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February 2, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Networking computer systems specialist SyFA Data Systems Plc, Watford, Hertfordshire subsidiary of Irvine, California-based WesPac Technologies Corp is plunging into the Unix market via an OEM agreement with Motorola Computer Systems. The company yesterday launched the SyFA Series SX of Unix System V.3 machines as an integral part of SyFA’S extended applications system architecture. SyFA claims that the proprietary architecture enables integrators to work with multiple technologies to find the optimal integrated solution for a client. This enables the company to offer flexible horizontal software, moulding, say, office automation, or accounts packages to suit different environments. SyFA has entered a number of strategic alliances to develop vertical software, naming the manufacturing company GKN, the wholesaler Spar, and British Airways, as partners in a variety of market sectors. The extended applications system architecture includes the proprietary SyBOL business-oriented language on all systems, remote log-on and file transfer between personal computers and multi-user machines via RS232 or local area networking, and a SyFAnet and Ethernet gateway. Thus, in the commercial sector, in which SyFA is particularly interested, front end applications through the TS and SV machines, which include support for IBM’s SNA, can be passed back via SyFAnet to the SX which can in turn connect to any MS-DOS micro, Apple Macintosh, DEC VAX, or other Unix machine via Ethernet and TCP/IP. Foundation software elements include an integrated office automation package EASyOffice, based on the latest Uniplex version, with telex and fax facilities, as well as the EASyMacs accounting suite. All five models in the Series Sx range can be configured to operate in local and wide area networks, using a variety of techniques, such as Ethernet, RFS, XNS, X25, SNA, and bisync. Prices range from UKP6,950 for the 20MHz 68030-based Series SX Model 55 Work Group system for up to four users, to UKP57,000 for the top end 25MHz 68030-based Model 62 Large Departmental system, which can support up to 74 users; ships have begun.

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