View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
January 5, 1987

GENERAL AUTOMATION MAKES FAULT-TOLERANT PICK A PRIORITY AFTER PARALLEL PURCHASE

By CBR Staff Writer

General Automation Inc, Anaheim, California, didn’t quite meet its target of having its proposed acquisition of Parallel Computers, Santa Cruz, wrapped up by December 31 (CI No 590), but it was all over bar the shouting by the time the old year ended. General Automation’s board approved the terms of the acquisition on December 31, Parallel’s board having already approved them on December 29. The companies plan to sign a final agreement this month, with the acquisition to be effective from the end of last year. Terms will be disclosed upon signing. Parallel, whose annualised revenues are currently approximately $6m, will be operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Automation, and will retain its name and its product lines as before the acquisition. According to General Automation chief Leonard Mackenzie, the combined company will address immediately the vertical markets that Parallel has begun to penetrate, including telecommunications, lotteries and gaming, emergency dispatching, newsroom automation, and banking and finance – fields where computer down-time is an unacceptable phenomenon, and where Parallel’s mean time between failures of 20 years gives us a decided product marketing advantage. Richard Eppel, president of Parallel Computers, said that his company would work closely with our new parent to introduce Parallel fault-tolerance to General Automation’s large installed base of manufacturing and financial automation minicomputers worldwide. Mackenzie said that his enhanced engineering group would place a high priority during calendar 1987 on the transfer of General Automation’s standard Pick operating system to Zebra computer systems with Parallel’s fault-tolerant capabilities. I want to emphasise that we have explicit faith in the growth potential of fault-tolerance in the Pick community, Mackenzie said. Many Pick installations involve massive and dynamically changing data bases that can ill afford machine down-time. Among our installed verticals, one has only to look at systems in medical institutions and health care, home video shopping, pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution to find numerous instances where fault-tolerance would make a critical difference in selecting a system.

Topics in this article :
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU