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July 12, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

Following DEC and Sony Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co is the latest to make its midrange computers capable of acting as servers to net-works of Apple Computer Inc Macintosh machines. The company has turned to Pacer Software Inc, the La Jolla, California company that worked with Apple on development of the implementation for VAXes under VMS, and will offer the software on all its Unix machines the HP 9000 Series 300 and 800 workstations and minicomputers, and Apollo workstations. The software, to be marketed by Pacer, comprises PacerLink, PacerShare and PacerPrint for file, application and print services on the Unix server. More than 40% of Fortune 1000 companies are claimed to use both Apple Macintoshes and either HP 9000 or Apollo machines. The PacerLink communications software provides multiwindow terminal emul-ation using an asynchronous or Telnet communications. PacerShare is an implementation Apple’s AppleShare 2.0 file server for the Unix machine and enables users to integrate their Macintosh and Unix system files, applications and database information. The Mac link to the server can be via AppleTalk over direct Ethernet connections or via Apple LocalTalk networks bridged to the Ethernet network. And Pacer Print enables users in either the Unix or the Mac environment to use Adobe PostScript-compatible laser printers. Up to 200 Macintosh users can be supported on an HP 9000 800 RISC machine. PacerLink starts at $1,200 per server and is available now worldwide. PacerShare costs from $1,200 and PacerPrint starts at $1,000 per server and both are plan ned to be available in the autumn.

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