DocuPoint Inc, four-year-old subsidiary of Fremont, California-based Sigma Designs Inc, has announced the EasyFile 3000 and ExpressFile 7000 image servers – scalable document imaging systems for real-time, open systems-based document management. To meet the higher performance demand of document management, as opposed to just document scanning, the EasyFile 3000 and ExpressFile 7000 use a massively […]
DocuPoint Inc, four-year-old subsidiary of Fremont, California-based Sigma Designs Inc, has announced the EasyFile 3000 and ExpressFile 7000 image servers – scalable document imaging systems for real-time, open systems-based document management. To meet the higher performance demand of document management, as opposed to just document scanning, the EasyFile 3000 and ExpressFile 7000 use a massively parallel processing design called Image Flow Architecture, IMF – an integrated system designed to handle large packets of imaging information. DocuPoint points to its own benchmarks which clocked the EasyFile 3000 at 10 pages per second and the ExpressFile 7000 at up to 40 pages per second throughput. The new systems support Unix, Windows and TCP/IP to enable integration with existing host and client-based applications such as word processing packages, spreadsheets and centralised databases. The systems are also claimed to be database-independent. Both products come as stand-alone servers or as part of complete systems including DP300 high-resolution imaging workstations, a 288Gb high-speed optical disk jukebox, high-speed scanners and printer interfaces. The EasyFile 3000 departmental system can cope with up to 20 networked workstations. It is a ready-to-run document image management system that combines personal computer applications with DocuPoint’s proprietary Folder Management Software, FMS. FMS enables the creation of customised filing schemes through a series of procedures. The 3000 can coexist on a personal computer or local network system and provides access to documents as well as the resources of the personal computer file server, via a Windows interface. Express File 7000 is intended for both departmental and enterprise-wide environments for use by up to 200 simultaneous users. It supports a multiple-client environment, including MS-DOS, Windows, Unix and, in the near future, Macintosh. The 7000 has a parallel processing architecture which can be upgraded from one to four image management processors, delivering real-time processing power. DocuPoint has also announced the DP500 Optical Disk Library Unit, a high-speed, 288Gb capacity 10-drive optical jukebox. The 10 drives are configured with four parallel SCSI buses for super-fast access. According to the firm, the DP500 is the only jukebox that mixes Write Once, erasable and multi-function disk formats in one unit. It uses low-cost, high-capacity 5.25 optical disks. It can be used along side the EasyFile 3000 and ExpressFile 7000 Image Resource Servers. It integates with peripherals, offering drivers that can be programmed using high-level, message-based commands with error checking and recovery. It uses three-axis concurrent motion and a dual picker to offer platter exchange times of from five to seven seconds. The DP500 calibrates each time it is turned on to maintain consistent alignment, and its components are ruggedised. The EasyFile 3000 will be out next month starting at $40,000. The 7000 is set for commercial release in August, at $110,000. DocuPoint sells its products both direct and through an international network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. The DP500 comes as a stand-alone unit or as part of a full DocuPoint document imaging system. It is from $60,000, and it will ship in August.