Lenovo, Telus deal extends Wireless High Speed service

Lenovo and Telus announced the select versions of Lenovo ThinkPad notebook computers with embedded access to Telus Wireless High Speed (EVDO) service. The ThinkPad notebooks provide built-in, immediate broadband-like download speeds through Telus without needing a separate PC card or additional hardware.

Through this agreement, ThinkPad notebooks will be preconfigured for Telus’ wireless high speed service, which delivers download speeds of approximately 400 to 700 kilobits per second, and maximum possible speeds of more than two megabits per second.

Telus Wireless High Speed service is available in 36 areas across Canada. Where Telus wireless high speed service is not available, ThinkPad notebooks can also access the Internet through Telus 1X digital service which reaches 92 per cent of Canadians. ThinkPad notebook users also have wireless high speed Internet access while traveling in more than 230 cities in the United States. For more on service availability, visit telusmobility.com/coverage.

TELUS-enabled ThinkPad notebooks are available from Lenovo and from Lenovo’s nationwide Business Partner community starting this month.


Spectra Logic expands T950 library to 7450 slots with sixth frame

Spectra Logic has increased the capacity of its enterprise-class Spectra T950 library by adding an additional, optional expansion frame. The six-frame T950 uses a single robot to manage up to 7,450 of tapes and 120 tape drives and scales to 9.6 petabytes capacity.

The six-frame T950 offers a native throughput of 9,600 MB/second using LTO-3 drives. The library can be partitioned with LTO, SAIT, SDLT and/or RXT virtual tape library (VTL), letting users choose the media or the combination of media. The T950 allows users to backup, encrypt and compress data with advanced key management, all in a single unit.

The T950 can also be configured as a virtual tape library offering 894TB of integrated virtual tape using RXT, the T950 disk drives that emulate tape and allow IT managers to use disk and tape together in one unit.

The six-frame T950 is available. Pricing begins at US$160,000 for a six-frame unit.

NCR helps manufacturers meet retailers’ tagging requirements

NCR Corporation has announced a solution that enables manufacturers to meet retailers’ mandates for delivering merchandise with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags at the case and pallet level.

The solution consists of NCR application software, an RFID printer, a bar-code scanner and a start-up supply of RFID labels that comply with the EPCglobal Generation 2 (Gen2) standard. Also included is a year of software telephone support.

NCR RFID Retail Compliance includes installation wizards that eliminate the complexity of configuring printers, software and tags. In addition, the NCR solution can be upgraded as operational requirements grow and the number of products that require tagging increases.

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