Intergraph, Network Appliance debut server products

Intergraph Computer Systems and Network Appliance Inc. this week unveiled products designed to woo customers seeking powerful Internet/intranet servers.

Intergraph Huntsville Ala. announced InterServe 650 and 660 servers running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT and powered by up to four 200 MHz Pentium Pro processors. The servers will ship with Windows NT 3.51 immediately and with Windows NT 4.0 which includes Microsoft's Internet Information Server in October. Network Appliance Mountain View Calif. debuted Web Filer software that turns the company's Net-App dedicated network file servers into Internet/intranet servers. Both companies have placed their products on General Services Administration and indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts.

Intergraph and Network Appliance join a long list of companies pursuing the server market including Unix workstation vendors such as Sun Microsystems Inc. and a host of PC server vendors. Kelly Kavanagh an analyst with IDC Government said he believes Unix has maintained an early edge as a federal Internet server but that there is a "growing interest" in alternatives such as Windows NT.

Intergraph's 650 and 660 InterServe models have up to 4G of RAM 12 PCI expansion slots and three ISA expansion slots among other features. List prices start at $50 200 for the InterServe 650 with two 200 MHz/512K cache Pentium Pro processors 128M of RAM and three 4G drives. The InterServe 660 starts at $64 800 with four 200 MHz/512K cache Pentium Pro processors 256M of RAM and three 9G drives.

Chandler Hall senior manager for server marketing for Intergraph's Server Division said federal customers are expressing interest in using the company's server products as World Wide Web servers.

"They are looking at trying to provide interoperability to legacy systems " Hall said. He added that agencies are looking to Web servers as gateways between legacy applications and disparate client devices. The InterServe 650 and 660 along with other products in the InterServe line are available on Intergraph's GSA schedule and its three Computer-Aided Design-2 contracts with the Navy.

Network Appliance's Web Filer meanwhile is designed to let organizations consolidate multiple low-performance Web servers into one or a few NetApp servers running the Web Filer software the company said. The software takes advantage of the company's operating system architecture to provide fast response times and uptime in excess of 99.99 percent the company said.

"[Customers] will benefit from consolidation of multiple servers onto one server speed and reliability " said Ed Chow a product manager at Network Appliance.

Network Appliance uses a multiprotocol software kernel called Data ONTAP that allows Web Filer to run on any Network Appliance server as either a single function Hypertext Transfer Protocol data access server or in a multiprotocol environment for file and Web data access.

A single NetApp server can support three file-sharing protocols simultaneously: NFS for Unix clients Microsoft's CIPS for Windows 3.1 Windows 95 and Windows NT clients and Hypertext Transfer Protocol for standard Web browsers.

Web Filer prices range from $950 for software running on a NetApp F220 server to $2 750 for software running on a NetApp F540 server. It is available on several federal contracts according to Sam O'Daniel regional manager with Network Appliance's federal group. Those include the National Institutes of Health's Electronic Computer Store contract through Federal Data Corp. NASA's Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement through Unisys Corp. and NIH's ImageWorld contract through Universal High-Tech Development and Unisys.

The product also is offered through Network Appliance's GSA schedule pact for which StoreNet Government Systems and Anteon Corp. are agents.

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