The FT//ex 1500 offers three versions of
Pentium processor: 90, 120 or 150MHz models, in single or dual configuration. All versions
use a unique modular system for easy upgrading.
EISA and PCI local bus expansion
Emerging network technologies such as
100Mbit/sec Ethernet and ATM, together with the rapid pace of development of disk drive
technology, are driving the need for higher bandwidth within servers, The FT//ex 1500
provides three PCI slots for use by the latest generation of high performance peripherals.
the free EISA slots allow access to the largest range of boards available.
The FT//ex 1500 is equipped with an
advanced SCSI-II interface system centered around the Adaptec AIC-7870 controller. SCSI-II
allows sustained data transfer rates of 10 Mbytes per second to be achieved.
Multiple drivebay configuration
The FT//ex 1500 has been designed to
provide eight full-height 3.5" drive bays. Each of the bays features a quick-release
sledge, onto which the drives are mounted, to allow quick changeovers. Three 5.25Ó bays
are provided to accommodate the CD-ROM and optional back-up devices.
Quad speed CD-ROM
A SCSI quad speed CD-ROM is provided as
standard equipment, so that the FT//ex 1500 is ready to accept any of the multi-user
operating systems now distributed on CD-ROM.
Easy access to all areas
Using a combination of lockable side, and
double-hinged front doors, the FT//ex 1500 casing allows complete access to all areas of
the system for quick configuration and maintenance, while keeping the fixed and
exchangeable areas secure.
This provides fault-tolerant operation by
intelligently controlling the storage of data across a number of fast access hard drives.
Operating as a PCI bus master driving three SCSI channels and utilising error-corrected
SmartCache RAM, the SmartRAID controller returns rapid performance results, while
significantly enhancing overall reliability. Support for a Hot Spare standby drive and the
Apricot Hot Plugging backplane means that server operation can be maintained while drives
are installed or removed.
The FT//ex 1500 is protected from the
hazards of fluctuating mains supplies. In addition to filtering-out potentially
destructive mains spikes, the Smart-UPS guards against brown-out glitches and the more
serious black-out failures. Using state-of-the-art battery and inverter technology,
together with an instantaneous switch-over system, the Smart-UPS alerts you to mains
black-outs, while continuing to run the FT//ex 1500 at full power for the vital period
until mains power is restored or the system is shut down safely.
High capacity, high speed hard drives
The SCSI-II architecture and cavernous
casing of the FT//ex 1500 allows a large range of high capacity, high performance drives
to be installed. Four sizes of SCSI drive are available, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 5GB, giving the
system a maximum capacity of 40GB.
While all of the drive options provide
superior performance and reliability, the larger drives have MTBF figures of up to
1,000,000 power-on hours.
All processor options are accompanied by
16MB of ram as standard. This is expandable to 256MB. Industry standard SIMM modules are
350W power supply
A heavy duty, switched mode 350 watt power
supply ensures that even when fully expanded, the FT//ex 1500Õs need for power is more