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Computer Server - IBM, 'Swan 1', circa 1990 Object Reg. No: ST 046530

Server, used by the Museum under the name Swan 1, one of three IBM servers using RS 6000 processors with Unix operating systems (AIX3.X). The machines were named Abbot, Swan 1 (there was no Swan 2) and Tiger. Their primary function was as Texpress database servers. The databases included collection management systems, research databases for example by Natural Science department, reference databases for example by the Natural Science and History and Technology departments, and administrative databases for example personal address lists. These were the primary databases used for various purposes to varying degrees during the period 1991 to 2001.
Components consist of a Server, Dumb Terminal Monitor, Processor and Tape Drive, 4 mm Tape Drive, 60 Backup Tapes, Cable and Manuals.

Deskside tower server - beige rectangular plastic box with 8mm tape drive, 3.5" diskette drive. Back is open with a fan, coaxial ethernet cable and other connectors
Front: (IBM logo) 3151

Monitor: beige roughly rectanguar plastic box with 12" screen in front. Two data connections with cable plugged into one of them.

Alphanumeric QWERTY keyboard with cable.

Tape Drive: Beige rectangular metal box with plastic front. Power cable and data cable at back.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum Victoria Outreach, Technology and Information Management Division (OTIM), 2001
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: computing, computers, servers, working life
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: MUSEUM HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Collection Management
Tertiary Classification: inventory management
Inscriptions: Deskside tower server:
Label on front: 7013 26-06507
Plaque on front: (IBM logo) / POWERserver / 530
Barcode at back: MS70132606507
Label on back: (text) / Microcode (copyright symbol) Copyright IBM Corp. 1990 (text)

Label on back: TYPE 3151 / S-N 88-64287 / P-N 81X4517 / DATE 03-88 / Made in USA

Top: (IBM logo)
Underneath: (IBM logo) / Part No: 1392595 / I.D. No: 5204395 / Date: 01-21-92 / (copyright symbol) IBM Corp. 1984 / Made in the U S A

Tape Drive:
Label on top: SWAN 1
Label on top: Museum of Victoria (barcode) A004788
Seen through grill on bottom: (HP logo) HEWLETT / PACKARD
Manufacturer: International Business Machines (IBM), United States of America, circa 1990

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