ServerWatch News Briefs for January 16, 2004
January 16, 2004
This Week's Swatches
Sun Microsystems Friday revealed that it has selected Japan-based computer products distributor Sourcenext Corp., to sell Sun's StarSuite 7 Office Productivity Suite in retail locations in Japan and via Internet downloads.
The StarSuite 7 Office Productivity Suite is the Japanese version of the StarOffice productivity suite and a core part of the Sun Java Desktop System.The StarSuite 7 software will be sold in as many as 15,000 Japanese retail locations, including home electronic, convenience and book stores. The multi-million-dollar deal represents the largest number of new stores to date that will carry the StarSuite software.
Enterprises considering StarSuite will have two options. Sourcenext will make the StarSuite 7 software available for an annual subscription price of 1,980 Yen (less than $20) beginning February 5, 2004. This is the first time that either StarSuite or StarOffice products have been offered by a retailer on an annual subscription basis.
StarSuite can also be purchased outright for 9800 Yen (less than $100).
NCS Technologies this week announced it has developed the Advanced Intrusion Prevention Appliance for a new ISV partner. The new OEM appliance is designed to offer protection for financial institutions and critical IT infrastructure should they be victims of cyberterrorism.
The Advanced Intrusion Prevention Appliance meets the guidelines of the Department of Homeland Security.
The appliance combines a robust firewall with an intrusion detection system to form a one-package solution to help prevent attacks on an organization's IT systems. In the event of an attack, the appliance will capture all of the forensic data, thus providing a complete and thorough audit trail of the attack. The information can then be sent to the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security, or the abuse department at the attacker's ISP.
The appliance system is housed in a 1U form-factor running a high-speed Pentium 4 processor. The system has four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for high-speed connectivity and includes secure lockable and removable hard drive carriers as well as a smart card reader. It can be activated using smart card authentication, only.
"With this new partnership, NCS continues to maintain its leadership position in delivering completely functional and deployment-ready server appliances for ISV partners. We are extremely pleased at being a part of the fight against cyberterrorism. This is indeed a precious addition to the suite of OEM Security Appliances that NCS has developed," says Pranay Prakash, executive director, OEM Servers & Appliances in a prepared statement.
Toshiba's Digital Solutions Division (DSD) Wednesday unveiled 18 software packages designed to meet SMB needs. The packages will be marketed and sold through Toshiba's channel partners.
Toshiba's Mobile Productivity Solutions, which are based on its Magnia server line, Portege Tablet PC series, and Pocket PC devices, will include specific hardware and software bundles to address many of the key IT challenges SMBs experience. The new solutions range from security and document management programs to education and healthcare solutions.
The server solutions were selected to provide channel partners with efficient and affordable ways to meet customers emerging IT needs and challenges. The turnkey server bundles provide all of the hardware and software in one convenient package, with the intention of giving channel providers tools to quickly deliver value to customers and increase profits.
The offerings fall into three categories:
Toshiba has a dedicated sales force to help channel partners sell high-margin solutions (i.e., those ranging from 12 percent to 25 percent), in addition to opportunities for installation/consulting services, the sale of additional licenses, and ongoing support.