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ZDS INTRODUCES NEW MEMBERS OF Z-SERVER FAMILY, PLUS PENTIUM PROCESSOR UPGRADES

 BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Zenith Data Systems, a Bull company, today extended its award-winning family of powerful network servers and multi-user systems with the introduction of six new Z-SERVER models.
 "These three powerful Z-SERVER EX models and three compact Z-SERVER LT models continue our commitment to addressing the broad needs of small businesses and large corporations that have mission-critical applications," said David O'Connor, executive vice president of the ZDS Product Group.
 Two of the new models, the Z-SERVER EX Model P60E and the Z-SERVER LT Model P60E, are the first ZDS products to feature Intel's Pentium processor. According to Intel, the Pentium chip is up to five times as powerful as the 33MHz Intel486 DX CPU.
 ZDS also announced the introduction of Pentium processor upgrades for all models of the Z-SERVER, including the four new i486-based Z- SERVER EX and Z-SERVER LT models.
 The new Z-SERVER EX and LT models are part of the Z series of products built around the four guiding principles of the company's long-term product strategy: Investment Protection, Ease of Use, Integrated Connectivity, and Design & Ergonomics.
 "In today's marketplace, buying a server is no longer a matter of buying something bigger, faster and cheaper. Total system performance -- or balanced system architecture -- is just as important as pure processor power," said O'Connor.
 The Z-SERVER EX and Z-SERVER LT extend ZDS' line of server products introduced in April 1992. The new machines feature faster CPUs, higher performance I/O, integrated dual channel SCSI, and a hardware-based RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) controller for data integrity.
 These enhancements provide users with more scalable choices that include higher system performance and lower entry level costs.
 The Z-SERVER 450DE was recognized this month by PC Magazine with an Editor's Choice award. The magazine's editors wrote, "The closer you look at the Z-SERVER's performance, the better the system appears ... In other words, when other file servers hit the performance barrier and bogged down, the Z-SERVER shined." (PC Magazine, 5/11/93, page 185.)
 AIM Technology, an independent organization that specializes in UNIX performance products and services, rated the Z-SERVER 450DE as the "Best Sustained Performer Under $15,000." (Spring 1993).
 O'Connor explained how the four guiding principles of ZDS' product strategy are incorporated into the six new Z-SERVER models:
 -- Investment Protection: The Z-SERVER, the Z-SERVER EX and the Z-SERVER LT all use the same system architecture i ?all configurations.
 Current owners of Z-SERVERs can upgrade their systems to Z-SERVER EX levels of performance. "Each server can then be scaled upward as workgroups grow and technologies evolve," said O'Connor.
 In addition to processor upgradeability, each server's disk subsystem, network interface and memory can be expanded simply and cost-effectively as workloads grow. The system's bus architecture is designed to handle increased demands while maintaining optimum system performance.
 -- Ease of Use: The Z-SERVER EX and LT models are easy to install because the systems can be shipped fully configured for customer requirements.
 O'Connor notes that the Z-SERVER EX and LT are easy to upgrade. "With the Z-SERVER series, drives snap in and out of place, and power and data connectors face you. Even with the maximum of SCSI drives installed, cabling is easy," O'Connor said.
 -- Integrated Connectivity: ZDS has a rigorous vendor-certification program to assure smooth installation and optimized network performance. These operating systems include Novell NetWare, IBM OS/2 and LAN Server, SCO UNIX, SCO Open Desktop, Banyan VINES and (when available) Microsoft Windows NT.
 -- Design & Ergonomics: The unique modular architecture of the Z-SERVER EX and LT is designed to minimize the time involved in installing system enhancements and upgrades. This includes side access to all system components. And, like all Z series products, the Z-SERVER EX and LT share an industrial design that offers a look of contemporary elegance.
 Z-SERVER EX
 The Z-SERVER EX is designed with performance and expendability in mind. It can serve as a departmental server running mission critical applications or serve as a multi-user UNIX host.
 Key features of the Z-SERVER EX are:
 -- Three processor configurations: i486 DX 33MHz for high-growth- potential entry-level-systems, i486 DX 50MHz for sustained performance in database applications, and Pentium 60MHz for maximum performance in large multi-user systems.
 -- Eight 3.5-inch drive bays that can provide disk storage from 500MB to 8GB.
 -- Three 5.25-inch half-height accessible bays for floppy disk drives, tape back-up and CD-ROM.
 -- Eight open EISA bus-master I/O slots, an integrated dual channel 32-bit FAST SCSI-II Adaptec controller, on-board SVGA video, one parallel port, two serial ports, one PS/2-compatible keyboard port, one PS/2-compatible mouse port.
 -- Up to 128MB of system board memory, which can be expanded up to 384MB with an optional memory expansion board and 32MB SIMMs.
 -- A 384-watt power supply to support maximum configurations.
 Z-SERVER LT
 The Z-SERVER LT is designed as a file and print server or as an entry-level workgroup server. "The Z-SERVER LT is small in size," O'Connor said, "yet powerful and upgradeable to meet even the most demanding computing needs."
 "With a smaller chassis size than other Z-SERVERs, the Z-SERVER LT provides an economical solution that is both more powerful and expandable than desktop PCs turned on their side," O'Connor said.
 Key features of the Z-SERVER LT are:
 -- Three processor configurations -- i486 DX 33MHz, i486 DX/2 66MHz, and Pentium 60MHz -- offer a range to cover most computing needs.
 -- Four 3.5-inch drive bays that can provide disk storage from 245MB to 4GB.
 -- Three 5.25-inch half-height accessible bays for floppy disk drives, tape back-up and CD-ROM.
 -- Eight open EISA bus-master I/O slots, an integrated dual channel 32-bit FAST SCSI-II Adaptec controller, on-board SVGA video, one parallel port, two serial ports, one PS/2- compatible keyboard port, one PS/2-compatible mouse port.
 -- Up to 128MB of system board memory, which can be expanded up to 384MB with an optional memory expansion board and 32MB SIMMs.
 -- A 230-watt power supply.
 Security and Data Integrity
 Both the Z-SERVER EX and LT are designed to insure security and operation in unattended environments.
 Physical security includes locks to restrict access to the accessible drive bays, front panel buttons, the internal drive bays and the system board.
 Internal jumpers disable BIOS update, setup access and floppy write protection, all preventing unauthorized access.
 The Z-SERVER EX and LT feature an optional hardware disk array (RAID) to provide the user with assurance that information is protected from single drive failure.
 Configurations, Pricing & Availability
 The six Z-SERVER EX and LT models announced today include:
 Z-SERVER EX 433DE Model 500 ($5,349)
 -- Intel486 DX 33MHz CPU with 128KB secondary cache
 -- 8MB RAM
 -- 1.4MB floppy disk drive
 -- Integrated Dual Channel FAST SCSI-II controller
 -- 535MB 5400RPM FAST SCSI-II Hard Disk
 -- Integrated SVGA video controller
 -- 101/102 keyboard
 -- Available in May
 Z-SERVER EX 450DE Model 500 ($6,599)
 -- Intel486 DX 50MHz CPU with 256KB secondary cache
 -- 16MB RAM
 -- 1.4MB floppy disk drive
 -- Integrated Dual Channel FAST SCSI-II controller
 -- 535MB 5400RPM FAST SCSI-II Hard Disk
 -- Integrated SVGA video controller
 -- 101/102 keyboard
 -- Available in May
 Z-SERVER EX P60E Model 1000 ($9,399)
 -- Intel Pentium 60MHz processor with 256KB cache
 -- 16MB RAM
 -- 1.4MB floppy disk drive
 -- Integrated Dual Channel FAST SCSI-II controller
 -- 1GB 5400RPM FAST SCSI-II Hard Disk
 -- Integrated SVGA video controller
 -- 101/102 keyboard
 -- Available third quarter 1993
 Z-SERVER LT 433DE Model 500 ($4,299)
 -- Intel486 DX 33MHz CPU with 128KB secondary cache
 -- 8MB RAM
 -- 1.4MB floppy disk drive
 -- Integrated Dual Channel FAST SCSI-II controller
 -- 535MB 5400RPM FAST SCSI-II Hard Disk
 -- Integrated SVGA video controller
 -- 101/102 keyboard
 -- Available in May
 Z-SERVER LT 466XE Model 500 ($4,699)
 -- Intel486 DX/2 66MHz CPU with 256KB secondary cache
 -- 8MB RAM
 -- 1.4MB floppy disk drive
 -- Integrated Dual Channel FAST SCSI-II controller
 -- 535MB 5400RPM FAST SCSI-II Hard Disk
 -- Integrated SVGA video controller
 -- 101/102 keyboard
 -- Available in May
 Z-SERVER LT P60E Model 500 ($7,499)
 -- Intel Pentium 60MHz processor with 256KB cache
 -- 16MB RAM
 -- 1.4MB floppy disk drive
 -- Integrated Dual Channel FAST SCSI-II controller
 -- 535MB 5400RPM FAST SCSI-II Hard Disk
 -- Integrated SVGA video controller
 -- 101/102 keyboard
 -- Available third quarter 1993
 Zenith Data Systems products are available directly from ZDS through its field sales force or through its Z-DIRECT catalog. The company also has a network of more than 200 North American authorized resellers. The company has distribution arrangements with seven major distributors (DataGo, Gates/FA, Ingram Micro, Merisel, Microage, ROBEC and Tech Data).
 Resellers and distributors determine their own prices, which may be higher or lower than ZDS' direct price.
 Zenith Data Systems, a Bull company, is a leading supplier of notebook and desktop PCs, servers, monitors and related peripherals. With headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., the company has engineering facilities in St. Joseph, Mich., Santa Clara, Calif., and Billerica, Mass.; manufacturing facilities in St. Joseph and Villeneuve d'Ascq, France; and sales locations in more than 30 countries.
 -0- 5/18/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Zenith Data Systems is no longer part of Zenith Electronics Corp. Please refer to Zenith Data Systems on second reference as either "ZDS" or "Zenith Data." Please do not refer to ZDS as "Zenith."/
 /READER REFERRAL: Please forward reader inquiries to 800-553-0331/
 /Trademarks and trade names are used to identify the entities claiming the marks and names of their products. Zenith Data Systems disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own/
 /CONTACT: John Bace or Matt Mirapaul of Zenith Data Systems, 708-808-4848/


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