February 25, 2008
Upcoming Meeting Notice

The Association of Service and Computer Dealers International (ASCDI) is a 30 year old, worldwide non-profit organization made up of companies who provide technology solutions, technical support or value added services to the business community.

Members and non-members are invited to learn how to grow your business, find new business opportunities, hear from industry representatives and enjoy some fabulous networking events at our conferences:

ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE: April 9 – 12
KEY WEST, FLORIDA

ANNUAL EUROPEAN CONFERENCE: June 5–7
NICE, FRANCE

Click here for more information on ALL ASCDI MEETINGS, to view the agendas, lodging details, attendee lists and to REGISTER AT THE EARLY BIRD RATE.





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Editor’s Note: ASCDI’s sister organization, the NATD, has partnered up with CEBIT. ASCDI members, especially those interested in networking and in communications related fields, might be interested in this opportunity.

The NATD Partners With Hannover Fairs USA for IPCentral and WIRELESSWorld@CeBIT 2008

The NATD is supporting Hannover Fairs USA, the U.S. subsidiary of CeBIT organizer Deutsche Messe AG, in promoting IPCentral and WIRELESSWorld@CeBIT 2008, two special display and forum areas at CeBIT 2008 focused on IP and Mobile & Wireless applications and products. The NATD is pleased to invite its members and affiliates to exhibit and attend. 

CeBIT 2008 will be held from March 4-9, 2008 in Hannover, Germany.
The show is the largest international Information and Communications Technology event - it features 27 halls, more than 6000 exhibitors from 77 countries, and 480,000 attendees from 100 countries. IP Central and WIRELESSWorld have established themselves as the one stop meeting point for all things IP and wireless at CeBIT. They offer a worry-free, turnkey exhibition solution, including daily live presentations in the associated forum program. 

Through the partnership with Hannover Fairs USA the NATD was able to secure early bird exhibit rates in IPCentral and WIRELESSWorld@CeBIT and free admission to the show for its members. For details go to http://www.hf-usa.com/cebit_ipcentral and http://www.hf-usa.com/cebit_wirelessworld or contact:

Ulrike (Ulli) Hammer
Project Manager
Phone +1 (609) 987-1202, ext. 205
Fax     +1 (609) 987-0092
uhammer@hfusa.com

For accommodation arrangements during CeBIT contact Monika Louderback at  mlouderback@hfusa.com or at 609-987-1202 x 229.

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i Platform

VAI to host Webinars for businesses
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) continues its Webinar series. The first series focused on enterprise software topics and the second series of educational sessions are meant to offer best practice advice for issues relating to business continuity, data recovery and proactive security. The Best Practice in Hardware sessions consist of two Webinars designed to teach companies how to integrate a comprehensive continuity and security solution into critical business operations. Best Practice in Hardware Webinar topics include:

February 27, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. (ET): Disaster Recovery -- Maintaining Business Operations under Virtually any Condition

March 5, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. (ET): Hardware Infrastructure & Security -- Protecting Network Operations and Customer Data

Visit www.vai.net/bestpractice.
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Fax over IP

Sagem-Interstar announces new version of boardless IP Fax technology
Sagem-Interstar announced that a new Linux version of its award-winning XMediusFAX T.38 Fax over IP (FoIP) server technology will be globally available on April 30, 2008 for integration with the IBM System i (formerly AS/400 and iSeries) platform and Unified Communications environments provided by Nortel and 3Com. The integration of Sagem-Interstars XMediusFAX FoIP technology on IBM System i Unified Communications platforms from Nortel and 3Com will empower users with robust and secure desktop faxing capabilities. SMB or large-enterprise users will be able to easily send and receive faxes directly from their Lotus Notes or Microsoft Exchange email clients. XMediusFAX also integrates with enterprise applications such as SAP, Siebel and Oracle to enable automated faxing. Faxes are easier to track, manage and archive, facilitating productivity boosts, improved collaboration and audit trails for regulatory compliance.
Visit www.faxserver.com.
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IBM

Big Blue's BI in a Box
With IBM's acquisition of Cognos complete, the merged companies were quick to tout their joint product offerings and future plans. Given IBM's role as both a data warehouse platform and a services power house, the acquisition clearly impacts existing partnerships in which IBM moves from partner to competitor. Prior to its Cognos acquisition IBM was a relatively BI-agnostic vendor, unlike other data warehouse platform vendors Oracle and Microsoft who offer their own BI platforms. However, late last year IBM signed an OEM agreement with Business Objects to provide a BusinessObjects XI starter edition as part of its DB2 Warehouse. As well, as part of its iSeries platform positioned for medium-sized businesses, IBM began reselling Information Builders WebFOCUS. IBM officials announced several new product bundles in which Cognos BI will now be bundled with IBM's InfoSphere Warehouse; customers who buy Cognos BI will also get limited license of InfoSphere Warehouse. What does this mean for the Business Objects and Information Builders OEM deals? Nothing, say IBM officials. IBM will continue to provide whatever customers want and as a services company, they pride themselves in supporting heterogeneous environments.
Visit www.ibm.com.
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Infrastructure

MuxLab extends HDMI over Cat5
MuxLab Inc., designer and manufacturer of security video and audio-video connectivity solutions for copper twisted pair, announces its latest addition to its AV connectivity portfolio, the HDMI Econo Extender Kit (500400).  Developed for the custom residential and commercial AV market, the HDMI Econo Extender Kit allows one HDMI source to be connected via two Cat5e twisted pair cables instead of HDMI cable.  The product supports 1080i and 1080p resolutions up to 200ft (60m) and 100 ft (30m) respectively via Cat6 cable. The HDMI Econo Extender Kit streamlines cabling in applications such as: home theatre, digital signage, boardroom projector systems and classroom training systems.  The product allows pre-existing twisted pair to be used instead of costly single-use HDMI cable, thereby allowing HDMI equipment to access the structured cabling system for maximum investment return. The HDMI Econo Extender Kit includes one transmitter, one receiver and one power supply and comes with a two year warranty.  
Visit www.muxlab.com.
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Services

Centerfield announces service for DB2 Web Query
Centerfield announced the availability of a new service for IBM System i customers taking advantage of the power, capability and affordability of DB2 Web Query for System i. The new service will be the first in a series of offerings to assist users of Web Query in getting the most value out of this new product with a minimum of time and effort. The new service promises to reduce the cost and in most cases eliminate the requirement for an on-site consultant. The service consists of (2) 4-hour segments split over two days including: identification of required software and PTFs; installation of required base i5/OS software; installation of required PTFs for the base operating system, other required software, and the DB2 Web Query product; certification that the installation is usable once the installation is complete; recommendations on optional fix packs or products that may improve the reliability of the installation (e.g. Cumulative fix packs).
Visit www.centerfieldtechnology.com.
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Software

NTP Software introduces NTP Software QFS for NAS, IBM Edition 6.0
NTP Software announced general availability of NTP Software QFS for NAS, IBM Edition 6.0. NTP Software QFS provides customers with the means to automatically analyze their unstructured data, effectively control what files are allowed to be stored in their storage environment, as well as manage how their resources are consumed. As part of the NTP Software Storage Firewall Architecture, NTP Software QFS for NAS, IBM Edition 6.0 delivers an efficient file-management strategy by creating the necessary infrastructure that will allow you to filter out illegitimate files and block additional junk from entering your environment. NTP Software QFS ensures that only appropriate files enter the data lifecycle and that storage system resources are not abused.
Visit www.ntpsoftware.com.
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Storage

RELDATA chosen by electronic discovery experts
RELDATA announced that eDirect Impact, LLC, an information management consulting firm providing electronic discovery and discovery workflow management solutions to corporate counsel, law firms and businesses, has implemented a RELDATA Unified Storage System.  eDirect Impact chose RELDATA for its ability to reduce hardware, management and service costs, as well as its outstanding levels of support. With a 400 percent annual increase in the volume of storage required for its electronic discovery process, eDirect Impact demanded the flexibility to instantly bring the vast archives of file storage needed for new projects online and offline with the ability to back up this data quickly and efficiently. Additionally, its powerful search applications needed fast, block-level SAN storage to process ever-increasing volumes of data within tight time frames. "RELDATA provided us with a highly competitive entry point for a powerful unified storage solution that satisfies many of our needs, including the ability to scale cost-effectively," said Sami Rahman, CEO of eDirect Impact.
Visit www.RELDATA.com.
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Sun

Sun Micro wants deeper virtualization
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Stuttgart, Germany-based innotek.  Sun is calling innotek the provider of the leading edge, open source virtualization software called "VirtualBox."  VirtualBox has had over 4 million downloads since January 2007. As part of Sun Micro's xVM portfolio, VirtualBox will have the support of Sun's global development community, field resources and partners to make VirtualBox even more compelling to developers and end users, driving greater adoption across a broad set of communities.  This will also enable desktops or laptops to run Windows, Mac, Linus, or Solaris O/S side by side. This is after Sun announced it would acquire MySQL.  Financial terms were not disclosed, although this is listed as "not material" to earnings.
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DecisionOne announces ASCDI program launch
DecisionOne provides cost effective, local, reliable technology support services including remote, onsite and logistics services. We offer break/fix services nationwide for Sun, IBM, and HP used and refurbished equipment. Call now for pricing and check out our new website at www.decisionone.com.
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Phone:  202-558-5527
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Micro Memory Bank launches new on-line division
MemoryStore, a leading provider of computer memory upgrades for virtually every computer model and brand, old or new, announced the launch of its new online store at www.memorystore.com . MemoryStore.com now offers consumers even more choices. This is the only online store on the web where customers can instantly view side-by-side comparisons between brand-name, factory original and 100% guaranteed compatible computer memory upgrades, allowing them to decide what memory solution is best for them. Memory upgrades for Dell, IBM, Apple, DEC, HP, Sun and hundreds of others are all available for purchase online at MemoryStore.com or by calling 877-ADD-RAM9.

For the first time, customers do not need to know their exact model number. The Memory Wizard tells the customer exactly what computer memory they have and exactly what memory is needed. What separates MemoryStore.com from the competition is the Memory Wizard tool; a proprietary feature that enables the site visitor to find their exact memory type with the click of a button.
Contact: Bob Kanoff
Phone: 877-ADD-RAM9
Phone: 877-233-7269
Phone: 215-643-6020
www.memorystore.com

 

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