Hitachi Data Systems plans to speed the pace of developing its enterprise server technology and is currently working on its next generation machine, codenamed Hercules.
The mainframe supplier also hopes to boost revenues by trying to improve the penetration of its storage and software products, which are now an important focus of its business.
Yoshihiro Koshimizu, Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS) president and chief executive, said the company had made the decision to "accelerate our product development in heterogeneous enterprise servers. These servers will employ both new technologies and production techniques".
He added that the firm would also continue to deliver servers that would support existing server customer requirements and that details would be announced in the next 90 days.
Alan Cade, vice president of HDS' server line, said that the company was in the process of transitioning its product line.
"We are moving to a heterogeneous space since virtually everyone has a variety of Sun, Unix, NT and 390 platforms, and manageability is a key problem," he explained.
"We see an opportunity and are moving toward it. The next generationmachine, code-named Hercules, is slated for late 2001 delivery. We're still in the process of refining customer requirements, but the technical blueprints already exist," he added.
Steve Deplessie, an analyst with the Enterprise Storage Group, said: "Its current mainframe is the fastest on the planet. Apparently it aims to keep it that way."
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