Managing Virtualization With Fujitsu ServerView Resource Coordinator VE

Enterprises are entering a phase of deep technological changes, as challenging macroeconomic conditions and shrinking IT budgets force a rethink of the way IT infrastructure works and the adoption of new strategies to optimize increasingly scarce resources. Initially deployed simply as a fix to consolidate sprawling physical servers and contain hardware CapEx, virtualization has found its place at the core of innovation in the datacenter, solving a range of issues spanning from energy waste and compatibility problems with legacy applications, to high availability and ease of management.

Server virtualization does not come without a few challenges. Top of the list is the ability of IT administrators to manage IT infrastructure resources in an integrated fashion across server, storage, networking, applications, and virtual machines. Recent IDC surveys highlighted key requirements for virtualization infrastructure, include solid, optimized hardware infrastructure, perhaps based on blade servers, adequate I/O settings, and above all the correct management tools.

Fujitsu addresses those needs with its dynamic infrastructure strategy. This offering materializes what IDC believes to be a key trend in datacenters: the convergence of servers (particularly blades), storage, networking, and virtualization. In this model, Fujitsu's system management suite, ServerView, plays a central role, in particular its ServerView Resource Coordinator VE (RCVE), the tool to harmonize the management of physical and virtual environments.

RCVE is designed to bring together the capabilities and information included in the pure virtualization management environments with those stemming from hardware monitoring and balancing tools. Through the RCVE console, administrators can remotely control x86 servers, visualize the physical and virtual infrastructure, gain direct access on virtual machines and execute basic live migrations, set up affordable high availability systems and execute automated physical server deployment.

IDC believes that RCVE is a compelling product that complements Fujitsu's existing datacenter offering by enabling IT departments to overcome the principal hurdles to virtualization deployments. In addition, it relieves IT managers from some of their mundane tasks through automation and resource balancing. IDC advises Fujitsu to execute targeted awareness campaigns to increase the ServerView visibility and foresees a good uptake of the product, starting from Fujitsu's own customer base, escalating in 2010 when the IT demand will rise again.

Edition One Studios Captures Professional Photo Book Market with EFI Splash Mac-based Workflow Solution

“My customers are extremely talented professional artists and they’re perfectionists; Edition One Studios requires an intuitive workflow solution that creates perfect professional photo prints.”—Ben Zlotkin, Owner, Edition One Studios
Edition One Studios, located in Berkeley, Calif., provides custom photo books for professional photographers, art education organizations and professional artists, a growing market with needs that are not met by traditional printing and binding services. The firm offers in-house imaging, layout, printing, case-making and binding capabilities for their clients, who demand much greater flexibility and color quality offered by online, template-based photo book makers. Clients benefit from Edition One Studio’s photographic and color expertise, and commitment to quality materials and production.

Ben Zlotkin founded Edition One Studios based on a need of his own. At the completion of his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography, Zlotkin wanted to showcase his photography in book form. He wanted the printed images to match his vision for every photo, and he wasn’t happy with the book making options available. He knew that his visual arts colleagues must be experiencing the same dissatisfaction and decided to create a business to address the market’s need. Focusing on a particular niche, Edition One Studios would take advantage of the growing photo book market, which research analyst firm InfoTrends reports increased by 166 percent in 2007.

Among his first steps was determining what technology solutions would deliver the high quality photo output required for his demanding targetmarket. He is a Mac devotee and projected that the vast majority of his clients would be, too. With whatever digital output device he chose, he required an intuitive, Mac-based color management and color quality assurance workflow to ensure the highest quality production.

EFI is an important business partner for Zlotkin, helping to establish and maintain Edition One Studios’ stellar reputation among professional photographers. Zlotkin chose Splash, the unique Mac OS X-based workflow solution, and then its availability on the Xerox digital printer drove his choice of engine. Zlotkin and his staff, all artists, photographers and writers themselves, achieve high color management and color quality levels using Splash’s expert color management tools in a familiar Mac interface. Edition One Studios has deployed Splash from the very start of the business, and has integrated the award-winning EFI Color Profiler Suite profiling solution. With an intuitive interface, seamless integration into Edition One Studios’ operations, and extensive functionality, Color Profiler Suite ensures total color quality control in the firm’s photo printing workflow.

mySAP Business Suite Unicode Printing with Lexmark Printers

This document is intended for use by technical system architects who are interested in the advantages of Unicode capability in the mySAP Business Suite. It provides answers to the following questions:

♦ What SAP applications does the Lexmark International Printing for mySAP Business Suite work with?
♦ Which mySAP Business Suite components are necessary for Unicode printing?
♦ What do I need in order to use International Printing for mySAP Business Suite?

♦ How do I connect the various components together?
♦ How do I configure my print subsystem?

This document discusses the International Printing for mySAP Business Suite solution. Lexmark also offers double byte character set (DBCS) solutions for Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese that work with R/3 version 4.0A and above. Information on these solutions can be found at

The information in this document has been drawn from SAP, Lexmark and the Unicode Consortium. Product details may change in the future, but the information contained herein is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing.

Case In Point EFI Color Profiler

CaptureEFI Color Profiler for Quality and Cost Savings

Pay Per Print
Many distributors and OEMs, through direct sales and resellers, provide what is known as a Pay Per Print, or a Pay Per Use solution. Pay Per Print allows customers with given print volumes to pay a flat rate that includes a fully maintained printing device and all consumables. Driven by EFI Fiery controllers, the dealers and OEMs are able to offer advanced color printing, including extensive color management, specific graphic arts feature sets, and a common workstation application for print room management. The solution provides the customer with the latest in print technologies, the piece of mind that service and support is on hand, and the knowledge of exactly how much each print is going to cost.

Solutions Provider Challenge
The challenge to offering an all-in-one solution, such as Pay Per Print, is to ensure that the costs of supplying, installing and maintaining the equipment, along with the variable costs of consumables such as paper and toner, is minimized to ensure profitability.

Any increase in costs for the solution is directly borne by the supplier. In an effort to keep costs under control, the auditing of maintenance requests and consumables usage is a top priority.

Real World Example
Upon performing a consumables audit, the technical division of an OEM manufacturer located in Germany found that a particular customer was consuming a significantly less amount of toner compared to other customers. There was no reason to suspect the customer would not ask for replacement toner when it was required, as toner is included in the cost of the Pay Per Print solution.

ABBYY® Aligner: A Simple and Convenient Solution for Fast Creation of Translation Memory Databases

Capture1ABBYY® Aligner is a tool for aligning parallel texts in different languages and creating Translation Memory (TM) databases. ABBYY’s 20-year experience of developing linguistic software and other products is reflected in the unique advantages offered by ABBYY Aligner:

• Based on ABBYY’s advanced linguistic technology, ABBYY Aligner ensures excellent quality 1 of parallel text alignment

• The software enables processing of texts in various languages

• ABBYY Aligner supports batch processing for quick automatic alignment of large volumes of documents

• ABBYY Aligner has a simple and convenient interface 2, installs on user computers in a few quick and easy steps and is ready for use right out of the box

• The texts processed with ABBYY Aligner can be exported into TMX format, facilitating compatibility with any CAT tools or other systems designed to handle TM databases

All this makes ABBYY Aligner an indispensable tool for translators, language service providers, corporations and all who involved in managing translation activities, allowing them to improve the quality of translations, increase translation speed,minimize expenses when working with translation agencies, and reduce the workload of translation departments.

Advantages of ABBYY Aligner:

Saves Time
The high quality of parallel text alignment, the convenient and intuitive interface and special functions for processing large volume of documents help to achieve quality results quickly and re-use them when making other translations. Using the TM base created with
ABBYY Aligner while working at new translations help to do the job in shorter terms.

Doculabs MarketFocus White Paper: Capabilities Evaluation of Xerox DocuShare 4.0

CaptureEnterprise content management (ECM) technology offers many business benefits, allowing users to share content and collaborate more effectively as part of their daily work processes. But for many organizations, ECM software products have proven to be too complex, time-consuming, and costly to deploy and maintain. There is a clear need for a straightforward content management solution that can provide organizations, large or small, both a faster return on investment and lower total cost of ownership. The Xerox DocuShare solution has evolved to meet these business needs.

Xerox commissioned Doculabs to conduct a formal assessment of DocuShare 4.0, released in October 2004. Overall, Doculabs was impressed with DocuShare’s range of features. It is clear that Xerox has made major improvements to the architecture and functional capabilities of the product since the previous version, allowing the product to meet the requirements of most ECM initiatives. DocuShare is easy to deploy and easy to use for line-of-business users, and its J2EE architecture will appeal to IT buyers. The net result is a solution that makes great sense – particularly for organizations that seek to roll out content and document management initially to departments or workgroups, with a longer-term strategy to extend the solution to the enterprise.

Welcome to the Lexmark Universal Driver Version 1.6

This document introduces the LexmarkTM Universal Print Driver (UPD), describes its capabilities, and provides an
overview of the devices it supports. This edition applies to the Lexmark Universal Print Drivers for Windows, version

What are the Universal Print Drivers?
The Lexmark Universal Print Drivers provide users and administrators with a standardized, one-driver solution for
their printing needs. Instead of installing and managing individual drivers for each printer model, administrators can
install the Lexmark Universal Print Drivers for use with a variety of both mono and color laser printers.

Allows versatility
The Lexmark Universal Print Drivers are available in 19 languages, supporting more than 60 printer models, whether
attached locally or over a network. All packages have been tested in cluster server environments, Microsoft Terminal
Server and Citrix Presentation Server environments, and are Microsoft WHQL certified (digitally signed). PCL 5, PCL
XL, and PostScript 3 emulations are available for Windows 2000 and later.

Enables bidirectional communication
Bidirectional capability automatically detects and updates the installed options both at install time and upon user
request. This allows the driver to adapt to the various capabilities of our different printers, but unlike other universal
print drivers, the network traffic is minimal.

Lexmark Business Products Workarounds and Fixes for Windows XP SP2

The Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 presents an impact to specific functions in a portion of LexmarkTM software. This white paper details the known fixes to enable adopters of this service pack to workaround issues uncovered in the field for supported PS&SD software.

With Windows XP Service Pack 2, the Windows Firewall (previously called the “Internet Configuration Firewall”) adds multiple security restrictions in the Windows registry, and is enabled by default. Many of the functions described in this White Paper deal with firewall issues, as the new Windows Firewall will prevent many of the Lexmark software components from communicating properly with network-connected devices.

For more information about the new Windows XP Service Pack 2, visit the Microsoft informational Web page:

General Issues
The following are upgrade issues that will affect Lexmark customers when upgrading to Windows XP SP2.

On The Open Road to CIM with JDF

CaptureCIM is the application of computerization to seamlessly integrate the flow of production instructions throughout the print workflow—reducing wasted time, labor, and material—and to automate or eliminate inefficient steps. While CIM has been a cornerstone for many manufacturing industries since the late 1970s, until recently it has been difficult to implement CIM in print manufacturing. Printing is the ultimate form of custom manufacturing—no other industry retools its production line for every job ordered (e.g., changing paper, ink, plates, bindery configuration, layout, etc.) Despite the need for flexibility, and the wide range of input materials that print customers bring to the manufacturing process, there are indisputable trends  facing printers today that make the adoption of CIM concepts imperative. These trends include:

• Shorter runs, greater job complexity, and customers demanding shorter turnaround times make it necessary to optimize equipment and staff utilization for maximum throughput and cycle time reduction.
• Relatively slow print market growth and increasing competitive price pressures are driving print service providers to offer new, diverse services in addition to finding new ways to cut costs and improve profitability.
• Print shops are continuing to add an increasing number of devices with embedded electronic controllers that allow them to be integrated with other devices;
• The wide adoption of CTP (Computer to Plate) printing, digital printing and digital proofing, as well as standard file formats, now makes it possible to apply CIM to print production workflow.

These trends can be considered challenges or they can be opportunities for those printing companies who embrace the application of CIM technologies to improve their performance, profitability and customer relationships.

The Business Value of " Green" Document Management Solutions

Not long ago, sustainability efforts were thought to be little more than a nice gesture on the part of an organization hoping to impress current and potential customers.  However, in today's business environment, "being green" has become an essential element for driving new and current business opportunities. As part of the desired effect to gain the associated business benefits of being more environmentally sensitive, more companies are making it a high priority to kick off "green IT"  strategies, including an examination of all elements of their IT infrastructure.

Often times, hardcopy is an overlooked item of a company's "green IT" strategy. It shouldn't be. The costs of using paper/toner/ink supplies and machine energy  consumption associated with printers/copiers/multifunction devices are considerable.  Any effort to better manage these hardcopy equipment assets will have a substantial bottom-line impact.

IDC believes that "green" document management tools such as Nuance's PaperPort, OmniPage, and PDF Converter, as well as new products added to its portfolio as a result of its eCopy acquisition, are a simple way to move toward a more "green" hardcopy environment while achieving important cost and efficiency objectives. To support this assessment, IDC interviewed six current Nuance customers in North America. These customers have been using Nuance solutions for between six months and two years and have achieved significant benefits since implementing the technology. IDC's ROI research reveals that the implementation of such tools has helped these customers realize the following results:


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