|1986 was the year of the VAXBI bus, introduced with the VAX 8800, the first VAX that was designed with multiprocessing in mind. The 8700-series was the "low-end" version, with smaller throughput. The console subsystem of this machine was a DEC Professional.|
|A smaller VAXBI system, with limited throughput (16 MB/sec), slower CPU (3-6 VUPs), and limited expansion options. The machine on the picture was a 8530 upgraded to 8550, the rack tower next to it is an SA482 storage array. You can also see the console Professional on top of the CPU box.|
|The slowest machines with the VAXBI (1.2-1.3 VUPs). Unlike the 88xx and 85xx series, they were based on ZMOS technology, not ECL. On the right side of the CPU chassis you can see the RX50 console media.|
LAVC: Local Area VAX Clustering, VAX clustering extended to ethernet (no need for the special CI interface). It introduced the concept of diskless "satellite" clients, which re-surfaced in the mid-1990's as "network computing". One such "thin client" was the i80286-based VAXmate.