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Sage ERP and Batchmaster integrated solution

Sage Accpac India is offering a bundle of Sage Accpac ERP and Batchmaster.

The integrated solution is targeted at manufacturing companies and distributors of pharmaceutical and chemical products.

With the Batchmaster module, the solution offers version-tracking. Rollback capabilities are also present in the solution.

Batchmaster’s Super Batch can support launch of production batches for all components within a batch. The product also comes with material requirements planning and inventory control management.

Company: Sage Accpac India
Telephone: 11 2691 303/04
Price: Starting from Rs 10 lakh for a five-user licence

Tape drive

HP StorageWorks DAT 40 USB tape drive

This tape drive is a backup solution for small servers and workstations. The DDS-4 tape drive can store 20 GB native and 40 GB of compressed data (2:1 compression) on a single cartridge at a rate of 23 GB/hr (assuming 2:1 compression).

The drive has a native USB 2.0 interface. HP claims that this drive can be installed in 60 seconds. It is available both as an internal and external stand-alone drive. The drive can also read and write other DDS formats.

Some of the other features of the product include data transfer rate of 10 GB/hr native, as well as TapeWare XE for backup and One-Button-Disaster Recovery (OBDR).

Company: Hewlett-Packard India
Telephone: 22 5677 1700
Price: Rs 26,000

Contact management and measurement

Netpro Tentacle

Netpro Tentacle is a contact management & measurement product. The product is targeted at organisations with multi-locational marketing/sales campaigns, customer servicing and cross sales functions.

It covers customer life cycle workflow (prospect, acquire, service and retain) using the outbound and inbound tele-sales model which uses physical, direct sales/support services. The framework architecture is claimed to give security and confidentiality to the customer/prospect database, thus making it viable to outsource it.

The product is built on Microsoft .Net for Web-enabled centralised deployment. It comes with a measurement indicator for performance evaluation of campaigns and services.

Company: Netpro Technologies
Telephone: 20 2423 1676
Price: Rs 2.5 lakh (taxes extra) for a 25-user licence with additional customisation charges

Network storage

Iomega StorCenter range

The products are targeted at small businesses and home users that need secure data sharing across a network. Easy expandability, RAID data security and automatic data backup are some of the other features that the products claim to possess.

The StorCenter Wireless Network Storage 1 TB features a gigabit Ethernet connection and four 250 GB hard drives. It has a built-in wireless 802.11g networking and is protected by a choice of WPA or WEP data encryption.

The StorCenter Network Hard Drive 500 GB features a gigabit Ethernet interface and two 7200 rpm drives. Iomega says that its high capacity makes it useful for SOHO users.

Contact: Iomega
Telephone: 44 2822 4949
Price: StorCenter Network Storage 1 TB - Rs 54,332
Hard Drive 500 GB - Rs 33,932

VoIP gateway


The product is targeted at companies that wish to reduce costs on voice calls by integrating into an existing analogue/digital telecom infrastructure. Teles claims that this comes at no extra management or maintenance cost to the organisation.

The gateway auto-selects the cheapest route to the destination number. It can be installed between the existing PBX and PSTN/ISDN and connected to the Internet. The base system for the gateway is a 2PRI interface (2U) that can be upgraded to 12 PRI (4U, 360 VoIP channels.) The in-built TELES Network Management tool helps large installations automate remote provisioning.

Contact: Teles India
Telephone: 80 5126 1014
Price: Starts at Rs 1,25,000


McAfee Total Protection

McAfee Total Protection is a system security solution that employs a single console and agent platform. It consists of four solutions for organisations of various sizes and needs. McAfee claims that the result is increased security, policy compliance and significant cost savings.

McAfee Total Protection for enterprise customers uses a single agent platform deployed in about 40 million endpoints to provide endpoint security and network access control. McAfee Total Protection for enterprise includes anti-virus for all tiers of the network, anti-spyware, anti-spam, desktop firewall, host intrusion prevention and network access control system managed by a single console.

Company: McAfee
Telephone: 22 5693 5278
Price: Managed Active virus defense SMB Edition
(Users)5-25 – Rs 2,700, 26-50 – Rs 2,500, 51-100 – Rs 2,200

Database application development

CA Allfusion Modeling Suite r7

The new CA Allfusion Modeling Suite r7 targets IT organisations which plan to accelerate application delivery, increase staff productivity and control the cost of database ownership. CA claims that users can get more control over their database architecture because of the patented GDM engine that provides model consistency and full session undo/redo/reverse and model change management capabilities.

The product features a redesigned “Complete Compare” capability that enables users to analyse the potential impact of database design changes among any combination of models, scripts and databases. The user also gets the ability to re-use components within the suite thereby simplifying administration.

Contact: Computer Associates
Telephone: 22 5660 6969
Price: Rs 3,77,730


Dax DX-1841

DX-1841 is a modular integrated security router targeted at SMBs and branch offices of large enterprises. DX-1841 has four high-speed WAN interface slots, two expansion slots, and two 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports.

The router supports a variety of interfaces including high-speed serial interface, E1 (G.703) module, ISDN BRI, channelised E1, ISDN PRI, Multi-port Async and Multi-port ISDN BRI modules. It supports IPsec and multiple VPN protocols (such as L2TP and GRE). WAN optimisation features such as dial-on-demand routing (DDR), bandwidth-on-demand (BOD), compression, filtering and spoofing are supported by DX-1841.

Company: Dax Networks
Telephone: 44 2432 3558/7
Price: Rs 65,380

Tape-based backup

Exabyte VXA-172 Packet Drive and VXA-172 PacketLoader 1x10

The standalone VXA-172 Packet Drive is targeted at small businesses that require a simple tape device which accepts one tape cartridge at a time, with 172 gigabytes of capacity that can be increased up to 320 gigabytes. The VXA-172 Packet Loader offers up to 1.7 terabytes of capacity upgradable up to 3.2 terabytes capacity later along with a standard barcode reader to manage cartridges.

Company: Exabyte
Telephone: 80 2362 3103
Price: Rs 48,250 onwards


Plustek PL1200

Plustek’s PL1200 high-speed ADF scanner has scanning speeds of 30 ppm (pages per minute) and 12 ppm respectively. The built-in Auto Document Feeder can take documents of up to 80 pages at a time.

Besides, the paper tray can accommodate various sizes of paper ranging from 9 cm x 11.5 cm (3.55” x 4.5”) to 24.5 cm x 35.5 cm (9.65” x 14”). The scanner offers a maximum hardware resolution of 1,200 dpi.

Company: Plustek PL1200
Telephone: 11 2696 4070
Price: Rs 22,000


HP Scanjet solutions

A single pass duplex scanning feature is the highlight. The scanners are equipped with two scan heads instead of one. With two scan heads, both sides of the document can be scanned in a single pass, thereby doubling existing speeds.

The HP Scanjet 7800 is a sheet–feed document scanner targeted at medium-sized businesses. It provides scans at up to 25 pages per minute or 50 images per minute with a 50-page automatic document feeder. It can scan up to 1,000 pages a day and offers single pass duplex scanning. It can organise and share documents, convert scanned paper documents to editable text or application files. It can also scan 3D objects and transparencies. HP Scanjets have a one-year limited on-site exchange warranty.

Company: HP
Telephone: 0124 3030 4499, 1600 444 999
Price: Rs 49,990 to Rs 64,990 plus taxes

Data recovery

Unistal Quick Recovery

This automated data recovery software is meant for small users as well as large enterprises. It recovers in three steps—analysis, select and save. Quick Recovery claims to require no special training and can be utilised by any computer user. It is claimed to have a guided file excavation technology (GFETCh) which can recover files and folders behind overwritten partitions.

Unistal says that data can be recovered even from bad floppies. With hard drives, the product claims to simulate previously existing partitions to recover data from bad sectors. The software can recover data and repair files on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Its e-mail recovery is claimed to be compatible with platforms such as Outlook Express, MS Outlook, Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino and Incredimail.

Contact: Unistal Systems
Telephone: 11 2621 9396
Price: Rs 3,100 to Rs 1,75,000

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