The Best Small Business Technology at CES 2011 - Page 2

By Thor Olavsrud
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Small Business Desktops at CES

Dell added to its lineup of small business computing solutions with the Vostro V460, a mini tower desktop specifically designed for small businesses. It features 2nd generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory and the Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.

Its hard disk capacity is expandable to 3TB. Small business IT support is available with optional Dell ProSupport services. Dell said the Vostro V460 pricing will start at $599.

Meanwhile, HP debuted its own small business computer, the Compaq 4000 Pro. The small form factor computer comes with your choice of Intel processors, a maximum of 8GB of DDR3 memory and up to a 1TB internal drive.

Small Business Storage and Small Business Networking

But computers weren't the only new products at CES 2011. On the small business storage and small business networking front, Iomega released its Personal Cloud. The network attached storage (NAS) device allows users to give up to 250 devices access to files stored on the device via the Internet.

Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega called the new Personal Cloud an innovative technology that separates Iomega's NAS products from its competitors.

"Utilizing the expertise of [parent company] EMC, the world's leader in cloud technology, we have transformed our next-generation NAS devices into cloud servers that users can access anywhere, anytime. In addition, by buying two or more of our NAS products, you can remotely backup your onsite data to an alternate location -- be it your office, home or some other location -- giving consumers and small businesses the ideal disaster recovery plan that's easy and economical to implement."

Iomega plans to release the device in two versions this month: a 1TB model for $169.99 and a $2 TB model for $229.99.

Dell Vostro V460 mini-tower desktop; small business computing
The Dell Vostro V460 mini-tower desktop PC.
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For another take on mobile small business storage, Lexar Media introduced its new JumpDrive S70 USB flash drive. The flash drive is notable for its advanced security software.

Lexar said it allows users to create multiple password-protected areas called Encrypted Vaults that automatically encrypt data. It also features a File Shredder feature to ensure the complete elimination of deleted files. The S70 is available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions.

Small Business Networking at CES

To make small business networking easier, Samsung Electronics America introduced the Samsung Central Station, intended to seamlessly connect all elements of the IT workspace: notebook PC, display, peripherals, network and AV.

The Central Station features auto wireless detection, allowing it to find a laptop equipped with the included wireless USB dongle once it comes within 1 meter of the device. It functions as a second display for a connected laptop, without the need for cords or wires. It features two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 connections for peripherals and an HDMI input.

"The Samsung Central Station answers a real need for consumers and business professionals looking to simplify their IT environment so they can move easily from a mobile to desktop setting," said Young Bae, director of display marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division.

"It enables users to effortlessly connect or disconnect their notebook PC to a wide range of peripheral devices without the inconvenience of having to constantly plug and unplug every time they do so," said Bae. The Samsung Central Station will be available in March. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Samsung also unveiled its MobilePrint app, which allows Android and iOS mobile device to print to Samsung wireless printers.

Smartphones at CES

Xoom wasn't the only product Motorola Mobility showcased at CES. It hit the show with a number of smartphones, including the Atrix and Cliq 2.

The Atrix, which Motorola will offer through AT&T in the first quarter of 2011, is intended to become a user's primary digital hub to create, edit and interact with documents, media and other content. Motorola plans to achieve this through its webtop application and new accessory docks, like the Laptop Dock, which provides users with a larger screen, keyboard and trackpad.

To facilitate the experience, the Atrix comes with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM and up to 48 GB of storage (16GB internal and an optional 32GB MicroSD card). Small business IT managers may be particularly interested in the biometric fingerprint reader, which provides an additional layer of security.

Meanwhile, Motorola will offer the Cliq 2 through T-Mobile beginning January 19th. The company touted its increased business functionality, which it said includes robust calendar capabilities, corporate directory access and advanced security features like MotoBlur.

All contacts, login information, email and social networking messages are kept on the MotoBlur secure server, and customers can remotely locate and wipe their phone if it is ever lost or stolen. The Cliq 2 also features customizable sets of home screens for work, home and weekend life.

Thor Olavsrud is a contributor to SmallBusinessComputing.com and a former senior editor at InternetNews.com. He covers operating systems, standards and security, among other technologies.

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This article was originally published on January 13, 2011

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