That Linux is the ideal OS for safeguarding data is logical. Meanwhile, the Blancco Kit from Blancco, Ltd., deploys Linux for exactly the opposite—to erase data safely from PCs. The recently upgraded Blancco Kit is a portable tool for performing data erasure at multiple sites, such as at dispersed warehouses storing obsolete computers. Blancco claims that “in a single day, just one engineer can erase 160 computers and share detailed reporting to meet compliance requirements”, as well as label the machines for resale or redeployment. The kit consists of a laptop PC with the Blancco Management Console and supporting applications, as well as a manual and label printer. The stylish aluminum case meets airline regulations as carry-on baggage.
The new version 8.0 of Arkeia Network Backup is a backup and disaster recovery solution dedicated to supporting virtualized server environments. Version 8.0 extends Arkeia's deployment support for physical backup appliances and traditional software to support for virtual backup appliances, which the firm says is an industry first. The product also introduces backup and restore of complete virtual machine environments, permitting both traditional and virtual machine platforms to be protected with the same consistent process. The Arkeia Virtual Appliance delivers Arkeia Network Backup as a system image for a VMware virtual machine. Other features in v8.0 include an improved graphical user interface, expanded reporting capabilities and integrated help system.
From the “I wish I had thought of that” department comes Location Based Technologies' PocketFinder, a GPS-based personal locator system. The combination device and service allows users to check the real-time location of a PocketFinder device carried by a person, pet or suitcase at any time via the Internet, telephone or smartphone. The company calls its product “the smallest known single-board GSM/GPS device”. Advanced features include tracking of vehicle speeds and designation of customizable alert areas, whereby a notification is sent when a device enters or leaves a specified zone. The PocketFinder is also integrated into the iPhone and Google Android platforms.
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