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Product roundup: PCs, notebooks, backups and more

Charlie Russo

Here's a collection of this week's product and service announcements for small and midsized companies. For a listing of our previous product roundups, visit our Product Roundup page.

Gateway releases

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PC line targeting SMBs

Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway Inc. has released its S-Series line of desktop and notebook PCs, designed specifically for SMBs.

The S-Series offers durability, easy maintenance, affordable prices and a wide range of configurations aimed at meeting the needs of SMBs.

The two S-Series desktop PC prices are $449 and $599, and the two notebook PC prices are $849 and $1,349.

Gateway Inc. small business section

Spectra Logic provides SMB data protection and backup through new tape library

Boulder, Colo.-based Spectra Logic Corp. has released a tape library designed to provide affordable and scalable data protection and backup for SMBs or remote offices.

The Spectra S50 tape library has a capacity of up to 40 terabytes in 7 inches. Performance scales up to 576 GB/hr. The S50 is designed to grow along with the amount of data by expanding to hold up to 50 LTO tape cartridges and supporting multiple drives so performance can scale. The library can backup data to write-once read-many tape cartridges and is compatible with all major backup applications and operating systems. Customers can connect their servers directly to the S50 with either Fibre Channel or SCSI.

The S50 is available now. Prices start at $9,500. It can be purchased from CDW Corp., PC Mall Inc., PC Connection Inc. and SoftChoice Corp. Resellers can purchase through D&H Distributing Co.

Spectra Logic Corp.

HP offers entry-level enterprise management software

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. has launched entry-level enterprise management software designed and priced for SMBs.

HP OpenView Client Configuration Manager, based on Radia technology, offers integrated inventory collection, software distribution, patch management and other capabilities to customers on a tight budget.

The software can be scaled and upgraded to other products in HP's OpenView Configuration Management portfolio as SMBs grow.

The estimated starting price for HP's OpenView Client Configuration Manager is $25 per seat license, including one-year free standard telephone support and product updates. The product is expected to be available through HP and OpenView channel partners in October.

HP OpenView Client Configuration Manager

Acer adds another SMB notebook PC

Acer America Corp., based in San Jose, Calif., has added the TravelMate 4020 to its line of TravelMate notebook PCs.

Designed for SMBs and small offices, the 4020 seeks to balance performance and price. The notebook PC features Intel Centrino mobile technology with PCI Express, in a light, thin frame intended for easy mobility.

The TravelMate 4020 is available through Acer authorized resellers throughout North America. Pricing starts around $899.

Acer America Corp.

ChannelAdvisor rolls out SMB backend automator

ChannelAdvisor Corp., a Research Triangle Park, N.C., provider of channel management software, has rolled out a new product intended to automate and streamline backend processes for SMB customers.

ChannelAdvisor's Operations Center software works in real time with ChannelAdvisor's Web-based, self-service Merchant software platform to streamline shipping, logistics, invoicing, barcode printing and other back-end processes.

Pricing for ChannelAdvisor's Operations Center includes a setup fee ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and a per-order charge of $.10/order.

ChannelAdvisor Corp.

Fonality expands reseller range

Culver City, Calif.-based Fonality Inc. has signed more than 500 reseller partners in 45 countries to PBXtra, an IP-PBX phone.

PBXtra is designed with SMBs in mind, by offering easy installation, affordable prices and advanced features such as voice mail to e-mail.

PBXtra is an Asterisk-based IP-PBX that runs on the Linux platform. Prices start at $995 for PBXtra Standard Edition server and $2,988 with 10 phones.

Fonality Inc.


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