Stratus Technologies Inc.

took the first step in a major product transition this month, releasing its Windows-based server using the company’s signature technology for avoiding hardware failures. Stratus previously sold mostly high-end servers based on Hewlett-Packard Co.’s PA-RISC chips and running either its own VOS operating system or HP’s Unix variant HP-UX. Stratus launched a low-end system called ftServer 5200 that uses Pentium III processors from Intel and Windows 2000. The Maynard, Mass., company expects customers to use these systems to beef up the availability of their e-mail systems or other key productivity applications such as Lotus Development Corp.’s Notes. The company will start shipping one-way and two-way symmetric multiprocessing servers with Intel’s Pentium III Xeon running at 750MHz, starting at US$28,296. The company is on the Web at

3Com Corp.

last month announced a series of wireless LAN products including: an 11Mbps Wireless LAN building-to-building bridge, its 11Mbps Wireless LAN PC card with XJACK antenna and its 11Mbps Wireless LAN Access Point 6000.

The bridge provides enterprises to connect multiple buildings within a campus setting, hard-to-wire sites and temporary networks to the LAN, according to the company. Available this month, the product is priced at $1,645, which does not include the cost of antennas and cables. The Wireless LAN solution was designed for networks up to 100 users, and consists of an Access Point 6000 to establish a connection back to the network as well as a PC card for portable PCs. The company said one feature of the offering is Power-over-Ethernet, which eliminates the need to run separate AC power lines to access points. The Wireless LAN PC Card with XJACK antenna is priced at $330 and the Access Point 6000 is priced at $899. Both products are available now. The company can be found on the Web at