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January 23, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

DEC’s announcement today is expected to double the top-end performance of the VAX 6000 family to 22 VAX MIPS from 11, featuring one- to six-processor configurations – the 6310, 6320, 6330, 6340, 6350 and 6360 – of an enhanced 6300 processor delivering 35% more power than the 6200 CPU, and a single system is expected to be able to support up to 600 users on an All-In-1 office automation system, or perform 30 debit-credit transactions per second. The 6310 uniprocessor will be field-upgradable to the 6360 six-processor model, and the 6200 models are also expected to be upgradable to 6300 models. As well as the 6300 VAX models, DEC is expected to come out with VAX Fileserver 6310 and 6320 models, designed to support files from VMS, Ultrix and MS-DOS machines concurrently, and 38.8Gb of disk on a single server, 600Gb in a VAXcluster configuration. A new SA550 disk subsystem is expected to store 1.1Gb to 4.1Gb and 424 input output operations a second; the new SA650 should offer capacities of 4.6Gb to 9.5Gb and 562 input-output operations a second. A new entry level HSC 40 VAXcluster controller is expected to support up to 12 disk and tape subsystems, handle 800 input output operations a second, and to be upgradable to the 32-device HSC 70. The new 3480-type tape drive, bought OEM from from IBM, is expected to appear as the TA90 and to offer 200Mb storage per cartridge, up to 2.4Gb per subsystem, transferring data at 2Mbytes-per-second. Also in the line-up is expected to be an optical write-once disk library for up to 128Gb – 64 2Gb disks.

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