The VSP E1090 storage array is one of several new products launched by Hitachi Vantara as part of a unified hybrid cloud operating model designed to bring cloud-like agility to private data centres and easier management of both on-premises and cloud IT resources. The mid-range storage array features new virtual storage capabilities that enable clients to scale performance and capacity by clustering up to 65 nodes and 130 controllers. Powered by Hitachi Ops Center, VSP E series solutions operate as a single virtual system to hosts, delivering federated management, data mobility, data protection and automation across all nodes in a cluster, including virtualised 3rd party arrays.
Zoom contact centre
Described as the first omnichannel contact centre optimised for video rather than just voice, Zoom Contact Center meets the need for an all-in-one unified communications platform and multi-channel contact centre solution that supports video and voice (with SMS and webchat currently in beta). Zoom claims that by combining unified communications, contact centre capabilities and the usability of the Zoom platform, Zoom Contact Center removes the barriers that force teams to work in silos, increases employee collaboration and productivity and reduces the burden on IT teams. Initially available in the US and Canada, Zoom Contact Center will be rolled out to other regions throughout 2022. zoom.com
Brother has enhanced its RuggedJet (RJ) mobile print range with two new models for customers in the field service, retail and warehousing sectors. Suitable for everything from shelf labelling, price markdowns and click and collect through to the printing of quotes, estimates and invoices, the RJ3230B and RJ-3250WB (replacing the RJ3050 and RJ-3150) have print speeds of up to five inches per second, an upgraded 16-hour battery life and multiple wireless connectivity options. They meet IP54 standards of water and dust resistance and can withstand drops of up to two metres. www.brotherzone.co.uk/RJ-3200
Quadient has enhanced its Intelligent Communication Automation portfolio, which already includes the YayPay accounts receivable (AR) solution, with a cloud-based accounts payable (AP) solution. Available in North America since 2012 and now launched in the UK, Beanworks by Quadient provides accounting teams with a faster, more secure way to approve invoices and pay vendors from anywhere. Features include automatic data capture, multi-level invoice approval channels, purchase order matching and integrations with financial software including QuickBooks, Sage 50, Sage 100, Sage 200, Sage 300, Sage Intacct, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Xero and NetSuite. www.beanworks.com
Plug and play video
New from Trust, the IRIS plug and play video conferencing solution is a quick and easy way to video-enable any small or medium-sized meeting room. Features include: a 4K camera with a 120 degrees wide angle view and 5x digital zoom; and an integrated microphone with a pick-up range up to 5 metres and built-in noise cancelling technology. With the optional speaker tracking mode, the camera automatically turns, tilts and zooms in on the person speaking. IRIS Clarity is available from Amazon for £719.
5G rugged tablet
Panasonic has added 5G support to its best-selling fully rugged tablet, the TOUGHBOOK G2. Already featuring eSIM, future-proofed wireless communications capabilities and double RAM and storage, the addition of 5G support makes the TOUGHBOOK G2 the perfect partner for mobile workers requiring high bandwidth connectivity in extreme environments. The addition of an optional emissive backlit keyboard featuring an additional USB Type-A and Type-C port enables the tablet to be used as a regular notebook. Prices start at £2,908 (ex VAT). https://business.panasonic.co.uk
Security camera specialist i-Pro is bucking the industry trend of rising prices and component shortages, with a commitment to maintain existing prices for its i-PRO cameras, including models with an AI engine, and the launch of a new quick delivery service for all key models in the i-PRO range. This offers 2 to 4 days availability from the European warehouse and 2 to 4 weeks from the factory. To meet customer demand for more flexibility, i-Pro has also launched an unobtrusive black finish that enables i-PRO Standard Series dome and bullet models to blend discreetly into the background.