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January 15, 1987

DEC SETS 50 MIPS VAX 8978, SQL FOR TUESDAY

By CBR Staff Writer

DEC is expected to make its assault on the foothills of IBM’s Sierra mainframes on Tuesday with the introduction of two models of a new top-end VAX 8900 multiprocessor that is tipped to offer 50 times the performance of the VAX-11/780, or 50 MIPS. The 8900 is expected to come in two models, 8974 and 8978, the latter thought to be a four-processor machine running under a true multiprocessing release of VMS. The announcement is also expected to include a VAX/SQL implementation for IBM’s relational Structured Query Language. The machine is expected to be pitched clearly at the high-volume commercial transaction processing market where IBM’s offerings, although dominant, are regarded as expensive and inefficient. The VAX 8900s are also expected to be accompanied by a new disk sub-system, the 2.5Gb SA482, made up of four 632Mb drives.

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