Intel bids for rebound with quad-core chips
Intel Corp. has launched a family of quad-core processors, hoping to take back its crumbling share of the server market. The company promises the Xeon 5300 series chips will deliver speedy performance for the science, entertainment and business sectors. The Xeon 5300 runs 50 per cent faster while drawing the same amount of watts as Intel’s own “Woodcrest” Xeon 5100 chip, Intel said. Server vendors including Dell Inc., Hewlett Packard Co. and IBM Corp. have already announced systems using the chips, and others including Fujitsu, Rackable and SGI will join them soon. The line includes the 1.60GHz, 80-watt E5310, the 1.86GHz, 80- watt E5320 and the 2.33GHz, 80-watt E5345.
Availability: Available now Pricing: E5310 sells for US$455, E5320 sells for US$690, E5345 sells for US$851, and the X5355 sells for US$1,172, all prices are per chip and sold in 1000-unit lots URL: tinyurl.com/aln55
Document sharing for OpenOffice
Dutch company O3Spaces has released collaboration software that it says rivals Microsoft’s SharePoint. The software, called Workplace, works with open-source suites StarOffice and OpenOffice.org and is one more step in providing an equivalent alternative to Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office software. O3Spaces is built in J2EE, on top of Apache Tomcat and the PostgreSQL database management system, and is designed to work with any LDAP directory service. It runs on Linux, Solaris and 32-bit Windows. Users can access documents stored in O3Spaces via OpenOffice, through a customizable AJAX Web interface or via an optional Java-based Desktop Assistant. The search technology handles PDF, OpenOffice’s native ODF and Microsoft Office formats.
Availability: Available now Pricing: Starts at US$382 for a five-user license URL: www.o3spaces.com
Oakley rolls out laptop protection software
Oakley Networks has rolled out software that lets organizations remotely locate a lost or stolen laptop, determine whether data on the laptop has been compromised, and destroy the data to protect it from exposure. The vendor’s SureFind software is installed on laptops and can report a missing device’s location once Internet connection is established. Even if a new operating system has been installed, SureFind can establish contact with the organization. The software monitors user activity and creates a discovery log that lets security personnel review the laptop’s activities since it disappeared. Based on the information collected, IT administrators can remotely invoke a data deletion process which erases the hard disk, and if desired, disables the laptop completely.
Availability: Available now Pricing: Appx. US$30 per laptop URL: tinyurl.com/y4y3uy
Toshiba to sell 8 GB high-speed SD card
Toshiba Corp. plans to start selling in January next year an 8 GB high-speed SD (secure digital) memory card. The card will support the “class 4” high-speed data writing specification of the SD Card Association and be able to record data at 6 Mbps, said Toshiba.