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Top Technology Products of 2008

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Due to the wide variety of organizations located in the Washington DC area, we have an opportunity to review and test a number of products each year in search of solutions for our customers’ unique business requirements.One resource we often consult is Computer Reseller News (CRN).  As a matter of fact, they just released their latest selections for products of the year within several categories. You can view the entire article at the following listed at the bottom of this article. 

The CRN Test Center evaluates hundreds of offerings and reviews the technical features as well as the potential business implications of their product selections. We thought it would be helpful if we shared a few of the highlights in the event your business was seeking similar solutions in the upcoming year. The product reviews are very insightful and written for both the technical and non-technical reader.

For the product of the year selection(s), there are a few new entrants, a couple of the usual suspects and a few that were real surprises.

One example of a new player in the market is the ZoneFlex 7942 from Ruckus Wireless. This product is a new Wireless Access Point but looks like a sure fire winner.  It has patent pending technology that boosts the performance by pending horizontal and vertical polarized antennas that are able to coordinate multiple paths as signal strengths change on a client for your wireless network. You should be sure to check this solution out if you are implementing a wireless network in your organization in 2009.

Looking for a solid desktop at a great value ?  Check out the Dell Vostro 220 at $319.   It was built with an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200CPU at 2.53GHz and 4GB of RAM.  What a bargain!

We were a little surprised at their selection for top operating system.  Windows Server 2008 was selected and based on how well Vista was received in the market place, we thought this was an interesting pick.  The replacement for Windows Server 2003 gets high marks for streamlined server roles, increased performance, a free hypervisor for server virtualization, improved security and upgraded management tools.

Another surprise to us was in the Smartphone category.  The Apple iPhone 3G won out over stiff competition from the Blackberry Storm and the T-Mobile G1 Android.Apple seems to have resolved the earlier issues it had with integrating over the firewall with corporate email systems including Microsoft Exchange and that could be a contributing factor to ensure the first place award.

The overall Product of the Year was a big, hunk-a- hunk- a burning iron called the Intel Modular Server. The system consists of up to six blade servers, storage and switching for small and mid-market companies that need high performance, but without the high price and typical installation complexities.  Server refresh, anyone ?

If you have any products that you are looking to purchase in the coming year and want our opinion, email us at and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

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