EMC's Data General beefs up AViiON 'in-a-box' packages

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EMC Corp.'s Data General Division expanded its AViiON server line for enterprise customers with the introduction of new servers for Windows NT, Windows 2000 and DG/UX applications. The new line includes the quad processor AV 3800 and AV 3750 systems, and the recently introduced eight-processor AV 8950 running Intel's Pentium III Xeon processors at 700 MHz. The AViiON line also includes a faster processor for the high-density AV 1400...

offering---the Pentium III processors at 850 MHz. According to the company, these latest enhancements provide a more powerful enterprise consolidation solution that can lower total cost of ownership, accelerate time-to-market and allow customers to achieve high levels of business continuance.

"While it seems a fine system for the NT world, I don't think it has any major significance to EMC from a storage perspective," said Steve Duplessie, analyst for the Enterprise Storage Group, Milford, Mass. "Pre-configured system/SAN solutions make life easier for customers, and DG has always been pretty good at that."

The AV 3800 4U rack mount system is optimized for Windows NT and Windows 2000 applications and supports up to four Intel Pentium III Xeon processors at 700 MHz with 1M Byte or 2M Byte integrated L2 cache. The AV 3800 offers up to 8G Bytes of ECC protected memory, eight available PCI slots for maximum I/O, five internal 36G Byte hot swap disk drives, six hot plug PCI slots, and redundant hot swap power supplies and cooling fans standard with all configurations. All of which were not available on the AV 3800 4U's predecessor, the AViiON 3704R.

With the capacity to configure 36 processors in a single cabinet, the AV 3800 heads up Data General's pre-configured, pre-tested, high-availability Cluster-in-a-Box, TermServer-in-a-Box, Exchange-in-a-Box or multi-node LAN configurations. The AV 3800 allows configurations to be packaged in a single cabinet with other system components, such as EMC CLARiiON midrange storage, DLT tape drives or additional AV 3800 systems.

The new AV 3750 DG/UX system-based rackmount server is sized for departmental and distributed applications. The AV 3750 offers up to four Intel Pentium III Xeon processors at 700 MHz with a choice of 1M Byte or 2M Byte integrated L2 cache and high-performance, dual PCI with seven internal PCI slots.

The enhanced AV 1400 provides up to two Pentium III processors at 850 MHz with 256 KB of integrated L2 cache and features Windows NT and Windows 2000 support. The AV 1400 touts a compact 2U chassis that enables customers to stack up to 16 servers in a single cabinet, decreasing their equipment footprint.

The AV 8950 based on up to eight Pentium III Xeon processors at 700 MHz with 1M Byte or 2M Byte integrated L2 cache, is ideal for enterprise computing with business-critical applications. This server is packaged with Data General's pre-configured Data Protection Center for data backup and server replication solutions and Cluster-In-A-Box configurations, which feature DG/ManageSuite server management software and DG/RackManager for centralized control and systems management.

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