Tandem today launched its Nonstop SQL/MX fault tolerant database for Windows NT, formerly codenamed Serverware, at DB Expo in San Francisco.
The fault tolerant hardware supplier will not ship the product until September, but plans to sell it via the Serverware unit it set up last year. The company intends to sell it direct to its installed base, but also to OEM it to ISVs such as SAP.
A Serverware sales and marketing team will be set up in Europe by the end of the year, and a branding scheme for the database will be introduced over the next three months.
Andy Sims, Tandem?s UK marketing director, said: ?Our database is aimed primarily at people wanting to deploy heavy-duty NT-based business applications in their enterprise. We won?t be porting it over to Unix though - we never made massive inroads into the commercial Unix marketplace and it would be really difficult to break in now because it?s very crowded. Our database is intended to give users more scaleability and reliability in the NT world.?
Tandem is demonstrating a 2Tbytes version of Nonstop SQL MX at the show, running on 16-node NT-based cluster, hooked up with a pre-beta version of Wolfpack phase 2.0 - the fault tolerant version of the technology.
The hardware is Tandem?s own and the system would cost $1.5 million in total, the software element costing $400,000.
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