Compaq has changed its workstation line and strategy in the wake of its takeover of Digital, with Alpha processors being the flavour for the top end of the market.
Robin Shuff, workstation product manager at Digital UK, said: "At the top end we will have our A and AU products running NT and Unix, so we will have a range of products which will have Compaq logos on them by autumn."
He said that Compaq-Digital workstations will now offer 32-bit and 64-bit workstations, all running Windows NT. "The traditional workstation market is declining but it is still worth a large piece of the market," Shuff said.
He claims that Digital users will have an easier migration to 64-bit technology because Sun and Hewlett Packard's processors use a different structure, and data will have to be converted for the new generation of processors.
"If we look at Sun and HP with their big endian strategy, they will have problems because of their data," he said. "Alpha is an absolutely true 64-bit data structure but we can offer a uniquely 64-bit platform as soon as NT 5.0 comes along - you don't have to wait for Merced."
Hugh Jenkins, head of corporate enterprise computing at Compaq UK, amplified Shuff's statement and said that the company will now offer workstations running on the Intel Xeon processor, using Slot One and Slot Two architectures, but at the high end will offer the XP range, which will run either 64-bit NT or Unix on the Alpha platform.
Jenkins said: "Alpha products will remain in the high end XP slot. Alpha supports 64-bit NT and 64-bit Unix and Compaq will invest in 64-bit Unix."
He said: "The prevailing OS will be Windows NT and most of that will be on the Intel architecture. The Alpha business is still a high revenue business. Alpha will be the first processor that supports 64-bit NT. Clearly we will support Merced but the first 64-bit NT system out will be Alpha based."
Compaq revealed that it will also announce a unified storage strategy within the next two weeks. Jenkins said: "The merger means we are already number one in storage, worldwide".
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