Compaq will unveil a host of new products, services and partnerships this week from its enterprise computing group.
The company will show off new Alpha servers and workstations which it claims will be the world's fastest for high-end digital content and engineering; new networking products designed to compete with Cisco at the high end; and a range of packages combining Compaq hardware and services with third-party software, including a bundling deal with Microsoft for Exchange.
Compaq refused to say last week whether the expected rebranding of Digital Unix as Tru64Unix and support for Red Hat's Linux distribution (see PC Week, 26 January) will be among the announcements.
Compaq also reported its fourth quarter financial results last week.
Profits for the quarter were $758 million (#459 million) compared to $667 million (#404 million) a year earlier.
Compaq is a victim of its own success, according to Phil Payne, Isham Research analyst, and it needs a revamp.
He said: "The company is suffering from very strong positioning as a hardware supplier, but it still has very weak positioning in networking and NT clustering, despite the acquired Digital expertise."
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