iSimCity, Nokia E71
IXIA iSimCity Network performance test maker IXIA launched its iSimCity lab in Silicon Valley in February. In Phase 1, iSimCity focused on classic switch and router testing. In subsequent phases, iSimCity is expected to host data center performance benchmarks, including VOIP gateways, video servers, firewalls and e-mail.The test center is expected to host city-scale demonstrations of high-performance triple-play testing. Using 1G and 10G hardware, engineers will use IxLoad software to measure application performance.During the times that I've used the center, it's been minimally provisioned, as IXIA kept only the equipment needed for specific tests on hand. When iSimCity is fully outfitted, it will house all the IXIA chassis, applications, interfaces, infrastructure components and professional expertise needed to run city-scale service emulations. -C.S. Nokia E71 Nokia really knocked it out of the park with the E71, packing just about everything a user-or a third-party mobile software developer-could want from a smartphone. Despite its relatively small screen and lack of a touch-screen interface, the E71 was the best overall device eWEEK Labs tested this year. The smartphone offers revamped support for Microsoft Exchange e-mail via the new Mail for Exchange application. However, the E71 also aims to blend in capabilities to solve next-generation problems. For example, with its dual Home Screen modes, users can switch the customizations of the device to fit both their personal and work needs. In addition, because the E71 offers the right mix of Wi-Fi performance, codecs, sound performance and open APIs, the device has become the de facto standard for FMC vendors. -A.G.