Infrastructure Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (03/24/2000) - Perle Systems Limited recently announced the SmartServer 400e, a router that offers twinaxial terminal server support for 5250 terminals that need access to SNA applications on an AS/400 server. The firm believes the product will play best with AS/400 users who want to start migrating to IP and Ethernet but need to support twinaxial connections. The SmartServer 400e consolidates Ethernet LAN, PC dial-up, and locally attached twinaxial terminal and WAN connections in one box that has two 2M bit/sec WAN ports, optional twinaxial cards and eight asynchronous communications ports.

The box supports IP- and IPX-based LAN, and uses Routing Information Protocol and RIP-2 routing protocols. The SmartServer 400e supports voice over IP, 6.3K bit/sec voice compression and traffic prioritization occupying 9.2K bit/sec of bandwidth per channel. It will be available this quarter and will cost around $2,195.

Perle: www.perle.com

XIOtech, a subsidiary of Seagate Technology, announced new task scheduling software last week for its Magnitude storage array. The software lets network executives save time and avoid errors by automating repetitive tasks. Dubbed REDI Control Scheduler, the software lets users write scripts that automatically run tasks such as backup, grooming or data migration. Tasks with up to 120 steps can be generated and scheduled to operate after-hours or at any time. REDI Control Scheduler is part of XIOtech's suite of products for managing its storage array. Magnitude has a storage capacity of 4.6 terabytes and operates on Windows NT, NetWare, Unix, Linux and Macintosh servers. The REDI Control Scheduler is available immediately for $2,500.

XIOtech: www.xiotech.com

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