ALR and a spate of its OEM customers, including Data General, will introduce a six-way rack-mounted Pentium Pro machine next Monday.
The design will increase ALR?s corporate market share, said Brian Green, product manager at the company's UK subsidiary. He said that the London Ambulance Service had already upgraded to six-way symmetric multiprocessing ALR servers and others were interested in the #11,999 Revolution 6X86 machine.
The company claimed that the machine will deliver up to 43 per cent more performance under Windows NT than four-way systems. Green said that the delay to the first phase of the implementation of Wolfpack, Microsoft's clustering technology, meant that a six-way system is an effective interim solution for corporate users.
The 6X86 comes with ALR?s six-way bus clustering design, which plugs into a 64-bit Parity symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) bus.
Rack configurations include 10 storage bays, six of which are 'hot swappable'. The rack also offers three front-accessible 5.25-inch drive bays and one 3.5-inch bay. A SCSI CD-Rom drive also comes with the machine.
Eight expansion slots are included, with memory of 128Mbytes, expandable to 2Gbytes. The machines have a 1,050Watts redundant 'hot pluggable' power supply to offer failsafe power. Software included is ALR Infor Manager server management system, which monitors 30 integrated sensors.
ALR and its customers are likely to support Windows NT, Netware and SCO Unix operating systems. Green said that the 6X86 rack-mounted units come with a five-year or 36-month limited warranty and on-site support.
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