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Salvaging IT equipment is good news

Why would a business that focussed on technology recovery, refurbishing and resale, want to re-brand itself? Ask TechTurn, once called Newmarket IT, who felt that its service - diverting potential IT scrap from e-waste to usable technology, or IT sal...

The simplest SME storage in the world

Hitachi Data Systems has launched a new SMS 100 array that, the company claims, needs no on-site service. HDS also said that the product would run for up to five years with plug-in replacement disk drives for failed drives.

Rackable debuts 'data center in a box'

Rackable has introduced ICE Cube, a 'data center in a can' with the claim that it can do more processing and store more data than Sun's similar Blackbox product, while reducing required cooling.

D-Link promotes power-saving switches

D-link has announced Ethernet desktop switches that, it claims, use up to 44 percent less power than existing 5-port switches. It said it was the first company to bring such green Ethernet switches to the market.

NetApp offers new arrays for smaller businesses

NetApp has, as predicted, announced its new FAS 2020 and FAS 2050 storage arrays. They use serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives, a first for NetApp, but only internally. Expansion shelves can only use Fibre Channel or Serial ATA (SATA) drives.

Cassatt finds answer to idle servers

Cassatt has unveiled technology that allows data center managers to automatically switch off idling servers, a move which the company claims can halve electricity costs in a data center.

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