Toshiba announced the UX2000i UNIX server in June 1998 as part of its UX series. Although the UX2000i was developed in large part with technology licensed from Sun Microsystems, Toshiba developed its own system service processor for remote server management.

The UX2000i was powered by an UltraSPARC IIi (300 MHz) processor, and internal memory was expandable to 1 GB and internal magnetic disk capacity to 36.4 GB. Toshiba’s ArrayFort disk array, which enabled hot swapping, could be connected to the server. RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and RAID 3 configurations were supported.

The system service processor, which was independent of the CPU, was the main feature that distinguished the UX2000i. The extra processor made it possible to operate, manage, and service the server from a remote location via a network.

Features implemented with the system service processor:

(1) Remote console functions
A system console could be used to start the system and change parameter settings, etc. from a remote location.
(2) Remote server control functions
Operators from a remote location could power on the system, shut down the system, and forcibly disconnect power to the system.
(3) Remote acquisition of system status information
Operators from a remote location could obtain and view information concerning the system’s hardware configuration and the system’s operational status.
(4) Remote crash memory dump
Operators from a remote location could run memory dumps.
(5) RAS functions (fault warning function)
The server could be configured to transmit notifications about system faults via the Ethernet or a digital I/O board to external systems. This function worked in conjunction with the server’s RAS functions (temperature monitoring, fan monitoring, power-supply fault monitoring, etc.).
Specifications of the UX2000i
CPU UltraSPARC II i (300MHz)
Memory 128MB-1GB
Max. magnetic disk capacity (internal) 36.4GB
Ultra Wide SCSI (40MB/S)
Ethernet 10BASE-T/100BASE-T
Dimensions (h x w x d) 450x290x540mm
System service processor RAS functions CPU monitoring, temperature monitoring, fan monitoring, power-supply monitoring
Remote functions Console functions System start-up and configuration
Server control functions Power on, shutdown, forcible power disconnection
System status acquisition Obtain and view system configuration information and system status information (CPU load, memory usage, etc.)
Crash dump functions Forcible restart when the OS locks up, and disk storage of the current memory state
Fault notification functions External alerts of system faults (via networks or digital I/O boards)

Toshiba UX2000i UNIX server