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Unleashed Informatics launches multi-platform DogBox Inside data solution
Unleashed Informatics announced the launch of DogBox Inside, a vendor independent, multi-platform life science data delivery and analytics service. DogBox Inside is a remotely maintained data warehouse securely installed on the customer’s IT hardware and open to customer audit and compliance requirements.

DogBox Inside includes hourly updated gene sequence and molecular interaction data from 18 different sources as well as pre-computed BLASTP and RPS-BLAST information for all protein sequences in NCBI’s NR database.

Unleashed Informatics also announced the DogBox Inside partnership program, a three-month trial installation for up to 10 eligible Open Access Portal registrants. The program is aimed at start up biotechnology companies and recently established research institutes evaluating buy or build scenarios in their data integration operations.

The product allows customers to dedicate existing hardware to meet specific internal informatics needs. Moreover, DogBox Inside includes query confidentiality, delivers data access speed and eases public/private data integration.

DogBox Inside accommodates a wide variety of hardware solutions built around a 64-bit, x64-based CPU such as the AMD Opteron or Intel Xeon. To achieve optimal performance, Unleashed Informatics recommends DogBox Inside be deployed on a minimum two processor/core configuration with access to 8GB of RAM, 3TB of dedicated storage, and running Sun Solaris 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3/4 or SuSE Linux 9/10 Operating Systems.

DogBox Inside is offered at a base price of US$14,500 per year.


Cisco introduces integrated business services solution for cable operators
Cisco Systems unveiled a single-box solution for cable operators or multiple service operators (MSOs) selling services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises with branch operations.

The Cisco Integrated Business Service solution consists of a Cisco 815 Cable Integrated Services Router (ISR) and Cisco High-Speed WAN Interface Cards (HWIC-CABLE-D-2 and HWIC-CABLE-E/J-2). With the integrated solution, MSOs will no longer need to provide two customer premise devices, a cable modem and a router, in order to deploy business services. Cable operators can now deploy a single device that includes the Cisco IOS feature set.

The Cisco 815 Cable ISR is a fixed-configuration router with a single F connector for DOCSIS connectivity, four 10/100 Ethernet ports and security and routing capabilities. The security features of the Cisco 815 ISR include capabilities such as hardware-based virtual private network (VPN) acceleration, firewall and intrusion prevention.

The Cisco Integrated Business Services solution for cable operators will be made available in August 2006 and will vary in pricing based on configurations.

Cisco releases enhancements across its services module portfolio
Cisco Systems also announced enhanced software features across several services modules available for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches.

Cisco currently offers over 20 different services modules for the Catalyst 6500 in five categories: security, application networking, network monitoring, wireless/mobility, and IP communications. By integrating these modules in their existing Catalyst 6500 switches, every port becomes services capable. Customers can defend their network infrastructure with unified threat protection by integrating firewall, intrusion protection, denial of service attack protection and IPSEC or SSL VPN services.


Westinghouse Digital releases 22-inch multifunction monitor
Westinghouse Digital Electronics announced the release of LCM-22w2, its HD-Grade 22-inch multifunctional widescreen flat panel monitor.

This multifunctional monitor connects to a variety of video sources including desktop and notebook computers, satellite, HDTV and cable receivers for watching television, DVD players, camcorders and game consoles and features built-in speakers. The monitor also offers a 5ms response time. The LCM-22w2 features a black chassis with detachable stand for wall mounting and is capable of displaying Wide Super XGA (WSXGA) or 1680×1050 resolution.

The LCM-22w2 is available at retailers for an estimated price of US$499.

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