In a move to bolster its position in the Internet market, Compaq has announced technology which it claims will give access to World Web Sites "the power of a supercomputer". At the same time, it announced an initiative called Rainmaker, a partnership with 17 independent software vendors and also revealed more details of its partnership with Netcentric.
John Rose, senior VP of enterprise computing at Compaq US, admitted that while the company was criticised for keeping silent about the role of the Internet, the new partnerships and server software would change all that.
He said: "We walk the talk with our partnerships, we don't just talk about it. We're partnering with large ISPs, cable companies and traditional telecommunications companies as well as target the thousands of smaller ISPs.
He said Compaq's Acceleration Server Technology, developed by both it and US company ICE, used compression software to allow ISPs to offer faster access to Web pages. Those companies which took advantage of the software would beat competitors who did not, he claimed. The technology works by compressing graphics images at the NT Server level and users could download a plug-in to take advantage of it with any Web browser.
Compaq's strategic alliance with Netcentric will expand, Rose said. "We are introducing software with Netcentric which will enable companies to develop metering and billing solutions for the Internet. This will let software developers easily to build this into their applications."
The Rainmaker initiative is a development program which has already drawn support from 17 ISVs, said Rose. The joint initiative will promote the development of electronic commerce, video conferencing and telephony applications, said Rose. Partners in the initiative include Microsoft, Pointcast, VocalTec, Raptor, Lucent Technologies and Marimba.
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