Top End to win the transaction processing monitor battle with Tuxedo and the Pyramid Technology Corp machines to be phased out over time: those are believed to be the conclusions of the key conflicts in the harmonisation of the AT&T Co and NCR Corp product lines. The convergence teams are understood to have decided that […]
Top End to win the transaction processing monitor battle with Tuxedo and the Pyramid Technology Corp machines to be phased out over time: those are believed to be the conclusions of the key conflicts in the harmonisation of the AT&T Co and NCR Corp product lines. The convergence teams are understood to have decided that NCR’s Top End has superior technology to Tuxedo as well as being compliant with X/Open Co Ltd’s XGA+ standard. That decision is not going to cheer companies like Unisys Corp that had adopted the product, which now belongs to a less-than-delighted Unix System Laboratories Inc. The flagship product line is clearly NCR’s Open Co-operative Computing Architecture and System 3000 sevenlevel family of Intel iAPX-86 family machines, and on the Pyramid machines, word is that System 7000 will continue into its next planned up-grade and users will be given the option to migrate to System 3000 with-out being pushed into it as long as they are happy with the 7000 architecture and packaging. The 3B2 will have one more enhancement before users are led onto a migration path to System 3000. AT&T of course has several Intel-based systems of its own – StarServer S, 6386 WorkGroup Systems – which will continue to be marketed to existing users with the System 3000 the upgrade path – but it is understood that the StarServer FT fault-tolerant machine will continue indefinitely because NCR has no direct counterpart. The other area where there is substantial conflict is in office software, and once again, NCR’s Co-operation wins out over AT&T’s Rhapsody, although it is expected that the two will continue to be marketed, with Rhapsody features subsumed into Co-operation Release 2, where the Business Orchestration workflow component of Rhapsody is expected to be a major feature. NCR Comten will continue to build IBMcompatible communications processors, and strong Systems Network Architecture support is said to be a feature of the combined product line. In networking, Starlan will continue to be offered. Both companies use LAN Manager, but StarGroup LAN Manager Server from AT&T is understood to become the core product running on System 3000. Laptops are pretty short-life products but NCR’s 3120 Notebook will be the major offering with AT&T’s Safari portable continuing to be sold via the existing AT&T dealers.