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Parlaying its experience in online transaction into Internet commerce, Tandem introduces a new line of Intel-based servers.

Trying to parlay its experience in online transactions into Internet commerce, Tandem (TDM) introduced a new line of servers, including its first based on Intel chips and the Microsoft Windows NT operating system.

As first reported by CNET last week, Windows NT-based systems in the new S-Series line will use ServerNet as a fast-response interconnect to create high-availability clusters. Both systems incorporate Tandem's ServerNet technology, which allows "any-to-any" links between processors, I/O devices, and communication ports.

Like other server vendors such as Compaq Computer, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard, Tandem is preparing to release clustering solutions based on the Wolfpack application programming interfaces (API). The APIs will provide the capability for Windows NT to link multiple NT-based servers together to create fault-tolerant, "high-availability" servers in the spring of 1997.

The new servers will also provide failover software through Tandem's cluster availability software that clusters two or more independent servers, allowing for transparent recovery from hardware and software faults.

The four new Windows NT-based S-series servers are:
--the S100, a one- to two-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) branch-office server based on a Pentium Pro 200-MHz processor.
--the S1000, a one- to four-way SMP high-end branch-office or divisional server that uses the Pentium Pro 200-MHz processor. Both the S100 and S1000, which are now available, can support up to 1GB of memory and provide ServerNet connectivity through a PCI card slot.
--the S1000RM, a quad-processor SMP enterprise server that uses the Pentium Pro 200-MHz processor for use in a rack-mounted system. Up to 1GB of memory can be added to the model, which is currently available.
--the S100FT and S1000FT, which are fault-tolerant versions of the S100 and S1000. Designed to take advantage of Wolfpack clustering capabilities, these servers will offer redundant CPU, memory, controllers, mirrored disk drives, and power supply. Expected availability is slated for the first quarter of 1997.

The new S-Series also include the NonStop Himalaya line, which will be positioned as electronic commerce servers. The Himalaya servers will offer a MIPS R10000 microprocessor running at 200 MHz or a MIPS R4400 150-MHz processor. In the Himalaya servers, Tandem claims that the ServerNet system allows for the connection of a theoretical limit of 1 million devices, and will be binary-compatible with existing K-series servers.

In conjunction with the introduction of its new servers, Tandem unveiled Internet transaction processing servers, including:
--the Tandem iTP Commerce Server, which will provide secure business-to-consumer transactions on the Internet.
--the Tandem iTP Media Server, which will allow companies to distribute digital media, databases, and electronic catalogs over the Internet micropayment capabilities.
--the Tandem iTP Messaging Server, which will enable businesses to communicate with other businesses securely over the Internet.
--the Tandem iTP CTI Server, for management of customer relationships with integrated Internet-based computer telephony.
--the Tandem iTP Intranet Server, for disseminating information to employees quickly and cost-effectively, and the Tandem iTP Matrix Server, for integrating legacy applications and Internet information delivery.

Tandem says the iTP Solution Servers are targeted for telecommunications companies and ISPs that need Internet transaction processing, as well as companies in the banking, finance, and retail industries.