Iomega unwraps 640GB hard drive

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Borland upgrades Together 2006

Borland Software Corp. has announced a significant upgrade to its Together 2006 for Eclipse enterprise modeling product. With new capabilities supporting architects, Java(TM) and C++ developers, Unified Modeling Language (UML) designers, business process analysts and data modelers, the release enables users across the software delivery lifecycle to build and maintain high-quality software systems as well as optimize business processes through enhanced visual design.

Together 2006 for Eclipse Release 2 is based on the open source Eclipse 3.2 framework for software development, working directly within the Eclipse 3.2 shell. It supports a multitude of open industry standards and languages – including added support for modeling C++ applications – to promote extensibility and customization especially when working in heterogeneous environments. Additionally, the release is integrated with Borland’s recently introduced Caliber DefineIT requirements definition product, enabling users to quickly build systems from requirements by creating UML and Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) models.

In addition, this release adds complete C++ modeling support, allowing organizations to leverage the object-oriented C++ language for system development. To increase developer productivity, Together 2006 provides C++ LiveSource to help keep models and code synchronized at all times, as well as C++ design patterns and source code metrics.

For more information on Borland Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) products including Together, please go to




Iomega introduces 640GB hard drive

Iomega Corp. announced the new Iomega UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive, providing Mac users with secure, high-capacity storage in a rugged enclosure that complements the Apple Mac Pro and Power Mac series of computers. With RAID 0 and a built-in Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) hub for future expansion, Iomega’s UltraMax drive helps users in digital content creation, graphic design, and other disk-intensive tasks.

In addition to the default mode of RAID 0, which stripes data across the UltraMax’s two 7200-RPM SATA hard drives, other drive settings include ‘spanned’ (both hard drives are treated as a single volume), and ‘simple’ (each hard drive is treated as its own drive letter). For ease of use, the new Iomega UltraMax Desktop Hard Drive has a manual RAID switch, allowing the user to turn off the RAID configuration and use the drive configured as JBOD.

The Iomega UltraMax Hard Drive is preformatted with Apple’s HFS+ file system for Mac OS X users.

PC users can reformat the Iomega UltraMax Drive to NTFS for use with Windows, or can set up cross-platform use with an included FAT32 format tool.

The stackable UltraMax drive enclosure complements the new Mac Pro series of Apple computers as well as the older Power Mac series. The enclosure is metallic grey with a mesh grill, an echo of the Mac Pro computer’s industrial design. Its three interfaces include FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), and it provides users with a three-port Hi-Speed USB hub. Cables for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 operation are included with the drive.

Iomega also includes EMC Retrospect Express software with the new UltraMax drive.

The UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive is compatible with Mac OS X 10.1 or above on Apple computers with an Intel processor or G3 processor or higher and a built-in USB or FireWire connection.

The Iomega UltraMax 640GB Desktop Hard Drive is expected to be available later this month for US$449.95.



Intel packages vPro hardware/software solution

Intel Corp. has introduced Intel vPro technology, a package of hardware and software that marks a major change in what businesses can expect from their PCs.

Major computer makers around the world are introducing new desktop PCs with Intel vPro technology for the mainstream business market with more systems available in the coming weeks and months from all leading manufacturers.

“We are packing in features that address what plagues businesses most – security threats, cost of ownership, resource allocation, asset management and uptime – into a single platform that is powered by the greatest multi-core processor in the world,” said Robert Crooke, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Business Client Group.

The Intel Core 2 Duo processor is at the heart of Intel vPro technology delivering up to a 40 per cent increase in performance and a 40 per cent increase in energy efficiency.

Intel vPro technology also includes the second generation of Intel Active Management Technology, Intel Virtualization Technology, the new Intel Q965 Express chipset and the Intel 82566DM Gigabit Network Connection.

Top enterprise-class software companies from around the world are offering products optimized for Intel vPro technology. Solutions are now available and will continue to arrive to market in the coming months from companies such as Adobe, Altiris, CA, Check Point, Cisco, HP OpenView, LANDesk, Lenovo, Microsoft, StarSoftComm, Symantec, Trend Micro and Zenith. In addition, some of the world’s largest IT services outsourcers, including Atos Origin, EDS and Siemens Business Services, will incorporate Intel vPro technology to enhance their offerings.

Intel vPro technology is also part of the highly successful Intel Stable Image Platform program that offers more consistent and predictable PC platform transitions. The program guarantees Intel software stack and driver availability for a longer period from the time of a product’s launch. The program also allows IT managers to test and qualify a PC once, instead of being forced to requalify the system due to multiple software or hardware changes – leading to faster deployments and lower ownership costs.

Intel vPro-based PCs include Intel’s latest integrated graphics, which meet all current Microsoft requirements for the upcoming Windows Vista* Premium hardware logo.

In 2007, a new Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology platform, codenamed Santa Rosa, will extend these enhanced IT manageability and PC fleet security benefits to laptops. Today, businesses can purchase laptops with the recently introduced Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology with Intel Core 2 duo processor, offering increased connectivity, battery performance and overall system performance.

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