Staying on top of IT is hard. Here's a roundup of this week's new IT product launches to make it a little easier. If you think we're missing something, tell us in the comments below and we'll add it to the list.Microsoft launches Teams for Office 365
Microsoft has launched Teams, a chat-based collaboration app that is free to all Office 365 users. First announced last November, Teams was described as a tool that "further enhances the collaboration capabilities in Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based productivity offering with more than 85 million monthly active commercial users." Immediately drawing comparisons to the popular collaboration tool Slack, Teams differs in a key way: it seeks to augment email, not replace it. Where Slack has the stated goal of killing email, Teams offers full integration with Outlook enabling organizations to easily use both tools. Alongside integration with Outlook, Teams is launched with integrations for 150 other applications. Teams also supports stickers and emojis. It is currently available to Office 365 users in 181 markets and 19 languages.MongoDB unveils Atlas
MongoDB has released a freemium version of its database-as-a-service offering MongoDB Atlas. First launched last year, Atlas, is a managed service that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). "That free tier is somewhat limited, of course," TechCrunch says. "You’ll only get 512MB of storage, for example. You will, however, still get access to the same highly available Atlas clusters as paying customers, and your data will be encrypted at rest and while it’s traveling." In short, freemium users get access to all the same features as paid users — they just get less storage space. "We wanted to make sure we really nailed the Free Tier experience," MongoDB's Vice President Sahir Azam tells TechCrunch. "We initially launched paid offerings with broadly used promo credits so developers could try the full product. Their feedback encouraged us to provide high availability, monitoring and key security capabilities into the free tier, as well as validating some assumptions about other features and tools."VIPRE releases Advanced Security for Business
The security firm VIPRE has launched VIPRE Advanced Security for Business, which it describes as a "single solution that provides the industry's top-rated endpoint protection, anti-phishing and email security to defend against ransomware, zero-day malware and other threats evading traditional antivirus." It is currently offering Advanced Security for Business for $12 per user per year. "SMBs are concerned about ransomware, zero-day attacks and other advanced threats, but they can be easily overwhelmed by too many security products available to them," says VIPRE's chief product officer Usman Choudhary in a press release. "So we are making it simple for SMBs. We are offering them a single solution that provides top-rated anti-malware so they always have the highest level of protection they need when they need it." Features include malicious URL blocking, mobile device control and encryption, ransomware protection, and browser exploit protection, among other things.Lenovo announces DX8200D Software-Defined Storage Solution
Lenovo has announced the release of DX8200D, a pre-integrated software-defined storage (SDS) appliance designed for data centers and larger enterprises. "Built on Lenovo’s System x3650 M5 server, which offers leadership reliability and performance, the DX8200D is designed to deliver the highest levels of response times, availability and utilization," Lenovo says in a press release. "With Predictive Failure Analysis and a next-generation diagnostic panel to facilitate easy serviceability, the x3650 M5 server helps reduce downtime and costs. Lenovo Trusted Platform Assurance, a built-in set of security features and practices, protects the hardware and firmware." The DX8200D is designed to provide "data protection, replication, de-duplication, compression, and other enterprise storage capabilities at a much lower price point than traditional SAN arrays." Lenovo is currently offering quotes to interested organizations.ioSafe unveils Server 5
ioSafe has announced the release of ioSafe Server 5, which it's calling the "industry's first fire and waterproof server [that is] designed to eliminate data loss and minimize downtime by protecting data in realtime and delivering instant disaster recovery." Built to run either Windows Server 2012 or Linux, Server 5 features and Intel Xeon processor, between 16 and 128GB of DDR4 RAM, and dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters for increased bandwidth and automatic failover and capacities between 5TB and 40TB. In a press release, ioSafe CEO Robb Moore says, "Server 5 was designed to help organizations faced with increasing demands and limited resources to better protect their data and can be used to build a complete disaster recovery and business continuity solution that ensures data is one-hundred percent protected and can be restored anywhere, anytime with or without an internet connection." ioSafe is currently offering organizations demos of Server 5. It is also offering evaluation units for testing.Adaptiva launches Client Health 6.0
Adaptiva has released what it's calling a major update of Client Health, which is designed to offer organizations "deep visibility into endpoint health and security." As the sixth iteration of Client Health, the new version "includes an advanced Visual Reporting Engine which enables IT professionals to gain instant insights into the health and security of the endpoints across their entire enterprise." It also offers administrators "a dozen new dashboards and reports that provide at-a-glance status on the current health of the entire enterprise while enabling detailed analysis on individual devices." Offering historical views of endpoint health and alert systems that tell administrators when a device has gone offline, Client Health 6.0 also offers Active Directory and Subnet status reporting across multiple sites. Adaptiva is currently offering demos of Client Health 6.0 to interested organizations.Morro Systems unveils Morro Data
Morro Systems has launched Morro Data, a system that allows customers to leverage the cloud (powered by Amazon S3) white caching their data in the CacheDrive (Cloud Storage Gateway). In the words of Morro Systems, CacheDrive gives users the "best of both worlds — the power of the cloud with network-attached performance." Features include the ability to sync and share files across offices with Morro Global File System, instant access to files with gigabit LAN performance, the ability to store files reliably in the cloud, and location-aware file permissions and access. Morro Data uses AES-256 encryption to keep files safe and is priced at a flat rate without any per user fees. Morro Data is currently offering CacheDrive to interested organizations.Are we missing something? Let us know below and we'll add it to the list! And if you have a product launch planned, let us know and we'll include it in a future roundup. Please email all submissions to email@example.com.