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August 9, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Elxsi Ltd – shortly to become Elxsi Corp – through an agreement with Relational Technology Inc, will offer Ingres under all the operating systems running on its Elxsi System 6400 mini-supercomputer. Already available under Unix System V, the relational database system will now run under Unix 4.2 BSD, under EMS, which emulates DEC’s VAX/VMS environment – and EMBOS, Elxsi’s proprietary operating system. Elxsi intends to compete with mainframe database vendors at a price significantly lower. Under the agreement, Elxsi will have worldwide marketing rights to Ingres on its System 6400. The software will be available on Unix 4.2, EMS and EMBOS by late 1987 and is now being ported by Elxsi. Elxsi’s 64-bit system is a general purpose computer that can expand modularly from supermini to minisuper in processing power, memory and input-output capabilities. Separately Elxsi announced an agreement with Oracle Corp to port the Oracle relational database management system to the System 6400. Under the terms of the agreement both companies will market the Oracle for the 6400. Initially the Oracle DBMS port will run under Unix 4.2BSD but subsequent releases will support Unix System V, EMBOS and EMS. Elxsi expects to have Oracle running by year-end; it will be $90,000.

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