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SCATE Technologies releases e-learning tool Ignite 2006
SCATE Technologies Inc. announced the release of Ignite 2006, which is designed to assist companies with rapid e-learning development, knowledge capture and process documentation.

SCATE Ignite 2006 courses, presentations and documentation can be delivered on a web site, company intranet, a SCORM-compliant Learning Management System, or via any electronic media such as CD or DVD.

Ignite 2006 carries a list price of US$399 with volume and site licensing options also available. A trial version can be downloaded here.

VitalStream introduces Media Player for Flash
VitalStream Inc. announced the release of VitalStream Media Player for Flash, a dedicated application that simplfies viewing Flash video (FLV) content. Previously, developers had to create a Media Player within the Flash Development environment to view FLV content on their computer. Now, with full support for all FLV files including Flash 6, 7 and 8 encoded Flash video, the VitalStream Media Player for Flash saves time by eliminating this step.

The product features standard media player controls like play, pause, volume controls, a video scrub bar, total running time (TRT), audio and video data rate and video frame size.

Infrastructure

Opalis to extend automation of Microsoft PowerShell throughout the data centre with integrations
Opalis Software Inc. announced plans to extend the Microsoft PowerShell platform (formerly known as Microsoft Windows Monad) throughout the data centre, through a series of integrations. Opalis will extend the automation capabilities of PowerShell to both Microsoft and non-Microsoft products, such as system monitor, help desk, virtualization, and backup applications.

Opalis also announced the first of several PowerShell extensions, the Opalis PowerShell SnapIn for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM), along with the Opalis PowerShell SnapIn for BMC Remedy Help Desk. Through this integration, administrators can interact directly with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 and BMC Remedy Help Desk, enabling connectivity between MOM and the PowerShell platform, without having to write code. Opalis Integration Server allows enterprises to automate IT operations and integrate management tools and infrastructure components.

Supermicro offers A+ Server Solutions
Supermicro Computer Inc. offers a full line of A+ server solutions that support the latest dual-core AMD Opteron processors. Several Supermicro A+ Servers, including the 4020A-8R, 2020A-8R, 1020P-TR/8R and 1010S-T completed AMD’s qualification process and are now designated as AMD Validated Servers.

One of the company’s Validated Server platforms is the 1020P-8R, which features 700 watts of redundant power and supports two dual-core Opteron 200 series processors, a 1GHz HyperTransport link, two universal (PCI-Express x8 or PCI-X) expansion slots, dual-port Gigabit Ethernet and four U320 SCSI hot-swap drive bays with SAF-TE. The system, which comes standard with a DVD-ROM and floppy drive, also supports zero-channel RAID and IPMI 2.0 with a third LAN option for server management capabilities.

In addition to dual-core servers, Supermicro is also releasing single-processor servers. Powered by the H8SSL-i serverboard, the 1U AS1010S-T server supports a single dual-core Opteron 100 Series processor. Based on the Serverworks HT1000 chipset and supporting a single-core Opteron processor along with an 800MHz HyperTransport technology link, this server is now an AMD Validated Server.

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