RAID system has dual controllers

The TidalRAID storage subsystem from Western Scientific of San Diego has dual active controllers and up to 864G of RAID Level 5 storage per cabinet.

Data transfer rates are 334 megabytes/sec controller-to-controller and 300 megabytes/sec controller-to-cache. Users can daisychain TidalRAID cabinets to meet larger storage needs.

TidalRAID comes with either four Fibre Channel or eight SCSI paths for storage area networks and server clusters. It works under Unix, Microsoft Windows NT and Novell NetWare.

The price starts at $30,000 for a base system with 72G of storage.

Contact Western Scientific at 800-443-6699.

DBMS tools aim to suit untrained users

Database lifecycle management tools from Embarcadero Technologies Inc. of San Francisco aim to suit managers and Web developers as well as database administrators.

Company president Ellen Taylor said the increased prevalence and falling prices of relational database management systems have raised the level of DBMS use by people without DBMS training.

DBArtisan 5.1, ER/Studio 4.0 and RapidSQL 5.5 work with several vendors' DBMS products: IBM DB2 Universal Server, Microsoft SQL Server 7, Oracle8i and Adaptive Server from Sybase Inc.

Government-priced per database platform, DBArtisan is $779, cross-platform ER/Studio is $1,546 and RapidSQL is $549. Embarcadero Technologies offers all three products bundled for $1,700 for one database platform.

The company's federal users include the military services and the departments of Commerce, Defense, and Health and Human Services.

Contact Embarcadero Technologies at 415-834-3131.

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