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CeBIT visitors will find IT suppliers are desperate to save them money

Cliff Saran

Exhibitors at CeBIT will be striving to prove they can deliver cost savings to IT directors. CeBIT, which is the world's biggest IT trade exhibition, starts next week in Hanover.

Hitachi Data Systems is planning to demonstrate what it describes as "a live IP link-up" with Sun Microsystems on its stand. This is designed to show how users can manage storage systems remotely using a single Hicommand console. HDS will unveil its 4Gbyte microdrive - the world's smallest hard disc drive. It slots into a compact Flash type II device used on many handheld computers and digital cameras.

A range of wireless hubs to be displayed by 3Com use Power over Lan technology aimed at lowering the costs of deploying wireless hubs. The devices take power directly from network cables, removing the need to install separate power sockets.

3Com is also likely to show its 802.11b Outdoor Bridge, which uses 802.11b to create an 11mbps link between buildings and, thereby reducing the cost of installing a permanent leased line.

Other highlights include a discussion on how to use an existing IP network for cost-effective links to a storage area network environment.

Microsoft will showcase its CRM product, which is due out later this year. It plans to offer two versions: an off-the-shelf edition which will include sales/service management, and a professional edition providing workflow and integration with back-office systems.

Intel will unveil Centrino, the next version of its mobile Pentium processor family. Notebooks equipped with the chip promise to give users better performance and longer battery life.


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