IN BRIEF: Google launches Outlook synchronization tool

Google Inc. has launched a new tool aimed at giving enterprise users the ability to transfer data from a Microsoft Corp. Exchange server to Google’s cloud-based online service.

The software, Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, will allow business users to stick with Outlook for their e-mail client, while syncing up with the e-mail, calendar entries and contacts already stored in their Google apps account. To use the plug-in, users on Exchange only need to install the tool and log-in to their Outlook client using a Google Apps account.

The product will cost US$50 per business user and is available immediately in the Premier version of Google apps.

Symantec puts online backup on desktops, notebooks

Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec Corp. has announced an agreement to distribute Norton Online Backup as a 30-day trial on Hewlett-Packard consumer desktops and notebook PCs worldwide.

Available in 21 languages, the software is designed to secure and make accessible files and other digital assets in the cloud. Users have 5GB of online storage space, which can be accessed anytime via a Web site, while backups can be managed for up to five PCs from one account.

“Consumers are accumulating priceless digital asset – such as family photos, music and financial files – at a record pace,” said Janice Chaffin, president of Symantec’s consumer business unit.

Lytron releases liquid-to-liquid cooling unit for data centre racks

A new liquid-to-liquid Coolant Distribution Unit (CDU) with a 150kW cooling capacity was released by Lytron Inc. last week.

The LCS50 is compatible with water, ethylene glycol and water solutions (up to 50 per cent volume), or propylene glycol and water solutions (up to 50 per cent volume). Dimensions of 24.0 x 48.0 x 77.5 in / 61 x 122 x 197 cm (W x D x H) allow for in-row placement in the data center, according to Lytron.

The CDU features redundant hot-swappable pumps, a programmable logic controller that tracks hours of operation and performs tests on the backup pump, lock-out protection, temperature and flow control options, remote monitoring capabilities and system error alerts.

“The unit has three temperature control schemes, including control to dew point, and can deliver fluid based on user defined flow rate or differential pressure … Liquid cooling has much greater thermal performance capabilities than air, with water carrying approximately 3,500 times more heat by volume,” Lytron notes.