Toshiba takes the plunge and manufactures departmental and workgroup PC servers

All Toshiba servers will have
year 2000-ready Phoenix 4.0 BIOSes.





The Computer Systems Division of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.
will move into full-line computer manufacturing this summer when it delivers its first
departmental and workgroup PC servers for the U.S. market.


The two-way 350- and 400-MHz Pentium II servers will have hot-swap drive bays and
optional Intelligent Input/Output RAID storage drives. An I2O PCI slot supports direct
throughput from the processor to the I2O RAID drive, effectively boosting RAID speed, said
Marc Tanguay, senior manager for Toshiba worldwide product planning.


Mylex Corp. of Fremont, Calif., and Adaptec Inc. of Milpitas, Calif., are creating RAID
cards for motherboards that, like Toshiba’s, are I2O-tuned, Tanguay said.


The Toshiba Magnia 5000 departmental servers and Magnia 3000 workgroup servers will
have a separate data management interface bus to shuttle instrumentation data back and
forth. Toshiba’s implementation of the I2C serial interface management bus in the
future will link rack-mount products to a shared management information network, Tanguay
said.


Toshiba will ship the Magnia servers with Intel Corp.’s LANDesk Server Manager
3.01 and Toshiba Server Setup utilities.


All Toshiba servers will have year 2000-ready Phoenix 4.0 BIOSes.


The Magnia 5000 with two 400-MHz Pentium II processors, 128M RAM, 18G hard drive and
10/100-Mbps Ethernet card will sell for about $8,527.


The company has not yet set General Services Administration schedule prices.


Toshiba currently sells its full line of computer products through resellers and
value-added resellers and has no plans to adopt the increasingly popular direct sales
model, Tanguay said.


Contact Toshiba America at 714-583-3000.  

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