The Pipeline

A Slew of Server Products

New servers and related products are high on the list of recent releases. Agencies have much to choose from, with vendors from blade server specialist RLX Technologies Inc. to Dell Computer Corp., which has freshened its offerings.

The new servers range from super-computers down to notebook-sized cases, with an emphasis on management software and ease of use.

Dell announced the PowerEdge 3250, a 64-bit server, for the high-end computing market. It is optimized for high-performance computing clusters and suitable for applications that demand high power, including advanced graphical rendering in special effects and genomic research — a field growing in urgency with rising fears of bioterrorism.

Based on Intel Corp.'s Itanium 2 processor, PowerEdge 3250 will come in 8-, 16-, 32-, 64- and 128-node configurations running 64-bit Red Hat Inc. Enterprise Linux.

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. meanwhile has introduced a wireless-capable server designed to support workers on the go. The Magnia SG30 Wireless Mobility Server is designed for small or medium-size businesses, or remote locations.

The server is about the size of a notebook computer but supports file and printer sharing and other common server functions. It supports the common 802.11b wireless standard, with 128-bit encryption, a virtual private network for security and up to 160G of data storage.

RLX, which earlier this year released a line of blade servers — clusters of processors mounted on cards that compress more computing power into a smaller space — has now released its HPC Cluster Manager software. The latest addition to the company's ActivManage product family, Cluster Manager improves the processor clusters' efficiency and simplifies the deployment and management of high-performance computing.

Altiris Inc. has released its server management software, called Server Provisioning Suite. The new product governs backup and recovery, performance and availability monitoring, dynamic provisioning, and other management functions, which server managers can operate from a single Web-based interface.

Finally, Apple Computer Inc. is preparing to ship Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Server, an upgrade to its Unix-based server operating system. Panther Server makes heavy use of open-source software.


SiteScape Inc. has released collaboration software under a somewhat formal-sounding name: the SiteScape Forum Solution Modules. The software modules foster collaborative work by enabling agency employees to share information and communicate.

Celequest Corp., a new firm launched by Informatica Corp. co-founder Diaz Nesamoney, has released Activity Suite, its first business intelligence and business activity monitoring software.

New to GSA

Vivisimo Inc.'s advanced document clustering and content integration software products are available through partner company Onix Networking Corp.'s General Services Administration Schedule Contract GS-35F-5519H.


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