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Data General expands server line

EMC's Data General division has boosted its server line with new Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Data General/Unix systems. The new line includes the quad-processor AV3800 and AV3750 systems and an eight-processor AV8950 based on Intel's Pentium III Xeon chips. The AV3800 comes with up to 8GB of memory, eight expansion slots and five internal disk drives. The high-end AV8950 supports up to 16GB of error-checking memory and a maximum of 10 hot-pluggable Peripheral Component Interconnect expansion slots.

The system's Aviion Management Board allows remote service centres to monitor and troubleshoot the system, even when the server is nonoperational. Pricing is not yet available.www.emc.comBMC beefs up mainframe management toolBig Iron users who want real-time reporting as well as analysis and capacity planning may be interested in a new software suite from BMC Software. It has announced the roll out of Mainview Prediction Version 1, which will let users get up-to-date statistics on mainframe application performance, as well as manipulate the statistics for capacity planning or analyse performance flaws.

Formerly, these were separate functions and couldn't be consolidated in one console. Mainview Prediction sits on a mainframe and reads event logs on the performance of Web servers, network communications or other applications. It creates a snapshot of factors such as response times and transactions rates, and puts the snapshot in an XML wrapper for presentation on any Windows NT server or workstation for viewing via a graphical user interface (GUI).

Formerly, Mainview users had to rely on 3270-based green screens.www.bmc.com

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