IN BRIEF: HP doubles SAS bandwidth

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HP Inc. has launched 6-Gigabit per second serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives, which it says offers doubles system bandwidth compared with traditional SAS storage systems.

The upgrade storage infrastructure will bring new speed and efficiency to HP ProLiant server environments. HP claims to be the first company on the market to offer a complete range of 6-Gb/s SAS infrastructure solutions.

With the increased speed, HP is specifically targeting storage-heavy and high I/O applications such as video streaming, server virtualization and backups, the company said.

The HP 6Gb/s drives are now available for HP ProLiant DL380, DL370, DL360, DL180 and DL160 rack-optimized servers. They are also available for the HP ProLiant BL460c server blade and HP ProLiant ML370 and ML350 tower servers.

Additionally, the HP StorageWorks D2000 range of 6Gb/s SAS disk enclosures will be available later this year.

NRC gives MedSenses $374,500 in funding for e-courses

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) announced a $374,500-funding to MedSenses Inc. toward a research and development project intended to advance the delivery of e-courseware for nurses.

Saint John, NB-based MedSenses develops interactive e-courseware for nurses, linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs, and economic growth.

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“NRC-IRAP is playing an important role in the success of the company,” said Tim Barnett, CEO of MedSenses. “The financial support we are receiving from NRC-IRAP, together with our business partners, will help us develop nurses’ critical thinking skills, ultimately leading to increased quality of care for our health consumers.”

Nova Scotia power company recognized for BlackBerry use

An electricity provider in Nova Scotia has been recognized for its “innovative use of satellite mapping technology via smartphone” at the first annual BlackBerry Mobile GIS Awards.

The GIS Connectivity Project team at Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) received the international recognition for a work process that involves collecting technical data and location information in the field using BlackBerry Storm smart phones and Freeance Standard Software, according to an NSPI news release.

The data is then transferred from the devices to a geographic information system (GIS) server where technicians use the information to update the electrical model.

NSPI says the information is “building a more accurate picture of NSPI’s distribution system, which will help the utility better predict the impact of storms, dispatch line crews more effectively, and provide better information to customers and emergency officials during outages.”

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