HP WORKSTATIONS DISPLACE SUN SYSTEMS AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 1995-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced it has been selected as the preferred workstation vendor for the Ohio State University Ohio State University, main campus at Columbus; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1870, opened 1873 as Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, renamed 1878. There are also campuses at Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. (Columbus, Ohio) Computer and Information Sciences (CIS Cis (sĭs), same as Kish (1.)
(1) (CompuServe Information Service) See CompuServe.
(2) (Card Information S ) department, the largest of its kind in any U.S. college. Ohio State previously installed Sun Microsystems' workstations exclusively.
In an effort to expand and equip new computing facilities and student laboratories within the CIS department, Ohio State has purchased HP 9000 workstations, with plans to purchase additional units over the next three years.
Under the new agreement, HP workstations unseated approximately 100 Sun workstations, which all have been returned to HP as part of the company's TradeUp '95 Open Migration Program.
Ohio State selected HP based on its strategic commitment to HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.
(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations. (1), price/performance excellence of HP 9000 workstations, application availability and the ability to access PC applications via Windows Application Binary Interface (operating system, tool) Windows Application Binary Interface - (WABI) A software package from Sun Microsystems to allow certain Microsoft Windows applications under the X Window System. Wabi 2.2 runs under Solaris on SPARC, Intel, and PowerPC. . Ohio State said its concern about migrating from SunOS to Solaris also influenced its decision.
"HP is especially proud of this contract win; our bid proved to be strong competition to Sun and enabled us to unseat Sun's exclusive installed base of workstations at Ohio State," said Bernard Guidon gui·don
1. A small flag or pennant carried as a standard by a military unit.
2. A soldier bearing such a flag or pennant. , general manager of HP's Workstations Systems Group. "With HP's Open Migration Program, Sun customers have a quick and easy way to move to open computing via HP-UX so they can realize the level of application performance and productivity they require."
Ohio State conducted a review to identify a hardware partner that could meet the CIS department's long-term computing needs. Specifically, the university needed workstations that offered collaborative multimedia capabilities for its video lab and the high performance needed for ATM networking.
"Ohio State is extremely excited about HP's superior technical leadership," said Carl Phillips, manager of computer activities for Ohio State. "Furthermore, the CIS department is especially pleased with HP's commitment to working with educators and helping them find new ways to deploy technology and improve the instructional process through creative educational programs."
According to Ohio State, HP workstations provide superior throughput capabilities over Sun systems, making them ideal for the university's ATM network. The university currently is researching new opportunities for enhancing its instructional program with HP's MPower application. The CIS department's Interactive Instructional Computing Facilities group is exploring the multimedia capabilities of MPower to enable remote consulting. By using MPower, the group intends to allow students to collaborate with faculty, staff and other students without leaving their lab stations. The department is convinced that it can enhance the instructional process by improving access between students and faculty.
In addition, CIS plans to make extensive use of MPower's SharedX and Shared Whiteboard capabilities for remote consulting and support. CIS consultants will then be able to provide technical assistance to students located in remote labs across campus.
The HP systems support a mixed environment with Sun systems and currently interoperate on the same network at Ohio State.
Building on its credibility with Ohio State's CIS department, HP secured an additional purchase order from Ohio State's Department of Statistics for HP 9000 workstations and servers.
HP's Open Migration Program provides customers with a variety of interoperability and investment-protection solutions designed to make the transition to the HP platform easy and cost-effective. The program was developed in 1990 to help customers move from the CISC-based Apollo Domain operating system and competitive RISC RISC
in full Reduced Instruction Set Computing
Computer architecture that uses a limited number of instructions. RISC became popular in microprocessors in the 1980s. platforms to PA-RISC (Precision Architecture-RISC) A proprietary RISC-based CPU architecture from HP that was introduced in 1986. It is the foundation of HP's 3000 and 9000 computer families. See IA-64. workstations and business servers, based on HP's UNIX UNIX
Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics). system-based HP-UX operating system.
Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 98,200 employees and had revenue of $25 billion in its 1994 fiscal year. -0-
Note to Editors:
(1) HP-UX is based on and is compatible with Novell's UNIX(R) operating system. It also complies with X/Open's(tm) XPG See X/Open Portability Guide.
XPG - X/open Portability Guide 4; POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface for UNIX) An IEEE 1003.1 standard that defines the language interface between application programs and the Unix operating system. 1003.1, 1003.2; FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) A series of publications issed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that specifies information security guidelines for federal government departments and agencies. 151-1 and 151-2; and SVID (System V Interface Definition) An AT&T specification for the Unix System V operating system. SVID Release 3 specifies the interface for Unix System V Release 4. See Unix history and Unix.
SVID - System V Interface Definition 2 interface specifications.
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited. X/Open is a trademark of X/Open Company Limited in the UK and other countries.
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