Sunnyvale, California-based Amdahl Corp insists that a slew of updates and product announcements slated for the current quarter are on course and ready for shipment. In the new mainframe line, the result of an alliance with Oracle Corp, nCube Corp and Information Builders Inc (CI No 2,385), the 5995M series, it has already shipped two […]
Sunnyvale, California-based Amdahl Corp insists that a slew of updates and product announcements slated for the current quarter are on course and ready for shipment. In the new mainframe line, the result of an alliance with Oracle Corp, nCube Corp and Information Builders Inc (CI No 2,385), the 5995M series, it has already shipped two of the four announced back in April. The single-sided processor models 5995-5570M and 5995-6570M, with five and six processors respectively, are generally available. The 10-way multiprocessor 5995-10670 is ahead of schedule and due to ship imminently. The remaining 12-way multiprocessor is currently undergoing field implementation and is scheduled for general availability by the first quarter of 1995. The alliance on its enterprise servers has nCube providing the massively parallel technology; Oracle its Oracle7 database; and Information Builders the EDA/SQL query software. All this technology is housed in Amdahl’s Xplorer 2000 series of parallel processing database servers. The Model 50 and Model 100 are currently undergoing the Field Implementation Programme and are lined up for general release in the begining of 1995 (CI No 2,421). The Amdahl Xplorer 2000 massively parallel database servers are the first of a series of projected offerings for systems compatible with both System/390, Amdahl’s disk subsystems and Unix systems. The Xplorer 2000 can be configured as a System/390 channel-attached database off-load engine for DB2 dynamic SQL queries. It can also be configured as a server in local network-based client-server environments. Both the System/390 and open systems, claims Amdahl, can access the data on the Xplorer 2000 database server, enabling integration or migration of applications and data preserving users data. Meanwhile, Version 4.3 of Amdahl’s Universal Time Sharing, UTS, mainframe Unix is said to be undergoing final testing. An announcement is expected in the next two weeks. UTS Version 4.3 is expected to offer new disk drivers, channel-to-channel Escon links to MVS and support for Distributed Computing Environment. In the past, revenues from UTS have made the operating system one of the most profitable of Amdahl’s businesses. The second edition of the fruit of Amdahl’s alliance with Sun Microsystems Inc, A+Edition for Solaris Enterprise Server – an extension to Solaris 2.4, is available on order with general availability slated for early 1995 (CI No 2,463). Tagged as A+ Edition 1.1, the performance management software enables the user to manage Distributed Computing Environment systems. A+UMA and A+OpenTune combine to collect and display real time and historical data, detecting and planning future system demands. The A+View products are based on the Universal Management Architecture standard, which attempts to define a common interface for gathering, management and reporting of systems. SunExpress, the direct marketing subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, has recently agreed to offer the software.