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March 8, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

NBI Ltd has completed the first phase of a deal valued in excess of UKP1.0m to install and network equipment at the offices of London-based solicitors Lawrence Graham. The UK end of the Boulder, Colorado company fought off stiff competition from seven competitors including ICL, Wang and DEC to get the contract. By installing new equipment and networking it to existing machines IBM Personals and a DEC PDP-11 amongst them – NBI has brought word processing, electronic mail, legal databases and 25,000 client records to the desk of every office member. The initial installation comprises six office automation controllers from the OASys 64/66 Series; a 570 supermicro running Unix and 90 OASys 2000 workstations as well as printers and NBI Net networking cable. Four OASys 64 and two OASys 66 controllers enable information from a network of Personals, workstations and word processors to be shared and integrated. MS-DOS software is available through them as are resources like printers and storage. An OASys 64 offers 1Mb of RAM, the OASys 66 2Mb of RAM. The 90 diskless MS-DOS-based OASys 2000 workstations combine 1Mb of memory with a 16-bit processor. They support SNA, NBINet and DisOSS. And using the 570 processor, users have a seamless interface to Unix and access to over 1Gb of storage. Support is available for up to 32 users simultaneously. Additional information comes from two legal databases, Lexis and Lawtel, and a library of client data compiled in-house. Back in 1980, $280m a-year parent NBI Inc began operations in Europe via distribution companies like Datapoint and Case. At the end of 1982 NBI Ltd was set with investment of around $10m. And by acquiring Integrated Solutions Inc in 1984 the 500 Series of Unix machines were added to the line.

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