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Intergraph unveils new servers

Intergraph Computer Systems last week introduced two new servers designed for high-end and workgroup customers that want to integrate future storage and networking technology.

Intergraph designed the InterServe 9400 enterprise-class server and the InterServe 90 workgroup server to broaden the company's line of high-performance, mission-critical server solutions. In addition to offering Intel Corp.'s latest Pentium III Xeon and Pentium III processors, the systems include a new storage solution that adds support for clustering, storage-area networking and Fibre Channel technologies.The InterServe 9400 supports four 500 MHz Intel Corp. Xeon processors and up to 8G of memory. The InterServe 90 supports two 500 MHz Pentium III processors and 1G of memory. Both systems support Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT operating system.

Nik Simpson, server product marketing manager for Intergraph, said the new systems are significant because they offer an upgrade path for eight-processor configurations and support cutting-edge storage technologies such as the InterRaid 9-FL system with Fibre Channel networking interface.

Intergraph estimates the price on the General Services Administration schedule will run about $16,000 for an entry-level configuration of the InterServe 9400 and $2,880 for the InterServe 90.

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Compaq offers services suites

Compaq Computer Corp. last week announced its new suite of PC Lifecycle Solutions for large customers. The 29 solutions are a combination of solutions from Compaq's PC Products Group and Services Group, designed to help organizations control their costs and integrate and manage their systems.

Solutions include long- and short-term investment planning, deployment and integration, day-to-day management, and software and hardware migration. The company also offers four levels of support, including assisting customers in implementing solutions, augmenting customers' own capabilities, managing customers' entire IT environment and partnering with customers' preferred vendors.

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News from AIIM '99

AT&T unveils compression format

ATLANTA - At the annual Association for Information and Image Management trade show here last week, AT&T Labs introduced a new format for compressing digital images designed to make it easier to download these types of files from the World Wide Web. The DjVu format (pronounced like dej& Agrave; vu), packs large documents into files up to 1,000 times smaller than the originals - five to 10 times smaller than commonly used formats such as Joint Photographic Experts Group and Graphics Interchange Format.

Customers publishing documents on the Web can convert them to DjVu format using a utility program that runs on Unix, Linux and all Microsoft Corp. Windows platforms. This product will be available through resellers and integrators. A company spokesman said AT&T has demonstrated it to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History.

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Workflow, sig vendors join forces

Hyland Software Inc., which makes workflow software, and Silanis Technology Inc., which makes signature capture software, announced at the AIIM '99 show that they will offer integrated versions of their products that will enable users of Hyland's OnBase software to sign documents electronically.

Silanis' ApproveIT product enables users to apply a secure, digitized signature to electronic documents. Adding this capability to OnBase will let customers "lose the paper, period," said Sam Babic, a Hyland software developer, because they will no longer have to print out documents to sign them. OnBase works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Silanis' largest federal customer is the Defense Department's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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ByteQuest to boost fed presence

Also at AIIM '99, ByteQuest Technologies Inc. released a new module for its ByteQuery knowledge management system that will support Defense Department recordkeeping standards for e-mail. ByteQuery for BackOffice manages Microsoft Corp. Exchange messages by storing them in secure directories on an Exchange server.

The company's flagship ByteQuery software, which can be used to classify many types of documents, is being tested along with the BackOffice module, for compliance with DOD's 5015.2 electronic recordkeeping requirements. Yaser Abaza, vice president of the Canadian firm, said ByteQuest plans to use its DOD certification, which is expected this summer, "to move into being more active with the U.S. federal government."

- Compiled by Diane Frank, Elana Varon and Daniel Verton.

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