New high-end HP 9000, HP 3000 corporate business server models for transaction processing
Hewlett-Packard Co has new Corporate Business Servers for transaction processing and database business-critical applications. The Unix system-based HP 9000 and the Posix-compliant MPE/iX-based HP 3000 computers can perform mainframe-class applications, the firm claims. The new servers support up to 12-way and eight-way symmetric multiprocessing for the HP 9000 and HP 3000 lines respectively. They use an enhanced system board supporting up to two PA-7100 Precision Architecture microprocessors operating at 90MHz. Current users can upgrade existing HP Corporate Business Servers with a board swap. Features include direct support of StorageTek’s 3480-compatible tape back-up units and support for IBM AdStar back-up and archiving products. It also introduced a fast/wide differential SCSI-2 interface for the HP 9000 Series 800 business server family increasing transfer rate performance with a 20M-byte per second burst synchronous transfer rate, which supports 15 devices per channel over an extended distance of 75 feet and a new family of disk arrays that support the fast/wide differential SCSI-2 interface expanding fault-tolerant storage options for HP 9000 800 business servers. They feature capacities of up to 10Gb per array and support independent mode and RAID Levels 3 and 5. The HP 3000 Corporate Business System also is offered in a package that includes systems and high-availability software to system downtime, performance management software for performance monitoring and capacity planning, and a security package that builds upon MPE/iX to offer tighter access controls to sensitive data and applications. Prices range from $165,000 for the HP 9000 Model T500 with one processor to $660,000 for the Model T500 with 12-way symmetric multiprocessing, and can be ordered now, except for the nine- to 12-way multiprocessing models which ship in the first quarter of 1994. They include a two-user server licence. The HP 3000 Corporate Business Systems are scheduled for the first half of 1994, priced at from $219,300 for the entry-level Series 991 system to $679,300 for the eight-way multiprocessing Series 995/800. The lease option ranges from $4,370 to $13,525 a month for a 60-months and includes a 100-user licence and a 1.6 Input-Output expansion cabinet with a PowerTrust uninterruptible power source and capacity for additional peripherals.
New Digital Tape Autoloader
Hewlett has introduced Digital Data Storage-2 digital audio tape autoloader, the HP C1553A, compatible with data-management solutions for Unix system-based and Novell Inc NetWare environments. The autoloader holds six data cartridges in a removable magazine. Each 120mm Digital Data Storage-2 cartridge typically stores 8Gb. The DDS-2 audio tape drive is incorporated into the autoloader. Using data compression, the typical data-transfer rate is increased to 1M-byte per second. Users can locate a file in an average of 90 seconds because of the high-speed cartridge swaps and the fast-search capability. The new HP C1553A autoloader is available now.
Jetstore Digital Audio Tape drives for NetWare and Windows
Hewlett has three HP JetStore digital-audio-tape drives and support utilities including two 4mm internal tape drives; a high-end tape back-up system for Windows and NetWare and HP JetSafe utilities. The internal drives, JetStore 2000i and 5000i, use the digital data storage recording format and provide up to 2Gb and typically 4Gb using data compression, of back up respectively. Using the HP Referenced Solutions Program, both drives can be combined with various referenced software and host bus adaptors to build tailor-made systems. Out now, the JetStore 2000i costs $1,430.
Storage system prices cut 27%
Hewlett has decreased the prices of its HP storage systems for HP 9000 Series 800 and HP 3000 Series 900 business systems and servers, and for HP Apollo 9000 Series 700 workstations, by between 3% and 27% effective immediately to keep prices competitive.
New Router PR has Fla
sh memory, Plug and Play supports TCP/IP and Novell IPX routing
Hewlett-Packard Co has introduced the HP J2540A Router PR with built-in Flash memory, advanced management and plug-and-play capabilities. It supports TCP/IP and Novell IPX routing protocols and bridging and provides one Ethernet port with a choice of AUI or BNC connector and one synchronous wide network connection for Point to Point Protocol and Dialled Services via V.25bis. It offers standards-based network management using SNMP. Router management is available through the router’s console RS-232 port and via TELNET in-band access over the network. Software upgrades can be made locally or over the wide area network into the router’s Flash memory. The compression algorithm compresses wide network packet data to ensure a higher volume of data can be transferred more quickly at a lower cost over wide network connections. The HP Router PR and all HP EtherTwist routers offer traffic prioritisation to ensure critical applications take precedence for access to network resources, and bandwidth reservation enabling some bandwidth to be allocated to specific types of traffic. The HP J2540A router PR costs $3,000. As of December 1, Hewlett reduced the price on the HP 28674B Remote Bridge RB from $2,950 to $2,500 and the multiprotocol HP 27289A Router FR from $4,500 to $4,000. Also announced the HP’s Embedded Advanced Sampling Environment traffic-sampling technology is scheduled to be available on the new router and all EtherTwist routers at the start of this month.
Scanjet colour and greyscale flatbed scanner bundled with DeskScan and Aldus PhotoStyler
Hewlett-Packard has introduced the HP ScanJet IIcx colour and grayscale flatbed scanner, which performs up to twice as fast as ScanJet IIc, the firm claims. ScanJet IIcx boosts finished document quality through 1,600 dpi enhanced resolution and 400 dpi optical resolution for image and text scanning and has 8-second grayscale scanning. The adaptor accepts transparencies from 35mm to 8.5 by 11.7. The ScanJet IIcx comes with HP DeskScan II Version 2.0 for automatic scanning of hard copy images directly into HP DeskScan II 2.0 via the automatic document feeder. It also has Aldus PhotoStyler Special Edition and Adobe PhotoShop Limited Edition image-editing software. The HP ScanJet IIcx is $1,180 and an optional 50-page Automatic Document Feeder is $560 out now. The optional transparency adapter is $760 and should be out in January. The scanner can be used with Windows personal computers or Apple Computer Inc Macintosh computers. Many of the new features introduced with ScanJet IIcx also will be available to new ScanJet IIp scanner buyers through HP DeskScan II 2.0 software, including HP AccuPage 2.0, all bundled software and switchless SCSI adaptors, it promises.