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DG DOES UNIX/NT PARTITIONS BUT NOT UNTIL MID-1999.

Data General Corp has joined the ranks of the innumerable Intel- based server vendors expecting to market systems running Unix and Windows NT under one hood. In new ccNUMA AV 25000 servers using up to 16 four-way Pentium II Xeon SBB scalable building blocks, DG will offer the ability to run separate copies of its DG/UX Unix or NT on different SBB within a single system. However DG/UX partitions aren't available until next quarter, with NT partitions promised by mid-1999. AV 25000 can support up to 64Gb memory and 100Tb disk using as many as 160 PCI slots, although in reality DG's AViiON line is usually a four- and eight-way play. The SBB blocks themselves are also not as standard as might be implied. Xeon is said to require fairly intricate tuning to get it running in a four-way. DG calls the partitioning service Avflex, which comes with a browser-based management tool plus new Fiber Channel-based data replication and mirroring services to nodes which are up to 10km apart. DG says it shipped four-way systems at the end of September, while 32-way systems will be available next quarter, and 64-way systems by the end of next year. Four-ways will cost from $80,000; eight-ways from $165,000; and 16-ways from $512,000. With a Dolphin Interconnect Solutions SCI switch that DG uses to create ccNUMA distributed shared memory arrangements a 64-way system costs from $3.2m. A system partitioned as a 12-way DG/UX system and a four-way NT system will cost from $17,000. On hearing about DG's announcement, rival Sequent Computer Systems Inc called to say its Unix/NT and Fibre Channel strategy has been in place for months, although it runs NT on a completely different quad than its Dynix/ptx NUMA-Q Unix nodes, albeit in the same cabinet. It is about to unveil its plan to share storage and management in its own partitioned Xeon systems, claiming DG will be up to six months later than it had originally promised its customers if it is not able to get DG/UX- NT partitioned systems out of the door until mid next year. It calls the SCI Dolphin switch DG uses to provide ccNUMA distributed shared memory a "short play" for its customers. Sequent claims its NUMA-Q 2000 systems are now cheaper than Hewlett-Packard Co V-Class and Sun Microsystems Inc's Starfire and ES6000 series servers. Of course neither Sequent or DG are providing ccNUMA distributed shared memory functions to NT.
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