The automatic teller machine network Link has set up a simple corporate Intranet to transfer transaction details to its customers.
Previously, information was copied from the Link Tandem 10000 mainframe onto microfiche and posted to customers, which include banks and building societies.
Link's financial controller, Phil Gerrard, said a Compaq NT server will be plugged into the network and transaction details saved on an Oracle Webserver database. Link customers will be able to access the database via dial-up modems. Gerrard said the NT decision was made following extensive tests with Risc/Unix alternatives.
The system used to update member branches' account records overnight but the NT system, running on a Compaq Proliant 5000 server, is able to perform the same function in minutes.
The server will be configured with two 200MHz Pentium Pro processors, two Smart-2 SCSI array controllers and 100GBytes of hot-pluggable disk storage in a Raid-5 configuration.
Gerrard said that, at #50,000, the NT system was also considerably cheaper than the nearest Unix alternative, which was nearly three times more expensive. ?We chose Compaq because it delivered the performance we want at a price considerably lower than anything else we looked at,? he said.
Gerrard said the system had to be able to expand by 25 million rows of data a month and will eventually hold more than 90Gbytes of data at any one time.
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