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Q: When and how was Axis founded?

A: Axis was founded in 1984 by Mikael Karlsson and Martin Gren. Fresh out of school with an MBA and degrees in Electronics respectively, the company was started in Martin's fraternity room. Introduced to each other a year earlier by a mutual friend, their entrepreneurial minds both saw large opportunities in combining individual skills and resources. Martin focused heavily on the technology side of things, with Mikael concentrating on the business and finance areas. Martin had been building his own computers since the late seventies. Mikael, just out of the Stockholm School of Economics, had worked as assistant to the President of one of Sweden's stock exchange companies.

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Q: Lund, Sweden? A good home for an international high-tech company?

A: Had Mikael and Martin been Californians, their home turf might very well have been Palo Alto. Still, it is not so far off. Lund is probably one of the closest European resemblance's to Silicon Valley, home to northern Europe's largest University and Technology institute and the Ideon Research Park with more than 150 high-tech companies. The labs of cellular phone manufacturer Ericsson is a neighbor to Axis.

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Q: What is Axis' business mission?

A: To provide network connectivity allowing users to easily share all kinds of peripheral equipment, thus increasing the value of the network. Axis' corporate vision is to increase the value of the network for its line

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Q: What are your key products?

A: Axis develops and markets a range of network peripheral servers for connecting devices to the network. Network Print Servers, CD-ROM Servers, and Digital Camera Servers make up the companies current product line.

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Q: Describe some of the companies' milestones.

1987 - First company to introduce RISC processor with built-in IBM mainframe 3270 coax and AS/400 midrange 5250 compatible communications, the CGA-1.
1988 - Company introduces world's first pocket-sized IBM 3270 and 5250 protocol converter, the AX-7 Cobra and AX-3 Cobra.
1990 - First company to introduce a TCP/IP Ethernet print server, the AX-5.
1990 - The Logical Printer concept is introduced, allowing users to program virtual printer settings.
1990 - Support for Internet printing through FTP.
1990 - First company to introduce a multi-protocol print server, the AX-5, now with TCP/IP and NetWare.
1992 - First company to introduce a multi-protocol print server with TCP/IP, NetWare, LAN Manager, LAN Server and AppleTalk, the NPS 550.
1993 - Axis releases ETRAX 1, the world's first 32-bit RISC processor with on-chip Ethernet and Token Ring controllers.
1995 - First company to introduce a file server independent, multi-protocol CD-ROM server, supporting TCP/IP (NFS) and Windows (SMB), for Ethernet networks, the AXIS 850.
1995 - First company to introduce a CD-ROM server for Token Ring, the AXIS 950.
1995 - First company to use RISC technology for CD-ROM servers.
1996 - First company to introduce a print server with SNA support for IBM mainframe and AS/400 systems, the AXIS 570 (Ethernet) and AXIS 670 (Token Ring).
1996 - First company to offer a CD-ROM server with NetWare, Windows, and UNIX support, the AXIS 850/950.
1996 - Axis releases ETRAX 4, setting new standards in price/performance. ETRAX 4 replaces ETRAX 3 with higher clock speed (40 MHz) and incorporating an on-chip high-speed SCSI-2 interface.
1996 - First company to introduce a CD-ROM server for Windows NT environment supporting SMB over TCP/IP or NetBEUI, the AXIS 850/950.
1996 - Company to be first peripheral server company to have Network Computer (NC) compatibility.
1996 - First to offer flash downloading of upgrade software over the Internet using FTP.
1996 - First company to introduce a direct network attached digital color camera for Internet/Intranet systems, the AXIS NetEye 200.
1996 - First company to introduce a CD-ROM server as a plug-in module for 5 *" bay in a CD tower, the AXIS StorPoint CD/T.
1996 - First company to introduce a CD-ROM server with support for NetWare, - NT, NFS and WWW, the AXIS StorPoint CD.
1998 - First company to introduce a Networked Digital Document Server
1998 - The ETRAX 100 - First 100 MIPS 32-bit RISC chip.
1999 - AXIS 2400 CCTV server - First company to introduce a full-motion camera server.
1999 - Introduced hard-disk caching in StorPoint products assuring continued leadership in the C/DVD server market.

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Q: Who does Axis partner with?

A: Axis has many relationships and partnerships. To name a few, Axis works closely with Oracle as a Technology partner, as well as Microsoft and SUN. OEM partners include IBM and QMS.

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Q: What directions will Axis be heading in during the next few years?

A: The mid-term strategy encompasses the following:

  • Increase the value of the network for its users by providing the best technology to raise productivity and cost-efficiency by allowing users to more easily share peripherals and resources in multi-platform environments.
  • Positioning to promote innovative network-centric and file server independent peripheral server technology, with a specific focus on WWW/Intranets and IP based systems.
  • Further strengthening of Axis' core competencies of in-house RISC processor development, embedded system software development, network compatibility, and international business models.
  • Extend current product range to offer additional lines of peripheral server technologies attaching all kinds of resources, relevant to share in local workgroups.
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Publication Year:1999
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Publisher:Axis Communications, Inc.
Company: Axis Communications
Subject: CD-ROM networks
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Record Number:3573
Last Update:2023-02-04 01:33:37
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00