Apple Energizes Workgroup Servers and Network Servers with 200MHz PowerPC 604e Systems
Leading Price/Performance Provided Through 200MHz Microprocessors and Upgraded Server Components; Symmetric Multi-Processor System Development Announced
CUPERTINO, Calif--Sept. 9, 1996--Underscoring its commitment to the server market, Apple Computer, Inc. today announced faster and feature-enhanced Workgroup Servers and Network Servers with up to 200MHz PowerPC 604e microprocessors. The new systems--the Mac OS-based Workgroup Server 8550/200 and 7250/120 and the AIX-based Network Server 700/200--extends the full server product lines with the latest technologies and fastest processors available from Apple.
"Today's announcement of the speed-bumped servers substantiates Apple's commitment to deliver superior price/performance and advanced technology to our Workgroup Server and Network Server customers," said Howard Lee, senior vice president and general manager of Apple's Server and Alternative Platform Products Division. "By integrating faster processors and upgraded server components into our server product lines, Apple continues to deliver compelling solutions to our customers who demand leading performance, reliability and superior ease-of-use."
Blazing Performance Improvements and Upgrades for departmental Network Servers Featuring an innovative product design enclosure for easy serviceability, the new Apple Network Server 700/200 becomes the flagship of Apple's departmental server family and is powered by a 200MHz 604e PowerPC processor. The Network Server family has been further enhanced with the availability of a high-capacity 3.5" Fast/Wide SCSI-2 disk drive (9GB), a high-capacity 8mm tape drive (20GB uncompressed/40GB compressed), an 8x-speed CD-ROM drive and a PCI FDDI card. The 8mm tape drive from Exabyte is capable of backing-up data at a rate of up to 6MBs per second or 40GBs in two hours.
For existing Network Server 500/132 and Network Server 700/150 customers, a 200MHz CPU Upgrade Card is also expected to be available, thus increasing server performance while enhancing customers' investment in Apple hardware. The Network Server 700/200 joins the Network Server 500/132 and 700/150 products which remain in the product line and have improved internal hard disk capacities of 54GBs and 65GBs respectively.
Introduced in February 1996, the Network Servers have been engineered and designed for high-performance and reliability for publishing, enterprise, entertainment, and education environments. As a binary-compatible AIX-based server platform, the Network Server can run virtually thousands of proven AIX-based applications off-the-shelf. Key server solutions are available from leading vendors such as IPT and Helios for file and print sharing, Netscape and Lotus Notes and Domino for Internet/intranet solutions, Oracle and Informix for relational database services, IPT, Helios, and Archetype for OPI prepress, Lotus Notes for groupware, Starlight for QuickTime video/media services, Legato for data backup and recovery, and American Power Conversion for power management.
Support for Symmetric Multi-Processing in Network ServersApple also announced the development of symmetric multi-processing (SMP) capabilities in its Network Server product line. With an anticipated availability of early-1997, Apple's first SMP server systems are expected to feature two 200MHz PowerPC 604e processors and 1MB of in-line L2 cache per processor to provide performance increases of up to 1.8 times for processor-intensive server applications and environments. SMP upgrades are planned to be available for existing Network Server customers. Technology demonstrations of a prototype SMP Network Server--Apple's first ever demonstration of an SMP system--are scheduled during the Seybold Publishing trade show in San Francisco, September 11 through 13.
Workgroup Servers Performance Increased; Solution Bundles EnhancedFollowing closely on the heels of its speed-bumped Power Mac counterparts, the new Workgroup Servers feature the fastest PowerPC microprocessors offered by Apple--the 200MHz PowerPC 604e. Expected to be available starting in October 1996, the new Workgroup Servers include the Workgroup Server 8550/200 with a 200 MHz PowerPC 604e processor and 32MB of DRAM, and the Workgroup Server 7250/120 with a higher capacity 2GB disk drive. Both servers have been upgraded with 8x-speed CD-ROM drives. The new servers join the Workgroup Server 6150/66 which rounds out the product line as Apple's most affordable, entry-level server and comes bundled with the Apple Internet Server Solution which enables the easy creation and publishing of information on the World Wide Web.
The Workgroup Server 8550/200 and 7250/120 come bundled with the customers' choice of one of three software solutions--valued at $4,000 to $6,000 if purchased separately--which provide customers with software applications to operate the Workgroup Servers as an Application, Internet or AppleShare file and print server. Called the Application Server Solution, the Apple Internet Server Solution 2.1, and the AppleShare Server Solution, these solutions have been updated with newer versions of Apple and third-party software to provide customers with the latest software functionality and features.
Continuing its efforts to provide valuable solutions for Workgroup Server customers, Apple has included a trial version of RunShare for Macintosh by RUN Ltd. with the AppleShare Server Solution for the new Workgroup Server 7250/120 and 8550/200. The inclusion of this trial product provides customers with the opportunity to pilot RunShare in their own networking environment. RunShare is tuned to increase the transfer rate for moving large files across the network, demonstrating the largest performance gains when operating across 100 Mbps ethernet segments. Based on benchmarks from RUN, RunShare can accelerate network performance by up to 300%.
Pricing and AvailabilityThe new Network Server 700/200, configured with 48MB of DRAM, two 4GB Fast/Wide SCSI-2 hard disks and an 8x-speed CD-ROM drive, has an Apple Price starting at U.S.$16,129 and is expected to be available by early October 1996.
The new Workgroup Server 7250/120 has an Apple Price between U.S.$2,689 and $3,509 depending on solution bundled selected. The new Workgroup Server 8550/200 has an Apple Price between U.S.$5,799 and $7,399 depending on the hardware configuration and software solution bundle selected. These servers are expected to be available starting in October 1996.
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Addendum - Workgroup Servers and Network Servers
Network Server Pricing and AvailabilityAll Network Servers and component products are available today except for the items indicated by an asterisk (*) below. The AIX operating system software is sold separately. Customers will need to purchase both the hardware configuration and the AIX for Apple Network Servers Accessory Kit. U.S. pricing is listed below. Prices and availability outside the U.S. may vary.
* Anticipated availability is October, 1996.
** Anticipated availability is November, 1996.
|Part No.||Description:||U.S. Apple Price:|
|M5173LL/A||Network Server 700/200 (48MB,1MB,2x4GB Disks,8x CD-ROM)||$16,129*|
|M3470LL/A||Network Server 700/150 (48MB,1MB,4GB Disk,DAT2,CD-ROM)||$13,979|
|M3471LL/A||Network Server 700/150 (32MB,1MB,1GB Disk,CD-ROM)||$11,289|
|M3468LL/A||Network Server 500/132 (32MB,512K,2GB Disk,DAT2,CD-ROM)||$10,219|
|M3469LL/A||Network Server 500/132 (32MB,512K,CD-ROM)||$8$8,279|
|M5177Z/A||Network Server 200MHz 604e CPU Upgrade Card||$1,609**|
|M4017Z/A||Network Server 16MB Parity Memory Kit (2x8MB)||$749|
|M4018Z/A||Network Server 32MB Parity Memory Kit (2x16MB)||$1,399|
|M4019Z/A||Network Server 64MB Parity Memory Kit (2x32MB)||$2,799|
|M4022Z/A||Network Server 2GB F/W SCSI-2 Disk in Removable Tray||$859|
|M4023Z/A||Network Server 4GB F/W SCSI-2 Disk in Removable Tray||$1,399|
|M5178Z/A||Network Server 9GB F/W SCSI-2 Disk in Removable Tray||$2,469*|
|M4818Z/A||Network Server 700 2GB Fixed disk with Bracket||$859|
|M4819Z/A||Network Server 700 2x4GB Fixed disks with Bracket||$2,579|
|M4025Z/A||Network Server DAT-2 Tape Drive (4GB/12GB) with Tray||$1,129|
|M4026Z/A||Network Server 8mm Tape Drive (20GB/40GB) with Tray||$5,699*|
|M4024Z/A||Network Server 4x-speed CD-ROM in Removable Tray||$219|
|M4030Z/A||Network Server PCI RAID Disk Array Card||$2,039|
|M4031Z/A||Network Server External SCSI Cable for RAID Card||$89|
|M4709Z/A||Apple PCI Ethernet Card||$149|
|M3906Z/A||Apple PCI Ethernet 100baseTX Card||$199|
|M4808Z/A||Apple PCI Dual-Attached FDDI Card||$1,499**|
|M4035Z/A||Network Server 700 Redundant Power Supply||$799|
|M4036Z/A||Network Server 19-inch Rack Mount Kit||$189|
|M4028Z/A||Network Server Third Party SCSI Drive Adapter Kit (50-pin and 68-pin)||$159|
|M4029Z/A||Network Server Third Party Front Drive Bezel Kit (DAT2 and CD-ROM drive bezels)||$39|
|M4525Z/B||AIX for Apple Network Servers Accessory Kit||$1,489|
|M4891Z/A||AIX for Apple Network Servers Unlimited User License Upgrade||$1$1,399|
Workgroup Server Pricing and Availability
The enhanced Workgroup Server 7250/120 and 8550/200 are expected to be available starting in October 1996. U.S. pricing is listed below. Prices and availability outside the U.S. may vary.
Application Server Solutions (includes the Application Server Solutions CD)
|Part No.||Description:||U.S. Apple Price:|
|M5488LL/A||Workgroup Server 8550/200 32/2GB/8x-speed CD/DAT||$6,559|
|M5482LL/A||Workgroup Server 7250/120 16/2GB/8x-speed CD||$2$2,689|
AppleShare Server Solution (includes the Application Server Solutions CD and AppleShare 4.2.1)
|M5489LL/A||Workgroup Server 8550/200 32/2GB/8x-speed CD/DAT||$7,419|
|M4340LL/A||Workgroup Server 8550/132 24/2GB/4x-speed CD/DAT||$6,879|
|M5486LL/A||Workgroup Server 8550/200 32/2GB/8x-speed CD||$6,239|
|M4343LL/A||Workgroup Server 8550/132 24/2GB/4x-speed CD||$5,699|
|M5483LL/A||Workgroup Server 7250/120 16/2GB/8x-speed CD||$3,509|
|M4336LL/A||Workgroup Server 7250/120 16/1.2GB/4x-speed CD||$3$3,309|
Apple Internet Server Solution for the World Wide Web (includes the Apple Internet Server Solution)
|M5487LL/A||Workgroup Server 8550/200 32/2GB/8x-speed CD||$5,799|
|M4341LL/A||Workgroup Server 8550/132 24/2GB/4x-speed CD||$5,299|
|M5484LL/A||Workgroup Server 7250/120 16/2GB/8x-speed CD||$3,099|
|M4337LL/A||Workgroup Server 7250/120 16/1.2GB/4x-speed CD||$2,899|
|M4692LL/A||Workgroup Server 6150/66 16/1.2GB/4x-speed CD||$2$2,299|
Workgroup Server 8550/132 Logic Board Upgrade
|M4607LL/A||Logic Board Upgrade with PowerPC 604 processor card at 132 MHz, 0 MB DRAM, System 7.5.3, AppleShare 4.2.1 update kit and Apple RAID Software.||$4,169|
|Upgrades a Workgroup Server 80, 8150 or 8150/110 to a Workgroup Server 8550/132. ($1300 credit to dealer, upon return of old Logic Board to Apple)|
AsAs previously announced, Apple plans to offer a 180 MHz PowerPC 604e processor card upgrade. Apple expects to certify this upgrade card for the Workgroup Server 8550/132 in October, 1996.
Workgroup Server Software Solutions
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