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EVEREX ANNOUNCES STEP MPFT 2001, THE FIRST FAULT-TOLERANT AND MULTI-PURPOSE FILE SERVER DESIGNED FOR NOVELL NETWARE SFT III

 EVEREX ANNOUNCES STEP MPFT 2001, THE FIRST FAULT-TOLERANT AND MULTI-PURPOSE FILE SERVER DESIGNED FOR NOVELL NETWARE SFT III
 NEW YORK, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Everex Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: EVRX) today unveiled the industry's first fault-tolerant computer system designed specifically to run Novell's NetWare 3.1 and SFT III network software. SFT III is Novell's system fault-tolerant version of NetWare 3.1 software which is capable of bringing fault tolerance to the network user. The STEP MPFT 2001 (Multi-Processing Fault-Tolerant) is a completely dual-redundant fault-tolerant system -- targeted at the burgeoning distributed networking environment.
 Designed to meet the needs of mission critical applications, the STEP MPFT 2001 provides a continuously available computing platform. A dual-redundant hardware architecture with two complete processing systems in one enclosure ensures no single point of failure. Each system bus, together with its corresponding CPU, memory, EISA module, and attached peripherals, comprises a system. The two systems operate simultaneously, one shadowing the other. Maintaining constant inter- computer communications, the systems monitor each other and provide the synchronization and coordination needed for fault-tolerant operation. In case of failure in either system, the functional system continues to operate. The failed system can then be repaired while the functional system is on-line, thus providing continuous operation.
 "With the proliferation of PCs in the businessworld and databases being shared over networks, companies simply cannot afford network downtime or the loss of valuable data," said Larry Samartin, director of advanced systems marketing. "Our system gives users the security and peace of mind of a truly fault-tolerant file server. Spending a little bit more for a server in a 50- to 100-user network is very economical business insurance."
 The STEP MPFT 2001 reflects Novell's fault-tolerant model in its unique one-to-one mapping of NetWare SFT III. Everex's architecture negates any system ambiguity by connecting the dual hardware at the system bus level, rather than a LAN wire link. This translates into a STEP MPFT 2001 data transfer rate that is considerably faster and much more efficient than a system where two separate file servers are attached together in a Novell SFT III configuration.
 "Based on our long-standing support of Novell, we were able to develop a system where the hardware and software work in concert," said Steve Hui, Everex chairman and CEO. "Fault-tolerant software can only perform as well as the hardware platform on which it resides. Today, few server platforms have the fault-tolerant capabilities required to detect and recover from system errors. The combination of Everex's STEP MPFT 2001 hardware and Novell's NetWare SFT III software provides for error-free operation."
 Memory mirroring built into the STEP MPFT 2001 provides for 100 percent memory reliability and guarantees that all single-bit, double-bit or multiple-bit memory errors will be detected.
 In addition to preventing system loss, the STEP MPFT 2001 ensures complete data protection through Everex's Disk Array technology. The system is based on RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks) technology. Everex uses arrays of smaller disk drives working in tandem to support mission-critical applications where data access and integrity are crucial. Utilizing RAID level 0, 3 or 5, the STEP MPFT 2001 offers on-line data recovery and continuous operation in case of a hard drive failure.
 The STEP MPFT 2001 can be used not only as a fault-tolerant file server, but also as a pair of highly reliable servers in a single chassis running under Novell NetWare 3.1.
 Housed in Everex's cube-shaped chassis, the STEP MPFT 2001 offers eight EISA expansion slots, 10 3.5-inch drive bays, and a total memory capacity of 128MB. Redundant integrated SVGA graphics, duplexed tape backup systems and floppy disk drives are also included.
 The STEP MPFT 2001 is priced less than $50,000 for the following configuration:
 -- Two UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems
 -- Two power supplies
 -- Two 50 MHz Intel 486DX/2 CPUs
 -- Two 16 MB memory modules (each expandable to 64MB)
 -- Duplexed LAN adapters
 -- Two EISA I/O buses for 32-bit processing
 -- Two RAID level 3 disk arrays of 500 MB (each expandable to 10GB)
 -- Novell NetWare SFT III software
 The STEP MPFT 2001 will begin shipping in late summer 1992.
 Everex Systems Inc., a computer industry leader headquartered in Fremont, Calif., designs, manufacturers and distributes a complete family of personal computers and peripherals. Everex products are distributed through a worldwide dealer, VAR and distributor network. Everex is traded on the National Market System under the NASDAQ symbol EVRX.
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 NOTE: STEP MPFT 2001 is a trademark of Everex Systems Inc. All other brand names or product names are trademarks of their respective companies.
 /CONTACT: Bob Goligoski, 510-683-2179, or Letty Dupuy, 510-683-2066, both of Everex Systems; or Mary MacGregor of The Searls Group, 408-730-4157, for Everex Systems/
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