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Novell Caching Solution Delivered by Pinacor on Compaq ProLiant Platforms

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01 May 1998

Novell recently announced a partnership with Pinacor, formerly known as MicroAge distribution, to deliver an industry leading turnkey Web acceleration solution for any company that extends their business to the Internet, intranets and the World Wide Web.

Pinacor, the third largest distributor and leading provider of channel integration services, will combine Compaq's ProLiant Server family with Novell's BorderManager FastCache, the industry's fastest and most scalable Internet caching solution for Web-enabled businesses and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

Configured at the border of any UNIX, NT, Macintosh or NetWare network, this joint solution of Compaq ProLiant servers with BorderManager FastCache speeds user access to popular Web information, reduces network bandwidth requirements, and accelerates any Web site. This results in more productive employees, lower bandwidth expenses and a cost-effective alternative to upgrading overburdened Web servers.

With the software and hardware integration provided by Pinacor, customers of all sizes can trust that any service and support needs will be handled by a proven name.

"With the exponential growth of Web sites and hosting services, the need for an easy caching solution to address bandwidth issues is more and more apparent," said Don Lyons, group vice president, Category Management, Pinacor. "This integrated solution significantly improves the performance of any Web site whether it is hosted by an ISP or any corporation leveraging the Internet for business."

"This integrated solution incorporates the results of extensive testing in Compaq's and Novell's labs, as well as customer sites," said Mike Mata, Director, Internet Solutions Business Unit of Compaq Computer Corp. "As a result, corporations and ISPs can quickly and easily address one of the biggest problems frustrating Web users today: delays caused by network congestion."

"The turnkey Web acceleration solution presents asignificant new business opportunity for our channel partners," commented David Trotter, vice president of sales and channel marketing, Novell Inc. "This solution can be easily configured and deployed as a Web server accelerator for any NT, UNIX or Netscape Web server, not only for external public Web servers, but also in the fast growing market of intranet Web servers."

Industry Leading Proxy Cache Performance

BorderManager FastCache is an easily administered caching solution that includes proxy caching, hierarchical network caching and Web server acceleration services. As reported by the independent testing authority Mindcraft, Inc., (

BorderManager FastCache processes 4,055 hits per second or 350 million hits per day. Unlike other proxy caches that require expensive hardware platforms and cache farms to scale the Internet, BorderManager FastCache delivers this phenomenal performance on a single Intel Pentium II processor.

BorderManager FastCache increases the responsiveness and capacity of any NT, NetWare or Unix Web server. In fact, according to Mindcraft, BorderManager FastCache scales a Sun Unix Web server more than 700 percent.

Pricing and Availability

Pinacor, formerly known as MicroAge Distribution, is a top tier distributor of Compaq Server products. The Novell BorderManager FastCache - Compaq ProLiant bundles are immediately available from Pinacor with a variety of options for configuring to end user specifications.

Bundle pricing begins under U.S.$6000.00. To place an order please contact Pinacor at 800-PINACOR or 800-746-2267.

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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