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NeoScale releases tape encryption suite
NeoScale Systems Inc. announced the release of CryptoStor Tape software suite, feautring OpenVMS compatibility and tape encryption features that work with LTO-3 and other enterprise performance tape technologies.

The CryptoStor Tape software suite supports LTO-3-based tape systems, including EML E-Series tape libraries and the HP Ultrium 960 (LTO-3) drives. Also part of the new software suite is persistent binding of drives to applications, simplifying usability by ensuring tape drives maintain a consistent presence to the backup server. Serviceability is improved as well, providing users additional diagnostic capabilities, such as the new CryptoStor Trace Tool.

Another CryptoStor Tape feature is hardware-based AES encryption and LZS compression, digitally authenticated tape content to ensure data integrity, secure Web management with optional two-factor authentication, role-based security and clustering that enables automatic sharing of security policies.

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Halogen introduces Employee Performance Management Suite 7.1
Halogen Software Inc. announced the Halogen Employee Performance Management Suite, version 7.1. The latest release is designed to meet the growing need for organizations to align and manage their workforce in the day-to-day execution of corporate strategy.

The Halogen EPM Suite 7.1 includes enhanced versions of Halogen eAppraisal and eAppraisal Healthcare and includes three other additions: Halogen On-Target Goal Management, dashboard analytics and Web-service tools for integration with other HR applications.

Halogen On-Target Goal Management enables managers to advance beyond SMART, cascading and line-of-sight goal management, by linking individual performance goals with organization-centric goals at all levels. This feature also reminds employees to complete their goals on time.

With Halogen’s new On-Target Goal Management, managers can quickly attach employee goals to any organizational goal in the company and managers and individuals are given a clear view of how their goals map back to specific organizational goals. This allows them to operate with a better understanding of how their day-to-day actions impact the organization as a whole. This addition to EPM 7.1 also includes e-mail reminders of start and completion dates and graphical status indicators to ensure goals and milestones are tracked and reached.

A visual representation of key performance indicators has been added to EPM Suite 7.1 to provide HR professionals, line managers and executives throughout an organization with the power to identify possible exceptions and take immediate actions. They can help to identify employee performance trends, track status of goals and objectives at all levels, identify top performers and more. This dashboard is configurable and delivers content based on an individual’s role within the organization. This ensures that managers at all levels always have an up-to-date snapshot of current status and trends relevant to them and that their strategic objectives are being achieved through the day-to-day actions of their workforce.

Halogen EPM Suite 7.1 will be available starting July 5 through the company. Please contact Halogen for pricing information.


Panasonic releases first digital SLR offering to Canada
Panasonic Canada announced the availability of the DMC-L1, the company’s first digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera with an interchangeable lens. The camera will be available beginning early September for a suggested retail price of $2,399. The camera comes equipped with a Leica D Vario-Elmarit lens, featuring an optical image stabilization system.

The DMC-L1 features a magnesium-alloy body and combines an aluminum-alloy lens section. The model ensures picture quality through incorporation of a Live MOS image sensor and a lens mount system. A full-time Live View function uses a signal output directly from the 7.5-megapixel Live MOS sensor, allowing users to view the same image on the LCD screen as seen by the sensor and to compose shots with greater ease and accuracy.

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