New Alpha Systems Are "Internet Onramps"

T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), February 1995 | Go to article overview

New Alpha Systems Are "Internet Onramps"


Internet AlphaServers, a new trio of DEC systems, combine Alpha's 64-bit RISC performance with pre-installed Internet software - resulting in a turnkey Internet-ready server.

Each includes DEC's unique ELECTRONIC LOCKER system administration software. Designed with input from educators, it enables non-experts to manage the servers via a point-and-click Mosaic client interface. It also provides quick set up and straightforward menus for users.

* The Software

Internet access programs and user tools are all pre-installed and integrated. These include TCP/IP, for connection; FTP, file transfer protocol; telnet; e-mail; World Wide Web; Lynx, a WWW browser; Gopher, a browser; a news reader and WAIS. Access can be dedicated or dial-up. Also installed is a Home Page starter template and MailWorks for OSF/1, which offers gateways for most commercial e-mail packages.

Lastly, the new Netsite server software, from Netscape Communications Corp. is an optional bundle. It offers speed for multimedia documents, optimum CPU utilization and intuitive, online forms for enhanced ease of use over other HTTP-compatible servers. Special licensing and service options are available for DEC's education customers.

* Individual Models, in Brief

The Internet AlphaServer 1000 is top-of-the-line and suits the needs of a K-12 district or higher education institution that requires high availability and room to grow.

The compact cabinet has seven internal drive bays; 64MB of RAM standard, expandable to 512MB; a built-in 4GB DAT tape backup unit; narrow and wide SCSI support and 10 slots (two PCI, seven EISA and one PCI/EISA).

It is the only server, according to DEC, to offer fully redundant power supplies, ECC cache and memory, and disk "hot swap." It is backed by a three-year, onsite warranty.

Internet AlphaServer 400, the mid-range system, is suited, for example, as a development system for faculty doing Internet publishing and multimedia conferencing. It comes standard with 32MB of RAM, expandable to 192MB; 1.5GB to 8.4GB disk storage; plus one PCI/ISA and two PCI slots.

For small- to medium-sized work groups, such as schools or libraries, the Internet AlphaServer 200 offers up to 192MB of RAM, up to 3.15GB of disk storage and three slots. Both the 200 and 400 models are backed by a one-year onsite, two-year drop-off/mail return warranty.

All the systems include an Ethernet card, a CD-ROM drive and a built-in 14.4 fax modem.

They run the DEC OSF/1 (UNIX) operating system and support DOS, Windows and Macintosh, as well as terminal-based and character-cell environments. …

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