Tag: entry-level

HP introduces small business server suite

HP has announced today a new suite of products for small to medium business, including an entry-level server.

The “Just Right IT” portfolio includes the HP ProLiant MicroServer, a quiet, energy-efficient server that is aimed at businesses with 10 employees or less. It has an AMD Athlon II processor, 8GB of maximum memory, and comes with a one year warranty. It should retail for around $329.

HP is also introducing a number of affordable options for companies wanting to improve the use of their servers.

For monitoring and managing virtualised servers and storage, HP is offering HP Insight with Microsoft System Center Essential 2010, which comes with HP support.

For improving server bandwidth, there is the HP StorageWorks P2000 G3 Modular Smart Array, with 10GbE iSCSI capabilities. HP advertises a 10 time increase in bandwidth through the use of this product.

For moving to shared storage, HP is providing the P4000 Virutal SAN Appliance software, which it says is the only way for moving from virtualised servers to shared storage without buying physical storage area network infrastructure.

For server backups, HP is offering the Data Protector Express 5.0 software, which allows quick and easy backups of important information.

HP is also supplying new offerings in the VoIP and wireless market, with the V-M200 802.11n Access Point Series allowing up to 64 active mobile users on a single network at time, with added network security. There’s also the VCX 9.5 IP Telephony system with 350x IP Phones for conferencing, and the Virtualisation Smart Bundles with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, which offers a complete virtualisation environment with storage, servers, and networking technology.

Another product in the series is the Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One and Officeject 7500A Wide Format e-All-in-One printers, which come with ePrint and webc connectivity. HP says these printers can deliver the same quality printouts at up to 50 percent less cost than laser printers, which might make them very appealing to paper-heavy industries.

HP is also offering a new set of business desktop PCs, the 500B and 505B series, which come with Windows 7, configurable hard drives, and various ports for added connectivity.

HP says the “Just Right IT” range is aimed at providing just the right price to meet the needs of small to medium businesses, allowing them to upgrade without having to pay out for larger servers and services they don’t really need.

VXL and Lenovo team up for thin client laptops

Laptop makers VXL and Lenovo have teamed up today to announce two co-branded slimline laptops.

The new devices are the Itona TL412 and TL100. The former is the standard model, while the latter is an entry-level model aimed at making things a bit more affordable.

The TL412 features a 14.1-inch WXGA HD non-reflective display, a 1.86GHz Intel Celeron Dual Core processor, integrated Intel GMA HD graphics, 1GB of DDR3 RAM that can be upgraded to a max of 4GB, 1GB of Flash storage, and Express PC Card Expansion slot. It also comes with a three year warranty as standard.

The TL100 features a 11.6-inch HD widescreen with LED backlight, a 1.0Ghz AMD Athlon Neo processor, a ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics card, 1 GB DDR2 RAM that can be upgraded to a max of 4GB, 1GB of Flash storage, and a 4 in 1 PC Card slot. It comes with a one year warranty as standard, but this can be upgraded to three years.

There will be three and four USB 2.0 ports respectively for the TL100 and TL412, as well as WiFi and Gigabit 10/100/1000 LAN connectivity.

Both models allow a choice of Windowx XPe or Windows Emdedded (WES) operating systems. There are also plans to add Linux as a choice within the next quarter. They also come with XLmanage Workgroup Edition, VXL’s remote management software.

VXL’s VP of Worldwide Sales, Frank Noon, was confident that the new models would sell well: “Industry analysts forecast that the current growth in thin client laptops will continue as a result of the lower purchase and running costs, ease of management and greater security.”

Both laptops will be available from mid-June 2010. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but VXL and Lenovo are promising they will be competitively priced.