Amdahl Expands Open Systems Capabilities; Will Offer New Ultra Enterprise Server Family From Sun; Adds RDBMS Software, Fibre 2000 Storage Array Series, S/390 to Server Connectivity, Uninterruptible Power Supply and System Management Enhancements.SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 1996--Amdahl Corporation, an enterprise computing Refers to information technology in the larger company. See enterprise data and enterprise networking. company, today announced the Ultra(TM) Enterprise(TM) family of servers from Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. , consolidating the company's leadership in providing enterprise-level open system platforms from departmental servers to enterprise-level solutions. Amdahl also announced products and services from Oracle Corporation and Exide Electronics, in addition to connectivity and systems management offerings that add significant value to the Ultra Enterprise family.
The Ultra Enterprise family offers unprecedented scaleable performance with enhanced availability features. These servers provide the kind of performance, I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output bandwidth, main memory, and disk storage needed to implement business critical applications such as SAP R/3, data warehousing See data warehouse.
data warehousing - data warehouse , and OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing) See transaction processing and OLCP.
OLTP - On-Line Transaction Processing (online transaction processing See transaction processing and OLCP. ) required by Fortune 1000 companies.
"The introduction of the Ultra Enterprise servers makes a compelling case for customers to move forward in implementing commercial solutions using client/server technology," said Jim Hilbert, vice president, worldwide sales and marketing, server business, Amdahl Corporation (company) Amdahl Corporation - A US computer manufacturer. Amdahl is a major supplier of large mainframes, UNIX and Open Systems software and servers, data storage subsystems, data communications products, applications development software, and a variety of educational and . "With the experience and services that we are able to provide and the partnerships that we have formed, Amdahl is offering customers a logical and safe choice for implementing enterprise-level client/server solutions."
Wisconsin Electric has partnered with Amdahl to use its consulting and integration services to deploy SAP R/3 on SPARC (Scalable Performance ARChitecture) A family of RISC CPUs from Sun that runs mostly under Sun's Solaris, but also under Linux and BSD operating systems. After development began in the mid-1980s by David Patterson of the University of California at Berkeley and Bill (R) technologies supplied by Amdahl in a distributed computing environment See DCE.
Distributed Computing Environment - (DCE) An architecture consisting of standard programming interfaces, conventions and server functionalities (e.g. naming, distributed file system, remote procedure call) for distributing applications transparently across networks . "Amdahl really cares about helping us solve our problems," said Randy Lueder, department head, Wisconsin Electric. "They understand our environment and proactively pursue solutions that meet our requirements. We can trust their results."
Amdahl Commitment to Open Enterprise Computing
In 1993, Amdahl forged an alliance with Sun Microsystems offering enterprise and workgroup servers based on SPARC. Since then, two hundred of the world's largest users of information technology have deployed SPARC solutions from Amdahl, making Amdahl a leading supplier of servers for large enterprise customers in distributed computing environments.
"Amdahl's experience and knowledge of mission-critical solutions for large enterprises and their support for UNIX UNIX
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The Ultra Enterprise Servers
Amdahl offers a full range of products in the Ultra Enterprise family. The high-end Ultra Enterprise(R) 6000 offers up to 30 UltraSPARC processors, 30 gigabytes of main memory and up to 10 terabytes of disk storage. The Ultra Enterprise 3000 offers up to six UltraSPARC processors, up to six gigabytes of main memory and two terabytes of disk storage. The midrange Ultra Enterprise 4000 and Ultra Enterprise 5000 models are well suited for both database and application server requirements. Also included in the Amdahl offering are the Ultra Enterprise workgroup servers: Ultra Enterprise 1, Ultra Enterprise 2, and Ultra Enterprise 150.
Further Enhancements to the Ultra Enterprise Family
Amdahl is further enhancing the Ultra Enterprise line of servers with products and services that assist customers in the deployment of enterprise applications using the UltraSPARC technology.
Oracle RDBMS (Relational DataBase Management System) See relational database and DBMS.
RDBMS - relational database
Building on its long term relationship with Oracle Corporation, Amdahl is offering the entire spectrum of standard Oracle(R) products including: the RDBMS, gateways and protocol adapters, tools, development aids, web and media products. Oracle is the top-selling RDBMS for UNIX systems(1). Customers purchasing Oracle products from Amdahl can take advantage of the large amount of resources dedicated to client/server deployment services from installation to integration, to customized applications development.
Fibre 2000 Storage Array Series
To meet the data storage needs of the Ultra Enterprise servers, Amdahl is offering the Fibre 2000 Storage Array Series, optimized for data warehousing and other applications requiring high throughput and data security. With the versatility to be configured for departmental servers or larger multi-terabyte storage requirements, the Fibre 2000 Series delivers the benefits of data protection, fibre channel performance, and high capacity with the ease of graphical user interface graphical user interface (GUI)
Computer display format that allows the user to select commands, call up files, start programs, and do other routine tasks by using a mouse to point to pictorial symbols (icons) or lists of menu choices on the screen as opposed to having to management -- at a competitive price.
A+InterConnect Gateway Offering
Through an agreement with Data/Ware Development Inc. coupled with Amdahl developed software, Amdahl is offering the A+InterConnect Gateway, a high speed, OEMI (OEM Information) An IBM publication that describes the parallel channel interface. See parallel channel. parallel channel solution linking System/390 applications and data to Ultra Enterprise servers. This combination of hardware and software provides higher performance and additional capacity for applications, such as data warehousing or OLTP, that depend on accessing data from the S/390 environment.
Exide Electronics Uninterruptible Power System Uninterruptible power system
A system that provides protection against commercial power failure and variations in voltage and frequency. Uninterruptible power systems (UPS) have a wide variety of applications where unpredictable changes in commercial power (UPS)
Through an agreement with Exide Electronics, Amdahl is providing UPS products that protect the entire range of Ultra Enterprise servers. These products provide power protection in the event of electrical power failure, and give the data residing on the Ultra Enterprise server the same kind of protection previously afforded to mainframe systems.
Systems Management Solutions
Amdahl provides a full range of systems, network and operational management software which enhances the process of application deployment of today's complex, client/server environments. From the development stages of performance and capacity planning Determining the required future configuration of hardware and software for a network, datacenter or Web site. There are numerous capacity planning tools on the market used to monitor and analyze the performance of the current hardware and software. , through distribution, implementation, production and change management, the Amdahl A+ systems management solutions provide consistent, timely and cost-effective application deployment.
Amdahl has over 25 years of experience in business-critical applications systems and offers complete "end-to-end" service and support. Through its operational services group and its DMR (Digital Media Receiver) See digital media hub. Group subsidiary, Amdahl has more than 4,000 people worldwide to help customers implement enterprise-wide applications in distributed systems, offering knowledge and expertise extending from the desktop to departmental servers to enterprise solutions. The Amdahl comprehensive open systems solution includes strategic software applications, consulting, training, integration and support of the entire distributed environment.
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(1) With a 43 percent market share, the UNIX system environment is the preferred platform for RDBMS software and Oracle is the premier database management system within the UNIX environment, according to International Data Corporation. -0-
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