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October 24, 1995

AXIL WORKSTATIONS HAS SUPER, HYPERSPARC SERVERS THAT FIT INTO MID-RANGE NICHE LEFT OPEN BY SUN

By CBR Staff Writer

The servers that Sparc-compatible builder Axil Workstations Inc couldn’t quite bring itself to unveil in Europe a few months ago (CI No 2,715) have turned up in the US as the AxilServer S/420 line of systems. The one-to-four processor systems are at the high end of the company’s product range, but are positioned as mid-range units in the wider Sparc world. As a dual-processor, the server is claimed to occupy a configuration and price point not covered directly by any Sun Microsystems Inc system. The S/420 comes with one or two 75MHz SuperSparc IIs or 125MHz HyperSparcs, or up to four 100MHz HyperSparcs, from 64Mb to 1Gb memory, up to 8.4Gb disk, and 237Gb storage. A 100MHz HyperSparc uniprocessor S/420 with 64Mb RAM, 2.1Gb disk, dual Sbus channels and nine Sbus slots costs from $31,050. A two-way starts at $35,250 – Sun’s SparcServer 1000E costs from $53,650 with two processors, but uses the faster Xerox Corp-developed XDBus. A four-way S/420 goes from $48,450 (a quad-processor SS1000E starts at from $78,000). Axil side-steps the XDBus issue by employing its own application-specific chips, to offer two Sbus channels on the boxes. Axil’s RAID subsystems start at $6,000 (software), $9,000 (for hardware), while Axil Prestoserve costs from $1,600 (2Mb) or $2,000 (4Mb). Axil will also resell Syntax Inc’s TotalNet Advanced Server software.

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