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Power over Ethernet

PowerDsine Midspan Family

The IEEE 802.3af standard compliant 6500, 8000 and 3000 Power over Ethernet (PoE) products are meant to upgrade a network to PoE without having to replace existing Ethernet switches. PowerDsine’s PoE products claim to offer advantages like the capability to use a single Cat 5 cable for both data and power. This should eliminate the need for a separate wire to power devices.

The product is claimed to allow IP telephones, wireless LAN access points, security network cameras and other types of data terminals to receive power, along with Data over standard Ethernet cables. This leaves the network infrastructure unaltered since PoE offers data and power to flow safely over a single LAN cable with no interference.

Contact: PowerDsine
Tel: 22 6552 9031
Fax: 22 5522 9031
Price: PD 6524/AC/M/F (24 port SNMPv3 Managed and Secure Midspan)—approximately Rs 78,000


HP Laserjet 5200 series

HP has launched the Laserjet 5200 series. This is an advanced version of the erstwhile 5100 printers. The launch will address the needs of the corporate environment.

The product is claimed to be based on the HP Instant-On Technology that reduces the warm-up time. It is claimed to allow the first page to be printed in 10 seconds regardless of when the printer was last used. It offers print quality of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi and uses monochrome printing technology. The connectivity options include Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, IEEE-1284 parallel port, and one open EIO slot.

Contact: HP
Tel: 80 2563 3555 / 1 800 112 267
Fax: 80 2563 3222
Price: Model Street price
  LJ 5200 Rs 55,999 + taxes
LJ 5200N Rs 72,999 + taxes
LJ 5200TN Rs 93,999 + taxes
LJ 5200DTN Rs 109,999 + taxes


Nortel MCS 5100

Nortel Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100 is a network-based, SIP application delivery solution that integrates IP telephony, multi-media conferencing, instant messaging, and other collaboration tools such as conferencing, white boarding, file exchange, co-Web browsing personalisation, call screening, call logs, and call management. IP telephony uses picture caller ID to manage incoming calls. It provides check call logs for missed calls.

Contact: Nortel
Tel: 11 651 1748
Price: A minimum of 100 users
Economy pricing: Rs 15,50,775
Business pricing: Rs 24,80,775
Premium pricing: Rs 37,20,000
Per additional user i.e. over 100 users
: Approximately Rs 3,000 per user

Tape drive

Sun StorageTek T10000

The Sun StorageTek T10000 specifications include 500 GB capacity and 120 MB per second throughput along with dual-head and 32-channel technology. The product offers standard FICON and dual-port fibre channel options.

The product is designed to work in both mainframe and open systems environments. It is targeted at large commercial and government enterprises.

Contact: Sun Microsystem
Tel: 11 610 6000 / 22 5697 8111
Fax: 11 616 0928 / 22 5697 8211
Price: Starts from Rs 11,25000


IBM System Storage DS8000 Turbo

IBM has introduced the System Storage DS8000 Turbo storage range. The DS8100 Turbo and DS8300 Turbo systems are based on Power5+ processors.

These systems claim to offer a performance improvement of up to 15 percent for transaction processing workload environments, as compared to the IBM System Storage DS8000 storage system that they supersede. 4 Gbps fibre channel and FICON support have been added. Additional features of the DS8000 Turbo models include tiered storage options, functions to enable greater performance and efficiency for DB2 applications on IBM system p servers, and support for three-site business continuity solutions.

Contact: IBM
Tel: 1800 425 3333
Fax: 80 2206 3617
Price: Rs 9,925,082 approximately

Financial reporting

CMIE Prowess 2.6 version

The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has launched Prowess version 2.6 which it claims offers many content enhancements, especially those relating to stock markets. The new version includes Equity Holding Pattern reportage that includes modifications introduced by SEBI and BSE.

Shares traded in a scrip can be squared off (bought and sold) in a day or investors can take delivery. In the current version, the turnover report shows the shares transacted of a company on a trading day. In the new version (2.6), the report on turnover is claimed to provide the shares delivered daily along with the daily transactions in a company’s stock. Prowess installations contain BSE stock price data from 1990 onwards. There will be no full stock version. CMIE will not charge additional amount from users.

Contact: CMIE
Tel: 22 2200 6195 / 96
Fax: 22 2687 0696
Price: Subscription / Licence Fees for the annual period September 2006 to August 2007:
Single User Rs 60,000 Multi-User Rs 75,000

Security appliance

Trend Micro InterScan

Trend Micro’s InterScan Gateway Security Appliance is targeted at mid-sized organisations. It includes anti-bot functionality.

The appliance incorporates anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, content-filtering and URL-filtering. The appliance is meant to be deployed behind an organisation’s existing firewall or VPN solution. Hence it claims to add an additional layer to their Internet gateway security.

The product is available in six models—IGSA 100, 200, 300, 600, 800, and 1000.

Company: Trend Micro
Tel: 22 2659 2005 / 993
Fax: 22 2659 0354
Price: Rs 290,000 plus taxes


Epson V100 photo scanner

Epson has launched V100 photo scanner for quality film scanning. The product scans and restores documents, 35 mm film and photographs. The output will be of 3,200 dpi optical resolution with a 48-bit colour depth.

The scanner’s lid can be opened up to 180 degrees to scan thick documents including books, magazines, and even 3D objects. The product comes with four direct access buttons located on the scanner’s front panel. These buttons provide quick access to the scanner’s most common functions including start, copy, scan to PDF and scan to e-mail. It also features an energy-saving mode that is automatically activated after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Company: Epson
Tel: 80 3051 5000
Fax: 80 3051 5005
Price: Rs 10,250


SMC Networks TigerStack

SMC has launched the TigerStack 1000 Stackable 10/100/1000 48-Port managed switch (SMC8848M) and 24-Port stackable managed switch (SMC8824M). Both switches are available with an optional 10G uplink.

The switches support both IPv4 and IPv6. They are stackable up to 8-high and can provide up to 384 ports of high-bandwidth connectivity per stack to handle high-bandwidth applications at speeds reaching up to 176 Gbps with a non-blocking switching architecture.

The switches also support VLANs based on frame tags, ports or protocol, automatic (GARP VLAN Registration Protocol Local Area Network) GVRP LAN registration; and multiple spanning tree. Security features include RADIUS, IEEE 802.1x, Secure Shell, SSL, Terminal Access Controller Access Control System plus (TACACS+), and Access Control List (ACL).

Company: SMC Networks
Tel: 11 5540 1384/85
Fax: 11 5540 1372
Price: Rs 3,45,000 approximately

KVM switch

ATEN KL1116 16-Port ‘Hideaway’ LCD KVM Switch

Aten has introduced a KL1116 Hideaway LCD KVM switch. It incorporates a 16-port KVM switch in a Hideaway console with 17’’ high-resolution LCD monitor, keyboard and touchpad. It takes less than 1U of rack space.

It is a dual-slide design. The console slides back while the LCD panel remains in plain sight to monitor and troubleshoot servers. It claims to control up to 31 additional compatible KVM switches, and up to 512 servers through daisy-chaining. It also offers dual console management. In addition to the integrated KVM console, a PS/2 console can be added easily via the rear ports that allow two users to manage any server on the KVM installation.

Contact: Cubix Microsystems India
Tel: 20 2425 1594/95/96
Fax: 20 2425 1591
Price: Rs 1,50,000


Dell Precision 390

Dell has launched its new Precision 390 Workstation with custom-built configurations that include Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors.

It is aimed at enterprise requirements from 3-D entertainment to 3-D engineering design and targeted at CAD, architectural engineering and digital content creation users. It claims to have an improved chassis for flexibility in deployment or redeployment. The product has large front bezel vents and a real-time thermal sensor to improve airflow and better manage system thermals. The sensor also claims to help improve fan efficiency for an average 20 percent improvement in idle acoustics.

Company: Dell
Tel: 1600 33 8044
Fax: 80 2558 6107
Price: Starts at Rs 80,763 (includes tax & delivery)

Rugged laptops

Panasonic Toughbooks

Panasonic has recently launched its Toughbook range of mobile computers. All models of Toughbook are now available in India which includes the rugged CF-18 and CF-29, the semi-rugged CF-73, and the ultra-portable CF-W2, CF-Y2 and CF-T2. These are made as per MIL-standards set down by the US Department of Defence and claimed to be the only laptop brand where all models are conceived, designed, manufactured and tested in-house.

A proprietary Magnesium alloy casing is claimed to be 20 times stronger than ABS plastic and five times stronger than Titanium.

Contact: Panasonic
Tel: 22 4003 2300/01
Fax: 22 4003 2302
Price: Semi-rugged and ultra-portable series: Rs 1,60,000 to Rs 3,00,000
Rugged: Rs 2,00,000 to Rs 6,00,000 depending on the feature set required

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