3Com is bringing the server one step closer to the remote access concentrator with its Windows NT server on a card, the EdgeServer Pro Card.
The EdgeServer Pro Card is a single card that takes up three slots of 3Com's Total Control remote access concentrator, which supports as many as 336 remote calls simultaneously.
With dual 200MHz Pentium Pro processors, 64Mb of RAM (scalable to 1Gb), and two 2GB mirrored hard drives, the EdgeServer Pro Card could be used as a Windows NT remote access server or as an applications server. 3Com hopes this tight integration between the remote access concentrator and the server will reduce network traffic and improve I/O across the network.
"You can host your company's intranet site or a Lotus Notes database on the server card," says Brian Grundei, product marketing manger at 3Com. "It will reduce I/O bottlenecks."
The EdgeServer Pro Card has additional processing power for applications such as voice over IP, fax over IP, and videoconferencing, according to Grundei.
Though the Total Control remote access concentrator supports as many as 336 users, Windows NT 4.0 supports only 256 concurrent users.
"We are kind of waiting for Microsoft to catch up," Grundei says. "We are exceeding the upper limit, and Microsoft will really have to address that issue."
The EdgeServer Pro Card will also be available without Windows NT. The base configuration has a list price of $10,593 and is expected to be available in December.
3Com Corp., in Santa Clara, Calif., can be reached at http://www.3com.com/.