Apollo Computer


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Apollo Computer

(company)
A company making workstations often used for CAD.

From 1980 to 1987, Apollo were the largest manufacturer of network workstations. Apollo workstations ran Aegis, a proprietary operating system with a Posix-compliant Unix alternative frontend. Apollo's networking was particularly elegant, among the first to allow demand paging over the network, and allowing a degree of network transparency and low sysadmin-to-machine ratio that is still unmatched.

Apollo's largest customers were Mentor Graphics (electronic design), GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Boeing (mechanical design). Apollo was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 1989, and gradually closed down over the period 1990-1997.
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While large host computers are still part of the scenario for many large companies, users are taking increasing advantage of the local computing power available through less expensive engineering workstations, such as those available from Sun Microsystems and Apollo Computer.
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Michael Holthouse - Michael worked in sales at Apollo Computer before founding Paranet, an information technologies company that Michael sold to Sprint in 1997 for $425MM.
The first foray came in 1995 when HP took a group of engineers from its Apollo Computer acquisition and set them the task of building web applications for HP-UX.
A workstation is "a product that offers the combination of hardware horsepower in a 32-bit environment, tightly-coupled graphics capabilities and also networking capabilities," says Pierre Bouchard, of Apollo Computer, Inc.
Of course, this is not the first time HP has used the Apollo brand name; Apollo Computer was the moniker of a Unix workstation company that HP bought in 1989 and folded into its own workstation division.