Hitachi is to work with Microsoft to improve the enterprise class features of Windows NT.
The mainframe maker's input will be primarily into future developments of NT Server Enterprise Edition and will concentrate on performance, reliability and maintenance issues. However, the partners would give few further details.
The new agreement covers improvements to NT multiprocessing to support scalability beyond four processors; better reliability; easier maintenance' and improved interoperability with Hitachi servers. The partners will also carry out joint sales and marketing of the Japanese vendor's forthcoming NT range.
Ed Muth, Microsoft's NT Server product manager, said some of the results of the joint work would be seen in the upcoming NT 5.0 but most would be in the next release. Hitachi is the latest in a line of server makers, including IBM and Digital Equipment, to work closely with Microsoft to make NT a viable alternative to mainframe operating systems.
Hitachi plans to branch out from its mainframe and supercomputer businesses to offer a range of Intel based servers running NT Enterprise Edition from later this year. These will be built round the Pentium II Xeon server processor and later models round the 64-bit Merced architecture.
Muth said Microsoft would release specific details of the programme by the end of 1998.
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