Digital chief executive Robert Palmer opened the Internet World conference and exhibition on Wednesday with a speech made up of Net cliches and a thinly disguised sales pitch for the company?s Alpha boxes.
"The Internet will undoubtedly become the universal computing platform of choice," Palmer told an audience at the show in Los Angeles. "Over the next few years, Internet access devices may become as common as the telephone."
"Sceptics say the Internet infrastructure is in danger of imminent collapse, but this is not the case," he insisted. "It will grow and evolve to meet new demand and support new users."
Key to this growth will be the implementation of three technologies, which will combine to create the next generation of Internet: universal standards, high speed networks and 64-bit computers, such as Digital?s Alpha platform.
Palmer proceeded to show video demonstrations of Digital customers citing the effectiveness of using 64-bit machines to support Web sites. These included Wells Fargo Bank and Netscape, which records 121 million hits a day on its site.
As though refusing to court controversy of any kind, Palmer chose to keep a foot in both camps regarding the NC versus PC factions in the industry, insisting that the Internet needed both computing models. "I think [Microsoft?s] Bill Gates and [Oracle?s] Larry Ellison are both right," he said.
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