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Seagate Technology today announced a three-year limited warranty, effective immediately, on every Maxtor branded Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit that is now shipping worldwide. Maxtor Internal Hard Drive Retail Kits are designed for users who want to replace or upgrade their internal hard drives in their PC or Mac.
The new three-year limited warranty applies retroactively to all Maxtor branded Internal Hard Drive Kits in retail channel inventory, or purchased by consumers on or after October 1, 2006.
Maxtor Internal Hard Drive Retail Kits come in capacities up to 500GB and include components users need to install the new hard drive - mounting screws, a PATA or SATA cable and step-by-step instructions, making it easy to upgrade their PC or Mac. Maxtor Hard Drive Retail Kits are available at retailers worldwide. Suggested retail price ranges from $79.95 for 80GB to $239.95 for 500GB.
Source: Seagate Technology
Iomega Corporation today announced the next generation of its popular Iomega StorCenter network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
The new Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 250d Servers will soon be available worldwide in four new models ranging in capacity from 500GB to 1.5TB. All models feature the Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 operating system, optimized for file and print services across the network. Configuration is virtually automatic with Iomega's Discovery Tool software, and the Microsoft Management Console provides a standard interface for network administration.
While previous generations of Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS servers have used Microsoft technologies, the new Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 250d servers are the first Iomega NAS servers offered with Windows Storage Server 2003 R2.
One of the new systems announced today, the StorCenter Pro NAS 250d 500GB server, also comes with a built-in Iomega REV 70GB drive for server backup and restore operations.
The flagship product in today's announcement is the Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 250d 1.5TB Server with print capability. Like all 250d Server products announced today, it uses SATA-II hot-swappable hard drives. Three 500GB 7200-RPM hard drives provide a total capacity of 1.5TB, and hardware RAID options include RAID 5 (striping plus parity), RAID 0 (striping), and RAID 1 (mirroring). The 750GB model uses three 250GB drives and supports the same hardware RAID options. The 500GB models in today's announcement are two-drive models that support RAID 0 and RAID 1, driven by Intel Matrix RAID technology.
Like the previous-generation 200d series, the 750GB and 1.5TB models in the 250d series feature dual Gigabit Ethernet connections with automatic load balancing and failover, and an external Ultra 320 SCSI connection. A faster Intel Celeron D 352 3.2 GHz processor replaces the previous generation's Celeron 2.5 GHz processor, improving overall performance.
Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 250d Servers provide broad support for Microsoft file and print services. File services with 500GB models include Active Directory, Encrypting File System (EFS), Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), and SRM. Additional standard services with the 750GB and 1.5TB models include Distributed Files System (DFS-N and DFS-R), and File Server Resource Manager (FSRM).
Print services for the 750GB and 1.5TB models include a 5-printer license (upgradable to unlimited printers) for Microsoft Print Server.
For backup and disaster recovery, all Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 250d models include CA BrightStor ARCserve OEM edition software with disaster recovery, version 11.5, along with EMC Retrospect Express software for client backup and recovery (5-client license included; additional licenses are available).
Iomega StorCenter Pro NAS 250d Servers support clients running Microsoft Windows 2000/XP Home/XP Professional/XP Professional x64, Mac OS X 10.2.7 or higher, and Linux distributions, including Redhat 9, Madrake 10, Debian 3.0, Gentoo, and FedoraCore 3.
Supported network file protocols include Microsoft, Linux/UNIX, Apple, Internet, FTP, and WEBDAV.
The StorCenter Pro 250d 500GB Server with REV Built-In is now available for $1,999, as well as the StorCenter Pro 250d 500GB Server for $1,399. The StorCenter Pro 250d 750GB Server with Print is expected to be available December 30, 2006, for $2,799. The Iomega StorCenter Pro 250d 1.5TB Server with Print is also expected to be available December 30, 2006, for $3,999. (All prices are suggested US retail.)
Source: Iomega Corporation
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ASUS today announced that the ASUS TeleSky telecom adaptor will now be included in the package of the M2N/TeleSky and P5B/TeleSky motherboards.
The TeleSky telecom adaptor converts ordinary house phones into multi-functional Skype phones. It is a highly integrated application for traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and Skype VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls. The Skype VoIP system enables users to make free calls online or to dial low-cost calls to external landline and mobile phone numbers using SkypeOut.
With one jack connected to the house phone and the other linked to the ground telephone line, the TeleSky can switch the house phone connection between PSTN and VoIP networks. Users can also use the house phone to operate Skype functions, including SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Conference, call waiting, speed-dial, and 3-way telephoning. The TeleSky supports both corded and cordless telephones.
The ASUS TeleSky is now available with two ASUS motherboards, the M2N/TeleSky and the P5B/TeleSky. Purchase either one now to receive 60 SkypeOut minutes as well. This offer will only be available for a limited time and quantity.
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