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Midrange Computers
Midrange systems are primarily high-end network servers and other types of
servers that can handle large scale processing of a lot of business
applications. They're not as powerful as mainframe computers but they are
less costly to buy operate and maintain than mainframe. Midrange computer
systems have become have become as powerful as network servers.

Midrange computers can help manage large Web sites, corporate intranets
and extranets, and other networks. Today midrange systems include servers
used in industrial process-control and manufacturing plants and play major
roles in computer-aided manufacturing. They can also take the form of
powerful technical workstations for computer-aided design and other
computation and graphics-intensive applications. Midrange system are also
used as front-end servers to assist mainframe computers in
telecommunications processing and network management.

In the 1990s when the client-server model of computing became predominant
, computers of the comparable class are instead usually known as servers.
This was to recognize that they usually serve end users at their "client"
computers. Midrange computers are a class of computer systems which fall
between mainfraim computers and microcomputers.


Midrange computers involce a broad rang eof memory capacity, processing
power ad applications for business of scientific uses. One of the main
functions of a midrange computer system is to provide servers for small
and medium sized businesses. Historically, midrange computers were the
backbone of medium sized business as their main computer.

Midrange models were ideal for branch or departmental operations of large
firms. Many companies use these computers as servers to apply software to
other computers within the firm. These servers allow company computers
and customers to access software to other computers within the firm. These
servers allow company computers and customers to access software or Web
applications at any time. IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-PAckard
manufacture a lot of midrange computers for business.

These types of models are also used for scientific applications in
laboratory settings.Midrange computers were once called minicomputers
because their size was not as massive as the mainframes commons at the
time. Midrange options have dedicated hard wires connected to other
computers on office networks to enable sharing of files and software.
Most of these computers run on standard computer operating systems rather
than proprietary interfaces.


Since 1989, the performance of midrange computers has incresed greatly
while the price has dropped even more. The price and performance changes
of midrange computers have occured at a faster rate than PCs. This is
partly as a reaction to the rapid growth of the PC market. However,
technology changes in midrange computers must continue and performance
levels will have to remain much high than PC's if midrange systems are
going to avoid the fate of the mainframe.

Since 1986, Hewlett-PAckard has been producing midrange computers using
its Precision Architecture RISC technology. Michael Nixon, an HP product
manager, listed price performance and easy upgrade capabilities as key
features of HP's midrange strategies." We offer a minimum of 3 to 4 performance
upgrades within the same package",he said, "therefore its easy for customers
to ratchet up their computer's performance without having to move a higher
product line.

Vendors say that state and local governments are showing renewed interest in
midrange computers as their reliance on technology continues to increase.
This interst is reflected in a recent report by G2 Reseach Inc. that shows
state and local government information processing on mainframe platforms
dropping from 78 perfent in 1988 to 42 percent by 1998, with midrange and PC
computing growing substantially.

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