Mountain View, CA--October 28, 1996--Some industry leaders have declared strong support in favor of the development of the Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) standard, which is the next generation standard in storage technology.
Hewlett-Packard, Quantum, Seagate, Silicon Graphics, and Unisys joined Sun Microsystems Inc. to underscore their approval for compatible and open development of the technology.
The FC-AL standard is designed to solve many of the problems users have with exploding demand for storage capacity and data bandwidth. FC-AL addresses the growing need of users for features such as redundant data paths, hot pluggable components, multiple host connections, and dual-ported drives. With a data rate of 100 Mbytes per second full duplex, FC-AL is superior to the common 20 Mbytes per second SCSI data rate. Offering network-like features, Fibre Channel is scaleable, giving additional bandwidth and flexibility to configurations.
The Fibre Channel Loop Community (FCLC), will be offering technology demonstrations next month at COMDEX, Nov. 18-22. The presentations will be held in room N232 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Las Vegas, NV).
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New York, NY--October 28, 1996--Hundreds of exhibitors announced new applications and systems that will drive the next generation of cross-platform enterprise computing at UNIX EXPO plus, Oct. 8-10, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Responding to attendee demands and market conditions, Blenheim will expand the cross-platform computing event when it joins DB/EXPO & I2--Internet & Intranet Exposition to form IT Forum, Sept. 16-18, 1997 at the Javits Center.
More than 30,000 attendees evaluated hundreds of new products for enterprise computing exhibited at the Oct. EXPO. These products demonstrated cross-platform computing providing interoperability between the Unix and Windows NT environments. Exhibitors announcing new products included Axil Computer, Caldera, CLARiiON/Data General, Computer Associates, Cubix, Digital Equipment Corp., EMASS, Falcon, Hewlett-Packard, HDS, Intergraph, Integrix, Iona Technologies, JSB Corp., MicroFocus, O'Reilly & Associates, Santa Cruz Operation, Sun, Tally, Tatung, Unisys, and White Pine Software.
The expanded emphasis on cross-platform computing at this year's show, was represented by the first-ever UNIX EXPO Plus keynote presentation by Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corp. Gates joined a slate of keynote speakers, including Ed Zander of Sun Microsystems, Eric Hahn of Netscape, Alok Mohan of SCO, and Dr. Mark Bregman of IBM Corp. Their keynote presentations explored subjects from Unix to Windows NT, the Internet, corporate Intranets, and beyond.
Following their keynote presentations, Gates and Mohan presented the AIM Technology Hot Iron Awards, during separate awards programs for the Windows NT and Unix computing platforms sponsored by AIM Technology, Blenheim Group USA, and Computerworld. The Hot Iron Awards represented the results of the independent performance benchmarks conducted by AIM Technology (Santa Clara, CA).
The winners of the Unix and Windows NT Hot Iron Awards were Compaq Computer Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., and Zenith Data Systems. In addition, SCO UnixWare was also a dominant offering, as the operating system of choice among all the winning Intel-based Unix system vendors.
The UNIX EXPO Plus conference program covered a comprehensive spectrum of enterprise computing topics, including Unix, Windows NT, and cross-platform computing, client/server, databases, the Internet and corporate Intranets.
Unix systems will remain an integral part of the IT Forum show and conference program in 1997, when it returns to the Javits Center. The Blenheim NDN division of Blenheim Group USA has obtained the license to use the name UNIX & Windows NT EXPO. IT Forum will also encompass I2--the Internet + Intranet Expo and DB/EXPO in New York.
Lucia Bravo of Blenheim NDN
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