FRAMINGHAM (04/06/2000) - Samsung Electronics American Inc. in San Jose has introduced two flat-panel monitors, the SyncMaster 150MP and the 170MP. Both function as monitors or video displays for use with any video device. The 15-in. 150MP costs $1,287; the 17-in. 170MP costs $2,620.www.usa.samsungsemi.comIBM Corp. officials said last week that the company will offer the A100 Web Serving Appliance, an integrated Web-hosting server for service providers and enterprises. The server, which is approximately the size of a pizza box, can be installed in about a half-hour, compared with two and a half hours for hosting systems that may involve multiple devices and require operating system server software installation, according to IBM. There will be three models of the new device, two of which will use the Intel Pentium III 650-MHz central processor unit. The third model will use the 750-MHz Pentium III.

The A100 has been optimized to run on the Windows 2000-based operating system and Web server application. Coupled with IBM's acceleration technology, it can deliver a 70 percent performance boost over Intel-based servers that haven't been specifically tuned to run on Windows 2000, according to IBM and Microsoft Corp.

Pricing for the A100 runs $6,000 to $16,000, depending on the model and configuration. The first units will begin shipping at the end of the month, IBM Associates International Inc. in Islandia, New York, last week rolled out ARCserve IT 6.61, storage management software for Linux. It offers data protection, automation, device management and remote centralized administration across Linux products by Red Hat Inc. in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Caldera Systems Inc. in Orem, Utah; TurboLinux Inc. in Brisbane, California; and SuSE Inc. in Germany. ARCserve IT costs $1,395.www.cai.comVeritas Software Corp. in Mountain View, California, released Cluster Server for Windows NT last week. The server enables customers with Windows NT-based applications to create clusters of two to 32 servers. The software can also monitor up to 256 clusters from a single console. It allows applications such as Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes to be transferred from one server to another without losing time during a fail-over. Pricing starts at $3,500 per server.

Veritas also launched Global Cluster Manager, software that manages fail-overs for server groups and remote locations. The software works with Cluster Server for Solaris and will be available in June. Pricing information isn't yet

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