An unnamed tipster quoted by Foley revealed: “KittyHawk is targeting the corporate guy with some Excel/Access savvy. It is a drag and drop, template-driven, visual designer….It’s not code-based, but you can write code if you want to.” The report further suggests that it will produce Silverlight 4.0 and XAML code.
Seagate has come out with a new storage solution the company says is best suited for small businesses. It's the BlackArmor NAS 400, the newest addition to Seagate's BlackArmor line, and it comes with flexible storage options.
No big surprise that Seagate recommends pairing the device with their own low power Barracuda 3.5-inch drives, and the company says it also works with the new Barracuda XT hybrid drive. Either way, businesses have the option of running a RAID 0/1/5/10 or JBOD configuration, as well as hot-swapping HDDs.
Other features include Microsoft Active Directory 2003/2008 support, remote access, full system recovery software, event notifications, and four USB ports to add even more storage (or to share a USB printer).
The BlackArmor NAS 400 is available now starting at $400.
The Windows 7 juggernaut has little regard for impediments, but it does have a soft spot for an elderly cognate that refuses to die: Windows XP. Microsoft marked the availability of the public beta for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) by extending the end-user downgrade rights to Windows XP until 2020, even though the previous deadline for their expiry was set at Windows 7 SP1.
End-user downgrade rights let businesses use a prior version of Windows on new machines until they are ready to transition to the latest version. Only OEM copies of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate include downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista Professional. According to Microsoft, the move is meant to “provide customers and partners with more predictability around the lifecycle of Windows.”
Apparently, its business customers feared that removing end-user rights could lead to confusion. “Going forward, businesses can continue to purchase new PCs and utilize end user downgrade rights to Windows XP or Windows Vista until they are ready to use Windows 7. Enabling such rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle will make it easier for customers as they plan deployments to Windows 7,” Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post yesterday.
Dell has inked an agreement to purchase Scalent, a privately held company specializing in server and data center virtualization management software, the OEM announced.
:Scalent provides a critical building block for our Virtual Integrated System, the most open, capable and affordable converged infrastructure solution available," said Brad Anderson, Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group. "This acquisition will solidify an important component of our enterprise solution portfolio. We know that Scalent software, in combination with Dell servers, storage and network platforms, provide increased efficiency and value for our customers. Scalent’s open architecture is an example of Dell’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with solutions that don’t lock them into proprietary hardware or gateways."
Dell said it plans to complete the acquisition by the end of the month. Once that happens, the OEM will focus on integrating Scalent's infrastructure software into its existing Advanced Infrastructure Manager (AIM) data center software package.
Sometimes wars come down to alliances, and in the browser war, Mozilla now has IBM in its corner, says Bob Sutor, VP of Linux and Open Source at IBM.
"Some of the software we all use shouldn’t surprise you since we make it, such as Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime, and Lotus Symphony," Sutor wrote in a blog post. "We’re officially adding a new piece of software to the list of default common applications we expect employees to use, and that’s the Mozilla Firefox browser.
"Firefox has been around for years, of course. Today we already have thousands of employees using it on Linux, Mac, and Windows laptops and desktops, but we’re going to be adding thousands more users to the rolls."
Sutor listed out several reasons why he himself prefers Firefox over the competition, chief among them that "Firefox is stunningly standards compliant, and interoperability via open standards is key to IBM's strategy." Sutor also praised Firefox for its security and extensible nature, or in other words the very same reasons why it's been such a hit on the consumer side.
Cisco surprised a good many people earlier this week when it announced plans to release a tablet of its own, but contrary to what you might think, the company's upcoming Cius tablet isn't just an iPad in Cisco trim.
"It's complementary to the iPad," said John Chambers, CEO, Cisco. "We do want to have an architectural play in consumer (but a tablet or netbook for the home) is where a number of our peers will lead."
According to Chambers, the Cius isn't a lame attempt at cashing in on the sudden rabid demand for tablets, but a product that has been in the making for the past 18 months.
Whereas the iPad is primarily an entertainment tool for the home user, Cisco says its Cius will target markets in technologically transitional stages, like education and healthcare. The Cius could, for example, foster collaboration between healthcare providers, patient, and insurance company and family to talk about different treatment options, Cisco says.
Equipped with a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and a 720p HD camera on the front, the 7-inch tablet is being touted as potent collaboration and communications platform by the company: “Cisco Cius offers HD video streaming and real-time video, multi-party conferencing, email, messaging, browsing, and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored locally or centrally in the cloud.”
As for connectivity, only 802.11 a/b/g/n and 3G will be supported at launch (first quarter of 2011), with a 4G variant set to follow later. Cisco has promised that the Cius would be priced below $1000.
Motorola late last week announced a surprisingly sleek looking smartphone designed for the Enterprise, the ES4000 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA).
"Motorola recognizes that mobile teams are the lifeblood of an organization, and empowering these teams with unmatched features and functionality to eliminate road blocks in the field is critical to an organization," said Gene Delaney, president, Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions. "The new ES400 EDA combines the best features of mobility, communications and task functionality without compromising performance or design – offering mobile workforces the ability to take action and capture information with a single click – in front of the customer where it counts most."
Featuring a 3-inch VGA screen and full QWERTY keyboard, the ES4000 comes built around Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 platform. Powering the device is an ARM 11 processor (MSM 7627) clocked at 600MHz, along with 256MB of memory and 1GB of internal Flash storage (upgradeable to 32GV via microSD card slot).
Motorola said it will ship the ES4000 later this year for an as-yet undetermined price.
Social networks aren't just for home users to keep in touch with old acquaintances and to try and increase their friend-count like a top score, they can also be beneficial to IT pros. At least that's what HP is banking on, which will soon unveil its own social network aimed at the enterprise.
HP is calling it 48Upper, and as the manifesto reads, "We have lived with the stereotype of being introverted, pessimistic loners for too long."
Right now HP is getting 48Upper ready for beta testing. It will be delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS), giving subscribers the ability to control how technical information is shared, and whether or not to tag information as "public."
Security firm Symantec this week introduced its new ExSP Licensing Program designed to allow partners the choice of consuming Symantec software via a monthly subscription-based model.
"Our partners are telling us that they’re finding success in offering Symantec software bundled with their services to solve their customers’ information protection challenges," said Randy Cochran, VP, North American Channel Sales, Symantec. "By enhancing our ExSP licensing program to make it accessible to our broader partner base, Symantec is enabling partners of all sizes to accelerate profitability and reduce their upfront investments to support growth. With this subscription-based program, Symantec partners can license our solutions in a way that aligns to how they do business with their customers."
Symantec claims the new pricing model will help companies reduce their upfront costs, while also enabling traditional Symantec partners of all sizes to more easily develop their own managed services offerings.
The ExSP Licensing Program is open to partners enrolled in Symantec's Partner Program who are qualified service providers, the firm said.