.

The four new Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) Tax Classes, 43.2, 47, 48 and 49, that were introduced with the 2005 Canadian federal budget have been added to FAS Canada Asset Accounting. Additionally, four new depreciation methods were added to FAS Canada Asset Accounting.

Also new is the FAS Canada Asset Inventory solution that enables customers to conduct a physical inventory of their fixed assets using a bar code reader and reconcile the inventory with the assets maintained in FAS Canada Asset Accounting, helping to eliminate lost or stolen assets and reduce insurance overpayments.

Sage FAS Canada users can now implement FAS CIP Accounting to track the cost of their construction-in-progress projects, such as assembling multi-component equipment, upgrading machinery, renovating buildings, or accumulating separate invoices prior to placing a fixed asset in service. Once the projects are complete, users can send the fixed assets created in FAS CIP Accounting directly to FAS Canada Asset Accounting to begin calculating depreciation. With multiple levels of detail tracking and numerous built-in reports, FAS CIP Accounting users can manage and report on unlimited projects, including current project status, actual vs. budget variance and project details.

Sage FAS Canada, version 2006.1, integrates with Sage Accpac ERP and is now available for active Sage FAS Canada SupportPlus customers to download.

Business Objects announces data visualization solution for BusinessObjects XI Release 2
Business Objects released Crystal Xcelsius Viewer, a solution that helps customers visualize their business information. The product integrates with Crystal Xcelsius, a data visualization solution with BusinessObjects XI Release 2, a BI platform. Crystal Xcelsius Viewer enables customers to turn static information into dynamic charts, graphs and interactive hypothetical scenarios while maintaining live connectivity to data.

With Crystal Xcelsius Viewer, customers using BusinessObjects XI Release 2 can interact with visual models that present complex business data. The solution features an interface which allows customers to work with data and test out future scenarios. Because these visual models stay connected to data sources, the model can be constantly refreshed to reflect up-to-date insight.

Crystal Xcelsius Viewer takes advantage of features in the BusinessObjects XI Release 2 platform, including industry-leading security and Web Services. Security capabilities in the platform ensure that only pre-determined users can build or access consoles.

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