New products for the week of September 1
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- channel gateway adapter
DataFire PCI Basic Rate Interface (BRI) ISDN accelerator cards
- PCI ISDN accelerator card
(starts at $495)
Company: Data/Ware Development
(San Diego, CA)
Telephone: (619) 679-9220
Platforms: Sun Ultra 30 workstations to IBM mainframe ESCON channel
High-speed channel gateway adapter for Sun Ultra 30 PCI I/0-based
workstations. Adapter provides a high-speed link between the Ultra 30
and any IBM mainframe ESCON channel. Requires no additional unique
mainframe software; a user can simply initiate a job from the mainframe
or accept jobs initiated by the Sun server.
Company: Digi International Inc.
Telephone: (800) 344-4273 or (612) 912-3444
Platforms: Sun SPARC PCI I/0-based platforms
DataFire PCI-bus Basic Rate Interface (BRI) ISDN accelerator cards and
Sun Solaris drivers for Sun SPARC PCI I/0-based platforms. The Digi PCI
ISDN accelerator card provides Solaris systems users with ISDN
connections to Internet and intranet services, remote workers, and branch
offices. Sun offers a PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) stack that works
with Digi's Solaris drivers for Sun's new PCI I/0-based Ultra 30
workstations. The DataFire PCI ISDN accelerator card is available with
an S/T interface, suitable for use internationally, or with a U
interface, suitable for U.S. use, and supports one Basic Rate Interface
(BRI) ISDN connection (2B+D). Sun Solaris drivers are included with the
Enterprise Tape Library (ETL) 7/3500 and 4/1800
- DLT7000-based libraries for browser-based storage
(7/3500: $85,000; 4/1800: $72,000)
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
(Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (415) 786-3205
Sun Enterprise Tape Library (Sun ETL) models 7/3500 and 4/1800 are
DLT7000-based libraries for high-capacity, high reliability Enterprise
Backup, Archival, and Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) for companies
running storage intensive applications in mission critical environments. A
single Sun ETL 7/3500 library can back up more than one terabyte (TB) of
data in only eight hours in native mode. Used for the backup of
applications such as: active use databases greater than 200 GB in size;
archival of important historical, financial or legal data; and HSM. Can be
used with the largest Sun Ultra Enterprise servers. The libraries are
complemented by Sun's industry-leading Sun Enterprise NetBackup and Sun
Solstice Backup storage management software, as well as more than 40 other
software applications. Sun software and hardware storage management
solutions provide data protection, reduced administration costs, minimal
backup time and unified storage management.
- PCI FDDI SAS/DAS card
Company: Network Peripherals, Inc.
Telephone: (800) NPI-8855
Platforms: Sun's Ultra Enterprise servers and Ultra 30 workstations
New line of FDDI adapters for Sun's Ultra Enterprise servers and new
Ultra 30 workstations, using the PCI Local Bus interface. FDDI cards
come in single-PCI slot SAS Fiber and DAS fiber configurations so Sun
customers can integrate them into their legacy FDDI networks. The
adapters feature an onboard PROM for Open Firmware and include Solaris
and SunOS compatible drivers. In addition, the technology features a new
PCI-compliant ASIC interface that efficiently supports full line-rate
transmissions. Features of the new Network Peripherals FDDI/PCI adapters
include: Conforms to PCI Local Bus v 2.1 specification; Single slot
implementation for both SAS and DAS configurations; 32-bit bus at 33MHz
provides 132 Mbps peak throughput in burst mode; Compatible with Solaris
2.x and SunOS 4.x operating systems; Provides Station Management Support
(SMT); Supports IP multicast and TCP/IP protocols; Supports diskless
booting on Sun workstations; Integrates with SunNet Manager through
SNMP-to-SMT agent; Supports multi-processor environments with Solarix
2.x; and MultiThread (MT) framework.
ForeRunner PCA-200EUX ATM Network Interface Card (NIC)
- Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network card
($795 for Category 5 UTP copper; $895 for multimode fiber)
Company: FORE Systems, Inc.
Telephone: (412) 742-4444
Fax: (412) 742-7742
Platforms: SPARC, SPARCstation, SPARCclassic, SPARCserver, SPARCcenter
Expanded ATM support for Sun Microsystems workstations is available with
the ForeRunner PCA-200EUX ATM Network Interface Card (NIC). Includes a
Solaris driver for Sun's PCI I/O-based Ultra 30 Workstations. These 155
Mbps ATM adapters are based on a four-element design: Enhanced
Segmentation and Reassembly Processor, bus-specific interface ASIC,
integrated physical media dependent interface, and i960 processor.
Adapters come with ForeThought 4.1 software, providing standards-based
LAN Emulation 1.0 and support for virtual LANs.
PCI Network Interface Cards
- PCI network interface card (NIC) products
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
(Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (415) 786-8832
Platforms: PCI bus
PCI Network Interface Card (NIC) products from Sun. A widely accepted
industry standard, the PCI architecture allows third party hardware and
software vendors to develop compatible peripheral products quickly and
cost-effectively. Enabling customers to add PCI to their networks, Sun
is also introducing a new I/O board that provides PCI slots for the Ultra
Enterprise 3000-6000 servers, allowing customers to use both SBus and PCI
cards in a single system. This board will be available in late July.
Sun will make available a wide variety of PCI NIC products through its
existing sales channels. Sun is announcing immediate availability of PCI
NICs for FDDI, Token Ring, high-speed serial interface (HSI), serial
asynchronous interface (SAI) and 10/100 Ethernet networks. Sun Gigabit
Ethernet and Quad FastEthernet PCI NICs will be available in August 1997
and September 1997, respectively. Sun also intends to offer ATM PCI NICs
at a later date.
- bus master processor for VMEbus systems
Company: SBS Technologies, Inc.
Telephone: (505) 875-0600
URL: http://www.sbse.com, http://www.bit3.com/sun.html
Compatible with Sun Microsystems' newly released PCI I/O-based Ultra 30
Workstations. The PCI-VMEbus Adaptor lets Ultra 30 Workstations become
bus master processors on VMEbus systems. Provides a memory-mapped
interface between the PCI I/O bus and the VMEbus to provide direct
control and very high data-rate transfers for I/O between the two
systems. A standalone Bit 3 Expansion Unit gives workstation users the
flexibility of adding an additional 13 PCI slots, to increase
Sun Enterprise 450
- Suns new powerful workgroup server
Company: Sun Microsystems Computer Company
Platforms: Solaris 2
Sun Microsystems Computer Company (SMCC) announces the Ultra(TM)
Enterprise(TM) 450 Server, a high-performance, four-way, symmetric
multiprocessing system, ideally suited for distributed business
applications and databases, branch offices, and larger workgroups.
Positioned between Sun's Enterprise 2 and Enterprise 3000, this highly
scalable system supports Sun's latest UltraSPARC(TM)-II processors and
introduces an enhanced implementation of Sun's high-speed Ultra(TM)
Port Architecture crossbar system data path. It also features the
industry's highest performance PCI bus I/O capability, delivering
increased system throughput, especially under heavy workloads.
Packaged in a 22.9-inch high x 17.7-inch wide x 27.4-inch deep (58cm x
45cm x 70cm) rack-mountable tower enclosure, the Ultra Enterprise 450,
with its many data center RAS features, is designed for both open
office and remote server room environments.
Enhanced by the many new performance, ease-of-use, Web/Intranet/
Java(TM), and PC interoperability features in Sun's new Solaris(TM) for
Intranets, the Enterprise 450 delivers a winning combination of
versatility, performance, scalability, reliability, and overall value
for today's ultra-demanding network computing environments.
intelligent PCIbus products
- communications adapters and controllers
Company: Performance Technologies, Inc.
Telephone: (716) 256-0200
Fax: (716) 256-0791
Platforms: Solaris 2
PCI-based LAN, WAN and Mass Storage products support Sun's PCI-based
Ultra 30 workstation. Includes a 10/100 Ethernet Adapter, FDDI Adapters,
Synchronous WAN Communications Adapters, T1/E1 Communications Controller,
Asynchronous Communications Adapters, Ultra SCSI Host Adapters and a
Fibre Channel Adapter. All support the Solaris 2 operating system. The
PCI560 is an intelligent 10/100 Mb Ethernet adapter designed for
PCI-based UltraSPARC platforms, offering a parallel tasking architecture
to provide maximum Ethernet throughput. The PCI600 FDDI adapters are a
family of high performance PCI FDDI Adapters that provide single (SAS) or
dual (DAS) attach interfaces with SC, MIC or UTP connectors. The PCI334
is a four port Intelligent Wide Area Network controller capable of
sustaining a throughput of over 2 Mbps per port. Model PCI370PQ,
designed for T1/E1 telecommunications and remote access server markets,
is a two port communications adapter with integral CSU/DSUs and is
capable of sustaining 2.048 Mbps full duplex per port. The PCI5xx family
of PCI serial/parallel asynchronous adapters provide four, eight, or
sixteen ports per single slot adapter. The PCI450 ULTRA SCSI PCIbus
Adapter increases the performance, data integrity and disk throughput of
Sun's PCI-based UltraSPARC platforms. The 64 bit PCI470 Fibre Channel
Controller is a high throughput adapter for mass storage connectivity to
workstations and servers.
- managed health care software
Sun Directory Services 1.0
- network resource manager
Company: Physmark, Inc.
Telephone: (505) 897-7500
Platforms: Novell, Windows NT and Sun
A software module that allows health care providers to obtain
pre-authorizations and check the eligibility and benefits of enrollees
via the Internet. It meets the needs of enterprise-wide health care
organizations, such as Physician Hospital Organizations (PHOs) and
Management Service Organizations (MSOs), reducing the cost of computing
by running applications over the Internet or on Network Computers (NCs).
Software distributed via the Internet and using Network Computers
substantially lowers the cost of computing: the units themselves, as
well as the maintenance and overhead associated with PCs cost
significantly less. MSOs and Integrated Delivery Systems (IDSs)
typically provide healthcare services to multiple Physician Hospital
Organizations (PHOs) and Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) in
widely-scattered geographic regions. The Internet module offers these
organizations an economical and universal interface for managing various
aspects of their businesses, including PHO administration, claims
submission, pre-authorization requests and inquiries regarding
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
(Menlo Park, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUNSOFT, (800) 786-7638
Platforms: Solaris, UNIX, Windows 95 and Windows NT clients
A platform-independent solution for identifying, integrating, and
managing resources from a single point anywhere on a network. As
corporate enterprises grow, the number of objects (i.e., applications,
resources, users, etc.) increases, creating demands on system
administrators, facilities personnel, network administrators, service
providers and telecom operators. Sun Directory Services software helps
system administrators keep up with this growth by delivering a scalable,
distributed solution that interoperates with leading Web browsers and
client software. It hierarchically organizes information about resources
in large, multi-server intranets and extranets. Sun Directory Services
software runs on a range of hardware from PCs to Sun's Enterprise 10,000
server. Sun Directory Services software features a multi-threaded LDAP
server, delivering to users the benefits of simultaneous processing.
Trusted Solaris 2.5
- secure multiple-level operating environment
Company: Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc.
(Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (703) 204-4135
Platforms: UltraSPARC-based machines
Trusted Solaris 2.5, the follow-on to Trusted Solaris 1.2, offers
multithreading and support for symmetric multiprocessing, giving
Web-based systems the ability to handle more network transactions. Based
on the Solaris 2.5.1 operating environment, Trusted Solaris 2.5 is the
first trusted system to use the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) and can
be customized to meet C2, B1 or CMW security requirements. Provides a
secure operating system with distributed client-server computing.
Information can be shared throughout the entire enterprise with strict
security maintained. Customers can implement a consistent
enterprise-wide security policy, relying on protection within Trusted
Solaris, including NIS+, Trusted NFS and secure networking. Selected
features can be enabled or disabled to configure a system that meets a
site's security and usability requirements. Supports UltraSPARC-based
machines providing scalable secure computing from Sun Ultra 1 and Ultra 2
desktop workstations to the 30-cpu Sun Ultra Enterprise Server 6000. It
enforces the same policies and attributes over NFS distributed networks
and with other Trusted Solaris 2.5 systems.
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Last updated: 29 August 1997