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SMB product roundup: Google, Yahoo tailor offerings

Here's our weekly roundup of the latest products and services designed specifically for the midmarket.

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.

IBM launches new SMB storage offerings

IBM launched this week several new storage offerings aimed at the SMB market.

The new products include an entry-level storage disk product, the result of IBM's recent alliance with Network Appliance. The IBM TotalStorage N3700 is intended to give SMBs with fewer than 1,000 employees a network-attached storage product that incorporates iSCSI technology and scales up to 16 terabytes (TB).

IBM is pitching TotalStorage DR550 Express as a way to provide nonerasable and nonrewriteable storage management. The device scales from 1 to 56 TB and offers encryption and data replication features. A third release is the SAN Starter Kit, designed to help small business customers consolidate their storage into a single place, while remaining easily accessible.

The IBM TotalStorage N3700 will be available in late August, with prices starting at $50,000. The DR550 is available now, with prices starting around $45,000. The SAN Starter Kit is also available now and is priced at $16,376.

Support and financing options are available from IBM for all products.

Keep track of documents with in-house Google

Companies having trouble finding or keeping track of their documents can take a page from the playbook of the best. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Inc. has released the Google Mini search appliance.

The Google Mini software is intended to help SMBs make the most of their digital documents. The Mini can index and search up to 100,000 documents -- double the number available when the product first launched in January. The Mini works with more than 220 different file formats, including HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Office.

The Mini costs $2,995, including a year of support and hardware replacement coverage. Those who need to search more than 100,000 documents can consider the Google Search Appliance, which can index 500,000 or more documents. The Search Appliance costs $30,000.

Google Mini

Wi-Fi security offering for SMBs

Mountain View, Calif.-based AirTight Networks has unveiled a new Wi-Fi IPS product, SpectraGuard Sentry, designed to offer SMBs enterprise-level Wi-Fi protection at an affordable price.

SpectraGuard Sentry monitors the 2.4 and 5 GHz airwave bands to protect against Wi-Fi threats like rogue access points, client misassociations and ad hoc connections. SpectraGuard Sentry is compatible with all Wi-Fi infrastructure, firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs) and works with access points from any vendor. A single SpectraGuard Sentry will cover mostly small offices, according to AirTight. SpectraGuard Sentry is available now and costs $595.

AirTight Networks

Yahoo releases beta of SMB publisher

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo Inc. will extend its Yahoo Publisher Network in the U.S. to websites for SMBs. The SMB Publisher rollout will begin as an invitation-only beta.

Yahoo Publisher Network allows webmasters to add Yahoo advertising products and other Yahoo content and products to their sites. The new Publisher Network release will offer SMBs capabilities that were previously available to larger, brand-name companies.

The first advertising product Yahoo will offer through the beta is its Content Match contextual listings. Content Match enables publishers to place Yahoo's contextually relevant listings on their sites and receive a share of the revenue generated by those listings.

Yahoo Publisher Network

New SMB cable connectors

Ledgewood, N.J.-based Bomar Interconnect Products Inc., a manufacturer and designer of electronic connectors, has added an SMB interconnect to its line of Eliminator coaxial series.

The Eliminator series is designed to eliminate the need for extra cable assemblies and printed circuit board connectors by simply connecting an Eliminator directly to an electronic device and dropping it onto the PCB.

Pricing for Bomar's SMB Eliminator starts at $1.38 each in quantities of 1,000. Delivery is from stock to 12 weeks.

Bomar Interconnect

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