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Compaq debuts Pentium Pro servers

Compaq Computer Corp. earlier this month announced four Intel Corp. Pentium Pro-based servers that are headed toward its General Services Administration schedule contract.

The new servers are Compaq's ProLiant 6000 the company's new high-end model that supports up to four processors the 850R a rack-mountable product designed for work groups the 2500 6/200-512K a midrange server that supports up to two processors and the 2500R the rack-mountable version of the 2500.

GSA pricing for the ProLiant 6000 is $11 449 and the ProLiant 850R is priced at $3 394. The ProLiant 2500 is priced at $6 109 and the 2500R is priced at $6 788. The servers however were not on the GSA schedule at press time.

The announcements put Compaq's entire server line on the Pentium Pro chip. Compaq has eliminated Pentium-based server products said John Young director of product marketing and business operations for Compaq's Server Products Division.

Digital unwraps Microsoft services

Digital Equipment Corp. today announced 11 new services for customers who are migrating to Microsoft Corp. products. The company will provide those services through a number of federal prime and subcontracts.

Digital Enterprise Services for Microsoft Technology are intended to help organizations plan design install manage and maintain such Microsoft products as Windows NT and Microsoft Exchange groupware.

The new services focus on Windows NT migration data warehousing Internet/intranet deployment and infrastructure readiness for NetPCs among other areas.

According to Debbie Whitehurst director of the messaging practice in the federal government territory at Digital the services will be offered through a number of federal vehicles including GSA's A and B/C schedules blanket purchase agreements with GSA the Navy and the Department of Veterans Affairs NASA's Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement II the U.S. Postal Service's Acquisition of Desktop Extended Processing Technology pact and the Defense Intelligence Agency's Systems Acquisition and Support Services II.

Digital also will offer the services as a subcontractor on Boeing Information Services' Defense Enterprise Integration Services II pact with the Defense Information Systems Agency Litton/PRC Inc.'s MISTS II pact with the Air Force and Hughes Data Systems' Air Force Workstations contract.

IBM OEMs CheckPoint's Firewall-1

CheckPoint Software Technologies Ltd.'s announced April 30 an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with IBM Corp. for CheckPoint's Firewall-1 security technology making CheckPoint the only security vendor to support all major commercial server platforms.

IBM will OEM CheckPoint Firewall-1 for AIX enterprise security software suite. Firewall-1 for AIX will be available from IBM for its RS/6000 server family in the third quarter of this year as a stand-alone software product or as part of RS/6000 Internet PowerSolutions.

Internet PowerSolutions are ready-to-run Web server systems consisting of integrated hardware and software that can be combined with IBM service and support to help users establish a Web presence. CheckPoint now supports Sun Microsystems Inc. Solaris Hewlett-Packard Co. HP-UX Microsoft Corp. Windows NT and IBM AIX-based systems.

CheckPoint Firewall-1 is a comprehensive application suite that integrates access control authentication encryption network address translation content security auditing and connection control.

Intel reports Pentium II flaw

Intel Corp. recently acknowledged a flaw that affects floating point-calculations in two of the company's chip lines including its newest microprocessor.

The so-called flag erratum affects Intel's Pentium II and Pentium Pro products but not the company's Pentium and Pentium with MMX technology chips. Such federal software vendors as Autodesk Inc. Computer Associates International Inc. IBM Corp. Microsoft Corp. Oracle Corp. SAS Institute Inc. and The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. reported that based on their analyses so far the flaw will have no impact on their products.

Intel said it will work with software vendors to create "workarounds" if the chip flaw affects the vendors' software. The company is not planning to recall any of its Pentium II or Pentium Pro chips but it will correct the bug in forthcoming releases. For more information on the flag erratum contact Intel at (800) 628-8686 or www.intel.com.

- Compiled by John Moore and Heather Harreld.

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