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American Power Conversion (APC) has launched an expansion of its Back-UPS family of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). APC claims that the Back-UPS RS 1000VA IN and 1500VA IN units offer more outlets, Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR), and a longer backup time in a small, versatile footprint, giving users enough power protection.

The new models offer five outlets, four for surge protection and battery backup, and one for surge protection for non-data peripherals such as printers and scanners. Four of the five high-powered outlets can accommodate transformer block shaped plugs to maximize outlet use.

The Back-UPS RS was designed in a compact, tower form factor and offers mounting for either floor standing or as a (2U) shelf mount. The UPS offers user replaceable batteries and incorporates an intelligent battery management system that is claimed to maximize battery performance and reliability.

APC claims that the Back-UPS RS 1000 IN unit will supply up to 90 minutes of backup time for a typical computer system and the Back-UPS RS 1500 IN will supply up to 120 minutes of backup time. Additionally, the Back-UPS RS 1500 IN unit can extend its backup time to 360 minutes with a purchase of an extra battery pack.

The Back-UPS RS 1000 IN and 1500 IN come with a two-year comprehensive warranty (covering UPS and battery). The Back UPS RS 1000 IN and RS 1500 IN are available at an M.R.P of Rs 12,750 and Rs 16,600 respectively.

APC India
27, Lavelle Road
Karnataka 560 001
Tel: 80 221 3798/221 3847

Cisco Easy VPN

Cisco Systems has launched new Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions. The Cisco Easy VPN solution is a software enhancement for existing Cisco routers and security appliances. This solution is meant for mobile users, remote offices with little IT support, or large CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) deployments, where it is impractical to individually configure multiple remote devices. Cisco claims the Easy VPN feature simplifies VPN configuration and can help companies reduce costs as the need for local IT support is minimized.

These VPN devices when used in branch/remote offices, can receive predefined security policies and configuration parameters from the headquarters' VPN head-end. This is claimed to minimize the VPN configuration required at the remote location. Parameters such as internal IP addresses, internal subnet masks, DHCP server addresses, WINS server addresses, and split-tunneling flags are all pushed to the remote device.

Cisco's range of VPN solutions can be split up into the following:

  • Cisco Easy VPN: A software enhancement for existing Cisco routers and security appliances targeted at VPN deployments for remote offices and teleworkers. It is claimed that these VPNs do not need human intervention, and can be deployed centrally.
  • Site-to-Site VPNs: An alternative WAN infrastructure to connect branch offices, home offices, or business partner sites to all, or portions of a company's network.
  • Remote Access: This is a remote access VPN for mobile workers, telecommuters and day extenders.

Cisco Systems India Pvt. Ltd.
Sales, 2nd Floor, The Great Eastern Centre
70, Nehru Place
New Delhi 110019
Tel: 11 2644 2996/2623 3201/206
Fax: 11 2623 3207

NetApp FAS systems

Network Appliance's FAS (fabric-attached storage) systems are targeted at entry-level and distributed enterprise needs. The new models in this range are the FAS250, FAS270, and FAS270c (clustered).

The FAS250 and FAS270 are targeted at entry-level enterprise storage for use in workgroup, department, and distributed enterprise applications. NetApp claims that these systems are the industry's first unified (SAN/NAS) storage appliances for the entry-level and are available immediately.

The FAS250 is designed for NAS and/or iSCSI SAN environments with support for iSCSI, CIFS, NFS, and HTTP protocols. Within the FAS250 shrunken head, the system has support for up to 1TB via 36-, 72-, or 144 GB Fiber Channel drives.

The FAS270 is targeted at NAS and/or Fiber Channel/iSCSI SAN environments. It offers up to 4 TB capacity, as well as optional high availability (clustering) in a single box.

The FAS200 series utilizes Broadcom's SB1250 MIPS processor, which features dual 650 MHz cores, and comes with two onboard 10/100/1000 copper NICs, a copper Fiber Channel tape port, and a serial port. The MIPS architecture and low power dissipation enables NetApp to create a 'shrunken head' FAS system that fits into a very small package, requiring no additional power or cooling beyond what is used by the disk shelf unit. The systems come in a 3U form factor in either a rack or tower configuration.

The FAS200 series can support up to 48TB of storage via a head (or controller) swap. NetApp claims that the FAS200 family can be upgraded in place without a fork lift upgrade or data migration, providing complete investment protection.

The range starts at a price point of around US$10,000.

NetApp India
15/6, 2nd Floor
Primerose Road
Bangalore 560 025.
Tel: 80 5327470
Fax: 80 5092331


Symantec has launched a full-inspection firewall appliance with integrated security technologies. Symantec claims its Gateway Security 5400 Series provides maximum protection against even the most malicious Internet security threats, while reducing the complexity of security management.

The 5400 series integrates a full inspection firewall, protocol anomaly, signature-based intrusion prevention and intrusion detection engines, virus protection, URL-based content filtering, anti-spam and IPsec-compliant VPN technology with hardware assisted high-speed encryption.

The salient features of the Gateway Security 5400 series are:

  • Event Manager plug-in for Symantec Management Console enables centralized, scalable logging, alerting and reporting. Third-party products are also supported.
  • Advanced Manager Web-based plug-in to the Symantec Management Console that provides a centralized, scalable management GUI, allowing administrators to push configuration information and policies out to multiple appliances simultaneously.
  • Hybrid Anomaly intrusion prevention and detection engines.
  • Enhanced anti-virus engine provides improved detection of malformed MIME-based threats.
  • State-sharing, integrated high availability/load balancing extends the appliance's scalability and eliminates network downtime.
  • Enhanced performance due to faster processors, Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 610 Mbps 3DES encryption acceleration with VPN tunnels and up to eight Ethernet ports per appliance.
  • Improved VPN support for UDP-IPSec encapsulation, retry on alternate gateway when primary gateway is unavailable, and LiveUpdate support to increase ease of use.
  • Flexible licensing with a choice of security functions, number of nodes, and number of concurrent VPN sessions.

Symantec Corporation
Tel: 022-26570658

Canon image runner C3200

Canon has launched its imageRUNNER C3200 color multifunctional imaging systems. This multifunctional device is modular in nature.

The iR 3200 is capable of attaining a speed of up to 32 pages per minute for both color and black-and-white printing, with an output of 2400 x 600 dpi. This color MFD has a dual 550-sheet front loading user-adjustable paper cassette that is claimed to accommodate paper sheets as large as 12" x 18".

The imageRUNNER C3200 has an optional Universal Send capability that enables users to convert color hard-copy originals into digital files and transmit them as e-mail attachments.

The product is modular in nature, and depending on the chosen functions, will cost between Rs 10 lakhs and Rs 15 lakhs.

Canon India Pvt Ltd
Neela Gagan, Mandi Road,
New Delhi 110030
Tel: 11 6806572 - 74
Fax: 11 6807180

The Products featured in this section have not been formally tested/reviewed by Network Magazine. The write-ups are based on information in the brochures and Press Releases sent by manufacturers, PR agencies, distributors, and resellers.

Prices (where mentioned) are only indicative and are likely to vary across the nation.

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