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The Hidden Drain – Reducing Your Power Consumption – A White Paper from Kyocera Mita

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Concerns about Green IT have risen dramatically in the current economic and environmental climate. Rising energy costs and consumption in electrical devices is a hot topic in the workplace. As utility prices continue to rise, energy efficiency has moved to the forefront and manufacturers have to prioritise such features when developing new products.

In 2007, Analyst Group Gartner estimated that the ICT sector accounted for more than 2% of global CO² emissions. Gartner has warned businesses to conserve power or face rapidly rising IT expenditure.

The Carbon Trust also calculates that 15% of energy used by organisations is for IT, and predicts that this will increase to 30% by 2020.

Very few organisations know how much power is consumed by their computers, printers and other peripherals. This leaves a fundamental and significant drain unmonitored and uncontrolled. Power consumption is now a major TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) issue that cannot be ignored.

Beyond the dash for virtualisation and data centres, few organisations have a strategy for reducing the power consumed by their IT systems. With output devices, there is a clear and simple way to improve your bottom line and reduce your carbon footprint: switch to Kyocera.

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If we simply compared the Kyocera FS-C5300DN‟s power consumption with its nearest rivals, the data clearly shows that Kyocera‟s machine uses less energy than the other devices.

Enabling Superior Wireless Data Connectivity

<p><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Capture1" border="0" alt="Capture1" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture1_12.jpg" width="192" height="243" /> Wireless data offers the promise of access to “data anytime anywhere.” The benefits of this technology are clear. Data anytime means that this data can be accessed at any moment of the day or night without having to be in a specific location. Data anywhere means that email, corporate networks, or Internet information can be accessed whether on the road, in the hotel, in the airport, at home, or in the office.</p> <p>If you search the Internet for the phrase “data anytime anywhere” you receive a broad range of results from portable storage devices to technologies that utilize Wi-Fi or other wireless technologies. However, after closer examination it becomes apparent that some of these offerings do not truly offer real time data access. They simply provide a means of carrying a copy of existing data. These offerings fail to fulfill the promise of data anytime. In addition, some of these technologies do not truly offer access to data anywhere, as they require the user to be physically located near a wireless hotspot or other location where Internet connection is available. These offerings fail to fulfill the promise of data anywhere.</p> <p>With the introduction of EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) networks in 2003, the promise of data anytime anywhere is closer to reality. EV-DO is a cellular technology that enables data to be transmitted at broadband speeds over cell phone signals. As a result for the first time, EV-DO offers users access to broadband data potentially wherever a cell phone signal is available. The first generation of EV-DO, called EV-DO Release 0, offers download speeds up to 2.4 megabits per second and upload speeds up to 156 kilobits per second. Recently an update to EV-DO called EV-DO Revision A was introduced. This technology offers improvements in download speeds to 3.1 megabits per second and a dramatic increase in upload speeds to 1.8 megabit per second. The result is increased usability and less total idle time for the user.</p>

Enabling Superior Wireless Data Connectivity

<p><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Capture1" border="0" alt="Capture1" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture1_12.jpg" width="192" height="243" /> Wireless data offers the promise of access to “data anytime anywhere.” The benefits of this technology are clear. Data anytime means that this data can be accessed at any moment of the day or night without having to be in a specific location. Data anywhere means that email, corporate networks, or Internet information can be accessed whether on the road, in the hotel, in the airport, at home, or in the office.</p> <p>If you search the Internet for the phrase “data anytime anywhere” you receive a broad range of results from portable storage devices to technologies that utilize Wi-Fi or other wireless technologies. However, after closer examination it becomes apparent that some of these offerings do not truly offer real time data access. They simply provide a means of carrying a copy of existing data. These offerings fail to fulfill the promise of data anytime. In addition, some of these technologies do not truly offer access to data anywhere, as they require the user to be physically located near a wireless hotspot or other location where Internet connection is available. These offerings fail to fulfill the promise of data anywhere.</p> <p>With the introduction of EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) networks in 2003, the promise of data anytime anywhere is closer to reality. EV-DO is a cellular technology that enables data to be transmitted at broadband speeds over cell phone signals. As a result for the first time, EV-DO offers users access to broadband data potentially wherever a cell phone signal is available. The first generation of EV-DO, called EV-DO Release 0, offers download speeds up to 2.4 megabits per second and upload speeds up to 156 kilobits per second. Recently an update to EV-DO called EV-DO Revision A was introduced. This technology offers improvements in download speeds to 3.1 megabits per second and a dramatic increase in upload speeds to 1.8 megabit per second. The result is increased usability and less total idle time for the user.</p>

Why MFPs Matter to IT Part IV: Ensuring Security on the Network

<p><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Capture3" border="0" alt="Capture3" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture3_0.jpg" width="192" height="242" /> Executive summary <br />In the 21st century, and with information as the key asset of every organization today, security is essential to the office------for documents and for any devices connected to the network. And the network is today’s business hub.</p> <p>The threat is very real and the stakes are growing at exponential rates. A breach in the security of an organization’s documents can result in unauthorized use of sensitive or proprietary information. It can lead to harmful disclosure, stolen or compromised intellectual property and trade secrets. And for many organizations, these security breaches can end with costly fines and litigation, to the tune of hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.</p> <p>When it comes to networked multifunction devices, or MFPs, additional vulnerabilities can be present because these devices can print, copy, scan to network destinations, send email attachments and handle incoming and outgoing fax transmissions. For those in IT, it’s critical to the security of an organization’s network to make sure that security infractions can’t happen through networkconnected MFPs------or at the devices themselves. <br />After all, attacks can originate in unexpected ways: </p> <p>• The phone line attached to an MFP could be used to access the network <br />• The web server used to manage the MFPs and printers is vulnerable to attack <br />• Unprotected electronic data at rest on the hard disk, or in motion to/from the device <br />• Malicious emails can be sent from an MFP with no audit trail.</p> <p>Just about anyone can launch attacks against a network and a company’s information assets if an MFPs physical and electronic access isn’t securely controlled and protected. Those attacks can be as simple as someone picking up documents left in the MFPs output tray, to malicious worms pulling sensitive documents off the network.</p>

Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE Security

<p><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Capture2" border="0" alt="Capture2" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture2_2.jpg" width="192" height="242" /> INTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT: <br />Canon recognizes the importance of information security and the challenges that your organization faces. This white paper provides information security facts for Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems. It provides details on imageRUNNER ADVANCE security technology for networked and stand-alone environments, as well as an overview of Canon’s device architecture, framework and product technologies as related to document and information security.</p> <p>This white paper is primarily intended for administrative personnel responsible for the configuration and maintenance of imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems. The information in this document, in conjunction with other best practices, may be used as guidance to help improve your organization’s overall security. Some security settings may affect device functionality or performance. You may want to test these settings before deploying them in your environment to ensure you understand their effects.</p> <p>Canon does not warrant that use of the information contained within this document will prevent malicious attacks, or prevent misuse of your imageRUNNER ADVANCE systems.</p>

Converged Block Storage Solution with HP StorageWorks MPX200 Multifunction Router and EVA

<p><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Capture" border="0" alt="Capture" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture_24.jpg" width="192" height="242" /> Executive summary <br />Are you using multiple Ethernet and Fibre Channel connections and wires to manage the network and storage traffic in your operating environment? Then you are likely concerned about Ethernet and Fibre Channel sprawl and associated management and maintenance costs. Having diverse networks adds to the workload of day-to-day operations. As market dynamics change, the way you operate your business also needs to change. It may be time for you to consider lossless 10 GbE Ethernet 1 and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) technology as building blocks toward a converged network.</p> <p>Convergence is the fundamental way to operate technology and business today—at a lower total cost of operation (TCO), and with a higher return on investment (ROI). It allows you to simplify your infrastructure by pooling your compute, storage, and server resources via virtualization technologies.</p> <p>HP delivers market-leading Converged Infrastructure products and solutions. Our proven blade servers and enclosures can help you reduce 77 percent of your data center footprint2 by moving from rack mount to blade server platforms. With Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)/FCoE networking technology, you reduce the number of host bust adapters, switches, and cabling </p> <p>in the data center—enabling greater savings. FCoE is a new protocol that enables Fibre Channel traffic to be run in an Ethernet network. FCoE combines two leading technologies: the Fibre Channel protocol, which is the predominant storage area network (SAN) technology; and Ethernet, which is supported in all servers and data centers to provide more options to users for FC SAN connectivity and networking.</p>

> Security and Lexmark Multifunction Products: Overview of Features

<p><img style="border-right-width: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Capture" border="0" alt="Capture" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture_23.jpg" width="192" height="241" />Executive Summary <br />Multifunction products, or MFP’s, are complex network devices that require careful security consideration. Lexmark MFP’s and networking products include a wide array of security features. This document discusses the security features of Lexmark MFP’s and provides an overview of their benefits and their implementation.</p> <p>Any device that is placed on a network must be evaluated with respect to security. How does the device protect itself from unauthorized access? Does the device expose the network to any form of vulnerability? What sort of information does the device process and what are the security considerations related to that data? These, and many other questions, are appropriate to ask of any networked device, including networked MFP’s.</p> <p>Networked MFP’s operate independently on networks and can be a focal point for sensitive information. Securing them is in some ways comparable to securing other conventional networked devices such as computers. The need or controlled network access and the need for secure remote management are largely the same for MFP’s and workstations. In other areas, the security considerations around MFP’s are substantially different. MFP’s generally don’t run conventional operating systems, the concept of user authentication is applied differently, they do not have network file shares that need to be secured and they probably do not need or support antivirus software.</p> <p>This document will define the major areas of security concerns related to MFP’s and provide an overview of the security features of Lexmark MFP’s that allow the devices to be deployed, managed and used in a secure manner.</p>

Direct Marketing: Generating Five Leads for the Price of Two

<p><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Capture" border="0" alt="Capture" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture_22.jpg" width="192" height="235" /> Produce equivalent campaign response rates for 62% less</p> <p>In the business of direct marketing, achieving the highest response rates is the name of the game. Leading print-for-pay businesses that use inkjet technology to print direct marketing materials traditionally produced with toner or offset technologies report equivalent response rates and far higher profit margins, echoing the findings of a new INTERQUEST research study.</p> <p>What are you doing with your direct mail?</p> <p>Have you ever hung framed copies of your telephone bill, a bank statement or a direct marketing postcard on your wall? Do your customers demand photographic image quality on letters, envelopes, invoices, and direct mail? Why pay higher acquisition and running costs for electrophotographic (toner-based) digital printers designed to emulate offset print quality?</p> <p>For printing and communication services companies with ambitious and cost-conscious customers, the advent of fast, flexible color inkjet printing technologies has created new opportunities and revenue streams, providing access to additional applications while opening profitable new markets. The focus remains squarely on ROI by maximizing the business returns of direct marketing and customer communications. Digital print providers and their customers are finding they can produce the majority of customer communications including demand generation and transpromo statements, invoices, and more, with inkjet, while delivering equivalent campaign response rates, for less than half the cost of toner-based printing processes. Despite assumptions to the contrary, today’s evidence shows that end recipients respond equally well to matte finish and glossy marketing pieces, opening low-cost, full-color variable data printing opportunities to print service providers and direct mail shops of all sizes.</p>

No More Hit-and-Miss Color: Colorproof™ XF Drives Quality and Efficiency

<p><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="Capture" border="0" alt="Capture" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture_21.jpg" width="192" height="243" /> In choosing a proofing solution that could effectively operate across multiple plants, Comart investigated a wide range of alternatives. Comart prints to ISO standards as well as its own rigorous internal standards, producing printed pieces ranging in size from postage stamp to building wrap, and clients want consistency both across all elements of each individual campaign and from campaign <br />to campaign. But Comart also needed an affordable solution. “Although there are some great solutions out there,” says Rane, “most are quite expensive. <br />We found the price/performance of EFI Colorproof XF to be the best in the <br />market.”</p> <p>Comart installed EFI Colorproof XF in its Mumbai plant in May of 2007. Rane <br />says, “We serve a number of demanding international brands, including L’Oreal, <br />Zodiac Clothing, Kingfisher and FCUK, in our key advertising, publishing and <br />packaging markets. Our stringent internal color standards and our compliance <br />with ISO standards have always delivered the highest quality to our customers, <br />but it often took significant time to get the final product exactly right during the <br />production process. Now with EFI Colorproof XF, we produce accurate color <br />100% of the time, without fail. No more hit and miss!”</p> <p>In fact, EFI Colorproof XF performed so well in Mumbai that the company added <br />a second installation in Gurgaon in December of 2007. “We have been very <br />happy with EFI for years,” adds Rane. “We use EFI Fiery® and Splash® RIPs <br />with much of our digital printing equipment. Adding Colorproof XF made a great <br />deal of sense for us. Not only was it affordable, but its integration with our Fiery <br />workflow has added signifi cant value as well.”</p> <p>Rane comments that customers actually have little interest in what printing <br />equipment or RIPs Comart is using, nor do they really care what proofing <br />system the company uses. But they definitely insist that prints and proofs match, <br />regardless of where they are printed. “Not only must we exactly match the final <br />printed product to the proof,” he says, “but we must match production across <br />all three engines, across our multiple plants, and in spite of the fact that we are <br />using a wide range of media types within many of the campaigns we produce.</p>

Transactional Printing Understanding the Opportunities and Alternatives

<p><img style="border-right-width: 0px; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Capture1" border="0" alt="Capture1" align="left" src="http://www.officeproductnews.net/files/Capture1_5.jpg" width="192" height="246" /> Introduction</p> <p>Color Transactional Printing</p> <p>Transactional printing refers to the production of bills, statements, invoices, checks, insurance policies, and other informational documents with content unique to each recipient. Although traditionally produced on black and white equipment, recent innovations in high-speed color printing have introduced new approaches for producing transactional content. Currently we find three primary uses of color in transactional applications:</p> <p>High-speed inkjet is often used to eliminate pre-printed forms by producing logos and other color elements on the fly; in most cases the variable data is printed in black and white in the same pass on the press</p> <p>Full-color toner-based equipment is often used to produce data-driven charts and graphs to spice up transactional documents for a select subset of customers</p> <p>Single-pass, full-color variable content may also be used to promote a product or service on the document; this is often called “transpromo,” and ties marketing to transactional content</p> <p>The transactional printing market in North America has peaked in terms of the annual number of impressions produced on digital equipment. The total number of production printers in the market is also slightly declining as many commercial and in-house operations consolidate and run more impressions on fewer, but faster machines.</p> <p>Overall, the total number of transactional impressions produced on digital production equipment will decline by about one percent per year over the next three to five years. Even so, this decline is far less than many had feared in the face of competition from electronic media.</p> <p>In the future, different categories of transactional output will exhibit markedly different rates of growth, reflecting a growing trend toward full-color printing. Monochrome output will decrease by about one percent per year, while highlight color printing increases slightly in volume, and full color grows by 38% per year.</p>

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