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DELL FIRES RETURN VOLLEY; INTRODUCES HIGH-PERFORMANCE NETWARE FILE SERVER; NEW DISK DRIVE ARRAY; EXTERNAL STORAGE SYSTEM

 DELL FIRES RETURN VOLLEY; INTRODUCES HIGH-PERFORMANCE NETWARE FILE
 SERVER; NEW DISK DRIVE ARRAY; EXTERNAL STORAGE SYSTEM
 DALLAS, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Dell Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: DELL) fired the next round in the battle for leadership in the mainstream server market today introducing the Dell 466SE/DSA, which Dell believes offers the PC industry's fastest drive array technology. The affordable new system incorporates Intel's most powerful microprocessor, the 66-megahertz (MHz) Intel486 DX2, and the Dell SCSI Array (DSA), a new high-performance, high-capacity intelligent SCSI-2 drive array developed by Dell.
 The company also announced the External Media System 753 (EMS 753), a new external storage system designed to address the increasing storage requirements of both desktop and floor-standing servers in today's mainstream network environments. The announcements were made at the computer industry's largest networking trade show, NetWorld Dallas '92.
 In their announcement last week Compaq Computer Corp. stated that the new SYSTEMPRO/XL and ProSignia systems using the company's IDA-2 controller outperformed Dell's current drive array -- the Dell Drive Array (DDA) -- by 12 percent. On similar tests, Dell's new SCSI array outperforms the Dell Drive Array by 100 to 200 percent. Thus, customers can expect to see the new DSA from Dell outperform Compaq's servers configured with their IDA-2 technology by 80 to 170 percent in heavily loaded NetWare environments.
 "With today's introduction, we are offering Dell customers superserver performance at PC prices," said Mike Bennett, Dell's vice president of PC systems. "The 466SE/DSA with our new Dell SCSI Array is designed to meet network customers' greatest needs: server throughput, storage capacity and reliability."
 Available in November, the floor-standing Dell 466SE/DSA is based on the Enhanced Industry Standard Architecture (EISA), offering superior network performance and allowing network customers increased flexibility when configuring their systems with industry-standard peripherals and add-in boards. The 466SE/DSA can be upgraded to the new Intel P-5 processor as soon as it becomes available.
 Each system comes standard with the new Dell SCSI Array and 16- megabytes (MB) of system memory. The 466SE/DSA supports a total of 128MB of system memory, providing customers with plenty of room to expand system memory as their business requirements grow.
 Using new 1.05-gigabyte (GB) SCSI-2 disk drives, the 466SE/DSA will also support up to 8.4GB of SCSI-2 disk drive storage internally and a total of 58.8GB when configured with multiple DSA controllers and multiple EMS 753 storage expansion units. Fifty-eight gigabytes would provide 80MB of storage to 735 workstations on a network.
 Pricing for the base system starts at $7,365 for the minimum 16MB of system memory, one DSA controller and one diskette drive. The 1.05GB SCSI-2 hard disk drives are priced at $1,899, and Dell also offers a complete selection of monitors starting at $199. Customers can also select from a wide assortment of additional network hardware and software products to custom configure their system based on individual network requirements. Please see attached information sheets for additional system specifications and pricing for popular configurations.
 The Dell 466SE/DSA storage capacity can be configured using one of the most reliable and highest performing hard drives available. The new 1.05GB SCSI-2 disk drives offered by Dell feature a 9.5-millisecond access time and an average of 250,000 hours mean time between failure, or average life expectancy. The high-speed drives operate at 5400 RPMs (revolutions per minute) and are twice as fast as earlier SCSI drives, providing increased response time for users on the network. The drives not only process data faster for the user, but also maintain a very high level of data reliability.
 The Dell 466SE/DSA includes the new Dell SCSI Array, also announced today by Dell, which the company believes is the fastest drive array in the PC industry. The array uses an intelligent subsystem to handle disk traffic, off-loading this task from the main system processor and providing very high, sustained network throughput.
 The DSA features a 35 MIPs (million instructions per second) superscalar i960CA RISC processor operating at 33MHz, flash memory for easy firmware upgradeability and two SCSI-2 buses that each process data at 10MB/second, supporting up to 14 SCSI-2 disk drives. The new DSA controller is available separately as an option for Dell's current desktop and floor-standing EISA servers, and is priced at $3,255 factory installed, or $3,295 as a customer-installed upgrade.
 An important feature for Dell's DSA customers is the "hot-spare" drive capability for increased reliability. When used with data mirroring, this feature allows the system to maintain one or more drives that are always standing ready as back-up in case one of the primary hard drives fail, replacing the failed drives automatically with no interruption of service. The hot spare feature is included on the DSA at no extra charge to the customer.
 The 466SE/DSA also features the DSA Administration System, a software program that offers helpful tools for flexible array configuration and administration. The program includes DSA Manager, a menu-driven program with built-in on-line help for configuration of the DSA. The DSA Manager also provides the network administrator with status details of DSA operations. Another element of the Administration System is DSA Watch, which keeps an eye on system operations and looks for potential problems with its error-checking capability, notifying the network administrator of drive failures and rebuild status, even for multiple arrays.
 Additional features of the DSA include support for duplexing under NetWare 3.11, and RAID levels 0 and 1. RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) levels 0 and 1 perform data striping, which spreads data across the series of drives on the array to provide faster I/O performance. RAID 1 additionally performs data mirroring, which duplicates information stored on the disk drives to provide added reliability by protecting the data in case of disk drive failure. Dell plans to offer RAID levels 4 and 5 via a software upgrade in the first quarter of 1993, which provide additional protection of data stored on the network.
 External storage subsystem also introduced
 For meeting the increased external storage requirements of today's mainstream server environments, Dell also announced today the EMS 753, a roll-about SCSI drive cabinet that will support up to 14 half-height devices or seven full-height devices. With the new 1.05GB SCSI-2 disk drives from Dell, the EMS 753 can provide more than 14GB of additional network server storage capacity per EMS cabinet.
 In addition to providing increased storage capacity for a network server, the EMS 753 can be easily rolled and connected to a backup PC on the network to function as a temporary server in mission-critical network applications if the primary PC server fails or needs maintenance. The Dell EMS 753 storage system can be configured with a variety of SCSI disk drives available from Dell, in addition to other SCSI devices the company offers such as CD-ROM drives, digital audio tape drives and tape backup units.
 The Dell EMS 753 is available immediately, and prices start at $5,999 for a unit configured with two 650MB full-height SCSI-2 disk drives, $6,799 for a unit with two 1.05GB half-height SCSI-2 drives, and $7,599 for a unit with two 1.4GB full-height SCSI-2 drives.
 Today's network product announcements complement Dell's additional network offerings targeted at providing the features customers need without paying for unusable technology. These offerings include Dell's EasyStart network consulting services; multi-vendor hardware support and service; factory integration of NetWare Lite and NetWare 3.11 network operating systems, and other popular operating systems and applications software; and factory integration services for customer-specific hardware needs, such as adapter cards, and proprietary software applications or programs.
 A Fortune 500 company, Dell Computer Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports a complete line of personal computers compatible with industry standards. Dell pioneered the direct marketing of personal computers in 1984 and was the first company in the industry to offer manufacturer-direct technical support. Information on the company and its products can be obtained through its toll-free number: 1-800-BUY-DELL (1-800-289-3355).
 NOTE: Dell is a registered trademark of Dell Computer Corporation.
 Intel is a registered trademark and Intel486 and i960 are trademarks of Intel Corporation.
 ProSignia and SYSTEMPRO are trademarks of Compaq Computer Corporation.
 NetWare is a registered trademark and NetWare Lite is a trademark of Novell, Inc.
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