Reviews round-up: Windows 7
Windows 7 takes up most tech column inches, but Apple fights back with some shiny new hardware. We also take in some heavy duty storage kit, a digital signage display from NEC and the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre face off.
Deduplication it's the storage buzz word of the moment, you know. Dave checks our Acronis Backup & Recovery and finds that while it does what it should, performance isn't all it could be.
See, it's deduplication again. HPS's StorageWorks D2D4000 is a 2U rack storage appliance that thanks to some cleverer LBR tech, can reduce the amount of data sent over WAN links. It certainly impresses Dave, and that's the main thing.
In our latest head-to-head, the iPhone 3G takes on the Palm Pre it's the biggest battle in mobile of all time, so click to see the sparks fly.
If you're thinking about moving to Windows 7, many of the benefits for businesses can only be had if you upgrade the back end too. Jon Honeyball explains why he thinks Server 2008 R2 is the most important server release for Microsoft ever.
We get a close up look at the Blackberry Bold 9700 to see how far RIM has managed to move things on since the Bold 9000, that so impressed us last year.
This review is not titled correctly strictly, as not only do we get to look at the new improved MacBook, but we also get to try out the new iMac its accompanying touch sensitive Magic Mouse, and the new Mini server. It's all new and shiny, just how we like it.
I'll be honest, most of us on IT PRO find it hard to actually get that excited about Windows 7 as we either use Macs most of the time, or have had it on our machines since the beta come out in January. To be fair though, it's a good solid OS, and the best from Microsoft since XP. What was the one in between called again?
The final review of the week is NEC's MultiSync LCD4215, which comes with software for users to create their own AV content for attracting attention in a retail environment or providing information in a corporate setting. John Archer investigates its finer details.
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