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June 2, 1994

HITACHI DATA ENHANCES OSIRIS MAINFRAME UNIX SYSTEM

By CBR Staff Writer

Hitachi Data Systems Ltd, Santa Clara, California, has enhanced its Osiris mainframe open systems environment, adding Hitachi EpochServ-M – adapted from the Epoch Inc hierarchical storage management and back-up system – Hitachi Veritas Volume Manager to manage very large file systems, and Visual Administrator. A new release 1.1 of the HI-OSF/1-M Unix operating system includes a range of additional reliability, availability and serviceability features plus further Unix System V.4 functionality. New also is the availability of Oracle7 on Osiris, OpenVision’s OpenV*Event Manager and Software Clearing House Inc’s Reelmanager for tape management. Further database and network management enhancements are due as is transaction processing software. Launched a year ago (CI No 2,144), the Osiris system consists of an IBM-compatible mainframe running OSF/1 Unix with a Sun Microsystems Inc Sparc-based machine as the front-end processor, fitted with suitable direct channel-attach and Ethernet boards. HI-OSF/1-M runs stand-alone, under VM or in a partition alongside MVS on the Hitachi machines. The Sparc-based Network Co-Processor costs between $160,000 and $180,000; HI-OSF/1-M pricing is based on IBM’s licence group methodology and costs between $2,800 and $25,000. There is no charge to existing customers to upgrade to Release 1.1 of HI-OSF/1-M. Prices for the Hitachi EpochServ-M and Veritas Volume Manager products are partition-based, depending on the system resources allocated to the Osiris environment. Prices for Oracle7, OpenV*Event Manager, and Reelmanager products are available from the developers.

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