Tadpole, the troubled UK specialist computer manufacturer, has taken the concept of mobile computing to the extreme with the launch of its portable 300MHz UltraSPARCIIi server.
The ruggedised VoyagerIIi series of machines is designed for specialist applications such as those used by government and military organisations.
The systems are housed in strong, lightweight aluminium frames and weigh roughly 4.5Kg, allowing them to be carried as hand luggage. Running Sun Solaris, the servers can carry up to 1Gb of memory and 20Gb of disk space, delivered by four 5Gb Ultra-IDE hard drives powered by the same number of Ultra-DMA disk controllers.
Tadpole offers a variety of options for the machines. Users can choose integrated Fast-Wide SCSI, 10/100 Ethernet capabilities and PCMCIA connectivity.
The most likely use of such a system in the corporate market would be for performing demonstrations of enterprise-level software packages in the field without having to ship bulky server hardware to the demonstration site.
Prices for the systems begin at #6,000.
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