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Two Time MacUser Eddy Winner!

The Servers and Alternate Platforms Division of Apple Computer, Inc. received two Eddy Awards from MacUser Magazine for the Network Server product: the prestigious "Hardware Product of the Year" as well as the "Best New Networking Product." Presented during the Macworld Expo '97 in San Francisco, the awards acknowledge the innovative product design and features of the AIX-based Network Server family.

"We're thrilled that the Network Server has received these prestigious Eddy Awards from MacUser Magazine," said Howard Lee, senior vice president and general manager of the Servers and Alternate Platforms Division of Apple Computer. "The Network Servers were the result of many years of customer-focused market research and engineering development, so we're gratified to receive these prestigious awards which recognize the outstanding product features and networking solutions provided by the servers."

Data Sheet
Network Server and Oracle Products
Network Server Solutions Guide
Network Server Fact Sheet
Network Server Comparison Benchmarks
(PDF format)
Webstone 1.1 Benchmarks for the Network Server
Webstone 2.0.1 Benchmarks for the Network Server
A Closer Look at the Network Server
Quicktime VR images of the Network Server

The Apple Network Server

The Network Server 500/132, Network Server 700/150 and Network Server 700/200 are Apple's fastest, most powerful, reliable, and expandable server solutions for demanding network file, print, database and Internet applications.

The high-performance Network Servers are based on the 132 Megahertz (MHz) and 150MHz PowerPC 604 RISC processors, and the 200MHz Power PC 604e RISC processor running the robust AIX operating system.

Designed from the lockable wheels up as highly available, reliable, and secure, the Network Servers offer optional hot-pluggable redundant tray-mounted hard drives that slide in and out of the front storage bays in seconds. These bays provide outstanding storage flexibility because they can hold tray-mounted optical drives, tape drives, and hard drives -- in full- or half-height configurations.

The Network Servers are easy to network, with built-in Ethernet support and optional support for up to seven Ethernet segments using Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) expansion cards. In addition, the Network Servers support Fast Ethernet and FDDI PCI networking cards for high performance.

The Network Server 700 configurations also offer optional hot-pluggable redundant power supplies that easily slide in and out.

Network Servers are designed around industry standards. From the AIX operating system to PCI to SCSI, they're built to fit into your multiplatform network environment. And each features a built-in CD-ROM drive for installing software or serving information to users of networked desktop computers.

In addition, they're designed to be easy to reconfigure and service: Each major component -- including the logic board -- can be replaced in less than 60 seconds.

Logic boards on both models can be easily upgraded to 512 megabytes of DRAM main memory, and their PowerPC microprocessors are located on upgradable, replaceable processor cards.

Network Servers are easy to expand, with six PCI expansion slots and up to 1 terabyte of total hard drive storage capacity.

The Network Server enclosures offer controlled, key-lockable access to front-mounted hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives, tape drives, and other media.

The most powerful servers Apple has ever built, the industrial-strength Network Servers can meet the needs of the most demanding publishing, education and technical customers.

AppleTalk Services

With AppleTalk Services, Apple has created a new infrastructure that allows Apple and its third-party software partners to provide true AppleTalk-based client/server programs for UNIX applications running on the Network Server that can be managed from a remote Macintosh or PowerBook.

Apple provides two utilities based on AppleTalk Services -- The Disk Management Utility to simplify disk administration and CommandShell, a multi-windowing VT102 terminal emulator.

Included Software

These servers include trial versions of

  • IPT's uShare for file sharing services
  • IPT's CanOPI for file sharing, Open Prepress Interface (OPI), and print spooling services
  • Helios Software's EtherShare for file and print networking services
  • Helios Software's EtherShare OPI for Open Prepress Interface (OPI) services
  • Helios Software's PCShare for DOS and Windows networking services
  • Legato Systems' Networker and LDBU for data backup and recovery services
  • American Power Conversion's PowerChute Plus, a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) monitoring and shutdown package (requires separate hardware/cable purchase from APC)
  • In addition to the software applications that come with the Network Servers, independent software vendors are currently certifying applications, such as additional AFP and OPI servers, software RIPs, document and archive management, workflow solutions, cost accounting and job tracking, and relational databases. For a list of these applications, including Netscape's Commerce Web Server and Oracle, see the Network Server Solutions Guide.

AIX for Apple Network Servers

AIX for Apple Network Servers provides a 100 percent PowerPC native, reliable, high-performance, binary-compatible, and scalable server operating system based on IBM's industry standard AIX v4.1.4.

Key features include Graphical User Interface (Common Desktop Environment), Installation Assistant, support for multiple 256 GB file systems, Journaled File System (JFS), Logical Volume Manger (LVM), Systems Management Interface Tool (SMIT), AIX 4.1 and most AIX 3.2 application binary compatibility, high-performance AppleTalk Services, Disk Management Utility, CommandShell, Software RAID 0 and 1, High Performance network, disk and I/O Drivers, and on-line, hypertext-based help (Info Explorer).

Three Tools Simplify Use of AIX Operating System

Systems Management Interface Tool (SMIT), provides menu-driven configuration, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting by simplifying and logically grouping system administration functions.

Visual System Management (VSM), a graphical interface that enables users to perform installation and system management tasks through the direct manipulation of icons.

Common Desktop Environment (CDE), a rich, intuitive graphical desktop interface, provides user advantages similar to the Macintosh user interface.

Other AIX Features

AIX for Apple Network Servers is 100 percent PowerPC native code. The Network Servers use PowerPC 604 or 604e processors running at up to 200 MHz, and support dual built-in Fast/Wide SCSI-2 channels and two PCI buses (one for the on-board electronics; one for the PCI Slots), so customers will get maximum computing, I/O, and network performance for their applications.

AIX for Apple Network Servers specifically has been designed and tuned to support up to 512 MB of main memory, multiple 256 GB file systems, six high-performance PCI slots for NICs and RAID controllers, and dual Fast/Wide SCSI-2 channels supporting dozens of external SCSI devices. Customers may expand the Network Server with confidence since their software is tailor-made for their Network Server expansion needs.

AIX for Apple Network Servers offers many fault-tolerant features, such as the Journal File System (JFS), disk striping and disk mirroring (RAID 0 and 1), and instantaneous recognition of disk configuration modifications or file system expansion through the Logical Volume Manager (LVM). In addition, Apple has added software specifically to monitor the hot-swappable fans and the redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and memory subsystems to protect customers' investment in their server data.

AIX, IBM's UNIX-based operating system, has consistently provided leadership technology to customers since it first shipped in 1990. AIX provides an innovative journal file system that aids rapid recovery of data in case of a system crash. It has the ability to automatically compress data, so users may store more data in the same space. AIX provides a wide range of tools that simplify and speed up administration of both workgroup and departmental networks. It also has the capability to add I/O, users, and extend file systems dynamically, without a system restart, thereby reducing downtime. In addition, AIX has adopted the industry-standard Common Desktop Environment (CDE), a cross-platform graphical user interface that simplifies use.

AIX for Network Server is a binary-compatible version of standard AIX, licensed from IBM. Apple is committed to maintaining the binary compatibility of the product, and is a member of the IBM MVP (Multi-Vendor Platform) program for AIX. This program ensures application vendors and their customers that the implementation of AIX on a given hardware platform conforms to the AIX standards for binary compatibility.

QuickTime VR images of the Network Server

We have created a number of images of the Network Server in Quicktime VR. Click on the image name to download and view it. You must have installed Quicktime VR as a helper application to make use of these images. If you want to know how to do that, go to the Quicktime VR web site, and follow the installation instructions.

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