Siemens eight processor Primergy 870 server will be the first casualty of the newly merged Fujitsu Siemens Computers, which officially opens its doors today.
The in-house developed chipset used in the Primergy 870, which allowed Siemens to ship its eight way in advance of rivals, has been dumped in favour of the technology used in Fujitsu's T800 eight way server. This will be used instead in the new eight way Intel based server Fujitsu Siemens launches later this month.
The T800 uses the Intel profusion chipset and the Intel motherboard, two variants of which were put on hold by Intel this week. (see earlier story)
"There was a bit of crying and some spilt beer," admitted Paul Stow, vice president of server development at Fujitsu Siemens.
The rest of the two Intel server lines will be merged as the products come to the end of their life cycles. The joint development teams are already working on four way, two way and single processor machines. All new servers will be branded Fujitsu Siemens Primergy.
"They will be called Primergy and will have the look and feel of Primergy servers," said Ian Stewart, product marketing manager, Fujitsu Siemens.
A new Fujitsu Siemens four way is due in the second quarter of 2000. It can no longer use the Intel 840 chipset, which will now only be a two processor chipset rather than a four processor as Intel originally promised. It would be natural for the vendor to choose a chipset from Fujitsu subsidiary RCC as a replacement. RCC already makes some chipsets for Compaq and has a deal with Dell on the drawing board.
Smaller servers are expected around the turn of the year. The vendor could not be more specific with the dates as due to uncertainty over Intel's 820 Rambus based chipset, which was delayed earlier this week. (see Newswire 27 September)
But the position is less clear on Unix.
In the Unix on Intel space the vendor will take Fujitsu's agnostic stance and support SCO Unixware, Linux and Solaris. Solaris will lose the strategic status that it held at Siemens as the replacement for its own Reliant Unix.
"Unixware will not be the strategic platform, but it has the largest market share. We expect to see customer demand for Monterey [a combination of SCO's Unixware and IBM's AIX] on IA-64. Assuming the customer acceptance is there, we will sell it," said Fujitsu's Stow.
But Siemens' Stewart explained that Solaris on Intel was still the strategic migration path for Reliant customers presently on the Siemens RM Mips platform.
The vendor has promised to support Siemens' customers using Reliant Unix, but at the same time the joint company is planning to import Solaris machines running on Sun's Sparc processor architecture, from Fujitsu Japan. The machines will be assembled from pre-tested modules and configured in Europe for volume sales. Product announcements are expected in the next two weeks.
The merger does not appear to be a bed of roses. No job cuts have been announced, but insiders do not expect the present job sharing relationship between employees with the same job definitions to last indefinitely.
Friction between the two factions in the UK sales organisation - which led to the departure of Siemens managing director, Leam Mulaney, for example - has led to the appointment of an outsider, David Teague, formally of ICL, as the president of UK and Ireland.
The company will be incorporated in the Netherlands. The combined company claims it will make £1 billion revenue in the UK alone by 2001. (see Newswire 24 August)
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