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Gateway E4100-C review

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Most of the giant operations might not be pleased with it, but the mainstream operation line from Gateway the E-4100 is surely an excellent option for small to medium sized business firms. It is packed with 6.3 LANDesk Client Manger that proves to a great help in monitoring E-4100-C systems and easily update small files. This included 6.3 LANDesk client Manager does not organize entire applications or images remotely while the other management packages that were review do for a fee. The Gateway E-4100 model also uses the same software image and it can also be easily repaired and upgraded.

The Gateway E-4100-C is one among the three corporate lines of Gateway you already came across. However like the MPC, gateway also has just two PC models in every line while the other companies include around three to four options. There is also the E-2100 line which includes low cost systems and the E-6100 line that features machines that have greatest and latest hardware, whereas the E-4100-C is the mainstream line of the company which delivers midlevel hardware at affordable price. Although there are no possibilities of using the same software image for three lines, you might also not face any problems using the same image within every line. Additionally the three families also shared the same driver set which lets you use the same drivers for all the three lines. Apart form the difference in size the mini tower versions and small form factor of E-4100-C have similar Intel motherboard.

However Gateway has guaranteed that every system would be available for nearly 12 months but the fact is that the mainstream system E-4100-C would remain in the market for much longer time. After the end of 12 month life cycle the mainstream lines of Gateway are typically converted to low cost lines. Each Gateway corporate PC is packed with its own supplement of 6.3 LANDisk Client Manager software which allows you locally account and monitor the system. However if you wish to remotely manage the system then you can just pay around $49 extra to avail a copy of Client Manager Administrator that is able to query machines from anywhere in the network.

Although the Client Manager is not as powerful as the Management suites of IBM and Dell, but it does well in its functions and it can be all what you needed. For instance, as other competitive tools are generally a bit difficult to learn, the web based interface of Client Manager is remarkably intuitive. Even the beginner computer users might not have much trouble operating this system hardware. The inventory resource or details are extremely detailed and the Client Manage can tell you clearly which memory slot is filled and one that is not. The software can also tell you the IRQs which are already taken. Additionally there is a wide range of method to monitor the system as you can check the voltages and for high temperature or even receive alerts when systems have failed a certain amount of memory or disk space.

Full-disk encryption for all computer drives

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The six biggest computer drive manufacturers of the world have published this week the final specifications for single and full disk encryption standards which capable to be used in all hard disk drivers, encryption key management applications and solid state drivers. After it is enabled any disk which uses these specifications would be locked without a password and this password would be required even before booting the computer. The three specifications of The Trusted Computing Group can cover storage devices in desktop computers and consumer laptops and also as enterprise class drivers when used in disk storage arrays and servers.

Robert Thibadeau the TCG chairman and chief technologist in Seagate Technology said that this entirely represents capable commitments from all disk driver makers in this world. He further said that they are protecting the data when at rest. When the laptop is powered down or when a USB drive is unplugged or if administrator has pulled down a drive from the server it can actually be brought up and used without feeding in a cryptographically powerful password. However if you don’t have it then you probably won’t be able to sell it even on eBay.

When you are using a single and full disk encryption specification all the drive manufacturers can break your security to firmware of their products while even lower the cost of production and increase the efficiency of security technologies. When an application or an operating system writes data to its self encrypting drive a bottleneck is not created by any software which might have to interrupt the I/O stream and convert your data so that the user can see the encrypted data at I/O speed without any slowdown. Robert Thibadeau further said that the encryption machinery also does not use any power. When the machinery reads the data from a drive it also displays it to your clearly as it is completely transparent and clearly readable.

The Trusted Computer Group (TCG) includes companies like LSI Logic, Wave Systems, Western Digital, UNLINK Technology, Toshiba, IBM, Samsung, Seagate Technology and Hitachi GST. Jon Oltisk the analyst in Enterprise Strategy Group said that in five years time you would see your drive coming off the production line and it would be encrypted with virtually zero cost for it.

Included in the three specifications is the Opal Specification that describes minimum requirements for all the storage devices in laptops and computers. The other is Enterprise Security Subsystem Class specification and this is aimed at drives in high volume applications and data centers where generally there is less security configuration during installation. The third specification includes the Storage Interface Interactions specifications. This specification describes how the previous Storage Core specifications of TCG and other specifications interact with other standards regarding connections and storage interface. For instance this specification supports a huge number of transports that include ATA serial and parallel, ATAPI, Fibre Channel and SCSI SAS. Most of the drive manufacturers including Hitachi, Fujitsu and Seagate have already supported this specification for the same drives.