The AcerAltos 19000 server handles networks with up to 250 users. It includes a dual-capable 200MHz Pentium Pro processor with 256KB of cache, 32MB to 512MB of ECC RAM, a 2GB-to-8GB Fast/Wide SCSI-3 hard disk, six PCI bus-mastering and three EISA expansion slots, integrated 32-bit Fast/Wide SCSI controller, CD-ROM and 14 hot-pluggable drive bays. Acer also offers the AcerAltos 9000 dual-Pentium server for networks up to 150 users, and the AcerAltos 900 entry-level Web server for up to 75 users.
AcerAltos 19000, $12,000 to $25,000; AcerAltos 9000, $5,000 to
$13,500; AcerAltos 900, $3,000 to $5,000 (all street)
Acer America Corp.
NetWizard 3.0 provides 32-bit enterprisewide software distribution, license metering, and hardware and software inventory capabilities. It includes new features to manage a migration of workstations to Windows 95. Remote LAN Node 4.1 and RLN Access Server 4.1 give mobile users remote access to all enterprise applications and services, including company intranets.
NetWizard: $595 for 10-pack, $38,995 for 1,000-pack; RLN software:
This software lets Windows 95, NT and 3.1x users access applications and data on IBM mainframes and AS/400 midrange systems. By supporting multi-protocol transport networking (MPTN), the product eliminates TCP/IP limitations in file transfer, terminal services and printing.
$299 single-user copy
The switch provides eight ports and can expand to 12. Each port supports or shares a dedicated 4Mbps or 16Mbps Token Ring segment, and an expansion slot can hold a universal expansion module (UEM) for either four Token Ring ports, two Token Ring fiber ports or an ATM 155Mbps port that supports LAN emulation.
Network administrators and help-desk professionals can use this software to take remote control of computers, transfer files and communicate by real-time chat with any Windows NT workstation or server from any other NT or Win95 PC. The program also allows multiple users to connect to one NT desktop screen for group viewing and training. Its multitasking abilities let you communicate with a remote PC while simultaneously performing other duties such as printing.
NT Server package, $399; NT Workstation package, $199
DiscPort Pro supports up to 14 six-speed CD-ROM drives on a Windows NT or NetWare network. DiscPort Towers for NT and NetWare includes seven or 14 quad-speed CD-ROM drives and DiscPort Pro. Both Tower products give users point-and-click access to all CD-ROM titles on the network; they plug into any Ethernet or 10BaseT network connector.
DiscPort Pro, $1,595; DiscPort Tower 7, $4,695;
DiscPort Tower 14, $8,995
The cabinets come in a pair of configurations: a 48-inch cabinet that holds 32 CD-ROM drives, and a 72-inch version that stores 56 CD-ROM drives. Both units are available with SCSI Express quad- or six-speed CD-ROM drives.
$25,995 to $49,995
Micro Design International
The server's support of NetBIOS over TCP/IP lets you share and route CD-ROMs within an NT network. Both Ethernet and Token Ring versions are available, and you can daisy-chain up to seven CD-ROM drives per server.
Ethernet, $799; Token Ring, $999
This client/server remote-node accelerator utility caches data locally and verifies the integrity of the cached data when that data is accessed. The OverDriver Server runs as an NLM (NetWare loadable module) on a file server or as a process on an NT Server. The OverDrive Client uses an IPX (Internet packet exchange) connection. The client supports Windows 95 and 3.1x.
Server: $295, single user; $4,995, corporate license; Client:
$119, single user; $7,995, 100 users